Euri Belle Bolton Collection
Processed by Lindsay Sumner
Euri Belle Bolton was born on Feb. 22, 1895. She grew up as the daughter of a farmer and a housewife in a small Georgia community of approximately 50 families. At age 17, after skipping a grade earlier in her school career, she graduated from high school. Throughout high school, Bolton participated in debating, church work and sports.
Early college days were spent on the campus of GN&IC, Georgia Normal & Industrial College. There, Bolton diligently worked on her degree from September 1912 to June 1915. While working on her degree she became secretary of the YWCA, taught Sunday school and continued playing intramural sports. She then gained admittance into George Peabody College for Teachers in July 1919. She became President of the Graduate Club, President of the World Affairs Club and continued to stay active in the YWCA. Bolton also received a doctoral degree at this institution. Ferrell and Ruth Bolton, Bolton's sisters, also graduated in 1931 from George Peabody College for Teachers.
Bolton's career was very diverse. She served as principal of a two teacher, rural school for one year. For two years, she served as the principal of a 4 teacher rural high school. She also renewed ties with the Milledgeville community when she served as a college extension worker for GSCW, Georgia State College for Women. After surveying many counties of Georgia as an extension agent, she settled in Baldwin County to start her 31-year tenure as a Professor of Psychology at GSCW. From 1928-1949 her title was Professor of Education and Psychology. Bolton also served many organizations throughout the years. These organizations included:
- Organization Affiliations
- Edited News Bulletin of Georgia Psychological Association for 3 years
- Honorary Associate Editor of Peabody Alumni Journal
- Secretary-Treasurer for Georgia Psychological Association
- Vice President, Alumni Association of George Peabody College for Teachers
- Consulting Psychologist for Georgia State Welfare Department
- Member A.A.A.S. Fellow
- American Men of Science (elected)
- Leaders in Education (elected)
- Who's Who Among American Women
- Elected Phoenix (highest honor society at GSCW)
- Member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society
Bolton enjoyed many hobbies throughout her life. These hobbies included reading, poetry, fiction, drama, history and farming. Her poem "Candle" was published in the Corinthian. As an extension agent she and M.L. Duggan published many educational surveys of various Georgia counties. She also published A Development of a Department of Psychology at Georgia College along with several articles in The Peabody Journal of Education regarding testing and the duties of teachers in schools.
After retirement, c. 1978, Bolton along with her sisters Ferrell and Ruth spent their days growing roses in Jacksonville, Alabama and entered them annually in a Mini-Rose Show held at the local high school. She made her final relocation to Plains, Georgia c. 1999 at the Lillian Carter Nursing Center. In March 2000 Congressmen Sanford Bishop issued a proclamation commemorating Bolton's 105th birthday.
Provenance and Arrangement
Mrs. Olive Powell of Parrott, GA donated the papers of Euri Belle Bolton to Georgia College & State University.
Scope and Content
The Euri Belle Bolton papers consist of six-file boxes-two manuscript, one box of unpublished works box, and three boxes of publications by Bolton. The manuscript boxes contain personal correspondence, records and reports, poetry, school papers, contracts, transcripts and articles written about Euri Belle Bolton. The documents cover a span of years from 1902-2000. The bulk dates range form 1910 through the 1940s.
Box 1 contains a bibliography of Bolton's published works as well as certificates and diplomas earned throughout the years. Bolton's list of addresses and correspondence between Bolton and the Georgia College faculty and between Bolton and Dr. Edward Dawson are found in this box as well as correspondence between friends and family spanning through the years 1915-1999. Peabody articles, contracts, and newspaper clippings regarding Bolton are located in Box 1.
Many of Bolton's poems can be found in Box 2. Records and Reports from her work as an extension agent are also located here. School papers from 1910-1915 along with transcripts are also incorporated into this part of the collection. Bolton's personal information form filled out by Bolton herself, along with her picture id from 1959 is housed in this part of the collection. Teacher retirement information and recommendations are also located in Box 2.
Box 3 contains Bolton's unpublished works. Bolton's M.A. Thesis is also found in this part of the collection along with other psychology, education and analytical studies. Several Georgia State School Items bulletins are housed in Box 3 along with the Department of the Interior's Bulletin on School Surveys.
Boxes 4, 5 and 6 are comprised of the published works of Bolton. The educational surveys of Georgia counties make up the bulk of the material. Bolton also had several articles published in the Peabody Journal of Education and in the High School Journal. These articles and the journals they are found in are integrated into the collection. A poem found in the Corinthian by Bolton and a short story published in a journal are also included in the boxed material. Bolton's Development of a Department of Psychology at Georgia College, a book published by Bolton is also in this collection.
Additional Information for the Euri Belle Bolton Collection
Box List (pdf)