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.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

Awards.
Celebrities--Autographs.
Celebrities--Photographs.
Correspondence
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

BoxFolder
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
BoxFolder
21-3Letters, cards, etc. re. retirement, 1997
4Membership cards
5Notes
6Pamphlet about Macon Little Theater
7Play list - WNEX, 1947?
8Poem about Del Ward
9Postcards (WMAZ & Macon, France)
10Press releases, 1950s
11Printed material (misc.) re. Del Ward & WMAZ
12Printed material (misc.)
13Programs
14Promotional books, circa 1953-1954
BoxFolder
31Radio station schedules
2Receipt, 1953
3Recipes
4Schedules, etc. Atlanta Star Weekend, 1981 & 1982
5-7Scripts WNEX, 1947 & 1948
8Script WGN, 1952
9Script. WGN, 1952
10Script WABD ( The Plainclothes Man "Backwash"), 1953
11Scripts, Undated
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
 

Series 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
41Undated
42Clippings re. Hendley Napier, Various dates
 

Series 3: Magazine Articles, Ads, etc

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
 

Series 4: Photographs



Subseries 4A: Del Ward, circa late 1940s-1950s

BoxFolder
71w/WNEX (Macon, GA), ca. 1947
2w/WHOT (South Bend, IN), ca. 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
8ca. 1950's



Subseries 4B: Celebrities, etc.

BoxFolder
78AAFRES Band, Robins Air Force Base, GA
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



Subseries 4C: WMAZ Years, 1957-1997

Box
8General
Del Ward (alone)
Del Ward w/family and others
8 Del Ward w/Celebrities, etc.
Albert, Eddie
Amsterdam, Morey
Asner, Ed
Barker, Bob
Bergen, Edward & Charlie McCarthy
Blake, Amanda
Bouton, Jim
Carrer, Bob
Carter, Jimmy
Cash, Johnny & others ( Murder in Coweta County)
Domingos, Roy & others
Duffy, Patrick
Evans, Linda
Fleming, Peggy
Forsyth, John
Grizzard, Lewis
Harris, Mrs. Joe Frank
Hillerman, John
Howard, Susan
Kennedy, George
Ledford, Hannah
Lindsey, George
Maddox, Lester
Myerson, Bess, etc.
Powell, Bill & Lisa Todd
Price, Eugenia
Red Cross
Reed, Robert
Reynolds, Burt & Jon Voight ( Deliverance)
Roberts, Pernell
Roy, Dan
Shroyer, Sonny
Sutton, Frank
Talmadge, Herman & Betty, etc.
Thomas, Danny
Vinson, Jimmy
WMAZ staff, etc.
Wood, Natalie
Woods, Stuart
8Miscellaneous
Del Ward w/others
Del Ward set at WMAZ
WMAZ building (?)



Subseries 4D: Slides

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

Series 5: Miscellaneous

Box
10Awards
Box
11Microphone & 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