Thomasville Heights neighborhood project collection
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Thomasville Heights neighborhood project collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: John Wesley Dobbs Elementary School (Atlanta, Ga.).
Title: Thomasville Heights neighborhood project collection
Dates: 1995-1996
Quantity: 0.5 cubic ft.
Abstract:The collection consists of photographs, slides, an audiotape recording of a visit through the Norwood community, and creative writings of the students, including "Change Agent Stories" and original poems about the Thomasville Heights community created between 1995 and 1996.
Identification: aarl96-004

Biographical/Historical Note

The Thomasville Heights Neighborhood Project: An Oral History was spearheaded by Ms. Terri Smith's 1995-96 5th grade class at John Wesley Dobbs Elementary School in Atlanta, GA. The project involved Ms. Smith, Ms. Deandrea Whitaker, Assistant, Ms. Sharon B. Joseph, Media Specialist, 25 students in Ms. Smith's class, and other individuals associated with the school and the community.

Scope and Content Note

Documentation of this community in Southeast Atlanta exists in the form of photographs, slides, an audio tape recording of a visit through the Norwood community, and creative writings of the students. Students composed essays entitled "Change Agent Stories" describing how they would change their neighborhood if they could. They also composed original poems on their community.

Photographs of 24 of the 25 students are a part of the collection, as well as photographs of landmarks in the Thomasville Heights neighborhood, and of a learning session at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in February, 1996.

The collection was presented to the library in a program at the school on Feb. 8, 1996. It is approximately 1/2 cubic feet in size.


Arranged by type.

Index Terms

African American neighborhoods--Georgia--Atlanta--History.
African American schools--Georgia--Atlanta.
African Americans--Georgia--Atlanta.
Slides (photographs)
Thomasville Heights (Atlanta, Ga.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomasville Heights neighborhood project collection. Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


Restrictions of Access

There are no restrictions on the research use of this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.

Container List




11Thomasville Heights Neighborhood Project: An Oral History - presentation program & slides
Change Agent Stories exist for 24 of the 25 students. The students are
2Change Agent Stories, Poems, Photographs, and Audiotape
Change agent stories exist for 24 of the 25 students. Twenty-four original poems exist. Twenty-four photographs of the students exist (Student number 14 has no photograph included). Thirty photographs exist of the class visit to the Auburn Avenue Research Library. Thirty-four photographs exist of the visit through the Thomasville neighborhood. One audio tape recording of Norwood Community Walk, 10/25/1995.
Angel Atkinson
Deona Banks
Leah Bellow
Kena Blanton
Terrell Bradley
Kashonna Cody
Jeffrey Gates
Sam Gilley
Tamara Harden
Wydrika Jackson
Gregory Jenkins
Kenneth Jenkins
Natasha Jeter
Eric Lovett (no story exists in the collection)
Stevette Marshall
Titus Matthews
Jacqueline McDaniel
Natalie Morris
Erica Pierce
Santrice Smith
Aundrea Stillwell
Reginald Walls
Clance Whitaker
Schwann White
D'Angelo Williams
Audio tape Norwood Community Walk, 10-25-95


2Twenty-four xeroxed photographs of the students a exist mounted on black construction paper