Joseph Everhart Boone papers
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Joseph Everhart Boone papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Boone, Joseph E., 1922-2006
Title: Joseph Everhart Boone papers
Dates: 1922-2006
Quantity: 12.0 Linear feet
Identification: aarl004-009

Biographical/Historical Note

Minister, civil rights activist, and business owner, Joseph Everhart Boone was the son of the late John L. and Mattie Roberts Boone. He was raised in the Simpson Road community of Atlanta, Georgia and married an Atlanta educator, Althea Williams (Selma). They had two daughters, Jolaunda and Andrea.

Joseph Boone attended high school at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta Georgia and continued his education at Houston Tillotson College (1950), Austin, Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree. He later earned a Bachelor of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary.

As a student, Joseph Boone was active in sports. He was a member of the Washington High School Bulldog football team and the captain of the Houston Tillotson College football team. Before continuing his college career at Gammon Theological Seminary, he played professional football with the New York Brown Bombers, the Negro World's Football League Champions, 1943 -1947. He was also the assistant football coach at Atlanta’s Carver High School.

Reverend Joseph E. Boone retired as a minister of the United Church of Christ. He was the pastor of the First Congregational Church, in Anniston, Alabama, where he organized the first Selective Buying Campaign in Alabama. He was also pastor of Rush Memorial Church in Atlanta, Georgia, during his tenure the Committee on Human Rights used the church as its headquarters and he became a central organizer of the Atlanta Movement in the early 1960s where he often worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, John Lewis and Andrew Young. The Atlanta Movement led to the integration of lunch counters and department stores in the city of Atlanta.

Boone also served a president of the Anniston Branch of the NAACP, president of the Calhoun County Voters League, and a member of Alabama council for Human Relations. Also, during the sixties, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr named Joseph Boone as the chief negotiator of Operation Breadbasket, an organization dedicated to improving the economic conditions of black communities across the United States.

Even though he continued as a civil rights leader, Joseph Boone was the director of the P.J. Woods Center for the Blind and Senior Citizens. Dr. P. J. Woods along with others founded the center, which was originally known as the Metropolitan Atlanta Association for the Colored Blind. Dr. Woods was also an original instructor for the center. The name of the center changed in 1973 to honor Woods (after his death). As the director, Boone organized a meaningful facility for the handicap and established a drug therapy program. The center eventually became known as the P.J. Woods Center for Social Justice, The Blind and the Elderly.

Boone was the Director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Summit Leadership Congress Inc. (MASLC) which was organized as a civil rights organization. During this tenure, Boone negotiated with the Atlanta Public School Committee for the desegregation of the Atlanta Public School system. He was also selected by Coretta Scott King to organize the first leg of the Poor People’s Campaign from Atlanta.

Reverend Joseph Boone was a successful businessman. He was the chairman of P.J. Wood s Plastics, Inc., B. D. & O. Associates, Inc., Food Alliance, Inc. and South Georgia Enterprises Companies. Most of these companies engaged in manufacturing and distributing plastics, apparel, paint, luggage and meats to major corporations.


Scope and Content Note

Minutes and agendas; scrapbooks; photographs; reports and printed material and ephemera; personal papers, books; and artifacts are the elements of the collection.


Arrangement

The collection is organized into six (6) series: 1. Personal Materials and Correspondence; 2. P. J. Woods Center for the Blind & Senior Citizen; 3. International Liberty Enterprises Inc.; 4. B.D. &O Associates Inc.; 5: P. J. Woods Plastics; 6. Funeral Programs; 7. News clippings


Container List

 

Series 1: Personal Materials and Correspondence

This section consists of personal materials, correspondence, official and legal documents. It also contains biographical sketches, special programs and family reunion information. This section also includes books and bibles which may have belonged to Mr. Boone. Also included are materials from various organizations to which Boone belonged.

