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John Wesley Dobbs Family papers

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By Amber L. Moore and Kristin E. Wanek

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Collection Overview

Title: John Wesley Dobbs Family papers, 1873-2001Add to your cart.

Creator: Dobbs, John Wesley (1882-1961)

Extent: 4.0

Arrangement: The John Wesley Dobbs Family papers are arranged into four series: Correspondence and other materials; Collected items; Photographs; and Audiovisual and oversize items.

Date Acquired: 01/01/1974. More info below under Accruals.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers document the personal and professional lives of the John Wesley Dobbs family of Atlanta, Georgia. The key topics are civil rights, education, integration, race relations, and African American suffrage. The main strengths are the civil rights activities of the family as well as J.W. Dobb's tenure as Grand Master of Prince Hall Masonic Grand Lodge of Georgia. The collection encompasses 5.8 linear feet of correspondence, photographs, programs, sound recordings, speeches, and news clippings.

Correspondents include Josephine Dobbs Clement, Dr. Irene Dobbs Jackson, Maynard Jackson Jr., Mattiwilda Dobbs Janzon, John Lewis Jr., Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Thurgood Marshall.

Biographical Note

John Wesley Dobbs, civil rights activist and patriarch of a prominent family in Atlanta, Georgia, fought for African American suffrage and integration. The father of six daughters, Dobbs insisted his children pursue excellence and stressed the importance of education and first class citizenship. He founded the Georgia Voters League (1935) and headed the Grand Lodge of Prince Hall Freemasons (1932-1961).

Dobbs, son of William and Minnie M. (nee Hendricks), was born on March 26, 1882, in Kennesaw, Georgia. When Dobbs was two years old; his parents separated and his mother moved to Savannah, Georgia, to find work. For the first nine years of his life, Dobbs and older, sister Willie, lived with their paternal grandparents on a farm in near Marietta, Georgia. In 1891, Minnie sent for her children to live with her in Savannah. There, Dobbs completed grammar school (1897) at West Broad Street School while working various jobs, such as delivering the Savannah Press newspaper and shining shoes at the local barber shop.

At the age of 15, Dobbs moved to Atlanta where he obtained his high school diploma from the Atlanta Baptist College (Morehouse College) in 1901. He enrolled in the freshman class of Morehouse College, but left shortly thereafter to return to Savannah to take care of his ailing mother. Although he never earned his college degree, he maintained "a thirst for knowledge" and independently studied literature, history, and philosophy throughout his life. In 1903, he took the civil service examination and was certified with the railway mail service for the Atlanta to Nashville mail run, a post he held for 32 years. He started as a clerk and was later promoted to Chief Clerk in charge of a crew of white men.

In 1906, he married Irene Ophelia Thompson (1885-1972) of Columbus, Mississippi, and the couple bore six daughters: Irene Carolyn, Willie Juliet, Millicent Doris, Josephine Ophelia, Mattiwilda, and June Serena. Dobbs taught his daughters to never accept segregation unless it was absolutely necessary. He forbade them from going to segregated theaters or amusement venues because it was "no pleasure to go in the back door." He often worked numerous jobs to ensure he could provide for his daughters' education. All six daughters graduated from Spelman College, obtained master's degrees, and two earned their doctorates.

Dobbs joined the Prince Hall Freemasons, a fraternal order which attracted the black middle class, in 1911. He served as the Grand Lodge Officer (1914-1924) and Secretary-treasurer of the Masonic Relief Association (1924-1924), which was the financial department of the Grand Lodge. In 1932, he was elected as Grand Master of the State in the United Supreme Council, Thirty-Three Degree, Southern Jurisdiction and re-elected every year for the remainder of his life.

In 1935, he founded the Atlantic Civic and Political League and became first president. The goal of the league was "to awaken Atlanta Negroes to their civic and political consciousness" through the use of the ballot. He was also the founder and president of the Georgia Voters League which registered approximately 175,000 African American voters in 1961. He headed the Georgia State-Wide Registration Committee, co-founded the Atlanta Negro Voters League, and served as vice-chairman of the Georgia State Central Committee of the Republican Party and national vice-president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

John Wesley Dobbs died on August 30, 1961, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Irene "Renie" Dobbs Jackson (1908-1999), the eldest daughter, is the mother of the first African American mayor of Atlanta, Maynard Jackson Jr. (1938-2003). She was the first African American to obtain a library card from the Atlanta Public Library. She graduated as valedictorian from Spelman College (1925) and earned her master's and doctorate degrees (1956) in French from the University of Grenoble and the University of Toulouse in France, respectively. She also served as the head of the French department at Spelman and as a chair of the Modern Languages department of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

She married Maynard Jackson Sr., and the couple had six children: Jeanne, Alexandra, Maynard Jr., Carol, Constance, and Paul.

