Annabelle Thompson Kilgore collection
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Annabelle Thompson Kilgore collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Kilgore, Annabelle Thompson, 1924-
Title: Annabelle Thompson Kilgore collection
Dates: 1966-1994
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The Annabelle Thompson Kilgore collection contains items from 1966-1994 that document Kilgore's personal and professional life both as a photographer and educator and includes a profile, newspaper clippings, photographs of Atlanta, Africa, and African American photographers James Van Der Zeee and Prentice Harmon (P. H.) Polk, four of which are known to be the work of Mrs. Kilgore, a playbill for Katherine Dunham and her company, programs, brochures, and display materials on African American public figures and African American historic sites in Washington, D.C.
Identification: aarl95-006

Biographical/Historical Note

Annabelle Thompson Kilgore was born May 3, 1924 in Helena, Arkansas to Willie P. and Callie Lacey Thompson. The family moved to Gary, Indiana where Annabelle spent the largest part of her childhood. On August 22, 1948 she married Shirley Franklin Kilgore, and their union was blessed with one daughter, Joyce Evelyn Kilgore.

Mrs. Annabelle T. Kilgore attended Tuskegee Institute (now University). While at the Institute, she sang with the Tuskegee Institute Choir under the direction of the renowned Dr. William L. Dawson. Through much of her life she remained active with the Alumni Choir. Annabelle Thompson Kilgore attended Indiana and Roosevelt Universities and in 1959 received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University. In 1965 she received a Masters Degree in Education from Roosevelt University and a Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Purdue and Roosevelt Universities in 1973.

From 1960-1972, Mrs. Kilgore was an elementary school teacher with the city schools of Gary, Indiana, and from 1972-1979 she worked as a guidance counselor at Emerson High School in Gary, Indiana. In 1979 Mrs. Kilgore retired from the Indiana School System and moved to College Park, Georgia. For three years she operated her photography studio, "Color Art Photography." She then joined the Atlanta Public School System and worked for four years until her retirement in 1986.

Mrs. Kilgore has been involved in numerous professional and community organizations. In Atlanta, one of the most important activities in Mrs. Kilgore's life is her involvement with the New Life Presbyterian Church. She has received recognition for her service in many organizations and for excellence in her work, whether it be teaching, counseling, or photography.

Scope and Content Note

The Annabelle Thompson Kilgore Collection consists of nineteen (19) items. Two of the items, a profile and a newspaper clipping, provide biographical information. The collection contains seven (7) photographs of which four (4) are known to be the work of Mrs. Kilgore. The other materials are collected items on various subjects and represent various interests of Mrs. Kilgore. The playbill about Katherine Dunham provides good information and photographs of Ms. Dunham and her company of dancers.


Arranged by type.

Index Terms

African American educators--Georgia.
African American photographers--United States.
African Americans--History.
Atlanta (Ga.)--Photographs.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Historic sites--Washington (D.C.)
Kilgore, Annabelle Thompson, 1924-

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Annabelle Thompson Kilgore collection. 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

Biographical Information



11Profile: Mrs. Annabelle T. Kilgore by H. Felicia Conway
1Newspaper Clipping: " Gary Woman Elected Regional Director of Tuskegee Alumni," The Post-Tribune (Gary, Indiana), 9-21-77
Celebrate the Contribution of African-Americans with Annabelle Kilgore, Professional Photographer, Historian, Retired Teacher/Counselor, 1993
USS Ford (FFG 54) Change of Command Ceremony, Sept. 23, 1994
23rd Anniversary Performance 'The Life of A King' by Arthur Langford, Jr. Jan. 17-18, 1991 West Hunter Street Baptist Church, Jan. 17-18, 1991
3Playbill: S. Hurok presents Katherine Dunham and her Company in "Tropical Revue" with Bobby Capo and Dowdy Quartet
4Brochure: Atlanta Public Schools
(photograph used on cover by Annabelle Thompson Kilgore - see the photograph in folder 95-006-01.005)
New Life Presbyterian Church members and Allan Boesak from South Africa, c. 1990
Colin Powell and Benjamin Payton, president of Tuskegee University, at commencement exercises, c. 1992
Annabelle Thompson Kilgore and Jessye Norman (reproduction)
James Van Der Zee and Prentice Harmon Polk
African Family - Senegal, West Africa
African Children
Atlanta Skyline
6Flyer and Photograph (reproduction) of L. Douglas Wilder
7Long-Playing Album: Adventures in Negro History, Vol. II. The Frederick Douglas Years, 1817-1895, 1966
Oversize - Three (3) items housed in Drawer 3.10
Poster: General Daniel James, Jr.
Display Board: Materials (mostly reproduction photographs) on Thurgood Marshall, Federal Judges, and African-American Mayors and Cabinet Members
Display Board: Materials (photographs and pamphlets) on Frederick Douglas and the Frederick Douglas National Historic Site and other sites in Washington, D.C. related to African-American history.