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11Biographical Sketches, No date
2Obituary, 2006
3Special Programs/Tributes, 2006, 2008
4Financial Statements, 1986, 1987
5Legal Matters, 1994
6Correspondence, 1987-1993
7Invitations/Programs, 1997-2001
8Greeting Cards, No Dates
9Family Reunion Booklets and Information, 1992, 1996
10Desk Calendars, 1992, 1993
11Atlanta Emmaus House, 1997
12Various Sayings, No Date
13Photographs, No Date
14Business Cards, No Date
15Althea Boone

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2Studies In Hosea: God's Incomparable Love K. Owen White, 1957
The Things I Said To Me I Say to You - T. M. Alexander, 1983
The Outline Bible - Harold L. Willmington, 1999
Narcotics Anonymous, 1988
Holy Bible - King James Version
The Interpreter's Bible - Volume I
The Interpreter's Bible - Volume II
The Interpreter's Bible - Volume IV
The Interpreter's Bible - Volume VIII
The Interpreter's Bible - Volume XI

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31Atlanta City Council, 1991
2Atlanta NAACP, No Date
3Board of Education City of Atlanta, 1993
4Concerned Black Clergy, 1992
5Emmaus House, 1996
6Gate City Day Nursery Association, 1990-1991
7Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO), 1997
8Georgia/ South Carolina Association, 1992, 1995
9Metropolitan Atlanta National Community and Economic Development Coalition, Inc. (MAN-CEDC), 1995
10Southeastern Conference United Church of Christ, 1988-1995
11Pension Boards United Church of Christ, 1994

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41Brief History of the Atlanta NAACP, No Date
2Membership Card, 1994
3Executive Board Members, 1997
4Board Members, 1997
5Correspondence, 1992-1993
6NAACP Lobbying Network, 1997
7NAACP Community Development Resources Center, 1996-1997
8Atlanta NAACP Church Committee, No Date
9Economic Development Committee, No Date
10NAACP Freedom Fighters, 1997
11Committee on Education of the NAACP, No Date
12Memorandums, No Date
13Programs, No Date
14* Confidential file, No Date
 

Series 2: P.J. Woods Center for the Blind and Senior Citizens

P.J. Woods Center for the Blind and Senior Citizens was founded by Dr. P. J. Woods with the help of C. A. Scott, publisher of the Atlanta Daily World; Annie Lou McPheeters, Librarian, Auburn Avenue Branch of the Atlanta Public Library and Warren C. Cochrane, Butler Street YMCA. The center is a non-profit social service agency that serves the needs of the blind by supplying free job training, group recreation, meals, arts and crafts and transportation. The center was originally known as s the Metropolitan Atlanta Association for the Colored Blind and later as Metropolitan Atlanta Association for the Blind the name was changed in 1973 to honor Dr. Woods after his death. As the director, Boone organized the facility for the handicap and established a drug therapy program. The center eventually became known as the P.J. Woods and J. E. Boone Center for the Visually Challenged and Elderly. This series contains some information about programs and the center during J.E. Boone tenure as Director of the center.

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11Affirmative Action Plan, No Date
2CSA Financial, Reports, Reimbursements, 1981
3Contingency Fund, 1979
4Petty Cash Receipts, 1987
5Contract Agreements, 1979-1983
6Financial/IRS Information, 1990-1993
7Purchasing Policies and Information, 1978
8City Financial Information, 1978
9Staff Meeting Information/ Memorandums, 1978, 1979
10Food Information / USDA Surplus, 1979
11Grants and Information, 1980-1983
12Special Grants/ Fulton County, 1981
13Incorporation Information, 1988, 1994
14Monthly Reports and Expenditures, No Date
15CETA Signature Card, No Date
16CETA, No Date
17Legal Matters, 1993
18Suppliers, No Date
19Letter Heads, No Date
20Miscellaneous Information, No Date
21Office Forms, No Date
Thirty-Eight unidentified photographs from the P.J. Woods Center for the Blind and Elderly
 

Series 3: International Liberty Enterprises, Inc.

A distributing company which was organized to market, distribute and sell various products using a multi-faceted marketing strategy which focuses on mainly meat products. The Company also distributed various department store items such as coloring books, clothing and plastic bags.

