The Hope R. Stevens Collection Digitizing and Access Project

Material Description

The Hope R. Stevens Collection consists of approximately 25 cubic feet of correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, publications, and reports relating to his personal life, legal occupation and local, national, and international civic, as well as political activities from the 1930s to the 1980s. Stevens was a prolific lawyer in Harlem, starting in the late 1930’s until his death in the early 1980’s. Most noteworthy artifacts in this collection are Stevens’ award of the “Order of the British Empire” medal in its original case, a certificate along with the medal, and letters written to him congratulating him on his award. There are records and documents of Stevens’ private life, such as his will and testament, naturalization certificate, passports, personal correspondence to family and friends, his death certificate and memorial services. Other records and documents collected note Stevens’ professional work as a local Harlem lawyer and international lawyer, and his affiliations and activism with certain local and international organizations and projects. There is a collection of materials on the trail of Pol Pot, which Stevens took part in as an international lawyer, and these include legal reports, mission statement, and a speech given at the trail of Pol Pot. His affiliation with the Harlem Urban Development Corporation shows his involvement with the development of Harlem. Documents pertaining to other organizations in which he attended meetings and conferences, illustrate how prolific he was in different international organizations.

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The City College of New York


Dr. Ramona Hernandez
The Research Foundation of CUNY- The City College of New York

Mr. Idilio Gracia-Pena
CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives

Date Range

1926 - 2004

Geographic Scope

The Hope R. Stevens Collection highlights the Community of Harlem as well as other communities of the city and state of New York. The collection also highlights Mr. Hope’s birthplace in East End, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, where he first migrated; the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia.


  • 25 Mixed Archival Collections