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Collection Title: Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers

Collection Number: M 345

Dates: ca. 1938 - 2000

Volume: 5 cu.ft.

Provenance: Donated by Mrs. Victoria Gray Adams.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Victoria Jackson Gray Adams, a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was one of the most important living black Mississippians who participated in the Civil Rights Movement. She began her civil rights activities by teaching voter registration classes in the 1960s. At that time, although thirty percent of Hattiesburg's citizens were African American, only fifty of them had been allowed to register to vote. Today, the state of Mississippi has more African American elected officials than any other state, partly because of the efforts of Victoria Gray Adams.

Victoria Almeter Jackson was born on November 5, 1926, in the Palmer's Crossing community, a historically black settlement which is now a part of the City of Hattiesburg. Her parents were Mack and Annie Mae Ott Jackson. She was a graduate of Depriest Consolidated School in Palmer's Crossing, and attended Wilberforce University, Tuskegee Institute, and Jackson State University. Her first marriage was to Tony West Gray, and three children were born of the union -- Georgie Roswitha Gray, Tony West Gray, Jr., and Cecil Conteen Gray. She later married Reuben Ernest Adams, Jr., and they became the parents of a son, Reuben Ernest Adams, III. Mrs. Adams died August 12, 2006, in Baltimore, Maryland. On September 9, 2006, a memorial service was held in her honor at Parkway Heights Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Mrs. Adams was an active participant in Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964. She was a National Board member of Dr. Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and was one of the founders of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). She ran for the United States Senate on the MFDP ticket in 1964, the first woman to run for the Senate from Mississippi. Her career included teaching in the public schools in rural Mississippi; teaching in the Royal Thai Army Languages Academy in Bangkok, Thailand; real estate and marketing in Petersburg, Virginia; and service as Campus Minister at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia.

Victoria Adams won numerous awards for her contributions to society. Among them are The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award and The Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Award. In addition, she was one of the first three African American women invited to be seated as guests on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The others, also Mississippians, were Fannie Lou Hamer and Annie Devine.

Scope and Content:

The Victoria Gray Adams Papers contain a broad array of materials that document the life and work of this remarkable woman. The collection is divided into four series:

Series I consists primarily of materials relating to Mrs. Adams work in the area of civil rights, particularly the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the National Conference for New Politics, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Southern Conference Educational Fund. Also in this series are numerous articles, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings, plus a small section of materials pertaining to "Black Power."

Series II contains items of a more personal nature, including items from Mrs. Adams' school days, certificates, correspondence, and materials from a scrapbook compiled by Mrs. Adams in the 1940s. Of particular interest are a handwritten autobiography (1945), Mrs. Adams' high school diploma, and several photographs.

Series III is comprised of various awards presented to Mrs. Adams, including the Freedom's Light Medal, Bridge Builder of the Year Award, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award.

Series IV consists of tapes of two events at The University of Southern Mississippi in which Mrs. Adams was involved. The first set of tapes are audio cassettes of a class taught by Mrs. Adams and her son, Dr. Cecil Gray, at The University of Southern Mississippi during the Spring 2000 semester. The course was History 478/578 (Studies in Civil Rights), and the title of the class was "Local People, Students, Women and Men in the Mississippi Movement (Mississippi History: A Close Look, A new perspective). The second set of tapes record a University Forum Lecture by Mrs. Adams on February 29, 2000, and is comprised of one compact disk and one video cassette.

This collection should be of interest to researchers of civil rights activities both in Mississippi and elsewhere in the South.

