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Guide to the Marcus A. Foster Collection
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The Marcus A. Foster was a a progressive, innovative educator who rose to national prominence as the first African-American superintendent of schools in Oakland, California. The collection spans the years 1941-1975, and includes administrative documents, professional certifications, printed materials, photographs, newspaper articles and ceremonial attire, with the bulk of the material pertaining to the years 1968-1974.
Educator Dr. Marcus A. Foster (1923-1973) was born in Athens, Georgia in 1923, the youngest of 5 children. His family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when he was 3 years old. There he attended Philadelphia public schools, graduating from South Philadelphia High School in 1941. He earned degrees from Cheyney State College, Lincoln University, St. Joseph's College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his doctorate in 1971.
5.5 linear feet (1 box + 2 oversized boxes)
Permission to publish must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.
No access restrictions to the Marcus Foster Collection. Collection is open to the public.