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Accession number A2003.010
Collection De Patten Family
Title The De Patten Family Collection
Catalog Number A2003.010
Object Name Papers, Personal
Credit line Collection of the AAMI - Courtesy of Hobart De Patten
Physical characteristics Boxed documents span five linear inches.
Dates of Creation 1911-1996
Access Conditions Open for research.
Copyrights no known restrictions
Scope & Content The De Patten Family papers date from 1911 to 1996 and measure 5 linear inches. The general papers include family correspondence, newspaper clippings, and a writing journal from an unidentified source. The papers of Hobart De Patten include materials from The Concerned Citizen's Committee, a group founded by De Patten to counteract unfair city policies toward African American neighborhoods. The Kalanji Lumumba Saadiq papers include newspaper clippings from Saadiq's youth as a Black Panther, information from his campaigns for the Des Moines City Council, and articles from his later years. Robert E. Patten's papers include dozens of printed items of Des Moines businesses and clubs printed at the Patten Printery. The photographs include snapshots from the March on Washington, photographs of the Mitchell family (Margaret Patten Johnson's brother and parents), and small albums of pictures taken of Des Moines neighborhoods by Hobart De Patten.
Biographical History The De Patten family papers document three generations of family members from a Des Moines African American family. Robert E. Patten, a printery owner, and Margaret Mitchell Patten, an adult education instructor, settled in Des Moines and raised four children: Hazel Patten Oliver, Rolston E. Patten, Rev. F. Alphus Patten, and E. Hobart De Patten. Before his death in 1968, Robert Patten saved a copy of nearly everything he produced in his print shop near Center Street in Des Moines. Consequently, the items which he carefully preserved include information about a number of African American clubs and businesses.
Robert and Margaret Patten's son E. Hobart De Patten added an extra syllable to his name because he knew that "Patten" had been arbitrarily selected for his ancestors. De Patten graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Political Science and made his living as a residential and commercial landlord. He became heavily involved in community politics when the Des Moines City Council chose to destroy his home and a number of other homes and businesses for its urban renewal plan. De Patten wrote letters to the editor and became an outspoken advocate against unjust city laws.
Hobart De Patten's son, Clive Lisbon De Patten, changed his name to Kalonji Lumumba Saadiq (meaning "man of victory" and "truthful and righteous") in 1972. He worked as a journalist for the Iowa Bystander and the Des Moines Register and served as a devoted activist in the Des Moines community.
Finding Aids Box no.___Description__________
Box 1
Correspondence, 1940-1971 and undated
Newspaper clippings, 1966-1996
Writing journal, undated
Hobart DePatten
Atlanta Children's Fund, 1981
Big Daddy's Bar-B-Q menu, undated
Concerned Citizen's Committee, 1970-1971 and undated
Newspaper clippings, 1979
Poetry, undated
State Historical Society of Iowa Black History Month speech, undated
Kolanji Lumumba Saadiq (formerly Clive Lisbon DePatten), 1970-1992
Margaret Patten Johnson obituary, 1978
Robert Patten
Newspaper clippings, 1996
Patten's Neighborhood: Memories of the Center Street Community, 1996
Robert E. Patten Printery
Calendars, 1911-1990
Des Moines area printing jobs
Business advertisements, undated
Business cards, undated
Club invitations, 1957
Event tickets, 1954-1964 and undated
Labels, undated
Membership cards, undated
Dorie Miller print, undated
Print samples, undated
Sample mailer, 1940
Lucky Heart catalog, c. 1940's
St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church souvenir booklet, 1945
Des Moines neighborhoods, undated
Hobart DePatten family, 1966
March on Washington, 1963
Mitchell family, undated
Margaret Patten Johnson, undated
St. Matthew Interdenominational Church, undated
Unidentified, undated

OS Collection
Parthenon Concert Hall (2)
Malakoff Music Hall
Arcade Music Hall
Old Theater (2)
Fords Theater, 1865
Royal Arcade Music Hall, 1861
Atlanta Childrens Fund, 1981
America's Black Holocaust Museum
Ground Observer Corps recruitment (2)
"Jesus died for both," image of Jesus with two children, one white, and one black, Copyright PP&F Co. 1911
"The Little Shepherd," image of black boy holding staff with sheep, copyright Otto Schieble, Chicago, 1911 (frame C2003.008.001: FAL 13)
"Inspiration," image of black woman playing piano with angel singing and playing harp, copyright Chas. Gustrine, Chicago, 1911
B/W drawing, portrait of woman wearing bonnet
portrait of man wearing black cape
copy of Community Action Group emblem (4)
copy, portrait of woman wearing pearls
B/W copy, boy wearing dark overalls seated in grass
Book Illustrations, copies
Woman and child sitting on fallen tree with cottage in background, G. Sheriden Tinoweld, (4)
Rabbits in snow, (4)
"Friend or Foe," girl with cat and dog all starring at frog
"Apple Blossoms and Bees," Paul de Longpre
Supreme Vienna Bread bag
Hot Shot, Organ of the Iowa Unemployed Assoc., newspaper, February 1, 1932
Subjects Printers
Business enterprises
Search Terms Des Moines
Des Moines - Center Street
Center Street
African American business owners
Black Muslims
Black Pride Movement
Political campaigns
Business owners - African American
City Council
Domestic life
People DePatten, E. Hobart
Patten, Robert E.
Patten, Robert
Patten, Margaret
Patten, Hazel
Oliver, Hazel Patten
Patten, Rolston E.
Patten, Rev. F. Alphus
Saadiq, Kalonji Lumumba
Johnson, Margaret Patten
Brown, Gertrude
Miller, Dorie
Jackson, Clarence, Jr.
Wheeler, Lewis Stephen
Green, Dwight Arthur
Gomez, Jose
Beck, Dale L.
Oliver-Hall, Barbara
Classification Business & Commerce
Domestic Life
Creator De Patten Family