Evelyn J. Frazier papers
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Evelyn J. Frazier papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Frazier,, Evelyn J, 1912-2007
Title: Evelyn J. Frazier papers
Dates: 1939-2005
Quantity: 6.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The Evelyn J. Frazier Papers, 1939-2005, document Frazier's business, civic, educational, and political activities through artifacts, correspondence, certificates, diplomas, licenses, ephemera, news clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and various printed materials. In addition to owning and operating Frazier's Cafe Society, Frazier was involved locally and nationally with numerous institutions and organizations, including the Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Morris Brown College, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Republican Party.
Identification: aarl001-008

Biographical/Historical Note

Evelyn Jones was born on March 21, 1912 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She attended the Berry O'Kelly Training School in Method, North Carolina for both primary and high school, graduating in May 1932. Two months later, Jones moved to Atlanta, Georgia. After brief employment as a nanny and domestic, she entered the restaurant business in 1935 as the business partner of Mrs. Mary Ola Martin, who owned the Chicamauga Cafeteria. A year later Jones and her sister Prentice started the Evelyn Jones Cafe.

In 1940 Evelyn Jones married Luther Frazier, who joined her in the restaurant business. By the mid 1940s, the Frazier's expanded their popular restaurant at 880 West Hunter Street (now Martin Luther King Jr. Drive), renaming it Frazier's Cafe Society. Over the next couple of decades, Evelyn J. Frazier sought opportunities to further her education and hone her business skills. In 1952 she graduated with a bachelor's degree from Morris Brown College, and, later, earned a certificate for personnel training for restaurants.

During the mid twentieth century, Frazier's Cafe Society became a regular meeting place for well known African American civic, political, and religious organizations in Atlanta. During the Civil Rights movement, for example, members of the NAACP and SNCC frequented the restaurant, as did prominent individuals. Among them were Dr. Benjamin Mays, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Thurgood Marshall. A respected business, Frazier's Cafe Society served as a social space for students from Spelman College, as well as various women's clubs.

In addition to running the Frazier's Cafe Society, Evelyn J. Frazier was involved in various civic and political organizations. Throughout the late 1940s to early 1970s she volunteered for the American Cancer Society and the United Negro College Fund, and was a member of the NAACP Executive Board, Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Clubs Inc., and the Morris Brown College National Alumni Association. A member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Republican Women's Club for 22 years, Frazier also was involved in the Republican Party at the national level. President Nixon appointed her to the Advisory Board for Minority Women's Group in 1970; and during the Ford Administration, she served on the Special Minority Committee.

For her business, civic, and leadership contributions, Evelyn J. Frazier received numerous awards and honors. In 1961, WAOK radio station cited her as an Outstanding Business and Civic Leader, and the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority selected Frazier as the Bronze Woman of the Year. Five years later, she received the Outstanding Citizen's Award from WERD Radio Station and the Atlanta Federal Savings and Loan Association. In the 1970's, Frazier was the recipient of a Hugh Down's Public Service Award. Decades later, in 2005, the National African American Culinary Arts and Hospitality Association honored Frazier for her impact on the African American community. On September 3, 2007, Evelyn Jones Frazier died in Atlanta, Georgia.


Scope and Content Note

The Evelyn J. Frazier Papers, 1939-2005, document Frazier's business, civic, educational, and political activities through artifacts, awards, business licenses and records, correspondence, certificates, contracts, datebooks, diplomas, ephemera, invitations, news clippings, photographs, postcards, programs, scrapbooks, and various printed materials. Detailed series descriptions provide specific information about inclusive dates and formats.


Index Terms

African American businesspeople--Georgia--Atlanta
African American universities and colleges--Georgia--Atlanta
African American women--Georgia--Atlanta--Political activity
Atlanta (Ga.)--Social life and customs--20th century.
Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Atlanta, Ga.).
Businesswomen--Georgia--Atlanta
Evelyn Jones Cafe (Atlanta, Ga.).
Frazier's Cafe Society (Atlanta, Ga.).
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority. Delta Chapter.
Metropolitan Atlanta Republican Women's Club.
Morris Brown College National Alumni Association.
Morris Brown College.
Morris Brown College. -- Alumni and alumnae
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs.
Restaurants--Georgia--Atlanta
Southwest Fulton Republican Women's Club.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, series, Evelyn J. Frazier papers, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Provenance

The collection was donated to the Auburn Avenue Research Library in 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Nicole Carmolingo, Wesley Chenault, Grace Lynis Dubinson, Kerrie Cotten Williams Completed in 2009


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

This collection is available for use only on the second floor (Archives Division) of the Auburn Avenue Research Library. There are no restrictions on research use of the collection, but permission must be obtained for reproductions of materials for which the Research Library does not hold copyright to researcher only for "Fair Use" as defined in the copyright law (Title 17, United States Code). Also permission must be obtained to publish reproductions from materials for which the Research Library does hold copyright for one time use only.

