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American Teachers Association Series now available

H. Councill Trenholm, ATA President 1931-1932

Records documenting a significant organization in the history of American education are now available to researchers through the Special Collections Research Center.

In 1903, a call was put out for a National Association of Colored Teachers by Professor J.R.E. Lee, who would go on to become the organization's first president.  By 1907, the name was changed to the National Association of Teachers in Colored Schools (NATCS).  Like the NEA, the NATCS advocated in issues beyond education, such as health and housing.  In 1937, the organization again changed its name to the American Teachers Association (ATA), in part, to encourage inclusion of educators in less segregated parts of the country.  After years of working jointly with the NEA on issues related to African-American education, the ATA merged with the NEA in 1966, with all state affiliates joining shortly after.

The series contains material created by the ATA and material created in memory of the ATA or significant members of the ATA.  The material includes photographs, articles, ATA and affiliate publications, event programs and memorials for significant figures, most prominently H. Councill Trenholm.  A significant amount of the material was created after 1966 or is photocopied from an original.

The finding aid can be found at /ead/nea1007.xml#ref2460

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