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Ella Mae Wade Brayboy papers

Identifier: aarl94-012

Scope and Content Note

The collection is approximately 5 cubic feet and consists of correspondence; event programs; photographs; certificates; plaques; newspaper articles and clippings; publications on issues such as aging, medical care, and voting; periodicals of the United Methodist Church; and parts of a yearbook from Booker T. Washington High School, 1935. About half of the collection is correspondence, some from such well known persons as Jimmy Carter, Julian Bond, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, and Zell Miller, to name a few.


  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1970-1991
  • Bulk, 1970-1991 1935-1994 1970-1991


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.

Historical Sketch

Mrs. Ella Mae Wade Brayboy (ca. 1918- ) is a community activist in Atlanta, GA. She is best known for her work with voter registration in Atlanta. Mrs. Brayboy is a native of Atlanta and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1935. She attended Spelman College. She is the widow of William Brayboy and has three daughters.

Mrs. Brayboy has worked all of her life in some aspect of community work. Immediately prior to her retirement in March, 1995, she worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Her many work experiences and activities throughout her lifetime include the following: working with voter registration since 1962 with the All Citizen Registration Committee and the Voter Education Project sponsored by SCLC; working as a Neighborhood Analyst for the Community Council of Atlanta, 1965-1972; serving as a Congressional aide to Representative Andrew Young, 1973-1976; Consultant to ACTION, 1977; Consultant to MARTA and to Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies. Mrs. Brayboy was one of the first black deputy registrars in Atlanta in 1964 and she helped place voter registration in the Atlanta Public Library system. She is a past president of United Methodist Women. She has served on numerous boards, including Fulton County Family and Children Services; Wesley Homes; and Ebenezer Baptist Church Day Care Center for the Elderly. Mrs. Brayboy has been a member of the Martin Luther King State Holiday Commission, 1985-1991. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the citizens of Atlanta.

Mrs. Brayboy is currently a member of the Fulton County Council on Aging and is working with elderly persons assisting them with applying for benefits as well as advocating for a senior citizens facility to be built by Grady hospital in Atlanta.


5.5 Linear feet




The collection consists of papers of Ella Mae Brayboy from 1935-1994 (bulk 1970-1991). The papers include correspondence, photographs, clippings, plaques, certificates, and printed material. The materials document Brayboy's activities with the Community Council of Atlanta (1973-1976), the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (1975-1989), the United Methodist Church, the use of the Atlanta Public Library for voter registration, and the Council on Battered Women (Atlanta, Ga.) (1985-1986). Notable correspondents include Jimmy Carter, Coretta Scott King, John Lewis, and Andrew Young. The collection also contains memorabilia from the Booker T. Washington High School (Atlanta, Ga.) from 1935.

Arrangement note

Arranged by record type.


  1. I. Correspondence, 1968-
  2. II. Education-related materials, 1935, 1955, 1984-1985
  3. III. Newspaper Articles and Clippings
  4. IV. Certificates, 1958, 1972-1995
  5. V. Invitations VI. Photographs
  6. VII. Oversized Materials
  7. VIII. Community Issues
  8. IX. Family Bible
  9. X. King Center Folders
  10. XI. Magazines, 1972-1995

Processing Information

Revised 10/96.
Inventory of the Ella Mae Wade Brayboy Papers aarl94-012 aarl94-012
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