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Alice Roberta Parks Ellison papers, 1934-1960

Emory University

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

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8z8cj

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ellison, Alice Roberta Parks.
Title: Alice Roberta Parks Ellison papers, 1934-1960
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 906
Extent: .5 linear ft. (1 box), 1 bound volume (BV) and 2 oversized bound volumes (OBV)
Abstract:Papers of Alice Roberta Parks Ellison mostly documenting her participation in African American social and religious organizations in Atlanta, Georgia.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Purchase, 2001.


[after identification of item(s)], Alice Roberta Parks Ellison papers, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by Elizabeth Russey, March 19, 2005.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Alice Roberta Parks Ellison, was an African American resident of Atlanta, Georgia during the first half of the twentieth century. She lived in the West End district, at 834 West End Avenue. Ellison belonged to a number of religious and social organizations, mostly prior to her marriage, including the Shiloh Baptist Church, the American Woodman, the Atlanta Negro Music Club, and the Hi-Hi Club, of which she served as president.

Scope and Content Note

The papers consist of material collected by Alice Roberta Parks Ellison, mostly documenting her participation in African American social and religious organizations in Atlanta, Georgia. They include scrapbooks, photographs, a small amount of correspondence, church bulletins, and programs from events in Atlanta, Georgia. The scrapbooks, programs, and bulletins form the bulk of the collection. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings and invitations, programs, and other printed material from and about the many African American social and religious organizations in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1935 to 1960. Programs and bulletins in the collection include the Shiloh Baptist Church, Atlanta Negro Music Club, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, American Woodmen, the Atlanta Public Schools, Morris Brown College, and a number of local clubs such as the Hi Hi Social Club and the Smart Set Club. There is also a small amount of personal correspondence and photographs, mostly unidentified.

