DLG provides back-to-school educator resources for the 2019-2020 school year

The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) welcomes this year’s back-to-school season by making new educator resources based on the Georgia third, fourth, and fifth grade Georgia Social Studies Standards of Excellence (GSE) available at sites.google.com/view/dlg-educator-resources.

New items include:

  • A frameable poster and printable postcard featuring Georgia third, fourth, and fifth grade GSE themes, released monthly
  • “Link lists” to DLG and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) resources, organized by Georgia third, fourth, and fifth grade GSE themes and topics

These new items accompany our existing resources:

  • A quick-start guide that supports educators and students in their research of original materials
  • A sample slide deck for educators
  • A guide on using DLG materials
  • A postcard of DLG portals with features available for educators
  • National History Day resources that connect K-12 history researchers to primary source documents in the DLG
  • A customized National History Day GALILEO portal, designed to simplify access to primary documents, articles, and more for K-12 history researchers (available via GALILEO affiliated K-12 schools. Contact GALILEO at www.galileo.usg.edu/contact/ for details)

In a joint statement, Joy Hatcher, social studies program manager, and JoAnn Wood, social studies program specialist, both with the Georgia Department of Education, said:

“The primary sources from GALILEO and DLG provide Georgia’s teachers with a wealth of excellent teaching materials. It is clear that they are working diligently to see that sources are teacher-friendly and aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence. We are fortunate to have such a collection and experts determined to make them usable.”

These items provide high-quality, standards-aligned materials that help teachers meet the diverse academic interests and needs of students. 

Topics include: 

  • Early Native American cultures
  • European exploration in North America
  • British colonial America
  • The American Revolution
  • The creation of the Constitution
  • American westward expansion
  • The abolitionist and suffrage movements
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • The turn of the twentieth century
  • American involvement in World War I and  World War II
  • The Great Depression and New Deal
  • The Cold War
  • Historical developments between 1950-1975
  • Important events from 1975-2001 

Materials come from museums, archives, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural heritage organizations that have contributed more than 800 collections to DLG’s website, and all provide insight into the state’s diverse population and geography.

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Fulton County Superintendent’s annual reports now available online

ATHENS, Ga. — The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is pleased to announce the availability of Superintendent’s annual reports for the Fulton County, Georgia school system at dlg.usg.edu/collection/fcs_superintendents. These resources have been made available online thanks in part to the DLG’s Competitive Digitization grant program, a funding opportunity intended to broaden DLG partner participation for statewide historic digitization projects. 

These annual reports were submitted by local, public school districts to the State School Superintendent’s Office as part of their operations to receive accreditation and funding, and contain demographic information pertaining to the growth of the school system located in and around Atlanta between the years 1929 and 1977. Data was collected on both African American and white schools and was expressed using the “dual school system” terminology of “colored” and “white.” The reports also contain material related to school employees, building materials and valuations, as well as transportation and supply costs. A small portion of this collection includes reports from Milton and Campbell counties just before they merged with Fulton County.

Michael Santrock, the archives and collections specialist at Fulton County Schools Archives notes: 

“Information gathered from school systems have a great potential to illuminate the history of a place…from learning and teaching to voting and playing, they are institutions that reflect the social and cultural milieus of the districts they reside within. The Superintendent’s Annual Reports of Fulton County Schools document this story by offering a look at the growth of metro Atlanta throughout some very crucial decades of the twentieth century. The oldest portion of this collection provides evidence of a largely rural and segregated district during the Great Depression, while the latter portion is a culmination of the movement to integrate the schools after the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954–a process that lasted seventeen years. In this respect, the reports help to clarify one of the defining issues of the Civil Rights Movement.”

About Fulton County Schools Archives

The Fulton County Schools Archives preserves and maintains a wide range of historic materials such as board minutes, school yearbooks, and audiovisual recordings while serving the public as a repository for these historical collections. Visit www.fultonschools.org/archives.

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