Related Collections:

M191 Johnson Family Papers
M257 Jinny Glass Diary
M322 Sandra Adickes Papers
M323 Joseph & Nancy Ellin Freedom Summer Collection
M340 J.C. Fairley Civil Rights Collection
M351 Herbert Randall Freedom Summer Photographs

Box and Folder List:

Series I: Created Subject Files

Boxes 1 - 6

   
Box 1  
Folder 1 Address by Hubert H. Humphrey Regarding the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Apr. 5, 1968)
Folder 2 African American Women's Association of Washington, D.C. (undated)
Folder 3 American Civil Liberties Union - Brochure (ca. 1960s)
Folder 4 Article: "Black Politics in Mississippi", by Victoria J. Gray (Sept. 2, 1967)
Folder 5 Article: "City Shifts Blame for Civil Disorder - Frames Black Leaders" (1968)
Folder 6 Article: "Politics After Chicago", by Rennie Davis and Tom Hayden (ca. 1960s)
Folder 7 Article: "This is War? - Poverty in America, With a Study of Appalachia", by Robb Burlage (Mar. 1964)
Folder 8 Article: "Tougaloo and You", by Phyliss Qualls-Brooks and Vergia Brocks-Shedd (undated)
Folder 9 Article: "We the People of the United States..." (ca. 1963)
Folder 10 Article: "A White America in a Non-White World" by Noel Day (ca. 1962)
Folder 11 ASCS Organizer's Handbook (1966)
Folder 12 Baker, Ella J.: 75th Birthday celebration (Dec. 9, 1978)
Folder 13 Black People's Convention - Position Paper (undated)
Folder 14 Black Power: Articles - 1. "A Time to Be Black" (1966) 2. "The Development of Negro Power in American Politics Since 1900" (ca. 1965)
Folder 15 Black Power: Brochures and Flyers (ca. 1967)
Folder 16 Black Power: Manifesto and Resolutions (ca. 1967)
Folder 17 Black Power: Minutes of Meetings (Apr. 1, 1967 - Feb. 24, 1968)
Folder 18 Black Power: National Conference (1967)
Folder 19 Black Power: A Statement of Principles (ca. 1967)
Folder 20 Black Power: Untitled Article (ca. 1967)
Folder 21 Bolivar County Handbook for Voter Registration (ca. 1960s)
Folder 22 Booklet - "County Government in Mississippi" (Oct. 1966)
Folder 23 Budget Proposal for Unspecified Office Staff (undated)
Folder 24 Child Development Group of Mississippi (CDGM) - "Proposal for a Full Year Head Start Program" (ca. 1966)
Folder 25 Citizenship Education Program - Mississippi Report (Apr. - Nov. 1966)
Folder 26 Civil Rights Anthem - "We Shall Overcome" (undated)
Folder 27 Community Action Program: Application (Jan. 1965)
Folder 28 Community Action Program Guides (Feb. & June, 1965)
Folder 29 "Community Action Programs and the Older Poor" (1965)
Folder 30 Community Involvement Task Group on Human Relations (1965)
Folder 31 Contested Election of Mississippi Congressmen - Brief of Contestants (ca. 1960s)
   
