Gertrude Elise Ayer papers

Title
Gertrude Elise Ayer papers, 1931-1966.
Author
Ayer, Gertrude E. (Gertrude Elise), 1884-1971.
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Vol/DateFormatAccessStatusCall NumberLocation
Box 1Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 277 Box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc Micro R-4842Schomburg Center - Research & Reference

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Description
  • .2 lin. ft.
  • 1 microfilm reel.
Note
  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
Additional Formats (note)
  • Available on microfilm only. (Originals destroyed after filming).
Source (note)
  • Marie A. Bradley
Biography (note)
  • Gertrude Elise (née Johnson) McDougal Ayer, 1884-?, was born in New York City, attended City and Hunter Colleges and Columbia University. She began teaching in New York City public elementary schools in 1905, and was the first vocational guidance instructor in an elementary school. In 1924 and 1936 Ayer was appointed assistant principal and principal, respectively. For twenty-five years she was the only black person to hold the position of principal within the New York City public school system.
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Call Number
Sc MG 277
Author
Ayer, Gertrude E. (Gertrude Elise), 1884-1971.
Title
Gertrude Elise Ayer papers, 1931-1966.
Additional Formats
Scrapbooks Available on microfilm only. (Originals destroyed after filming). New York Public Library; call number Sc Micro R-4842.
Summary
The collection consists of biographical information, a family history written by Mrs. Ayer possibly for her daughter, Elizabeth, and a few items related to her professional activities before and after retirement in 1954. The scrapbooks, 1931-66, deal with Mrs. Ayer's appointment and career as an assistant principal and principal, and include samples of columns in the "New York Amsterdam News."
Biography
Gertrude Elise (née Johnson) McDougal Ayer, 1884-?, was born in New York City, attended City and Hunter Colleges and Columbia University. She began teaching in New York City public elementary schools in 1905, and was the first vocational guidance instructor in an elementary school. In 1924 and 1936 Ayer was appointed assistant principal and principal, respectively. For twenty-five years she was the only black person to hold the position of principal within the New York City public school system.
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Occupation
Memoirs.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 277
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