1. I located a number of reports, limited edition books, booklets and some fact sheets about Black elected officials in: a) various libraries, b)archival collections, c) where they exist, the state Black Caucus offices, d) the personal collections of some Black elected officials who either generously gave me a copy of something out of print or not generally available, or allowed me to xerox the materials, and e) the offices of political activists like Mr. Jerome A. Gray, State Field Director for the Alabama Democratic Conference, who knew so much about the evolution of Black politics across the state that I interviewed him because I sensed that his insights will be valuable to researchers who will later use the VRADP collection. Researchers may find the following useful: "Black Elected Officials: A State Roster for 1995," published by the Alabama Democratic Conference (includes aggregate statewide numbers sorted by sex for 20 local, state and federal offices; includes itemized list of counties with Black county commissioners; lists personal names, municipality, and population of Black mayors across the state; lists all Black state legislators, Black county commissioners in the state, Black sheriffs, Black probate judges, Black circuit clerks, Black tax collectors, Black tax assessors and revenue commissioners, Black county coroners, Black school board members, Black city council members, and Black elected state and district court judges and district attorneys in the state); Luther Porter Jackson, Negro Office Holders in Virginia, 1865-1895 (Norfolk: Guide Quality Press, 1945); Laughlin McDonald, Voting Rights in the South: Ten Years of Litigation Challenging Continuing Discrimination Against Minorities (American Civil Liberties Union, January, 1982).

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