Graham W. Jackson papers
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Graham W. Jackson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Jackson, Graham W., 1903-1982
Title: Graham W. Jackson papers
Dates: 1923-1983
Quantity: 6.75 Linear ft. (seven document cases, one record center box, and two oversize boxes)
Identification: ahc.MSS526

Biographical/Historical Note

Graham W. Jackson (1903-1982) was a musician and entertainer who played piano, organ, accordian, and led singing groups. His fans included many nationally known persons including several presidents of the United States. A photograph of Jackson in tears at the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt first appeared in Life magazine.

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Jackson attended Morehouse College, Chicago Musical College, Hampton Institute, Loyola (Chicago) University, and Atlanta University. He taught music, was an orchestra leader, radio station organist at WERD, and a self-employed entertainer. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942 where he served as a recruiting officer and conducted campaigns to sell war bonds. Jackson was discharged in 1945 with the rank of chief petty officer.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt became acquainted with Jackson in Warm Springs, Georgia, where Jackson entertained the president regularly. Jackson's attachment to Roosevelt led him to build a home in Atlanta modeled after Roosevelt's Little White House in Warm Springs and to have his street renamed White House Drive.

Georgia Governor Lester Maddox appointed Jackson to the state's Board of Corrections in 1969. Jackson was the first African-American to hold such an office in Georgia since Reconstruction.

Jackson continued to entertain at private parties and in Atlanta restaurants until shortly before his death. He was survived by his wife, Helen, and two sons, Graham Jr. and Gerald Wayne. Additional biographical information about Graham W. Jackson has not been determined.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains genealogical information, correspondence, postcards, event programs and scripts, contracts, sheet music, comedy scripts, menus, and newspaper clippings. Also included are publications, certificates, and autograph books.


Index Terms

African Americans--Georgia--Atlanta
American Negro Music Festival.
Comedy
Georgia. State Board of Corrections.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Maddox, Lester, 1915-2003
Music--Georgia--Atlanta
Musicians--Georgia--Atlanta
Navy League of the United States.
Pittypat's Porch (Atlanta, Ga.).
Rockefeller, Winthrop, 1912-1973
Roosevelt Warm Springs Foundation.
Roosevelt, Franklin D., (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
WERD (Radio station : Atlanta, Ga.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Graham W. Jackson papers, MSS 526, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1983


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscipts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.


Related Material

Graham Jackson photographs, VIS 34, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.


Container List

 

Box

Fldr

111920s
 
21930s
 
31940
 
41941
 
51942
 
61943
 
71944
 
81945
 
91946
 
101947
 
111948
 
121949
 
131950
 
141951
 
151952
 
161953
 
171954
 
181955
 
191956
 
201957
 
211958
 
221959
 

Box

Fldr

211960
 
21961
 
31962
 
41963
 
51964
 
61965
 
71966
 
81967
 
91968
 
101969
 

Box

Fldr

311970
 
21971
 
31972
 
41973
 
51974
 
61975
 
71976
 
81977
 
91978
 
101979
 
111980-1981
 
121982-1983
 
13Undated correspondence and greeting cards
 
14Undated clippings
 

Box

Fldr

41Ads and PR
 
2GWJ ads, PR
 
3Lyrics
 
4Sheet music
 
5Comedy material
 
6Programs and scripts
 
7Music catalogs
 
8American Negro Music Festival
 

Box

Fldr

51Biographical data
 
2Marriage and divorce documents
 
3GWJ, Jr. and Gerald
 
4Board of Corrections, clippings
 
5Board of Corrections, reports
 
6Board of Corrections, correspondence
 
7Roosevelt family, correspondence
 
8Warm Springs Memorial Commission, correspondence
 
9Winthrop Rockefeller
 
10Roosevelt and Warm Springs, miscellaneous
 
11Autographs
 

Box

Fldr

61Poem and poetry books
 
2Central Detective Agency
 
3Menaboni Christmas cards from Robert Woodruff
 
4Kennel Club and humane society papers
 
5Picture postcards, unused
 
6Navy League
 
7United States Navy
 
8Kappa Alpha Psi
 
9Westminster School
 
10Inglis House and Overbrook School
 
11Menus
 
12Clippings, miscellaneous
 
13Miscellaneous, undated
 

Box

Fldr

71Autographs
 
2Pamphlet, New York World's Fair
 
3Program, A. M. Byers Company, 1943
 
4Philately
 
5Publication, Center of Light
 
6Publications
 
7Periodicals
 
8Certificates and diplomas
 

Box

8Twenty-five autograph, guest, and diary books; business cards; American Cancer Society plaque
 

Box

MSS OS box 1.88Advertising ephemera, diplomas, and certificates
 

Box

MSS OS box 4.150Song requests and business cards