Foster (Marcus) Collection

Portriat of Marcus A. Foster in front of bookcase
Portrait of Marcus Foster, circa 1970s, African American Museum & Library at Oakland Photograph collection, MS 189, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

Marcus A. Foster (1923-1973) was a a progressive, innovative educator who rose to national prominence as the first African-American superintendent of schools in Oakland, California. The collection spans the years 1941-1975, and includes administrative documents, professional certifications, printed materials, photographs, newspaper articles and ceremonial attire, with the bulk of the material pertaining to the years 1968-1974.

Dates: 1941-1975 (bulk 1968-1974)
Collection number: MS 149
Creator: Marcus A. Foster Education Institute
Collection Size: 5.5 linear feet (1 box + 2 oversized boxes)

Guide to the Marcus A. Foster Collection

Available at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO)

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