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Fifth Avenue School Photograph Collection (MC 309)

Organizational Note

According to the Columbus Public Library's original description of this collection, the Fifth Avenue School opened in 1908 in Columbus, Ga, at 627 5th Avenue.  The school was built to fill the void in local education for non-white students beyond the 6th grade.  Mr. William Spencer was the first principal of what is considered the first municipally owned vocational school for the education of the African-American population beyond the 6th grade.  The 5th Ave School was one of three schools in Columbus that were open to African-American students until the 1930's.  Fifth Avenue was converted to an elementary school once Spencer High School was opened.  The school was closed by the Muscogee County School Board in 1978.

Scope and Content

The 5th Avenue School Photograph Collection comprises .20 linear feet of material and contains only photographs, which include PTA meetings, individuals and school events.

1948-1967                                                                    1 box (.2 l.f.)


This collection was donated to the Columbus State University Archives in October 2013 by the director of the Columbus Public Library when it closed its archival collections.  The collection was originally numbered MC 037.

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Fifth Avenue School Photograph Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives.  Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Fifth Avenue School Photograph Collection (MC 309)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus State University
Columbus, Georgia

Box and folder list

Folder 1 – Group of nine adults
Folder 2 –Group of four adults
Folder 3 – Group of four seated women
Folder 4 –School Safety Patrol
Folder 5 – Large photo of three male students
Folder 6 – Group of three women
Folder 7 – PTA attendance banner group
Folder 8 – Kindergarten class
Folder 9 – Women and children on a float
Folder 10 – Large group of parents and teachers
Folder 11 –Class dressed as Pilgrims and Indians
Folder 12 – Ten women sitting at library table
Folder 13 – PTA meeting with attendance banner
Folder 14 – School portraits, unlabeled, PTA male president, 1948-1949
Folder 15 – Large group at meeting, possibly 1967
Folder 16 – large group at meeting
Folder 17 – PTA table with fruit/vegetable boxes and children
Folder 18 – Thanksgiving boxes on stage with PTA members