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Lillian Lewis collection

 Collection — Box: 1-7, OS 1
Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0099

Scope and contents

The Lillian Lewis collection primarily consists of materials related to the career of Lillian Lewis. Major topics are governmental work and librarianship. Formats include photographs, printed materials, correspondence, meeting minutes, committee work, and reports. The seven series contain correspondence received by both Lillian Lewis and John Lewis, events and activities from John Lewis’s life and career, photographs, pamphlets, and forms from National Association of Media Women, governmental papers and correspondence from Lewis’s time in the State Ethics Commission, and journal articles and papers from the Trevor Arnett Library.


  • Creation: 1963, 1965, 1969-1980, undated
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-1979


Rights statement

All materials in this collection are either protected by copyright or are the property of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., and/or the copyright holder as appropriate. For more information, please contact

Biographical note

Lillian Miles Lewis was born on March 3, 1939 in Los Angeles, California. She received her undergraduate degree in English from California State College and a master’s degree in library science from University of Southern California. She met her husband, future United States Congressman John Robert Lewis at an Atlanta social gathering and they married in 1968. Lewis and her husband count Julian Bond and his wife Alice Bond, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr. among their circle of friends. Major highlights of Lillian Lewis’ career include being employed as a librarian at the Trevor Arnett Library at Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, serving as chapter president of the National Association of Media Women, Inc., and serving on the State Ethics Commission of the Georgia state government. Lillian Lewis died on December 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia and was survived by her husband John Robert Lewis and their son John Miles.


4.5 Linear feet

Language of Materials



This collection is divided into seven series: 1. Correspondence; 2. John Lewis; 3. National Association of Media Women; 4. State Ethics Commission; 5. Trevor Arnett Library; 6. Printed Materials; and 7. Photographs. These series are arranged both chronologically and alphabetically depending on the materials.

Lillian Lewis Collection, 1963, 1965, 1969-1980
Finding aid prepared by Ruth A. Roberson, 2019 April
April 2019
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc. Repository


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