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Continuing Education photographs and negatives

Identifier: UA-0005-1003

Scope and Contents note

Photographs and negatives from the Continuing Education program at the University of West Georgia from about 1949-1969. The bulk of the photographs have no identification. From research done by Special Collections and Alumni Relations in 2013, key people, locations, and events, and time periods have been roughly identified. An oral history conducted by Myron House, past Special Collections Librarian, with Collus Johnson on February 27, 1981 provided some identification clues to numbered oversize photographs.

Key people appearing in photographs include: Irvine S. Ingram, J. Carson Pritchard, Collus O. Johnson, Horace M. King, and Ed Dodd.


  • 1949-1969


Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights have been transferred to the University of West Georgia.

Biographical/Historical note

This collection forms part of the records of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The idea for Continuing Education began around 1933 with the formation of West Georgia College. A community survey conducted at that time, which was used to inform the creation of the curriculum, revealed the lack of teacher training in local rural schools and the lack of information in the community relating to the practices of agriculture, food preservation, and health and sanitation. Faculty on campus realized that they could help assist the community by developing training for teachers (who, in turn, would teach students) and adult education programs.

In 1937, President Irvine S. Ingram sent a proposal to the Julius Rosenwald Fund in Chicago for funds to create a rural education program. The Julius Rosenwald Fund gave $11,000 in that year. The University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents gave an additional $30,000 which was used to construct the Rural Arts Life building (now called the Martha Munro building) on campus.

C. Porter Claxton, an agriculturalist, likely came to campus around 1937 and by 1939 his title was Director of Rural Education. He created programs to train teachers in how to improve agricultural methods and preserve food. Claxton believed that rural elementary school teachers played a key role to improving farm life, being able to teach practical skills to children along with traditional subjects. Ed Yeomans assumed the role of Director of Adult Education in 1940. He created cooperative educational programs within the community. It was under his direction that the community potato curing houses and canning plants began to appear. Soon, the farmers and other Carrollton citizens became interested in learning about other things. Courses were taught in geology, child psychology, local and regional history, and more. J. Carson Pritchard, director of adult education in the late 1940s, gave the program a new direction and branding as “College in the Country.”

The first College in the Country program began in 1949 as a request from the people in the Smithfield community, located in the northwest corner of Carroll County near the Alabama State line, to learn about the history of their community and the Carrollton area. By 1958, the College in the Country program had reached over 21 communities in Carroll and nearby counties. It had over 3,508 attendees, of which 2,251 were from rural areas.

Studycades, a Continuing Education travel program, operated from 1953 to 1977. Participants in the Studycade program would research a destination’s culture and politics and then travel as a group to tour significant sites.

Educators from around the world visited West Georgia College to learn about the continuing education programs and to take back ideas to their own institutions. The college had visitors from England, Ecuador, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Libya, the Philippines, Turkey, South Korea, and others. These visitors would sometimes be asked to talk to the college and program participants about their own country and customs.

The Continuing Education program utilized local radio station, WLBB, to distribute information and educational programs to the Carrollton area community. Radio station manager, Tom Vassy, participated in several studycade trips, making nightly reports by telephone on where the group went that day and what they learned. The recording of the report would be played the next morning on the station. Another program, “This I Remember,” were interviews conducted by Vassy with elder citizens from Carrollton about their memories from their childhood. The program was nicknamed “Oldtimers” because of all the elders involved in the interviews. The “Poetry in Song,” series on the radio was the beginning of the “Classroom 1100” program featuring West Georgia College faculty members giving weekly lectures on a variety of subjects, including history, music, English, and adult education. It was broadcast on Sunday afternoons with a repeat broadcast Wednesday mornings that allowed schools to tune in.

The Delbert Clark Award, instituted in 1954 was named in honor of Delbert Clark, Vice-President of the Fund of Adult Education of the Ford Foundation, who died before he was able to visit West Georgia College to speak. Robert Blakely from the Ford Foundation came in Clark’s stead, returned the honorarium paid to him by West Georgia College and requested that the College put it to good use. J. Carson Pritchard used the money to found the Delbert Clark Award. This award is presented annually to the top individual or community for distinguished service in the field of adult education.


10.22 Linear feet (2 boxes and 5 OV boxes)




This collection contains photographs and negatives from the Continuing Education program at the University of West Georgia from 1949-1969. Key people in photographs include: Irvine S. Ingram, J. Carson Pritchard, Collus O. Johnson, Horace M. King, and Ed Dodd.

Arrangement note

This series is arranged alphabetically except the oversize photos which are ordered numerically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Transferred from the Continuing Education department at an unknown date.

Related Archival Materials note

Continuing Education audio recordings, UA-0005-1001 Continuing Education catalogs and other materials, UA-0005-1002 Continuing Education, Adult Education records, UA-0005-1004 Continuing Education, College in the Country records, UA-0005-1005 Continuing Education, Studycades records, UA-0005-1006 Irvine S. Ingram papers, UA-0002-01 Collus O. Johnson papers, MS-0020

Processing Information note

Processed by Jennifer Little in 2013.

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Finding aid prepared by Written by Jennifer Little
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Language of description note
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States