Willie Dobbs Blackburn (1910- ), the second born, graduated at the top of her class from Spelman College (1931) and received her master's degree from Atlanta University (1934). She moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where she served as chairman of the language division of Jackson State University. The Willie Dobbs Blackburn Language Arts Building on Jackson State University's campus is named in her honor.

She married Benjamin Blackburn, and the couple had two children: Juliette and Benjamin Blackburn.

Millicent Dobbs Jordan (1911-1991), the middle daughter, was a college professor especially interested in Africa, African American history, and African art. During her lifetime, she made frequent trips to the continent of Africa. She received her bachelor's degree from Spelman College (1933) and her master's degree in speech and drama from Columbia University (1938). She returned to Spelman to teach English and African American literature. She also taught at Georgia State, Arkansas State, and Morris Brown Colleges.

She married dentist Dr. Robert H. Jordan and had three children: Robert, and twin boys James and Dobbs.

Josephine Dobbs Clement (1918-1998), the forth born, was a community advocate and civil rights leader focused on the political and social justice movements of Durham, North Carolina. She graduated from Spelman in 1937 College and received her master's degree from Columbia University the following year. After moving to Durham in the late 1940s, Clement was actively involved in desegregating the YWCA and the League of Women's Voters. She was appointed to the Durham City-County Charter Commission and also chaired the city's board of education. She was also a member of the city-county library board in Durham, a director of Durham's Better Health Foundation, and a volunteer worker at the Durham Children's House. The Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School in Durham was named in her honor.

She married North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company executive William A. Clement, and the couple had five children: William Jr., Wesley, Arthur, Kathleen, and Jody.

Mattiwilda "Geekie" Dobbs Janzon (1925- ), the fifth born, is an internationally-known concert performer and one of the first African Americans to sing at the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York. She received her bachelor's degree in music and Spanish from Spelman College (1946), where she graduated first in her class. She moved to New York and pursued vocal lessons with German soprano Lottie Leonard while studying Spanish at Columbia University, where she ultimately earned her master's degree (1948). She vowed never to sing to a segregated audience and performed many major festivals and opera houses throughout Europe and the United States. Upon retiring from the stage in 1974, she taught at the University of Texas, Spelman, and Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Her first husband, playwright and journalist Luis Rodriguez, died shortly after their marriage. She later married Swedish journalist Bengt Janzon.

Dr. June Dobbs Butts (1928- ), the youngest daughter, is one of the first African American sexologists. She obtained her bachelor's degree in sociology from Spelman College (1948) and her master's degree in counseling (1950) and doctorate in family life education from Columbia University. She taught in the psychology department at Fisk University, Tennessee State University, and Meharry Medical College. She also worked for the Masters and Johnson Institute, a clinical and research foundation which studied human sexuality. She has authored many books and articles on sex, teenage pregnancy, and AIDS.

She married and later divorced psychiatrist Dr. Hugh Butts. The couple had three children: Lucia, Florence and Eric.

Administrative Information

Accruals: The bulk of the collection was donated in 1974 with later additions.

Access Restrictions: The John Wesley Dobbs Family papers are open and available for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright to these papers has not been assigned to the Amistad Research Center. It is the responsibility of an author to secure permission for publication from the holder of the copyright to any material contained in this collection.

Acquisition Source: The Dobbs Family Daughters

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials:

http://findingaids.library.emory.edu/documents/pomerantz890/series1/

http://docsouth.unc.edu/sohp/C-0074/menu.html

http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/c/Clement,William_A.html

Preferred Citation: John Wesley Dobbs Family papers, Amistad Research Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence and Other Materials, 1873-2001],
[Series 2: Collected items, 1952-1995],
[Series 3: Photographs, 1890-1974],
[Series 4: Audiovisual and oversize items, 1873-1980],
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Series 1: Correspondence and Other Materials, 1873-2001Add to your cart.

