Bernice Brown McCullar Collection Scope and Content
The Bernice Brown McCullar Collection contains seven cubic feet of material. There are no restrictions on this collection. The inclusive dates are 1935 through 1981. with the bulk dates from 1950 through 1976. The materials in this collection range from scrapbooks and newspaper clippings to artifactual material such as long-playing record albums and cassette tapes. Mrs. McCullar's journalism and writing career are featured prominently in the entire collection. Handwritten and typed drafts pertaining to her writing are in all six boxes. Materials in all six boxes follow a chronological order and arrangement. Collections, in other archives, that would enhance the McCullar collection are Jimmy Carter, George Busbee, and Lester Maddox; all former Governors of Georgia.
There are notable gaps in this collection. Papers documenting Mrs. McCullar's teaching career and law practice are missing from this collection. Other notable gaps are correspondence with her two children. There are notable mistakes between newspaper reports and Mrs. McCullar's own papers. Mrs. McCullar's column, in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, entitled "Georgia Notebook" ran daily from October 1965 to May 1967. Only three installments are missing from the entire series and they can be found in microfilm area of the Ina Dillard Russell Library. The missing installments are noted in the folder list, along with the dates in which they ran.
Box 1 contains dated material ranging from 1947 to 1977. Mrs. McCullar's "Tales Out of School," "Teacher's Notebook," "Colorful Characters in Georgia's History," and "The Men Who Governed Georgia" manuscripts and notes are in this box. In 1977, the textbook This is Your Georgia was reintroduced to Georgia classrooms and Mrs. McCullar's son-in-law J.L. Sibley Jennings handled the revisions and the royalties. The paperwork relating to the revisions in 1976 is in box one. Paperwork relating to her employment at the Georgia Department of Education and correspondence with Mercer University and the DAR are in box one. Notes from the book Building Your Home Life and numerous newspaper articles are in the box. Material related to items found in box one are located in box six A, including a copy of her book Building Your Home Life and a vinyl case containing four audio cassettes of her program How You Can Become An Exciting Teacher were transferred to box six A. A folder of the numerous awards and certificates bestowed upon Bernice Brown McCullar are in box one.
Box 2 contained four scrapbooks that were disassembled and placed in folders. The first scrapbook contained material pertaining to: Bicentennial Attractions: Stay and See America in Georgia, How You Can Become An Exciting Teacher, and "The Men Who Governed Georgia." The scrapbooks contained handwritten and typed notes and drafts. Many of the drafts have missing pages but the researcher should be able to obtain pertinent information on the various subjects. The folders follow either an alphabetical or chronological order depending on the subject matter. The second scrapbook contained the table of contents and the entire transcript for Mrs. McCullar's program, How You Can Become An Exciting Teacher. The third scrapbook contained material relating to Dahlonega and the Georgia Gold Rush. Mrs. McCullar's rough drafts and finished manuscript for the play First Gold along with notes and drafts of her article, for the Lumpkin County Tourism Board, entitled "The Discovery of Gold In Georgia" were included in the scrapbook and placed in folders accordingly. Notes from the book Georgia: Unfinished State by Hal Steed and Mrs. McCullar were in the third scrapbook.
The fourth scrapbook contained memorabilia pertaining to Mrs. McCullar's life and her death in 1975. The scrapbook contained personal photographs of Mrs. McCullar and her home in Decatur, Georgia; numerous newspaper clippings relating to her death and the numerous awards bestowed upon her over the years. There are notes from contributors to the Bernice Brown McCullar Scholarship Fund including: Mrs. Sam Laird, Treasurer of the Alpha Rho Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma, Mrs. Max Hardie, and Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Carter. There are numerous congratulatory letters concerning the Scholarship Fund and numerous sympathy cards and letters. Newspaper clippings and photographs of the April 5, 1976 Dogwood Tree Dedication held in Atlanta, Georgia were in scrapbook four. A rough draft of Random Rememberings of a Reminiscencer (no date) and a letter written by Mrs. McCullar, in December 1974, were also in the scrapbook. The letter pertained to Mrs. McCullar's thoughts when she found out she had terminal cancer.
Box 3 contains notebooks relating to Tales Out of School, Colorful Characters in Georgia's History, and "Georgia Notebook." The notebooks were disassembled and placed in folders. Two of the three scrapbooks originally found in this box were disassembled and placed in folders. One scrapbook is entitled " Great Lady Scrapbook" and the other is entitled "Mother's Scrapbook." The "Great Lady" scrapbook was put together by Frank Underwood and contains newspaper articles and clippings, photographs, and correspondence relating to Mrs. McCullar's employment and various speaking engagements. The dates range from 1948 to 1965. A scrapbook of photographs remains intact and can be found in box six A. Box three also contains information and notes, along with manuscripts, relating to Mrs. McCullar's History Teacher's Notebook entitled How to Kiss a Ghost. A copy of the book Practical Methods, Aids & Devices for Teacher, Vol. 1, belonging to Eleanor (daughter) remains in box three.
Box 4 consists of many artifacts including: a vinyl case containing two cassettes and a long-playing record album of How to Study and Why?, a Georgia ashtray and plate, a framed copy of the Delbert Clark Award, and a rock with the logo of the National PTA. The box originally included drawings "by Eric" ( Lou Ericson, illustrator for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution,) featured in "Georgia Notebook." These drawings were moved to large flat box. The box contained a box of index cards relating to Tales Out Of School. There was no apparent order to the index cards, so a subject order was imposed. Personnel correspondence relating to the numerous awards and the National PTA Conference, in Ft.Worth, Texas, are also in box four. Box four ranges in date from 1946 to 1978 with 1974-75 featuring prominently.
Box 5 consists, mainly, of "Georgia Notebook" material and is arranged chronologically. Notes and drafts from The Men who Governed Georgia, Georgia Folklore and Ghosts, and Colorful Characters in Georgia's Story are located in this box. Newspaper clippings and correspondence, including letters from Georgia schoolchildren, and a copy of Gift Not Under the Tree are in box five. The date range for box five is 1956-1978 with the 1960's featuring prominently.
Box 6 contains personal correspondence from 1960 to 1970. There are numerous letters pertaining to the Bernice Brown McCullar Scholarship Fund. A copy of the Scholarship Resolution and a detailed list of contributors and the amounts contributed are in box six. The class lists for GN&IC and GSCW dating from 1920 to 1924 are in the box. There are numerous copies of the Congressional Proclamation for Bernice Brown McCullar Day (1976) and related newspaper articles and clippings. The artifacts are in this box were moved to box six A. They include: four LPs and two cassettes of How You Can Become an Exciting Teacher, one LP of How to Study and Why?, a reel to reel tape of "WSB Viewpoint" (WSB Radio, Atlanta) which aired March 30, 1977, and two tapes of Dorrie Neligan interviewing Mrs. McCullar, one original and one copy. These artifacts were moved to box six A.
Additional material (Series A) from the papers of GSCW President Guy Wells was added to box six. The material includes correspondence between Mrs. McCullar and Dr. Wells dating 1935-1951. Correspondence between Dr. Robert Wilson and Penny Howard concerning dates included in this collection can be found in the additional material.