Mamie Wade Avant papers, 1930-1982

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8xxzs

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Avant, Mamie Wade.
Title: Mamie Wade Avant papers, 1930-1982
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 887
Extent: 1.75 linear ft. (3 boxes) and 1 oversized papers folder (OP)
Abstract:Papers of African American fortune teller Mamie Wade Avant relating to fortune-telling and her involvement with Masonic organizations.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Additional Physical Form

Selected items from this collection are available digitally to researchers in the Emory Digital Collections repository.


Purchased from James E. Allen, 2001.

Custodial History

Purchased from dealer, provenance unknown.


[after identification of item(s)], Mamie Wade Avant papers, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Head of Arrangement and Description, Susan Potts McDonald, as part of the Rose Library's holdings in African American culture and history and Georgia history.


Processed by Elizabeth Russey, September 17, 2005.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Mamie Wade Avant was an African American fortune teller who lived in Savannah, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Mamie Wade Avant relating to fortune-telling and her involvement with Masonic organizations. The papers include a small amount of personal correspondence, printed pamphlets, Eastern Star materials, handwritten cures and recipes, jewelry, photographs, books, and a crystal ball. A number of pamphlets that are a part of this collection have been cataloged.

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Arranged by document type.

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Container List

Personal papers
Box Folder Content
1 1 Bulletin, dedication service of the Second Avenue Baptist Church, Coosawhatchie, South Carolina, September 1982
1 2 Correspondence, 1935-1941
1 3 Evening Call Aid and Social Club constitution and bylaws
1 4 Fortune-telling cards
1 5 Membership application, St. John Grand Lodge
1 6 Membership certificates [Edward Wade], St. John Grand Lodge, 1930, 1937
1 7 Pamphlet, "Why and How You Should Read the Bible," American Tract Society
1 8 Photograph of an unidentified child
OP1 1 Photograph of an unidentified man and woman [Mamie Wade Avant?]
OP1 1 Portrait of an unidentified girl [Mamie Wade Avant?]
1 9 Spells and charms [handwritten]
1 10 Syllabus of the Eastern Star Queen of the South and Amaranth degrees
1 11 Bracelet
1 12 Brooch
1 13 Cross
2 1 Crystal ball
1 14 Lapel Ribbon, International Order Brith Sholom of America, Stone Lodge #1, Savannah, Georgia
1 15 Mamie Wade Avant monogrammed pin
1 16 Order of the Eastern Star Good Luck coin
1 17 Order of the Eastern Star pendant
1 18 Order of the Eastern Star pin
1 19 Order of the Eastern Star ring
1 20 Our Lady of Mt. Caramel charm
1 21 Pendants
1 22 Purse
3 - Books [some annotated]