Inventory of the Wilmot J. Fraser Elementary School Collection, Charleston, South Carolina, 1987 - 1994

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Descriptive Summary

Abstract: The former Wilmot J. Fraser Elementary School was located at 63 Columbus Street, on the downtown peninsula of Charleston, South Carolina. The predominately African-American public school was opened in 1957. As a part of the Charleston School District 20's redesign plan, Fraser Elementary closed at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 school year. Initially know as the Columbus Street School, the institution was renamed for Wilmot Jefferson Fraser (1905-1979), an African-American educator and administrator in Charleston, South Carolina. The majority of this collection consists of color photographs from 1990-1994. A large majority of these photographs of school events, students, teachers, school staff, parents and visiting presenters, are unidentifed and undated. Also, included are programs, newsletter, memorandums and newspaper articles regarding special events and honor roll students.
Title: Wilmot J. Fraser Elementary School Collection, Charleston, South Carolina, 1987 - 1994
Call Number: AMN 1129
Repository: Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
Date: 1987-1994
Bulk: 1990-1993
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 0.5 Linear feet
(2 archival boxes)

Historical Note

Wilmot Jefferson Fraser, was an African-American educator and administrator. Born to Middleton and Emma Gilliard Fraser on April 6, 1905, Charleston, South Carolina. A former student at the Avery Institute, Fraser obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree at South Carolina State College and a Masters of Art at the University of Michigan. He continued post graduate work at Columbia University, New York. Fraser eventually became the principal at many of Charleston's African-American schools: Santee (1930-1932); Shaw Elementary (1933-1935); Henry P. Archer (1936-1955); Sanders-Clyde (1956-1960). In 1960, Fraser became the Supervisor of Negro Schools in Charleston School District 20, and in 1966 the Assistant Director of Elementary Schools of Charleston County. Fraser was one of the initial organizers, president, and board member of the Elementary Principal Association within the South Carolina Palmetto Education Association (PEA). He married Mary Young, in 1937 and they had a son, Wilmot Alfred. Wilmot J. Fraser passed on March 31, 1979.

Wilmot J. Fraser Elementary School in Charleston, South Carolina, was erected on the site of the former Charleston Home building at 63 Columbus Street in 1956. Initially known as the "Columbus Street School, " the elementary school opened in 1957. The school served students from Pre-kindergarten to Sixth grade. Amidst strong objection from parents and community leaders, Fraser Elementary closed at the end of the 2008-2009 school year due to Charleston County School District 20's redesign plan.

Works Cited

Charleston County Public Library. "Records of the Commissioners of the Alms House (Poor House), 1800-1923 Collection Outline." Web. 24 Mar 2014.

"Ladies and Gentlemen: Wilmot Jefferson Fraser Upon His Retirement 25 Jun 1970." Fraser Family Vertical File, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, SC, USA.

Live5 News. "Parents, community rally to keep school open." 2 Aug 2009. Web. 24 Mar 2014.


Collection Overview

The majority of this collection is comprised of color photographs of events, students, faculty, staff and visiting presenters at Wilmot J. Fraser Elementary School between 1990-1994. Many images are unidentifed and undated. Also, printed materials of event programs, school newsletters, memorandums and newspaper articles highlighting events and honor roll students are included.

The collection is divided into two series:

1. Photographic Material includes color photographs of students in their classrooms; at Honor Roll ceremonies and other special school events; visiting guest presenters; and images of principals, teachers, parents/grandparents, and volunteers.

2. Printed Material includes programs, newsletters, event flyers, and memorandums. Photocopied newspaper articles features honor roll students, special events and people associated with Fraser Elementary. Also, included is a folder of newspaper clippings regarding Hurricane Hugo. Undated materials contains a combination of programs, photocopied newspaper clippings and school-related ephemera.


Collection Arrangement

1. Photographic Material

2. Printed Material


Subject Headings

  • Fraser, Wilmot Jefferson, 1905-1979
  • Education--South Carolina--Charleston.
  • Wilmot J. Fraser Elementary School--South Carolina--Charleston


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Photographic Material, 1990-1994.