Box 2  
Folder 1 Correspondence (1965-1990, undated)
Folder 2 Ella Baker-Nelson Mandela Center for Anti-Racist Education: A National People of Color Conference (Mar. 2, 1989)
Folder 3 Executive Council of the Episcopal Church - Screening and Review Committee (Sept. - Oct., 1968)
Folder 4 Federal Bankruptcy Law (1966)
Folder 5 Forrest County School District - Bond Issue (1968)
Folder 6 Freedom Day Rally - Program (Apr. 26, 1964)
Folder 7 Government Printing Office - Lists of Publications (undated)
Folder 8 Guyot, Lawrence - Tribute of Appreciation (June 14, 1985)
Folder 9 Hamilton Film Service - Flyer for "The Other Face of Dixie" (ca. 1960s)
Folder 10 "A Handbook for Constables", by Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (May 1967)
Folder 11 Jet Magazine (July 1967, Dec. 1968, & Mar. 1970)
Folder 12 Lawsuit - Sunflower County, Mississippi Elections (1965)
Folder 13 List of Individuals and Their Organizational Affiliations (undated)
Folder 14 Mississippi Challenge - Factual Background of 1965 Congressional Challenge (Aug. 1965)
Folder 15 Mississippi Challenge - 20th Anniversary Planning Committee (July - Oct., 1985)
Folder 16 Mississippi Challenge - 25th Anniversary Booklet (1990)
Folder 17 Mississippi Challenge - Victoria Gray's Outline (ca. 1965)
Folder 18 Mississippi Council on Human Relations - Constitution (May 20, 1963)
Folder 19 MFDP (Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party) - Brochures and Flyers (ca. 1965)
Folder 20 MFDP - Committee Members and Pledge Card (undated)
Folder 21 MFDP - Correspondence (Sept. 22, 1964 - Aug. 3, 1967)
Folder 22 MFDP - Financial Report (Apr. 1967)
Folder 23 MFDP - Handwritten Notes on Voting (ca. 1968)
Folder 24 MFDP - Letterhead (undated)
Folder 25 MFDP - Membership List (1967)
Folder 26 MFDP - Memo From John Lewis (ca. 1967)
Folder 27 MFDP - Mississippi Delegation Position Paper (1967)
Folder 28 MFDP - Press Releases (Feb - July, 1965)
Folder 29 MFDP - "Proposal for Six Month Project" (1967)
Folder 30 MFDP - Proposed Agenda for Executive Sessions (Jan. 28, 1967)
Folder 31 National Advisory Council on the Education of Disadvantaged Children - Annual Report (Jan. 1968)
Folder 32 National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee (1967-1968)
Folder 33 National Committee for Free Elections in Mississippi - Proposal for Northern Support (1967)
Folder 34 National Committee for Free Elections in Sunflower (ca. 1966-1967)
   
Box 3  
Folder 1 NCNP (National Conference for New Politics) - Norman Balbanian for Congress (1966)
Folder 2 NCNP - "Black Politics in Mississippi" by Victoria J. Gray (Sept. 2, 1967)
Folder 3 NCNP - Constitution (undated)
Folder 4 NCNP - Job Descriptions (undated)
Folder 5 NCNP - Membership Information (ca. 1967)
Folder 6 NCNP - Memoranda (1967-1968, undated)
Folder 7 NCNP - Minutes (ca. 1966-1967)
Folder 8 NCNP - Miscellaneous Documents (ca. 1963-1967)
Folder 9 NCNP - "Notes on Possible Political Directions Beyond the Election", by A.I. Waskow (undated)
Folder 10 NCNP - Organizations, Listed by State (ca. 1967)
Folder 11 NCNP - Receipts and Disbursements (1967)
Folder 12 NCNP - Reports (1966, undated)
Folder 13 NCNP - Resolutions (May 19-20, 1967)
Folder 14 NCNP - Steering Committee Materials (ca. 1968)
Folder 15 Newsletter - CDGM, Newsletter of Head Start Happenings (May 29, 1967)
Folder 16 Newsletter - Convention Notes (Feb. 27, 1968)
Folder 17 Newsletter - The Crusader (Mar. 1965)
Folder 18 Newsletter - Did You Know? (ca. 1966)
Folder 19 Newsletter - Inter/Change, Newsletter of NCNP (Nov. 1966 - June 1967)
Folder 20 Newsletter - Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Newsletter (1967, undated)
Folder 21 Newsletter - Mississippi Newsletter (July 28, 1967 - May 24, 1968)
Folder 22 Newsletter - Soul Force, Official Journal of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Feb. - May, 1967)
Folder 23 Newsletter - UE News, Official Organ of United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (Nov. 1967 - June 1968)
Folder 24 Newspaper Clippings From The Atlanta Inquirer (April 13, 1968)
Folder 25 Newspaper Clippings From The New York Times (Jan. 18-26, 1968)
Folder 26 Newspaper Clippings - Miscellaneous (May 25, 1965 - Sept. 18, 1967)
Folder 27 Newspaper Clippings - Miscellaneous (Mar. 16 - June 19, 1968)
Folder 28 Newspaper Clippings - Miscellaneous (Oct. 22, 1985 - July 22, 1998, undated)
Folder 29 Newspapers - Miscellaneous Titles (1967, 1968, 1994)
Folder 30 Notebook - Civil Rights Activities in Texas (ca. 1963-1964)
Folder 31 Notebook - Handwritten Notes of Victoria J. Gray (ca. 1966)
Folder 32 Notes - Handwritten Notes on Various Topics (ca. 1960s)
Folder 33 Notes - Handwritten Notes on Various Topics (ca. 1960s)
   
