Helen Adele Johnson Whiting papers
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Helen Adele Johnson Whiting papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Whiting, Helen Adele Johnson, 1885-1929
Title: Helen Adele Johnson Whiting papers
Dates: Bulk, 1929-1950
Dates: 1929-1982 bulk (1929-1950)
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection consists of the papers of Helen Adele Johnson Whiting from 1929-1982. Includes correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, printed material, scrapbooks, biographical information on Whiting, and writings by Whiting. The materials document Whiting's pioneering work in the field of elementary progressive education and the education of African American children. Correspondents include W.E.B. Du Bois; Ambrose Caliver, Senior Specialist in the Education of Negroes, Dept. of the Interior; John Hope; and James Weldon Johnson. Printed material includes programs, announcements, and invitations pertaining to the National Conference on Fundamental Problems in the Education of Negroes and the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection.
Identification: aarl89-005

Biographical/Historical Note

The following biographical sketch contains excerpts from a letter written by Helen A. Whiting, a prominent Black educator in the South fom the early part of this century to the late 1950's, to Miss Judith Nicali, Center Church, Hartford, connecticut, April 21, 1953. This letter can be found in the Helen A. Whiting Collection, which also contains many newspaper clippings, correspondence, invitations, and a copy of her book, Booker T. Washingtons' Contribution To Education, 1929. Mrs. Whiting was born in 1885 and died in 1959.

"In those days there were no free kindergartens so my parents paid for me to attend a private kindergarten. They also paid for me to attend a children's dancing school and to take music at a music school. I had to play during our music recitals"

"As a child I loved to write verse at home as we were never encouraged to do creative writing at school. My mother always encouraged me to write........"

"My home consisted of a large library where students and scholars met frequently for use of our books...." We as children were blessed with a fine collection of childrens books.

"I completed the elementary school, high school, and Howard University of Washington, D. C. Later attended Columbia University, Iowa University, Chicago University, and New York University preparing to train teachers and supervisors, Later on I returned to Art, my first love, and studied sculpting and painting in New York, Chicago, and one summer joined an art colony abroad a schooner in Gloucester, Massachusetts."


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Helen Adele Johnson Whiting from 1929-1982. Includes correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, printed material, scrapbooks, biographical information on Whiting, and writings by Whiting. The materials document Whiting's pioneering work in the field of elementary progressive education and the education of African American children. Correspondents include W.E.B. Du Bois; Ambrose Caliver, Senior Specialist in the Education of Negroes, Dept. of the Interior; John Hope; and James Weldon Johnson. Printed material includes programs, announcements, and invitations pertaining to the National Conference on Fundamental Problems in the Education of Negroes and the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection.


Arrangement

Arranged by type.


Index Terms

African American elementary schools--United States.
African American teachers--Southern States.
African American women authors.
African Americans--Education (Elementary)--United States.
Caliver, Ambrose, 1894-1962
Du Bois, W. E. B., (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
Education, Elementary--United States.
Hope, John, 1868-1936
Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938
National Conference on the Fundamental Problems in the Education of Negroes.
United States. Dept. of Interior.
White House Conference on Child Health and Protection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, series, Helen Adele Johnson Whiting papers, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


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

 

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11Telegrams, November 20, 1950, November 28, 1950, No Date View online.
To: Helen Whiting
From: Rayford Logan
From: Selma Borchardt
From: William M. Copper
 
2Newspaper Clippings, No Dates View online.
"Atlanta Educator Have Pioneer Work Published In Real Negro Education : Now On Display"
"At Howards' Women's Dinner"
"Negro Schools Taking the Lead"
"Rural Teachers Seen Need Throughout Georgia : Jeannes Supervisor Discuss Methods To Improve Ga. Systems"
"Another Installment of State Pay Roll"
Kyra Contest - Know Race Achievers
 
3Memo: To: Helen A. Whiting From: W.E.B. DuBois, October 2, 1940 View online.
 
4Programs, 1934 n.d. View online.
Seventy Ninth Annual Conference of the Founding Of Howard University
Ticket: National Conference On Fundamental Problems In the Education Of the Negro
Invitation: a) Southern Education Foundation 3rd Annual Dinner Meeting b) From the President of the United States, May 9-12, 1934
 
5Correspondence: To: Helen Whiting, 1929 1939 1940 1946 1949 View online.
From: Charles Linton, June 13, 1929
From: Charles T. Loram, June 27, 1940
From: Ed. J. Carter, August 31, 1946
From: William H. Kilpatrick, February 10, 1949
From: Samuel Tannenbaun, March 23, 1949
From: Edgar T. Thomas, March 21, 1949
From: Edgar T. Thomas, March 29,1939
 
6Writings By Whiting, 1923 1947 View online.
List Of Writings By whiting, March 1, 1947
Poem, "Communion", February 1923
"Highlight On Creative Expression", No Date
"Each An Artist", No Date
"Tip For the Timid", No Date
 
7"Clay is Fun" By: Helen Whiting, 1940 View online.
 
