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Guide to the Edith Wilson Papers, 1879-1973

Processed by Celeste Day Moore, Mapping the Stacks, University of Chicago.

Supervised by Michael Flug, Senior Archivist, Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature.

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Edith Wilson Papers

Dates:

1879-1973

Size:

7 linear feet (12 archival boxes)

Repository:

Chicago Public Library
Carter G. Woodson Regional Library
Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature
9525 S. Halsted St.

Subject Headings

Wilson, Edith,

African American singers

Provenance

Donation of Bennett Johnson, March 1996. Johnson was the director of Path Press. At his Path Press office, he received the papers as a gift from Wilson's grandson, with the hope that they might assist someone in writing a book about Edith Wilson.

Access

No restrictions

Citation

When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Edith Wilson Papers [Box #, Folder #], Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature.

Biographical Note

Highly regarded as a blues singer and vaudeville performer by the 1920s, Edith Wilson went on to perform on radio, television, and as a spokeswoman for the Quaker Oats Company. Wilson was born Edith Goodall on September 2, 1896 in Louisville, Kentucky to Susan Jones and Hundley Goodall. After performing locally in her youth and at Louisville's Park Theater, Wilson moved to Chicago and worked in local cabarets and clubs in 1921. In this period, she formed a musical trio with siblings Lena Wilson and Danny Wilson. Edith was married to Danny Wilson from 1921 until his death in 1928.

Wilson became well known for her song, "He May Be Your Man (But He Comes to See Me Sometimes)," but her first recording was "Nervous Blues," which she recorded with Johnny Dunn's Jazz Hounds in 1921 for Columbia Records. In that same year, she appeared in the all-black revue Put and Take, after which Wilson was a constant presence on stages in New York and Europe. Throughout the 1920s, she toured with the Theater Owners Booking Association (TOBA) circuit and performed in New York, including a long run with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra at Club Alabam. She also sang and performed in comedy skits in Lew Leslie's Plantation Revue, European revues Chocolate Kiddies and Leslie's Blackbirds tour, and in longer theater runs in Paris.

Wilson transitioned from the heyday of black revues to less frequent performances in the early 1930s, working alongside Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway, Noble Sissle, Bubber Miley, and Jimmie Lunceford. Looking for steadier work in the late 1930s, Wilson moved to California and toured on Burt Levy's West Coast Circuit. She also took on small acting roles in the films I'm Still Alive (1940) and To Have and Have Not (1944), and larger roles on the radio programs The Great Gildersleeve and Amos 'n' Andy, in which she played the mother-in-law of Kingfish. She also performed with the United Service Organization (USO) on US military bases during World War II. She met Millard Wilson in this period and they married in 1947.

Around 1948, Wilson was hired by the Quaker Oats Company to portray the character of Aunt Jemima, a cook who was featured on the boxes of the company's pancake mixes. Wilson referred to herself frequently as the "last Aunt Jemima" but she was actually one of at least four women who represented the character for Quaker Oats in the 1950s and 1960s. These performers included Aylene Lewis, who worked in "Aunt Jemima's Pancake House" at Disneyland, and Ethel Ernestine Harper and Rosie Hall, who both toured as Aunt Jemima. Wilson represented the company on the radio (where she could be heard on either a weekly or thrice- weekly radio program on ABC), was seen in television appearances, and in person for civic, charity, and service clubs across the country. Throughout this period, the NAACP and other civil rights organizations campaigned against racist portrayals of African-American life. These groups specifically targeted the "Aunt Jemima" character and called for an end to it. Following such pressure, Quaker Oats ended local appearances of Aunt Jemima in 1965 and subsequently ended Wilson's employment in 1966.

Wilson meanwhile devoted more time to professional and charitable activities for black musicians and actors. She became executive secretary of the Negro Actors Guild and worked with various organizations in Chicago, including the National Association of Negro Musicians that assisted talented children in the 1970s. Wilson was also involved with Chicago's Theatrical Cheer Club, an organization of veteran entertainers and musicians that raised money for Chicago musicians. In the early 1970s, Wilson began recording and performing again until her final live show at the 1980 Newport Jazz Festival. She died in 1981 at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago.