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11John O Boone
2Shareholders, License, Sales and Commission and Trust and Fiduciary Agreements, 1991-1992
3Legal Agreements, No Date
4Black America Coloring Book, No Date
5Bubble Bath, No Date
6Department of Corrections, No Date
7Economy Shoppers, 1991-1992
8Germ stoppers, 1992
9ITP Correspondence
10Kroger Food Stores, 1992
11Premier Plastics Company, 1991-1992
12Sanders Manufacturing Company, 1992
13SafeCare, 1992
14Sure Hook -Fishing Hooks
15Notes, 1993
16Black Heritage Products



Sub-Series A: Woolworth Corporation

The F. W. Woolworth Company (often referred to as Woolworth's). The first Woolworth store was founded in 1879 by Frank Winfield Woolworth and sold discounted general merchandise at fixed prices. The corporation was a retail company that was one of the original American five-and-dime stores. Around 1974 the Woolworth Company began collaborations with Joseph Boone to improve the economic growth of the black community.

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11Woolworth Corporation
2Woolworth Correspondence, 1989-1990
3Woolworth Correspondence, 1991-1992
4Woolworth Correspondence, 1992-1994
5Woolworth Memos / Schedules, 1991-1992
6Woolworth Products, 1991-1992
7Woolworth Forms, 1991-1992
8Woolworth Invoices, 1991-1992
9Tara Plastics, 1993
10Manufacture and Wholesale Goods /Advertisers, 1991-1992

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2Garment Bag
Corduroy Shorts
Light Blue print shorts
Dark Blue Print Shorts
Germ Stopper/ Disease Prevention Pack
K-Mart Plastic Bags
Wagner Plastics Bag
Red Plastics Bag

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3Martin Luther King, Jr. - Sweat Shirts (2)
I Have A Dream - Sweat Shirt
Images of Blacks Coloring/Information Book
Images of Blacks Reference Book
Fast Track Jack Coloring Book - Written & Illustrated By Richard Scott Morris
Ancient Black Men of Christ - The Twelve Disciples Calendar, 1995
Ancient Black Women of the Bible - 1995 Calendar
Let Freedom Ring Button (5)
Peace - Equality - Justice 1986 Button (4)



Sub Series B: Food Alliance

Initially known as the B & P Corporation, Food Alliance Inc. began in 1990 as a joint venture with the Protimex Company with the purpose of distributing beef, pork, poultry, prepared food and general agricultural products. The company was incorporated as a minority with fifty-one percent of the shares controlled by blacks. Protimex Company is the main supplier and the place where the majority of the products are secured.

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11Corporate Papers and Origin, 1990
2Certification of Resolution of the Board, 1991
3Company Information for Applications
4Food Alliance Correspondence, 1990
5Food Alliance Correspondence, 1991
6Food Alliance Correspondence / Goldberger/Protimex / SDL, 1992
7Food Alliance Correspondence & Form Letters
8Food Alliance Business Plan, 1991
9Food Alliance Financial Records, 1989-1991
10Food Alliance Meats (ILE), 1991
11Food Alliance Supplier File
12State of Arizona / Department of Corrections -Bid, 1992
13Arizona State School for the Deaf and the Blind - Bid, 1992
14Federal Correctional Institution - Bid, 1993
15Fulton County Human Services Department, 1993
16City of Sacramento, 1986-1987
17State of Utah, 1991
18Listings
19Food Alliance - Price List, 1991
20Bid Application & Instruction -Department of Defense
 

Series 4: B.D. &O ASSOCIATES INC.

B. D. & O Associates, Inc. - Is the principal management company for an array of companies and organizations. Joseph E. Boone is the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and a major stockholder in most of the companies. He has administrative and functional duties in the companies. The Deputy Chief Executive officer is John Q. Boone who has the daily authority and responsibilities.

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11Real Estate Appraisal, 1988
2Article of Incorporation, 1975
3By-Laws 1
4Correspondence - General / Memos, 1988
5Correspondence - in coming, 1988
6Correspondence - out going, 1988
7Deeds, 1987-1988
8Garments price lists
9Legal Matters
10Minutes
11Personnel Brochure
12Policy File, 1989
13Proposal and Framework of BOD Associates and other related enterprises, 1986
14Stock Certificates
15Stock Transfer Ledger

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21John O. Boone
2Joseph E. Boone
3Lawrence Green
4Julius Milton
5Art Nicoletti
6Boone and Associates
7Chest King
8K-Mart, 1988
9L-N Liquor & Package Store, 1988
10Moreland Shopping Center, 1988
11Poole Creek Discount Superette, 1988-1990
12Protimex Corporation, 1990
13Reid Cosmetic Enterprises, 1989
14Sweet Royal of Georgia
15Form Letters and Blank Invoices
16Corporation Annual Registrations and Dissolutions, 1995



Subseries A: South Georgia Manufacturing Company, Inc.

