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George Mason Coleman scrapbooks

Collection number: ahc.MSS1233

Scope and Contents

This collection contains scrapbooks that document George Mason Coleman’s career as a journalist in Atlanta. The bulk of the material is newspaper clippings of his work at Atlanta Daily World including cartoons, poems, articles, and photographs about the Civil Rights Movement, the African American community in Atlanta, legal affairs, and race relations. In addition, there is a scrapbook of correspondence from corporations and individuals praising his work as a reporter. Of particular note are letters from the the United States White House, the United States Marine Corp, and former Michigan Governor George Romney.


  • 1947-2006, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Biographical / Historical

George Mason Coleman (1922-2008) was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He married Norma Coleman (1925-?), with whom he had four children: Minette, Jimmie, Bernadette, and George. In 1939 he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and attended Hampton Institute for one year before enlisting in the United States Army in 1941. Following his military discharge, he attended Lincoln University in Missouri for journalism, then moved back to Atlanta where he worked as a police reporter for the Atlanta Daily World from 1951-1967. He briefly worked at Atlanta Voice, before returning to Atlanta Daily World in the 1980s.


7.5 linear ft. (five oversize boxes)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2015

Related Materials

MSS 990, Voices Across the Color Line oral history transcriptions, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Voices Across the Color Line oral history recordings, VIS 180, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2022.

George Mason Coleman scrapbooks
Brittney English
July 2022
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305