School Photograph Scrapbooks Series 1513
This series consists of fifty-eight scrapbooks containing photographs of school buildings from thirty-nine Mississippi counties and eleven Mississippi cities, circa 1950-1969. The photographs, which are mainly exterior views, document the condition of public schools as a requirement for the Educational Finance Commission's reorganization of school districts mandated by the Mississippi Legislature in 1953. More than half of the county scrapbooks include maps showing school location, student residences and/or transportation routes for the county. These scrapbooks originally accompanied school building survey reports, which may be found in Series 1653. Since different universities or consulting firms compiled the reports, their formats varied: some reports were accompanied by genuine photographs placed in separate albums or scrapbooks (the contents of this series, Series 1513), while other reports contained printed copies of photographs that were bound in with the text (Series 1653). Some school photographs from this survey may also be found in Series 1655, the Educational Finance Commission Docket Files.
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