Clay family papers

Clay family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Clay, Ernest Paris, 1892-1959
Creator: Clay, James Eldridge, 1903-1962
Title: Clay family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1928-1934
Dates: 1920s-2004
Quantity: 1.25 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3854

Biographical/Historical Note

Ernest Paris Clay (1892-1959), son of William Salathial Clay and Ethel Ann Walker, married Katherine Maddox (1905-1941) and they had one child, Martha Ann Clay (1930-1975). Prior to the First World War, Ernest Clay was a professional photograph and after the war he and his brother Cappy (Alvin) opened a theater in Windsor, Ill. Later Ernest purchased a tent show, renaming it Clay's Comedy Show, and traveled around the United States showing silent films. Ernest's brother James Eldridge (1903-1962) assisted him with the tent show and later began his own traveling show, Clay's Cinema Show. Ernest Clay and his family settled in McDonough, Ga. and opened the McDonough Theater. In 1934, James Clay and his family settled in Conyers, Ga. and opened the Conyers Theater.


Scope and Content Note

The papers consist of photographs of the Clay Comedy Show, Clay Cinema Show, and members of the family; a photo album of Martha Ann Clay as a child; two scrapbooks documenting the tent shows; and genealogical research.


Index Terms

Clay family
Motion picture theaters--Georgia
Photograph albums.
Photographs.
Scrapbooks.
Silent films
Tent shows

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Clay family papers, ms 3854, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Related Material

Related collection in other repositories: E. P. Clay collection, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
BoxFolder
11Clippings, 1995, 2004
 
2Genealogy
 
3Information re: Clay traveling show and theater
 
4Photo album - Martha Ann Clay baby photographs, 1930-1932
 
BoxFolder
22Photo album - Clay's Comedy Show
 
BoxFolder
15Photographs - Clay's Comedy Show and Clay's Cinema Show, family members, 1920s-1930s
 
BoxFolder
21Poster - WQIX Rock & Roll Band, Conyers Theatre
 
BoxFolder
16Scrapbook - Clay's Comedy Show and Clay's Cinema Show
 
7Scrapbook