Box 4  
Folder 1 Office of Economic Opportunity - Press Release (May 2, 1965)
Folder 2 Palmer's Crossing Health Survey Forms (ca. 1960s)
Folder 3 Pamphlet - "The American Negro as a Politician" (ca. 1965)
Folder 4 Pamphlet - "Black Liberation Now" (ca. 1960s)
Folder 5 Pamphlet - "Brief Submitted by the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party" (ca. 1965)
Folder 6 Pamphlet - "The Case Against Carl and Ann Braden" (ca. 1967)
Folder 7 Pamphlet - "Chaney, Goodman, Schwerner" (June 23, 1989)
Folder 8 Pamphlet - "Discussion Bulletin", Published by Socialist Workers Party (Aug. 1955)
Folder 9 Pamphlet - "Do You Know the ABC's of Your Town's Government?" (Sept. 1963)
Folder 10 Pamphlet - "Fair Employment is Good for Business" (ca. 1964)
Folder 11 Pamphlet - "Juvenile Handbook" (ca. 1950s - 1960s)
Folder 12 Pamphlet - "Labor's Role in the War on Poverty" (ca. 1965)
Folder 13 Pamphlet - "Mississippi Political Handbook" (Apr. 1962)
Folder 14 Pamphlet - "The Objects of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers" (ca. 1960s)
Folder 15 Pamphlet - "Our County's Government Officials" (ca. 1967)
Folder 16 Pamphlet - "Peace! The World From African Eyes" (Sept. 23, 1960)
Folder 17 Pamphlet - "Poverty" (1965)
Folder 18 Pamphlet - "Programs of the Department of Housing & Urban Development" (Nov. 1965)
Folder 19 Pamphlet - "Report on Mississippi" (Jan. 1963)
Folder 20 Pamphlet - "To Get That Power" (1967)
Folder 21 Pamphlet - "The War on Poverty" (ca. 1965)
Folder 22 Pamphlet - "Welcome to Thailand" (1971)
Folder 23 Paper - "The Assimilation of the Mississippi Negro into Mississippi Society", by Stanley Zibulsky (ca. 1965)
Folder 24 Partial Paper on Militant Negroes of the South (ca. 1964)
Folder 25 Political Handbook for the Black People of Forrest County (ca. 1960s)
Folder 26 Press Release by W.E.B. Dubois Clubs of America (Apr. 1, 1968)
Folder 27 Program Development Report to the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency, Part I (May 16, 1967)
Folder 28 Program Development Report to the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency, Part II (May 16, 1967)
Folder 29 Proposal for Capitalization and Implementation of Economic Development in Mississippi (1966)
Folder 30 Proposal for Establishing a Buying club in the Lawndale Cooperative Association (1966)
Folder 31 Religious Conference (Oct. 10-11, 1963)
   
