Fannie C. Williams, 1882-1980, was the principal at Valena C. Jones Elementary and Normal Schools in New Orleans, Louisiana, from about 1921-1954. Williams was a pioneer in African American education and public schools in the South, and she served on many boards for a variety of local organizations, as well as participated in conferences hosted by three American presidents. Williams was widely respected as a principal and was devoted to professional development, which motivated her students and teachers to pursue higher education and higher-level positions in the school systems across the country.
The papers of Fannie C. Williams encompass 1.8 linear feet and reflect her career and life commitment to African American education and work with young people in New Orleans, most notably between 1908 and 1954, when she served as a teacher and principal in the New Orleans public school system. Also of special note are over 250 photographs documenting the Claiborne Avenue Branch of the YWCA in New Orleans, Louisiana. Williams served as an organizer, charter member, and first president of the branch, which served the African American population of the city. The photographs include YWCA activities, from the 1950s and 1960s, particularly for classes, clubs, conferences, and events. Selected photographs have been digitized and are available for viewing via the online finding aid linked above.
Posted by Christopher Harter
(Image from the Fannie C. Williams Papers. May not be reproduced without permission.)