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Lee Street School papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS537

Scope and Content

The collection includes thirty bound volumes compiled by Rusha Wesley that contain test papers, programs, invitations, Parent Teacher Association minutes, and the school newspaper, The Lee Messenger. Also included are newspaper clippings, photographs, student lists, and materials pertaining to the Lee Street School Annual Doll Show. Of particular interest are bound volumes containing newspaper clippings, letters, telegrams, and other materials from former students serving in the military as well as materials that document the school's activities during World War II.


  • 1884-1946, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

The parent institution of Lee Street School was West End Academy, founded in 1884. The City of West End dissolved on January 1, 1894, when it was incorporated into the City of Atlanta. The schools to occupy the site of the former academy include the West End School on Lee Street (1894-1903), and the Lee Street School (1903-1969). The school served the primary grades. Beginning in 1914, the Atlanta Normal Training School was offered at the site and included a two year course for the preparation of teaching as a profession. This training continued until 1924. The Lee Street School pioneered, in Atlanta, the open-air concept of education as an anti-tubercular measure. The practice waned in popularity and was discontinued in the 1920s. When Lee Street School closed in 1969, the students of the area continued study at the Dean Rusk School.

Additional historical information about Lee Street School has not been determined.


3.75 linear ft. (nine document cases)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1984
Lee Street School papers
Sue VerHoef
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305