Ruby Parks Blackburn papers
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Ruby Parks Blackburn papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Blackburn, Ruby Parks, 1901-1982
Title: Ruby Parks Blackburn papers
Dates: 1933-1982
Quantity: 9.5 cubic ft.
Abstract:The collection consists of papers of Ruby Parks Blackburn from 1933-1982. The papers include correspondence, financial records, minutes, scrapbooks, photographs, ledgers, ephemera, and political broadsides. The materials document Blackburn's involvement with the T.I.C. (To Improve Conditions) Club, the Atlanta Cultural League, and Ruby's Beauty Shop. Of particular interest are minutes (1954-1956, 1971-1976) and voter lists (1965-1975) of the Georgia League of Negro Women Voters and minutes (1948-1950) of the Atlanta Cultural League. The collection also contains information pertaining to Blackburn's activities to improve bus transportation in the Dixie Hills community and her candidacy for the Fulton County Democratic Executive Committee/3rd Ward (1958). Notable correspondents include Julian Bond, Maynard Jackson, and Herman Talmadge.
Identification: aarl89-001

Biographical/Historical Note

Ruby Blackburn (1901-1982) was born in July, 1901 in Rockdale, Georgia. She was educated at Washington High Evening School in Atlanta, GA; Morris Brown College; and the Apex Beauty College.

Mrs. Blackburn's principal line of business was as a beautician. She owned a beauty shop on Simpson Road in northwest Atlanta. Records from Ruby's Beauty Shop exist in the collection. She also was very active in community and civic affairs. She organized the T.I.C. (To Improve Conditions) Club; the Atlanta Cultural League and Training Center for training of domestic workers; and the Georgia League of Negro Women Voters. A great portion of the collection contains information on her activities in these organizations: constitutions and by-laws; financial records; correspondence; event programs; invitations. Mrs. Blackburn was also a member of the Atlanta Business and Trade Association (founded in 1944) and was Vice-President and Assistant Chaplain of the Atlanta Business League, an organization to further the commercial and professional interests of Negroes in the 1950's. Mrs. Blackburn was instrumental in helping to improve bus transportation in the Dixie Hills community in the 1950's through the Dixie Hills Community Club and the League of Negro Women Voters. Mrs. Blackburn was a member of the Fulton County Democratic Party Executive Committee beginning in 1958. She was active in the NAACP and convention programs are available in the collection.

Mrs. Ruby Blackburn was married to Andrew J. Blackburn whom she divorced in the mid-1959's. They had 4 children: Andrew J. Blackburn, Jr.; Frances Blackburn Fouch; Henry J. Blackburn; and Georgia Blackburn Jones.

Ruby Georgia Parks Blackburn (1901-1982), beautician and community activist, organized the T.I.C. (To Improve Conditions) Club (1932), the Atlanta Cultural League and Training Center (1945), and the Georgia League of Negro Women Voters (1951), resided in Fulton County, Georgia.


Scope and Content Note

Correspondence to and from Georgia Jones, as well as information on her political campaign for Georgia State Representative from the 31st District in 1976, are included in the collection.

There are 6 notebooks, 3 ledgers, and 1 scrapbook relating to the Georgia League of Negro Women Voters in the collection. There are 2 record books of the Negro Cultural League. There are 7 personal scrapbooks, primarily containing newspaper articles. Correspondence from such figures as Herman Talmadge, Julian Bond, and Maynard Jackson exist.


Arrangement

I. Family Papers, 1930's-1980's.

II. Civic Organizations and Activities, 1945-1970's.

III. General.

IV. Business and Financial Records.

V. Photographs

VI. Printed Materials and Memorabilia, 1947-1980

VII. Ledgers, Notebooks, Scrapbooks, and Clippings, 1940-1976


Index Terms

African American beauty operators--Georgia.
African American women--Georgia--Societies and clubs.
African Americans--Georgia--Political activity.
Atlanta (Ga.)
Atlanta Cultural League (Ga.).
Beauty shops--Georgia.
Bond, Julian, 1940-
Business records.
Community development--Georgia.
Democratic Party (Ga.).
Georgia--Politics and government--1951-
Jackson, Maynard, 1938-2003
League of Negro Women Voters of Georgia.
Minutes.
Photographs.
Ruby's Beauty Shop (Atlanta, Ga.).
Talmadge, Herman E., (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002
Voter registration--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, series, Ruby Parks Blackburn papers, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Processing Information

Revised Nov. 1996


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

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 I: Family Papers, 1930's-1980's

Box

Fldr

11Ruby Blackburn - Biographical Information
2Ruby Blackburn - Personal Correspondence, 1930's-1950's
3Ruby Blackburn - Personal Correspondence, 1960's-1980's
4Ruby Blackburn - Medical Information
5Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Blackburn - Correspondence
6Andrew J. Blackburn, Sr. and Andrew J. Blackburn, Jr. - Correspondence
7Georgia Blackburn Jones
8Georgia Blackburn Jones - Financial Records
9Grandchildren of Ruby Blackburn - Correspondence, Other Records
10Genealogical Information - Ruby Blackburn Family
 

Series II: Civic Organizations and Activities, 1945-1970's

Box

Fldr

21Georgia League of Negro Women Voters - Correspondence, 1951-1959
2Georgia League of Negro Women Voters - Correspondence, 1960's-1970's
3Georgia League of Negro Women Voters - Incorporation Records
4League of Negro Women Voters - By-laws
5Georgia League of Negro Women Voters - Minutes of Meetings
6Georgia League of Negro Women Voters - Real Property Information
7Georgia League of Negro Women Voters - Event Programs and Invitations
8Georgia League of Negro Women Voters - Articles about Organization
9Georgia League of Negro Women Voters - Sample Blank Stationary

