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Kennesaw State University Oral History Project

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Cobb County Oral History Series

Kennesaw College Oral History Series

Kennesaw State University Oral History Series

Cherokee County Oral History Series

Georgia Government Oral History Series

North Georgia Oral History Series

Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Series

Marietta Housing Authority Series

Southern Polytechnic State University Series



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Kennesaw State University Oral History Project, 1973- | Kennesaw State University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Kennesaw State University Oral History Project, 1973-Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: KSU/45/05/001/

Primary Creator: Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)

Extent: 40.0 Items

Arrangement: The transcripts are organized chronologically into seven series, then arranged by format and assigned volume number.

Date Acquired: 06/21/2010

Subjects: African Americans - Georgia - Cobb County - History, Cobb County (Ga.) - History - 20th century, Kennesaw State University - History, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Cobb County Branch - History, Southern Polytechnic State University - History, Universities and colleges - Georgia - Cobb County - History

Forms of Material: Oral histories, Transcripts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Kennesaw State University oral history project consists of nine series: the Cobb County Oral History Series (1973-2005), the Kennesaw College Oral History Series (1978-1985), the Kennesaw State University Oral History Series (1986-), the Cherokee County Oral History Series (1992), the Georgia Government Oral History Series (1998), the North Georgia Oral History Series (1998-2000), the Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Series (2009-2010), the Marietta Housing Authority Series (2011), and the Southern Polytechnic State University Series (2014), as well as a sub-series, HIST 4425 50th Anniversary Series, which consists of a subset of interviews within the Kennesaw State University Oral History Series (2011). Interview transcripts are available in bound volumes, digital (PDF) formats, and microfilm. They are arranged by the volume numbers assigned during the transcription process. Interview recordings may be available in sound and video formats. Sound formats include audiocassettes, microcassettes, and born-digital and digitized formats. Video formats include VHS, U-matic, and digitized formats. Researchers should check individual interview titles to determine available formats. All interview materials are arranged by series, format, and then in numerical order by the assigned volume number. All bound volumes are located in the Archives Reading Room and are arranged alphabetically by Interviewee last name.

The Cobb County Oral History Series was conducted by Thomas Scott, Professor of History at Kennesaw State University, and others, of prominent citizens of Cobb County, Georgia. The series was started in 1978 and has now been completed. The interviewees were people of various backgrounds from Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding, Bartow, Gordon, and Fulton counties. Most of the interviews were relatively brief class projects by students taking Georgia or Social and Cultural History. All transcripts in the series have been bound and placed in the archives at KSU and in the Georgia Room of the main Cobb County Library. Unless otherwise indicated transcribed interviews are typed and single-spaced.

The Kennesaw College Oral History Series consists of interviews conducted with people of various backgrounds from Cobb, Paulding, Bartow, Gordon, and Fulton counties from 1978 to 1985. The majority of the interviews were relatively brief class projects by students taking Georgia History or Social and Cultural History classes. Interview transcripts short in length were bound together as eleven "Collected interviews" volumes. The series also includes an index of volumes 1-10 of the "Collected Interviews," which was created by Angela G. Reiss.

The Kennesaw State University oral history series is a project conducted in collaboration with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), and the College of the Humanities and Social Sciences to collect oral histories from all past recipients of the KSU Distinguished Professor, Teaching, Scholarship and Service Awards. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Thomas Scott and Dr. Dede Yow, with transcript editing and indexing assistance by Susan Batungbacal, Josh Dix and Jan Heidrich-Rice. The sub-series, HIST 4425 50th Anniversary Series, was conducted by students in the HIST 4425 class to document people who have made significant contributions to the history of Kennesaw State University.

Interviews of other faculty and members of the KSU Foundation who have made significant contributions to Kennesaw State University are also included within this project.

The Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Series consists of forty-one oral history interviews done with a variety of people across Cobb County. The purpose of the project is to collect personal experiences of people with the Cobb County Branch and its predecessor, the Marietta Branch, of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as the Civil Rights movement in Cobb County, Georgia. The series was conceived as part of the 100th anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 2009. It was a joint effort between Dr. Scott’s HIST 4425 (Oral History) undergraduate class at Kennesaw State University and the Cobb County Branch of the NAACP. Students met with and interviewed subjects. Copies of the interview transcripts have been placed on deposit in the Kennesaw State University Dept. of Archives, Special Collections, and Records Management and the Georgia Room of the Central Library and the Hattie G. Wilson Library of the Cobb County Public Library System, in addition to other locations.

The Marietta Housing Authority series consists of an interview with the former executive director of the MHA, George H. Green, to document the history of the organization.

The Southern Polytechnic State University Series documents the institution from the perspective of administration, faculty, staff, and students. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Thomas Scott and his colleagues at SPSU throughout 2014, following the announcement of the consolidation of Southern Polytechnic State University with Kennesaw State University.

Collection Historical Note

Thomas Allan Scott was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1943. When he was a year old, his family moved to west Tennessee. The family lived there for three years before moving to Knoxville, Tennessee, where Scott grew up. He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he received a B.S. in History in 1964, an M.A. in History in 1966, and a Ph.D. in History in 1978. Scott taught at Western Piedmont College in Morganton, North Carolina, for the 1967-1968 term. In 1968 he joined the faculty at Kennesaw Junior College, just two years after the school opened. He has been on the faculty of Kennesaw State University until the present time.

Dr. Scott served as Professor of History in the Department of History and Philosophy from 1968 to his retirement in 2011. He is currently a Professor of History Emeritus and Campus Historian. Dr. Scott is the author of two books on the history of Georgia: Cobb County, Georgia, and the origins of the suburban south: A twentieth-century history (2003) and Cornerstones of Georgia history: Documents that formed the state (1995). He has also authored several entries for the Digital Library of Georgia’s New Georgia Encyclopedia. He lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife, Kathy.

Biographical Note

Thomas Allan Scott was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1943. When he was a year old, his family moved to west Tennessee. The family lived there for three years before moving to Knoxville, Tennessee, where Scott grew up. He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he received a B.S. in History in 1964, an M.A. in History in 1966, and a Ph.D. in History in 1978. Scott taught at Western Piedmont College in Morganton, North Carolina, for the 1967-1968 term. In 1968 he joined the faculty at Kennesaw Junior College, just two years after the school opened. He has been on the faculty of Kennesaw State University until the present time.

Dr. Scott served as Professor of History in the Department of History and Philosophy from 1968 to his retirement in 2011. He is currently a Professor of History Emeritus and Campus Historian. Dr. Scott is the author of two books on the history of Georgia: Cobb County, Georgia, and the origins of the suburban south: A twentieth-century history (2003) and Cornerstones of Georgia history: Documents that formed the state (1995). He has also authored several entries for the Digital Library of Georgia’s New Georgia Encyclopedia. He lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife, Kathy.

Subject/Index Terms

African Americans - Georgia - Cobb County - History
Cobb County (Ga.) - History - 20th century
Kennesaw State University - History
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Cobb County Branch - History
Southern Polytechnic State University - History
Universities and colleges - Georgia - Cobb County - History

Administrative Information

Repository: Kennesaw State University Archives

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted

Use Restrictions: To request permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material in any format, you must contact the Archives, Rare Books and Records Management.

Acquisition Source: Thomas Allan Scott, 1943-

Acquisition Method: Transfer. Received as an email attachment from Dr. Scott.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Cobb County Oral History Series, 1973-],
[Series 2: Kennesaw College Oral History Series, 1978-1985],
[Series 3: Kennesaw State University Oral History Series, 1986-],
[Series 4: Cherokee County Oral History Series, 1992-08-24],
[Series 5: Georgia Government Oral History Series, 1998],
[Series 6: North Georgia Oral History Series, 1998-2000],
[Series 7: Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Series, 2009-2010],
[Series 8: Marietta Housing Authority Series, 2011],
[Series 9: Southern Polytechnic State University Series, 2014-],
[All]

Series 6: North Georgia Oral History Series, 1998-2000Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Sound recordingsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Transcripts, 1998-2000Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Bound volumes, 1998-2000Add to your cart.
Item 1: Interview with Norton Brown Tumlin and Horace W. and Miriam G. Howard, 1998-08-06Add to your cart.
Item 2: Interview with Mary Hood, 1999-09-24Add to your cart.
Item 3: Interview with Dr. Susie W. Wheeler, 2000-03-03Add to your cart.

