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APPLE Corps, Inc. records

Collection number: ahc.MSS1252

Scope and Contents

This collection serves as an example of a grassroots neighborhood organization which was formed to improve the quality of public schools. The collection contains records that document the founding, history, and activities of APPLE Corps, Inc. Included in the collection are administrative files, annual reports, Board of Directors meeting minutes, financial records, presentations, and workshop materials. Publications of APPLE Corps represented in the collection include its newsletter, "SchoolTalk," and science and nature guides for the Atlanta area. Of particular interest are records from 1974-1979, the years leading up to the founding of APPLE Corps, that set the stage for why and how this organization began.


  • 1974-2003, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Biographical / Historical

In Fall 1976, the Public Education Task Force of the Junior League of Atlanta met with active public school parents to study the needs of Atlanta Public Schools and to identify where they could help the quality of public education in Atlanta. They identified literacy, test scores, discipline, drugs, lack of support, lack of money and parental involvement, and white flight as the main problems, and over the next two years, the task force interviewed and toured schools to evaluate specific needs. The task force formed a steering committee to examine the merits of opening a Community Involvement Resource Center for public school supporters, parents, and citizens in 1978. Based on its findings, it named a Board of Directors and formed APPLE Corps, Inc. (Atlanta Parents and Public Linked for Education) in January 1979 under the premise that active parent and community involvement would significantly enhance the quality of education. During the school year, APPLE Corps offered workshops to increase parent and community participation in schools. It published a quarterly newsletter, "SchoolTalk," and operated a telephone and resource center connecting parents with each other and with school officials. Separate from the city and school system, APPLE Corps worked closely with the public schools. APPLE Corps programs were paid for by user fees and the financial support of individuals, foundations, and corporations. In 2003, APPLE Corps merged with the Atlanta Committee for Public Education (ACPE).


12.43 linear ft. (26 document cases, one oversize box, one cassette tape, and one floppy disc)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audio recording was made on a cassette tape and digital files are stored on a floppy disk, both of which can be made accessible only through conversion to digital surrogates. Patrons who request access to the audio and digital content in this collection are responsible for digital conversion costs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1999, with subsequent additions

Related Materials

Visual materials have been separated from the collection. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Bias in Description

As archivists, we acknowledge our role as stewards of information. We choose how individuals and organizations are represented and described in our archives. We are not neutral, and bias is reflected in our descriptions, which may not accurately convey the racist or offensive aspects of collection materials. Archivists make mistakes and might use poor judgment. In working with this collection, we often re-use language used by the former owners of the material. This language provides context but often includes bias and prejudices reflective of the time in which it was created. The Kenan Research Center’s work is ongoing to implement reparative language where Library of Congress subject terms are inaccurate and obsolete.

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2023.

APPLE Corps, Inc. records
May 2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305