Box

Fldr

31Georgia League of Negro Women Voters - Financial Records

Box

Fldr

41T.I.C. Club
2Atlanta Cultural League Information
3Negro Cultural League - Incorporation Papers, 1945
4Negro Cultural League
5Cultural League Training Center/League of Negro Women Voters Program - Seven Years of Progress
6Negro Cultural League Training Center
7Atlanta Negro Business League
8National Negro Business League
9Atlanta Business and Trade Association
10Dixie Hills Club and Bus Service
11Club Coterie

Box

Fldr

51NAACP - Atlanta Membership Roll, 1942
1Correspondence
2NAACP Civil Rights Handbook, 1953
2Constitution and By-Laws, 1945 & 1952
3NAACP Conference Programs, 1953 1954 1958
4NAACP Conference Programs, 1959 1961
 

Series III: General

Box

Fldr

55Ruby Hurley - Obituary Information
6Mrs. Geneva Haugabrooks
7St. Paul's Episcopal Church
8Church-Related Information
9Ruby Blackburn's Election Information
10Information on Political Candidates
11Political Correspondence
12Political Newsletters, Directories
13Event Programs
14Funeral Programs
15Certificates
16Atlanta Public Schools Directory, 1937-1938
 

Series IV: Business and Financial Records

Box

Fldr

61Ruby's Beauty Shop - Business Cards
2Ruby's Beauty Shop Appointment Book, 1951-1953 1956-1957
3Ruby's Beauty Shop Appointment Book, 1960-1962
4Ruby's Beauty Shop Appointment Book, 1964-1965
5Ruby's Beauty Shop Appointment Book, 1965-1967
6Ruby's Beauty Shop Appointment Book, 1967-1969
7Ruby's Beauty Shop Appointment Book, 1971-1972
8Ruby's Beauty Shop Appointment Book, 1973-1977

Box

Fldr

71Georgia State Board of Cosmetology
2Atlanta Business Licensing Information
3Atlanta Beauty Culturist League - By-Laws & Constitution
4Information on Beauty Salon Products
5Periodicals of the Beauty Industry
6Pictures of Hairstyles
7Pictures of Hairstyles

Box

Fldr

81Ruby Blackburn - Tax Information (2 folders)
2Ruby Blackburn - Bank Statements
3Ruby Blackburn - Receipt Books
4Ruby Blackburn - Financial Records (3 folders)

Box

Fldr

91Real Estate Information, 1915-1955
2Real Estate Information, 1979-1980
3Insurance Information, 1925-1965
4Insurance Information, 1966-1981
 

Series IV: Ephemera

Box

Fldr

95Cemetery Plot Deed,, 1952
6Music Lyrics, Poems
7Butler Street YMCA
8Greeting Cards
9Invitations
10Postcards, Ticket Stubs
11Business Cards
 

Series V: Photographs

Box

Fldr

101Photographs
 

Series VI: Printed Materials and Memorabilia, 1947-1980

Box

Fldr

111Miscellaneous Newsletters
2Miscellaneous Pamphlets and Periodicals
3Black Heritage Resource Guide, 1970
4Spelling Book
5Booker T. Washington Coin, 1947
6Maps of Atlanta, GA
7Certificate to Ruby Jones from Holiday Inn, no date
8Uncategorized Material
81 pair of eyeglasses
81 pin - Georgia Association Area Planning & Development Commission
8a Coca cola cloth patch
82 Identification Badges - Patricia' A. Blackmon
81 book - Common Prayer the Hymnal inscribed "Ruby Georgia Blackburn"
81 jewelry pin
8a gold bedroom slipper
81 Lord & Taylor writing pen
8monthly dividers
8empty double-sided picture frame

Box

Fldr

121The Common Word Spelling Book
2Address Book; Appointment Book, 1958
3Household Ledger, 1957-1958 1960
4Guest Book
5Address Books (2); Ledger, 1950's & 1960's
6Arithmetic Book; Appointment Book
7Oversize Campaign Poster - Georgia Jones
8Scroll of Honor Certificate - Mrs. Georgia Jones, May 8, 1980
9Scrapbook Material - Copies
10Newspaper Articles
11Newspaper Clippings
12Magazines
 

Series VII: Ledgers, Notebooks, Scrapbooks and Clippings, 1940-1976

Box

13Scrapbook, 1943-1944
Various newspapers, 1940's
Atlanta Life Insurance Co. Calendar, 1965

Box

14 & 15Newspaper Clippings
16Negro Cultural League, Minutes, 1948
17Negro Cultural League Minutes, 1948 1949
18Negro Cultural League' Minutes, 1950
18League of Negro Women Voters Minutes, 1954-1956

Box

Fldr

14 & 1519League of Negro Women Voters Minutes, Lists, 1951 1952 1957 1958
20League of Negro Women Voters Scrapbook of Newspaper Articles, 1953 1955
21League of Negro Women Voters Ledger, 1958-1960 1972 1973
22League of Negro Women Voters Lists, 1965 1966
23League of Negro Women Voters Lists, 1967 1968
24League of Negro Women Voters Lists, 1968 1969
25League of Negro Women Voters Lists, 1968-1971
26League of Negro Women Voters Lists, 1971-1975
27League of Negro Women Voters Lists, 1971-1976
281942-1947
Includes Franklin Delano Roosevelt's death and funeral

Box

Fldr

14 & 15292 scrapbooks in one case
Red scrapbook, 1941-1956
NAACP
Black scrapbook, 1938-1947

Box

Fldr

14 & 15301943-1944

Box

Fldr

14 & 15311945-1947
321943-1969
331947
Ministers' and other church members' advertisements at Christmas

Box

Fldr

14 & 15342 scrapbooks
Black scrapbook, 1959-1961
Brown scrapbook, 1953-1959