Correspondence and other materials document the personal and professional affairs of the J.W. Dobbs family. Personal correspondence (1905-1975) consists of a love letter (1905) from J.W. Dobbs to his future wife Irene Thompson, a letter (1945) from Maynard Jackson Sr. to Jack Valtair at the Regional Office of the President's Committee on Fair Employment Practice, as well as letters (1947) of recommendation for Mattiwilda Dobbs for the Marian Anderson Scholarship Fund. Also included are communications (1955) regarding a proposed recital of Mattiwilda for the Southern Educational Fund, and her debut at the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York. Of particular note is a letter (1953) from J.W. Dobbs to Cloyte Murdock, Associate Editor of Ebony magazine, in protest of a misquotation regarding Mattiwilda; a letter (1957) from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed to Irene Dobbs Jackson in Toulouse, France, regarding his visit with her father; and an undated letter by June Dobbs Butts mentioning a visit that Dr. King and Coretta paid their family while on their way to Boston. Also included is correspondence (1951-1956) regarding J.W. Dobbs' trips to Egypt, England, France, Italy, and Scotland, as well as Mattiwilda's postcards and letters sent to various family members during her travels and performances in Europe.

Business correspondence (1955-1960) contains communications by J. W. Dobbs as Grand Master of the Prince Hall Masons discussing the affairs of the Lodge. The bulk of these letters are primarily addressed to John Lewis, Jr., the Prince Hall Grand Master for the State of Louisiana. Of particular note is a letter by J.W. Dobbs to Dr. Roy McClain, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Atlanta, regarding the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and racial integration; and correspondence with Thurgood Marshall, Director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, regarding donations to the fund from Georgia Prince Hall Masons. Articles and news clippings contain information about the death of J.W. Dobbs (1961), voter registration and other civil rights activities in Atlanta (1956-1958), reviews of Mattiwilda's performance in Atlanta, and the death of Irene Dobbs (1972). The news clippings scrapbook (1937-1940) contains articles about Rev. Maynard Jackson, Sr.; J.W. Dobbs' Masonic, political, and civil rights activities; as well as the Dobbs daughters.

This series also includes biographical information about J.W. Dobbs and his daughter Mattiwilda; a travel diary (1952) kept by Irene Dobbs about her first trip to Europe with her husband; and a teacher's contract (1873) for Irene Greenfield (Irene Dobbs' aunt for whom she was named). Invitations (1933-1974) to all of the Dobbs sisters' weddings; the marriage certificate (1906) of J.W. Dobbs and Irene; a full run of the Dobbs family newsletters (1977-1997); and a record book (1875-1972) containing information about the

Dobbs and Thompson familial lines are also included. Of particular note is a program (1957) for the 94th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation service at Big Bethel A.M.E. Church (Atlanta) at which Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave the address; speeches (1956) given by J.W. Dobbs to the Georgia Voters League detailing ways to register African American voters; and proclamations (1959-1961) sent by J.W. Dobbs to the brethren of the Prince Hall Masons about meeting dates.

