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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1198

Papers of Darlene Jeter, 1967-2001


Correspondence, newspaper clippings, newsletters, periodicals, family papers, and business publications of Black woman business owner Darlene Jeter.


  • Creation: 1967-2001


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Darlene Jeter is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.42 linear feet ((1 file box), plus 2 photograph folders)

The bulk of this collection documents Darlene Jeter's professional life as president of Jet-A-Way, including correspondence, profiles in periodicals and newsletters, event programs, and some speech notes. The collection also contains family histories, unpublished biographies, Jet-A-Way publications, and a small number of photographs. Correspondence and newspaper articles dated prior to 1991 are often addressed to or written about Eddie Jeter. Folder titles were created by the processor. This collection is arranged alphabetically followed by photographs.


Darlene Jeter was born in 1937 and was the president and co-founder of Jet-A-Way, a recycling and waste disposal company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1969 by Jeter and her husband Eddie, by 1996 the company was one of the largest minority-owned businesses in the city. Trained as a practical nurse, Darlene Jeter began her work for the company as a bookkeeper and office manager. After her husband's death in 1991, she became president and expanded the company's range of services and clientele. She died in Newton, Massachusetts, in 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 99-M12, 99-M18, 2000-M70, 2002-M7

The papers of Darlene Jeter were given to the Schlesinger Library by Darlene Jeter between January 1999 and January 2002.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see: Videotape collection of Darlene Jeter, 1996-1997 (Vt-103).

Processing Information

Processed: September 2022

By: Dominic Scheidegger

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Jeter, Darlene, 1937-2019. Papers of Darlene Jeter, 1967-2001: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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