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Box Folder Content
1 1 Personal correspondence, 1945 and undated
1 2 Unidentified photographs
1 3 Unidentified photographs
1 4 Unidentified photographs, 1930s
1 5 Atlantic Avenue East, Delray Beach, Florida, 1940s[?]
1 6 Unidentified photographs, 1940s
1 7 Unidentified organization
1 8 Unidentified organization
Advertisement cards
1 9 Famous Southern Wonders Quartette, Dennison, Texas
1 10 1st Theatrical and Professional Artists Dance at the Laurel Garden (Newark, NJ) featuring John C. Smith, February 11, 1927
Church programs
1 11 Unidentified, Rev. H. Carter, presiding, with song sheet lyrics
1 12 Sunrise Easter Morning Services, Athletic Bowl of Atlanta University
1 13 Bethlehem Baptist Church: Manless Wedding, 1938
1 14 First Congregational Church: 22nd Annual Observance of College Night, 1942
1 15 Ebenezer Baptist Church: Funeral program of Fred Simmons, 1950
1 16 Shiloh Baptist Church: 65th anniversary, 1949
1 17 Shiloh Baptist Church: Deaconess Club, 1950
1 18 Shiloh Baptist Church, Matrons Circle, 1948
1 19 St. Mark AME Church
1 20 St. Paul AME Church, 5th Anniversary of the St. Cecilia Children's Choir, 1942
1 21 Warren Memorial Church: Funeral program of Alfred Wyms, 1960
1 22 West Mitchell Street CME Church: Funeral program of David Wilson, Jr., 1953
1 23 Wheat Street Baptist Church: Manless Wedding
1 24 Zion Hill Baptist Church: Matron's Board 3rd Anniversary, 1948
Newspaper clippings
1 25 "Greatest Thrill in Life, Robinson Says of Big Ovation"
1 26 Josephine Henderson
1 27 "Maude McGehee," Atlanta Journal, 1935
1 28 "Arizona Brown and Oliver Price wedding," Atlanta Daily World
1 29 West End Improvement Association, 1946
Organizations and clubs
1 30 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority: Founders Day program, 1950
1 31 American Bible Society, 1943
1 32 Atlanta Negro Music Club: 5th Anniversary program, 1938
1 33 Atlanta Negro Music Club: Helen Frances Laster, 1936
1 34 Georgia Chauffeurs' Club: Annual Dance invitation, 1939
1 35 Metropolitan Atlanta Association for Colored Blind: Community Service brochure, 1943-1946
1 36 American Woodmen: newspaper clipping
1 37 American Woodmen: "The Woodmen Banner," vol. 20, no. 62, 1935
1 38 American Woodmen: "The Woodmen Banner," vol. 20, no. 63, 1935
1 39 American Woodmen: "The Woodmen Banner," vol. 24, no. 81, 1939
1 40 American Woodmen: Regional Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 1935
1 41 American Woodmen: Regional Conference, Savannah, Georgia, 1936
1 42 American Woodmen: 38th Anniversary Annual Thanksgiving Services, 1939
1 43 American Woodmen: 41st Anniversary Annual Thanksgiving Services, 1942
1 44 American Woodmen: 45th Anniversary Annual Thanksgiving Services, 1946
1 45 American Woodmen: financial statement, 1945
1 46 American Woodmen: 7th District Session program, 1960
1 47 Beaming Light Savings Club: A Musicale program, 1943
1 48 Beaming Light Savings Club: A Queen Contest program, 1944
1 49 Cherokee Social and Four O'clock Creepers: tickets, 1941
1 50 Colterupo Social and Savings Club: 9th Anniversary Dance invitation and ticket, 1948
1 51 Fourteen New Yorkers Social Club: Musicale and Contest program, 1943
1 52 Gay Social and Savings Club: 11th Anniversary Dance invitation and ticket, 1947
1 53 Golden Globe Social Club: Top Hat Formal ticket, 1941
1 54 Hi Hi Social Club: Deep South Boys Quartet program, 1945
1 55 Hi Hi Social Club: voting cards
1 56 Manhattan Socialites: 4th Anniversary Dance invitation, 1947
1 57 Patriots Savings Club: 4th Anniversary Dance invitation, 1947
1 58 Ready Twelve Social Club: 5th Anniversary Dance invitation and ticket, 1946
1 59 Smart Set Club: Invitation to a Tea, 1946
1 60 Smart Set Club: "Smart Set Echoes"
1 61 Woman's Convention Auxiliary: Georgia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention program, 1952
1 62 Woman's Convention Auxiliary: pamphlets
1 63 Yumph's Club: 2nd Anniversary Dance invitation and ticket, 1941
1 64 Atlanta Colored Public Schools Baccalaureate Services, 1934
1 65 Atlanta Public Schools Festival Concert, 1942
1 66 Booker T. Washington High School Graduation Exercises, 1934
1 67 Booker T. Washington High School Commencement Exercises, 1935
1 68 Booker T. Washington High School Commencement Exercises, 1936
1 69 Booker T. Washington High School: Southernaires in Recital, 1939
1 70 Booker T. Washington High School, 3rd Annual Statewide Music Festival, 1935
1 71 Morris Brown College Baccalaureate Services, 1936
1 72 Morris Brown College Commencement Exercises, 1938
1 73 Morris Brown College Motet Choir, 1936
1 74 Morris Brown College Chorus, 1938
1 75 Morris Brown College: 5th Annual Presentation of the Seven Last Words of Christ, 1940
Souvenir Programs
1 76 Aiken A Cappella Choir with Lincoln University Male Chorus, Atlanta, Georgia
1 77 Brown Mannequins in Fashion Revue sponsored by Neighborhood Union, 1940
1 78 Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Deep River Boys, 1942
1 79 National Music Week, Atlanta, Georgia, 1938
1 80 75 Years of Progress: A Musical Pageant of Negro Life
Scrapbooks and Photo Albums
BV1 Photo album
OBV1 Scrapbook
OBV2 Scrapbook