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Edwin M. Blue papers

Identifier: MS-0021

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains reports, audits, evaluations, histories, and recommendations for Alabama and Georgia schools concerning accreditation. Also enclosed are the 1970 dissertation of Edwin Mark Blue and the 1972 dissertation of Joseph Charles Williamson, both of which concern desegregation.


  • 1968-1982

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

Dr. Edwin Mark Blue was born on January 17, 1918 in Wilcox County, Georgia to Daniel Archibald Blue and Leila Miller Blue. He attended Pineview High School, graduating in 1932, before receiving his two-year diploma from Middle Georgia Junior College in June 1934. After completing a year at Georgia Teachers College, Dr. Blue acted as teaching principal at New Tapley School in Irwin County, Georgia. He then went on to serve from 1937 to 1941 as teaching principal in the Crisp County school system. While teaching, Dr. Blue also attended the Georgia Teachers College receiving his B.S.Ed. degree in June 1941.

In July 1942, Dr. Blue entered the United States Army Air Force and served in the Pacific Theater until November 1945. On his return to the States, he entered the University of Georgia where he received his M.Ed. degree in 1948. During his graduate career at UGA, Dr. Blue also served as principal of Lavonia High School for three years, beginning in 1946. In 1949 he accepted the position of principal at Summerville High School, a station he occupied for eleven years. In 1960, Dr. Blue then became principal of Central High School in Carroll County. Five years later, he was elected superintendent of the Carroll County school system, a position he held until 1969.

Starting in 1964, Dr. Blue entered the doctoral program at Auburn University. In 1969, he completed his dissertation, School Desegregation and Involuntary Turnover of Elected School Superintendents in Georgia, and graduated with his Ed.D degree. From 1969 until 1974, Dr. Blue was an Assistant Professor of Education at West Georgia College. In 1974, and lasting until 1981, he was an Associate Professor of Education, as well as the Director of External Studies. He also served as the Senior Coordinator of Evening Studies during 1980-1981. In addition, he was a member of several educational societies, including Kappa Delta Phi, Phi Delta Kappa, and the Georgia Association of Educators. Dr. Blue retired in 1981.

Dr. Blue was married to Sallie Aleta Pesterfield. He died in 1983 and is buried in Summerville, Ga.


0.42 Linear feet (1 box)




Information harvested by Dr. Edwin M. Blue from visiting committees, including audits, reports, evaluations, and recommendations concerning the issues of accreditation and desegregation in various Alabama and Georgia schools.

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by file title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note


Processing Information note

Processed by Shannon Danielle Smith in 2009 and Candice Larson in 2014.

Guide to the Edwin M. Blue papers MS-0021
Finding aid prepared by Written by Shannon Danielle Smith and Candice Larson
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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