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The 27 Club records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: 27 Club (Atlanta, Ga.).
Title: The 27 Club records
Dates: 1949-1969
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection consists of the records of The 27 Club (Atlanta, Ga.) from 1949-1969. The records include correspondence, by-laws, memoranda, membership rosters, guest lists, financial records, and minutes documenting the activities and interests of the club regarding the participation of African Americans in society and civil rights. The materials contain information on accommodations for African-American athletes in Atlanta (Ga.), funds for Charlayne Hunter, donations for those in need, and Haitian refugees in the United States. Major correspondents include Fred A. Toomer, Jesse O. Thomas, and E.L. Simon.
Identification: aarl91-006

Biographical/Historical Note

The "27 Club" is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Its objectives are to encourage, stimulate and promote congenial fellowship for its members, by providing facilities and occasions for such. It creates a forum for the discussion of current topics. It studies and inquires into the social, civic, religions, educational, economic and political participation of the African American population, in this country and other communities.

The 27 Club enlists the cooperation of other clubs and agencies, in improving the general living conditions of African Americans. It secures for the African Americans larger opportunities for the expression of their abilities in keeping with true democratic principles. Any male 27 years old and over, with good moral character and reputation in the community is eligible for membership. Membership includes Resident Actives and Non-Resident Actives (those who were once active, but no longer live in Atlanta). The Resident Actives pay the required annual dues and attend meetings regularly, while Non-Resident members are not required to pay dues unless they attend a regular meeting, while visiting the city. Officers of the organization are a president, vice-president, secretary, assistant secretary and treasure. The officers are elected annually by the 'Active Members' at the November meetings.

Regular meetings are held on the 27th of January, March, May, September and November. Special meetings are called at the request of the Executive Committee, when necessary. The Budget Committee determines the amount of annual dues members should pay. The dues are payable in advance for the calendar year. Active members of the Membership Committee elected members. At least fifty percent (50%) of the membership must be present and must vote during meetings.


Scope and Content Note

The 27 Club Records is approximately ½ linear foot. It contains documentation of correspondence, administrative records of membership and officer election, by-laws, meetings/minutes, financial records, newsletters, leaflets, and newspaper clippings. The collection, which spans the year 1949 to the late 1960s.


Arrangement

I. General Correspondence (1959-1969).

II. Legal Documents and Reports (1951-1966).

III. Printed Materials and Miscellaneous Documents (1950-1962).

IV. Meetings (1957-1966).

V. Financial Records (1958-1966).


Index Terms

African American athletes--Georgia.
African American men--Georgia--Societies and clubs.
African Americans--Civil rights--Georgia.
Atlanta (Ga.)
Financial records.
Hunter-Gault, Charlayne
Minutes.
Refugees--Haiti.
Simon, E. L.
Thomas, Jesse O., b. 1885
Toomer, Fred A., (Fred Armon), 1889-1961

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, series, The 27 Club Records, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Provenance

This collection was donated to the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, in 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by Regina Broh-Gastin. Completed on 1991


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the 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: General Correspondence, (1958-1969)

Contains personal correspondence. The correspondence is particularly rich with references to improving the general living conditions of African Americans, inviting others to join the 27 club.