Includes color photographs of students in their classroom; at Honor Roll and other special events; holidays; with guest presenters visiting the school; in addition to photos of principals, teachers, parents/grandparents, and volunteers.
Box 1   Folder 1
Photographs, 1990-1991
Several photos identified as "Start of School Year," and "Principal Pals."
Box 1   Folder 2
Photographs, 1990
Includes photos from events, "The Lesson That Max Learned" (play); students in the dance club; program regarding Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
Box 1   Folder 3
Photographs, 1990, undated
Includes photos from "Good Lunch Award," and "Drug Week."
Box 1   Folder 4
Photographs, 1990-1991
Holds photos from doughnut sale (Fall 1991); and District IX Parent Teacher Association event.
Box 1   Folder 5
Photographs w/negatives, c. 1990
Unidentified images of students in classrooms.
Box 1   Folder 6
Photographs w/negatives, 1990
Various photos of unidentifed students in classroom setting.
Box 1   Folder 7
Photographs, 1991
Includes photos from "Strongholders Association Program" and U.S. Coast Guard visit (17 Apr 1991).
Box 1   Folder 8
Photographs, 1990-1991
Includes photos from "The VIPs" and "Classy Kids" events.
Box 1   Folder 9
Photographs, 1991
Photos from "Honors Assembly" and "Parents Honor Roll" (26 Mar 1991).
Box 1   Folder 10
Photographs, undated
Re: Honor Roll students with their parents.
Box 1   Folder 11
Photographs, undated
Re: Honor Roll students (some w/their parents); winners from "Annual Geography Bee."
Box 1   Folder 12
Photographs, undated
Re: Honor Roll students featuring "The Pig" from Piggly Wiggly supermarket; various images of student in classroom and at programs.
Box 1   Folder 13
Photographs, 1992, undated
Includes photos from various and unidentifed student programs.
Box 1   Folder 14
Photographs, Dec, 1992
Photos from an unidentifed Christmas holiday program
Box 1   Folder 15
Photographs, 1993
Re: Students participating in "Black History on Parade" event.
Box 1   Folder 16
Photographs, undated
Re: photos from "Business Partner Appreciation" reception and "Lowcountry Volunteers."
Box 1   Folder 17
Photographs, 1994
Photos of students in various school programs, some photos are identified.
Box 1   Folder 18
Photographs, 1990, undated
Various photos (mostly undated) w/students participating in Halloween activities.
Box 1   Folder 19
Photographs, undated
Various photos (some identified) regarding Thanksgiving events.
Box 1   Folder 20
Photographs, 1990, undated
Various photos regarding students and teachers participating in Christmas events.
Box 2   Folder 1
Photographs, undated
Re: visiting performers for Black History Month. Images include artist Tom Feeling; storyteller Ron Daise; Curtis Franks and Sherman Pyatt (Avery Research Center).
Box 2   Folder 2
Photographs, undated
Contains photos from various Science Fairs.
Box 2   Folder 3
Photographs, undated
Unidentifed and various photos of students in classroom and attending field trips.
Box 2   Folder 4
Photographs, undated
Various unidentifed photos of student and parents.
Box 2   Folder 5
Photographs w/negatives, undated
Various unidentified photos of students, teachers and community members.
Box 2   Folder 6
Photographs, undated
Various photos (some identified) of students, teachers and community member attending a formal event at the school.
Box 2   Folder 7
Photographic laser prints, undated
Color (8 1/2 x 11) laser prints of Fraser librarians, faculty and staff (unidentifed).
Box 2   Folder 8
Photographic laser prints, undated
Color (8 1/2 x 11) laser prints of school library events and displays.
Box 2   Folder 9
Photographic laser prints, undated
Color (8 1/2 x 11) laser prints of Christmas events (unidentified).
Box 2   Folder 10
Photographic laser prints, undated
Color (8 1/2 x 11) laser prints of student and parent/grandparent events (unidentifed).

Series 2: Printed Material, 1987-1993 and undated.

Includes three sub-series: Programs, Newspaper Articles And General Printed Materials. Programs includes newsletters, event flyers, memorandums and a certificate. Newspaper articles includes photocopied clippings regarding honor roll students; special events; and people associated with Fraser Elementary. The 1989 folder holds laminated articles regarding Hurricane Hugo. General Printed Material holds one folder of undated material includes a combination of programs, photocopied newspaper clippings, and school-related ephemera.

2.1 Programs, 1987-1993.

Includes newsletters; event flyers; and memorandums.
Box 2   Folder 11
Programs and memorandums, 1987, 1991
Includes a "Service Award" certificate to Sarah Moody (1987).
Box 2   Folder 12
Programs and newsletters, 1992
Includes memorandums and "The Roadrunner" newsletters.
Box 2   Folder 13
Programs and newsletters, 1993

2.2 Newspaper Articles, 1989-1993 and undated.

Includes photocopied clippings regarding Hurricane Hugo; honor roll students; special events and people associated with Fraser Elementary
Box 2   Folder 14
Newspaper clippings regarding Hurricane Hugo, 1989
Box 2   Folder 15
Newspaper clippings, 1991
Box 2   Folder 16
Newspaper clippings, 1992
Box 2   Folder 17
Newspaper clippings, 1993

2.3 General Printed Material, undated.

Includes a combination of undated school programs, event flyers; newspaper clippings; and Fraser Elementary related ephemera.
Box 2   Folder 18
Printed Material, undated


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Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], Wilmot J. Fraser Elementary School Collection, Charleston, South Carolina, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Georgette Mayo, March 2014

Edited by Aaron Spelbring, March 2014

Encoded by Aaron Spelbring, March 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

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