Georgia Association of Educators records
Scope and Contents of the Records
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.
- 1832, 1883-1901, 1921-2015
- Majority of material found within 1961 - 2015
- Georgia Association of Educators (Organization)
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research use.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.
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.
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.
43.2 Linear Feet (in 91 boxes and 2 scrapbooks)
Language of Materials
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.
The records are arranged into three series:
- Series I: Georgia Association of Educators, 1887, 1969-2015
- Series II: Georgia Education Association, 1832, 1883-1901, 1921-1970
- Series III: Georgia Teachers and Education Association, 1958-1971
Donated by Georgia Association of Educators, December 8, 2015.
Separated to Special Collections Books (Spec-Books): See online catalog for access
- Steelman, Peggy S.
Growth and Development of the Georgia Education Association.Ph.D. dissertation, University of Georgia, March 1966.
- Griffin, Jasper Maddox.
Efforts of the Georgia Education Association to Influence the Public School Curriculum.Masters Thesis, University of Georgia, 1940.
- Morgan, Joy Elmer. The School That Built A Nation: Horace Mann Lecture (University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Penn., 1954)
- History of the Florida Education Association 1886-87 to 1956-57 (Florida Education Association: Tallahassee, Fla., 1958)
- Wesley, Edgar B. NEA: The First Hundred Years: The Building of the Teaching Profession (Harper and Brothers Publishers: New York, 1957)
Processed by Traci Drummond, John Thompson, Hal Hansen, and Tierra Thomas at the file level, Fall 2016.
- Georgia Association of Educators:
- A Guide to the Records at Georgia State University Library
- Georgia State University Library
- Fall 2016
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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