Bibliography

"Actress Seeks Home for Entertainers." New York Amsterdam News. January 25, 1958. George-Graves, Nadine. The Royalty of Negro Vaudeville: The Whitman Sisters and the Negotiation of Race, Gender and Class in African American Theater, 1900-1940. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000. Harris, Sheldon. Blues Who's Who: A Biographical Dictionary of Blues Singers. New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, 1979. Harrison, Daphne Duval. Black Pearls: Blues Queens of the 1920s. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1988. Manring, M.M. Slave in a Box: The Strange Career of Aunt Jemima. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998. Southern, Eileen. Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Musicians. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1982. Watkins, Mel. On the Real Side- Laughing, Lying, and Signifying: The Underground Tradition of African-American Humor that Transformed American Culture, From Slavery to Richard Pryor. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.

Scope and Content

The Edith Wilson Papers have been arranged in nine separate series: Manuscripts, Correspondence, Programs and Fliers, Serials, Clippings, Quaker Oats Material, Personal Financial, Memorabilia, and Photographs. The bulk of the papers include material from Wilson's life (1896-1981). Most material related to Wilson's personal and professional life has been arranged in separate categories according to type, except for material related to her employment for the Quaker Oats Company. All correspondence, memorabilia, financial, and clippings related to Wilson's employment and role as Aunt Jemima is included in the Quaker Oats series. Related papers at the Harsh Collection include the Charles Walton Papers and the Theodore Charles Stone Papers.

Series 1. Manuscripts, 1879-1959

This series begins with manuscript material written by Wilson, arranged chronologically, and is followed by manuscript material by others. This series includes sheet music, lyrics, and a document referencing the 1877 religious conversion of Nellie Ball in Louisville, Kentucky at Fifth Street Baptist Church.

Series 2. Correspondence, 1936-1970

This series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent and includes material related to Wilson's personal and professional life. Correspondence related to her work for Quaker Oats is arranged separately under that series (Series 6).

Series 3. Programs and Fliers, 1950-1970

This series is arranged chronologically and includes programs and fliers related to Wilson's professional life as an actor and musician.

Series 4. Serials, 1954-1973

This series is arranged alphabetically by serial name. Most of the serials are music industry publications, including Song Parade and Latest Flash Song Hits.

Series 5. Clippings, 1921-1968

This series is organized chronologically and includes clippings of Wilson's early stage career in New York and those that she clipped later in life.

Series 6. Quaker Oats Material, 1948-1965

This series is arranged into six sub-series, including Business and Travel, Correspondence, Clippings, Manuscripts, Serials, and Memorabilia.

Series 7. Personal Financial, 1935-1970

This series is arranged chronologically and includes Wilson's personal financial records.

Series 8. Memorabilia, 1930s-1960s

This series includes memorabilia from Wilson's life and includes a poster-sized Christmas greeting card from Duke Ellington.

Series 9. Photographs, 1890s-1966

This series is arranged chronologically and includes photographs from Wilson's personal life and photographs of her portraying Quaker Oats' Aunt Jemima character.

INVENTORY

Series 1: Manuscripts, 1879-1959

Box 1

Folder 1

Manuscripts, Birthday Calendar, 1955

Box 1

Folder 2

Manuscripts, Manuscript Fragments [N.D.]

Box 1

Folder 3

Manuscripts, Manuscript Fragments [N.D.]

Box 1

Folder 4

Manuscripts, Other, Afro-American Heritage Association, 1959 (?)

Box 1

Folder 5

Manuscripts, Other, Burnessen, Mary, Sheet Music for "Ohio Twilight"," [N.D.]

Box 1

Folder 6

Manuscripts, Other, Gilbert, W.S. and Arthur Sullivan, Lyrics of "A Many Years Ago," copyright 1878

Box 1

Folder 7

Manuscripts, Other, Gilbert, W.S. and Arthur Sullivan, Lyrics for "We Sail the Ocean Blue," copyright 1878

Box 1

Folder 8

Manuscripts, Other, Mills, Irving et al, Sheet Music for "I Haven't Changed a Thing," 1938

Box 1

Folder 9

Manuscripts, Other, Unknown Author, "Nellie Ball Got Religion...," c. 1879

Box 1

Folder 10

Manuscripts, Other, Unknown Author, "Alphabet with Meaning," [N.D.]

Box 1

Folder 11

Manuscripts, Other, Unknown Author, "Don't Quit," [N.D.]

Box 1

Folder 12

Manuscripts, Other, Unknown Author, "Roll on Oakies," [N.D.]

