William L. Calloway papers
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William L. Calloway papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Calloway, W. L., (William L.), 1908-1999
Title: William L. Calloway papers
Dates: 1969-1991
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection contains items from 1969 through 1991 including a photograph of William L. Calloway with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Georgia State Senator Leroy Johnson; an autographed copy of " The 'Sweet Auburn Avenue' Business History, 1900-1988"; a print by Tom Range of a young boy fishing in a paper cup; and a framed certificate presented to William L. Calloway.
Identification: aarl95-004

Biographical/Historical Note

As the builder and owner of the Westview Plaza on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Mr. Calloway established a first for Atlanta's African American business community.

Through these efforts, the Auburn Avenue business community continued to be recognized for local and national prosperity, political leadership and the rights of African Americans to economic equality. To understand the role that Black business played in African American history, is to also see the struggle that these business professionals played in obtaining rights to citizenship for African Americans in general.

Scope and Content Note

The William L. Calloway Papers include two boxes of materials. Box I includes a photograph of Mr. Calloway with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Georgia State Senator Leroy Johnson; an autographed copy of the 2nd edition of Mr. Calloway's pamphlet size book from the oral history, The "Sweet Auburn Avenue" Business History. The author gives his acknowledgement to Mrs. Jennifer Echols of Central Atlanta Progress for helping him to compile this information. Box II contains a print of an African American child with a homemade fishing pole, play fishing amid the trash and debris of an urban scene, his somber expression depicting the hardship of his young life. This box contains a framed certificate of award to Mr. William L. Calloway for distinguished contribution to business through service and leadership, given by the Atlanta Action Forum, in 1991.

Although a small collection, the information is valuable, and offers firsthand insight into the historic Auburn Avenue business district and the African American professional and political leadership that struggled and persevered to establish that community.


Arranged by type.

Index Terms

African American businesspeople--Georgia--Atlanta.
Auburn Avenue (Atlanta, Ga.)--Economic conditions.
Auburn Avenue (Atlanta, Ga.)--History.
Calloway, W. L., (William L.), 1908-1999

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, William L. Calloway papers, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Copyright Restrictions

Reproduction and use of the image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may be restricted according to rights reserved by the King family.

Container List




11Photograph (identified)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Georgia State Senator Leroy Johnson; Business Entrepreneur, Mr. William L. Calloway [Occasion?]
2Autographed Book, 1991
The "Sweet Auburn Avenue" Business History; 1900-1988. As Told by William L. Calloway. Atlanta: Central Atlanta Progress and W. L. Calloway, 2 nd. Edition. 1988, 1991.



21Print, c. 1969
Tom Range, c. 1969
Young Boy Fishing in Paper Cup/Seated on Steps of House amid Trashed Items
2Framed Certificate, November 12, 1991
To William L. Calloway from The Atlanta Action Forum In Recognition of Distinguished Contribution to Atlanta Business, Atlanta, GA - November 12, 1991