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Accession number A2003.005
Collection George and Emma Turner
Title The George and Emma Turner Collection
Catalog Number A2003.005
Object Name Papers, Personal
Credit line Collection of the AAMI - Courtesy of Emma Turner
Physical characteristics Boxed documents span 1.5 linear feet.
Dates of Creation 1922-1996
Access Conditions Open for research.
Copyrights no known restrictions
Scope & Content The George and Emma Turner date from 1927 to1996 and measure 1.5 linear feet. The papers are arranged in five series: George and Emma Turner, Emma Turner, George Turner, Family, and Photographs.
The George and Emma Turner series (1933-1994 and undated) documents the life that George and Emma shared. Included is their 1940 marriage certificate, personal correspondence, an undated Negro Census of Cedar Rapids, a petition and flyers dating from the Progressive Party of Iowa in 1948, undated business cards from African American businesses. A short sub-series A.M.E. Church is included in this series.
The Emma Turner series (1940-1996 and undated) contains information on Emma's personal activities including the American Legion Auxiliary, The Criterion Club, the Daughters of the I.B.P.O.E., rental receipts, the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, and a ledger from Sinclair Refining Company.
The George Turner series (1922-1974 and undated) contains information on George's personal activities. Included is information on the American Legion, I.B.P.O.E., the United Grand Lodge of Iowa, a 1943 life insurance policy, correspondence, and identification cards.
The Family series (1930-1993 and undated) contains information on a variety of family members including correspondence, obituaries, and funeral programs.
The Photograph series (1957-1992, and undated) includes photographs of Elks functions, and family and friends.
Biographical History George Turner was raised in Washington, Iowa and the only African American in the 1927 graduating class of Washington High School, Washington, Iowa. He came to Cedar Rapids in the 1930's and was employed at Penick and Ford until his death. He and Emma married in 1940. George served in the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII. He was active in the I.B.P.O.E. and the American Legion. She was active in the daughters of the I.B.P.O.E. and the Colored Women's Clubs. They were both active in Bethel A.M.E. Church in Cedar Rapids and in the Progressive Party of Iowa. They had no children.
Finding Aids Box no._____Description__________________________________________________
Box 1
George and Emma Turner
Account Ledger, 1940-1949
Ace Cab Company Lawsuit, 1950
African American Business Cards, undated
A.M.E. Church
National, 1947-1994 and undated
Cedar Rapids, 1958-1992 and undated
Boxing Tournaments, 1933-1936
Correspondences, 1937-1975 and undated
Marriage Certificate, 1940
Negro Census of Cedar Rapids, IA., undated
Progressive Party of Iowa, 1948
Emma Turner
American Legion Auxiliary, 1973-1996
Big Dollar Stamp Book, undated
Coe College, 1950, 1954
Criterion Club, 1979-1980 and undated
Daughters of the I.B.P.O.E., 1949-1978 and undated
Iowa Association of Club Women, 1966
Box 2
The Message of The Negro Spiritual, William E. Guy, 1946
Martin Luther King Center, 1987
National Association of Colored Women's Club, 1965-1986 and undated
Newspaper Clippings
Prayers (D)
Prayer Correspondences, 1981
Obituaries and Memorials, 1968,1986
Rental Receipts, 1975-1978
Sinclair Refining Company Ledger, 1940-1960
Slave Narratives Research, 1970
Postcards, New York World's Fair, 1939
George Turner
Identification Cards, 1942, 1946 and undated
American Legion, 1960-1972
Civilian Production Administration Application, 1947
East Central Iowa Area Crime Commission, 1974 and undated
Box 3
1970 and undated
Membership Cards, 1963-1972
Life Insurance, 1943
United Grand Lodge of Iowa, 1922
Obituary, 1974
Urban Renewal Board, 1966
Washington High School, 1927-1964
Addresses, undated
John Alsop, 1930-1948
Mary Alsop, 1947
Victor Crump, 1945
William Foster, 1965-1977
Ben H. Grenthouse, 1942-1946
Helen Greer, 1986
Mary Jesse Latimore, 1943-1957
Oscar Moragne, 1955-1988
Arthur Turner, 1927-1935
Carl Turner, 1936-1973
David Edward Turner, 1993
Franklin Turner, 1937
Gene Turner, 1973
Leroy Turner, 1934-1940
Box 4
Marion Turner, 1934-1940 and undated
William Turner, 1974
Willis Turner, 1952 and undated
Ader Wilbord, 1938
Club Photographs, undated
Elks Functions, 1957, 1972 and undated
Emma Turner, 1981-1994 and undated
Family and friends, undated
George Turner, undated
Negatives, undated
Unidentified and undated

OS Collection:
Color portrait of Emma Turner
B/W photo of Joan Lefring-Zug and Emma Turner titled: "Before the ERA" caption reads:"NAACP Board Meeting Cedar Rapids, Iowa Early 1960's"
Subjects Fraternal lodges
Fraternal organizations
Civil rights
Political activity
Search Terms Cedar Rapids
African Methodist Episcopal
Churches - Cedar Rapids Bethel
NAACP - Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids - Bethel A.M.E.
Cedar Rapids - NAACP
A.M.E. - Bethel of Cedar Rapids
Civil Rights
Fraternal lodges
Fraternal organizations
People Turner, George
Turner, Emma
Greer, Helen
Greer, David
Classification Social & Personal Activity
Organizations & Clubs
Civil Rights
Government & Politics
Creator Emma Turner