Biographical note: Susie Weems Wheeler was born in the Pine Grove area of Bartow County, Georgia, on February 24, 1917. Her father was a tenant farmer who died when Dr. Wheeler was 8 years old. Her mother, Cora Smith Weems, worked as a laundress and domestic worker. She later married Oscar Canty. Wheeler was the youngest of three children. Her cousin, Bennie Reuben Smith, was also raised as part of the family. When Wheeler was 2 years old, the family moved to the Cassville area.

Dr. Wheeler attended elementary school at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Cassville, where her grandfather served as Deacon, and Noble Hill, a Rosenwald school. She attended Summer Hill in Cartersville through the ninth grade and graduated from Cabin Creek High School, a boarding school in Griffin, Georgia, in 1935. Immediately after graduation, Dr. Wheeler received a teaching license and taught school in Calhoun, Georgia, and at the Adairsville School in Bartow County. She received a bachelor's degree from Fort Valley State College in 1945, a 6th year Education specialist's certificate from the University of Kentucky, a 6th year Education specialist's degree from the University of Georgia, and a doctorate degree from Atlanta University.

Dr. Wheeler worked as a Jeanes supervisor in Bartow, Gordon, and Pauling Counties before the creation of the integrated Bartow County School District in the mid-1960s. She was integral to the successful integration of the schools. Jeanes supervisors acted as superintendents for rural African American schools, working to improve classroom teaching and resources, lunch programs, student health, parental involvement, and teacher recruitment. The program was started by Anna T. Jeanes, a Quaker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Wheeler retired as a Curriculum Director in 1979.

Susie Wheeler married Dan Wheeler in 1941. The couple had one son in 1950. In addition to her career and family, she was instrumental in saving the Noble Hill School building, which became the Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial. Dr. Wheeler died on July 22, 2007.

Subject/Index Terms:
Wheeler, Susie Weems (1917-)
Noble Hill - Wheeler Memorial Center - History
African American school administrators - Georgia - Bartow County - 20th century
African American teachers - Georgia - Bartow County - 20th century
Bartow County (Ga.) - Social life and customs - 20th century
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Wheeler, Susie Weems (1917-)
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Sub-Series 2: Electronic documents, 1998-2000Add to your cart.
Item 1: Interview with Norton Brown Tumlin and Horace W. and Miriam G. Howard, 1998-08-06Add to your cart.
Item 2: Interview with Mary Hood, 1999-09-24Add to your cart.
Item 3: Interview with Dr. Susie W. Wheeler, 2000-03-03Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Biographical note: Susie Weems Wheeler was born in the Pine Grove area of Bartow County, Georgia, on February 24, 1917. Her father was a tenant farmer who died when Dr. Wheeler was 8 years old. Her mother, Cora Smith Weems, worked as a laundress and domestic worker. She later married Oscar Canty. Wheeler was the youngest of three children. Her cousin, Bennie Reuben Smith, was also raised as part of the family. When Wheeler was 2 years old, the family moved to the Cassville area.

Dr. Wheeler attended elementary school at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Cassville, where her grandfather served as Deacon, and Noble Hill, a Rosenwald school. She attended Summer Hill in Cartersville through the ninth grade and graduated from Cabin Creek High School, a boarding school in Griffin, Georgia, in 1935. Immediately after graduation, Dr. Wheeler received a teaching license and taught school in Calhoun, Georgia, and at the Adairsville School in Bartow County. She received a bachelor's degree from Fort Valley State College in 1945, a 6th year Education specialist's certificate from the University of Kentucky, a 6th year Education specialist's degree from the University of Georgia, and a doctorate degree from Atlanta University.

