Tools & equipment for communication; Written communication tools & equipment; Witing Media
unknown maker
unknown place made
African American; Crossroads of America; Sports
overall: 5 in x 3 in x 1/2 in

This is a brown leatherette notebook with no exterior markings. Major Taylor used the notebook to record activities, expenses and travel. Marshall “Major” Taylor (November 26, 1878 - June 21, 1932) was born in Indianapolis. In 1896, he became a professional cyclist and in August 1899, he became the World Champion, capturing the One Mile Championship in Montreal. Daisy Victoria Morris became his wife in 1902 and their daughter, Rita Sydney, was born May 11, 1904. He raced in the United States, Europe and Australia. Taylor retired in 1910 after years of hardship and triumph. He published his autobiography, "The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World,” in 1928.

The Major Taylor donation is very significant to the story of Indiana and national African American history. It is the museum's most complete collection of African American related material and is used by researchers all over the country.

Donated by Sydney Taylor Brown

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