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William A. Bass High School documents

Collection number: ahc.MSS1193

Scope and Content

This collection contains editions of the student newspapers The Aerial and The Ambassador. Articles cover important school matters as well as current events. The newspapers also contain short works of fiction, jokes, and a long-running gossip column called "Campus Cliques." Additional material includes Parent Teacher Association pamphlets, commencement programs, and graduation programs.


  • 1924-1951


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

William A. Bass Junior High School, named after a former Boys High School mathematics teacher, opened in the Atlanta neighborhood of Little Five Points in 1923. It was the first junior high school in the Atlanta Public Schools system. In 1948, it was converted into a high school. The Aerial was Bass Junior High School's student-run newspaper. The Ambassador, stylized as The amBASSador, was Bass High School's newspaper. Bass Junior High School and Bass High School had strong ties to Atlanta's Jewish community. The schools graduated many notable alumni, including Asa Candler. Bass High School closed in 1987 and in 1996 the building was converted into residential lofts.


1.88 linear ft. (one half document case and two oversize folders)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2010

Related Archival Materials

Visual materials have been separated from the collection. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

William A. Bass High School documents
Rebecca Grieco
October 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