Del Ward collection

Del Ward collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Ward, Del, 1926-
Title: Del Ward collection
Dates: 1938-2007
Quantity: 7.0 Linear feet (9 document boxes, 2 cartons, 1 oversized portfolio, 1 oversized folder A)
Coll. Number: ms3392

Biographical/Historical Note

Del Ward is a Georgia radio and television personality. She was born and grew up in Macon, Georgia. After graduating from Brenau College in Gainesville, Georgia, she worked briefly for WNEX Radio in Macon. She went on to work at WHOT Radio in South Bend, IN, and was the first female disc jockey there. After WHOT she went to WGN in Chicago where she became the nation's first all night female disc jockey. Following WGN she worked as a television and radio actress in New York and then as a disc jockey at KWK in St. Louis, MO. In 1954 she moved back to Macon, GA, and from 1957 until 1997 she worked at WMAZ Radio and Television producing and hosting Date with Del, a show which featured guest interviews and news about events, charities, and other organizations in the middle Georgia area.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of material covering Del Ward's years in radio and television up until about 1997. Included are awards, letters, printed material, scripts, guest registers, photographs, slides, writings and other items. Many of the letters are from her guests and people who listened to or watched her shows. The photographs include publicity shots and images of her in the studio, interviewing celebrities on her show as well as in other places (including the Star Weekend in Atlanta), and reporting at local events. Also included in the collection is a group of celebrity photographs, many of them autographed.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Date with Del.
Fan mail--Georgia.
Guest books--Georgia.
Radio scripts--Georgia.
Reporters and reporting--Georgia--Photographs.
Scripts (documents)
Slides (Photography)
Slides (Photography)--Georgia.
Visitors' books.
Ward, Del, 1926- -- Photographs

General Notes

Related material held by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Del Ward collection. MS 3392. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Subject file

11Awards, certificates, etc.
2Business cards - Del Ward
3Business cards - Other people
4Contract, 1953
5Date book, 1957
Cover page
6Drawings of Del Ward
7Empty envelopes
8Financial material, 1947-48 & 1951
9Invitation, 1987
10Job description & evaluation, 1997
11Letters, 1940s
12Letters, 1950s
13Letters, 1960s
14Letters, 1970s
15Letters, 1980-1985
16Letters, 1986-1989
17Letters, 1990s
18Letters, Undated