Clarence Bacote papers
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Clarence Bacote papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Bacote, Clarence A., 1906-1981
Title: Clarence Bacote papers
Dates: 1936-1980, undated
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft. (2 document cases; 1 half document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS935

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Clarence Bacote, historian and political scientist, was a professor and chair of the history department at Atlanta University. He was active in Atlanta black politics during the 1940s and led the All-Citizens Registration Committee of 1946. He also served as vice chairman of the Fulton County Democratic Party, Executive Committee of the Fulton County Citizens Democratic Club, and Georgia Democratic Executive Committee. He has been referred to as the scholarly catalyst for open political participation and suffrage in the New South. He focused on African Americans and the Civil Rights movement. He also studied the relations of other minority groups in the southeast, as well as the relationship between the people of the southeastern United States and Japan.

Scope and Content Note

The Clarence Bacote papers include correspondence, news clippings, and research papers, but are primarily composed of publications. The papers focus on the activities of African Americans in the south. As an African American history professor at a southern black university, Dr. Bacote's papers reflect his ongoing mission to gain a stronger understanding of the political and social evolution of blacks in the south. This mission included the study of those blacks who had previously achieved a high status in the south, including Henry O. Flipper, James T. Rapier, and Horace Ward. Bacote sought out contemporary published examples of current schools of thought. Older published articles on segregation and black history are not found here. Also of note is his penchant to concentrate on mainstream media, local newspapers, and magazines, for a contemporary view of race relations. Dr. Bacote was also interested in assisting students in achieving high goals by providing them with information on scholastic fellowships and grants. Along these lines, he kept abreast of new research by subscribing to brochures for scholastic publications. Finally, Dr. Bacote kept a small amount of personal correspondence.

Index Terms

African American college teachers--Georgia--Atlanta
African American historians--Georgia--Atlanta
Civil rights--Georgia--Atlanta
Flipper, Henry O. (Henry Ossian), 1856-1940
Historical markers--Georgia
Race relations
Rapier, James T., 1839-1883
Segregation in education--Georgia
Southern states--Foreign relations
Voting research--Georgia
Ward, Horace T. (Horace Taliaferro), 1927-

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Clarence Bacote papers, MSS 935, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1991

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2013.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Academic organizations, 1960-1977
2Conferences, 1972-1978
3Correspondence, 1962-1976
4Fellowships & Grants, 1962-1978
5Financial records, 1975
6Manuscript (unidentified), undated
7 The Moon (excerpts), undated
8News clippings, 1940-1979
9News clippings, 1940-1979
10News clippings, 1940-1979
11Prominent African Americans, 1975-1977
12African American history, 1940-1980
13 Aramco World, 1975-1977
14Archives, 1970-1974
15Atlanta & Georgia, 1967-1979
16Civil Liberties, undated



21Civil Rights, 1960-1974
2 Civil Rights Digest, 1968-1974
3Desegregation, 1953-1973
4Higher education, 1936-1977
5 Humanities in the South, 1970-1977
6Japan, 1975-1977
7 Japan/Southeast Newsletter, 1976-1977
8 National Observer, 1975-1976
9Politics, 1937-1976
10 Poverty Law Report, 1973-1977
11Rockefeller Foundation, 1973-1977
12Southern Regional Council, 1946-1973



31U.S. History, 1943-1977
2Research papers, 1938-1977
3Textbook catalogs, 1959-1978
4Textbook catalogs, 1979-1980
5Vocational training, 1962-1963