John Hazel Collection, 1972-1994

John Hazel Collection, 1972-1994

Finding Aid

Collection No. 86 (.25 Linear Feet)
D.C. Community Archives


Jacqueline B. Hazel, wife of John Hazel, donated the materials in this collection to the D.C. Community Archives in November 1994.


John Hazel (Feb. 11, 1929 - Jan. 29, 1994) was a lifelong resident of Washington, D.C., who rose to prominence as a local union leader and a supporter of the city’s libraries.

He graduated from Armstrong High School and he attended Miner Teachers College and American University in Washington, as well as Cornell University. He worked with various labor unions throughout his career in Washington, D.C. These included the Office and Professional Employees Union AFL-CIO, Office and Professional Employees International, and the Communications Workers of America.
Mayor Walter E. Washington appointed Hazel to the DC Board of Library Trustees in 1973 and he was reappointed by Mayor Marion Barry. He served as the Board’s president from 1983 to 1991. Notable among his achievements was his successful fundraising effort on the part of the King Mural Project. 
He was recognized for his achievements with many awards and acknowledgements, including: City Council Resolutions, Meritorious Service Awards, and many others. He died of cancer in 1994.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists, mainly, of reproductions of materials collected by John Hazel. The original material in this collection consists of clippings, photographs and legal documents.


There are no restrictions to this collection.

Box List

Box 1

FF 1 Awards, 1975-1994
FF 2 Clippings, 1984
FF 3 Council Statement, 1991
  Democratic Party
FF 4  Affirmative Action Plan, 1974
FF 5 Delegate Selection Plan, 1973
FF 6 Democratic Central Committee By-Laws, 1972
FF 7 D.C. Delegate Challenge, 1974
FF 8 King Mural Dedication, 1986
FF 9 Obituary, 1994
FF 10  Photographs, n.d.
Compiled by Ryan P. Semmes, November 2006
DC Public Library, Special Collections
D.C. Community Archives
901 G St. NW, Room 307
Washington, D.C.  20001

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