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Marr-McGee Family papers

Identifier: 246

Scope and Contents

The Marr-McGee Family papers document the lives of writer, photographer, and cultural promoter Warren Marr II; his wife, attorney, community activist, and energy consultant Carmel Carrington Marr; and his sister, nurse, and race relations advocate Grace Marr Nugent. The key topics covered in this collection are the founding and administration of the Amistad Research Center; Black arts and theater; community development and relations; historically Black colleges and universities; human rights and race relations; minority employment and discrimination; neighborhood development in Brooklyn, New York; and the United Nations policy to the United States. The collection includes audiovisual materials, correspondence, memoranda and minutes of meetings, printed items and ephemera, and photographs.

The main strengths of the collection include the family history papers, which thoroughly document the Marr and McGee familial lines; Warren Marr's extensive collection of photographs taken at six American Missionary Association college campuses for his "Gateway for Freedom" exhibition showcasing African American student life; correspondence and contracts of the Warren Marr Management, which promoted New York area Black artists, authors, and musicians; the limited correspondence and stationary samples of the printing company House of Marr, Inc.; materials documenting the public relations arm and magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and Carmel Marr's work in community relations and human rights in New York.

Correspondents of note include Harlem Renaissance poet Bruce Nugent; singers Cindy Lou and William Veasey; Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge; actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis; and former First Lady of the United States Lady Bird Johnson.


  • Created: 1915-2000
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1961-1985
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/01/1971


Conditions Governing Access

The Marr-McGee Family papers are open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to these papers has not been assigned to the Amistad Research Center. It is the responsibility of an author to secure permission for publication from the holder of the copyright to any material contained in this collection.


59.60 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

The papers are arranged into three series: Warren Q. Marr II papers (1934-2000); Carmel Carrington Marr papers (1942-1986); Grace Marr Nugent papers (1947-1969); Family History papers (1915-1994); Audiovisual Materials, Photographs, and Slides (1915-1992); and Newspaper Clippings, Publications, and Oversize Materials (1929-2000).

Technical Access Requirements

The 1/4 inch open reel audiotapes are currently unavailable for research use. All other audiovisual materials are open, please contact the reference desk at (504) 862-3222 for access.

Source of Acquisition

Warren Marr

Method of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions

There were eleven additions to the Marr-McGee Family papers. The first, received in 1971, and the additional deposits were received between 1981-1999.

Processing Information

This collection was processed from April 2010 to March 2011.

Marr-McGee Family papers
Amber L. Moore and Laura J. Thomson
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Repository Details

Part of the Amistad Research Center Repository

6823 Saint Charles Avenue
Tilton Hall, Tulane University
New Orleans LA 70118 US
(504) 862-3222