Her Resume: Hilda Clifford Flowers Wilson


I wonder why her middle name is Clifford.

The Y Players

First and foremost, I would like to apologize for my inactivity on the blog. I was originally going to post about Hilda’s diary entries, yet deciphering her handwriting became to big of a task especially when I am working at the same time and planning a welcome party for incoming students at my college. I guess you can just say I’ve been busy…extremely busy, but I am back.

I came across Hilda’s resume the second day of research and immediately requested for the document to be copied. You included a great amount of information within a resume and I knew this was a huge find.

From 1955 until 1961, Hilda served as the superintendent of the Primary Department Church School in what I would assume, Philadelphia. There, she trained and supervised teachers in early childhood education, monitored the organization’s budget, and organized a church school for three to five year olds.

From March 1964 until June 1965, Hilda worked as the administrative secretary for the Philadelphia chapter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In her words “as the only paid person”, she supervised the office, purchased the necessary supplies, organized a mass group of volunteers, coordinated fund raising events, maintained a speakers bureau, spoke at various colleges, churches, homes, gathering, etc., and bookkeeping work.

In 1965, Hilda was again an administrative secretary. This time she worked under the Philadelphia Tutorial Project where she supervised office staff, tested children, counseled parents, and coordinated tutors with students. She held this position until 1966. That year she worked as a trainer for Co-ps with the Poor People’s Corporation were she taught sewing and bookkeeping.  She did not stay in the position beyond the year, yet she returned as a purchasing agent from June 1968 until August of the same year.

She did not, well it seems as if, she held no employment from 1961 until 1964 and in 1967. She then goes on to explain her training and education. For two years, Hilda attended evening school with courses in bookkeeping, typing, clerical practice, office practice, filing, business mathematics, comptomery?, and business machines.

For other experiences, Hilda included a great chunk of information about her time with the NAACP, Urban League Guild, YMCA, and YWCA. She also wrote of how she help organize the West Philadelphia Civic League, and umbrella organization or all of the civic groups in West Philadelphia. She also served as president for the Mothers Club of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority as well as hosting workshops on black history.

Her hobbies included the followings: reading, sewing, knitting, crocheting, bridge, pinochle, dancing, playing piano, listening to jazz, blues, and classical records, going to symphonies, concerts, and operas, as well as participating in good conversation. She also put sports she enjoyed watching within her resume like basketball, football, and ice hockey. Hilda was also a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club in Jackson, Mississippi.

Hilda’s resume also included more information regarding non-credit courses she took, but other than that this three page document provided an better insight on her life regarding her work, education, and even hobbies. It is kind of strange to be getting a fuller picture of a person you are researching. I had a certain image of Hilda in my head and the more she is researched the more my image becomes wrong, but I will save that for another post.

Photo of Hilda

Until the next post.


(I will proofread this later =)).

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