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Free Kindergarten Association and Good Will Community Center Collection, MC 16

Organizational History

The petition for incorporation of the Free Kindergarten Association, addressed to the Superior Court of Muscogee County, Georgia, states that “the object of such corporation is to establish and maintain free kindergarten schools in the city of Columbus and vicinity for the education and moral training of the children of the poor, and for the material maintenance of these for whom their parents are unable to make adequate provision.” The first free kindergarten south of Louisville, Kentucky was opened in Columbus on May 18th of 1895 and subsequently named the Emma Moffatt Tyng Kindergarten, in honor of her work in this field. The Columbus Good Will Community Center assumed charge of the administration of the affairs of the Association in 1924. The Good Will Community Center ceased operations in 1966 due to lack of funding. The Free Kindergarten Association petitioned for its formal dissolution in 1967.

Scope and Contents Note

This material documents the histories of the two organizations which, in effect, merged in the 1920s. Both ceased operations around the same time in the mid-1960s.

1895-1941 1 box (.5 l.f.)

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Free Kindergarten Association and Good Will Community Center Collection, MC 16
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


This collection was donated in 1978 by Mrs. Paul A. C. Anderson of Columbus, Georgia.

Box and Folder List

Box 1

  • Item 1 – Free Kindergarten Association – Minute Book. 1895-1899

This volume documents the founding of the Columbus, Georgia Free Kindergarten Association, with Judge George C. Duy as its first president and his wife, Lucy Gookins Duy, as one of the vice presidents. This volume also includes annual lists of members, the constitution and the bylaws of the organization.

  • Item 2 – Good Will Industries. Minute Book. 1924-1925

This volume contains the minutes of regular meetings, reports, membership lists and some correspondence place loose in the book.

  • Item 3 – Free Kindergarten Association and Goodwill Community Center Scrapbook. 1922-1970

This consists of newspaper clippings from around the time of the assumption by Goodwill of the administration of the kindergarten group through the 1970s.

  • Item 4 –Goodwill Community Center– Minutes and Reports. 1963-1965

  • Folder 1 – Goodwill Community Scholarship Award Fund – Contract and Information. 1966.

  • Folder 2 – History of the Free Kindergarten Association. 1920

Speech written on Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Free Kindergarten Association of Columbus.

  • Folder 3 – History of theGoodwill Community Center. 1965.

Written by Mrs. Julia W. Fletcher, executive director of the center from 1932 to January 1, 1965.

  • Folder 4 – Petition for the Dissolution of the Goodwill Community Center. 1967.
  • Folder 5 – Financial Aid Information. 1926-1965.

This folder contains correspondence and applications for the United Givers Fund of Columbus (1965), a list of Good Will Community Center directors (1935) and the Columbus Community Chest (1925)

  • Folder 6 – Program and pamphlet. 1904-1920.
  • Folder 7 – Photographs of Judge and Mrs. George C. Duy. 1880.

Judge George C. Duy, born 1831 in Pennsylvania. He and his wife were founding members of the Free Kindergarten Association of Columbus, Georgia. He was also the president of the Chattahoochee Valley Exposition Company in 1890. He died in February of 1908.

Judge George C. Duy (b. 1831)

Mrs. George C. Duy (Lucy Gookins Duy,) born 1839 in Indiana, died April 30,1925 in West Virginia at the home of her son, Charles G. Duy.

Mrs. Lucy Gookins Duy (1839-1925)