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A. Lenora Taitt-Magubane papers

Identifier: Manuscript Collection No. 1387

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of A. Lenora Taitt-Magubane from circa 1950-2016 (bulk 1960-1962) and includes correspondence, photographs, printed material, and files documenting Taitt-Magubane's civil rights activism and work with the International Year of the Child. Correspondence includes letters received by Taitt-Magubane while in jail in Atlanta, Georgia, in February 1961, as well as letters regarding her activities during the International Year of the Child (1979). There are additional letters and notes that were passed between jailed civil rights workers in Albany, Georgia, in December 1961. These are primarily between Taitt-Magubane, James Forman, and Joan Browning. Files on the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights contain reports; meeting minutes, agendas, and notes; financial records; drafts of the second, unpublished, appeal for human rights; and printed material, such as clippings and fliers documenting the activities of the Committee and the Atlanta Student Movement. The collection also contains a typed transcript of Taitt-Magubane's diary of her experiences in the Fulton County jail, as well as notes and notebooks with meeting notes, unidentified drafts, and biographical and contact information for various individuals. There is additional printed material in the collection from civil rights organizations such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Regional Council. Files on the International Year of the Child include reports, photographs, and printed material documenting events with children around the world. There are numerous photographs of Taitt-Magubane with friends and family, as well as speeches given by Taitt-Magubane during both the Civil Rights Movement and the International Year of the Child.


  • circa 1950-2016
  • Majority of material found within [ 1960-1962]

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Due to the fragile nature of the item, OP4, correspondence and notes between civil rights workers while in jail [4], is restricted. Researchers are required to use the access copy.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Biographical Note

A. Lenora Taitt-Magubane was born and raised in New York City, New York. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in 1961. As a student at Spelman, she became involved in the Civil Rights Movement. She was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR), which was comprised of students from the six historically black colleges and universities in Atlanta and came to be known as the Atlanta Student Movement. On March 9, 1960, the COAHR published "An Appeal for Human Rights," calling for an end to racial injustice in America and providing a justification for the sit-in campaign the students launched six days later. In addition to sit-ins to desegregate businesses in Atlanta, the COAHR also sponsored boycotts of segregated Atlanta businesses, such as Rich's Department Store. Taitt-Magubane was arrested in February 1961 during a lunch counter sit-in and spent two weeks in the Fulton County jail. She was also a member of the group of Freedom Riders who traveled from Atlanta to Albany, Georgia, in December 1961, to test the law banning segregation in facilities governed by the Interstate Commerce Commission. She was arrested outside the train station and spent two weeks in the Albany city and county jails.

Taitt-Magubane later received a master's of social work from Atlanta University and a doctorate in education from Columbia University Teacher's College (New York, New York). She was the program coordinator for the New York City office of the United States National Commission on the International Year of the Child in 1979. She has served as a social work and education officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Zambia and the United Nations Development Program in South Africa, the executive director of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the director of the Bronx Preventative Services for Steinway Child and Family Services.


3.875 linear feet (8 boxes) (3 oversized papers boxes and 1 oversized papers folder (OP); 1 bound volume (BV))


Papers of civil rights activist and social worker, A. Lenora Taitt-Magubane, containing correspondence, photographs, printed material, and files documenting Taitt-Magubane's civil rights activism and work with the International Year of the Child.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.


Purchase from A. Lenora Taitt-Magubane, 2016

Appraisal Note

Pellom McDaniels, III, Curator of African American Collections, acquired this collection as part of the Rose Library's holdings in the history of the Civil Rights Movement.


Arranged and described at the folder level by Sarah Quigley, February 2017.

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A. Lenora Taitt-Magubane papers, circa 1950-2016 [bulk 1960-1962]
Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University
February 22, 2017
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Repository Details

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

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