Copyright Restrictions

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.


Container List

 

Series 1: Business, 1940-2001

This series details Evelyn J. Frazier's career in the restaurant business, including her ownership of the Evelyn Jones Cafe, as well as Frazier's Cafe Society. The dates of the documents in this series range from 1940 to 2001. Items in the series detail the operation of Frazier's restaurants through licenses, receipts and contracts. Information about the social and community function of Frazier's Cafe Society is documented through appointment datebooks, correspondence menus, and news clippings.

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11Annual Appointment Datebook, 1962
2Annual Appointment Datebook, 1963
3Annual Appointment Datebook, 1980
4Alpha Phi Alpha, 35th General Convention Program, 1949
5Business Ephemera, Frazier's Cafe Society, undated
6Business Licenses, City of Atlanta, 1943 - 1972
7Business Receipts, 1962 - 1966
8Certificate of Occupancy, 1947-1948
9Correspondence, to Evelyn Jones Cafe, undated
10Correspondence, to Frazier's Cafe Society, 1942-1996
11Economic Development, Property Improvement Estimate, 1996
12Postcards, Frazier's Cafe Society, undated
13Menus, Frazier's Cafe Society, undated
14Merit Certificate, Atlanta Business & Trade Association, 1951
15News Clippings, Frazier's Cafe Society, 1940 - 2001
16News Clippings, Imperial Management Corporation, 1967
17News Clippings, National Association Business and Professional Women, 1948 - 1967
18News Clippings, U.S. Military Central Service Club, 1945
19Tax Receipts, 1954
20U.S. Army Contracts, 1943-1961
21VIP Women's Club, 1967
 

Series 2: Personal, 1932-2004

The documents in this series date from 1932 to 2004 and detail Frazier's personal life, including her education, membership at Big Bethel A.M.E, and participation in civic and social organizations through biographical information and resumes, correspondence, invitations, certificates, recipes, and news clippings. Civic organizations include the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs (NANBPW) and the Delta Chapter of the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority. Frazier's travels from 1962-1992 also are documented.

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21 American Front Magazine, 1945-1948
2Announcements, 1960-1984
3Awards, 1966-1991
4Big Bethel AME Church, 1946 undated
5Biographical Information and Resumes, 1981-1986

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OV1Biographical Information and Resumes Certificates, 1965 1982 1995

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26Civic and Social Clubs
7Correspondence, 1932

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OV1Diploma, 1932

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28Flyers & Programs, 1959-1980
9General Missionary Baptist Convention, GA, 1961
10Greeting Cards, 1964-1992
11Iota Phi Lambda Society, Delta Chapter, 1961-1976
12Iota Phi Lambda Society, Delta Chapter
13Memberships, 1939-1971
14NANBPW, 1961-1990
15News Clippings, Family, 1967-1987
16News Clippings, Ladies of Today, 1959-1961
17News Clippings, Leila Hanson Dorsey, 1960-1981
18News Clippings, Links, 1964
19News Clippings, Miami Activities, 1969
20News Clippings, Social Engagements, 1944-1990
21Notes, undated
22Paschal's Restaurant, 2003-2004
23Receipts, 1953-1971
24Recipes, undated
25School Paper, undated
26Salute, C.A. Scott 78th Birthday, 1986
27Travel, 1962-1992
28Trumpet Awards, 1995-1996
 
Series 3 Morris Brown, 1961-2004
The third series documents Frazier's involvement with Morris Brown College (MBC) and its alumni association from 1961-2004, including her tenure as vice president and treasurer for the Morris Brown College National Alumni Association (MBCNAA), through constitution and by-laws, financial records, and executive committee minutes. The series also contains general information about Morris Brown College, as well as information regarding its Annual Alumni Banquets, in which Frazier was actively involved.