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1905-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1951-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1953-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1956 January-SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1956 October-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1958 January-AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1958 May-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1962-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 2: Envelopes used for correspondence, 1940-1975Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Articles and news clippings: scrapbook, 1937-1940, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Articles and news clippings: scrapbook, 1940-1941, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Articles and news clippings: scrapbook, 1940-1941, undatedAdd to your cart.
[photocopies]
Folder 4: Articles and news clippings, 1956-1958, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Articles and news clippings, 1956-1958, undatedAdd to your cart.
[photocopies]
Folder 6: Articles and news clippings: death of John Wesley Dobbs, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Articles and news clippings: death of John Wesley Dobbs, 1961Add to your cart.
[photocopies]
Folder 8: Articles and news clippings: death of John Wesley Dobbs, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Articles and news clippings: death of John Wesley Dobbs, 1961Add to your cart.
[photocopies]
Folder 10: Press releases: death of John Wesley Dobbs written by Prince Hall Masons, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Articles and news clippings: death of Irene T. Dobbs, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Articles and news clippings: death of Irene T. Dobbs, 1972Add to your cart.
[photocopies]
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Announcement: John Wesley Dobbs inviting Atlanta citizens to Prince Hall meeting, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Biographical information: John Wesley Dobbs, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Biographical information: Mattiwilda Dobbs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Brief: The General Counsel's Brief to the Trial Examiner / by Maynard Jackson Jr., 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Contracts: teacher contracts of Irene Greenfield, 1873 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Diary: Irene Dobbs' reflections during her first trip to Europe, 1952 MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Essay: Black Men in World Affairs / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1952 February 13Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Form letter: The Grand Orient of Haiti / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1955 MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Form letter: Committee for the Prince Hall Commission / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1959 NovemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Form letter: personal endorsement of Benning M. Grice / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1960 SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Guest book: funeral of John Wesley Dobbs, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Itinerary: "Trip Around the World," June Dobbs Butts and Mattiwilda Dobbs, 1951 SummerAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Invitations, 1933-1974, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Marriage certificate: John Wesley Dobbs and Irene Dobbs, 1906Add to your cart.
[wedding invitation included]
Folder 15: Materials related to death of John Wesley Dobbs: funeral request and programs, 1958, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Memorial: John Wesley Dobbs sculpture, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Newsletter: Dobbs Family, 1977-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Newsletter: Dobbs Family, 1981-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Newsletter: Dobbs Family, 1984-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Newsletter: Dobbs Family, 1989-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Newsletter: Dobbs Family, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Newsletter: Dobbs Family, 1995-1997Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Passports: John Wesley and Irene Dobbs, 1952, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Poem: "If You Can't Go Over, or Under, Go 'Round" / by Anonymous, undatedAdd to your cart.
[frequently quoted by John Wesley Dobbs]
Folder 3: Proclamations: Office of the Grand Master, John Wesley Dobbs, 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Programs, 1957-2001, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Postcards and greetings, 1954-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Receipts of Irene Dobbs Jackson, 1950-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Record book: Dobbs family, 1875-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Speech: Wings over Jordan / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Speech: The Negro in America / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Speech: In Memory of Prince Hall / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Speech: Black Men in World Affairs / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1952 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Speech: Metropolitan Planning Commission remarks / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1952 JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Speech: to Georgia Voters' League / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1956 MarchAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Speech: to Hungry Club and Radio Friends / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1956 AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Speech: to Georgia Voters' League / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1956 OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Speech: Echoes from Africa / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1957 MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Speech: to Georgia Voters' League / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1957 OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Speech: Leadership and its Responsibility / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1958 JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Speech: John Wesley Dobbs' annual address to Prince Hall Masons, 1959 JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Speech: Emergency Grand Lodge Call / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1959 SeptemberAdd to your cart.
[in regards to lawsuit against John Wesley Dobbs]
Folder 8: Speech: Crispus Attucks, One of America's First and Noblest Heroes / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1970 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Speech: John Wesley Dobbs, Past Grand Master of Prince Hall Masons of Georgia / by Jno. G. Lewis Jr., Grand Master of Prince Hall Masons of Louisiana, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Speech: Robert S. Duncanson, 19th Century Portrait and Landscape Painter of Distinction (1830-1972) / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1961 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Typescript: Echoes From My August Motor Trip Through the Far West / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1959 SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Typescript: Brief account about the group flight to Accra, Gold Coast, Africa / by John Wesley Dobbs, 1957 MarchAdd to your cart.
Series 2: Collected items, 1952-1995Add to your cart.

Collected items contain Irene Dobbs Jackson's funeral program (1999); articles about the integration of the Atlanta Public Library (1959) and about Irene and Maynard H. Jackson Sr.; an official Proclamation from the City of Atlanta declaring February 16, 1993, "Irene Carolyn Dobbs Jackson Day;" flyers, handbills and form letters used by Josephine Dobbs Clement's campaign for Durham City Board of Education and Durham County Board of Commissioners; articles about the pioneering sex therapy career of Dr. June Butts; news clippings, programs, and promotional materials related to the opera career of Mattiwilda; and an article (1975) about the dedication of the Willie Dobbs Language Arts Building at Jackson State College in Mississippi. Publications (1946-1970) with articles about the Dobbs family are also included.

News clippings (1950-1959) include articles about the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Mattiwilda's performances in Europe and the United States, as well as her debut at the Metropolitan Opera Company. Also included are articles about donations from the Prince Hall Masons to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the election of J.W. Dobbs as National Vice President of the NAACP. News clippings (1960-1969) contain articles about Mattiwilda's career and performances, including a lengthy article in a Stockholm newspaper with photographs of her and her husband, Bengt Janzon. News clippings (1970-1976) consist of articles about the history and legacy of the Dobbs family, more clippings about Mattiwilda's performances in New Zealand and Sweden, and information regarding Maynard Jackson Jr.'s election and inauguration as mayor of Atlanta. News clippings (1979) include articles on the history of "Sweet Auburn Avenue" in Atlanta and Savannah's Negro Heritage Trail. Articles (1980-1994) about Maynard Jackson Jr. as he prepared to leave office as mayor, an obituary for Dr. Robert Jordan, and an article about the renaming of Houston St. to John Wesley Dobbs Avenue are included.

Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Irene Dobbs Jackson: memorabilia, 1959-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Josephine Dobbs Clement: flyers, 1984, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Josephine Dobbs Clement: articles and news clippings, 1975-1980, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Josephine Dobbs Clement: articles and news clippings, 1975-1980, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: June Dobbs Butts: article, 1983Add to your cart.
[photocopy]
Folder 6: Mattiwilda Dobbs: articles and news clippings, 1952-1973, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Mattiwilda Dobbs: articles and news clippings, 1952-1973, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Mattiwilda Dobbs: articles and news clippings, 1952-1973, undatedAdd to your cart.
[photocopies]
Folder 9: Mattiwilda Dobbs: press stories, 1959, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Mattiwilda Dobbs: programs, 1961-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Mattiwilda Dobbs: promotional materials, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Millicent Dobbs Jordan: memorabilia, 1978-1981, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Willie Dobbs Blackburn: programs and news clippings, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Amistad Research Center: programs and newsletters, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Baseball card: Jackie Robinson, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Brochure: Sweet Auburn Walking Tour, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Circular: Integration Committee, undatedAdd to your cart.
[indicates Maynard Jackson Jr.'s involvement]
Folder 18: Handbill: White Citizen's Council, 1956Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: News clippings, 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 2: News clippings, 1950-1959Add to your cart.
[photocopies]
Folder 3: News clippings, 1960-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 4: News clippings, 1960-1969Add to your cart.
[photocopies]
Folder 5: News clippings, 1970-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 6: News clippings, 1970-1976Add to your cart.
[photocopies]
Folder 7: News clippings, 1979 June-SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: News clippings, 1979 June-SeptemberAdd to your cart.
[photocopies]
Folder 9: News clippings, 1979 DecemberAdd to your cart.
[photocopies]
Folder 10: News clippings, 1979 DecemberAdd to your cart.
[photocopies]
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: News clippings, 1979 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: News clippings, 1979 DecemberAdd to your cart.
[photocopies]
Folder 3: News clippings, 1980-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 4: News clippings, 1980-1995Add to your cart.
[photocopies]
Folder 5: News clippings, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: News clippings, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Newsletter: Rockefeller Archive Center (Summer 1988)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Programs, 1956-1974Add to your cart.
[attended by Dobbs family members]
Folder 9: Programs, 1956-1997, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Publication: Spelman Messenger (August 1946)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Publication: Spelman Messenger (August 1948)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Publication: Hue 4: 4 (February 1957)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Publication: Jet 13: 10 (January 9, 1958)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Publication: Metropolitan Opera (1963)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Publication: Opera News 28:1 (September 28, 1963)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Publication: Jet 25: 2 (October 31, 1963)Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Publication: Jet 26:2 (April 23, 1964)Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Publication: Spelman Messenger (February 1968)Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Publication: Jet 37:17 (January 29, 1970)Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Publication: Delegate (1970)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Publication: 75th Diamond Jubilee Convention and Scientific Assembly of the National Medical Association (August 1970)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Publication: Psychology Today 12:2 (July 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Publication: Psychology Today 12:4 (September 1978)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Publication: Psychology Today 13:7 (1979 December)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Publication: ISEP Monitor 3:3 (December 1979)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Publication: Psychology Today (February 1980)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Publication: Ambitions That Could Not Be Fenced In, undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 3: Photographs, 1890-1974Add to your cart.
Photographs contain pictures from J.W. Dobbs' childhood (1890), various Dobbs family reunions and wedding anniversary celebrations, as well as Mattiwilda's graduation from Spelman College (1946). Also included are images of J.W. Dobbs and Mattiwilda with Mary McLeod Bethune (1946), of Maynard Jackson Jr.'s graduation from Morehouse College (June 1956), and of a party following Mattiwilda's debut at the Metropolitan Opera Company (October 1956). Of particular note is an image of J.W. Dobbs with President Dwight Eisenhower (1952), as well as a photograph (January 1958) of J.W. Dobbs with presidential candidate Richard Nixon with the caption, "JWD whispers in Mr. Nixon's ear, "You are the next President." Also included are photographs from John Wesley's funeral (1961), and the dedication of the John Wesley Dobbs Elementary School (1962) in Atlanta. Photographs of Mattiwilda in her starring roles, as well as images taken of J.W. Dobbs at various NAACP and Prince Hall Masons events are also included.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographs, 1890-1949Add to your cart.
Item 1: Irene Thompson and siblings: 5 x 7 inches; black and white, circa 1890Add to your cart.
Verso reads: "Kedy Thompson, Irene Thompson (age 5), Callie Thompson, around 1890."
Item 2: Irene Ophelia Thompson: 5 x 8 inches; sepia tone, 1890Add to your cart.
Verso reads: "Irene Ophelia Thompson, age 5, 1890."
