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Edward Twichell Ware records

 Collection — Box: 24-58
Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0018

Scope and contents

The Edward Twichell Ware records are the fifth series of the Atlanta University Presidential Records.

This series includes records generated during the administration of Edward Twichell Ware, third president of Atlanta University. Among the material are handwritten invitations to Ware’s inauguration in 1907, and correspondence with individuals such as Myron Adams, W.E.B. Dubois, John Hope, James Weldon Johnson, Lucy Laney, John Slater, and U.S. President William H. Taft. Also included are War Department Papers, which relate to Atlanta University serving as a post for the U.S. Army during World War I. Institutional files comprise a substantial portion of this series and includes letters and applications for positions at Atlanta University, financial records, correspondence with heads of foundations and colleges, and information on events held at Atlanta University. The largest group of records is a General Name File which is comprised of letters from donors, student organizations, Atlanta University catalog requests, and teachers regarding prospective students.


  • Creation: 1888-1923, 1929
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1888-1923


Rights statement

All materials in this collection are either protected by copyright and/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

Edward Twichell Ware, son of Edmund Asa Ware, (first president of Atlanta University 1869-1885) became Atlanta University’s third president in 1907 and served until he became seriously ill in 1919. Ware was born in Atlanta in 1874 and attended his father’s alma mater, Yale University. After graduation he was designated as Northern Secretary for Atlanta University, a position which mainly involved raising funds for Atlanta University by addressing organizations on the work of the school. In 1901 Ware was appointed Chaplain of Atlanta University. He served in this position while continuing his fund raising efforts until he was elected President in 1907. During the administration of Edward Ware, new courses in industrial arts and education were added to meet the demand for Atlanta University graduates as teachers in the public schools. Also, several cooperative efforts among African American colleges in Atlanta took place, such as the joint effort by Atlanta University and Morehouse College to offer a course in Business Law and Ethics. In 1919 the University celebrated its 50th anniversary, and also became a center for instruction for students who were likely to be called for military service in Europe. Ware became ill and left Atlanta University in 1919. He battled tuberculosis for eight years before succumbing on May 19, 1927.


17.6 Linear feet

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The collection is divided into five subseries: Inauguration; Personal name file; War Department papers; Institutional files; General name file. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Atlanta University presidential records Edward Twichell Ware records
Finding aid prepared by Clarence Brown, Joy Broyles, Paul Crater, Wilson Flemister, Jean Smith and Dawn Williams, 1998.
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Repository Details

Part of the AUC Institutional Records Repository