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31Annual Alumni Banquet, 1962
2Annual Alumni Banquet, 1963
3Annual Alumni Banquet, 1965
4Annual Alumni Banquet, 1968
5Annual Alumni Banquet, 1969
6Annual Alumni Banquet, 1970-1976
7Annual Alumni Banquet, 1982 1988
8Constitution and By-Laws, MBCNAA, 1965
9Correspondence, MBCNAA, 1962-1987
10Financial Records, MBCNAA, 1962-1977
11History, MBCNAA, 1902-1984
12Minutes, Executive Committee, MBCNAA, 1968-1978
13Newsletter, MBCNAA, 1961

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41Board of Trustees, MBC, 1997-1998 undated
2Certificates to EJF, MBC, 1985-1992
3History, MBC, undated
4Mission Statement, MBC, 1998
5News Clippings, MBC, 1944-1987
6Press Release, MBC, 1974
7Programs, MBC, 1970-2002
8Program, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, 1994
9Publications, Office of Alumni Affairs, 1968-2000
10Speeches, 2000 undated
11Stationery, undated
12Women for Morris Brown College, 1962-2004
 

Series 4: Politics, 1952-2005

Evelyn J. Frazier's extensive involvement in politics is documented through the fourth series, which ranges from 1952 to 2005, and includes correspondence, certificates, invitations, membership lists, printed material, and ephemera. Frazier's membership and participation in various political organizations, such as the NAACP, Metropolitan Atlanta Republican Women's Club, and the Southwest Fulton Republican Women's Club are included, as is her active support of various local and national political candidates.

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51Address List, Atlanta Georgia Women, undated
2Ivan Allen Jr., 2003
3Atlanta City Council Standing Committees, 1974
4Black Silent Majority, undated
5George H. W. Bush/James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, 1980-1994
6George W. Bush/Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney, 2000-2005

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OV1Certificates, 1991-1996

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57Correspondence, 1952-2002
8Correspondence, Nixon Administration, 1968-1973
9Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole, 1972-1996
10Ephemera, 1957-1995
111st National Conference Business Women Opportunity, 1972
12Gerald Ford, Correspondence, Invitations, 1975-1976
13Georgia Federation of GOP Women, 1966

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61Georgia Federation of GOP Women, 1969-1986
2Georgia Voters Educational Association, 1968-1970
3Georgia Women's Political Caucus, 1972
4Invitations, GOP, 1968-1973
5Invitations, 1969-2002
6Maynard Jackson, "Celebration of Life" Program, 2003
7Councilman C.T. Martin, 2001
8Metropolitan Atlanta GOP Women's Club, 1970-2004
9Metro Atlanta GOP Women's Club July 4th Parade, 1971

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71NAACP, 1952-1986
2National Black Committee Presidential Re-Election, 1972
3National Black Republican Council, 1980-1989
4National Federation of GOP Women, 1969-1991
5GOP Campaign Management Manual, undated
6News Clippings, 1961-1986
7Nixon Administration, Printed Material, 1970-1973
8Ronald Reagan, Correspondence, 1985-1996

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81Republican National Committee, 1970
2RNC Program Accomplishments, 1971-1973
3GOP Organizational Publications, 1969-1972
4GOP Publications & AA Community Relations, 1969-1971
5-6Republican National Convention, 1968
7Republican Senatorial Inner Circle, 1970-1993
8Republican Senatorial Inner Circle, 1994-2002
9Portia Scott, 1986
10Southwest Fulton Women's GOP Club, 1978-1990
11Speeches, 1971 undated
12Women's Advisory Council Black Involvement, 1970
 

Series 5: Photographs, 1940-2004

The fifth series contains various photographs, predominantly black and white, dating from 1940 to 2004. Included are individual and group photographs of Evelyn J. Frazier; Frazier Cafe Society interior and exterior shots, as well as souvenir photos; and images related to Evelyn J. Frazier's political and social activities.

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OV1Big Bethel Church, Wedding of Roses, 1963

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91Evelyn J. Frazier, Individual, 1940-1970
2Evelyn J. Frazier, Group, 1960
3Frazier Cafe Society, Exterior and Interior, undated
4Frazier Cafe Society, Souvenir Photos, undated
5Frazier Cafe Society, Unidentified Groups, undated
6Metro Atlanta Republican Women, circa 1970
7Morris Brown College, 1962-2004
8National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women, undated
9Negatives, undated

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OV1Politicians, undated

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910Women for Morris Brown College, undated
 

Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1944-1971

Four scrapbooks created by Evelyn J. Frazier, ranging from 1944 to 1971, comprise the sixth series. Most include news clippings, printed material, and photographs.

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10Personal Scrapbook, 1944-1946
School Scrapbook, 1950
Metropolitan Atlanta Republican Women, 1970-1971
Metropolitan Atlanta Republican Women, 1971
 

Series 7: Artifacts, 1971-1997

Included in this series are awards and plaques ranging from 1971 to 1997.

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11Awards, Plaques, 1971 1978 1982 1987 1997