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Edna King Speer Papers

Identifier: W-0060

Scope and Contents

The Edna King Speer Papers document Mrs. Speer's childhood years and education, ranging from first grade through her high school graduation. Inclusive dates are 1927 to 1941. This collection contains various mementos of Edna King's life during those years, including report cards, certificates, and diplomas. In addition, the collection features a scrapbook documenting her senior year at Yazoo City High School. Included in the scrapbook are clippings from the school newspaper, The Flashlight/i>, which note activities of school clubs, sports, and events and also short biographies of each of the 32 members of the Class of 1941. Edna King arranged clippings and souvenirs to document the ten different graduation parties she attended plus graduation gifts that she received. Among the 62 gifts listed was a wooden-backed scrapbook, possibly the scrapbook in this collection. The end of the scrapbook recounts life events of the recent graduates, likely two years after graduation. Edna King also made a list of her bosses, possibly dating from her employment prior to moving to Fort Worth in 1949.

The collection is arranged by document type although Mrs. Speer's scrapbook remains in original order. Contents of each folder are arranged chronologically.


  • 1927-1941

Biographical / Historical

Edna Loyce King Speer was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi on June 7, 1924. She attended Yazoo Methodist Church and its Sunday school. She attended Main Street School (1930-1935), Yazoo City Junior High School (1935-1937) and Yazoo City High School (1938-1941). At Yazoo City High School, she served as Vice-President of the Girl Reserves Club, a high school branch of the YWCA and also as Secretary and Treasurer of the Office Training Club, a secretary training club. Much of her high school curriculum trained her for secretarial work. Edna King graduated from Yazoo City High School on May 29, 1941.

In 1949, Edna King moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where she found work as stenographer and later private secretary at Stanolind Oil Company. By 1958, she was employed as a stenographer for PanAm Petroleum Corporation. In the early 1970s, Edna King started a home business, King's Tropical Fish. On November 4, 1978, Edna King married a widower, Boyd Fletcher Speer.


.5 Linear Feet (1 Box)

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Edna King Speer Papers
Suzie Diver
October 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102