Box 5  
Folder 1 SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) - Advisory Committee to the Presiding Bishop on Cities (Aug. 29, 1967)
Folder 2 SCLC - Annual Report of Dr. martin Luther King, Jr. (1964)
Folder 3 SCLC - Annual Report of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1965)
Folder 4 SCLC - Article: "An Evaluation of School Desegregation in Mississippi", by Kenneth L. Dean (1966)
Folder 5 SCLC - Article: "The Crisis in America's Cities", by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Aug. 15, 1967)
Folder 6 SCLC - Article: "Dr. King and SCLC -- Powerful Action for Change" (1968)
Folder 7 SCLC - Article: "Renaissance in Black" (July 15, 1967)
Folder 8 SCLC - Board Members (1967-1968)
Folder 9 SCLC - Citizenship Education Program, Mississippi (1966)
Folder 10 SCLC - Citizenship Training Workshop (1964)
Folder 11 SCLC - Constitution & By-Laws (undated)
Folder 12 SCLC - Correspondence (Sept. 24, 1964 - May 3, 1968, undated)
Folder 13 SCLC - Fannie Lou Hamer vs. Cecil C. Campbell (Mar. 11, 1966)
Folder 14 SCLC - Flyers (1966-1968)
Folder 15 SCLC - Financial Information (1966 & 1968)
Folder 16 SCLC - Forms (ca. 1960s)
Folder 17 SCLC - "Ghandi's Rules for the Non-Violent Soldier" (undated)
Folder 18 SCLC - Handbook for Teachers (Oct. 1967)
Folder 19 SCLC - Health Education (undated)
Folder 20 SCLC - Historical Highlights (ca. 1968)
Folder 21 SCLC - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Interview With Playboy Magazine (1965)
Folder 22 SCLC - Minutes (Apr. 13-20, 1968)
Folder 23 SCLC - Mississippi Challenge: Mrs. Annie Devine & Mrs. Victoria Gray (ca. 1965)
Folder 24 SCLC - NAMRI Resolution Conference (May 8-10, 1967)
Folder 25 SCLC - News From Pikeville, Kentucky (1967)
Folder 26 SCLC - Pamphlet: "A Decade of SCLC" (1967)
Folder 27 SCLC - Pamphlet: "Dialogue, a Search for Reconciliation" (ca. 1960s)
Folder 28 SCLC - Political Workshop in Sunflower, Led by Mrs. Victoria Gray (ca. 1966)
Folder 29 SCLC - Poor People's Campaign: Brochures & Flyers (ca. 1968)
Folder 30 SCLC - Poor People's Campaign: Correspondence (Jan. 10 - Mar. 5, 1968)
Folder 31 SCLC - Poor People's Campaign: Documents Labeled "For SCLC Staff Use Only" (1968)
Folder 32 SCLC - Poor People's Campaign: List of Items Needed by Participants (ca. 1968)
Folder 33 SCLC - Poor People's Campaign: Newsletter, As Is (July 24, 1967)
Folder 34 SCLC - Poor People's Campaign: Organizational Materials (1968)
Folder 35 SCLC - Poor People's Campaign: Press Releases (Mar. 4 - Apr. 23, 1968)
Folder 36 SCLC - Poor People's Campaign: Proposed Program for Mississippi (Jan. 14, 1968)
Folder 37 SCLC - Poor People's Campaign: Staff Assignments (Apr. 1968)
Folder 38 SCLC - Poor People's Campaign: Staff Meeting (Mar. 26, 1968)
Folder 39 SCLC - Poor People's Campaign: Statement by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Dec. 4, 1967)
   
