Ella Mae Wade Brayboy papers
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Ella Mae Wade Brayboy papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Brayboy, Ella Mae, 1919-
Title: Ella Mae Wade Brayboy papers
Dates: Bulk, 1970-1991
Dates: 1935-1994 1970-1991
Quantity: 5.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection consists of papers of Ella Mae Brayboy from 1935-1994 (bulk 1970-1991). The papers include correspondence, photographs, clippings, plaques, certificates, and printed material. The materials document Brayboy's activities with the Community Council of Atlanta (1973-1976), the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (1975-1989), the United Methodist Church, the use of the Atlanta Public Library for voter registration, and the Council on Battered Women (Atlanta, Ga.) (1985-1986). Notable correspondents include Jimmy Carter, Coretta Scott King, John Lewis, and Andrew Young. The collection also contains memorabilia from the Booker T. Washington High School (Atlanta, Ga.) from 1935.
Identification: aarl94-012

Biographical/Historical Note

Mrs. Ella Mae Wade Brayboy (ca. 1918- ) is a community activist in Atlanta, GA. She is best known for her work with voter registration in Atlanta. Mrs. Brayboy is a native of Atlanta and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1935. She attended Spelman College. She is the widow of William Brayboy and has three daughters.

Mrs. Brayboy has worked all of her life in some aspect of community work. Immediately prior to her retirement in March, 1995, she worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Her many work experiences and activities throughout her lifetime include the following: working with voter registration since 1962 with the All Citizen Registration Committee and the Voter Education Project sponsored by SCLC; working as a Neighborhood Analyst for the Community Council of Atlanta, 1965-1972; serving as a Congressional aide to Representative Andrew Young, 1973-1976; Consultant to ACTION, 1977; Consultant to MARTA and to Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies. Mrs. Brayboy was one of the first black deputy registrars in Atlanta in 1964 and she helped place voter registration in the Atlanta Public Library system. She is a past president of United Methodist Women. She has served on numerous boards, including Fulton County Family and Children Services; Wesley Homes; and Ebenezer Baptist Church Day Care Center for the Elderly. Mrs. Brayboy has been a member of the Martin Luther King State Holiday Commission, 1985-1991. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the citizens of Atlanta.

Mrs. Brayboy is currently a member of the Fulton County Council on Aging and is working with elderly persons assisting them with applying for benefits as well as advocating for a senior citizens facility to be built by Grady hospital in Atlanta.

Scope and Content Note

The collection is approximately 5 cubic feet and consists of correspondence; event programs; photographs; certificates; plaques; newspaper articles and clippings; publications on issues such as aging, medical care, and voting; periodicals of the United Methodist Church; and parts of a yearbook from Booker T. Washington High School, 1935. About half of the collection is correspondence, some from such well known persons as Jimmy Carter, Julian Bond, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, and Zell Miller, to name a few.


Arranged by record type.

I. Correspondence, 1968-

II. Education-related materials, 1935, 1955, 1984-1985

III. Newspaper Articles and Clippings

IV. Certificates, 1958, 1972-1995

V. Invitations VI. Photographs

VII. Oversized Materials

VIII. Community Issues

IX. Family Bible

X. King Center Folders

XI. Magazines, 1972-1995

Index Terms

African American women--Georgia.
African Americans--Georgia--Religion.
Atlanta (Ga.)
Atlanta Public Library.
Booker T. Washington High School (Atlanta, Ga.).
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Community Council of Atlanta (Ga.).
Community development--Georgia.
Council on Battered Women (Atlanta, Ga.).
King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006
Lewis, John, 1940 Feb. 21-
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
United Methodist Church (U.S.).
Voter registration--Georgia.
Women in the Methodist Church--Georgia.
Young, Andrew, 1932-

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, series, Ella Mae Wade Brayboy papers, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Processing Information

Revised 10/96.


