Collection Title: Woullard (Helen Fields) Collection
Collection Number: M 392
Dates: 2001; undated
Volume: 14 items
Provenance: Mr. LaDon Woullard, Sr.
Donor: Donated by Mr. LaDon Woullard, Sr. on March 20, 2001.
Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).
Helen Fields Woullard was an educator who taught for 45 years in the public schools of Mississippi, including Hattiesburg, Palmer's Crossing, Richton, Meridian, Canton, Vicksburg and others. A native of Canton, Mississippi, she was born in 1923, the daughter of Willie and Alice Fields, and she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1957, Mrs. Woullard and Howard Snograss organized the first Black Bathing Beauty Pageant to be held on the campus of Jackson State University. The pageant promoted African American talent throughout the state.
Mrs. Woullard was married to Clyde Woullard, Sr., and they were the parents of four children: LaDon, Phyllis, LaDonna, and Burnadette. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she taught Sunday School and served as Youth Choir Matron and Mentor. As an educator, she was keenly aware of community needs, and volunteered her services to numerous community organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the March of Dimes, the Heart Fund Drive, and the Hattiesburg Summer Recreation Program. She also served on the Kamper Park Board, the Vernon Dahmer Park Board, and was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. In 1975, she was voted the most outstanding Black Citizen in the state for 1974-1975. After a long and impressive career, she retired from teaching in 1987.
Mrs. Woullard died on September 15, 1989, and is interred in Highland cemetery, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She is fondly remembered by her students, one of whom characterized her as "a lady of compassion with a heart of gold." After her death, the Helen Fields Woullard Scholarship Foundation was established in her honor.
Contents of the Collection
Hattiesburg American, 9 September, 1989
Scope and Content:
This collection primarily contains materials concerning a Black History celebration that was held on February 18, 2001. The celebration commemorated the life and legacy of the late Mrs. Helen Fields Woullard. The collection includes a speech and leaflet from the celebration, and two newspaper articles announcing the event. Other materials relate to a scholarship foundation that was established in her honor.
- Business card from the Helen Fields Woullard Black History organization
- Envelope and letterhead from Helen Fields Woullard Black History organization
- Three (3) Helen Fields Woullard Scholarship Foundation donation envelopes
- Newspaper article (Hattiesburg American, February 16, 2001)
- Newspaper article (Hattiesburg American, undated)
- Jeff Davis Newsletter (undated)
- Letter from Alice M. Scott, mayor of Canton, Mississippi (February 13, 2001)
- Letter from Ronnie Musgrove, governor of Mississippi (January 25, 2001)
- Speech by Jimmie James, Jr., Ph.D, chair of the Music Department at Jackson State University, given in Mrs. Woullard’s honor (February 18, 2001)
- Leaflet from a Black History program honoring Mrs. Woullard (February 18, 2001)
- 9" x 12" color photograph of Helen Fields Woullard (undated)