Guide to the Anita Mackey Papers CEMA 57

Finding aid prepared by Sal Guerena, Callie Bowdish, and updated by Mari Khasmanyan, 2013
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-9010
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Title: Anita Mackey Papers
Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 57
Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 5.0 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1929-1996
Abstract: The Anita Mackey Papers cover her educational, professional and volunteer accomplishments. They are recorded in correspondence, awards, memorabilia and other papers. Many slides and photos are part of this collection. The photos cover much of her personal life. Included are also logs and film from her travels.
Location note: Del Norte
Language of Materials: The collection is in English.
General Physical Description note: 4 document boxes, 2 oversize boxes and approximately 2,000 slides in 9 slide albums
creator: Mackey, Anita

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Conditions Governing Access note


Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], Anita Macky Papers, CEMA 57. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Related Collections

Other material in Special Collections: Horace James McMillan Papers (CEMA 007), Santa Barbara African American Local History Collection (CEMA 99). Anita Mackey Oral History (OH 14) which includes a publication: Mackey, Anita J. and David E. Russell. Black and Still Coping An Oral History, Volume One: The Formative Years. Library Oral History Program, University of California, Santa Barbara. 2004.

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Salvador Güereña, and Callie Bowdish, December 1, 2008.

Biographical/Historical note

Anita Johnson Mackey is a Santa Barbara community leader and nationally recognized social service worker. As a licensed clinical social worker, she worked for the Veteran's Administration for thirty years in three cities: Chicago, as the first African American supervisor in social service; Los Angeles as the first African American supervisor there; and Santa Barbara as administrator of the Social Work Service Office. Mrs. Mackey was born in Riverside, California as one of eight children. At the age of ten she lost her mother and was raised by her father and an older sister. She received her early education in California. She earned a B.A. in speech from the University of Redlands in 1937.
She earned her M.A. degree in medical social service administration from the University of Chicago in 1941. Mrs.Mackey has also taught at various colleges and universities, including teaching as a field instructor in the School of Social Welfare at UCLA, and for Atlanta University and the University of Chicago. At Santa Barbara City College, Mrs. Mackey was the first instructor of the overwhelmingly popular course "Afro- American Culture," in response to the great need at the time and due to the realization that there were few African Americans available to teach such courses. One of Mrs. Mackey's many callings was to work with elementary children to improve their reading and comprehension skills. Her work in the mental health care stems from a strong belief that those with mental disabilities need spokespersons.
Mrs.Mackey has been active in many community and civic organizations and boards, including the Board of the Comprehensive Health Planning Association of Santa Barbara County, as a member of the Santa Barbara Citizens' Adult Educational Planing Council, and on the Board of Directors of the NAACP. She has served on the Citizen's Planning Association of Santa Barbara County, the Channel City Women's Forum, and on the Human Relations Council on Social Services. She has served on the Goleta Valley Community Hospital's Board of Trustees, and on the Board of Loma Linda University and Medical Center. She currently serves on the Santa Barbara Police Department Board of Commissioners. Mrs. Mackey's recognitions and awards are numerous. She is listed in Who's Who of American Women; she is a former Santa Barbara Ad Club "Woman of the Year." (1976), and was honored with the Notable Woman of Santa Barbara County Award in 1982. The Anita Mackey Minority Merit Scholarship Endowment Fund was established in 1995 at the University of Chicago School of Social Services.
Anita J. Mackey's papers were deeded to the University of California, to be deposited in the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives. Her papers are of special value to researchers interested in studying the history of the Santa Barbara community, civil rights, women, African American issues, and the Veterans Administration. Mrs. Mackey's papers consist of speeches, photographs, slides, memorabilia, ephemera, correspondence, and diaries covering her travels to over one hundred and two countries throughout her life.

Scope Note

The Anita Mackey Papers reflect her richly diverse and well-traveled life. Her educational, professional and volunteer accomplishments are recorded in correspondence, awards, memorabilia and other papers. Many slides and photos are part of this collection. The photos cover much of her personal life. The slides are well organized and maintain the order that she used for giving slide shows on her world travels to such places as Africa, Russia, Poland, China and the Holy Land. The current papers cover from 1929 to 1992. The papers consist of three series: Personal and Biographical, Photographs and Slides, Publications, Travel Logs, and Film.

