Rev. Alice Elizabeth Thompson papers
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Rev. Alice Elizabeth Thompson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Thompson, Alice Elizabeth
Title: Rev. Alice Elizabeth Thompson papers
Dates: 1961-1978?
Quantity: 12.0 items
Abstract:The collection contains original works by Thompson and are representative of her published material, including addresses and essays, sheet music, and poetry. The collection also contains a sales catalog and a clipping about Thompson.
Identification: aarl92-003

Biographical/Historical Note

Alice Elizabeth Thompson was born in Natchez, Mississippi around 1909. Mrs. Thompson moved to the Detroit area in 1943. While in Michigan, Mrs. Thompson earned a Masters Degree in Education from Wayne State University. She also taught in the Ecorse public school system for 28 years. Little is known concerning her family except that she was married to Oscar Thompson.

Mrs. Thompson began writing verses and stories as a child and in 1958 began writing songs. Her songs include "Clap Your Hands," "Hello Everybody," and "Hold Me in the Palm of Your Hands." Her lyrics are accompanied by tunes that she picks out at the piano. She says that her talent was inherited from her musician father and elocutionist mother. She is also known for her books, such as "Look At Your Hands" and "There is Nothing for Sale in a Grave", and poetry which includes works paying tribute to John F. Kennedy, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Scope and Content Note

The Rev. Alice Elizabeth Thompson Collection consists of only twelve (12) items. These items are largely original works by Mrs. Thompson and are representative of her published materials. Within the collection there are three (3) pamphlets which contain addresses, essays, etc., four (4) pieces of sheet music, and three (3) poems. The collection also contains one (1) newspaper clipping about Mrs. Thompson, and one sales catalog with a listing of some of her published materials.


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Index Terms

African American women authors--Michigan.
African American women composers--Michigan.
Music by African American women composers--Michigan.
Sales catalogs.
Sheet music.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, Rev. Alice Elizabeth Thompson papers. Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


Restrictions of Access

There are no restrictions on the research use of this collection.

Restrictions on Use

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

Container List




11Newspaper Clipping: "Rev. Alice Thompson Collector of Miracles," by Denise Crittenden. Michigan Chronicle (Vol. 41. No. 42), 2-4-78
2Original Works - Addresses and Pamphlets:
"Addresses for Women's Day and Other Occasions" by Alice Elizabeth Thompson, [1961]
"Christmas Customs in Other Lands in Pictures: A Play and Project" by Alice Elizabeth Thompson
"Little Angels: Aspirations for Children" [by] Alice Elizabeth Thompson
3Original Works - Sheet Music
"Keep on Loving Every Day and Hate Will Vanish Away" A Freedom Song dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and Fred Shuttlesworth, words and music by Alice Elizabeth Thompson
"The Doll's Drill and Party" words and music by Alice Elizabeth Thompson (signed copy)
"Mother Precious Mother" words and music by Alice Elizabeth Thompson (handwritten note by Mrs. Thompson)
"Smile-Smile-Smile Every Day" words and music by Alice Elizabeth Thompson
4Original Works - Poetry
A Poem Dedicated to the Loving Memory of Our Mother Alice Montgomery Thomas. "God Desired Another Faithful Servant to Sit Around His Throne" by Addie L. Williams, Ella V. Brown, and Rev. Alice E. Thompson (handwritten note by Mrs. Thompson on back)
A Tribute Dedicated to the Memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Robert Francis Kennedy. "Two Great Brothers" by Alice Elizabeth Thompson (handwritten note by Mrs. Thompson on back), [after 1968]
A Tribute to the Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "God Desired Another Anointed Saint To Sit Around His Throne" by Alice Elizabeth Thompson, [after 1968]
5Sales Catalog: Works and Price List of Books and Songs by Alice Elizabeth Thompson