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Clarence Bacote papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS935

Scope and Content

The Clarence Bacote papers include correspondence, news clippings, and research papers, but are primarily composed of publications. The papers focus on the activities of African Americans in the south. As an African American history professor at a southern black university, Dr. Bacote's papers reflect his ongoing mission to gain a stronger understanding of the political and social evolution of blacks in the south. This mission included the study of those blacks who had previously achieved a high status in the south, including Henry O. Flipper, James T. Rapier, and Horace Ward. Bacote sought out contemporary published examples of current schools of thought. Older published articles on segregation and black history are not found here. Also of note is his penchant to concentrate on mainstream media, local newspapers, and magazines, for a contemporary view of race relations. Dr. Bacote was also interested in assisting students in achieving high goals by providing them with information on scholastic fellowships and grants. Along these lines, he kept abreast of new research by subscribing to brochures for scholastic publications. Finally, Dr. Bacote kept a small amount of personal correspondence.


  • 1936-1980, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Dr. Clarence Bacote, historian and political scientist, was a professor and chair of the history department at Atlanta University. He was active in Atlanta black politics during the 1940s and led the All-Citizens Registration Committee of 1946. He also served as vice chairman of the Fulton County Democratic Party, Executive Committee of the Fulton County Citizens Democratic Club, and Georgia Democratic Executive Committee. He has been referred to as the scholarly catalyst for open political participation and suffrage in the New South. He focused on African Americans and the Civil Rights movement. He also studied the relations of other minority groups in the southeast, as well as the relationship between the people of the southeastern United States and Japan.


1 linear ft. (two document cases and one half document case)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1991

Existence and Location of Copies

Part of this collection was digitized by JStore's Reveal Digital collection Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movements. It is viewable at

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Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2013.

Clarence Bacote papers
Josh Hogan
April 2013
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305