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ITEM Identifier: OH-31: T-32

Sadie Alexander (1898-1989), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Interviewed by: Marcia McAdoo Greenlee, January 26, 1977.


  • 1976-1981

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Most transcripts and audiotapes are unrestricted. Some oral histories have restrictions which are noted in the inventory. An appointment is necessary to use the restricted audiotapes.

Conditions Governing Use

No part of this transcript may be quoted for publication without the written permission of both Sadie Alexander's heirs and the Director of the Schlesinger Library.


7 linear feet ((7 cartons) plus 353 audiotapes)

Biographical / Historical

In 1921 (second in order of graduation) one of the first three black women in the United States ever to receive the Ph.D. degree; first black woman to earn a law degree from University of Pennsylvania; first woman to practice law in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; second woman to hold position of Assistant City Solicitor in Philadelphia; secretary of National Urban League, New York City, for 25 years.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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