Box 6  
Folder 1 SCLC - Press Releases (1966-1967)
Folder 2 SCLC - Proposal: "Black American Culture -- A call for Action" (undated)
Folder 3 SCLC - Report to Board of Directors (Apr. 1966)
Folder 4 SCLC - Summary of Ninth Annual Convention (Aug. 6-13, 1965)
Folder 5 SCLC - Sunflower [Mississippi] Support Meeting (May 4, 1966)
Folder 6 SCLC - Vocational Rehabilitation (ca. 1967)
Folder 7 SCLC - Welcome Packet for Tenth Annual Convention (Aug. 14-17, 1967)
Folder 8 SCEF (Southern Conference Educational Fund) - Budget & Outline of Work (1967)
Folder 9 SCEF - "Civil Liberties Organizing Work in the South -- October 1967 to April 1968" by Barbara Flynn
Folder 10 SCEF - Correspondence (June 16, 1963 - May 9, 1968, undated)
Folder 11 SCEF - Directors' Meetings (1967-1968)
Folder 12 SCEF - Eastland Bill (1968)
Folder 13 SCEF - House Un-American Activities Committee (1968)
Folder 14 SCEF - Mountain Organizing Program (1966-1968)
Folder 15 SCEF - News Articles (1967-1968)
Folder 16 SCEF - News Releases (Mar. 16, 1967 - June 8, 1968)
Folder 17 SCEF - Newsletter: SCEF News (May 24, 1968)
Folder 18 SCEF - Reports (1967-1968)
Folder 19 SCEF - Resolution on Vietnam (1966)
Folder 20 SCEF - Statement of Position on Rap Brown (1960s)
Folder 21 SCEF - Supreme Court Case: SCEF vs. Sen. James Eastland (1965)
Folder 22 SCEF - Tribute to Miss Ella J. Baker (Apr. 24, 1968)
Folder 23 SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) - Conference on Radical Vocations in the White Community (ca. 1964)
Folder 24 SNCC - Press Release (Jan. 25, 1968)
Folder 25 United Electrical, Radio, & Machine Workers of America [UE] - 32nd Convention (Aug. 7-11, 1967)
Folder 26 White House Conference: "To Fulfill These Rights" - Council's Report & Recommendations (June 1966)
Folder 27 White House Conference: "To Fulfill These Rights" - Invitation and Report (May - June, 1966)

 

Series II: Biographical and Personal Materials

Boxes 7 - 8

   
Box 7  
Folder 1 Autobiography of Victoria A. Jackson (Nov. 28, 1945)
Folder 2 Autograph Book (1945-1946)
Folder 3 Award - "Bridge Builder of the Year" (1993)
Folder 4 Award - "Victoria J. Adams EEO/AA Award" (1992-1993)
Folder 5 Award - Wilberforce University Alumni Association, Distinguished Service Award (Oct. 27, 1989)
Folder 6 Book Written in Hebrew (date unknown)
Folder 7 Booklet: "The Loveliest Words in the World" (undated)
Folder 8 Certificates (1963-1995)
Folder 9 Class Assignments of Victoria A. Jackson (ca. 1945-1946)
Folder 10 Commencement Invitation: Depriest Consolidated School (1949)
Folder 11 Correspondence (Dec. 25, 1952 - Nov. 5, 1995, undated)
Folder 12 Elementary School Certificate of Victoria A. Jackson (Apr. 24, 1941)
Folder 13 Greeting Cards - Birthday (ca. 1950s)
Folder 14 Greeting Cards - Christmas (ca. 1950s-1960s)
Folder 15 Greeting Cards - Miscellaneous (ca. 1940s-1950s)
Folder 16 Jackson, Victoria A. - High School Diploma (Apr. 26, 1945)
Folder 17 Jackson, Victoria A. - High School Graduation Tassel (1945)
Folder 18 Journal Kept by Victorial Gray (ca. 1963-1964)
Folder 19 Newsletter: Beauty Fair Bulletin (May 2, 1962)
Folder 20 Newspaper Clippings (Jan. 23, 1963 - Oct. 14, 1990)
Folder 21 Notes on Christian Education (ca. 1962)
Folder 22 Pamphlet - NCIPA's Third Annual Award Dinner, Honoring Victoria G. Adams, Annie Devine, & Dave Dellinger (May 20, 1988)
Folder 23 Photographs (ca. 1940s - 1990s)
Folder 24 Proclamation - "Victoria Jackson Gray Adams Day" (Nov. 4, 1995)
Folder 25 Program of Leadership Education - Cards of Recognition (1961-1966)
Folder 26 Report cards of Georgie Gray (ca. 1952-1962)
Folder 27 Report Cards of Victoria Jackson (1938-1939)
   
