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Extent: 496 digital images @ 600 dpi TIFs, full color
Biographical Sketch: Ms. Amos, a resident of Coffee County, AL, supplied these family photographs and documents to be scanned as part of the NEH-funded "Wiregrass Common Heritage Project" of the Wiregrass Archives and Troy University Dothan Campus History Department. The Project held two Community Scanning Days, June 18 and 25, 2016. Ms. Amos was born in Pike County, AL, in 1949 and resided in Geneva and Coffee counties before becoming an adult. She graduated from Riverside Heights High School in Geneva County, AL, 1967, then served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC), 1969-1972. After basic and advanced individual training (AIC) at Ft. McClellan, AL, she was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, and worked as a personnel specialist. [Nb: WAC was disbanded in 1978 with all units absorbed into the US Army, see "Women's Army Corps," Wikipedia, accessed February 2, 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_Army_Corps ]
Ms. Amos enrolled at Enterprise State Community College in 1972, then graduated from Troy State University in 1981. Her career as a civilian employee at Ft. Rucker, AL, spanned 35 years. She worked as a clerk in Civilian Personnel, a Library Technician, a Claims Specialist, and finished as a Management Analysis, retiring in March 2006.
Ms. Amos married and divorced twice and has no children. Her mother is Mary Amos (1913-2001) who began their ongoing collection of obituaries and funeral programs from family and friends who had lived in Coffee, Geneva, and Pike counties in Alabama.
Scope / Content Note: Obituaries and funeral programs for Amos family members and friends. Photographs curated by donor for contribution to the Wiregrass Common Heritage Project, a NEH-funded scanning project conducted by the Wiregrass Archives in 2017. Also contains an alumni reunion program and yearbook from Riverside Heights High School, and miscellaneous family records and genealogical manuscripts.
Organization: Organized into 4 series:
1. Funeral Programs, 1963-2016 (135 items). Funeral programs, obituaries, and similar items collected by the donor's mother then passed to her. Organized by family members and friends; arranged alphabetically.
2. Photographs per Wiregrass Common Heritage Project, 1957-1985 (19 items). Ms. Amos curated 19 images from her larger collection to contribute to the Wiregrass Common Heritage Project in June 2017.
3. Riverside Heights High School (Geneva, AL), 1967, 1991. 2 items. Riverside Heights High School began in 1938 as the Geneva Colored School, then became the African American high school for Geneva County, AL, 1957-1970, after which school desegregation could no longer be avoided. Contains Ms. Amos's RHHS yearbook for 1967 and the reunion program for 1991.
4. Amos Family Genealogical Information, 1954 – 2009 (14 items). Records and manuscripts pertaining to various family members and friends, plus an article about Union Springs Primitive Baptist Church in Pike County, and two more pencil sketched portraits.
Provenance: The Wiregrass Common Heritage Project volunteers and Wiregrass Archives staff member Tina Bernath scanned these items after Ms. Amos brought the scrapbook to the June 18, 2016, Community Scanning Day. After returning the scrapbook to her, Dr. Olliff realized the Wiregrass Archives overlooked a number of funeral programs. Ms. Amos provided the scrapbook a second time and staff completed the project.
Preferred Citations: Queen E. Amos Collection, RG 215, Wiregrass Archives, Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.
Access/User Limits? Open per gift agreement, June 18, 2016
Proc Date: 7/27/2016 Processor: TB and others
SERIES: FUNERAL PROGRAMS, 1963-2016 (135 items). Funeral programs, obituaries, and similar items collected by the donor's mother then passed to her. Organized by family members and friends; arranged alphabetically.
AMOS FAMILY MEMBERS
Long Island, NY
St. Louis, MO
William [n.b. program for a tribute.
Donald had died in 1941]
Addie Bell Flowers
Jessie Lee Britt
Coffee Springs, AL
Johnnie Jewel Frazier
Arthur Daniel, Sr.
New Brockton, AL
Mae Francis Jane Frazier
Willie Frank, Sr.
Pamela Marie Amos
Mack Duffie, Sr.
Osie Mae White
Dade City, FL
Rev. Clarence R.
Flora D. (Tat)
Annie Dean Haynes
Ola Mae Carlisle
SUBSERIES: FRIENDS OF THE AMOS FAMILY
Benjamin Franklin, Sr.
