Irvine S. Ingram papers
Scope and Contents note
This collection contains the public and private papers of the first president of then West Georgia College. The majority of the collection consists of books, correspondence, diplomas, genealogies, newspaper articles, photographs, record discs, reports, and scrapbooks. As well, there are also materials written by Ingram's wife, Martha Munro Ingram, and their daughter, Anne Ingram.
- Ingram, Irvine Sullivan, 1892-1981 (Person)
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Open to all users; no restrictions
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As stipulated by U.S. copyright law
Irvine Sullivan Ingram was born 11 November 1892 in Whitfield County, Georgia, the oldest child of George Conley and Annie Lee Irvine Ingram. His father died when Ingram was a teenager, leaving him to help support his younger sisters. He became a school teacher and took college courses as time allowed.
In 1919, he became school superintendent for Chipley, Georgia. In 1920, when J. H. Melson resigned as principal of the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School in western Georgia, Ingram was selected to succeed him even though he had not yet earned a bachelor's degree.
It was at the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School that he met his future wife, Martha Munro, a teacher and daughter of attorney George Munro, the chairman of the school's board of trustees. They married in 1921 and had one child, Anne, in 1924. Ingram earned an A.B. degree from the University of Georgia in 1928, and an A.M. degree from Emory in 1933. In 1952, he was awarded an honorary Ed.D. from Oglethorpe University. In 1955, Ingram's wife died of cancer. He never remarried, and spent much of his remaining life with his daughter.
Ingram was instrumental in developing the concept of "extension" education and adult-education offerings along with a summer school program for local teachers to develop their skills. In 1933, the Board of Regents abolished the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School and established a junior college in Carrollton, West Georgia College, appointing Ingram as its first president.
Among his achievements was obtaining a substantial grant of $250,000 from the Rosenwald Foundation used to expand the college's facilities and programs, including the Sanford building, originally used as a library. In the mid-1940s, West Georgia College began the College in the Country program, initially an adult or continuing education program that eventually involved student teachers from the college, and foreign exchange programs that brought national recognition to the college.
In 1957, the Board of Regents granted four-year status to West Georgia College. Ingram was president of West Georgia College until his retirement on 1 July 1960. His successor, William H. Row, died unexpectedly during his first year in service so Ingram came out of retirement for six months in 1961 until a successor, James E. Boyd, came .
Ingram was active in the community for the next twenty years, writing a column for the Carrollton newspaper and serving in local civic groups. He also traveled around the world with his daughter, and wrote about his impressions and experiences for the newspaper and in other venues.
Ingram died 27 December 1981 and is buried in the Carrollton City Cemetery.
45.32 Linear feet (75 boxes, 9 OV boxes)
Public and private papers of the second principal of the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School in Georgia, who then became the first president of West Georgia College. His term as the first president of West Georgia College lasted from 1933-1960.
II. Annual Reports
IV. MSS - First Accession
V. Wall Regalia and Framed Photographs
VI. MSS - Second Accession
VII. Scrapbooks and Photographs
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Irvine S. Ingram, dates unknown and Anne G. Ingram.
Separated Materials note
A majority of the books from the Irvine S. Ingram papers have been separated and catalogued.
Processing Information note
Processed by Suzanne Durham and Jason Kennedy, 2010-2013
Selected portions of this collection have been digitized and are available in the Special Collections research guide at http://libguides.westga.edu/c.php?g=1019352
- Adult education -- Georgia
- Education -- Georgia -- Carrollton
- Education, Rural -- Georgia
- Educators -- United States -- Biography
- Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School (Carrollton, Ga.) -- History
- Ingram, Irvine Sullivan, 1892-1981 -- Archives
- Julius Rosenwald Fund
- Junior colleges -- Georgia -- History
- Melson, John Holland, 1870-1952
- West Georgia College -- History
- West Georgia College -- Presidents
- Guide to the Irvine S. Ingram papers, 1886-1978 UA-0002-01
- Finding aid prepared by Written by Suzanne Durham and Jason Kennedy, 2010-2013
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- Language of description note
- Description is in English
- Finding aid converted with funds from a UWG FY14 Presidential Assistance Grant.