Box 8  
Folder 1 Resolutions (ca. 1992-1995)
Folder 2 Schwartzbaum, Barbara - Howard University School of Law Materials (1965)
Folder 3 Scrapbook Items - Carver, George Washington (ca. 1940s)
Folder 4 Scrapbook Items - Floral Card and Place Cards (ca. 1940s)
Folder 5 Scrapbook Items - Invitations (1940s)
Folder 6 Scrapbook Items - Memories of Waveland, Down at the Seaside (Aug. 1943)
Folder 7 Scrapbook Items - Newspaper & Magazine Articles (ca. 1940s)
Folder 8 Scrapbook Items - Poems by World War II Soldiers (1940s)
Folder 9 Scrapbook Items - Postcards, Blank (ca. 1940s)
Folder 10 Scrapbook Items - Postcards With Messages (1942-1944, undated)
Folder 11 Scrapbook Items - Programs (1943-1947)
Folder 12 Scrapbook Items - School Newspaper, Depriest Herald (Dec. 1941)
Folder 13 Scrapbook Items - Vacation Bible School Certificate (July 27, 1951)
   

Series III: Medals and Plaques

Boxes 8 - 9

   
Box 8 (continued)
Folder 14 Medal - "Freedom's Light", Presented by Committee for Constitutional Rights (Nov. 27, 1990)
Folder 15 Plaque - American Association on Mental Retardation Multicultural Concerns, S.I.G. (ca. 1990s)
Folder 16 Plaque - "Bridge Builder of the Year, 1993"
   
Box 9  
Folder 1 Plaque - Memorial United Methodist Church (Nov. 30, 1997)
Folder 2 Plaque - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: "Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award" (Jan. 16, 1999)
Folder 3 Plaque - Synod of the Mid-Atlantic (May 28, 1997)
Folder 4 Plaque - "Victoria J. Adams Annual EEO/AA Award" (1992)
Folder 5 Plaque - Wilberforce University Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award (Oct. 27, 1989)
Folder 6 Memorial Service for Victoria Jackson Gray Adams (Sept. 9, 2006)
   

Series IV: Audio and Video Tapes

   
Box 10  
Folder 1 History 478/578 - "Studies in Civil Rights", Taught by Victoria G. Adams and Dr. Cecil Gray (Jan. 10, 2000 - 3 audio cassettes)
Folder 2 History 478/578 - "Studies in Civil Rights", Taught by Victoria G. Adams and Dr. Cecil Gray (Jan. 31, 2000 - 3 audio cassettes)
Folder 3 History 478/578 - "Studies in Civil Rights, Taught by Victoria G. Adams and Dr. Cecil Gray (Feb. 7, 2000 - 3 audio cassettes)
Folder 4 History 478/578 - "Studies in Civil Rights, Taught by Victoria G. Adams and Dr. Cecil Gray (Feb. 21, 2000 - 3 audio cassettes)
Folder 5 University Forum Lecture by Victoria G. Adams (Feb, 29, 2000 - 1 compact disk)
Folder 6 University Forum Lecture by Victoria G. Adams (Feb. 29, 2000 - 1 video cassette)
   
Box 11 (Oversize Materials)
Folder 1 (1). Certificate Commissioning Victoria J. Adams to the Virginia Fore Board (July 1, 1985) (2). Resolution: Victoria Jackson Gray Adams' Distinguished Service Resolution of 1995
Folder 2 Oversize Pamphlet: "The American Negro as a Politician" (ca. 1965)
Folder 3 Newsletter: CDGM - Newsletter of Head Start Happenings (May 29, 1967)
Folder 4 Newsletter: Soul Force - Official Journal of SCLC (Feb. 15 - May 15, 1968)
Folder 5 Newsletter: UE News - Official Organ of United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (Nov. 27, 1967 - June 3, 1968)
Folder 6 Newspaper: Guardian - An Independent Radical Newsweekly (Mar. 16 - June 1, 1968)
Folder 7 Newspaper: New Politics News (ca. 1967)
Folder 8 Newspapers: Miscellaneous Titles (1967, 1968, & 1994)

 

 

Photograph Log

 

M345-1           Georgie Roswitha Gray

                        2 ½ x 3 ½                    B&W               1960

                        Georgie, the daughter of Victoria G. Adams, is seated in a office type chair.

