Vulcan Society photograph collection

Collection Data

Depictions of officials, members and the activities of the Vulcan Society, a fraternal organization for Black fire fighters of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), from the 1940s to 1990.
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1936 - 1990 (Approximate)
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Shelf locator: Sc Photo Vulcan Society Collection
New York (N.Y.). Fire Dept. Vulcan Society
New York (N.Y.). Fire Dept.
African American fire fighters -- New York (State) -- New York
Biographical/historical: The Vulcan Society is a fraternal organization of black fire fighters employed by the NYCFD. It was founded in 1940 by the late Battalion Chief Wesley Williams who was also instrumental in establishing the Guardians, a fraternal organization of black policemen in the New York City Police Department. Initially formed for comradeship and to eliminate and monitor discrimination within the NYCFD, the Society also provides education and training for individuals interested in careers as fire fighters, and financial aid to its members and members' children who attend institutions of higher education. In addition, the Society provides moral support and raises funds for other black organizations.
Type of Resource
Still image
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d4d0a4d0-073b-0135-9406-09b40b8ac75f
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