Freddye Scarborough Henderson papers, circa 1940-1992

Emory University

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

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/f15r2

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Henderson, Freddye Scarborough, 1917-2007.
Title: Freddye Scarborough Henderson papers, circa 1940-1992
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1259
Extent: 2 linear feet (2 boxes), 1 oversized papers box (OP),, 1 oversized bound volume (OBV), and AV Masters: .25 linear feet (CLP5)
Abstract:Papers of Freddye Scarborough Henderson, African American travel agent and businesswoman, including correspondence, photographs, printed material, and sound recordings.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to sound recordings in this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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


Purchase, 2013.


[after identification of item(s)], Freddye Scarborough Henderson papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Unprocessed collection.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Freddye Scarborough Henderson (1917-2007), African American travel agent and businesswoman, founded Henderson Travel with her husband, Jacob, in 1955. Henderson Travel was the first African American owned travel agency in Atlanta, Georgia, and the company specialized in arranging tours of Africa for African Americans. They also worked closely with civil rights leaders such as Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, Jr. to arrange travel.

Prior to joining the tourism business, Henderson was the first African American woman in the United States to receive a master's degree in Fashion Merchandising. She subsequently owned her own fashion design and custom dress shop in Atlanta, and also worked as a fashion columnist for the Associated Negro Press.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Freddy Scarborough Henderson from circa 1940-1992. Included in the collection are correspondence, photographs, printed material, and sound recordings. The papers document Henderson's personal life and business including some records relating to her husband, Jacob. There are also papers documenting her involvement with other civic organizations.

Arrangement Note

Unprocessed collection.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
CLP5 - Correspondence, printed material, sound recordings
CLP5 - "Freddye's Fashion Forum European tour," 1954 October (side A only) [original: aluminum disc]
CLP5 - "Mooseheart, City of Orphans," McCalls Open Interview with Paul Schmitz, Director General Loyal Order of Moose, 1954 (side A) [original: LP]
CLP5 - "Why Marriages Fail," McCall's Open Interview with Elinor Zaki (side B)[original: LP]
CLP5 - John Mason Brown interview with Barbara Lawrence of McCall's (side A) [original: LP]
CLP5 - "8 Reasons Why Marriages Fail," McCall's interview with Elinor Zaki, Family Consultant, and Frank Hogan (Side B)[original: LP]
2 - Correspondence, photographs, printed material
OP1 1 Drawing
OBV1 - Scrapbook of sample travel brochures