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Mary Margaret Carr records from the Child Service and Family Counseling Center

Collection number: ahc.MSS1259

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records that Mary Margaret Carr collected during her tenure as executive director of the Child Service and Family Counseling Center. It documents the history and management of the organization as well as some of its programs and initiatives, such as the DeKalb County Task Force on Teenage Pregnancy, the Employee Assistant Program, and Maternity Homes. Record types represented include meeting agendas, project planning documents, conference materials, memos and correspondence, and reports. There is also material from other family service organizations and government agencies that collaborated with the Counseling Center such as Atlanta Executive Service Corps (AESC), the DeKalb County Board of Education, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), and the Georgia Department of Human Resources. Of particular note is a manual authored by the DeKalb Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Program (TAPP). The collection also includes professional material from Carr’s career.


  • 1956-1993, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Biographical / Historical

Mary Margaret Carr (1917-2004) was born in Birmingham, Alabama, to Bertha Scott (1895-1972) and Bernard F. Carr (1889-1979). She graduated from Birmingham Southern College, after which she worked at the Jefferson County Family Counseling Association. Carr earned her Master of Social Work at Tulane University. Between 1954 and 1956, she worked as a medical social worker and taught at Vanderbilt University Hospital and School of Medicine. In 1967, Carr moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to serve as executive director of what would become the Child Service and Family Counseling Center. In 1981, Carr received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Emory University, and in 1985 Tulane named her Outstanding Alumna for the School of Social Work. Later that year she retired.

In 1964, the Atlanta Child’s Home (previously called the Child Welfare Association, Inc.) merged with the Child Service Association, Inc. to become the Children’s Center of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. Then in 1969, the Children’s Center of Metropolitan Atlanta merged with Family Counseling Center (Associated Charities) to become Child Services and Family Counseling Center, Inc. Under an Executive Board and Carr's leadership, the Child Service and Family Counseling Center counseled and advocated for families and children, developed programs, provided access to resources such as education and housing, and educated communities on teenage pregnancy and family planning. In 1974, Atlanta Florence Crittenton Services was consolidated as well, and in 1987 the organization became Families First.


1.67 linear ft. (four document cases and one oversize folder)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2010

Bias in Description

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2023.

Mary Margaret Carr records from the Child Service and Family Counseling Center
Kendall Barksdale
June 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305