Gaudet Normal and Industrial School. Records

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Gaudet Normal and Industrial School. Records


  • 1920-1952 (Creation)


.3 cu.ft. (2 boxes partial)

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Frances Joseph-Gaudet, an African American woman, founded Gaudet Normal and Industrial School in 1900. Originally called the Gaudet Boarding School for Boys, then the Colored Industrial Home and School, it grew from a home for orphaned and disadvantaged African American children to an elementary and high school for boarders and day students. In 1921 Mrs. Gaudet turned the school over to the Diocese of Louisiana and the supervision of ACI. Gaudet became the Gaudet Episcopal High School in 1946. ACIN continued funding until about 1955 when the school closed.

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Records include Gaudet’s Board of Trustees minutes and reports (1940-1949, 1952) and financial records (1925-1953). ACI Director’s correspondence (1921, 1932, 1940-1945) is brief, primarily with Dr. Warren Kearny of the Gaudet Board of Trustees and the Church Periodical Club. The Home Department Director, Rev. George A. Wieland, has correspondence (1949) concerning building projects and improvements to Gaudet’s educational program. Historical summaries (1920-1934) provide background information. This series includes a survey report of the school by the George Peabody College for Teachers (1946).


This material constitutes file series 14 of the ACI archive.

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Access to Episcopal Church records is governed by the Archives Public Access Policy. Research requests must be submitted in writing.

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