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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Professional and Personal Papers, 1958-2004

Series 2: Photographs, Slides, and Painting, 1960s-1987

Series 3: Scrapbooks, Plaques, and Cameras, 1950s-1990s

Southern Methodist University

Julia Scott Reed papers, 1944 - 2007



Overview

Creator: Reed, Julia Scott
Title: Julia Scott Reed papers
Dates: 1944 - 2007
Abstract: Dallas native Julia Scott Reed became the first African American writer to join the Dallas Morning News staff, where her column “The Open Line” featured articles on black community issues, politics, religion, race relations, and other current events. This collection is mainly comprised of congratulatory notes, photographs and numerous awards that Julia Scott Reed received for her efforts in the fields of journalism and community advocacy during her distinguished career.
Identification: A2006.0009
Quantity: 6 boxes (5 linear feet), 1 oversized portrait
Language: Material is in English
Repository: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Dallas native Julia Scott Reed was born July 17, 1917, daughter of Johnnie and Nina McGee. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas, Texas, attended Wiley College, and graduated from Phillip’s Business School.

Early in her career Ms. Reed worked for the African American newspaper The Dallas Express, where she often took her own photographs to accompany her articles. She eventually served as the paper’s city editor. For eight years she reported “News and Views” as a radio personality on Dallas radio station KNOK. In 1967 Ms. Reed became the first AfricanAmerican writer to join the Dallas Morning News staff, and she also became the first African American woman to join the Dallas Press Club and Dallas Altrusa Club. Her column “The Open Line” featured articles on community issues, politics, religion, race relations, and other current events.

Ms. Reed received numerous accolades and awards such as the Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club’s Extra Mile Award, the Maura Award, and Woman of the Year Award from both the Florence B. Brooks Club and the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She served on various boards, task forces, associations, and political campaigns including the NAACP, Social Welfare Association, various children’s and senior citizen advocacy groups, Precinct 335 chairperson, and Planned Parenthood to name a few. After she suffered a stroke in 1978, Ms. Reed was unable to continue her career as a newswoman and community advocate; however, her achievements and activism inspired generations of young women from her community including Dallas journalist Norma Adams-Wade.

Julia Scott Reed died on October 19, 2004, in Dallas.

Sources:

“Dallas B&PW to Recognize News Staffer.” The Dallas Morning News, October 11, 1970.

Simnacher, Joe. “Influential black journalist played pivotal role in Dallas.” The Dallas Morning News, October 21, 2004.

Adams-Wade, Norma. “The News honors Julia Scott Reed, its first black, full-time journalist.” Dallas Morning News, March 6, 2018.

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection is comprised mainly of the numerous awards, plaques, and certificates of achievement that Julia Scott Reed received for her efforts in the fields of journalism and community advocacy during her distinguished career and the accompanying notes, cards, and telegrams congratulating Ms. Reed on these achievements. The collection also includes over 100 photographs of Julia Scott Reed and photographs taken by Ms. Reed or other staff photographers for her newspaper column “The Open Line.” News clippings include articles on her achievements and some of her Dallas Morning News columns. Three scrapbooks contain autographs, programs, news clippings, notes, and several photographs. Her circa 1958 Ricoh Diacord cameras and her Minolta camera are included as well.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 3 series:
Series 1: Professional and Personal Papers, 1958-2004
Series 2: Photographs and Slides, 1960s-1987
Series 3: Scrapbooks, Plaques, and Cameras, 1950s-1990s

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Material Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which DeGolyer Library assumes no responsibility.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Subjects (Persons)
Reed, Julia Scott
Subjects
Dallas (Tex.) -- Race relations -- 20th century.
Dallas (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Places
Dallas (Tex.)
Document Types
Photographs.
Cameras.
Awards.
Occupation
African American women journalists.

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Related Material

This is one of the collections in the Archives of Women of the Southwest.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Julia Scott Reed papers, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Gayle Coleman, 2006.

Processing Information

The scrapbooks have been left intact because they contain autographs and items which could be damaged if removed; care should be exercised in handling.

Processed by

Pamalla Anderson, 2010

Finding aid written by

Pamalla Anderson, 2017

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2018

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Professional and Personal Papers, 1958-2004
1 document box

Box Folder
1 1 Awards and Certificates, 1958-2000, undated
2 Correspondence, Programs, 1960s
3 Correspondence, Programs, 1970s
4 Correspondence, Programs, 1980s-2004
5 Friends of Julia Scott Reed, 2007
6 The Dallas Express, August 3, 1963
7 News clippings, 1966-2004
8 News clippings, “The Open Line” by Julia Scott Reed, 1968-1978
9 “Remembering Julia Scott Reed” Exhibit Materials

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Series 2: Photographs, Slides, and Painting, 1960s-1987
1 document box, 1 oversized portrait

Box Folder
2 1-7 Photographs, circa 1960s-1970s circa 1960s-1970s
8 Slides, 1973-1976 1973-1976
Item
26” x 32” Oil Painting of Julia Scott Reed, 1987

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Series 3: Scrapbooks, Plaques, and Cameras, 1950s-1990s
4 record carton boxes

Box Folder
3 1 Scrapbook – Blue cover “JULIA” contains autographs, cards, telegrams, news clippings, awards, programs, drawing, 1970s-1990s 1970s-1990s
2 Scrapbook – White cover with gold crest contains news clippings, cards, telegrams, programs, and notes, circa 1968
3 Scrapbook – Green floral cover contains 7 pages of color photographs, 1970s
Box Folder
4 1 Award – D.C.C., 1967
2 Award – L.E. Coleman Award for Patience, Generosity, & Effort, 1968
3 Plaque – “For Rewarding Services,” Theta Chapter Sorority, 1968
4 Plaque – “Courageous Journalist, Pioneer in History,” Interdenominational Minister’s Alliance, 1969
5 Award for Contributions to the Good Street Baptist Church, 1970
6 Award for Publicity Given “The New St. Paul” St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 1970
7 Award for Journalism from the Rowe & Dunlap Day Nursery, 1970
8 Award – Golden Gate Baptist Church, 1971
9 Plaque – Distinguished Service Award, NUCUAA, 1971
10 Award – Woman of the Year from Florence B. Brooks Club, 1972
Box Folder
5 1 Award – Alpha Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority & Fraternity, 1975
2 Plaque – Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Mass Media, 1975
3 Award – Certificate of Merit the National Association of Media Women, Inc., 1975
4 Plaques – “Member Dallas Urban League, Inc.,” 1974 and 1976
5 Award – Dallas County Podiatry Society of Recognition, 1977
6 Plaque – “Woman of the Year,” Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Southwestern Regional, 1978
7 Plaque – “Recognized Excellence in the Field of Journalism,” United for Action, 1978
8 1975
9 Plaque – “Woman of the Year,” Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Psi Chapter, 1978
10 Plaque– “The Golden Gate Baptist Church Woman’s Day,” 1980
11 Plaque – “Outstanding Service to the Community,” Dallas branch NAACP, 1982
12 Award – Friendly Ladies Social & Charity Club, Outstanding Citizen Award for Service & Journalism, 1983
13 Plaque– “Texas Woman of Courage for Outstanding Service to Humanity,” Bishop College, 1985
14 Award – Certificate of Excellence in Public Service from Advocates for Quality Education, undated
15 Award – Appreciation of Contribution to Searcy’s Youth Foundation, undated
Box Folder
6 1 Camera Case, circa 1960s
2 Minolta Autocord Camera, circa 1950s-60s
3 Camera Ricoh Diacord, circa 1960s
4 Slides

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