Dr. Wheeler worked as a Jeanes supervisor in Bartow, Gordon, and Pauling Counties before the creation of the integrated Bartow County School District in the mid-1960s. She was integral to the successful integration of the schools. Jeanes supervisors acted as superintendents for rural African American schools, working to improve classroom teaching and resources, lunch programs, student health, parental involvement, and teacher recruitment. The program was started by Anna T. Jeanes, a Quaker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Wheeler retired as a Curriculum Director in 1979.

Susie Wheeler married Dan Wheeler in 1941. The couple had one son in 1950. In addition to her career and family, she was instrumental in saving the Noble Hill School building, which became the Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial. Dr. Wheeler died on July 22, 2007.

Subject/Index Terms:
Wheeler, Susie Weems (1917-)
Noble Hill - Wheeler Memorial Center - History
African American school administrators - Georgia - Bartow County - 20th century
African American teachers - Georgia - Bartow County - 20th century
Bartow County (Ga.) - Social life and customs - 20th century
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Wheeler, Susie Weems (1917-)
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Sub-Series 3: Microfilm, 1998-2000Add to your cart.
Box 3: Box 3Add to your cart.
Roll 1: Roll F1, 1998Add to your cart.
Item 1: Interview with Norton Brown Tumlin and Horace W. and Miriam G. Howard, 1998-08-06Add to your cart.
Roll 2: Roll F2, 2000Add to your cart.
Item 3: Interview with Dr. Susie W. Wheeler, 2000-03-03Add to your cart.

Biographical note: Susie Weems Wheeler was born in the Pine Grove area of Bartow County, Georgia, on February 24, 1917. Her father was a tenant farmer who died when Dr. Wheeler was 8 years old. Her mother, Cora Smith Weems, worked as a laundress and domestic worker. She later married Oscar Canty. Wheeler was the youngest of three children. Her cousin, Bennie Reuben Smith, was also raised as part of the family. When Wheeler was 2 years old, the family moved to the Cassville area.

Dr. Wheeler attended elementary school at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Cassville, where her grandfather served as Deacon, and Noble Hill, a Rosenwald school. She attended Summer Hill in Cartersville through the ninth grade and graduated from Cabin Creek High School, a boarding school in Griffin, Georgia, in 1935. Immediately after graduation, Dr. Wheeler received a teaching license and taught school in Calhoun, Georgia, and at the Adairsville School in Bartow County. She received a bachelor's degree from Fort Valley State College in 1945, a 6th year Education specialist's certificate from the University of Kentucky, a 6th year Education specialist's degree from the University of Georgia, and a doctorate degree from Atlanta University.

Dr. Wheeler worked as a Jeanes supervisor in Bartow, Gordon, and Pauling Counties before the creation of the integrated Bartow County School District in the mid-1960s. She was integral to the successful integration of the schools. Jeanes supervisors acted as superintendents for rural African American schools, working to improve classroom teaching and resources, lunch programs, student health, parental involvement, and teacher recruitment. The program was started by Anna T. Jeanes, a Quaker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Wheeler retired as a Curriculum Director in 1979.

Susie Wheeler married Dan Wheeler in 1941. The couple had one son in 1950. In addition to her career and family, she was instrumental in saving the Noble Hill School building, which became the Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial. Dr. Wheeler died on July 22, 2007.

Subject/Index Terms:
Wheeler, Susie Weems (1917-)
Noble Hill - Wheeler Memorial Center - History
African American school administrators - Georgia - Bartow County - 20th century
African American teachers - Georgia - Bartow County - 20th century
Bartow County (Ga.) - Social life and customs - 20th century
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Wheeler, Susie Weems (1917-)
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Cobb County Oral History Series, 1973-],
[Series 2: Kennesaw College Oral History Series, 1978-1985],
[Series 3: Kennesaw State University Oral History Series, 1986-],
[Series 4: Cherokee County Oral History Series, 1992-08-24],
[Series 5: Georgia Government Oral History Series, 1998],
[Series 6: North Georgia Oral History Series, 1998-2000],
[Series 7: Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Series, 2009-2010],
[Series 8: Marietta Housing Authority Series, 2011],
[Series 9: Southern Polytechnic State University Series, 2014-],
[All]


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