The FCS Archives preserves & maintains a wide range of historic materials such as board minutes, school yearbooks, and a/v recording. While serving the public as a repository for these historical collections, the FCS Archives, in partnership with the Teaching Museum, is creating classroom resources from these artifacts so that students can learn firsthand how various events in history impacted our school system and communities.
This program is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University
A series of seven images recently found in the Fulton County Schools Archives seemed to have little historical significance until an inscription found on the back of one photograph prompted more research and, in turn, answers to the who, what, when, and where of this event.
Football and School Spirit
Fall brings, along with colorful leaves and cooler weather, football games and homecoming celebrations. Sports and school spirit have always been a favorite pastime in Fulton County Schools. This month’s Curiosity Corner provides a historic example—two College Park High School students ready for the game. While the exact year is unknown, based on their uniforms, this photograph is dated to the circa 1920s.
Letter to Miss Addie Cash, 1915
Every year, teachers receive a contract to confirm their employment for the coming school year. Check out this teacher contract from 1915 to a Miss Addie Cash. While there are many differences between this century-old contract and teacher contracts today, one of the most striking is the restriction on marriage for "lady" teachers. This edition also acknowledges a Cash family tradition--four generations have worked for Fulton County Schools.
Civil War Surgical Kit, ca. 1860s
This month's Curiosity Corner focuses on a nineteenth-century medical kit, currently on display at the Teaching Museum North in Roswell. Kits like this one offer us a glimpse into how the sick and wounded were cared for during the Civil War and how doctors and nurses functioned both on and off the battlefield.
Alpharetta Colored School, 1952
I?nside the rich history of education in Georgia is a complex story of inequality and segregation that reflected life in the South after the Civil War. It is a story that spans the decades between the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1865 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This edition of Curiosity Corner focuses on a photograph of the Alpharetta Colored School, taken in 1952. As part of Fulton County Schools, this school demonstrates how segregation was deeply woven into public education and also provides evidence of how black communities overcame racial bias and inequality through efforts in prioritizing education.
Eagle Cotton Gin #10, c. 1880s
As a society obsessed with new technologies and inventions, marveling over the latest cell phone and the promise of driver-less cars, we often do not consider the full impact of these inventions on the world around us. This edition of Curiosity Corner explores how one device—invented over two centuries ago in Georgia—dramatically changed the American economy and impacted the lives of millions across the world.
Letter to Patrons of Our Rural Schools
In 1914, Edwin C. Merry, superintendent of Fulton County Schools, sent a letter to the patrons of rural school outlining the parameters for a 7-month school year and underscoring the importance of education. While it reveals a great deal about the growth of metro Atlanta over the last century, it also informs us about the daily life of students and their families – particularly those outside the city limits.
Classical Architecture & Fulton County Schools
What does FCS have in common with Rich's Department Store, Spelman College, Emory University and Grady Hospital? All have buildings designed by renown architect, Phillip Shutze. Considered during his career as America's greatest living classical architect, Shutze's designs were highly sought after by public entities and private citizens alike. Take a look to see which of FCS's buildings has this honor.
Duck & Cover: Civil Defense in our Schools
??For 45 years after World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union were engaged in a standoff known as the Cold War. Public schools, the most centralized public spaces in most communities, became the front line for federal policies and procedures known as Civil Defense. Take a look at the supplies stored in many of our schools in the event of a nuclear attack.
Georgia Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers?
??Parent ?and teacher associations have impacted the course of Fulton County Schools since the earliest days of the twentieth century. With state-mandated segregation of schools, the need for advocacy in support of African American students and teachers prompted the creation, in 1919, of the Georgia Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (GCCPT).
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FCS Archives Awarded DLG Grant
The Fulton County Schools Archives located at the Teaching Museum South received a grant from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) to digitize Fulton County Schools Superintendents' Annual Reports 1929-1977. These primary sources, which document both the growth of the school system and its changing demographics throughout the mid-twentieth century, will be available to educators, students and researchers in 2019. In addition to preserving these relevant documents, the grant allows Fulton County Schools Archives to become a partner with DLG and dozens of other cultural institutions across Georgia.