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Guide to the Marcus A. Foster Collection
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Biographical material

 

Biographical material

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

The series contains documents covering Dr. Foster's resume, brief biography, education credentials and awards.

Arrangement

Items are arranged by subject and by date thereafter.
 

Resumes and Biographies

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Contains a resume and brief biography for Marcus A. Foster.

Arrangement

Items are arranged by subject and by date thereafter.
Box 1:1

Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Marcus A. Foster undated

Box 1:1

Brief biography for Marcus A. Foster, author unknown undated

 

Education credentials

Box 1:1

Pennsylvania Department of Education Professional Certificate undated

Box 1:1

California Board of Education General Administration Credential 1970

Box 1:1

California Board of Education General Elementary Credential 1970

Box 1:1

California Board of Education General Secondary Credential 1970

Box 1:1

State of California General School Services Credential 1973

Box 1:1

State of California General Teaching Credential, Elementary 1973

Box 1:1

State of California General Teaching Credential, Secondary 1973

Box 1:1

Resolution presenting the Senate of Pennsylvania Philadelphia award 1969

 

Educational activities

Series Scope and Content Summary

The series contains documents of Dr. Foster's activities relating to committees of the Oakland Public Schools District, and classroom construction.

Arrangement

Items are arranged by subject and by date thereafter.
 

Committees

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

The series covers activities with committees of the Oakland Unified School District relating to earthquake safety, and buildings and grounds.

Arrangement

Items are arranged by subject and by date thereafter.
Box 1:1

Oakland Public Schools report of the Buildings and Grounds Committee 1974

Box 1:1

Oakland Unified School District, Marcus A. Foster Earthquake Safety Construction Program, Report to the Board of Education by Robert Blackburn, Acting Superintendent, Status report on quake-safe schools program 1974

 

Construction

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Contains site surveys of OPS school buildings and a cost estimate for a typical classroom.

Arrangement

Items are arranged by subject and by date thereafter.
Box 1:1

Cost estimate; “Comparative Costs of Typical 24’ x 36’ Classroom” 1974

Box 1:1

Site surveys for various existing school buildings [16 total], 1974

 

Photographs

Series Scope and Content Summary

The series contains black and white photographs of the Oakland Public Schools Administration building, photo negatives related to the black and white photographs, and a portrait of Marcus A. Foster.

Arrangement

Items are arranged by subject and by date thereafter.
 

School Facilities

 

Oakland Public Schools Administration Building at 1025 Second Ave., Oakland, California. [site of Marcus Foster assassination]

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building, [001] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [002] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [003] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [004] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Site of Marcus Foster Assassination behind OPS Administration Building [005] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Site of Marcus Foster Assassination behind OPS Administration Building [006] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Site of Marcus Foster Assassination behind OPS Administration Building [007] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Site of Marcus Foster Assassination behind OPS Administration Building [008] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Site of Marcus Foster Assassination behind OPS Administration Building [009] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Site of Marcus Foster Assassination behind OPS Administration Building [010] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Site of Marcus Foster Assassination behind OPS Administration Building [011] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Site of Marcus Foster Assassination behind OPS Administration Building [012] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Site of Marcus Foster Assassination behind OPS Administration Building [013] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [014] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [015] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [016] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [017] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [018] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [019] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [020] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [021] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [022] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [023] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [024] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [025] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [026] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [027] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [028] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Building entry at OPS Administration Building [029] circa 1970's

 

Security Division Vehicle at Oakland Public Schools Administration Building, 1025 Second Ave

Box 1:2

OPS Security Division Vehicle [030] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

OPS Security Division Vehicle [031] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

OPS Security Division Vehicle [032] circa 1970's

 

Assorted Photos

Box 1:2

Apartment building at 1621 (street unknown) [006] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Apartment building at 1621 (street unknown) [007] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Apartment building at 1621 (street unknown) [034] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Apartment building at 1621 (street unknown) [035] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Apartment building at 1621 (street unknown) [036] circa 1970's

Box 1:2

Photo Negatives: Negatives for school facility, security vehicle and assorted photos series [some negatives do not have corresponding photos] circa 1970's

 

Portrait of Marcus Foster

 

Printed material

Series Scope and Content Summary

Contains books, newspaper articles and miscellaneous publications relating to Marcus A. Foster, his life and accomplishments.

