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The collection contains an Arkansas Teachers Association membership ledger for 1924-1925, listing 1,625 members from Arkansas and Louisiana.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Arkansas Teachers Association (ATA) was a professional organization for Arkansas's African American teachers. It was established in 1898 on the campus of Branch Normal College, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, with Joseph Carter Corbin as one of the founders, and first president. Originally called the Arkansas State Teachers Association (1898-1931), it became known as the Association of Teachers of Negro Youth in Arkansas before adopting the name Arkansas Teachers Association in 1938. The organization’s goals were to foster better educational conditions for black students, including better school buildings, equipment, health, and more adequately prepared teachers. The Arkansas Teachers Association held annual conventions and published a quarterly journal entitled “The Bulletin” (1928-1969). A branch of the Arkansas Teachers Association included the Arkansas School Administrators Association (1952-1969). Samuel Paul Nelson, who began his teaching career in Louisiana before teaching in Arkadelphia, Dermott, and Camden, Arkansas, served as ATA president at the time the ledger was created. In November 1968, under the presidency of York Williams, the Arkansas Teachers' Association held its last convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with the theme, “A Legacy to Remember.” The Arkansas Teachers Association merged with the Arkansas Education Association (AEA) on July 1, 1969.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Arkansas Teachers Association membership ledger, MS.000582


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas Teachers Association membership ledger, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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