The Franklin Collection contains letters, photographs, clippings and personal papers of Chester and Ada Franklin. The Franklins traveled extensively, and often separately. The love letters they exchanged reveal their relationship and times in which they lived. Please enjoy Black Archives of Mid-America's first collection to go online.
Ada Crogman Franklin (1886-1983) was born in Atlanta, Georgia one of eight children of Dr. and Mrs. William H. Crogman. Her father, one of the distinguished scholars of the African American race, was professor of Latin and Greek at Clark University for 37 years and then became the first African American president of Clark, serving for seven years. Mrs. Franklin, along with her two sisters and five brothers, grew up on the Clark University campus.