Arrangement

Items are arranged by subject and by date thereafter.
 

Books

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Contains books written about the life of Marcus A. Foster.

Arrangement

Items are arranged by subject and by date thereafter.
Box 1:3

Softcover Book; Dr. Marcus A. Foster, A Man For All People,[ 3 copies] 1974

Box 1:3

Hallum, Rosemary, and Albertine Foster. Dr. Marcus A. Foster: A Man for All People 1974

 

Newspaper articles

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Contains newspaper articles published about Marcus A. Foster during his tenure as Superintendant of Oakland Public Schools, his assassination and his legacy.

Arrangement

Items are arranged by subject and by date thereafter.
Box 1:4

"Business will serve as classroom for new school"[photocopy], Oakland Tribune> 1972

Box 1:4

"Dr. Marcus A. Foster fatally wounded", Berkeley Post 1973

Box 1:4

"I.D. cards for students urged" (photocopy), Oakland Tribune 1974

Box 1:4

"25 Years later, Foster remains education hero", Oakland Tribune 1998

 

Miscellaneous Publications

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Contains a variety of publications, primarily posthumous, regarding Marcus A. Foster's life and achievements in education.

Arrangement

Items are arranged by subject and by date thereafter.
Box 1:4

Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute 2003-2004 annual report undated

Box 1:4

Bethel Baptist Church’s 13th annual scholarship awards program 1974

Box 1:4

Simon Gratz High School memo 1969

Box 1:4

Community memorial services program for Dr. Marcus A. Foster with annotated rough draft of speech by Rev. Kenneth Baumhoff 1973

Box 1:5

Foster’s Travels: A Twenty Year Adventure in the Philadelphia Schools, author unknown undated

Box 1:5

Quotes from Marcus Foster, [2 copies] undated

Box 1:5

Listing of accomplishments for Dr. Marcus A. Foster Superintendent of Schools; including community activities, publications, awards, citations, experience, education, professional organizations and activities undated

Box 1:5

California State Assembly Memorial Resolution 1974

Box 1:5

In Memoriam, handout undated

Box 1:5

Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute inaugural dinner program handout, [2 copies] 1974

Box 1:5

Oakland Unified School District Superintendent’s Bulletin, [2 copies] 1973

Box 1:5

Poem; Any Day Now, Terran Davis 1973

Box 1:6

Collection of posthumous news clippings for Dr. Marcus A. Foster Superintendent of Schools, photocopies undated

Box 1:7

Doctoral Dissertation, Caught in Crossfire, Marcus Foster and America’s Urban Education Crisis, 1941-1973, by John Palmer Spencer 2002

Box 1:8

Doctoral Dissertation, Miracle Workers Wanted: Executive Succession and Organizational Change in an Urban School District, An Explanatory Study, by Gary Yee 1996

 

Awards

Series Scope and Content Summary

A collection of plaques, certifications, degrees and other commemorative memorabilia awarded to Marcus A. Foster. Also includes a 1941 graduating class photo from South Philadelphia High School.

Arrangement

Items are arranged by subject and by date thereafter.
Box OM 40

Plaque; Liberty Bell Award, Law Day USA (posthumous) undated

Box OM 40

Plaque; Award of Merit, Principal Simon Gratz High School 1969

Box OM 40

Plaque; St. Philip’s EV Lutheran Church 1969

Box OM 40

State of California General School Services, General Administration Credential 1973

Box OM 40

State of California General Teaching Credential, Elementary 1973

Box OM 40

State of California General Teaching Credential, Secondary 1973

Box OM 40

California Legislature Resolution 1975

Box OM 40

The Senate, California Legislature Resolution 1974

Box 1:1

State of Pennsylvania Resolution 1969

Box 1:1

Pennsylvania Department of Education Professional Certificate 1969

Box 1:1

Speech presenting Lincoln University honorary degree to Marcus Foster 1972

Box OM 40

Plaque; In Memorium 1973

Box OM 40

South Philadelphia High School Class Photo 1941

 

Clothing

Series Scope and Content Summary

Assorted robes and ceremonial regalia believed to have been worn by Marcus A. Foster.

Arrangement

Items are arranged by subject and by date thereafter.
Box OM 41

Assorted robes and ceremonial regalia believed to have been worn by Marcus A. Foster circa 1970s