Series Description

Series I Personal and Biographical, 1929-1992
Included are awards, correspondence, biographical information and some of Anita Mackey's writings.
Series II Photographs, 1933-1991
This series contains personal photographs and travel photos. The boxes are of Anita Mackey's travels around the world and in the United States. These are housed in box number 2.
Series III Slides, 1974-1989
This series contains travel slides.
Series IV Publications, 1970-1975
Series three contains publications with personal notes as well as copies of speeches and books she owned and wrote. "Black and Still Coping" is in this series and was part of an oral history project at UCSB Special Collections, with David Russell.
Series V Travel Logs
This series contains several books from Anita Mackey's travels around the world.
Series VI Film
Series six contains film reels that document several travel trips.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

African American social workers


Series I Personal and Biographical 1929-1992

Oversize 3

Additional Personal, Biographical and Memorabilia 1964-1989

General Physical Description note: (Oversize box)
Box 1, Folder 1

Awards, Certificates, Recognitions 1929-1992

Oversize 3

Awards, Certificates, Recognitions

Box 2, Folder 17 - 20

Awards, Certificates, Recognitions

Box 4

Award Plaques and 1933 Yearbook 1933-1992

Physical Description: 1.0 linear feet
General Physical Description note: (Oversize box)
Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence, General (Incoming and Outgoing) 1957-1995

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence - Claude Clark and Etta Moten 1984-1987

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence - Veterans Administration San Fernando, California 1946

Box 1, Folder 5

Diplomas 1920-1937

Box 1, Folder 6 - 8

Memorabilia 1950-1991

Box 1, Folder 9

Miscellany 1996

Box 1, Folder 10

Papa's Legacy Undated

Box 1, Folder 11, 12

Personal and Biographical Information 1958-1962

Box 1, Folder 13

Queen Elizabeth II Visit to Santa Barbara March 1, 1993

Box 2, Folder 17

Santa Barbara Citizens Academy (POLICE - Pride Objectivity Leadership Integrity Commitment Excellence)

Box 1, Folder 14

Santa Barbara Citizens Commission on Civil Disorder 1970

Box 1, Folder 15

Santa Barbara City College 1969-1970

Box 1, Folder 16

Seven Day Adventist Church 1951-1994

Box 1, Folder 17

Speeches, Addresses and Writings 1970-1978

Box 1, Folder 18

Subject Files Undated


Series II Photographs 1933-1991

Box 2, Folder 1, 2

Photos - Personal 1933-1960

Box 2, Folder 3

Photos - Personal - Fisher, Steve 1978-1981

Box 2, Folder 4

Photos - Personal - Honeymoon 1937

Box 2, Folder 5

Photos - Personal - Oluwole Ola Adekanmbi 1933-1983

Box 2, Folder 6

Photos - Public Functions 1976-1983

Box 2, Folder 7

Photos - Travel 1937-1991

Box 2, Folder 8

Photos - Travel - Africa - Liberia 1950

Box 2, Folder 9

Photos - Travel - Africa 1981

Box 2, Folder 10

Photos - Travel - Delphi, Greece 1964

Box 2, Folder 14

Photos - Chicago Pre-Wedding Pictures 1936-1950

Box 2, Folder 15-16

Photos - Miscellaneous


Series III Slides 1974-1989

Box Slide Album 1

Slides - Africa, Denmark and Moscow 1974-1981

General Physical Description note: (contains slides originally part of tray 2, Africa 1976-1981 and tray 1, 1989 Denmark to Moscow) 281 slides
Box Slide Album 2

Slides - Europe Venice to White Cliffs of Dover 1981

General Physical Description note: (contains slides originally part of tray 2, 1981 Europe Venice to White Cliffs of Dover) 139 slides
Box Slide Album 3

Slides - Moscow, Poland, Germany and Holy Land 1989

General Physical Description note: (contains slides originally part of tray 2 Moscow, Poland, and Germany - Sept. 1989 and tray 1Holy Land Feb. 1981) 260 slides
Box Slide Album 4