Box 2

Folder 1

Manuscripts, Other, Alfred, Roy and Fred Wise, Full Score for "The Best Man," 1946

Series 2: Correspondence, 1936-1970

Box 3

Folder 1

Correspondence, American Friends Service Committee, 1969

Box 3

Folder 2

Correspondence, Armour and Company, 1958

Box 3

Folder 3

Correspondence, Bushell, Hilda, 1962

Box 3

Folder 4

Correspondence, C.I.T Corporation (L.S. Frank), 1936

Box 3

Folder 5

Correspondence, Chapel, Jubilee [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 6

Correspondence, Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust, 1958

Box 3

Folder 7

Correspondence, DuSable Museum of African American History, 1970

Box 3

Folder 8

Correspondence, Envelopes, 1955-61

Box 3

Folder 9

Correspondence, "Evans" ["Your Sis"]. 1970

Box 3

Folder 10

Correspondence, Feinstein, Simon S., 1953

Box 3

Folder 11

Correspondence, Franklin, Anna, [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 12

Correspondence, "Grace," 1957

Box 3

Folder 13

Correspondence, Grant, Mable, [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 14

Correspondence, Haddock, Davis, 1962

Box 3

Folder 15

Correspondence, Handy, W.C. Family, 1958

Box 3

Folder 16

Correspondence, Handy Brothers Music Company, 1954

Box 3

Folder 17

Correspondence, Harlies (?), 1968

Box 3

Folder 18

Correspondence, Harmon, Ted and Margaret, [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 19

Correspondence, Harney, Lloyd W.W., [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 20

Correspondence, Hughes, Langston, 1955-61

Box 3

Folder 21

Correspondence, "Leonce," [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 22

Correspondence, Luis S. Gonzalez Company, 1961

Box 3

Folder 23

Correspondence, Murray, Jennie [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 24

Correspondence, Nash, Charles Wilson, [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 25

Correspondence, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 1961-70

Box 3

Folder 26

Correspondence, Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters, 1970

Box 3

Folder 27

Correspondence, Patton, Ann, [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 28

Correspondence, Pierson, Wiela, 1962

Box 3

Folder 29

Correspondence, Rabin, Sam (Sir John Hotel), 1958

Box 3

Folder 30

Correspondence, Snelson, Floyd, c. 1950

Box 3

Folder 31

Correspondence, Standley, J.E., 1939

Box 3

Folder 32

Correspondence, Swan, Agnes J., [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 33

Correspondence, Truesdell Fur Company, 1961

Box 3

Folder 34

Correspondence, Wilson, Mrs. [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 35

Correspondence, Young, Charles, 1961

Box 3

Folder 36

Correspondence, Other, Stevenson, Mary L., 1970

Series 3: Programs and Fliers, 1950-1970

Box 3

Folder 1

Programs and Fliers, English Translation of While the Past Burns, 1950 (?)

Box 3

Folder 2

Programs and Fliers, Negro Actors' Guild of America 14th Annual Performance, 1951

Box 3

Folder 3

Programs and Fliers, Harlem Committee for Civil Defense Dinner Dance, 1952

Box 3

Folder 4

Programs and Fliers, Theodore Charles Stone, 1950s (?)

Box 3

Folder 5

Programs and Fliers, Calgary Stampede Parade, 1962

Box 3

Folder 6

Programs and Fliers, "Picnic in Space," 1963

Box 3

Folder 7

Programs and Fliers, Berean Baptist Church Senior Choir's Handel's Messiah, 1965

Box 3

Folder 8

Programs and Fliers, Negro Actors Guild of America Annual Luncheon, 1970

Series 4: Serials, 1954-1973

Box 3

Folder 1

Serials, Book Mission of Evangelical Lutheran Church, no. 134 (N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 2

Serials, The Handy News, 1954

Box 3

Folder 3

Serials, Hit Parader, March 1947

Box 3

Folder 4

Serials, Hit Parader, September 1947

Box 3

Folder 5

Serials, Latest Flash Song Hits, [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 6

Serials, Latest Flash Song Hits, [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 7

Serials, National Song Parade, [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 8

Serials, National Song Parade, [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 9

Serials, National Song Parade, [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 10

Serials, Prosperity Hit Parade, [N.D.]

Box 3

Folder 11

Serials, Song Parade, September 1941

Box 3

Folder 12

Serials, Stand By! (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, September-October 1954

Box 3

Folder 13

Serials, Swinging 'Round Town, July 10, 1943

Box 3

Folder 14

Serials, Writers' Journal, March 1951

Box 3

Folder 15

Serials, Writers' Journal, April 1951

Series 5: Clippings, 1921-1968

Box 4

Folder 1

Clippings, Review of "Shuffle Along," New York Daily News, 1921

Box 4

Folder 2

Clippings, "'Rhapsody in Black' Opens, 'Liberty Jones' Continues," [n.p.], 1931

Box 4

Folder 3

Clippings, "Judd Jacobson Lives in a House for Quadriplegic in Owatonna," Minneapolis Sunday Tribune, 1961

Box 4

Folder 4

Clippings, "Echoes of Spring" on Theatrical Cheer Club, Downbeat, 1968

Box 4

Folder 5

Clippings, From Screen and Radio Hits, [N.D.]

