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MSS 053 The Foundation for Excellence in Public Education collection Edit


MSS 053
Finding Aid Author
Justin Kau
Finding Aid Date
March 2018
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard


  • 1983-2015 (Creation)


  • 1.79 Linear Feet (Whole)
    Two full letter document boxes and one document box measuring 17.5 by 11.5 by 3.



  • Abstract

    This collection contains materials pertaining to meetings held by members of the Foundation for Excellence in Education in addition to photographs and ephemera from award ceremonies held by the Foundation.

  • Physical Description


  • Conditions Governing Access

    This collection has no restrictions. This collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required. Apply in the Heritage Room for access.

  • Preferred Citation

    The Foundation for Excellence in Education collection, MSS 053, Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library

  • Biographical / Historical

    The Foundation for Excellence in Education (not to be confused with the national political organization of the same name based in Florida) was established in 1983 in Athens, Georgia. It honors teachers and education administrators in the Clarke County School District with several annual awards and in recent years has also awarded grants. The first President of the organization, C. B. Lord, at the time served on the Clarke County Board of Education, including three years as its President. Lord worked at the University of Georgia’s Center for Continuing Education for three decades, before which he had been a teacher and administrator in Walton County; after his retirement, he consulted with the Georgia School Boards Association.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection contains records, correspondence, speech drafts, photographs, clippings, and ephemera. This entire collection originally came in the form of five three-ring binders. The titles of the folders in the first-second series come directly from the titles on those original binders: Excellence in Teaching Awards and Service and Leadership Awards; Classroom Grants and Scholarships; Memorabilia 1983-1995; and Memorabilia 1996-2006. The first binder was left as is, constituting the third series of the final collection. Its organization mostly corresponds to the tab labels created by its original compiler, C. B. Lord. The documents at the beginning of the binder are exceptions: a history of the organization, an outline of a speech, and some meetings minutes that apparently were intended to be placed with similar documents later in the binder. This binder has been left "as is" not only because it represents a distinct collection of materials organized by Lord but also because the binder is of higher quality than the other binders and its cover sheet (glued to the binder) bears the same illustration as that used on the cover sheets of the other binders, thus giving researchers an impression of the appearance of all of the original binders.

    The sleeves from the other four original binders, except for the last (the Memorabilia 1996-2006 collection), have been transferred to the archival boxes. Many of them contain multiple clippings in addition to photographs. Extensive processing would be required to remove the clippings from the binder sleeves while maintaining their original order and context. The photographs, however, have been separated and placed in archival sheets adjacent to the items with which they were originally placed. Each archival folder corresponds to the contents of what was a sheet in the original binders; this explains why some of the folders only have a small amount of material inside them.


  • Type
    Mixed Materials
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