Pitts Family papers
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Pitts Family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Pitts, James D., 1914-1984
Creator: Rodgers, Joyce Pitts
Title: Pitts Family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1900-1940
Dates: 1900-2000 1900-1940
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The Pitts Family Papers contains letters, photographs, and a family history written in April 2000. The one (1) box collection that contains information from 1938 to 2000.
Identification: aarl98-011

Biographical/Historical Note

James D. Pitts, Jr. (1914-1984) was born in Milledgeville, Ga. He was the only child of James D. Pitts, Sr. and Annabelle Ellison, who moved to Atlanta in 1920. Marian Darden (1912-1997) was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina. She was the last of eight children born to Ida Darden. Jimmy and Marian met in Atlanta, Georgia in 1934. They later married and had three children, Marian, Joyce and James (III).

Scope and Content Note

The Pitts Family Papers contains letters, photographs and a family history written in April 2000. The one (1) box collection contains information from 1938 to 2000.


Series I: Family History

Series II: Personal Correspondence

Series III: Photographs

Index Terms

African Americans--Georgia--Atlanta.
Atlanta (Ga.)
Darden, Marian
Goldsboro (N.C.)
Milledgeville (Ga.)
Pitts family
Pitts, James D., 1914-1984
Rodgers, Joyce Pitts
Warren County (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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


The Pitts Family Papers were donated to the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History, Archives Division in 1998 by Joyce Pitts Rodgers.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Martin, 2002


Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Container List


Series I: Family History, 1996 2000

The House of Pitt: Part II - Broken Families Family History (1996 & 2000) was written by Joyce Pitts Rogers, Atlanta, Georgia in 1998. Ms. Pitts is a descendant of the Anglo-American Pitts family from Halifax County, North Carolina
The Shaw Family History (as it relates to the Pitts Family) was written by Joyce Pitts Rogers, Atlanta, Georgia in April of 2000. Ms. Rodgers did her research using Warren County, Georgia records before 1865. Ms. Rodgers has determined that the Shaw name was the name of the owners of the plantation where the older Shaws of her family lived. Also includes



11The Shaw Family History (As It Relates to The Pitts Family), April 2000

Series II: Personal Correspondence, (1937-1938)

A booklet of personal correspondence written by James Pitts. The collection of photocopied letters reflects one year of the long distance courtship of Baby Lamb (Marian) and Jimmy (James).



12Booklet of Correspondence, Feb. 1937 - June 1938

Series III: Photographs, 1900-1998

The collection consists of about thirty-seven photographs of various members of the Shaw and Pitts families.



13Maybe Lucille's Cousin Grier (photograph), ca. 1930
4Friends of William Stewart ("Lucille's hubby") (photograph), ca. 1940
5Unidentified couple (photograph), ca. 1950
6Katie Shaw and Child (?) (photograph), ca. 1950
7Unidentified Woman (photograph), ca. 1950
8Mary Francis Shaw and Grier (photograph), ca. 1900
9Oscar and Joseph B. Shaw (?) (photograph), ca. 1950
10Unidentified (man and two women) (photograph), ca. 1950
11Lucille Grier Stewart (photograph), ca. 1930
12William Stewart (photograph), 1932
13Joseph B. Shaw, Jr. (photograph), ca. 1943
14Unidentified Men (4 photographs), ca. 1930-1950
15Unidentified Group ( Lucille Stewart, 1 st on left) (photograph), ca. 1940
16Unidentified Woman (4 photograph), ca. 1945
17Unidentified groups (2 photograph), ca. 1930
18Sgt. William Stewart in Boxing Match (photograph), ca. 1932
19Unidentified Child with dog (photograph), ca. 1915
20Catherine and Bennie children of Carrie Shaw Bloodworth (photograph), ca. 1940
21Lawson Shaw and daughter Mamie (photograph), 1912
22Mary Francis Shaw (photograph), ca. 1900
23Unidentified man and woman (photograph), ca. 1930
24Oscar (?) (photograph), May 16, 1918
25Lucille (Grier Stewart) 5 th person from left, seated on front row at AME Church Convention (photograph), ca. 1945
26Unidentified group of women in front of church on Fort Street (photograph), ca. 1930
27Unidentified Man (photograph), Unknown
28Floyd Sullivan, (1905-1977) Howard High School Music Teacher (photograph), ca. 1977
29Unidentified Musical Group (photograph), ca. 1945
30Liz Spraggins (photograph and information), ca. 1980
31News clippings, ca. 1996
32Unidentified Woman & Man (photograph mounted on glass), ca. 1930
33Unidentified Couple (photograph mounted on glass), ca. 1910
34Unidentified Woman (photograph mounted on glass), ca. 1910
35Unidentified man in uniform (photograph), 1930
36The House of Pitt: Part II - Broken Families, 1998