Cloth bound purple and green floral print spiral bound scrapbook containing black-and-white and color photographs along with newspaper clippings and other ephemera dating from the late 1950s to the late 1970s documenting the life of Louise Jackson Gunn in the Philadelphia area. Louise Gunn was an actress, beauty queen, and community activist. The contents of the scrapbook include newspaper clippings and photographs related to Gunn's church groups and activities, including the Zion Drama Workshop; her friendships with other women in the community and from her vaudeville past; and her travels to the Bahamas and Paris, France.
A large portion of the scrapbook is devoted to Gunn’s community work, including scholarship fundraising for Lincoln University, adult education programs, and volunteering at Philadelphia General Hospital. Gunn also documents work with Rev. Leon H. Sullivan and the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), including efforts to provide school children with free breakfast and to fight housing discrimination.
There are several clippings, photographs, and programs related to her son, the actor and playwright Bill Gunn, including a performance with Ethel Waters and collaborations with musician Sam Waymon. There are also clippings related to performances by Alberta Hunter and Josephine Baker.
A softback book titled: [Southern Christian Leadership Conference Citizenship Workbook]. The front cover is black with a white vertical block that runs down the proper right side from the top. The block contains the initials: [S / C / L / C] stacked in black. To the right of the block, the initials’ corresponding words are lined up in white type. Together they read: [SOUTHERN / CHRISTIAN / LEADERSHIP / CONFERENCE]. At the bottom of the cover, centered, white type reads: [Citizenship Workbook]. The interior pages, thirty-two in total, are off-white paper with black type and black-and-white images throughout. The inside of the front cover contains information about SCLC Leadership, Citizenship Education Program leadership, and Voter Registration Project leadership. An off-white tab is stuck between front cover and first interior page. The Foreword contains text from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a black-and-white image of Dr. King, Dr. C. O. Simpkins and Robert F. Kennedy. There is an envelope adhered between the last interior page and back cover. The back cover has a white rectangular box, centered, with black type that reads: [This book belongs to:]. The rest of the box contains fill in the blanks that include: [Name / Address / City County / State]. Handwritten in pencil in the "Name" blank is: [Kitt].