CALLAWAY EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION RECORDS
SOURCE: Chris Boner, C.E.A. Director, May 1992
SIZE: 9 linear feet
SHELVING UNITS: 6 document boxes
1 newspaper box
21 photograph boxes
PROCESSING: RAA, 1993
The Callaway Educational Association provided recreational and educational opportunities for at least three generations of LaGrange youth. A series of philanthropic institutions beginning in 1913 with the LaGrange Settlement formalized the commitment of Fuller E. Callaway, Sr. to the welfare of his employees. Subsequent changes; establishment of the Textile Benefit Association in 1919, consolidation of the LaGrange Settlement and the Textile Benefit Association in 1932, and chartering of Callaway Community Foundation in 1943 (The name was changed to Callaway Foundation, Inc. in 1962.) reflected adaptations to the changing needs of the textile community. Funded by the Foundation, the CEA was established in 1944 to encompass the work of the old Southwest LaGrange YMCA and other Callaway Mills sponsored programs. Originally intended only for the families of Callaway Mills employees, CEA membership was soon opened to the community at large.
In addition to recreational opportunities the CEA supplemented the regular school curriculum with art, music, drama, physical education, and significantly, a kindergarten program. Adults were offered instruction in art, ceramics, sewing, canning and other domestic skills. CEA horticulturists landscaped the considerable Callaway Foundation property in LaGrange and maintained a greenhouse for the benefit of members. Even the traditional community cow pastures fell under the auspices of the CEA.
The CEA's primary facilities were Callaway Auditorium (1944), Coleman Library (1954), Callaway Stadium (1959) and Callaway Educational Building (1964). The Callaway Educational Asociation ceased operation May 31, 1992, and many of its assets were donated to LaGrange College.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
This collection provides glimpses of the social lives of residents a southern textile town during much of the twentieth century. Schedules of events, rosters of participants and tournament results document the types of activities offered by the CEA. Histories of various CEA facilities and events can be traced through scrapbooks and news clippings. Biographical sketches of instructors and managers enhance the historical record. The Coleman Library and the CEA Kindergarten are particularly well documented through clippings, annual reports and photographs.
Two boxes (1 linear foot) of records received as "Coleman Library miscellaneous files" are a source for history of Callaway Mills. Articles and reports prepared by Callaway Mills staff include, "Armed Forces Centers, 1943-1946", "Status Reports: Staff & Products, 1951-1961" and "Brief Facts About Callaway Mills, 1949". Other "miscellaneous files" items include clippings from "progress editions" and "historical editions" of the LaGrange Daily News and deal with historic houses, individuals and local trivia.
SPECIAL NOTE - RELATED COLLECTIONS AT TROUP COUNTY ARCHIVES
The Troup County Archives' collection designated TRP-41 contains several hundred photographs depicting Callaway Mills and Callaway Educational Association activities and facilities, including Coleman Library. Information about specific events may also be
found in the LaGrange Daily News.
CONTAINER LIST - MS-115
Box 1 Biographies
Folder 1 Bowles, Lloyd
2 Callaway, Alice Hand
3 Callaway, Cason Jewell, Jr.
4 Callaway, Cason Jewell, Sr.
5 Callaway, Ely Reeves, Jr.
6 Callaway, Ely Reeves, Sr.
7 Callaway, Fuller Earle, Jr.
8-10 Callaway, Fuller Earle, Sr.
11 Callaway, Fuller Earle, III
12 Callaway, Howard Hollis
13 Coleman, Chilton W.
14 D'Huyvetters, August T.
15 Edge, Arthur Brannon, Jr.
16 Fetner, Mildred
17 Gresham, James T.
18 Lovejoy, Hatton
19 Pitts, Leon
20 Shuford, Dexter
21 Shuford, Howard
22 Simpson, Glen M.
23 Spinks, Mary F.
24 Talbert, Jefferson Davis
25 Thom, Horace B.
26 Turner, Samuel M.
27 Vaughn, Isabelle
Box 2 Callaway Memorial Service, 1929-1960
(Held each year on July 15, the birthday of Fuller E. Callaway, Sr.)
Box 3 Newspaper clippings - Callaway Memorial Service, 1929 - c.1960 Box 4 CEA Kindergarten, 1940-1965
Box 5 CEA Kindergarten, 1966-1979
Folder 1 Anecdotes and memorabilia - Callaway Mills and Callaway family
2- 4 Armed Forces Centers, 1943-1946
5- 6 Correspondence: Ely R. Callaway, Sr. and Cason J. Callaway, Sr., 1923-1924
7 "Callaway Community Foundation" - Remarks by Willis E. Howard, 1949
8 Callaway Educational Association programs and facilities, 1955-1957
9 Callaway Mills status reports - staff and products, 1951-1961
10 Callaway Mills - miscellaneous production data, Bedaux system (a production management system), c.1949-c.1957
11-14 Callaway Stadium - construction, management, applications for use, 1956-1968
15 Japanese Cotton Mission - Cason J. Callaway, 1937
16 Publications featuring Callaway Mills or CEA, 1950s
17 Southwest LaGrange School History, 1954
18 Unity Spinning Mill History, 1909-1959
Box 7 Coleman Library, 1954-1955
Folder 1 Dedication program and address by Dr. Walter Pope Binns, 10 June 1955
2 Facilities, contractors, equipment, 1954-1955
3-5 Press releases, 1954-1978
6-14 Clippings, 1954-1987
15-18 Callaway Beacon library articles, 1954-1967
Volume 1-24 CEA Recreational Activities, 1937-1964 (rosters, schedules, rules, tournament results) Volume 25-33 Dallis Street Teenage Club, 1948-1969
Volume 34-46 Callaway Mills Industrial Relations Yearbooks, 1943-1964
Volume 47-56 Southern Peach Meet (Swimming/Diving Tournament), 1947-1960
Volume 57 LaGrange Lions Club Yearbook, 1958-1959
Callaway Community Foundation
Callaway Educational Association
Callaway Memorial Tower
Dallis Street Teenage Club, 1948-1969
Kindergarten - CEA, 1940-1979
Peach Meet, 1947-1960
Recreation - LaGrange, c.1937-c.1965
Southwest LaGrange School
Unity Spinning Mill, 1909-1959
World War II - Callaway Mills Armed Forces Center