Eva Mae Brown
Anna Jewel McNealy Douglas
Deacon Jesse, Jr.
L. Junior (Preston)
Hilda Mina Joyce Terry
Rev. Charles Anthony
Susie Mae Lewis
Mary Lee Diggs
Mary Lee [Diggs]
Niagara Falls, NY
Betty Jean Smith
Rena Mae Greenwood
Joy Ann Anderson
SERIES: PHOTOGRAPHS PER WIREGRASS COMMON HERITAGE PROJECT, 1957-1985 (19 items). Ms. Amos curated 19 images from her larger collection to contribute to the Wiregrass Common Heritage Project in June 2017.
DESCRIPTION OF ITEM
Ida Bell Amos (ca 1943-1960) (Obit on file with WA), sister of donor.
3x3 image Coffee Springs, Alabama. Ca. 1956-1959
8x10 image Riverside Heights High School Geneva, Alabama. Ca. 1956-1959
Queen Amos portraying Sojourner Truth, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Ca. 1985
Group photo for Women's History Month, Queen Amos Second row, left) as Sojourner Truth, Fort Rucker or Maxwell AFB. Ca. 1985
Newspaper image and article on "Historic Women visit Fort Benning, Fort Benning Georgia. Ca. 1985
Queen Amos, Enterprise, Alabama. 1973
Queen Amos, Riverside Heights, Alabama, Graduation photo. 1967
Queen Amos. 4x6 school picture Riverside Heights Enterprise Alabama, ca. 1965.
Graduation portrait from Basic Training. Fort McClellan, Alabama. Queen Amos, back row, fourth from the left. 1969
Portrait of Queen Amos in Women's Army Corps, US Army. Ca. 1969-1970
Queen Amos, Fort McClellan, Alabama, June 1969
Queen Amos, Coffee Springs Alabama. In uniform, January 1973
Charcoal sketch of Queen Amos, Location unknown, Albert Shepard, artist, in Fort Bragg, NC. Ca. 1969-1970
[See also 215-06-0727-010]
Queen Amos, Enterprise or Coffee Springs, Alabama. Photo with leather hat. Ca. 1984
Queen Amos, original is blurred. Ca. 1984
Printed photo of Riverside HS teacher Celeste Holt
Printed below image: "School Days 1957-1958 Riverside Heights"
Printed photo of Riverside HS teacher Rosetta Knox. 1957-1958
[See her funeral program, etc., in 215-16-0618, Friends > Knox]
Printed photo of Riverside HS teacher Martha Martin Stallworth.
Printed photo of Riverside HS student Rosetta Young
SERIES: RIVERSIDE HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL (GENEVA, AL), 1967, 1991. 2 items. Riverside Heights High School began in 1938 as the Geneva Colored School, then became the African American high school for Geneva County, AL, 1957-1970, after which school desegregation could no longer be avoided. Contains Ms. Amos's RHHS yearbook for 1967 and the reunion program for 1991.
Riverside High School Alumni Reunion Program, 1991
Riverside High School Yearbook, 1967 (63 pages, 2 covers)
SERIES: AMOS FAMILY GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION, 1954 – 2009 (14 items). Records and manuscripts pertaining to various family members and friends, plus an article about Union Springs Primitive Baptist Church in Pike County, and two more pencil sketched portraits.
Ida Bell Amos school award and report cards, 1954, 1957-60
[See also her photographs at 215-16-0625-001 and 215-16-0625-002]
Amos Family History, 4 pages by Queen Amos, 2001
James W. Amos Army Discharge Letter, 1962
Amos-Mincy Family Genealogy
Christmas Letter, 2002, from Pam
Mary Alice (Flowers) Neal funeral program, 2002, Brundidge, AL (friend)
[Also listed with funeral programs in Series 1]
Kandie Deborah Parkman funeral program, 2003, Columbus, OH (friend)
Susie K. Senn, "Union Springs Primitive Baptist Church of Pike County, Alabama," Historical News, November 2009, 5.
[Tom] Richardson pencil drawing, unknown portrait, n.d.
Albert Shepard pencil drawing of Queen Amos, n.d.
[See also 215-16-0625-013]