Item 3: Original 540 Houston Street/John Wesley Dobbs Avenue: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, circa 1926Add to your cart.
Verso reads: "Original 540 Houston Street, now John Wesley Dobbs Ave., circa 1926. Top row: Irene Thompson Dobbs, Irene Carolyn Dobbs (Jackson), John Wesley Dobbs. Front row: Josephine Dobbs (Clement), Willie Dobbs (Blackburn), and Millicent Dobbs (Jordan)."
Item 4: Unidentified male and female on porch: 3 x 4.5 inches; black and white, 1941 October 30Add to your cart.
Item 5: John Wesley Dobbs with daughters and grandchildren: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1946Add to your cart.
Verso reads: "Spelman College, June 1946."
Item 6: Spelman College 1946 class: 8 x 10 inches, black and white, 1946Add to your cart.
Item 7: Dobbs 40th Wedding Anniversary: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1946 JuneAdd to your cart.
Verso reads: "June 1946, Fortieth Wedding Anniversary: Irene, June, Mrs. Dobbs, Willie, Mr. Dobbs, Millie, and Josephine."
Item 8: Dobbs 40th Wedding Anniversary: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1946 JuneAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Dobbs Family at Mattiwilda's graduation from Spelman College: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1946Add to your cart.
Item 10: Dobbs daughters at Mattiwilda's graduation from Spelman: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1946Add to your cart.
Item 11: Mary McLeod Bethune with Mattiwilda Dobbs: 5 x 7 inches; black and white, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 12: Mary McLeod Bethune and John Wesley Dobbs: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1948Add to your cart.
Verso reads: "St. Louis, MO 1948 at Kiel Auditorium (as Mattwilda sang)."
Item 13: John Wesley Dobbs: 8 x 10 inches; color, 1949 July 30Add to your cart.
Verso reads: "To Josie, Bill and Family --Daddy."
Item 14: Family Reunion in Dining Room of Home: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1949 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs, 1952-1956Add to your cart.
Item 1: John Wesley Dobbs with President Eisenhower: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1952Add to your cart.
Verso reads: "Left to right: Judge Tuttle; President Eisenhower; W. J. Shaw; John Wesley Dobbs; spectator."
Item 2-3: Millicent Dobbs Jordan and family: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1952 August 27Add to your cart.
Item 4-5: Family Reunion: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1952 August 27Add to your cart.
Item 6: Mrs. Irene Dobbs on board Queen Elizabeth: 5 x 7 inches; black and white, 1954Add to your cart.
Verso reads: "Mrs. J.W. Dobbs, 1954, en route to England to visit Mattiwilda."
Item 7: Family Reunion: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1955 June 6Add to your cart.
Verso reads: "Standing 3rd from left, Carol Ann Jackson, sister of Maynard."
Item 8: John Wesley Dobbs in black top hat: 3.5 x 5 inches; black and white, 1956 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Spelman College Nursery School: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1956 MayAdd to your cart.
Verso reads: "Spelman College Nursey School. Mrs. Lena Sayles, teacher. Front row, extreme right end: Left to right: James Monroe Jordan, Dobbs Jordan."
Item 10: Maynard Jackson, Jr. in cap and gown: 3.5 x 3.5 inches; black and white, 1956 JuneAdd to your cart.
Verso reads: "Buzzie= Maynard Jr. receiving his AB degree from Morehouse, June 1956."
Item 11: Mr. and Mrs. Dobbs with grandsons: 3.5 x 5 inches; black and white, 1956 JuneAdd to your cart.
Item 12-14: Dobbs 50th Wedding Anniversary: 3.5 x 5 inches; black and white, 1956 JuneAdd to your cart.
Verso reads: "Scenes from family dinner on the occasion of the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Dobbs in dining room of home, 1956."
Item 15-19: John Wesley Dobbs in Los Angeles, California: 5 x 7 inches; black and white, 1956 October 18Add to your cart.
Verso reads: "Left to right: Henry, L.A.; Monroe, Philadelphia, Pa.; Sandra; Dobbs; "Kil." Right to left: Mrs. Armour; Mr. Armour; Mrs. Lucas; Ms. Lucas, all of Los Angeles Conference."
Item 20-22: Party following Mattiwilda's debut on the Metropolitan: 3.5 x 5 inches; color, 1956 OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Photographs, 1957-1959Add to your cart.
Item 1: John Wesley Dobbs in Paris, France: 7 x 9.5 inches; black and white, 1957 March 20Add to your cart.
Verso reads: "Paris, France, Wednesday, March 20, 1957. Show was marvelous and stupendous. M.L. King and wife Coretta present. John Wesley Dobbs."
Item 2: John Wesley Dobbs and Adam Clayton Powell: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1957 AprilAdd to your cart.
Verso reads: "John Wesley Dobbs congratulating Adam Clayton Powell at Wheat St. Baptist Church, Sunday April 1957."
Item 3: Christmas photograph of John Wesley Dobbs: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1957 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Verso reads: "To: Josie, Bill and Family, Xmas 1957, From Daddy."
Item 4: John Wesley Dobbs and Richard Nixon: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1958 January 15Add to your cart.
Verso reads: JWD whispers in Mr. Nixon's ear, "You are the next President."
Item 5-9: John Wesley Dobbs receiving Equal Opportunity Day Award: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1959 NovemberAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Dobbs and male members of family: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1959 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Verso reads: "December 1959, Mr. Dobbs and male members of the family at family reunion in front of home."
Item 7-10: Dobbs Family Reunion: 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1959 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Verso reads: "Irene Dobbs, age 74. John Wesley Dobbs, age 77."
Folder 4: Photographs, 1960Add to your cart.
Item 1: Dobbs giving speech: 5 x 7 inches; color, 1960 AprilAdd to your cart.
Item 2-4: Dobbs with Joseph Phimazee and Dr. F.D. Funderbung: 3.5 x 5 inches; black and white, 1960 AprilAdd to your cart.
Verso reads: "Hot Springs, Arkansas."
Item 5: Dobbs and Joseph Phimazee: 5 x 7 inches; color, 1960 MayAdd to your cart.
Verso reads: "J.W. Dobbs and Joseph Phimazee leaving for the Mayo Clinic, May 6, 1960."
Item 6: Dobbs returning home from Mayo Clinic: 5 x 7 inches; color, 1960 May 22Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographs of the funeral of John Wesley Dobbs, 1961Add to your cart.

