Finding aid for the Charles W. Fleming Papers

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Fleming, Charles W.
Title: Charles W. Fleming Papers
Dates: 1943-1994
Extent: 2.60 linear feet (4 containers and 4 oversize folders)
Abstract: Charles W. Fleming was a Cleveland, Ohio, Municipal Court Judge, an Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, a special assistant to the Attorney General of the State of Ohio, senior partner of the Fleming, Hubbard, and Davis Law Firm in Cleveland, and a professor at Case Western Reserve University. Fleming was also involved in Masonry. The collection consists of agendas, certificates, correspondence, biographies, court cases, newsletters, booklets, newspaper clippings, lists, financial statements, minutes, schedules, reports, notes, pamphlets, programs, and resolutions.
MS Number MS 4804
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English

Biography of Charles W. Fleming

Charles W. Fleming (1928-1994) was born April 20, 1928, in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his education in the Cleveland Public School system. Fleming continued his education at Kent State University where he received a pre-law degree. In 1955, he received his J.D. in Law at Cleveland Marshall Law School.

In 1953, Charles W. Fleming married Norma G. Edwards in Cleveland, Ohio. Together they had four children: Reginald, Charles Esque, Carlos Averett, and Patrice Rochelle.

Fleming was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1955 and to the National Bar in 1961. He served as Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor from 1961 to 1968. From 1969 to 1975, Fleming worked as special assistant to the Attorney General of the State of Ohio. During 1969 to 1973, he also held the position as a professor at Case Western Reserve University, and he was senior partner at the Fleming, Hubbard, and Davis Law Firm from 1968 to 1976. In January 1976, Fleming was elected Cleveland Municipal Court Judge and was re-elected for a second term in 1981. From 1981 to 1984, he served as Presiding and Administrative Judge of the Cleveland Municipal Court. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and was greatly involved in Masonry. Fleming's experience as a Mason includes being a member of the Eureka Lodge # 52; President of the Braxton F. Cann Class of 1985 of the Bezaleel Consistory #15 of the United Supreme Council Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliation, Northern Jurisdiction, U.S.A, Inc.; and Grand Inspector General of the United Supreme Council 33rd degree Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, N. J, Inc. In addition, he was an honorary Past Potentate, Past Imperial Potentate, and Deputy Imperial Legal Advisor of the El Hasa Temple # 28, and served as the Director of Civil Liberties of Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine, Inc.

Scope and Content

The Charles W. Fleming Papers, 1943-1994 and undated, consist primarily of agendas, certificates, correspondence, biographies, court cases, newsletters, booklets, newspaper clippings, lists, financial statements, minutes, schedules, reports, notes, pamphlets, programs, and resolutions.

This collection is of value to researchers studying politics, Masonry, law, and civil justice in the twentieth century. It also is of value to those researching the role of African Americans in twentieth century law, urban politics, and the judicial system, specifically in Cleveland, Ohio. This collection includes material on Fleming's political campaign for re-election as Cleveland Municipal Court Judge, membership as a Freemason of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliation Northern Jurisdiction, U.S.A, Inc., Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North and South America and its Jurisdiction, Inc., and as a past chairman of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association and the Court of Appeals for the American Judges Association.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three series.
Series I: Personal Files is arranged alphabetically by document type and then chronologically.
Series II: Judicial Files is arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically.
Series III: Subject Files is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.

Restrictions on Access


Separated Material

All photographs have been removed to PG 504 Charles W. Fleming Photographs

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


African American judges -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
African Americans -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
Afro-American freemasonry -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
Afro-American lawyers -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
American Judges Association.
Cleveland (Ohio). Municipal Court.
Fleming, Charles, W., 1928-1994.
Freemasonry -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
Judges -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
Lawyers -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
National Bar Association.

Preferred Citation

[Container ___, Folder ___ ] MS 4804 Charles W. Fleming Papers, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio

