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Cotton Valley School (Fort Davis, Ala.)


Historical Note

Cotton Valley School in Fort Davis, Alabama, opened with assistance of Booker T. Washington and the Massachusetts Congregational Women’s Home Missionary Association in 1884. The AMA assumed control of the school in 1889. Florence Frazier served as principal from 1925 to 1940, when Alice B. Donaldson became head of the school. The school experienced a turnover in the entire teaching staff except for Donaldson in 1945. A year later, Julia M. Johnson became principal and served until 1956.

During 1946, the AMA phased out private elementary and secondary schools, and Macon County began contributing to teachers’ salaries at Cotton Valley. The AMA began downsizing its contributions beginning in 1948. A year later the school offered study courses for adults, and began clothing drives via local churches.


American Missionary Association Archives, 1969 addendum

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American Missionary Association archives addenda

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 001-1
Scope and Contents The 1969 addendum and later addenda to the American Missionary Association archives are mostly twentieth century in scope, covering two main subject areas. The first is the association's numerous schools. These are considered "field" records, or, the fruits of the Association's missionary work outside of its New York City office. The Addendum is divided into three series: Series 1 covers field-related work, mainly the AMA schools; Series 2 covers projects that were run directly form the New...
Dates: Created: 1849-1991; Other: Date acquired: 03/31/1969