Ruth and Ethel Cockrell papers
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Ruth and Ethel Cockrell papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Cockrell, Ethel
Creator: Cockrell, Ruth
Title: Ruth and Ethel Cockrell papers
Dates: 1913-1976
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft. (2 document cases; 1 oversize folder)
Identification: ahc.MSS954

Biographical/Historical Note

Sisters Ruth and Ethel Cockrell were born in Alabama, the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Cockrell. Both successfully completed the elementary school course of study at South Highland School in Birmingham, Alabama - Ruth in 1913, Ethel in 1915. Ethel Cockrell graduated from the Atlanta Normal Training School in 1921 and attended Agnes Scott College and Howard University. The two women attended Emory University, where they were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Ruth graduated from Emory in 1932, and Ethel graduated in 1933. Ethel majored in history and French and joined Phi Sigma Iota, which was then a Romance Language Honor Society and later became an International Foreign Language Honor Society. Ruth Cockrell earned a master's degree in teaching from Emory in 1944. Both taught in the Atlanta Public School System for many years. The sisters resided at 1179 Briarcliff Avenue in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta and were active in the Druid Hills Civic Association.

Scope and Content Note

The Ruth and Ethel Cockrell papers include high school annuals, printed materials, diplomas, correspondence, and other materials concerning the Cockrells' personal education and their careers in education. The majority of the materials focus on Ethel Cockrell. The two annuals, from Roosevelt High School and Girls' High School, were dedicated to Ethel Cockrell and are inscribed to her from her students. The Emory University materials include transcripts, commencement programs, the 1933 commencement address, and newspaper clippings concerning students. Correspondence documents both sisters' induction into Phi Beta Kappa and Ethel's admittance into Phi Sigma Iota. Lacking in these papers is any documentation concerning Ethel or Ruth Cockrell's personal lives.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Associations, institutions, etc.--Georgia--Atlanta
Atlanta Normal Training School (Atlanta, Ga.)
Bass High School (Atlanta, Ga.)
Druid Hills Civic Association (Atlanta, Ga.)
Emory University
Girls High School (Atlanta, Ga.)
Public schools--Georgia--Atlanta
Roosevelt High School (Atlanta, Ga.)
Teachers colleges--Georgia--Atlanta
Universities and colleges--Georgia--Atlanta
Women teachers--Georgia--Atlanta

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ruth and Ethel Cockrell papers, MSS 954, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1997

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




11Annuals - Girls High School, 1943
2Annuals - Roosevelt High School, 1953
3Bass High School Handbook, 1950-1951
4Druid Hills Civic Association, 1939
5Education (General), 1929-1953
6Emory University, 1931-1958
7Honor societies, 1932-1957
8Play scripts, poems, speeches, 1919-1951
9Printed material, 1938-1960
10Reunions, 1956-1976



21Scrapbook - Bass High School French Club, 1935



MSS OS Box 5.21Diplomas & Certificates, 1913-1944