Del Ward collection

Del Ward collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Ward, Del, 1926-
Title: Del Ward collection
Dates: 1938-2013
Quantity: 7.0 Linear feet 9 document boxes, 2 cartons, 1 oversized portfolio, 1 oversized folder
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, Indiana, 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, Missouri. In 1954 she moved back to Macon, Georgia, 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, and writings. 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.


Index Terms

Awards.
Celebrities--Autographs.
Celebrities--Photographs.
Correspondence.
Fan mail--Georgia.
Guest books--Georgia.
Radio scripts--Georgia.
Reporters and reporting--Georgia.
Scripts (documents)
Slides (Photography)--Georgia.
Slides (Photography).
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 note

Del Ward collection, ms3392, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

1. Subject file

BoxFolder
11Awards, certificates
2Business cards - Del Ward
3Business cards - Other people
4Contract, 1953
5Date book, 1957
Cover page
6Drawings of Del Ward
7Empty envelopes
8Financial material, 1947-1951
9Invitation, 1987
10Job description and evaluation, 1997
11-17Correspondence, 1940-1999
18Correspondence - undated
BoxFolder
21-3Letters, cards - retirement, 1997
4Membership cards
5Notes
6Pamphlet about Macon Little Theater
7Play list - WNEX, 1947
8Poem about Del Ward
9Postcards (WMAZ & Macon, France)
10Press releases, 1950-1959
11Printed material - Del Ward & WMAZ
12Printed material
13Programs
14Promotional books, 1953-1954
BoxFolder
31Radio station schedules
2Receipt, 1953
3Recipes
4Schedules - Atlanta Star Weekend, 1981-1982
5-7Scripts WNEX, 1947-1948
8Script WGN, 1952
9Script. WGN, 1952
10Script WABD ( The Plainclothes Man, "Backwash"), 1953
11Scripts
12Speech by Del Ward
13Stationary
14Visitor cards, 1970
15Writings about Del Ward
16Writings by Del Ward - Angie
17Writings by Del Ward - Columns for Downbeat ("Sashayin Round")
18Writings by Del Ward - Editorials
19Writings by Del Ward - My Life Story as a Girl Disk Jockey
2020Writings by Del Ward - Poetry and short stories
BoxFolder
41-5Autograph books
6Guest register, 1976-1980
7Guest register, 1980-1984
8Guest register, 1984-1997
 

2. Newspaper Clippings

BoxFolder
511938
21943
31944
41945
51946
61947
71948
81949
91950
101951-1952
111953
121953-1954
131955
141954
151957
161958
171960
181961
191962
201963
211966
221967
231972
241973
251974
261977
271978
281979
291981
301982
311983
321984
331986
341987
351988
361993
371994
381995
391997
401998
412013
42Undated
43Clippings re. Hendley Napier, Various dates
 

3. Magazine Articles, Advertisements

BoxFolder
611951
21952
31953
41956
51957
61958
71961
81963
91966
101970
111971
121973
131974
141976
151977
161978
171979
181980
191981
201982
211985
221986
231987
241988
251989
261990
271992
281993
291994
301995
311996
321997
331998
34Undated
 

4. Photographs



4.1 Del Ward, 1945-1959

BoxFolder
71w/WNEX (Macon, GA), 1947
2w/WHOT (South Bend, IN), 1950
3w/WGN (Chicago, IL), 1951-1952
4w/WGN (Chicago, IL), 1951-1952
Includes Del Ward with Senator Richard Russell
5As actress in The Plainclothes Man: "Backwash" (WABD, New York, NY), 1953
6w/KWK (St. Louis, MO), 1953-1954
7As actress in The Rainmaker (Macon Little Theatre, Macon, GA), 1957
81950-1959



4.2 Celebrities

BoxFolder
78AAFRES Band, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia
9Bailey, Raymond
10Beverly Hillbillies
11Bradley, Ed
12Britton, Pamela
13Buchanan, Edgar
14Carne, Judy
15Carter, Amy (as a child)
16Clark, Dick
16Hale, Barbara see Talman, William
17Janney, Russell
18Lange, Hope
19Lord, Marjorie
19Marshall, E.G. see Reed, Robert
20Martin, Kara (Miss Georgia 1993)
21Michels, Stephanie (Miss Georgia 1992)
22Philbrook, James
23Reed, Robert & E.G. Marshall
24Savalas, Telly
25Serling, Rod
26Sullivan, Ed
27Talman, William & Barbara Hale
28Thayer, Brynn
29Thomas, Richard
30Weatherford, Russ (?)
31Other people, unidentified



4.3 WMAZ Years, 1957-1997

BoxFolder
81-2Del Ward (alone)
3Del Ward family and others
4Albert, Eddie
5Amsterdam, Morey
6Asner, Ed
7Barker, Bob
8Bergen, Edward and Charlie McCarthy
9Blake, Amanda
10Bouton, Jim
11Carrer, Bob
12Carter, Jimmy
13Cash, Johnny and others ( Murder in Coweta County)
14Domingos, Roy and others
15Duffy, Patrick
16Evans, Linda
17Fleming, Peggy
18Forsyth, John
19Grizzard, Lewis
20Harris, Mrs. Joe Frank
21Hillerman, John
22Howard, Susan
23Kennedy, George
24Ledford, Hannah
25Lindsey, George
26Maddox, Lester
27Myerson, Bess
28Powell, Bill and Lisa Todd
29Price, Eugenia
30Red Cross
31Reed, Robert
32Reynolds, Burt and Jon Voight ( Deliverance)
33Roberts, Pernell
34Roy, Dan
35Shroyer, Sonny
36Sutton, Frank
37Talmadge, Herman and Betty
38Thomas, Danny
39Vinson, Jimmy
40WMAZ staff
41Wood, Natalie
42Woods, Stuart
43-48Del Ward with others
49Del Ward set at WMAZ
50WMAZ building (?)



4.4 Slides

BoxFolder
91 Angie
2Atlanta Star Junket
3Del Ward and others, events
4-9 Date with Del slides
10Miscellaneous
 

5. Miscellaneous

Box
10Awards
BoxBox
1111Microphone, Headset
Guestbook
Portfolio
12 metal printing plates (images of Del Ward)
1 Belle magazine, May 2007
(includes article about Del Ward)
1Transparency: "Del Ward's Guest Today"
1WHOT (South Bend, IN) signboard: "You are invited to 'Luncheon at the Lido' with Del Ward"
1WMAZ (Macon, GA) signboard: "See Del Ward broadcasting from this house, etc."
OS Folder
1ABroadside: "Look Out Piggly Wiggly Brings You 'Almanac'" marketing poster