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

 

M345-2           Mary Lee Wilborn

                        3 ½ x 4                        B&W               1944

                        Head and shoulder portrait. Ms. Wilborn was a classmate of Victoria G. Adams

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

                        Photographer: Henley Studio

 

M345-3           Unidentified Women

                        3 x 4                B&W               1955

                        Snapshot of a woman standing in a park, or garden.

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

 

M345-4           Cousin Easter

                        3 x 4                B&W               1950

                        Head and shoulders portrait. Inscribed on back, “Just to say hello. From yours,

                        Cousin Easter”

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

 

M345-5           Dora Mae Thomas (?)

                        2 x 3                B&W               1950

                        Head and shoulders portrait of a young girl. Inscribed on back, “This is Dora

                        Mae Thomas (?). Mrs. Gray my sweet teacher.”

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

 

M345-6           Victoria G. Adams and Three Others

                        4 x 6                Color               1990

                        Mrs. Adams is standing with Rasheeda Farid (Mrs. Adams’ “Daughter by

                        Choice”), Edward “Geronimo” Robison (Pres., American Asso. on Mental

                        Retardation Multicultural concerns), and her husband Reuben Adams.

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

 

M345-7           Victoria G. Adams and Two Others

                        4 x 6                Color               1990

                        Mrs. Adams is standing with Edward “Geronimo” Robinson and an unidentified

                        woman.

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

 

M345-8           Victoria G. Adams and Five Others

                        4 x 6                Color               1990

                        Mrs. Adams is standing with her husband (Reuben Adams), Edward “Geronimo”

                        Robinson, and three unidentified women.

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

 

M345-9           Young Girl and Soldier

                        5 x 7                B&W               1950

                        Possibly Georgia Gray and her father,(Tony Gray). Photo is badly damaged.

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

 

M345-10         Victoria Jackson Gray Adams

                        8 x 10              B&W               1940

                        Victoria is seated on a bench.

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

 

M345-11         Victoria Jackson Gray Adams’ High School Graduating Class

                        8 x 10              B&W               1945

                        1945 graduating class of Forrest County Training School, Hattiesburg, MS.

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

 

M345-12         Mrs. Addie Mae Jackson

                        5 x 7                B&W               1940

                        Head and shoulders studio portrait.

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

                        Photographer: Chang’s Studio

 

M345-13         Victoria Jackson Gray Adams

                        8 x 10              Color               1950

                        Head and shoulders studio portrait. Image is badly damaged.

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

 

M345-14         Pencil Sketch of Victoria Jackson Gray Adams

                        8 ½ x 11                      B&W               1950

                        Sketch drawn by Le Muriel Morris, Los Angeles, California

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

 

M 345-15        Victoria Jackson Gray Adams with President Bill Clinton & Others

                        8 x 10              Color               01/17/1994

                        The occasion was a White House reception for leaders of the Civil Rights

                        Movement. Photo is autographed by President Clinton.

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)

 

M345-16         Victoria Jackson Gray Adams Holding Plaque

                        4 x 5                Color               10/27/1989

                        Mrs. Adams is holding the Wilberforce University Alumni Association

                        Distinguished Service Award, presented to her on Oct. 27, 1989.

                        (Box 7, Folder 23)


Accession Number: AM06-48

Dates: September 9, 2006

Volume: 6 items

Provenance: Donated by Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Two sets of programs and biographical materials from a memorial service honoring Mrs. Victoria Jackson Gray Adams. The service was held on September 9, 2006, at Parkway Heights Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Mrs. Adams died August 12, 2006, in Baltimore, Maryland.


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