Rita Evelyn Spencer papers, circa 1907-1931

Emory University

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

Atlanta, GA 30322



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

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Spencer, Rita Evelyn.
Title: Rita Evelyn Spencer papers, circa 1907-1931
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1048
Extent: .25 linear ft. (1 box) and 3 bound volumes (BV)
Abstract:Papers of Rita Evelyn Spencer, an African American graduate of Talladega College including photographs of friends and family, two photograph albums, and a scrapbook from Talladega College.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Purchase, 2005.


[after identification of item(s)], Rita Evelyn Spencer papers, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by Elizabeth Russey, April 20, 2006.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Rita Evelyn Stoney Spencer was an African American teacher and the daughter of Pauline E. Stoney and Frank Bryan Stoney. She graduated from Talladega College in 1930 and taught for a year in Winston-Salem, North Carolina before marrying Dr. James Lorenzo Spencer, a graduate of Howard University, on June 21, 1931.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the papers of Rita Evelyn Spencer from circa 1907 to 1931. The papers include photographs of friends and family, two photograph albums, and a scrapbook from Talladega College. The scrapbook, probably compiled in 1930-1931, includes invitations, handwritten recollections of college activities and friends, programs, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The photograph albums, dating from 1922-1930, contain photographs of friends and family, Talladega College campus buildings, and photographs of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. The collection also includes a number of photographic portraits of unidentified African Americans, unidentified elementary school pictures of African American children from circa 1907, a Talladega College pennant, and a 1930 commencement program from James Spencer's graduation from Howard University.

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Box Folder Content
1 1 Howard University commencement program, 1930
BV1 Photograph album, 1922-1930
BV2 Photograph album, "Talladega College," 1928-1930
1 2 Photograph, Margaret Kirby
1 3 Photographs, Rita Evelyn Spencer[?]
1 4 Photographs, Frank Bryan Stoney
1 5 Photographs, unidentified schoolchildren, [1907?]
1 6 Photographs, unidentified
1 7 Tintype, Frank Bryan Stoney
1 8 Tintype, Pauline and Rita Stoney[?]
BV3 Scrapbook, "My Memory Book," Talladega College, 1930-1931
1 9 Talladega College pennant