Box 4

Folder 6

Clippings, From "National Song Hits Review," [N.D.]

Box 4

Folder 7

Clippings, "Love Crosses a Barrier," [n.p., n.d.]

Box 4

Folder 8

Clippings, "He's Joined the Union," [n.p., n.d.]

Box 4

Folder 9

Clippings, "Hundreds Attend Rites for Bauman and Jackson," [n.p., n.d.]

Box 4

Folder 10

Clippings, "Faith in Decaying South Loop takes her life," [n.p., n.d.]

Box 4

Folder 11

Clippings, "Reducing Doesn't Mean Hunger, Go On and Eat," [n.p., n.d.]

Series 6: Quaker Oats Material, 1948-1963

A. Sub-Series: Business and Travel, 1954-1962

Box 5

Folder 1

Quaker Oats, Business and Travel, Advertising for Aunt Jemima Day, 1954

Box 5

Folder 2

Quaker Oats, Business and Travel, Advertising, 1957

Box 5

Folder 3

Quaker Oats, Business and Travel, Dog Pedigree, 1958

Box 5

Folder 4

Quaker Oats, Business and Travel, Travel Expenses, 1958- 1963

Box 5

Folder 5

Quaker Oats, Business and Travel, Travel Schedules, 1950s

Box 5

Folder 6

Quaker Oats, Business and Travel, Statements of Earnings, 1960-62

Box 5

Folder 7

Quaker Oats, Business and Travel, Travel Guidelines [N.D.]

B. Sub-Series: Correspondence, 1955-1963

Box 5

Folder 8

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Beers, W. (fan mail), 1960- 1961

Box 5

Folder 9

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Bergstrom, D.W., 1958

Box 5

Folder 10

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Bullwinkel, Bill, 1955

Box 5

Folder 11

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Butcher, Mrs. Jim, 1957

Box 5

Folder 12

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Calyman, Charles, 1957

Box 5

Folder 13

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Feldman, David H., 1958

Box 5

Folder 14

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Fragments, [N.D.]

Box 5

Folder 15

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Hillcrest Sanatorium (Rowena Truman), 1956

Box 5

Folder 16

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Kendrix, Moss H., 1955

Box 5

Folder 17

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Kiwanis Club of Parkersburg, WV, 1956

Box 5

Folder 18

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Madison Jaycees, 1961

Box 5

Folder 19

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Muskegon Lions Club, 1962

Box 5

Folder 20

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Quaker Oats Company, Public Relations, 1963

Box 5

Folder 21

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Quaker Oats Company, Sales Promotion (J.E. Mason), 1961-62

Box 5

Folder 22

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Quaker Oats Company, Sales Promotion (Ralph Tallmadge), [N.D.]

Box 5

Folder 23

Quaker Oats, Correspondence, Wyman, Vyra, 1961

C. Sub-Series: Clippings, 1950-1958

Box 5

Folder 24

Quaker Oats, Clippings, "Meet the New 'Jemima'," Chicago Defender, 3/4/1950

Box 5

Folder 25

Quaker Oats, Clippings, "Edith Wilson on 'Aunt Jemima' Show," Pittsburgh Courier, 3/4/1950

Box 5

Folder 26

Quaker Oats, Clippings, Untitled, World Tattler, 3/7/1950

Box 5

Folder 27

Quaker Oats, Clippings, "Modern Aunt Jemima," Atlanta Daily World, 3/9/1950

Box 5

Folder 28

Quaker Oats, Clippings, "The Modern 'Aunt Jemima,'" California Eagle, 3/9/1950

Box 5

Folder 29

Quaker Oats, Clippings, "Radio Star on Commercial Program," Plaindealer, 3/10/1950

Box 5

Folder 30

Quaker Oats, Clippings, "Edith Wilson, Former Broadway Blues Singer--Modern Aunt Jemima," The Progressive Herald, 3/11/1950

Box 5

Folder 31

Quaker Oats, Clippings, "New 'Aunt,'" New York Age, 3/11/1950

Box 5

Folder 32

Quaker Oats, Clippings, "Edith Wilson, Modern Aunt Jemima," Detroit Tribune, 3/11/1950