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: Correspondence, 1968-



11Correspondence - General, 1968-1981
2Correspondence - General, 1984-1989
3Correspondence - General, 1990-present
3APersonal Papers and Financial Records - Ella Mae Brayboy
4Correspondence - Community Council of Atlanta, 1968-1969
5Correspondence - Community Council of Atlanta, 1970
6Correspondence - Community Council of Atlanta, 1971-1972
7Correspondence - Voter Registration, 1970-1994
8Correspondence - Ella Mae Brayboy, Congressional Aide to Congressman Andrew Young, 1973-1976
9Menu: House of Representatives Restaurant, Signed by Congressman Andrew Young, Jan. 30, 1973
10Correspondence - Congressman Andrew Young, 1975
11Correspondence - Fulton County Dept. of Family and Children Services, 1979-1994
12Letters of Recommendation on Ella Mae Brayboy, 1972 1977
13Correspondence - ACTION, 1977
14Correspondence - M.L. King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, 1975-1989
15Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission, 1985-1995
16Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration - Event Programs
17Martin Luther King, Jr. Stamps and Envelopes
18Correspondence - Council on Battered Women, 1985-1986
19Correspondence - Joe Frank Harris Re-election, 1986
20Correspondence - Issues Affecting the Elderly
21Correspondence - Health Care Reform, 1994-present
22Correspondence - Mrs. Brayboy's Awards, 1981-1995
23Awards Programs, 1985-1994
24Black Women's Coalition of Atlanta/Georgia Coalition of Black Women, Inc
25Correspondence - YWCA Salute to Women of Achievement, 1988
26Event Programs

Series II: Education-related materials, 1935 1955 1984-1985



21Booker T. Washington High School Class of, 1935
2Booker T. Washington High School - pages from Yearbook, 1935
(original copies)
3Booker T. Washington High School - pages from Yearbook, 1935, xeroxed copies
4Booker T. Washington High School - National Register Nomination, 1984
5Booker T. Washington High School - Commencement Program, 1985
6Pages from "The Price High Times", March 1955
7Information Regarding Libraries in Atlanta
8Political Science Course Outlines

Series III: Newspaper Articles and Clippings



29Newspaper Articles and Clippings, original copies
10Newspaper Articles and Clippings, xeroxed copies

Series IV: Certificates, 1958 1972-1995



211Certificate, 1958
12Certificates, 1972-1976
13Certificates, 1977-1982
14Certificates, 1983-1988
15Certificates, 1989
16Certificates, 1990-1995
17Morehouse College 90th Anniversary Souvenir Program, 1957

Series V: Invitations



218Invitations - General
19Invitations - President of the United States
20Invitations - Political Events in Georgia

Series VI: Photographs



221Photographs - Pres. Lyndon Johnson and Family, April 19, 1966
23Photograph - Mrs. Brayboy and Gov. Joe Frank Harris

Series VII: Oversized Materials


2Georgia Department of Human Resources, State of Georgia Commission Ella Mae Brayboy... a member of the Fulton County Board of Family and Children Services from 22nd January, 1979 to the 30th day of June, 1980... Dated 26 th of January, 1979. Also, an identical certificate dated 20 th of June 1980 for July 1, 1980 to June 30, 1985, 1979-1980
Community Services Administration Community Service Award to Ella Mae Brayboy for leadership devoted to institutional change..., 7/31/81
Certificate of Merit - On behalf of the people of Atlanta, it is my honor to commend and thank Ella Mae Brayboy for outstanding contributions to the growth, vitality and spirit of our City. Signed by Mayor Andrew Young, May 3, 1985
Certificate from Governor Joe Frank Harris, State of Georgia, appointing Ella Mae Brayboy to serve as a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission, from November 14, 1990 to February 2, 1991
Certificate from Governor Zell Miller, State of Georgia, appointing Ella Mae Brayboy to serve as a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission, dated, November 4, 1991



