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Gerri Major papers,

Title
Gerri Major papers, 1927-1985.
Author
Major, Gerri, 1894-1984.
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Oversize Folder 1Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 147 Oversize Folder 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Scrapbook 1Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 147 Scrapbook 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Scrapbook 2Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 147 Scrapbook 2Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 1Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 147 Box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 2Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 147 Box 2Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives

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Description
1 lin. ft. (2 archival boxes, 2 vols.)
Subjects
Genre/Form
Scrapbooks.
Note
  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints
Source (note)
  • Gerri Major
Biography (note)
  • Geraldyn "Gerri" Hodges Major, journalist and writer, was raised and educated in Chicago. Known then as Geraldyn Dismond, she pursued a professional career as a writer, journalist and editor for several African American newspapers including the "New York Amsterdam News." Black society was Major's primary journalistic interest, and she wrote about society fashion, food and style, frequently traveling around the globe as she covered social events. From 1934-1946, Major worked for the New York City Health Department's Bureau of Public Health Information and Education as an administrative assistant. In 1953, then known as Gerri Major, she began a 25 year career at the New York office of the Johnson Publishing Company where she served as society editor and associate editor for "Ebony" Magazine, and later, "Jet" Magazine. She became senior staff editor for "Ebony" in 1967 and briefly was a European correspondent. She wrote and lectured on aspects of black society, and co-authored a book, "Black Society," published in 1976. Major died in New York City in 1984.
Call Number
Sc MG 147
Author
Major, Gerri, 1894-1984.
Title
Gerri Major papers, 1927-1985.
Summary
The Gerri Major papers reflect some aspects of the career of this journalist and writer. Much of the collection consists of biographical information in the form of news clippings about her worldwide travels, her achievements, and other activities. Major's writings include her columns for the "New York Amsterdam News," 1939-1944, a couple of issues of "Jet" Magazine, reports and articles written during her employment with the New York City Health Department, Bureau of Public Health Information and Education, and early submissions to "Opportunity" and other journals. The balance of the collection consists of materials relating to her 80th and 85th birthday celebrations, in 1974 and 1979, respectively. Her 80th birthday is acknowledged with news clippings, and for her 85th, celebrating sixty years in the writing field, there are news clippings describing the festivities, and two scrapbooks containing numerous letters, telegrams, and greeting cards.
Biography
Geraldyn "Gerri" Hodges Major, journalist and writer, was raised and educated in Chicago. Known then as Geraldyn Dismond, she pursued a professional career as a writer, journalist and editor for several African American newspapers including the "New York Amsterdam News." Black society was Major's primary journalistic interest, and she wrote about society fashion, food and style, frequently traveling around the globe as she covered social events. From 1934-1946, Major worked for the New York City Health Department's Bureau of Public Health Information and Education as an administrative assistant. In 1953, then known as Gerri Major, she began a 25 year career at the New York office of the Johnson Publishing Company where she served as society editor and associate editor for "Ebony" Magazine, and later, "Jet" Magazine. She became senior staff editor for "Ebony" in 1967 and briefly was a European correspondent. She wrote and lectured on aspects of black society, and co-authored a book, "Black Society," published in 1976. Major died in New York City in 1984.
Source
Gerri Major Gift 1981 SCM 80-17
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Local Subject
Black author.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 147
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