Daisy Tibbs Dawson papers, 1946-2012  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Dawson, Daisy Tibbs, 1924-2013
Daisy Tibbs Dawson papers
1946-2012 (inclusive)
2 cubic feet (7 boxes)
Collection Number
6192 (Accession No. 6192-001)
Materials related to Daisy Lee Tibbs Dawson's life
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Daisy Lee Tibbs Dawson was a peace activist and educator and the only African American to be memorialized in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. She was born on July 24, 1924 in Toney, Alabama, where she grew up attending segregated schools. As a young adult she moved to Seattle, where she lived most of her life. In 1949, she went to Hiroshima, Japan as part of a mission called "Houses for Hiroshima." Dawson, along with other volunteers, helped rebuild housing that was destroyed by the atomic bomb, in an effort to promote peace between the United States and Japan. Prior to and following her Hiroshima trip she worked as an educator, which included her role as director of the Seattle Public School District's Head Start Program from 1971 until her retirement in 1984. She died on May 26, 2013.

Sources: Seattle Times Obituary, and BlackPast.org.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Materials related to the life of Daisy Lee Tibbs Dawson. Includes photographs, scrapbooks, newsclippings, plaques, correspondence, and other documents associated with Homes for Hiroshima, the Head Start Program, and the Delta Theta Sigma Sorority.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Craig Dawson, Leonard Dawson, Jr., and Debra Dawson, 2017-07-10.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1 Head Start Program 1987-1988
1 Differentiated Staffing Model for Head Start Program 1974
1 Certificates 1976-1987
1 Madrona Presybyterian Church 2003-2005
1 Field trip project 1975
1 Scrapbook (general) approximately 2000s-2010s
1 Photograph with Governor Evans 1973
1 Photograph of Delta Theta Sigma Sorority undated
1 Unsorted
2 Homes for Hiroshima 1950-2012
2 Scrapbook (Head Start Program) approximately 1971-1984
2 Newsclippings (general) approximately 1980s-1990s
2 Tyee yearbook 1946
3 4 plaques approximately 1980s
4 Scrapbook (Homes for Hiroshima: newsclippings and photographs) 1940s-2003
5 "Living Hiroshima" book 1948
5 Scrapbook (Head Start photographs) 1965-1970
5 Loose photographs (Head Start) 1966-1969, undated
5 Diploma (MA in Education from Seattle University) 1982
5 Scrapbook (newsclippings about Madrona Presbyterian Church) 2003
6 Scrapbook (Homes for Hiroshima) approximately 1940s-1950s
7 Scrapbook (photographs)
Some photographs taken on campus of University of Washington
approximately 1940s-1950s

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Subject Terms

  • Pacifism--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • School administrators--Washington (State)--Seattle

Personal Names

  • Dawson, Daisy Tibbs, 1924-2013--Archives

Corporate Names

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  • Head Start Program (Seattle, Wash.)

Geographical Names

  • Hiroshima-shi (Japan)