A sewing plant purchased by Rev Joe Boone from Robert Ivey in 1985. The plant is a Subsidiary of B.D. & O Associates of Atlanta. Pants, shorts, and garment bags for various department stores are manufactured there.

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11Certificate of Registration
2Certificate of Amendment, 1987
3Financial, 1986
4Legal Matters
5Inventory, 1988
6Photo-copied pictures of South Georgia Manufacturing Company
7South Georgia Manufacturing Company By-Laws
8Stock Certificates



Subseries B: South Georgia Textile Enterprises

The South Georgia Textile Enterprises is a for profit company which was organized to engaged in the manufacturing business. It was organized acquire wholesale of cloth or fabric of all types.

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19South Georgia Textile Enterprises - By- Laws, 1989
10South Georgia Textile Enterprises -Articles of Incorporation, 1989
11South Georgia Textile Enterprises - Certificate of Incorporation, 1989
12Share Subscription Agreement, No Date
13Stock Transfer Ledgers, No Date

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2South Georgia Manufacturing Co. Seal
B. D. & O Associates Seal (2)
Pay to the order of Stamp
Unidentified seal (2)
 

Series 5: P.J. WOODS PLASTICS

A Plastics company that produces, manufactures, and supply products to department stores such as Kmart and Woolworth. The plastics company focuses on Apparel, Garment bags and Merchandise bags and had a trained labor force in cutting and sewing.

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11Corporation Registration, 1992
2Contracts, 1988
3Correspondence, 1991
4Invoices, 1988
5Legal Matters, 1988-1989
6Northwest Graphic Service, 1991
7Ross Gelfand
8Quarterly Reports, 1987
9Billing Blanks and Samples
10Request for Bids
11Contact List
12Notes
13National Bank of Detroit, 1988
14Family Dollar Stores, 1992



Subseries A: Kmart

In 1962 the S. S. Kresge Company, which began initially as five and dime store that sold costume jewelry, housewares, and personal grooming aids, opened its first discount store calling it Kmart. During the late 1980's and the 1990's, P. J. Woods Plastics supplied merchandise to Kmart stores in the Georgia.

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11Correspondence, 1987-1988
2Correspondence, 1989
3Correspondence, 1990
4Correspondence, 1991
5Correspondence, 1992
6Correspondence, 1993
7Correspondence, 1994
8Correspondence, 1995-2001
9Midwest Corporation Correspondence, 1993
10Paint / ILE Correspondence, 1990-1991
11Metroweb / Coloring Book, 1990
12Tara Plastics, 1988

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21Assignment of Accounts, 1991-1993
2Accounts Payable, 1985-1989
3Stock Holders Meeting, 1994
4K-Mart Directory, 1987
5K-Mart Servicing Reports
6K-Mart Merchandise
7K-Mart Merchandise Bags
8K-Mart Survey, 1991
 

Series 6: Funeral Programs, 1967-2007

This series consist of collection consists of ten funeral programs ranging from 1995 to 1997 These funeral programs or death notices relating to the passing of people Rev. Boone has known or provided services for.

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11Walter Mae Burks Armstrong
2Velma Delores Johnson Butler
3Lonnie F. Cutts, Jr.
4Anthony Dixon
5Lewis Dukes
6Flossie Armstrong Jones
7Josephine Ophelia Hester Ray
8Jack Walker, Jr.
9Mary Usher Rodgers
10Lucious Calvin Wimbley
 

Series 7: News Clippings, 1967-2007

This series is arranged alphabetically and dates from 1967 -2007. The majority of the news clippings deal with or mentions Joseph Boone. Other clippings include the NAACP and a few business and some clippings on a few Atlanta personalities.

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11Leslie C. Baker
2Joseph E. Boone
3John O. Boone
4Ron A. Carter
5National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ( NAACP)
6Retail