8Biographical Info., No Date April 12, 1953 View online.
Resumé
Biographical Letter To Judith Nicole, April 12, 1953
 
9Miscellaneous:, No Date View online.
Unidentified Picture
List Of Names
Page From The School Paper
 
10Helen A. Whiting Society Papers, 1979 1980 1981 1982 View online.
 
11Book by Helen Whiting Booker T. Washington: Contribution to Education, 1929 View online.
 
12Scrapbook I, 1930 1934-1935 1937 View online.
Pages 1-23 Contain material.

Telegrams To: Helen Whiting From: Thomas Woods, No Date

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2Invitation To be a Delegate, November 19-22, 1930

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3Thank You Note To: Helen Whiting From: President Herbert Hoover, No Date

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4Letter: To: Helen Whiting From: Ambrose Caliver, Senior Specialist in the Education of Negroes / Department of the Interior, Feb. 14, 1934

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5Letter: To: Helen Whiting From: Ambrose Caliver, Senior Specialist in the Education Of Negroes / Department of the Interior, March 3, 1934

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6Letter: To: Helen Whiting From: Ambrose Caliver, Senior Specialist in the Education Of Negroes / Department of the Interior, March 24, 1934

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7Letter and Invitation To: Helen Whiting From: Ambrose Caliver, senior Specialist In the Education of Negroes, April 27, 1934

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8Copy of President Hoover's Address given about the Conference on Child Health and Protection, No Date

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9Program: National Conference on Fundamental Problems in the Education of Negroes, May 9-12, 1934

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10Announcement: The National Conference Fundamental Problems in the Education of the Negro, May 9-12, 1934

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11Note of Announcement to be made by Chairman, No Date

Copy Of Press Release for Morning Paper, May 10, 1937

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13Invitation: Reception in Honor of Delegates Attending the National Negro Education Conference, No Date

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14Letter: To: Helen Whiting From: Ambrose Caliver, Senior Specialist in the Education Of Negroes, May 25,1934

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15Letter: To: Helen Whiting From: Ambrose Caliver, May 25, 1934

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16Letter: To: Helen Whiting (H.A.W) From: A. H. W., June 14,1934

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17Letter: To: Helen Whiting From: Edna N. Colson. Director Division of Education Virginia State College for Negroes, May 22, 1934

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18Letter To: Helen Whiting From: John Hope, President, Atlanta University, May 21, 1934

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19Pamphlet: Progressive Education, March 1935

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20Pamphlet: Negro Artist: An Illustrated Review of Their Achievements, 1935

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21Letter: To: Helen Writing From: Edwin H. Reeder, Associate Professor of Education Teachers College, Columbia University

Page

22Contains no materials

Page

23Phone Message, No Date
 
13Scrapbook II View online.
Page 1-18, 20, 53, 56, 59-74 contains materials.

Letter: To: Helen Whiting From: Thomas D. Wood, Chairman Committee On The School Child

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2Program: Committee On Elementary Education, May 9-19, 1934

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3Letter: Charlotte Louis Scholarship Offer To: Helen Whiting From: The Dean, Teachers College Columbia University, April 20, 1929

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4Letter: Romiett Stevens Scholar Offer To: Helen Whiting From: The Dean, Teachers College, Columbia University, December 17, 1931

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5Letter: To: The Superintendent of City Schools, Charlotte, North Carolina From: X. S. Tireman, Professor of Education, University of New Mexico, April 23, 1931

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6Telegram: To: Helen A. Whiting From: J. L. Whiting, Aug. 3, n/y
6Article: "Booker T. Pageant Presented At Hampton", July 10, n/y
6Teachers College Record, March 1926

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7Articles: "Oglethorpe School Will Stage Novel Event Monday", No Date
7"Oglethorpe School Creative Events", May 8, 1935
7"Oglethorpe Pupils To Present Play Next Wednesday", No Date
7"Art Exhibit", No Date
7"An Interview With Miss Brady", No Date

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8Program: Juvenile Art Exhibitions of Oglethorpe School Children, May 12, 1936

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9"Atlanta University Laboratory School Elementary Pupils in African Play. 'Menelik'", No Date
9"Local Educator Now In Great Demand As Speaker", No Date
9Program: Conference: The Junior High School Movement, Dec. 2-3, 1932

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10Program: National Association Colored Schools Meeting In Baltimore, July 31-Aug 3, 1934
10Articles: "Howards' U. Graduate Gets Georgia Post", No Date
10" State Educational Post Awarded To Mrs Whiting", No Date

