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Cleveland and Dorothy Lassiter papers

Cleveland and Dorothy Lassiter papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Cleveland and Dorothy Lassiter papers
Creator: Lassiter, Cleveland Frissell, 1921-2007
Inclusive Dates: 1938-2016
Language(s): English
Extent: 10 Linear Feet 7 boxes, 2 oversized boxes
Collection Number: ms4114
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Cleveland F. Lassiter (1921-2007) was a school and church counselor. He received his A.B. of History degree from Virginia Union University in 1946, and his Masters of Social Work from Howard University in 1949. Mr. Lassiter served in the 10th U.S. Army Air Force, 849th Engineer Aviation Battalion during World War II in the China-Burma-India theater from 1943-1945. He married Dorothy Ann Tate (b. 1922) in 1946. She received her A.B. of Sociology from Virginia Union University in 1946 and her Masters of Science in Library Services from Columbia University in 1960. She worked as a librarian and media specialist in many public and academic libraries. Their children are Keith, Brian, and Mark Lassiter.

Reverend Nelson D. Tate (b.1870) was founder and pastor at the Second Baptist Church in Metuchen, New Jersey. He was the father of Dorothy Ann Tate.

Eleanor Lassiter Harris (d. 2002) was married to Clayton K. Harris, and is a graduate of Virginia State College and Columbia University. She was a singer, and choir director for several high school and traveling choirs and choruses. Her children are Clayton K. Jr., Valerie, and Jocelyn Harris. She is the sister of Cleveland F. Lassiter.

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, photographs, writings, and printed material covering the Lassiter and Harris families, through wartime, college education, and church life. It features written sermon notes, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority materials, church histories, and a complete set of letters written from Cleveland Lassiter to Dorothy during his time in Burma during WWII. The collection also has a wealth of printed material regarding choral performances that were recorded throughout Georgia and New York.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cleveland and Dorothy Lassiter papers, ms4114, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

African American choirs
African American churches
African American clergy
African American college graduates
African American social workers
African American soldiers -- Correspondence
African American women librarians
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Baptists -- Clergy.
Columbia University
Families -- Georgia -- Photographs.
Harris, Eleanor Lassiter
Howard University
Lassiter, Cleveland Frissell, 1921-2007
Lassiter, Dorothy Ann Tate
Public libraries.
Social workers.
Tate, Nelson D., Reverend
Virginia Union University (Richmond, Va.)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Burma.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, African American.

Related Collections in this Repository

The audiovisual materials related to this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archives. Though the collection is open for research, the audiovisual recordings do not have reference copies; however, reference copies are available upon request. Audiovisual research requests are dependent upon the format and condition of the recordings.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Family Papers

11-6Correspondence - C. Frissell Lassiter to Dorothy Tate, 1943-1945
17Correspondence - C. Frissell Lassiter to Dorothy Tate - fragments, 1944-1945
18Correspondence - C. Frissell Lassiter to Doris Tate, 1944
19Correspondence - Eleanor Harris to C. Frissell Lassiter
110Correspondence - Jeanne Tate Simpson to Dorothy Ann Lassiter
111Reverend Nelson D. Tate
112Reverend Nelson D. Tate - sermon notebooks
113Sermon writing
114Printed sermon material
115Church music, newsletters - New York, New York
116Cleveland F. Lassiter
117Dorothy Tate Lassiter - High school paper We the Negroes, 1938
118Dorothy Tate Lassiter - correspondence, 1940
119Dorothy Tate Lassiter - certificates
120Eleanor Lassiter Harris
121Eleanor Lassiter Harris - Chorale
122Valerie Harris - concerts
123Goldsboro (NC) High School
124Concert programs - miscellaneous
125First African Baptist Church - Goldsboro, North Carolina
126Greenforest Baptist Church - Decatur, Georgia
127Second Baptist Church - Metuchen, New Jersey
128Friendship Baptist Church - New York, New York
129Antioch Baptist Church - San Jose, California
130Churches - miscellaneous
131Phonograph magazine - The Voice of Unity
135Family reunions
136Family history
137Literacy Project
21Literacy Project
22Freedom's Song - lesson plans
24Virginia Union University
25Howard University - New Directions
26H-Book - Howard University Handbook, 1976-1977
27-8Alpha Kappa Alpha - events, announcements
29Alpha Kappa Alpha - Sphinx magazine
210-11Alpha Kappa Alpha - Ivy Leaf
212Sororities - events, announcements
213Mt. Vernon (NY) High School newspaper - Hi News, 1978
1Mt. Vernon (NY) High School year book - Pageant, 1979
1Greenforest Christian Academic Center year book - Infinity, 1996
214Westchester (NY) Country Club - Founders Day - Sojourner Truth Awards
215Announcements - wedding, anniversary, births
216Announcements - funerals, memorials
217Announcements - graduations, commencements
218African American programs - miscellaneous
219African American history publications
220Newsletter - Sisters, 1988, 2000
1African American magazines - miscellaneous

