Monthly teacher reports from African American rural and city schools operating during the 1930s in Laurens County, Georgia now available online

The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is pleased to announce the availability of the Teacher’s Monthly Reports Collection at The collection, which belongs to the Oconee Regional Library System, is available online thanks in part to the DLG’s 2018 Competitive Digitization grant program, a funding opportunity intended to broaden DLG partner participation for statewide historic digitization projects.

The Teacher’s Monthly Reports collection includes monthly teacher reports from African American rural and city schools operating from 1930 to 1939 in Laurens County, Georgia. These monthly reports were created by individual teachers to be submitted to the Laurens County Superintendent. The reports list student names, age, grade and attendance for the month. Many of these records also show teacher salaries, addresses, and other information. The DLG has digitized 126 folders with reports for 58 schools.

Cristina Hernández Trotter, Head of the Reference Department and the Heritage Center of the Oconee Regional Library System describes the impact this new collection will have for researchers and genealogists: “Family and local historians will be thrilled to have online access to this information. Genealogists will eagerly pore over these pages in search of relatives. Local historians can use these records to paint a more detailed picture of our county’s educational system during the 1930s. Because these records contain the home address of some teachers and principals, any scholars interested in the history of the micropolitan nature of Dublin, Georgia will find these primary source documents of interest.”

“We are so excited to be able to partner with DLG to make these documents discoverable online,” Trotter continues, “This collection will have such a great impact on our community. Scholars interested in the history of education and civil rights in Georgia will be pleased to discover the rich historical information this collection contains.”

About the Oconee Regional Library System

The Oconee Regional Library System (OCRL) is a public library system that serves the Georgia counties of Glascock, Laurens, Johnson, Treutlen, and Washington. The headquarters for the library system is in Dublin, Georgia and the system serves a population of over 83,000 people across 2,011 square miles. Visit OCRL at

About the Digital Library of Georgia

Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture, and life. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. DLG also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project.


The Sam Massell Papers Collection and the Living Atlanta Oral History Collection

Inaugural address, 1970. Sam Massell papers, MSS 695, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.
Inaugural address, 1970. Sam Massell papers, MSS 695, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

We would like to welcome two new collections from our partners at the Atlanta History Center:  the Sam Massell Papers Collection and the Living Atlanta Oral History Collection.

The Sam Massell Papers collection contains a diverse set of materials representing the life and career of Sam Massell, Jr., who served as mayor of Atlanta from 1970 to 1974. These resources provide an excellent perspective of Massell’s career as a politician and businessman, and contain information relating to the many civic, political, and business organizations in which Sam Massell was involved.

Paul Crater, Vice President, Research Services at the Atlanta History Center remarks on the significance of the Sam Massell Papers collection:  “Very few of Atlanta’s mayors left their papers to archival institutions and the Sam Massell papers are uniquely positioned to offer researchers insights into his time in office and of Atlanta politics and social conditions in general.”

The Living Atlanta oral history collection includes oral history interviews of Atlantans discussing race relations, social life, customs, economic conditions, politics, and government during the twentieth century.

Crater notes that the Living Atlanta oral history collection “presents a diverse group of interviewees on a wide range of (still) relevant topics and offer many examples of commentary and reminiscences that I believe our audiences will find compelling.” He recommends listening to an interview conducted with  Alice Adams, an African American domestic worker who began working in the 1930s: “She talks about the reality of working 12-14 hour days for very low pay and having to endure riding on segregated trolleys and street cars to and from her job. She muses on the irony of how she could serve food, clean houses, change babies, make beds, and do laundry for whites and yet was not allowed to sit next to a white person on a street car. Her ability to clearly illustrate the absurdity of the custom of segregation is riveting.”

We hope that you enjoy these two newest resources from the Atlanta History Center!