Portia Allen Hunt family papers
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Portia Allen Hunt family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Hunt, Portia Allen, 1922-1992
Title: Portia Allen Hunt family papers
Dates: 1959-1992
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The Portia Allen Hunt family papers includes obituaries, photographs, newspaper clippings, certificates, and correspondence from the period of 1959 to 1992 and documents the Hunt family's life in Atlanta with an emphasis on Portia Allen Hunt.
Identification: aarl95-021

Biographical/Historical Note

Mrs. Portia Allen Hunt was born November 16, 1922 to Mr. Gaines and Leila Allen in McDonough, Georgia. At an early age she joined the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in McDonough, Georgia. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia, where she met and married Sergeant Roosevelt Hunt, Sr.

Mrs. Hunt attended the Henry County Training School in McDonough, Georgia, and Carver Vocational School in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received training as a licensed practical nurse. She mastered her nursing skills at Grady Memorial Hospital. Afterwards, she was employed with the Visiting Nursing Association, where she was also a licensed member.

Under the leadership of The Reverend E. L. White, Mrs. Hunt joined the Fortress Avenue Baptist Church. With her experience in nursing, she helped to open and operate a licensed nursery at the church. She continued to serve faithfully under the leadership of The Reverend T. P. Perkins. She also taught elementary school in Henry County.

Prior to her nursing experience, Mrs. Portia Allen Hunt was employed and resided in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was also an employee of the Nursing Department at the Boston City Hospital. She died on August 15, 1992, leaving behind six (6) children: Mr. Roosevelt Hunt, Jr, Mr. Michael Hunt, Mr. Ulysses Hunt, Dr. Gregory Hunt, Ms. Beverly Hunt Barner, and Mrs. Donna Hunt Dawkins; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives, including three sisters: Mrs. Ruby Allen Grier, of Atlanta, Mrs. Frankie Allen Logan, and Ms. Sinclair Allen Paul, both of Boston, Massachusetts.

Scope and Content Note

The Portia Allen Hunt Family Papers includes obituaries for Mrs. Portia Allen Hunt; Sergeant Roosevelt Hunt, Jr; Mrs. Mabel Allen; Mrs. Lelia Scott Allen; Ms. Odessa Allen Wyatt; Mr. Luther Allen; Mrs. Ina Hunt, and Mr. William H. Hunt.

Also included in the collection are photographs; newspaper clipping announcing the death of Mrs. Portia Allen Hunt; certificates awarded to Mrs. Hunt; letters of correspondence to Mrs. Hunt from Fulton County Health Department; Veterans Administration Hospital; City of Atlanta Department of Fire; Veterans Administration Regional Office; and photographs of Mrs. Hunt and other members of the Hunt and Allen Family.


Arranged by type.

Index Terms

African American families--Georgia--Atlanta.
African American nurses--Georgia--Atlanta.
Allen family
Atlanta (Ga.)--Social life and customs--20th century.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Hunt family
Hunt, Portia Allen, 1922-1992

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, Portia Allen Hunt family papers, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Processing Information

Processed by Regina Broh-Gaston in 1998.


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




11Obituary - Mrs. Portia Allen Hunt.
2Obituary - Sargent Roosevelt Hunt, Sr.
3Obituary - Mrs. Mabel Allen.
4Obituary - Lelia Scott Allen.
5Obituary - Ms. Odessa allen Wyatt.
6Obituary - Mr. Luther Allen.
7Obituary - Mrs. Ina Hunt.
8Obituary - Mrs. William H. Hunt.
9Photocopy of a news clipping, announcing the death of Mrs. Portia Allen Hunt; a Western Union - Mailgram, 08/13/92, consoling the Hunts family, Aug. 13, 1992
10Picture of a tombstone of Mrs. Portia Allen Hunt.
111 black & white photo of nurse Portia A. Hunt.
12Correspondence to Mrs. Portia Allen Hunt, 1962-1968
From: Veterans Administration Regional Office, 11/18/63
City of Atlanta Department of Fire, 9/4/62, (2 copies).
Veterans Administration Hospital, 5/22/68
13Correspondence to Mrs. Portia Allen Hunt, from Fulton County Health Department, 3/15/63
14Delayed Certificate of Birth - Portia Reign Allen
14State of Alabama - Certificate of Death - Roosevelt NMI Hunt.
15Portia A. Hunt - Certificate of Death - Career Vocational School, 10/13/59
16Three identification cards
Sears Roebuck And Company.
Grady Hospital.
Board of Examiners of Practical Nurse.
17Photocopies of identification cards: - Portia Allen Hunt
The American National Red Cross.
Board of Examiners of Practical Nurse, (2 copies).
Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter.
Information for Relatives and Friends - Veterans Administration Hospital, Tuskegee, Alabama, [1967?]
No date given but booklet is stamped "1967."
Nurse Portia A. Hunt Family
The drawings of a "Family Tree" on a sheet of paper, identifying family members of Mrs. Portia Allen Hunt.