BAXTER, AUGUSTUS, 1928-2017.
Augustus and Dolores Hill Baxter papers, circa 1942-1957

Emory University

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

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Baxter, Augustus, 1928-2017.
Title: Augustus and Dolores Hill Baxter papers, circa 1942-1957
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1524
Extent: 1 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of African American activist, urban planner, and educator Augustus Baxter and his wife Dolores Hill Baxter, including correspondence and photographs.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Related Materials in Other Repositories

Civil Rights Oral Histories, Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center


Purchased from Bookmark/Robert Langmuir, 2020.


[after identification of item(s)], Augustus and Dolores Hill Baxter papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Pellom McDaniel, III, Curator of African American Collections, as part of Rose Library's holdings in African American history.


Arranged and described at the file level by Rebecca Sherman, August 2022.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Augustus Baxter was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1928. Baxter attended Morgan State College (Baltimore, Maryland) and was part of the college's national championship football team of 1949. He later received a degree in social work from Cheyney State University (Pennsylvania). In 1950, he married Dolores E. Hill Baxter. Through the 1950s and 1960s, Baxter worked as a community activist with the Gang Control Unit of the Friends Neighborhood Guild, a Quaker-founded social welfare agency, in Philadelphia. He later worked with various city planning organizations, including the Model Cities Program, the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, and the Philadelphia Architects Workshop. Baxter was a public school teacher in Philadelphia, and he served on the Board of Education for 12 years.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Augustus and Dolores Hill Baxter from circa 1942-1957, including personal correspondence and photographs. The correspondence is primarily between Augustus and Dolores Hill Baxter during their courtship, while Baxter was in Baltimore, Maryland, attending Morgan State College.

The collection also contains two photographs of Baxter in his Morgan State College football uniform.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Correspondence, undated
1 2 Correspondence, 1948 February-April
1 3 Correspondence, 1948 May-September
1 4 Correspondence, 1948 October-December
1 5 Correspondence, 1949 January
1 6 Correspondence, 1949 February
2 1 Correspondence, 1949 March
2 2 Correspondence, 1949 April-May
2 3 Correspondence, 1949 September-October
2 4 Correspondence, 1949 November-December
2 5 Correspondence, 1950 January-March
2 6 Correspondence, 1950 April-November
2 7 Correspondence, 1952-1957
2 8 Correspondence, empty envelopes, 1948-1950
2 9 Photographs, Augustus Baxter in football uniform, circa 1949
2 10 School records, Dolores Hill, 1942-1947