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Ruth and Ethel Cockrell papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1184

Scope and Content

This collection includes high school annuals, printed materials, diplomas, and correspondence concerning the Cockrells' personal education and their careers in education. The majority of the materials focus on Ethel Cockrell. The two annuals, from Roosevelt High School and Girls' High School, were dedicated and inscribed by Ethel Cockrell's students. Emory University materials include transcripts, commencement programs, the 1933 commencement address, and newspaper clippings concerning students. Of particular note is a scrapbook created by the Bass High School French Club, headed by Ethel Cockrell, in 1935.


  • 1913-1976, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Sisters Ruth (1905-1993) and Ethel (1903-?) Cockrell were born in Birmingham, Alabama, to Amilie Marie Richaux (1869-1937) and Joseph Clement Cockrell (1868-1909). Following Joseph Cockrell's death, the family moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Ethel Cockrell graduated from the Atlanta Normal Training School in 1921 and attended Agnes Scott College and Howard University. Both women attended Emory University, where they were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. In 1932, Ruth graduated from Emory and Ethel graduated with a degree in history and French the following year. In 1944, Ruth earned a masters degree in teaching from Emory University. Both women taught in the Atlanta Public School System for many years. The sisters resided at 1179 Briarcliff Avenue in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta and were active in the Druid Hills Civic Association.


1.04 linear ft. (two document cases, one half document case, and one oversize folder)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1983, with subsequent additions


MSS 1184 includes what was MSS 954.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

Ruth and Ethel Cockrell papers
Allison Maier
July 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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