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Del Ward collection

Del Ward collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Del Ward collection
Creator: Ward, Del, 1926-
Inclusive Dates: 1938-2013
Language: English
Extent: 7 Linear Feet 9 document boxes, 2 cartons, 1 oversized portfolio, 1 oversized folder
Collection Number: ms3392
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Del Ward is a Georgia radio and television personality. She was born and grew up in Macon, Georgia. After graduating from Brenau College in Gainesville, Georgia, she worked briefly for WNEX Radio in Macon. She went on to work at WHOT Radio in South Bend, Indiana, and was the first female disc jockey there. After WHOT she went to WGN in Chicago where she became the nation's first all night female disc jockey. Following WGN she worked as a television and radio actress in New York and then as a disc jockey at KWK in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1954 she moved back to Macon, Georgia, and from 1957 until 1997 she worked at WMAZ Radio and Television producing and hosting Date with Del, a show which featured guest interviews and news about events, charities, and other organizations in the middle Georgia area.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of material covering Del Ward's years in radio and television up until about 1997. Included are awards, letters, printed material, scripts, guest registers, photographs, slides, and writings. Many of the letters are from her guests and people who listened to or watched her shows. The photographs include publicity shots and images of her in the studio, interviewing celebrities on her show as well as in other places (including the Star Weekend in Atlanta), and reporting at local events. Also included in the collection is a group of celebrity photographs, many of them autographed.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Del Ward collection, ms3392, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 July 21.

General Notes

Related material held by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Awards.
Celebrities -- Autographs.
Celebrities -- Photographs.
Correspondence.
Fan mail -- Georgia.
Guest books -- Georgia.
Radio scripts -- Georgia.
Reporters and reporting -- Georgia.
Scripts (documents)
Slides (Photography).
Visitors' books.
Ward, Del, 1926- -- Photographs

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

1. Subject file

boxfolder
11Awards, certificates
12Business cards - Del Ward
13Business cards - Other people
14Contract, 1953
15Date book, 1957
Cover page
16Drawings of Del Ward
17Empty envelopes
18Financial material, 1947-1951
19Invitation, 1987
110Job description and evaluation, 1997
111-17Correspondence, 1940-1999
118Correspondence - undated
boxfolder
21-3Letters, cards - retirement, 1997
24Membership cards
25Notes
26Pamphlet about Macon Little Theater
27Play list - WNEX, 1947
28Poem about Del Ward
29Postcards (WMAZ & Macon, France)
210Press releases, 1950-1959
211Printed material - Del Ward & WMAZ
212Printed material
213Programs
214Promotional books, 1953-1954
boxfolder
31Radio station schedules
32Receipt, 1953
33Recipes
34Schedules - Atlanta Star Weekend, 1981-1982
35-7Scripts WNEX, 1947-1948
38Script WGN, 1952
39Script. WGN, 1952
310Script WABD (The Plainclothes Man, "Backwash"), 1953
311Scripts
312Speech by Del Ward
313Stationary
314Visitor cards, 1970
315Writings about Del Ward
316Writings by Del Ward - Angie
317Writings by Del Ward - Columns for Downbeat ("Sashayin Round")
318Writings by Del Ward - Editorials
319Writings by Del Ward - My Life Story as a Girl Disk Jockey
320320Writings by Del Ward - Poetry and short stories
boxfolder
41-5Autograph books
46Guest register, 1976-1980
47Guest register, 1980-1984
48Guest register, 1984-1997
 

2. Newspaper Clippings

boxfolder
511938
521943
531944
541945
551946
561947
571948
581949
591950
5101951-1952
5111953
5121953-1954
5131955
5141954
5151957
5161958
5171960
5181961
5191962
5201963
5211966
5221967
5231972
5241973
5251974
5261977
5271978
5281979
5291981
5301982
5311983
5321984
5331986
5341987
5351988
5361993
5371994
5381995
5391997
5401998
5412013
542Undated
543Clippings re. Hendley Napier, Various dates
 

