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Euri Belle Bolton Collection

Euri Belle Bolton was born on Feb. 22, 1895. She grew up as the daughter of a farmer and a housewife in a small Georgia community of approximately 50 families. At age 17, after skipping a grade earlier in her school career, she graduated from high school. Throughout high school, Bolton participated in debating, church work and sports.

Early college days were spent on the campus of GN&IC, Georgia Normal & Industrial College. There, Bolton diligently worked on her degree from September 1912 to June 1915. While working on her degree she became secretary of the YWCA, taught Sunday school and continued playing intramural sports. She then gained admittance into George Peabody College for Teachers in July 1919. She became President of the Graduate Club, President of the World Affairs Club and continued to stay active in the YWCA. Bolton also received a doctoral degree at this institution. Ferrell and Ruth Bolton, Bolton's sisters, also graduated in 1931 from George Peabody College for Teachers.

Bolton's career was very diverse. She served as principal of a two teacher, rural school for one year. For two years, she served as the principal of a 4 teacher rural high school. She also renewed ties with the Milledgeville community when she served as a college extension worker for GSCW, Georgia State College for Women. After surveying many counties of Georgia as an extension agent, she settled in Baldwin County to start her 31-year tenure as a Professor of Psychology at GSCW. From 1928-1949 her title was Professor of Education and Psychology. Bolton also served many organizations throughout the years. These organizations included:

Organization Affiliations

  • Edited News Bulletin of Georgia Psychological Association for 3 years
  • Honorary Associate Editor of Peabody Alumni Journal
  • Secretary-Treasurer for Georgia Psychological Association
  • Vice President, Alumni Association of George Peabody College for Teachers
  • Consulting Psychologist for Georgia State Welfare Department
  • Member A.A.A.S. Fellow
  • American Men of Science (elected)
  • Leaders in Education (elected)
  • Who's Who Among American Women
  • Elected Phoenix (highest honor society at GSCW)
  • Member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society

Bolton enjoyed many hobbies throughout her life. These hobbies included reading, poetry, fiction, drama, history and farming. Her poem "Candle" was published in the Corinthian. As an extension agent she and M.L. Duggan published many educational surveys of various Georgia counties. She also published A Development of a Department of Psychology at Georgia College along with several articles in The Peabody Journal of Education regarding testing and the duties of teachers in schools.

After retirement, c. 1978, Bolton along with her sisters Ferrell and Ruth spent their days growing roses in Jacksonville, Alabama and entered them annually in a Mini-Rose Show held at the local high school. She made her final relocation to Plains, Georgia c. 1999 at the Lillian Carter Nursing Center. In March 2000 Congressmen Sanford Bishop issued a proclamation commemorating Bolton's 105th birthday.