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Georgia Association of Educators records

 Collection
Identifier: L2015-34
The Georgia Association of Educators records (1921-2015) consist of convention materials, meeting minutes, membership materials, newspaper clippings, audio-visual materials, photographs, periodicals, central office files, and other printed materials. The Records include material produced by the GAE, as well as their predecessor organizations the GEA and GTEA. The collection is organized into three series: Series I Georgia Association of Educators, Series II Georgia Education Association, and Series III Georgia Teachers and Education Association. The GAE series contains large amounts of executive committee and Governing board meeting minutes as well as convention materials. Of particular note is the Local constitution files in the GEA Series that include copies of county, city, and school local constitutions from before the merger and the correspondence relating to updating them and integrating the organization. Though small, the GTEA materials in Series III provides a look at African-American efforts to organize and support teachers in Georgia.

Dates

  • 1832; 1883-1901; 1921-2015 (Bulk 1961-2015)

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Extent

43.2 Linear Feet (in 91 boxes and 2 scrapbooks)

Abstract:

The Georgia Association of Educators is a component member of the National Education Association which acts as a professional organization for educators in the state of Georgia. The GAE provides legal services, professional support and learning, and political lobbying to its members in Georgia. The Georgia Association of Educators records (1921-2015) consist of convention materials, meeting minutes, membership materials, newspaper clippings, audio-visual materials, photographs, periodicals, central office files, and other printed materials.

History of the Georgia Association of Educators

At the 1964 Convention of the National Education Association, held in Seattle, Washington, the NEA Representative Assembly approved a resolution entitled "Desegregation in the Public Schools." Known as "Resolution 64-12," it also called for a unitary education association in all states by July 1, 1966. Georgia was one of 11 states with dual education associations; one for black educators, one for white educators. A merger committee was appointed with co-chairmen and representatives from the 100-year-old Georgia Education Association and the 90-year-old Georgia Teachers and Education Association. The Committee met regularly and every effort was made to reach an agreement. Due to extenuating circumstances, the July 1, 1966 deadline for the merger was extended, and in early 1969, a plan was submitted to the NEA Executive Committee and approved. On May 17, 1969, the merger of the two associations was approved. At special Representative Assemblies of the Georgia Education Association and the Georgia Teachers and Education Association held separately, the proposed Constitution for the merged Association was approved by both Associations on November 22, 1969. The merger plan and Constitution called for the merged Association to be known as the Georgia Association of Educators. On December 12, 1969, a three member committee named Dr. Carl V. Hodges executive secretary of the new Association and Dr. Horace E. Tate associate executive secretary. A joint Representative Assembly meeting in Macon gave final ratification to the GAE Constitution. https://gae.org/about/history-of-gae/

Today, the Georgia Association of Educators is a component member of the National Education Association that acts as a professional organization for educators in the state of Georgia. The GAE provides legal services, professional support and learning, and political lobbying to its members in Georgia. The GAE's membership consists of Classroom teachers, students (college education majors), administrators, higher education faculty, school support personnel (counselors, media specialists, psychologists, et al.) and non-certificated personnel (bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, etc.) throughout Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Georgia Association of Educators, December 8, 2015.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository
  1. Atlanta Education Association records, 1905-1971 (L1975-31)
  2. American Federation of Teachers, Southern Organizing Project records, 1978-1979 (L1979-22)
  3. American Federation of Teachers contracts collection, 1969-1974 (L-Contracts_AFT)

Separated Materials

Separated to Special Collections Books (Spec-Books): See online catalog for access
  1. Steelman, Peggy S. Growth and Development of the Georgia Education Association. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Georgia, March 1966.
  2. Griffin, Jasper Maddox. Efforts of the Georgia Education Association to Influence the Public School Curriculum. Masters Thesis, University of Georgia, 1940.
  3. Morgan, Joy Elmer. The School That Built A Nation: Horace Mann Lecture (University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Penn., 1954)
  4. History of the Florida Education Association 1886-87 to 1956-57 (Florida Education Association: Tallahassee, Fla., 1958)
  5. Wesley, Edgar B. NEA: The First Hundred Years: The Building of the Teaching Profession (Harper and Brothers Publishers: New York, 1957)

Processing Information

Processed by Traci Drummond, John Thompson, Harold Victor Hansen, Jr., and Tierra Thomas, Fall 2016. Electronic finding aid created by Harold Victor Hansen, Jr., December 2016.
Title
Georgia Association of Educators:
Subtitle
A Guide to the Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
Fall 2016
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
404-413-2881 (Fax)