Edwin Fletcher and Cora Calhoun Horne family collection
Scope and Contents
The collection includes an oversize collection with two education certificates (OBC137) and panoramic photographs, which comprise: 5th Annual Big Brothers and Big Sisters Philadelphia meeting panoramic photograph, 1921 May; Bahai group meeting panoramic photograph, undated; International Council of Women, Washington D.C. meeting panoramic photograph, 1925; National Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Washington D.C. meeting panoramic photograph, 1923 May; unidentified women's meeting panoramic photograph, circa 1920-1930s (OP003).
- circa 1850-1930s
- Horne, Cora Calhoun (Person)
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The Horne family was heavily involved in civil rights during the 20th century. Edwin Horne was a teacher, drugstore proprietor, politician, and newspaperman who wrote regularly for The Freeman, an illustrated African-American newspaper based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. He was considered to be an influential advisor to Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president of the United States of America. Horne moved to New York where he became a prominent member of the civil rights community using his influence to help causes in education and entertainment.
Edwin Fletcher “Teddy” Horne, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1893 to Edwin Fletcher Horne and Cora Calhoun Horne. He married Edna Louise Scottron on November 17, 1915 and a daughter, Lena Horne, born in Brooklyn, New York on July 17, 1917. The couple divorced in 1920. Edwin Horne, Jr. remarried and Edna, an aspiring actress, left Lena with her grandparents, Edwin Fletcher Horne and Cora Calhoun Horne.
Lena Horne was a singer, dancer, actress and civil rights activist. She is known as one of the most popular and influential African American entertainers of the 20th century.
Cora Calhoun Horne died in 1932 and Edwin Fletcher Horne died in 1939. They are buried at the Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Edwin Fletcher “Teddy” Horne, Jr. died in Los Angeles, California on April 18, 1970. Edna Louise Scottron died in 1985. Lena Horne died on May 9, 2010 in Manhattan, New York.
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Brozan, Nadine. "Born In A Trunk: The Story Of The Hornes." New York Times, June 20, 1986. Accessed February 6, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/1986/06/20/style/born-in-a-trunk-the-story-of-the-hornes.html.
"Lena Horne." Pittsburgh Music History. Accessed February 6, 2019. https://sites.google.com/site/pittsburghmusichistory/pittsburgh-music-story/jazz/jazz---early-years/lena-horne.
Lena Horne Biography. Notable Biographies. https://www.notablebiographies.com/Ho-Jo/Horne-Lena.html. Accessed on February 6, 2019.
0.35 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 2 oversize folders)
Language of Materials
- African American civil rights workers
- African American politicians
- African Americans -- History
- Civil rights movements -- United States
- Dry plate negatives
- Family history
- Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901
- Horne, Edwin Fletcher, 1893-1970
- Horne, Lena, 1917-2010
- Presidential candidates -- United States
- Women dancers
- Women political activists
- Edwin Fletcher and Cora Calhoun Horne family collection
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