Dr. Ernest C. Tate papers
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Dr. Ernest C. Tate papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Tate, Ernest C., (Ernest Cater), 1907-1990
Title: Dr. Ernest C. Tate papers
Dates: 1968-1982
Quantity: 5.0 items
Abstract:The collection consists of a photograph of Tate, an award received by Tate, and three works by Tate including a playlet about James Weldon Johnson and his two books, The Social Implications of the Writings and the Career of James Weldon Johnson and Wordplay and Poetry.
Identification: aarl93-001

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Ernest C. Tate, educator and author, was the son of James and Nancy Tate. Dr. Tate, born in Atlanta, Georgia was a graduate of Atlanta University. He also received his M.A. and Ph.D degrees from New York University in English. He was a member Big Bethel AME Church located on historic Auburn Avenue. He married Miss Faustina Hall and from this union three children were born Renee, Ernest, and Lafayette.

Dr. Tate taught at numerous high schools, colleges and universities, including Alabama State Teachers College, Florida A & M University, Atlanta University and Morris Brown College. Dr. Tate had a professorship at Morris Brown College for 27 years and was Chairman of the English Department where he obtained emeritus status. He taught on the high school level for 28 years.

Dr. Tate served as a first lieutenant in World War II and received certificates of graduation for training from the School of Personnel Services, Washington and Lee University at Lexington, Virginia, and from the School of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Warfare, at Frankfurt, Germany.

Dr. Tate is the author of two books - The Social Implications of the Writings and the Career of James Weldon Johnson and Wordplay and Poetry. He was active in many organizations, including Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity.

Scope and Content Note

It consists of a photograph, playlet, books, and an award.


Arranged by type.

Index Terms

African American authors--Biography.
Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938
Tate, Ernest C., (Ernest Cater), 1907-1990
United States--Race relations.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dr. Ernest C. Tate papers. Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


The Dr. Ernest Cater Tate Collection was given to the Auburn Avenue Research Library by Mrs. Faustina Hall Tate and her son Ernest Michael Tate.


Restrictions of Access

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Restrictions on Use

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Container List




11Playet: The World of James Weldon Johnson, A Playlet by Dr. Ernest C. Tate. Inspired By Weekend Workshop (Feb 11, 13, 1977) Held At Jackson State University. Under Auspices of Institute For Teaching And Learning To Be Performed By Classes In Humanities, 1977
28x10 Black and White, Photograph Of Dr. Earnest C. Tate, No Date
3Bronze Jubilee Award In Literature, 1982
4Book, Entitled; " Word Play and Poetry". By Earnest Carter Tate. New York: Vantage Press, Inc., 1980 (3 copies), 1980
5Book, Entitled: " The Social Implications Of The Career Of James Weldon Johnson." By Earnest C. Tate. New York: The American Press, 1968, 1968