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Effie Ward letters to Josephine Heyman

Collection number: ahc.MSS969f

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two letters from Effie Ward to Josephine Heyman (1901-1993), the president of the DeKalb County League of Women Voters. In the first letter, Ward expresses her gratitude to the League for promoting equal education and services for Black children and briefly comments on the welfare of the Black community. She also offers to sew a dress for Heyman’s daughter. In the second letter, Ward writes about social conditions and challenges facing Atlanta’s Black community from personal experience. She specifically expresses the need for increased public restrooms and seating in and around Atlanta department stores Rich’s, Davison’s, and Kress, as well as the need for a municipal park for African Americans.


  • 1946 February


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This collection is open for research.

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Biographical / Historical

Effie Ward (1899-?) was born in Atlanta, Georgia; she married Jefferson S. Ward (approximately 1896-?), and they had seven children. She worked as a dressmaker and housekeeper. Additional biographical information has not been determined.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1979

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2024.

Effie Ward letters to Josephine Heyman
Ben Conklin
February 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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