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11Article: "Mrs Whiting In Eastern Talk", No Date
11"Helen A. Whiting Is Name Of Tucker Ga. School", Feb. 6, n/y
11"To Name School For Educator", No Date

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12Article: "Atlantan Is Author Of Books: Mrs Helen Whiting Has Written Several Juvenile Books", No Date
12"Atlantan Is" Continued From Pg. 1, No Date
12"Book Reviewed" Atlanta Constitution, Aug. 1938

Article: "Negro Stories" Atlanta Constitution, Aug 30, 1938
"Rich's Books Reviewed" Atlanta Constitution, Aug 30, 1938
"Helen A. Whiting Writes Books For Juveniles", Feb. 5, n/y
"Atlantan's Two Books Are Now Available", No Date
Article: no title, No Date

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14Article: "Books and Their Authors" Atlanta Constitution, September 4, 1938

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15Article: From: National Educational Outlook Among Negroes, October 1938

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16Letter: To:Helen Whiting From: Lois Mailou Jones Howard University

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17Book Review On Helen A. Whiting The Journal of Negro History, October 1938

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18Article: "Mrs. Helen A. Whiting and the Children". Negro History Bulletin, Nov. 1938
18"State Educational Post Awarded to Mrs. Whiting", No Date
18"Art Exhibit", No Date

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20Article: "Rural Education Course Added At Morris Brown: Mrs. Helen Whiting Heads Department" Atlanta Daily World, July 2, 1939
20"Morris Brown To Start 45th Year Wednesday". Atlanta World September, 10, n/y

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53Poem: The Rural Mail Box

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56W.E.B. DuBois Calling Card, July 16, 1944

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59Letter: To: Helen Whiting From: William S. Braithwaite, May 29, 1935

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60Letter: To: Helen Whiting From: James Weldon Johnson, October 24, 1931

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61Letter: To: Helen Whiting From: James Weldon Johnson, Nov. 5, n/y

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62Note: To: Helen Whiting From: James Weldon Johnson, No Date

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63Program: Progressive Education From the table of contents page, March 1935

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64Article: "Curriculum Laboratory: Big Feature Of '38' Session, No Date
64Program: Department of Rural Life Activities, July 27, 1938

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65Article: By Helen Whiting "Teaching Roman And Arabic Numbers Systems", No Date

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66Article: "Writes Textbook". Chicago Defender, September 15, 1928
66Book Reviews: Detroit Free Press, JUNE 25-28 n/y
66Boston Transcript Boston Mass., Jan. 28 n/y
66The Congregationalist Boston Mass., Dec. 29, n/y

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67Book Reviews: Buffalo Courier Express Buffalo N.Y., Dec. 11-27 n/y
67Woodmen News Omaha Neb., Feb. 1928
67The Grail St. Meinard Ind., Jan. 28, n/y

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68Book Reviews: Prophecy Manchester N.H., Feb. 1928
68The Washington Star Washington D.C., Dec. 11-27 n/y
68Written by: W.A. Robinson Raleigh N.C.

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69Poems: A Black Man Did It. Tuskegee Student Magazine (Cover) By: Helen A. Whiting, July 1922
69 The Nebulous Dawn Journal Of National Medical Ass. By. Helen A. Whiting, Oct.-Dec. 1923

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70Poems: Children And The Arts Progressive Education by Helen Whiting, Oct. 1935
70 A Grace At Tuskegee Helen A. Whiting, No Date

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71Article: "Booker T. Washington's Contribution To Education" Helen A. Whiting, No Date

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72Articles: "Negro School Loans Teacher: Tuskegee Faculty Member Will Revise Study Courses for Colored Pupils", No Date
72"Negro Pupils' work Display: Exhibits Of Work To Be Included In Permanent Exhibition". Charlotte Observer, April 1928
72"The Open Forum: Charlotte Colored Schools Gain Recognition"., No Date
72"Negro Schools Taking the Lead", No Date

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73Article: " Open House In Schools" Charlotte Observer, No Date
73"Open House At Morgan School", No Date
73"School Exhibit Of Arts Is Arranged", No Date
73"Open House Is Held By Fairview Schools Pupils", No Date
73"Biddleville School Keeps Open House", No Date
73"Biddleville School Work Is Inspected", No Date
73"Negro Pupils Work Display: Exhibits Of Work to Be Included In Permanent Exhibition", No Date
73"Given A Surprise Luncheon", No Date
73"Pupils Becomes Co-Authors", No Date
73"Open House At School", No Date

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74Article: "Race Achievement Shown: Charlotte Negro Schools Present Interesting Programs", No Date