Acquisition Information

Norma Fleming, 1995

Processing Information

Processed by Artricia Love in 1999

Detailed Description of The Collection

Series I: Personal Papers 1954-1994 undated

Box Folder
1 1 Agendas 189-1994
1 2 Awards, special tribute to Fleming from the House of Representatives (original housed in Folder 56, Container 4, Oversize Materials) 1982-1994
1 3 Biographies 1985-1994 undated
1 4-6 Booklets 1988-1994
1 7 Certificates, (some originals housed in Folder 57, Container 4, Oversize Materials) 1961-1994 undated
1 8 Constitutions and bylaws, Antioch Baptist Church 1960 1984
1 8 Ancient Egyptian Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North and South America and its Jurisdictions, Inc. 1989 1993
1 9-14 Correspondence 1982-1994 undated
1 15 Court cases, Ancient Egyptian Order vs. Prince Hall, U. S. District Court, Chicago 1954
1 15 Court cases, Maggie Buchanan vs. Arthur Shack, Ancient Egyptian Order, Prince Hall 1993
1 16 Court cases, Marion Cheatham vs. Noble Arthur Shack, Imperial Potentate of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of Mystic Shrine 1994
1 17 Financial statements 1983-1994 undated
1 18 Lists 1985-1993 undated
1 19 Minutes, Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of Mystic Shrine 1992-1993
1 19 Minutes, Bezaleel Consistory No. 15, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite 1993-1994
1 20 Miscellaneous 1983-1994 undated
1 21 Newsletters 1986-1994
Box Folder
2 22-23 Newspaper clippings 1982-1994 undated
2 24 Notes 1984-1994 undated
2 25 Pamphlets 1986-1994 undated
2 26 Proclamations, Kent State University; Mayor Michael White (original housed in Folder 58, Container 4, Oversize Materials) 1994
2 27 Programs 1943-1994 undated
2 28 Reports, The United Supreme Council Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliation 1980-1989
2 28 Reports, Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order 1990-1993
2 28 Reports, Antioch Baptist Church 1993
2 29 Reports, Administrative Law Judge 1993
2 29 Reports, Civil Liberties Department 1993
2 29 Reports, Braxton F. Cann Class, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry 1994
2 29 Reports, S. J. Young; M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Colorado Jurisdiction; History of 33º; Lovpil; Stephen Bio-Natural Therapy; William C. Wilson, Imperial Director; Ancient Arabic Egyptian Order Nobles of Mystic Shrine undated
2 30 Resolutions, City Council; Cleveland Municipal Court; Cleveland City Council, 1989; Michigan Legislature; Cleveland City Council; Braxton F. Cann Class, United Supreme Council Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 1992; Cleveland Clerk of Courts; Governor of Ohio; Cleveland City Council; Cuyahoga County Commissioners; Cleveland Clerk of Courts; WZLE 104.9 FM; Antioch Baptist Church; Imperial Council Ancient Arabic Egyptian Order Nobles of Mystic Shrine of North and South America; American Judges Association; and City of Cleveland 1982-1983 1989-1990 1993-1994
2 31 Resolutions, Cuyahoga County Commissioners honors Fleming, (originals housed in Folder 59, Container 4, Oversize Materials); City of Cleveland honors Charles W. Fleming 1982 1989
2 31 Condolences from City of East Cleveland, Office of the Council; condolences from the City of East Cleveland Municipal Court; condolences from the Black Women's Political Action Committee; and condolences from the city of Bedford Heights 1994
2 32 Schedules 1987-1994

Series II: Judicial Files 1943 1960-1994 undated

Box Folder
2 33 American Judges Association, certificate, publications, reports, annual reports, newspaper clippings, correspondence, newsletter, budgets, notes, and lists; Executive Committee, House of Delegates, Judicial Concerns & Standards Committee, directory of officers and board of governors 1972-1993
2 34 American Judges Association, correspondence, publications, newsletters, news releases, report, minutes, bylaws, notes, financial statements, and annual report 1993
2 35 American Judges Association, flyers, budget, notes, correspondence, agendas, financial statements, and minutes 1994
2 36 American Judges Association, list of judicial concerns and standards committee, correspondence, reports, budgets, newspaper clipping, agendas, notes, resolutions, and financial statements 1994
2 37 American Judges Association, correspondence, minutes, budget report, publication, list of future conferences, notes, and newspaper clipping 1994
2 38 Campaign for re-election, correspondence, flyers, newspaper clippings, calendars, finance reports, notes, and a newsletter 1981-1993
2 39 Campaign for re-election, correspondence flyers, newspaper clippings, notes, list of schools, community centers, churches, and libraries from Ward 1 to Ward 22 1993 undated
2 40 Cleveland Marshall Law College Judicial Alumni, correspondence, flyer, reports, lists; Cleveland Marshall Alumni, Cleveland State University Board of Trustees, Foundation Board of Directors, Annual Sustaining Fund Volunteers, Faculty /Staff Annual Appeal Co-chairpersons, agenda, minutes, news release, and a pamphlet 1991-1994
2 41 Federal Judgeship, correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, and a court case 1978-1993
2 42 National Bar Association, news release, publication, correspondence, directory, newsletters, newspaper clipping, reports, proclamation 1960-1986
2 43 National Bar Association, correspondence, newspaper clippings, list of Presidential Appointments of Black federal judges, programs, report, certificates, notes, minutes 1986-1992
2 44 National Bar Association, correspondence, certificates, notes, minutes, program, reports, lists; past chairpersons, Judicial Council of the National Bar Association, and Black State Justices of Supreme Court 1992-1994
2 45 National Bar Association, correspondence, list; Senate/House of Judiciary members, executive mailing, Black State Justices of the Supreme Court, ten former Past chairpersons, publication, notes, flyer, resolution 1994 undated
Box Folder
3 46 Norman Minor Bar Association, newsletter, application form 1943
3 47 Northern Ohio Municipal Judge Association, minutes, agenda, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and flyers 1993-1994
3 48 Other Judges/Courts/Candidates, correspondence, list; Supreme Court Judges, Cuyahoga County Court of Appeals, Common Pleas, Probate Court, Cleveland Municipal Court, Clerk of Courts, Elective Judicial Offices, agenda, flyers, news release 1991-1994

Series III: Subject Files 1983-1994 undated

Box Folder
3 49 Alcee Hastings, newspaper clippings, correspondence, resume, notes, invitation, flyer, booklet, and a program 1983-1994 undated
3 50 Arnold Pinkney-Defense Fund, publication, correspondence, flyer, newspaper clippings 1984-1989
3 51 Black Democrats of Ohio, correspondence, flyer, and a newspaper clipping 1993-1994
3 52 David Holliman, notes, applications, correspondence, report, notes, biographical sketch 1990-1993 undated
3 53 Groups Against Narcotics and Gangs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, proposal, biographical sketch, notes, poem, budget, bylaws, and a building drawing 1992-1993
3 54 National Court Reporters Association, correspondence and reports 1993-1994
3 55 United Negro College Fund, correspondence, reply form, and pamphlets 1993