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Lee Street School photo album

Collection number: ahc.VIS438

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a bound photo album of photographs of Lee Street School students, school activities, and stylized class portraits. Some of the Lee Street School activities included 1927 National Book Week, nativity scenes, cultural dress and dances, historical recreations, a tree planting, a Thanksgiving offering, a medieval fair, and a kindergarten birthday party. Rusha Wesley and faculty completed the album in May 1946. Of special note are group portraits of students labeled “Health and Dental Certificates.”


  • 1926-1946


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Biographical / Historical

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 site of the former academy became 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 teacher education course. This training continued until 1924. The Lee Street School pioneered 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 were transferred to the Dean Rusk Elementary School within the Atlanta Public School system.


1 item(s) (1 photo album with 282 black and white photographic prints)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1984

Related Materials

Lee Street School papers, MSS 537, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

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This collection was previously catalogued as LSS.

Processing Information

This collection was reprocessed in 2022.

Lee Street School photo album
Ariana Lee
October 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305