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Clay family papers

Clay family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Clay family papers
Creator: Clay, James Eldridge, 1903-1962
Creator: Clay, Ernest Paris, 1892-1959
Inclusive Dates: 1920s-2004
Bulk Dates: 1928-1934
Language(s): English
Extent: 1.25 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Collection Number: ms3854
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Ernest Paris Clay (1892-1959), son of William Salathial Clay and Ethel Ann Walker, married Katherine Maddox (1905-1941) and they had one child, Martha Ann Clay (1930-1975). Prior to the First World War, Ernest Clay was a professional photograph and after the war he and his brother Cappy (Alvin) opened a theater in Windsor, Ill. Later Ernest purchased a tent show, renaming it Clay's Comedy Show, and traveled around the United States showing silent films. Ernest's brother James Eldridge (1903-1962) assisted him with the tent show and later began his own traveling show, Clay's Cinema Show. Ernest Clay and his family settled in McDonough, Ga. and opened the McDonough Theater. In 1934, James Clay and his family settled in Conyers, Ga. and opened the Conyers Theater.

Scope and Content

The papers consist of photographs of the Clay Comedy Show, Clay Cinema Show, and members of the family; a photo album of Martha Ann Clay as a child; two scrapbooks documenting the tent shows; and genealogical research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Clay family papers, ms 3854, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Clay family
Motion picture theaters -- Georgia.
Photograph albums.
Silent films.
Tent shows.

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collection in other repositories: E. P. Clay collection, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Clippings, 1995, 2004
13Information re: Clay traveling show and theater
14Photo album - Martha Ann Clay baby photographs, 1930-1932
22Photo album - Clay's Comedy Show
15Photographs - Clay's Comedy Show and Clay's Cinema Show, family members, 1920s-1930s
21Poster - WQIX Rock & Roll Band, Conyers Theatre
16Scrapbook - Clay's Comedy Show and Clay's Cinema Show