Graham W. Jackson visual arts materials
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Graham W. Jackson visual arts materials

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
Title: Graham W. Jackson visual arts materials
Dates: 1913-1981
Quantity: 1667.0 Image(s)
Identification: ahc.VIS34

Biographical/Historical Note

Graham Washington Jackson (22 February 1903- 15 January 1983) was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, and began his musical career at age seven accompanying silent movies. He played piano, organ, accordion, and led singing groups. Jackson attended Morehouse College, Chicago Musical College, Hampton Institute, Loyola (Chicago) University, and Atlanta University. He was a music teacher, an orchestra leader, and a radio station organist at WERD.

In 1924 he moved to Atlanta, Georgia as leader of a musical group, the Seminole Syncopators. He later became the orchestra leader and pianist for Bailey's 81 Theater on Auburn Avenue. In 1928, Jackson began teaching at Booker T. Washington High School, where he remained until 1940. Jackson married Helen Balton of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1953 and had two sons, Graham Jackson, Jr. and Gerald Wayne Jackson.

In 1933, Jackson first met and performed for President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia. In 1942, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he was assigned to recruitment and entertainment duties. The U.S. Treasury Department commended him for bond sales totaling more than $2 million. Jackson obtained worldwide recognition following the publication of the April 17, 1945 issue of Life magazine which published a photograph taken by Ed Clark. The image of him playing Going Home on his accordion for President Roosevelt's funeral procession, as it left Warm Springs, became one of the most remembered images surrounding President Roosevelt's death.

Graham Jackson built a home in Atlanta modeled after Franklin Roosevelt's Little White House in Warm Springs. The original address was 60 Abbott Street, Atlanta, Georgia, but Jackson had the name of the road changed to White House Drive.

Graham Jackson played for five other U.S. presidents: Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Jimmy Carter. In 1969, Georgia Governor Lester Maddox, a well-known segregationist, appointed Jackson to the State Board of Corrections. He was the first African American to hold such an office in Georgia since Reconstruction. Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter named Jackson the state's official musician on November 30, 1971.

Graham Jackson appeared on Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town and Dave Garroway's Today Show. In 1985, Jackson was inducted posthumously into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 1,667 images. The images depict Graham Jackson, his family, and Jackson's performances at various events and locations. Also featured are photogrpahs of Frankiln Delano Roosevelt at the Little White House in Warm Springs and the Life magazine photograph by Ed Clark. Other images of politicians include President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Georgia Governor Lester Maddox, and President Jimmy Carter. The majority of the photographs are portraits of Jackson and his family or unidentified performances throughout his career, taken primarily from the 1960s to the early 1980s.


Index Terms

African American children--Georgia--Atlanta
African American entertainers--Georgia--Atlanta
African American families--Georgia--Atlanta
African American music teachers--Georgia--Atlanta
African American musicians--Georgia--Atlanta
African American soldiers
African American women--Georgia--Atlanta
African Americans--Georgia--Atlanta
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Clothing and dress--Georgia--Atlanta
Cole, Nat King, 1919-1965
Colley, Van Buren
Draper, Jesse, 1887-1973
First Congregational Church (Atlanta, Ga.).
Housing--Georgia--Atlanta
Jackson, Gerald W.
Jackson, Graham W., 1903-1982
Jackson, Graham, Jr.
Jackson, Helen Balton
Lane Brothers Photo News Service (Atlanta, Ga.)
Little White House (Warm Springs, Ga.)
Maddox, Lester, 1915-2003
Reeves Studios (Atlanta, Ga.)
Roosevelt, Franklin D., (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Warm Springs (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Graham W. Jackson visual arts materials, VIS 34, 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

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required. .