3. Magazine Articles, Advertisements

boxfolder
611951
621952
631953
641956
651957
661958
671961
681963
691966
6101970
6111971
6121973
6131974
6141976
6151977
6161978
6171979
6181980
6191981
6201982
6211985
6221986
6231987
6241988
6251989
6261990
6271992
6281993
6291994
6301995
6311996
6321997
6331998
634Undated
 

4. Photographs



4.1 Del Ward

boxfolder
71w/WNEX (Macon, GA), 1947
72w/WHOT (South Bend, IN), 1950
73w/WGN (Chicago, IL), 1951-1952
74w/WGN (Chicago, IL), 1951-1952
Includes Del Ward with Senator Richard Russell
75As actress in The Plainclothes Man: "Backwash" (WABD, New York, NY), 1953
76w/KWK (St. Louis, MO), 1953-1954
77As actress in The Rainmaker (Macon Little Theatre, Macon, GA), 1957
781950-1959



4.2 Celebrities

boxfolder
78AAFRES Band, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia
79Bailey, Raymond
710Beverly Hillbillies
711Bradley, Ed
712Britton, Pamela
713Buchanan, Edgar
714Carne, Judy
715Carter, Amy (as a child)
716Clark, Dick
716Hale, Barbara see Talman, William
717Janney, Russell
718Lange, Hope
719Lord, Marjorie
719Marshall, E.G. see Reed, Robert
720Martin, Kara (Miss Georgia 1993)
721Michels, Stephanie (Miss Georgia 1992)
722Philbrook, James
723Reed, Robert & E.G. Marshall
724Savalas, Telly
725Serling, Rod
726Sullivan, Ed
727Talman, William & Barbara Hale
728Thayer, Brynn
729Thomas, Richard
730Weatherford, Russ (?)
731Other people, unidentified



4.3 WMAZ Years, 1957-1997

boxfolder
81-2Del Ward (alone)
83Del Ward family and others
84Albert, Eddie
85Amsterdam, Morey
86Asner, Ed
87Barker, Bob
88Bergen, Edward and Charlie McCarthy
89Blake, Amanda
810Bouton, Jim
811Carrer, Bob
812Carter, Jimmy
813Cash, Johnny and others (Murder in Coweta County)
814Domingos, Roy and others
815Duffy, Patrick
816Evans, Linda
817Fleming, Peggy
818Forsyth, John
819Grizzard, Lewis
820Harris, Mrs. Joe Frank
821Hillerman, John
822Howard, Susan
823Kennedy, George
824Ledford, Hannah
825Lindsey, George
826Maddox, Lester
827Myerson, Bess
828Powell, Bill and Lisa Todd
829Price, Eugenia
830Red Cross
831Reed, Robert
832Reynolds, Burt and Jon Voight (Deliverance)
833Roberts, Pernell
834Roy, Dan
835Shroyer, Sonny
836Sutton, Frank
837Talmadge, Herman and Betty
838Thomas, Danny
839Vinson, Jimmy
840WMAZ staff
841Wood, Natalie
842Woods, Stuart
843-48Del Ward with others
849Del Ward set at WMAZ
850WMAZ building (?)



4.4 Slides

boxfolder
91 Angie
92Atlanta Star Junket
93Del Ward and others, events
94-9Date with Del slides
910Miscellaneous
 

5. Miscellaneous

box
10Awards
boxbox
1111Microphone, Headset
11Guestbook
portfolio
12 metal printing plates (images of Del Ward)
1Belle magazine, May 2007
(includes article about Del Ward)
1Transparency: "Del Ward's Guest Today"
1WHOT (South Bend, IN) signboard: "You are invited to 'Luncheon at the Lido' with Del Ward"
1WMAZ (Macon, GA) signboard: "See Del Ward broadcasting from this house, etc."
oversized_folder
1ABroadside: "Look Out Piggly Wiggly Brings You 'Almanac'" marketing poster