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|Creator:||Winans, Derek, 1938-2004.|
|Title:||Derek Winans Papers|
|Abstract:||The collection consists mostly of materials belonging to Newark, NJ based civil rights and community activist Derek Winans and his father James Winans.|
|Quantity:||.66 linear feet (2 boxes)|
|Collection Number:||MG 1673|
This collection contains various materials from the life of Derek Torrey Winans. He was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Elizabeth Carrington and James Dusenberry Winans on September 4th, 1938. Throughout his childhood, Derek lived in New York and Washington D.C. and attended Harvard University. In 1974, he returned to Newark. Throughout his adult life, he held many positions, working as a journalist, both writing and editing for the Herald Advance, Plainfield-Courier News and Wall Street Journal. According to his close personal friends, his work in journalism did not satisfy him completely, and he turned to full time activism. He worked in various Newark related activist organizations, including the International Youth Organization. He was also a fixture in many other activist circles, including being the director of the United Community Corporation (an anti-poverty program). He worked with Newark Councilman Donald Tucker on education and housing issues and co-founded the Newark Community Project for People with AIDS. He also dealt with such issues such as welfare and tenants rights in the 1970s and 1980s. Until his last days, he worked as an activist for the people of Newark. He died on June 19th, 2004.
Also featured prominently in the collection is Derek's father, engineer and community leader James Dusenberry Winans. He was the son of Carlton George Winans (1869-1925). James was founder of the Newark Boys' Club and was once chairman of the Newark Chapter of the Red Cross. He married Elizaberth Carrington in 1928 and had two children Peter Torrey Winans and Derek Torrey Winans. He seems to have remarried later to a Polly Winans. Being a descendant of a Revolutionary War veteran John Winans, he has an American genealogy that stretches back to the Colonial era. He was a Dusenberry on his mother's side. Her ancestor Augustus Dusenberry was a noted Civil War veteran whose papers are also featured in this collection.
This collection contains materials from all aspects of Derek Winans's life, both professional and personal. There are a series of photographs that chronicle Mr. Winans's life, particularly his later years. Many of these photographs are of his partner of 15 years, Al Jordan, and of family and friends. There is correspondence and publication articles that he either wrote or is mentioned in. There are a number of different issues of various magazines, which were of interest to Mr. Winans. There is also a lot of miscellaneous documents, which are from the various activist programs that Mr. Winans took part in during his life, including the International Youth Organization.
The papers Derek's father James Dusenberry Winans consist of correspondence, genealogical information and notes tracing the Winans family back many generations. There is a personality test given by his employer "C.G. Winans Co." of Newark and his passport. There is also his wife, Polly Winans's, schedule book.
In addition, there are items pertaining to ancestor Augustus Dusenberry, mostly military related documents pertaining to his service in the Civil War.
There are also three issues of Socialist magazines from the early 1920s, including "The Clarion : Organ of New Jersey" and "The Young Socialists' Magazine. It is unknown which family member these belonged to.
|The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.|
|Winans, Elizabeth Ella Carrington, b. 1907.|
|Winans, Derek Torrey, 1938-2004.|
|Winans, James Dusenberry, 1902-1994.|
|Winans, John, 1745-1825.|
|Winans, Polly Dudley.|
|Winans, William T.|
|Harvard Young Democratic Club.|
|International Youth Organization.|
|Newark Boys' Club.|
|Society of the War of 1812 (N.J.)|
|United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 9th.|
|C.G. Winans Co. (Newark, N.J.)|
|Grace Church (Newark, N.J.)|
|St. Paul's School (Concord, N.H.)|
|United Community Corporation (Newark, N.J.).|
|United States. Army. New Jersey Infantry Regiment, 35th.|
|Gay rights--New Jersey.|
|Gay activists--New Jersey.|
|Gay men--New Jersey.|
|Political activists--New Jersey.|
|Youth--Services for--New Jersey.|
|United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.|
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1673, Derek Winans Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Donated by Gail Malmgreen, 2006.
|1||1||Augustus Dusenberry Civil War related documents||1862-1900|
|1||2||Socialist publications The Clarion : Organ of New Jersey and The Young Socialists' Magazine||1918-1921|
|1||3||James Winans correspondence, notes, genealogy||1902-1959|
|1||4||James Winans personality test, passport, publications||ca. 1950s-1960s|
|1||5||Polly Winans schedule/address book||ca. 1980s-1990s|
|1||6||Derek Winans Harvard University writings/publications||1958-1962|
|1||7||Derek Winans correspondence||1990s|
|1||8||Newspaper Clippings (mostly related to Derek Winans)||1960s-1990s|
|1||9||International Youth Organization booklets/printouts||ca. 1990s|
|1||10||Derek Winans miscellaneous receipts, business cards, issues of the Congressional Record||1960s-1990s|
|1||11||Derek Winans oral histories/notes||ca. 1990s|
|1||12||Derek Winans Human Rights/Civil Rights/Gay and Lesbian activist literature/flyers||1993-1996|
|1||13||Derek Winans Newark related (Grace Church, Ironbound, Newark 300th Anniversary)||1966-1996|
|1||14||Derek Winans St. Paul's School (Concord, N.H.) related||1990s|
|1||15||Derek Winans remembrances and obituary||2004|
|2||1||Derek Winans greeting cards||ca. 1970s-1990s|
|2||2||Miscellaneous photographic items/postcards||ca. 1900s-1920s|
|2||3||Derek Winans and Al Jordan photographs||ca. 1970s-1980s|
|2||4||Derek Winans and Al Jordan photographs||ca. 1970s-1980s|
|2||5||Derek Winans and Al Jordan photographs||ca. 1950s-1980s|
|2||6||Derek Winans and Al Jordan photographs||ca. 1970s-1980s|
|2||7||Derek Winans and Al Jordan photographs||ca. 1970s-1980s|
|2||8||Derek Winans and Al Jordan photographs||ca. 1970s-1990s|
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