Box

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11Correspondence: E. L. Simon, from Albert E. Manley, 1962
1Correspondence: E. L. Simon, from Benjamin E. Mays, 1969
1Correspondence: E. L. Simon, from Benjamin E. Mays, 1962
1Correspondence: E. L. Simon, from Benjamin E. Mays, 1962
1Correspondence: E. L. Simon, from B. T. Harvey, 1961
1Correspondence: E. L. Simon, from B. T. Harvey, 1961
1Correspondence: E. L. Simon, from B. T. Harvey, 1963
1Correspondence: E. L. Simon, from B. T. Harvey, 1962
1Correspondence: E. L. Simon, from B. T. Harvey, 1964
1Correspondence: E. L. Simon, from B. T. Harvey, 1962
1Correspondence: E. L. Simon, from Benjamin E. Mays, 1963
1Correspondence: E. L. Simon, from James P. Brawley, 1959
2Correspondence: Roosevelt Winfrey, from Charles W. Greene, 1961
2Correspondence: Roosevelt Winfrey, from Charles W. Greene, 1961
3Correspondence: E. L. Simon, to 27 Club Members, 1969
3Correspondence: Charles Greene, from Mrs. A. B. Cooper, 1960
3Correspondence: Charles Greene, from Mr./Mrs. R. Winfrey, 1960
3Correspondence: Charles Greene, from Johnnie Yancey, 1962
3Correspondence: Charles W. Greene, from Dr. P. J. Woods, 1963
3Correspondence: Charles Greene, from A. M. Davis, 1962
3Correspondence: Charles W. Greene, from Hamilton E. Holmes, 1963
3Correspondence: Charles W. Greene, from Roy Wilkins, 1964
3Correspondence: Charles W. Greene, from Samuel W. Williams, 1950
3Correspondence: Charles W. Greene, from T. J. Henry, 1959
3Correspondence: Charles W. Greene, from Mr./Mrs. R. Winfrey, 1960
3Correspondence: President/Members, from H. L. Holloway, 1961
4Correspondence: J. P. Brawley, from E. L. Simon, 1959
4Correspondence: J. P. Brawley, from E. L. Simon, 1966
4Correspondence: Members of 27 Club from E. L. Simon (2), 1969
5Correspondence: W. H. Aiken, from E. L. Simon, 1962
5Correspondence: Mrs. L. R. Aiken, from E. L. Simon, 1965
6Correspondence: Albert E. Manley, from E. L. Simon, 1965
6Correspondence: A. E. Manley, from E. L. Simon, 1962
6Correspondence: Members of 27 Club from E. L. Simon (2), 1969
6Correspondence: R. E. Thomas, from E. L. Simon (2), 1962
7Correspondence: B. T. Harvey, from E. L. Simon, 1963
7Correspondence: B. T. Harvey, from E. L. Simon, 1961
7Correspondence: B. T. Harvey, from E. L. Simon, 1960
7Correspondence: J. B. Blayton, Sr., from E. L. Simon, 1963
7Correspondence: J. B. Blayton from E. L. Simon, 1965
8Correspondence: Fred Toomer, from Albert Mauddaugh, 1951
8Correspondence: Fred Toomer, from B. T. Harvey, 1960
8Correspondence: F. A. Toomer, from J. O. Thomas, 1954
8Correspondence: F. A. Toomer, from Jesse O. Thomas, 1955
8Correspondence: A. M. Davis, from (no signature), 1963
8Correspondence: A. M. Davis, from E. L. Simon, 1965
9Correspondence: B. R. Brazeal, from E. L. Simon, 1962
9Correspondence: P. Q. Yancey, from E. L. Simon, 1965
9Correspondence: T. J. Henry, from E. L. Simon, 1964
9Correspondence: C. A. Bacote, from E. L. Simon, 1964
9Correspondence: E. G. Bowden, from E. L. Simon, 1963
9Telegram: Joe Ryan, from Members of 27 Club, 1962
 

Series II: Legal Documents, and Reports, (1951-1963)

Contains the 27 Club's Constitutions and By-Laws. On the 27 th of January, March, May September and November, Active Members and Officers presented their various committee reports including financial.

Box

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110Monthly Report of the Washington Bureau, 1960
10Attachment to Monthly Report, 1960
1027 Club Committee list, 1956-1958
10Officers and Memberships, 1957-1966
11Membership Subscription/George D. Cannon; Roy Wilkins, n.d.
12Members' Activity, 1961-1962
12William Gordon, City Editor of the Atlanta Daily World, 1964
12Correspondence: Club Members, from Mrs. Juanita P. Toomer, 1961
 

Series III: Printed Materials, Miscellaneous Documents, 1950-1965

This series contains newsletters, newspaper clippings, and invitations. The invitations informed members about activities, which were important to the 27 Club. Other documents included leaflets, flyers and programs.

Box

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113Newsletter, 1965
13Newsletter - Spanish Refugee Aid, n.d.
13Document: Emergency Appeal (Haitian Refugees), 1965
13Document: American Civil Liberties Union, n.d.
14Newspaper clipping - Negroes Confused About Time of Prayer, 1962
15Invitations to Inaugural Dance, 1950-1951
16Calendars of Entertainment (2), 1951-1963
 

Series IV: Meetings, 1957-1966

These are general meetings, which included the various 27 Club Committee Meetings, and Special Officer's Meetings.

