The Dr. James Cameron Pamphlet Collection is made up of thirty-eight self-published pamphlets by civil rights activist Dr. James Cameron (1914-2006). Dr. Cameron was the only known survivor of a lynching and the founder of the America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, WI. A self-taught historian and lecturer, Cameron devoted his life to raising Americans’ consciousness and conscience about the legacy of slavery and educating the public about the injustices suffered by people of African descent in America.
Topics addressed in the pamphlets include slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, lynching, the Ku Klux Klan, the Civil Rights, and Milwaukee police/community relations. These pamphlets provide a unique perspective of American history and an unabashed critique of the social issues of the day.
The original pamphlets may be viewed in the Lucile E. and Richard Krug Rare Books Room located at the Central Library. Please contact the Arts, Music and Recreation Room at (414) 286-3071 and schedule an appointment.
Support for this project comes from the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation and the America’s Black Holocaust Museum.
This project was made possible through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.