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VIS 34.01VIS 34.01VIS 34.01 Graham Jackson, 1913- circa 1970 ( 53.0 Image(s) (53 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.02VIS 34.02VIS 34.02 Graham and Helen Jackson, circa 1953-1977 ( 75.0 Image(s) (75 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.03VIS 34.03VIS 34.03 Graham Jackson, Jr., 1954-1966 ( 40.0 Image(s) (40 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.04VIS 34.04VIS 34.04 Gerald W. Jackson, circa 1960-1970 ( 15.0 Image(s) (15 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.05VIS 34.05VIS 34.05 Gerald and Graham Jackson, Jr., 1957-1970 ( 77.0 Image(s) (77 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.06VIS 34.06VIS 34.06 Graham Jackson, Sr. and sons, circa 1955-1975 ( 34.0 Image(s) (34 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.07VIS 34.07VIS 34.07 Helen Jackson and sons, circa 1955-1966 ( 16.0 Image(s) (16 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.08VIS 34.08VIS 34.08 Jackson family, circa 1955-1975 ( 113.0 Image(s) (113 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.09VIS 34.09VIS 34.09 Balton and Jackson families, circa 1953-1970 ( 23.0 Image(s) (23 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.10VIS 34.10VIS 34.10 Graham Jackson home, Little White House, circa 1947 ( 38.0 Image(s) (36 photographs, 1 drawing, 1 postcard) )
 

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VIS 34.11VIS 34.11VIS 34.11 Publicity photographs, circa 1940-1960 ( 92.0 Image(s) (92 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.12VIS 34.12VIS 34.12 Publicity photographs, circa 1960-1970 ( 43.0 Image(s) (43 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.13VIS 34.13VIS 34.13 Performances, 1946-1981 ( 64.0 Image(s) (64 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.14VIS 34.14VIS 34.14 Church and community performances, undated ( 25.0 Image(s) (25 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.15VIS 34.15VIS 34.15 Radio and promotional performances, undated ( 27.0 Image(s) (27 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.16VIS 34.16VIS 34.16 United States Navy, circa 1942-1946 ( 49.0 Image(s) (49 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.17VIS 34.17VIS 34.17 Unidentified performances, undated ( 44.0 Image(s) (44 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.18VIS 34.18VIS 34.18 Unidentified performances, undated ( 121.0 Image(s) (121 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.19VIS 34.19VIS 34.19 Unidentified performances, undated ( 80.0 Image(s) (80 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.20VIS 34.20VIS 34.20 Unidentified performances, circa 1950-1969 ( 60.0 Image(s) (60 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.21VIS 34.21VIS 34.21 Unidentified performances, circa 1950-1969 ( 76.0 Image(s) (76 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.22VIS 34.22VIS 34.22 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, circa 1977 ( 20.0 Image(s) (20 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.23VIS 34.23VIS 34.23 Graham Jackson and Nat King Cole, circa 1960 ( 2.0 Image(s) (2 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.24VIS 34.24VIS 34.24 Dwight D. amd Mamie Eisenhower, circa 1960 ( 1.0 Image(s) (1 photograph) )
 

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VIS 34.25VIS 34.25VIS 34.25 Lester Maddox, circa 1960- 1979 ( 19.0 Image(s) (19 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.26VIS 34.26VIS 34.26 Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, circa 1940-1979 ( 17.0 Image(s) (17 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.27VIS 34.27VIS 34.27 Little White House, Warm Springs, Georgia, 1958-1981 ( 85.0 Image(s) (85 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.28VIS 34.28VIS 34.28 Preston Smith, Governor of Texas, undated ( 3.0 Image(s) (3 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.29VIS 34.29VIS 34.29 Autographed photographs of various performers and business executives, 1968-1979 ( 9.0 Image(s) (9 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.30VIS 34.30VIS 34.30 Unidentified people at unidentified performances, undated ( 46.0 Image(s) (46 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.31VIS 34.31VIS 34.31 Graham Jackson home and three unidentified houses, undated ( 4.0 Image(s) (4 photographs) )
 

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VIS 34.32VIS 34.32VIS 34.32 Various negatives, undated ( 139.0 Negatives )
 

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VIS 34.33VIS 34.33VIS 34.33 Various negatives, undated ( 132.0 Negatives )
 

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VIS 34.34.01VIS OS Box 80VIS 34.34 Map, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) (1 map) )
 

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VIS 34.35VIS OS Box 80VIS 34.35 Advertisements, cartoon, and sign, undated ( 4.0 Image(s) (2 advertisements, 1 sign, 1 cartoon) )
 

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VIS 34.36VIS OS Box 80VIS 34.36 Prints of Graham Jackson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and George Washington, undated ( 8.0 Image(s) (8 prints) )
 

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VIS 34.37VIS OS Box 80VIS 34.37 Drawing of Graham Jackson, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) (1 drawing) )
 

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VIS 34.38VIS OS Box 80VIS 34.38 Photographs of Graham Jackson and the Jackson family, undated ( 11.0 Image(s) (11 photographs) )