Slides - China 1980

General Physical Description note: (contains slides originally part of Canten to Shanghai, 12/80 and tray 2 Nanking to Traen to Great Wall to Forbidden City 12/80 Canten to Shanghai) 279 slides
Box Slide Album 5

Slides - Sione DMZ to Honolulu, Oakwood Tuskeju, Flagstaff and Dallas 1980

General Physical Description note: (contains slides originally part of tray 3, 12/80 Sione DMZ to Honolulu and Oakwood Tuskeju, Flagstaff, Dalles March and April 1980) 256 slides
Box Slide Album 6

Slides - Holy Land and Europe 1981

General Physical Description note: (contains slides originally part of tray 2, 1981, Holy Land and tray 1 1981, Europe, England to Venice Italy) 220 slides
Box Slide Album 7

Slides - Alaska 1975

Box Slide Album 8

Slides - L.A. to Narobi and Africa Cut Outs 1974-1977

Box Slide Album 9

Slides - Narobi to Senigal and Russia 1974-1977


Series IV Publications and Writings 1970-1975

Box 2, Folder 11

Afro - Unique May/June, 1975

Box 6, Folder 18

Autobiography of Frank Hannibal Johnson undated

Box 6, Folder 19


Box 6, Folder 20

Claude Albert Barnett Memorial Service Program 1967

Box 6, Folder 21

Common Human Needs: An Interpretation for Staff in Public Assistance Agencies undated

Box 6, Folder 22

A Giver of Life: An Interview with Anita Mackey by Diane Gohl 1988

Box 2, Folder 12

Higgins, Ardis O. Windows on Women 1975

Box 6, Folder 23

Isaac J. Garrett Biography undated

Box 6, Folder 24

A Journey Through the Changing Times of America by Regbe Surafel 1988

Box 6, Folder 25

Miscellaneous Publications undated

Box 6, Folder 26

Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches undated

Box 6, Folder 27

Service- What it Means by Anita Mackey

Box 6, Folder 28-29

A Study of 108 Syphilitic Children Registered at Max Epstein Clinic of Provident Hospital in the Year 1939 by Anita Johnson Mackey 1941

Box 2, Folder 13

Tompkins; Walker A. and Russell A. Ruiz Historical Highlights of Santa Barbara 1970


Series V: Travel Logs

Box 5, Folder 1

Travel Log 1 England, Scotland, and Ireland August 2-31, 1971

Box 5, Folder 2

Travel Log 2 Florence, Italy November 6, 1981

Box 5, Folder 3

Travel Log 3 USA Tour May - June 1981

Box 5, Folder 4

Travel Log 4 Tour of USSR 1978

Box 5, Folder 5

Travel Log 5 England, Austria, and Africa 1979

Box 5, Folder 6

Travel Log 6 People's Republic of China and Soviet Korea 1980

Box 5, Folder 7

Travel Log 7 Africa 1974

Box 5, Folder 8

Travel Log 8 South America June 24, 1962

Box 5, Folder 9

Travel Log 9 Africa 1976-1977

Box 5, Folder 10

Travel Log 10 Alaska 1975

Box 5, Folder 11

Travel Log 11 Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti

Box 5, Folder 12

Travel Log 12 Around the World 1964

Box 6, Folder 13

Travel Log 13 Africa and Europe 9-16-1960

Box 6, Folder 14

Travel Log 14 Travel in Europe 1950

Box 6, Folder 15

Travel Log 15 Travel in Africa 1950

Box 6, Folder 16

Travel Log 16 Latin America 6-1949

Box 6, Folder 17

Travel Log 17 Tour of Europe and Africa 1981


Series VI: Film

Item V4404/Film

England, Scotland, Ireland undated

Item V4405/Film

Reel #1 1970

Item V4406/Film

Reel #2 1970

Item V4407/Film

Reel #3 1970

Item V4408/Film

Reel #4 1970

Item V4409/Film

Untitled undated

Item V4410/Film

Europe #1 1950