Format: black and white

Size: 8 x 10 inches

Amount: 18

Key of photographs by O.C.W. Taylor, Director of Public Relations, Supreme Council of Grand Masters' Conference included.

Folder 6: Photographs of John Wesley Dobbs School dedication, 1962Add to your cart.

Format: black and white

Size: 8 x 10 inches

Amount: 7

Newspaper article from Atlanta Daily World about dedication included.

Folder 7: Photographs, 1967-1974Add to your cart.
Item 1: Mrs. Irene Dobbs with others including Maynard Jackson Jr.: 3 x 3.5 inches; color, 1967 JuneAdd to your cart.
Item 2-3: Unidentified group of women: 3.5 x 3.5 inches; color, 1970 MarchAdd to your cart.
Item 4-32: Amistad Research Center: 3.5 x 5 inches; black and white, 1974 AprilAdd to your cart.
Verso reads: "Photographs taken on occasion of the presentation of Dobbs Papers to Amistad Research Center."
Folder 8: Photographs: family, undatedAdd to your cart.

Format: black and white; color

Size: 3.5 x 5; 4 x 6 inches; 8 x 10 inches

Amount: 40

Personages: Minnie Hendricks Dobbs Banks, June Dobbs Butts, Willie Dobbs Blackburn, Josephine Dobbs Clement, Irene T. Dobbs, Jessie L. Dobbs, John Wesley Dobbs, Willie Dobbs , Irene Dobbs Jackson, Mattiwilda Dobbs Janzon, Dobbs Jordan, James Monroe Jordan, Millicent Dobbs Jordan, Robert Howard Jordan Jr., Martha Thomas, Mattie Wilda Sykes Thompson and others.

Folder 9: Photographs: John Wesley Dobbs, portraits, undatedAdd to your cart.

Format: black and white; color

Size: 3.5 x 5 inches, 5 x 7 inches; 8 x 10 inches

Amount: 11

Folder 10: Photographs: John Wesley Dobbs with others, undatedAdd to your cart.

Format: black and white; color

Size 3.5 x 5 inches, 5 x 7 inches, and 8 x 10 inches

Amount: 17

Topics: Dobbs speaking engagements, NAACP Annual Meeting, and various events.

Personages: Ralph Bunche, John Wesley Dobbs, Rev. Homer Evers, Lionel Hampton, L.D. Milton, Richard Nixon, Ariel Perry Strong, Roscoe Tucker, Walter White, and others.

Folder 11: Photographs: Mattiwilda Dobbs, undatedAdd to your cart.

Format: black and white

Size: 3.5 x 5 inches; 5 x 7 inches; 8 x 10 inches

Amount: 23

Topics: Mattiwilda in her starring roles, meeting the Queen of Sweden, marriage to B. Janzon, and with parents.

