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Theodore R. Gibson Family papers

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Thelma Vernell Anderson Gibson



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Theodore R. Gibson Family papers, 1955-1996 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Laura Capell, Sherry Johnson, and Stephen Quinones

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Collection Overview

Title: Theodore R. Gibson Family papers, 1955-1996Add to your cart.

ID: ASM0032

Creator: Gibson, Rev. Theodore (1915-1981)

Extent: 33.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

The Theodore R. Gibson Family Papers are organized into three series.

Series I: Albums

Series II: Subject Files

Series III: Clippings

Series IV: Thelma Vernell Anderson Gibson

Please see the Finding Aid/Inventory section of this guide for more detailed information.

Date Acquired: 01/00/2009

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Theodore R. Gibson Family Papers document the life and work of Reverend Gibson, longtime Miami Commissioner during the 1970s and 1980s, and champion of Black Coconut Grove. The collection also contains materials documenting the civic activities and interests of Reverend Gibson’s wife, Thelma Gibson.

The collection includes albums that document Reverend Gibson’s family life, as well as his church, community, and political activities. The albums include photographs, letters of commendation, invitations, programs, biographical information, and numerous clippings.

The subject files provide evidence of the activities and interests of Reverend and Thelma Gibson, dating from the 1950s to the 1990s. Included are programs for services and events at Christ Episcopal Church and other area churches; speeches and invocations written by Reverend Gibson; letters received; and materials concerning the NAACP.

The clippings document the interests of Reverend and Thelma Gibson and highlight their work and accomplishments. A majority of the clippings are arranged chronologically and date from 1981-1990. Clippings arranged by subject document the activities of Reverend Gibson and his family, as well as other topics, and date from the 1960s to the1990s.

Biographical Note

Reverend Theodore R. Gibson devoted his life toward the advancement of civil rights in Miami. He was born to Bahamian immigrant parents. Thanks to the efforts of his mother who worked as a maid, Gibson attended St. Augustine College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Bishop Payne Divinity School. He returned to Miami to become pastor of the 800 member congregation of Christ Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove.

He spoke strongly about the need for improvements of conditions for Black residents in the community, and fought for desegregation of Miami. As early as 1945 he led a group of blacks to swim at the all-white Baker’s Haulover Beach. The action served as an impetuous for the creation of the Virginia Key Beach for colored people by the Dade County Commission.

In the 1960s he joined forces with Grove activist Elizabeth Verrick and the Coconut Grove Slum Clearance Committee to ameliorate the standard of living of residents in the Black Grove. These efforts led to the establishment of indoor plumbing and improvements in the sewage disposal system.

Gibson’s mission for equality led him to posts of importance; he served as president of the Miami NAACP in the 1950s and 60s. The 1963 Gibson Case centered on his refusal to reveal the membership of the local chapter of the NAACP. His stance resulted in a prison sentence in 1960, but in 1963 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Gibson’s favor and dismissed the charges.

Reverend Gibson was later elected to the Miami City Commission, a job he held from 1972 and for nearly the rest of his life, until 1981. As a commissioner Gibson pushed for the inclusion of African Americans and Hispanics to civil service jobs and to the promotion of blacks to higher level administrative positions.Thelma Vernel Anderson Gibson (1926-  ) is a native of Coconut Grove, who along with her husband Reverend Gibson, promoted the civil rights of black residents in Miami. Mrs. Gibson has more than 30 years of professional experience in the field of nursing with degrees from Saint Agnes School of Nursing in North Carolina and Teachers College at Columbia University in New York.

Mrs. Gibson’s work in the community has focused on health and education projects such as the Gibson Health Initiative and the Theodore and Thelma School of the Performing Arts in Coconut Grove. In addition she is a board member of the Coconut Grove Mental Health Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a trustee of the University of Miami.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Theodore R. Gibson Family Papers Finding Aid © 2010 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Acquisition Source: Gift of Thelma Gibson.

Related Materials: Theodore R. Gibson is also featured in the UM Libraries' Digital Exhibit: "The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Experience in Miami." For more information please see http://scholar.library.miami.edu/miamiCivilRights/.

Preferred Citation: Theodore R. Gibson Family Papers, Special Collections Division, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Processing Information: Items were removed from albums for preservation purposes, retaining the arrangement of the original albums.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised by Laura Capell, 2010.

Other Note: Processing of the Thelma Gibson series made possible with a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Summer 2013.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 2: Subject Files],
[Series 3: Clippings],
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Series 2: Subject FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Annual Joint Lenten Service Programs, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Bahamas, 1960s-1970sAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bahamas: Church Materials, 1960s-1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Certificates and Awards, 1970s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Chicago: Church Materials, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Christ Episcopal Church Programs, 1950s-1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Christ Episcopal Church Programs, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Christ Episcopal Church Programs, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Christ Episcopal Church Programs, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Christ Episcopal Church Programs, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Christ Episcopal Church Programs, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Church of the Incarnation Programs, 1960s-1970sAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Church Programs, 1960s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Church Related Articles, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Coconut Grove Arts Festival, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Coconut Grove Cares Cookbook, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Commencement Programs, 1960s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Conference on Ministry to Miami, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Congressional Record, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Dade Heritage Trust, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Diocesan Convention, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Diocese of Southeast Florida Programs, 1960s-1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Diocese of Southeast Florida Convention Programs, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Duke University, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Eastern Airlines, Bicentennial Ambassador, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Elected Officials Programs, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1960s-1970sAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Florida Memorial College, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: A Guide to High School Redirection, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Health Initiatives, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Housing and Urban Development, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Israel and Jerusalem, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Israel and Jerusalem, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Letters of Condolence, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Letters Received, 1950s-1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Letters Received, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Letters Received, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Miami / Bahamas Goombay Festival in Coconut Grove, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Miami-Dade Community College, 1990-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Miami-Dade Community College Building Dedications, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Miami-Dade Community College Commencement, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Miami-Dade County, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged at Douglas Gardens, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Miscellaneous, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Miscellaneous Articles, 1960s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miscellaneous Programs, 1960s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: NAACP, 1960s-1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: NAACP 53rd Annual Convention, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 4: NAACP Activities: Focus on Miami, 1954-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 5: NAACP Activities: Focus on Miami, 1954-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 6: National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Oath of Allegiance, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 1970s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Photographs: Theodore Gibson and Associates, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Pope Paul VI, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Sacred Heart Spiritual Society, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 12: St. Agnes Episcopal Church Programs, 1960s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: St. Augustine's College, 1970s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Senator Carrie P. Meek, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Speeches and Invocations by Theodore Gibson, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Speeches and Invocations by Theodore Gibson, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Speeches and Invocations by Theodore Gibson, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Speeches and Invocations by Theodore Gibson, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Spingarn Award Committee Nominee, Theodore Gibson, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Theodore Gibson Memorial Fund, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Programs, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Women's Initiatives, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Certificates and Programs, 1960s-1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Box 12: Exhibit ItemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Clippings, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Miami-Dade County, 1960s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: NAACP, CORE, and Correspondence, 1960s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.

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