2. Collection of Choral Performances

31Abyssinian Baptist Church - New York, New York, 1977-1999
32Bethel Baptist Church - Mt. Kisco, New York, 1976-1990
33Church of the Truth - New York, New York, 1968
34Concord Baptist Church of Christ - Brooklyn, New York, 1962-1991
35Convent Avenue Baptist Church - New York, New York, 1963-2001
36Ebenezer Baptist Church - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1955-1986
37First African Baptist Church - Goldsboro, North Carolina, 1975-2002
38Friendship Baptist Church - Atlanta, Georgia: Information and Order of Worship, 1985-2006
39Friendship Baptist Church - Atlanta, Georgia: Anniversary Celebrations, 1989-2000
310-11Friendship Baptist Church - Atlanta, Georgia: Events, 1968-2007
312Friendship Baptist Church - Atlanta, Georgia: Men's Day , 1987-2006
313-14Friendship Baptist Church - Atlanta, Georgia: Women's Day , 1994-2006
315Greenforest Baptist Church - Decatur, Georgia, 1982-2017
316Greenforest Baptist Church - Decatur, Georgia: Directories, 1995-1998
317Greenforest/McCalep Christian Academy and Child Development Center, 1990-2004
318New Hope Baptist Church of East Orange - East Orange, New Jersey
319Second Baptist Church - Metuchen, New Jersey, 1953-2001
320St. Stephens - Bethlehem United Church of Christ - Buffalo, New York, 1977-1995
321Wheat Street Baptist Church - Atlanta, Georgia, 1981-1993
322Various Churches
41Morehouse College and Spelman College, 1973-2013
42Columbia University - President's Report and Alumni Resource Guide, 1993-2001
43-5Columbia Magazine, 1994-2017
46Howard University, 1973-1981
47Virginia Union University - Information and Events, 1947-2018
48Virginia Union University - Unionite and News, 1981-2005
49Various High Schools and Colleges
410White Plains, New York
411White Plains Public Schools, 1971-1981
412School Social Work
414Literacy Action, 1986-2000
415Work Related Information
416Multinational Force and Observers, 1984
51-2Alpha Kappa Alpha, 1979-1995
53-5Alpha Kappa Alpha - Ivy Leaf, 1975-2006
56Various Newsletters, 1968-2007
57God's Miracle by Cleveland Brown
59Prayers and Stories
510Worship Ideas
511Unity Center of Practical Christianity
512Letters and Postcards
61Events and Programs
62National Black Arts Festival and Black Heritage Programs
63The City of Mount Vernon's Division of Substance Abuse Services Fashion Show, 1975-1978
64Political Action Letters and Voter Information
65Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights Information
66NAACP - 24th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner, 1981
67Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, 1984-1999
68Joel S. Goldsmith, 1964-1966
69Church and Synagogue Libraries, 1999-2000
610Forum Newsletter, 1976-1978
611-12Black Enterprise, 1975-1992
613SuccessGuide: Atlanta, 1991
614SuccessGuide: Collector's Edition - Detroit, Washington, D.C., 1991
615Envelopes with Information for Media
7Howard University Book, 1972
81St. Philips Baptist Church, Staten Island, New York, 5th Annual Gospel Showcase, 1983
2Homecoming - The Historically Black College Alumni and Campus Newspaper, 1987
2Ebony magazine, 1981-1995
2Various Magazines and Journals