Mamie E. Garvin Fields papers, 1894-1987 (bulk 1945-1985).


Mamie E. Garvin Fields papers, 1894-1987 (bulk 1945-1985).

The majority of the collection details Mamie Garvin Fields's involvement with the National Association of Colored Women Clubs, Inc., and her role as state president of the South Carolina Federation of Colored Women's Clubs in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Papers include organizational materials, meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters and photographs. Many of the materials-- photocopied photographs, programs and essays (1950-1985) detailing activities of the Coastal, Central/Marion Birnie Wilkinson, Pee Dee and Piedmont Districts-- were clipped from various newsletters and publications, such as SCFCWC's Our Book of Gold: Fiftieth Anniversary yearbook. Additionally, the district series contains organizational materials, letters and group photographs of clubs, and individual members from such cities and towns as Charleston, Elloree, Aiken, Barnwell, Columbia, Orangeburg, Cheraw, Darlington, Florence, Sumter, Rock Hill, Seneca, and Greenville, S.C. Biographical data and images exist for such notable S.C. women as Septima Clark, Susan Dart Butler, Albertha J. Murray and others. The Marion Birnie Wilkinson Home for Girls series contains correspondence between Fields and the home's namesake, drafts and typed tributes and other writings by Fields re her position as superintendent (1960-63) at this home for delinquents, along with photocopied photographs and articles from newsletters (1949-1968). A smaller yet substantial series relates to Fields's book Lemon Swamp (1983) including material on her co-author and granddaughter, Karen Fields, organizational material for the manuscript; correspondence; photocopied book reviews and photographs of the authors at book signing events. Family materials (1894-1986) include letters; photographs; Garvin family trees (1949), newsletters, programs and photographs of the Bellinger/Akmal (1982, 84) and Middleton family reunions (1986). The series on affiliations documents Fields's involvements with social, civic, and religious institutions. Women's organizations represented include the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), with programs, clippings and photographs re Mary McLeod Bethune. Child Day Care and other civic association (1969-1980) materials include letters, copies of clippings and photographs relating to the Charleston Nursery and Mamie Fields Day Care Center, Y.M.C.A. and other organizations. Centenary Methodist Church (1950-1986) files contain organizational materials, letters, newsletters, programs, photographs and materials relating to the South Carolina Conference of the Methodist Church. Visual materials contain numerous original individual photographs (1910, 1940-1980) of Fields, alone and with relatives, friends and associates; the majority being unidentified. There is a photograph of members of the Charleston Inter-racial Commission, a group photograph that includes President John F. Kennedy, and one of Dizzy Gillespie.

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