MG-146. ROSS A. HICKOK PAPERS, 1768-1943.
Ross A. Hickok (1876-1943) was a leader in the civic, social, and cultural life of Harrisburg and influential in educational and business circles. He was a director of the Harrisburg National Bank, an officer of the Brubaker Coal Company, and president of the W. O. Hickok Manufacturing Company. In this collection is a copy of My Own Song Book: A Well Selected Collection of the Most Popular Sentimental, Patriotic and Humorous Songs (Harrisburg, Pa.), sold by W. O. Hickok in 1840, which includes songs such as "Jim Brown," "Jim Crow," and other songs written in the African American dialect. Also found is an article from the May 26, 1891 issue of the Harrisburg Telegraph reporting a police incident in Steelton involving "Annie Hawkins, a colored woman residing along the Pennsylvania Railroad, charged with disturbing the peace."