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Edward Randolph Carter and Andrew Jackson Lewis collection

Identifier: aarl90-004

Scope and Content Note

The E.R. Carter and A.J. Lewis, II Collection is an extensive collection (49 hollinger boxes) that covers religious and educational history of Atlanta from the 1890's through the 1970's. Edward Randolph Carter (1856 -1944) was a Baptist minister, and for more than 60 years he pastored the oldest Black Baptist Church in Atlanta, Friendship Baptist Church. Much of the documentation about Rev. Carter pertains to Friendship Baptist Church. Numerous pastoral and church anniversary programs and church bulletins exist.

Andrew Jackson Lewis, II (1909-1989) was the grandson of E.R. Carter and a well-known educator in Atlanta for over 40 years. Mr. Lewis' mother, Iola Carter Rogers, was the daughter of Rev. E.R. Carter. Much of the material pertaining to Mr. Lewis contains educational pursuits at Morehouse College, New York University, and his principalships at John Hope Elementary and Thomas Heathe Slater Elementary Schools in Atlanta beginning in 1950. Records of Mr. Lewis' military service in World War II exist, with military bars and patches as part of the collection. Much of the material pertains to his civic activities with the Boy Scouts of America organization; the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity; the National Education Association and affiliate organizations; and a Masonic Order located in Atlanta, GA. Correspondence, both personal and related to his career as principal, is numerous, as are personal financial records. Many programs from activities at the elementary schools where he was principal, as well as other schools in the Atlanta area are present. There is an extensive collection of photographs relating to school events, as well as personal photographs. An impressive collection of periodicals of the Masonic order to which he belonged are included.

Material on Friendship Baptist Church throughout the years is extensive, including photographs of all the ministers since Rev. E.R. Carter - Maynard H. Jackson, Sr.; Samuel W. Williams, William V. Guy. Numerous programs of church-affiliated events are included.


  • [ca. 1890-1985]


Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the 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.

Historical Sketch

Andrew Jackson Lewis (1909-1989), educator and grandson of Edward R. Carter, resided in Atlanta, Georgia.


34.0 cubic ft.




The collection consists of papers of Edward Randolph Carter and Andrew Jackson Lewis from ca. 1890-1985. The papers include correspondence, printed material, photographs, financial records, clippings, a diary (1942) documenting Lewis' military service during World War II, and ephemera. Early materials (1905-1942) pertain to Carter's religious activities and duties as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church (Atlanta, Ga.) and also include writings and sermons of Carter. The bulk of the collection (1944-1985) pertains to Andrew J. Lewis and documents his involvement with Boy Scout troops in Atlanta (Ga.), as an educator and principal in the Atlanta school system, with state and national teachers' or educational associations, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The collection also contains materials relating to Friendship Baptist Church including correspondence (1942-1983), financial reports, annual reports (1943, 1978-1985), and programs.


  1. Series I: Edward Randloph Carter.
  2. Series II: Andrew Jackson Lewis, II.

Processing Information

Processed April 1994
Inventory of the Edward Randolph Carter and Andrew Jackson Lewis Collection aarl90-004 aarl90-004
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
2004 September 15
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Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30303