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Martinez Kindergarten School records

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Martinez Kindergarten School records, 1948-2003 | Amistad Research Center

By Laura J. Thomson

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Collection Overview

Title: Martinez Kindergarten School records, 1948-2003Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Martinez Kindergarten School

Other Creators: Martinez Family

Extent: 4.17 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 10/01/2004

Subjects: African American children - Education, Education - Louisiana - New Orleans, Louisiana - Education, Minorities - Education, Segregation in education

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains records pertaining to the Martinez Kindergarten School in New Orleans' 7th ward, as well as some materials related to the family of Mildred Martinez, who founded the school in 1934. School records include Orleans Parish School Board requisitions for school supplies (1945-1946) and OPSB reports for lost, sold or returned textbooks (1946, 1949) and delivery forms for books (1945-1947); Louisiana Department of Education lists of library books for the school (1950-1955) and annual reports on textbooks (1944-1946). Prominent among the records are photographs of students and school events, particularly the annual Mardi Gras pageant (circa 1941-2001), Martinez school annual programs (broken run from 1964-1995), and laminated and rolled graduation programs with names of students (1961-1990). The records also contain flyers for school enrollment (2003), certificate of graduation and report cards for students (1953, 1993), graduation programs (1965, 1993, undated), a Consultant's Report to Martinez Nursery and Kindergarten School for Reconsideration of License (1951), hand script notebook with lists of students (1948), and hand script notebook for 1988 graduation program. Additional materials include documents related to library allotment for White and Colored private schools (1949-1956), a VHS videocassette of 1995 annual program, newspaper clippings (1991-2002), and books presumably used at the school (1938-1948)

Martinez Family materials include certificates and awards to family members, 1970, 1991, 2003, family photographs and unidentified photographs (originals and photocopies), 1932-2000s, a letter from Numa Martinez to "Mr. Randy" of Big Pay Off (9 November 1953), obituary and funeral program for Mildred Bernard Martinez and Maurice Martinez, Sr. (1991, 1998), a school scrapbook made by Josepha M. Martinez at Valena C. Jones school, (1949), and 1961 yearbook for Booker T. Washington High School. Additional materials include the organization structure for an LEA Work Conference with hand script notes on versos (undated).

Biographical Note

The Martinez Kindergarten School was founded by Mildred Bernard Martinez in 1934 after she was forced to resign her teaching position in the New Orleans Public School system following her marriage to Maurice Martinez Sr. When the school opened at its original location on LaSalle Street, it was the first and only pre-kindergarten school for African American children in Louisiana. The school eventually moved to North Roman Street. During its years, the school educated a number of prominent New Orleanians including jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, New Orleans mayor Sidney Barthelemy, Atlanta mayor and United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, and others. Mildred's son, Numa, eventually became principal of the school.

Subject/Index Terms

African American children - Education
Education - Louisiana - New Orleans
Louisiana - Education
Minorities - Education
Segregation in education

Administrative Information

Repository: Amistad Research Center

Access Restrictions: Audiovisual materials stored offsite. Please contact Reference Desk of the Amistad Research Center for inquiries.

Use Restrictions: Copyright to these papers has not been assigned to the Amistad Research Center. It is the responsibility of an author to secure permission for publication from the holder of the copyright to any material contained in this collection.

Acquisition Source: Numa Martinez

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials: The Amistad Research Center holds the related papers of Maurice M. Martinez (1976-2001).

Preferred Citation: Martinez Kindergarten School Records, Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Processing Information: The Martinez Kindergarten School records were processed from July to August 2014. The processing and preservation of the collection was funded in part by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Box 4: Oversize items, 1948-2002],
[Box 5],
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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Annual program, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Annual program, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Annual program, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Annual program, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Annual program, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Annual program, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Annual program, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Annual program, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Annual program, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Annual program, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Annual program, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Annual program, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Annual program, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Announcement, 2003Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Certificates, 1953-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Consultant's Report to Martinez Nursery and Kindergarten School for Reconsideration of License, 1951 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Ledger of graduates, courts, etc., 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Letter to Mr. Randy, 1953 November 9Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letter of thank you from Gayle Cherry, 2003 May 23Add to your cart.
Folder 6: List: Organizational Structure - L.E.A. Work-Conference, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: News clippings, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Notebook: Graduation Program, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Photographs: students, 1941-2001Add to your cart.
Includes images of Courts (carnival).
Folder 10: Photographs: Mildred Bernard Martinez, circa 1920-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Photograph: Martinez Family, 1956-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Photographs: Maurice Martinez, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Photograph of panel, D. Rudd Moore (sic), Hale Smith (sic) and Noel Dalorta (sic) by Bill Anderson, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Programs: graduation, 1965, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Order of service and memorials: Mildred Bernard Martinez, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Reports: Orleans Parish School Board Delivery Order, 1945-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Reports: State of Louisiana, Department of Education, Annual Report on Text Books, 1944-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Reports: Student Progress, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Requisitions: Library books, 1950-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Requisitions: Orleans Parish School Board, School Supplies, 1945-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Scrapbook: Joseph M Martinez (Valena C. Jones School), circa 1950Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Year book: The Lion 1961 (Booker T. Washington Senior High School)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Book: Come and See! (Silver Burdett Company), 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Book: Hop, Hop, Hop! (Silver Burdett Company), 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Book: Winky: A Pre-Primer (New York: Allyn and Bacon), 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Book: Fun with Dick and Jane (Chicago: Scott, Foresman and Company), 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Book: Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Girl Next Door (Chicago: Albert Whitman & Co.), 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Book: My Little Green Story Book (Boston: Ginn and Company), 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Book: Little Red Riding Hood (New York: Golden Press), 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Book: Sally's Lost Shoe and Other Stories (Chicago: Rand McNally & Company), 1949Add to your cart.
Box 4: Oversize items, 1948-2002Add to your cart.
Item 1: Photographs: The Martinez Nursery School, 1948 JuneAdd to your cart.

