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Garnette Hamilton Collection, 1957-1987

Garnette Hamilton Collection
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Collector:
Hamilton, Garnette
Author:
Jackson, Rose Marie
Subject:
Davis, Jeff
Hoboes of America (organization)
Physical description:
0.3 cu. ft.: 2 boxes
Type:
Scrapbooks
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Papers
Date:
1957
1957-1987
20th century
1940-1990
1950-1990
1950-2000
Notes:
Garnette Olive Hamilton was crowned Queen of the Hoboes for life in 1957. The Hoboes of America Organization was formed in 1908 by Jeff Davis as a non-profit service group to aid local charities and to encourage runaways to return home. Garnette earned the title Queen due to her good deeds for others in need. She has also been editor and publisher of the Hobo Newsletter since 1980. The "hobo" concept is tongue-in-cheek for this group, whose members appear to be retirees who enjoy traveling by automobile.
Summary:
Newspaper articles, photographs, pamphlets, souvenirs, scrapbooks, and newsletters on Hamilton's reign as Queen of the Hoboes; plus a brief history of the organization from 1908 to 1987; also an unpublished manuscript, "Hobo Tales of the Open Road" by Rose Marie Jackson.
Cite as:
Garnette Hamilton Collection, 1957-1987, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Retirees
Newspapers
Tramps
Runaway teenagers
Travel
Community service
Service organizations
Hoboes
Local number:
1987.3123 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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