Inventory of the Gracie B. Dobbins Papers, 1924 and circa 1965-1986

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Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Gracie B. Dobbins (1905-2001) was an African American school teacher. She was born Gracie Lee Burns in 1905 and graduated Avery Institute in 1924 with a teaching certificate. She later married a Mr. Dobbins and taught at Minnie Hughes Elementary School on Yonges Island and possibly elsewhere. She served as Chairman of Annual Appeal of Dimes for the City Federation of Colored Women's Clubs in the 1960s. Dobbins died in Charleston in 2001.
The collection contains materials related to Grace B. Dobbins' education, teaching career, and affiliations. Includes lesson plans, 1965-1967 and undated, other school related materials; materials from the City Federation of Colored Women's Club; an Avery Institute diploma and associated graduation program, 1924; an Avery 50th reunion invitation and memorial matchbook, 1974; and other materials.
Title: Gracie B. Dobbins Papers, 1924 and circa 1965-1986
Creator: Dobbins, Gracie B., 1905-2001.
Repository: Avery Research Center, College of Charleston
Call Number: AMN 1075
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
(1 archival box)

Biographical Note

Gracie Lee Burns (1905-2001) was an African American school teacher. She was born in 1905 and graduated Avery Institute in 1924 with a teaching certificate. She later married a Mr. Dobbins and taught at Minnie Hughes Elementary School on Yonges Island and possibly elsewhere. She served as Chairman of Annual Appeal of Dimes for the City Federation of Colored Women's Clubs in the 1960s. Dobbins died in Charleston in 2001.


Collection Overview

The collection contains materials related to Grace B. Dobbins' education, teaching career, and affiliations. Includes lesson plans, 1965-1967 and undated, and other school related materials from Dobbins' time at Minnie Hughes Elementary School on Yonges Island and possibly elsewhere; materials from the City Federation of Colored Women's Club; an Avery Institute diploma and associated graduation program, 1924; an Avery 50th reunion invitation and memorial matchbook, 1974; and other materials.

Collection Arrangement

1. Education, Teaching, and Other Materials, 1924 and circa 1965-1986



Subject Headings

  • African American teachers -- South Carolina -- Yonges Island.
  • African American women teachers -- South Carolina -- Yonges Island.
  • Avery Normal Institute -- Alumni and alumnae.
  • City Federation of Colored Women's Clubs (Charleston, S.C.).
  • Dobbins, Gracie B., 1905-2001.


Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Education, Teaching, and Other Materials, 1924 and circa 1965-1986.

Box 1   Folder 1
Avery Normal Institute: Teaching License, Graduation, and Reunion Materials, 1924 and 1974
Includes diploma and graduation program, 1924; teaching license, 1924; and 50th class reunion program and matchbook, 1974.
Box 1   Folder 2
Teaching Materials: Lesson Plans (Social Studies, Grades 6-8), 1965-1967
Box 1   Folder 3
Teaching Materials: Lesson Plans (Social Studies, Grades 6-8), undated
Box 1   Folder 4
Teaching Materials: Lesson Plan Format, Parent Letter, and Test Questions
Includes a fill-in-the-blank lesson plan format; a blank parent letter from Minnie Hughes Elementary School, Yonges Island; and a list of questions for a test on prehistoric times.
Box 1   Folder 5
City Federation of Colored Women's Club
Includes a certificate presented to The Elite Art Federated Club, 1986; donation formsregarding the Annual Appeal of Dimes, for which Dobbins was chairman; 1962-1965; black-and-white partially indentified photograph (possibly of the Club members) taken by Boags Modern Arts, with a list of clubs in the Federation.
Box 1   Folder 6
Miscellaneous Material, 1966-1967
Includes letter regarding centennial of Plymouth United Church of Christ; a list of attendees to the Institute of African Life and History; and a travel brochure from the International Gay Travelers Touring Club, which was founded in 1948 to help African American travelers avoid "embarrassment... brought about by racial discrimination."


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gracie B. Dobbins Papers, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Andrea Carlisle, March 2009, and Amanda Ross, October 2009

Edited by Amanda Ross, October 2009

Encoded by Amanda Ross, October 2009

Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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