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Mamie Wade Avant papers

Identifier: Manuscript Collection No. 887

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Mamie Wade Avant relating to fortune-telling and her involvement with Masonic organizations. The papers include a small amount of personal correspondence, printed pamphlets, Eastern Star materials, handwritten cures and recipes, jewelry, photographs, books, and a crystal ball. A number of pamphlets that are a part of this collection have been cataloged.


  • 1930-1982

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Restrictions on access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Biographical Note

Mamie Wade Avant was an African American fortune teller who lived in Savannah, Georgia.


1.75 linear ft. (3 boxes); 1 oversized papers folder (OP)


Papers of African American fortune teller Mamie Wade Avant relating to fortune-telling and her involvement with Masonic organizations.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by document type.

Custodial History

Purchased from dealer, provenance unknown.


Purchased from James E. Allen, 2001.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Head of Arrangement and Description, Susan Potts McDonald, as part of the Rose Library's holdings in African American culture and history and Georgia history.

Additional Physical Form

Selected items from this collection are available digitally to researchers in the Emory Digital Collections repository.


Control level 3


File name: avant887.doc


Processed by Elizabeth Russey, September 17, 2005.

Control level 3

File name: avant887.doc

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Mamie Wade Avant papers, 1930-1982
Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University
December 21, 2005
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Repository Details

Part of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library Repository

540 Asbury Circle
Atlanta Georgia 30322 United States