Austin History Center

Blackshear Elementary Parent-Teacher Association Scrapbooks

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Blackshear Elementary Parent-Teacher Association
Title: Blackshear Elementary Parent-Teacher Association Scrapbooks
Inclusive Dates: 1970-1994
Abstract: Blackshear Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) brings educators, parents and the community together to promote the education of children. The scrapbooks in this collection document the activities of the Blackshear PTA as well as the students and teachers at Blackshear Elementary School during the 1970s and 1980s.
Identification: AR.1994.096
Quantity: 2.6 linear feet (2 boxes and 4 oversized volumes)
Location: Archives stacks and Oversized Volumes
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Blackshear Elementary School is located at 1712 East 11th St., Austin, Texas. Blackshear School opened in 1894. It was first named Gregorytown School after a local resident. In 1903, an eight-room brick building was constructed. Additions were made in 1916 and 1936, when the name was changed to E. L. Blackshear in honor of Edward Leversia Blackshear, an African American educator. The school has gone through subsequent renovations and serves as an elementary school in the Austin Independent School District. The school's Parent-Teacher Organization (also referred to as the Blackshear Parent Advisory Council and the Parent-Teacher Association) was chartered in 1969 and works to promote the importance of childhood education and well-being in the community.

Scope and Contents

The majority of the Blackshear Elementary Parent-Teacher Association Scrapbook collection consists of scrapbooks from the early 1970s and the 1980s. The collection was donated anonymously so while it assumed that the scrapbooks were compiled by the Blackshear PTA, it is not known for sure. Two of the scrapbooks (1970-1971 and 1980-1984) are housed in the scrapbook binders distributed to Parent-Teacher Associations by the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers. The 1970-1971 scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, awards and recognitions, correspondence, distributed information and the 1969 charter. The 1980-1984 scrapbook includes similar materials with the addition of photographs of each class (kindergarten, 4th through 6th) and photographs of student events. Of interest is that this scrapbook covers the early years of desegregation in Austin public schools when Blackshear was paired with Sunset Valley Elementary and only held kindergarten (Blackshear students only) and fourth grade through sixth grade classes (Blackshear and Sunset Valley students). Blackshear students in the earlier grades were bussed to Sunset Valley. A third scrapbook (1979-1980) is labeled Blackshear Parent Advisory Council and contains photographs of students and teachers as well as newspaper clippings. The remaining three scrapbooks (two of which have been disassembled because of preservation concerns) span the years 1988-1990 and have no overt references to the PTA but do document school life in the late 1980s with photographs of students and faculty (both identified individual head shots and school event/class photos), news clippings, event flyers and correspondence.

The small amount of remaining materials (.1 linear foot) in the collection span the years 1975-1994 and consist of historical information about Blackshear; printed materials such as the 1994 graduation program, 1992-93 staff list, a school handbook and other administrative materials; and photographs circa 1980s.


Arranged into two series:
I. Loose Administrative Materials and Photographs
II. Scrapbooks


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Blackshear Elementary School (Austin, Tex.)
Blackshear Elementary Parent-Teacher Association.
Austin (Tex.)
Public schools--Texas--Austin.

Related Material

AF Subject - Parent-Teacher Associations - Blackshear P1100(18)

AF Subject - Public Schools - Elementary - Blackshear P8300 (7) T&P

General Collection - A 372.976431 BL Students--Parents Handbook, 1985-86

Separated Material

General Collection - Be All You Can Be! Blackshear Elementary 1987-1988

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Blackshear Elementary Parent-Teacher Association Scrapbooks (AR.1994.096). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor unknown

Donation Date: 1994

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Loose Administrative Materials and Photographs, 1975-1994

Box Folder
1 1 History, undated
2 General materials, 1975, 1992-1994, undated
3 Photographs, circa 1980s

II. Scrapbooks, 1970-1990

Oversized Volumes 1970-1971
Box Folder
2 1-8 1988-1989
Box Folder
1 4 1989
Oversized Volumes 1989-1990