Folder 12: Photographs: Prince Hall Masons, 1945, 1954, undatedAdd to your cart.

Format: black and white

Size: 3.5 x 5 inches, 5 x 7 inches, and 8 x 10 inches

Amount: 31

Topics: Grand Masters banquets and conferences, Thurgood Marshall, Emory University, Crispus Attuckus monument, Prince Hall Day, "Broken Column" grave of John Wesley Dobbs, and other subjects.

Personages: John Wesley Dobbs, Homes Gaines, James Gillam, Amos Hall, Dobbs Jordan, James Jordan, Thurgood Marshall, Cornelius Richardson, and others.

Series 4: Audiovisual and oversize items, 1873-1980Add to your cart.
This series contains an audiocassette tape of a performance of Mattiwilda Dobbs, articles about the Dobbs Family, a teaching certificate (1987) of Irene Greenfield (Irene Dobbs' aunt), J.W. Dobbs' diplomas from grammar (1897) and high school (1901), oversize photographs of Mattiwilda in costume, Josephine Dobbs Clement's campaign poster for the Durham City Board of Education, and a scrapbook of Irene Dobbs' 80th birthday celebration (1965).
Box 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: Audiocassette tape: Mattiwilda Dobbs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Magnetic recording tape: funeral service of John Wesley Dobbs, 1961Add to your cart.
[presented by M. W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Louisiana]
Item 3: Article: "Latest Negroes in Many Fields Earn Honors and Fame," [Unknown publication], undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Article: "The Grandest Dad Dobbs and Family," Cheerio-Grams, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Award: The Thurgood Marshall Award from NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., 1965Add to your cart.
[presented to John Wesley Dobbs, Georgia; Grand Master 1982-1961]
Item 6: Certificate: Irene Greenfield's teachers certificate for third grade, 1873Add to your cart.
Item 7: Diploma: Grammar School, 1897 JuneAdd to your cart.
[diploma presented to John Wesley Dobbs for the completion of grammar school in Savannah, Georgia]
Item 8: Diploma: Atlanta Baptist College, 1901Add to your cart.
[diploma presented to John Wesley Dobbs for the completion of Atlanta Baptist College]
Item 9: Photograph: John Wesley Dobbs and Willie Louella Dobbs; 11 x 12.5 inches; black and white, undatedAdd to your cart.
Caption reads: "Willie Louella Dobbs approximately age 14 and John Wesley Dobbs approximately age 10. They were the offspring of Millie Hendricks Dobbs and Will Dobbs."
Item 10: Photograph: Mattiwilda Dobbs in costume; 10 x 11 inches; black and white, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 11: Photograph: Stringer Grand Lodge in Jackson, Mississippi; 8 x 10 inches; black and white, 1943 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Item 12: Plaque: Irene T. Dobbs, Ruth Chapter No. 102, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 13: Plaque: John Wesley Dobbs, 27 Club Achievement Award, 1950Add to your cart.
Item 14: Poster: Josephine Dobbs Clement campaign poster, undatedAdd to your cart.
[Clement's campaign poster for Durham City Board of Education]
Item 15: Poster: Mattiwilda Dobbs recital at Friendship Baptist Church, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 16: Publication: Glynedbourne Festival Opera (1961)Add to your cart.
Item 17: Publication: Dunbar, Ernest, "Seven Dobbs Against the Odds," Look 33:24: 27-33.Add to your cart.
Item 18: Publication: Woodhead, Henry, "The Main Event: When His Honor Maynard Jackson met Ali the Champ, Boxing's loss was Vaudeville's Gain," Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine (February 23, 1975): 12-13.Add to your cart.
Item 19: Publication: Garner, Phil, "Maynard Jackson: What Has He Done for Atlanta?, "Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine (November 11, 1979): 26-33.Add to your cart.
Item 20: Publication: Transafrica News Report (Fall 1980)Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Item 1: Plaque: Atlanta Consistory No. 24 to John Wesley Dobbs, 1958Add to your cart.
Item 2: Plaque: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, lifetime member to John Wesley Dobbs, 1958 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Plaque: Morehouse College award for Distinguished Service to John Wesley Dobbs, 1961 June 6Add to your cart.
Item 4: Plaque: John Wesley Dobbs, H.R. Butler No. 23, F. & A. M., undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Plaque: John Wesley Dobbs, Nabbar No. 128, A. E. A. O. N. M. S., undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: Scrapbook: Mrs. John W. Dobbs Celebrates 80th  Birthday, 1965Add to your cart.

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