Box

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117Meeting: Hosted by Dr. and Mrs. A. M. Davis, 1963
17Meeting: Hosted by E. L. Simon, 1963
17Meeting: Hosted by E. L. Simon, 1963
17Meeting: Hosted by Dr. & Mrs. Marque L. Jackson, 1963
17Meeting: Hosted by Mr. F. V. Brooks, 1963
18Meeting: Hosted by Attorney & Mrs. R. Edwin Thomas, 1963
18Meeting: Hosted by Mr. Jesse O. Thomas, 1960
18Meeting: Hosted by Dr. P. Q. Yancey, 1960
18Meeting: Hosted by Dr. J. P. Brawley, 1961
18Meeting: Hosted by Dr. H. L. Lang (see back for noted), 1961
18Meeting: Hosted by Dr. & Mrs. F. Earl McLendon, 1962
18Meeting: Hosted by Dr. J. P. Brawley, 1966
18Meeting: Hosted by Dr. & Mrs. H. L. Lang, 1966
19Meeting: Hosted by Dr. B. R. Brazeal, 1951
19Meeting: Hosted by Dr. F. Earl McLendon, 1951
19Meeting: Hosted by Clayton R. Yates, 1952
19Meeting: Hosted by Mr. W. S. Cannon, 1952
19Meeting: Hosted by Dr. F. Earl McLendon, 1954
19Meeting: Hosted by L. D. Milton, 1954
19Meeting: Hosted by J. B. Blayton, 1954
19Meeting: Hosted by E. M. Martin, 1954
19Meeting: Hosted by Dr. P. Q. Yancey, 1954
19Meeting: Hosted by Mr. M. T. Puryear, Jan. 19, 1955
19Meeting: Hosted by Mr. C. R. Yates, May 27, 1957
19Meeting: Hosted by 27 Club, Nov. 27, 1957
19Meeting: Hosted by F. A. Toomer, Nov. 27, 1957
19Meeting: Hosted by W. H. Aiken, Sept. 27, 1957
19Meeting: Hosted by Chas. W. Greene, Mar. 27, 1957
19Meeting: Hosted by Mr. F. V. Brooks, May 27, 1958
19Meeting: Hosted by Dr. A. E. Manley, Sept. 26, 1958
19Meeting: Hosted by 27 Club, Feb. 28, 1958
19Meeting: Hosted by Mr. C. A. Bacote, Dec. 3, 1958
19Meeting: Hosted by Dean Whitney Young, Jan. 27, 1958
19Meeting: Hosted by E. L. Simon, Mar. 27, 1958
19Meeting: Hosted by 27 Club, May 27, 1959
19Meeting: Hosted by Mr. L. D. Milton (+ a draft handwritten), Sept. 28, 1959
20Meeting: Hosted by Mr. & Mrs. G. E. DeLorme, Nov. 27, 1964
20Meeting: Hosted by Mr. & Mrs. J. B. Blayton, Jr, Jan. 25, 1965
20Meeting: Hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Chas. W. Greene, Sept. 27, 1962
20Meeting: Hosted by Dr. & Mrs. R. C. Hackney, Nov. 26, 1962
20Meeting: Hosted by Atty. & Mrs. R. E. Thomas, Jan. 28, 1963
20Meeting: Hosted by Dr. & Mrs. P. Q. Yancey, Mar. 24, 1965
20Meeting: Hosted by Mr. & Mrs. L. D. Milton, Sept. 25, 1964
20The 27 Club Regular Meeting, Jan 27, 1960
20Minutes, Nov. 30, 1961
20Minutes, Nov. 27, 1964
 

Series V: Financial Records, (1958-1966)

Contains fund raising documents, dues payments; appeals, and receipts for cash/check donations from various people and organizations.

Box

Fldr

121Payments of dues, pledges, and appeals, 1958-1960
221 red and black Manifold Triplicate Receipt Book, 1960-1966