Box 5

Folder 33

Quaker Oats, Clippings, "Former Broadway Blues Singer Modern Aunt Jemima," Chicago World, 3/11/1950

Box 5

Folder 34

Quaker Oats, Clippings, "Former Broadway Blues Singer," Florida Tattler, 3/11/1950

Box 5

Folder 35

Quaker Oats, Clippings, "Kiwanis Guest Slips Between Antennas to Courthouse Lawn," [n.p.], 1950s

Box 5

Folder 36

Quaker Oats, Clippings, "Aunt Jemima Faces Busy Schedule," Newark Advocate, 2/12/1958

Box 5

Folder 37

Quaker Oats, Clippings, Advertisement--"Aunt Jemima in Person...", [n.p.], 2/15/1958

Box 5

Folder 38

Quaker Oats, Clippings, Advertisement--"Aunt Jemima's Coming," [n.p.], 2/15/1958

Box 5

Folder 39

Quaker Oats, Clippings, Untitled, [n.p.], 1950s

Box 5

Folder 40

Quaker Oats, Clippings, "Gaddings" by Gladys M. Johnson, [n.p., n.d.]

D. Sub-Series: Manuscripts, 1948-1954

Box 5

Folder 41

Quaker Oats, Manuscripts, 15-Minute Closed Circuit Broadcast, 1954

Box 5

Folder 42

Quaker Oats, Manuscripts, Untitled Television or Radio Script [N.D.]

Box 5

Folder 43

Quaker Oats, Manuscripts, Script for "Aunt Jemima Quaker Man," [N.D.]

Box 5

Folder 44

Quaker Oats, Manuscripts, Aunt Jemima Biographical Background [N.D.]

Box 6

Folder 45

Quaker Oats, Manuscripts, "Aunt Jemima 'Stir Lightly' Song," 1948

E. Sub-Series: Serials, 1950-1954

Box 7

Folder 46

Quaker Oats, Serials, World Tattler, 3/7/1950

Box 7

Folder 47

Quaker Oats, Serials, The Cedar Rapids Gazette, 11/24/1952

Box 7

Folder 48

Quaker Oats, serials, Manistee News-Advocate, 7/3/1954

F. Sub-Series: Memorabilia, 1954-1962

Box 8

Folder 49

Quaker Oats, Memorabilia, Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Brochures, 1954

Box 8

Folder 50

Quaker Oats, Memorabilia, Plaque, William Jewell College, 1954

Box 8

Folder 51

Quaker Oats, Memorabilia, Kiwanis Certificate. 1958

Box 8

Folder 52

Quaker Oats, Memorabilia, Kiwanis Dinner Ticket, 1961

Box 8

Folder 53

Quaker Oats, Memorabilia, Quaker Oats Weekly Planner, 1962

Box 8

Folder 54

Quaker Oats, Memorabilia, Nameplate from Michigan Junior Chamber of Commerce, [N.D.]

Box 8

Folder 55

Quaker Oats, Memorabilia, Rag Doll Family Advertisement, [N.D.]

Box 8

Folder 56

Quaker Oats, Memorabilia, Rag Doll Family, [N.D.]

Box 8

Folder 57

Quaker Oats, Memorabilia, Placemats [N.D.]

Series 7: Personal Financial, 1935-1970

Box 9

Folder 1

Personal Financial, Bill from Mr. Wilfred Smith, 1935

Box 9

Folder 2

Personal Financial, Vehicle Expenses, 1935-61

Box 9

Folder 3

Personal Financial, Taxes, 1947-61

Box 9

Folder 4

Personal Financial, Legal Affidavit Insurance Policy, 1952

Box 9

Folder 5

Personal Financial, Membership Cards, 1953-62

Box 9

Folder 6

Personal Financial, Cass County (MI) Abstract Office Statement, 1954

Box 9

Folder 7

Personal Financial, Bank Records, 1955-70

Box 9

Folder 8

Personal Financial, Insurance, 1957-61

Box 9

Folder 9

Personal Financial, Utility Bills, 1957-61

Box 9

Folder 10

Personal Financial, Receipts, c. 1960

Box 9

Folder 11

Personal Financial, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 1960

Box 9

Folder 12

Personal Financial, Medical Expenses, 1960

Box 9

Folder 13

Personal Financial, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, 1961

Box 9

Folder 14

Personal Financial, Paystubs for Millard Wilson, 1961

Box 9

Folder 15

Personal Financial, Louisville Gas and Electric Annual Report, 1969

Box 9

Folder 16

Personal Financial, Business Cards, [N.D.]