Verso reads:

The Royal Court of 1948

Her Highness: Ursule Mathilde Duplessis

His Majesty: Huiet Van Joseph

Item 2: Photograph: Class of 1948, Martinez Nursery School, 1948 May 30Add to your cart.
Item 3: Photograph: The Royal Court of 1951 of the Martinez Kindergarten SchoolAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Photograph: 1952 Royal Court and the "Clowns," Martinez Nursery SchoolAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Photograph: 1952 Grads of Martinez Nursery School, 1952 JuneAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Photograph: New King and Queen of 1952, Martinez Nursery SchoolAdd to your cart.
Verso reads: The new King (B. McDonald) and new Queen (Verita Daste) of 1952 greet each other before their Royal Court and the outgoing 1951 King (Ned Austin Gray) and Queen of 1951 Lillian Carolyn Lee.
Item 7: Photograph: 1952 Annual Program, Martinez Nursery SchoolAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Photograph: 1953 Royal Court, Martinez Nursery SchoolAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Photograph: Court of 1953, Martinez Nursery SchoolAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Photograph: Class of 1954, Martinez Nursery SchoolAdd to your cart.
Item 11: Photograph: The Royal Court of 1954, Martinez Nursery SchoolAdd to your cart.

Recto reads:

The Royal Court of 1954 being royally entertained by their subjects!!!!

King: Herman B. Swanier

Queen: Valerie A. Petit

The court attendants are dancing!!!

Item 12: Photograph: Class 1955-1956, Martinez Nursery SchoolAdd to your cart.
Item 13: Photograph: Mistress of Ceremonies 1956, Martinez Nursery SchoolAdd to your cart.

Verso reads: Mistress of Ceremonies 1956, Debra Ann Toca (center), holding the star. Sandra Richardson, Alma Mathilda Chapital, Yolanda Claire Whitley, and Julia Natalie Gaudin.

Photograph by Perrault's Studio, New Orleans.

Item 14: Photograph: 1956 Dance (Annual Program), Martinez Nursery SchoolAdd to your cart.
Photograph by Perrault's Studio, New Orleans.
Item 15: Photograph: 1955 Graduates, Martinez Nursery SchoolAdd to your cart.

Verso reads:

3rd row from bottom

5th for left is Rita Frances Heard.

2nd row from bottom

11th from left is Deborah Marie Ker

Item 16-18: Photocopies of photographsAdd to your cart.
Item 19: Christmas art picture by Corey Covington, 1975Add to your cart.
Item 20: Photograph: Martinez Karate Program, 2001 September 28Add to your cart.
Item 21: Programs: Graduation Exercises, Martinez Kindergarten School, 1950-1960Add to your cart.
[Rolled and laminated]
Item 22: Programs: Graduation Exercises, Martinez Kindergarten School, 1961-1966Add to your cart.
[Rolled and laminated]
Item 23: Programs: Graduation Exercises, Martinez Kindergarten School, 1967-1970Add to your cart.
[Rolled and laminated]
Item 24: Programs: Graduation Exercises, Martinez Kindergarten School, 1971-1980Add to your cart.
[Rolled and laminated]
Item 25: Programs: Graduated Exercises, Martinez Kindergarten School, 1980-1990Add to your cart.
[Rolled and laminated]
Item 26: Publication: City Business Photo Essay (City Business New Orleans, Louisiana), 1991 April 22Add to your cart.
Item 27: Sweatshirt: 70th Anniversary Martinez School, 2004Add to your cart.
Item 28: Plaque: To Martinez School, Thanks for Everything Love Marisa Ariane Mitchell, Queen and Graduate 1992-Sweetheart 1991, Flower Girl 1990-Queen 1989Add to your cart.
Item 29-32: News clippings, 1991-2002Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Framed photograph of Mildred Martinez, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Mounted newspaper clipping regarding Martinez Kindergarten School from Times-Picayune, 1998Add to your cart.

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