31Certificate - NAACP, 1971
2Photograph - Voter Education Project Event (Geraldine Thompson, Tony Brown, Ella Mae Brayboy, 2 unidentified women)
3Certificate - Booker T. Washington High School, 1985
4Plaque - In Appreciation to Ella M. Brayboy for dedicated service to Fulton County DFACS, 1986
5Certificate - Voter Education Project, 1988
6Newspaper Article on Mrs. Brayboy on metal, Feb. 7, 1993
7Plaque - Martin Luther King Center Community Service Award, Atlanta, Georgia, no date


4Photograph - The first graduating class of Price High School, R.E. Cureton, Principal, 1956
Photograph - Tom Wade (uncle of Mrs. Brayboy); Ella Wade (paternal grandmother of Mrs. Brayboy); Charlie Wade (father of Ella Mae Brayboy)
Certificate - This Certificate of Appreciation is awarded by The Atlanta Urban League Guild to Mrs. Ella May Brayboy in recognition of the valuable and devoted services rendered by her to this organization and its membership, 1971
Scroll presented to Mrs. Brayboy from the United Methodist Women for outstanding achievements, September 12, 1982

Series VIII: Community Issues

Subseries VIIIA: Elderly



51Correspondence - Sadie G. Mays Nursing Home, Atlanta, GA
2Information on Aging Issues
3Information on Aging Issues
4The Elderly: Are We Committed?
5Information on Medical Issues
6Information on Environmental Issues
7Day Care Manual



61Taxicab Correspondence
2Taxicab Correspondence

Subseries VIIIB: Voting



63Citizen's Manuals
4Get Out The Vote Project, 1992
5Voter Education Manuals
6National Women's Education Fund Campaign Workbook

Subseries VIIIC: Social Planning



71Social Planning Areas Duplicate Summaries 1-14
2Social Planning Areas Duplicate Summaries 15-52
3Social Planning Areas Duplicate Summaries 15-52
4Community, Action Manuals
5Information on Social Services

Series IX: Family Bible

Deteriorating condition

Series X: Empty King Center Folders


Series XI: Magazines, 1972-1995



Subseries XIA: Program Resources - United Methodist Women, Feb. 1977 April 1978

Subseries XIB: The Interpreter, 1972-1980 1982 1984 1989


91972 - Sept.
1973 - Sept. Oct. Nov.-Dec.
1974 - Jan. Feb. March. April. Oct. Nov.-Dec.
1975 - May
1977 - March April May June July-Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov.-Dec.
1978 - Jan. Feb. March-April May June July-Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov.-Dec.
1979 - Jan. Feb.
1980 - Jan. Sept. Oct.
1982 - Jan.
1984 - April July-Aug.
1989 - Feb.-March April May-June (2 copies); Oct.

Subseries XIC: New World Outlook (Board of Global Ministries of United Methodist Church), 1976 1978-1980 1988-1989 1992


91976 - April
1978 - March April May June July-Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1979 - March April May July-Aug. Nov. Dec.
1980 - April Sept Oct. Nov. Dec.
1988 - June Sept.
1989 - July-Aug. Sept.-Oct. Nov./Dec.
1992 - March/April May/June July-Aug.

Subseries XID: National Voter, 1995-1996


9March/April 1995
Dec./Jan. 1996

Subseries XIE: Newsletter - League of Women Voters of Atlanta/Fulton Co, Oct. 1978

Subseries XIF: Response, 1973-1974 1976-1981 1983-1986 1989 1991-1995


101973 - Sept.
1974 - Feb. March April May June July-Aug. Sept. Nov.
1976 - Feb. March April May June Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1977 - Jan. Feb. March May June Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1978 - Jan. March April May June July-Aug. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1979 - Jan. March April July/Aug Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1980 - Oct. Nov.
1981 - March
1983 - Nov.
1984 - Jan. Feb. March April June July-Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1985 - Jan. Feb.
1986 -June
1989 - June July/Aug. Sept. Nov.
1991 - June Nov. Dec.
1992 - Jan. Feb. March July/Aug.
1993 - June June
1994 - March April July/Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1995 - Centennial Issue, Jan. Feb. March