Series 8: Memorabilia, 1930s-1960s

Box 9

Folder 1

Memorabilia, Travel, 1930s

Box 9

Folder 2

Memorabilia, Travel, 1960s

Box 9

Folder 3

Memorabilia, Theatrical Cheer Club, 1960s

Box 9

Folder 4

Memorabilia, W.C. Handy material, [N.D.]

Box 9

Folder 5

Memorabilia, Postcards of Steppin Fetchit (signed), [N.D.]

Box 9

Folder 6

Memorabilia, Travel, [n.d.]

Box 9

Folder 7

Memorabilia, Travel, [n.d.]

Box 10

Folder 8

Memorabilia, Christmas Cards, [n.d.]

Box 10

Folder 9

Memorabilia, Christmas Cards, [n.d.]

Box 10

Folder 10

Memorabilia, Christmas Cards, [n.d.]

Box 10

Folder 11

Memorabilia, Christmas Cards, [n.d.]

Box 10

Folder 12

Memorabilia, Christmas Cards, [n.d.]

Box 10

Folder 13

Memorabilia, Greeting Cards, [n.d.]

Box 11

Folder 1

Memorabilia, Placemats

Box 11

Folder 2

Memorabilia, Christmas Card from Duke Ellington

Box 11

Folder 3

Memorabilia, Datebooks

Series 9: Photographs, 1890s-1966

Box 12

Folder 1

Photographs, Portrait of Woman, Garvin Studios, Chicago, [1890s]

Box 12

Folder 2

Photographs, Portrait of Child, Varney Studios, Chicago, [1890s]

Box 12

Folder 3

Photographs, Wrecked Car, Chicago, [1920s]

Box 12

Folder 4

Photographs, Tony Wilson [1920s?]

Box 12

Folder 5

Photographs, Wilson siblings [1930s]

Box 12

Folder 6

Photographs, Edith Louise Pinkston at Lad'N Lassie Studio [1930s]

Box 12

Folder 7

Photographs, Portrait of Edith Wilson, 1930s

Box 12

Folder 8

Photographs, Portrait of Edith Wilson, 1930s

Box 12

Folder 9

Photographs, Portrait of Edith Wilson, 1930s

Box 12

Folder 10

Photographs, Portrait of Edith Wilson, 1940s

Box 12

Folder 11

Photographs, Edith Wilson receiving key to Rockford, IL [1950s]

Box 12

Folder 12

Photographs, Edith Wilson at Kiwanis Club, Rockford, IL [1950s]

Box 12

Folder 13

Photographs, Edith Wilson as "Aunt Jemima," [c. 1950]

Box 12

Folder 14

Photographs, Edith Wilson as "Aunt Jemima," [c. 1950]

Box 12

Folder 15

Photographs, Edith Wilson as "Aunt Jemima," [c. 1950]

Box 12

Folder 16

Photographs, Edith Wilson as "Aunt Jemima," Sunnyview Home for Crippled Children, Schenectady, NY [1950s]

Box 12

Folder 17

Photographs, Edith Wilson as "Aunt Jemima," Lubbock Lions Club, [1950s]

Box 12

Folder 18

Photographs, Edith Wilson as "Aunt Jemima," with unknown minister [1950s]

Box 12

Folder 19

Photographs, Edith Wilson as "Aunt Jemima," on television program, 1954

Box 12

Folder 20

Photographs, Moss H. Kendrix, Yvonne Abel, Dr. H.A. Lester, Mrs. W.O. Bunche, Edith Wilson, and Norman E. Jones (l to r), Chicago, [1950s]

Box 12

Folder 21

Photographs, Unknown, [1950s]

Box 12

Folder 22

Photographs, Unknown, [1950s]

Box 12

Folder 23

Photographs, Unknown, [1950s]

Box 12

Folder 24

Photographs, Unknown, [1950s]

Box 12

Folder 25

Photographs, Unknown, [1950s]

Box 12

Folder 26

Photographs, Unknown, [1950s]

Box 12

Folder 27

Photographs, Unknown, [1950s]

Box 12

Folder 28

Photographs, Rose and Baby Sis [1950s]

Box 12

Folder 29

Photographs, Unknown, Atlanta, GA, 1963

Box 12

Folder 30

Photographs, Band Performance of Johnny Mitchell, Ted Fields, Freddie Johnson, Sam Wooding, Billy Burns, Tommy Ladnier, Bobby Martin, 1966