Mary Johnson Blackburn papers

Mary Johnson Blackburn papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Blackburn, Mary Johnson, 1871-1957
Title: Mary Johnson Blackburn papers
Dates: 1915-1945
Quantity: 1.8 Linear feet 1 document box, 1 half box, 1 oversized box
Coll. Number: ms2136

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Johnson Blackburn, dialect poetess, author, resident of Atlanta, Georgia. "Mary Johnson Blackburn (1871-1957) was born to William and Permelia Johnson in 1871 in Bronwood, Georgia. The Johnson family moved to Atlanta and Mary attended Girls High School. In November 1895, Mary Johnson married Robert B. Blackburn. Robert Blackburn worked as an attorney and served in the Georgia Legislature for seventeen years. In 1899, Mary owned many rental properties in Atlanta. In the early 1900s, Mary wrote columns for the Atlanta Constitution. In addition, she enjoyed painting and poetry. In 1924, she wrote the book, Folk Lore from Mammy Days, an anthology of African American poetry and songs. She was a member of many civic clubs including: Daughters of the American Revolution; the United Daughters of the Confederacy; the Uncle Remus Memorial Association; the Atlanta Pioneer Women Society and the Atlanta Writer’s Club. Mary Johnson Blackburn died on February 28, 1957 and was buried in Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery."--Atlanta History Center.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of notebooks with original typescripts of dialect poems and stories, newsclippings of her works, photographs, sketches, and about 30 manuscript songs (lyrics and music) most relating to African American music. Also includes a solder's scrapbook from World War II.

Index Terms

African Americans--Music.
American literature.
American poetry.
Manuscripts (documents)
Women authors, American--Georgia.
Women poets, American--Georgia.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Mary Johnson Blackburn papers, ms2136, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11 Stork songs (typescript)
2Blackburn data
4 From Mammy Days typescript
21 Folk Lore from Mammy Days
2 Folk Lore from Mammy Days
3 The Court of Invisible Spirits and Other Plays for Children
4Book of poems
5Book of Poems
6Book of poems
7Envelope addressed to Robert B. Blackburn First National Bank Building Atlanta, Georgia
OS BoxItem
11 Pine Burr - original music by Mary Johnson Blackburn
2WWII Scrapbook- photographs and ephemera, 1945