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Jessie Thelma Beasley Archer papers

Identifier: aarl94-019

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains information about Morehouse College, Spelman College and Atlanta University. There is also information about several organizations such as The American Business Women Association (Tara Chapter), The Atlanta Quettes, The Professional Secretaries Club, and The Professional Women of Atlanta, in which Mrs. Archer was active.


  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1951-1986
  • Bulk, 1951-1986 1934-1993 1951-1986


Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the research use of this collection.

Historical Sketch

Jessie Thelma Beasley Archer, the daughter-in-law of the late Morehouse College President Samuel Howard Archer, was born May 30, 1903 in Nashville, Tennessee. Mrs. Archer received most of her formal education in the Nashville school system. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee A & I State College in 1934, and did some course work at Atlanta University. Mrs. Archer began her tenure at Morehouse College in 1942 where she was employed as Secretary to the Dean of Men. She later became part of the staff in the Morehouse Personnel and Guidance Office, which eventually became The Dean of Students Officer Mrs. Archer was employed at Morehouse College for over forty (40) years.


9.0 Linear feet




The collection, spanning 1934 to 1993 with the bulk from 1951 to 1986, consists of Jessie Thelma Beasley Archer's personal papers and documents her professional life at Morehouse College, involvement in various social, religious, and professional organizations including the Q-Ettes, the Professional Secretaries Club, and Professional Women of Atlanta, and several historically black colleges and universities including Spelman College, Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Tuskegee Institute, and Tennessee State University. The collection includes college bulletins, newspapers, and programs, personal correspondence and financial records, minutes, programs, magazines, newspaper clippings, and business-related books.


Organized into five series:
  1. I. Personal papers.
  2. II. Clubs and organizations.
  3. III. Morehouse College.
  4. IV. Other universities.
  5. V. Printed material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Items in this collection were donated in 1995 by Mrs. Jessie Thelma Beasley Archer who was married to Morehouse Coach Samuel Howard Archer, Jr., the son of the former Morehouse College President, Samuel Howard Archer.
Inventory of the Jessie Thelma Beasley Archer Papers aarl94-019 aarl94-019
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

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Atlanta GA 30303