Monday, November 05, 2012

Delaware County Public Schools Directories now available in the Digital Media Repository



“School days, school days, dear old golden rule days.
Readin’ and ‘riting and ‘rithmatic, taught to the tune of the hick’ry stick.”
by Gus Edwards and Will D. Cobb

If you would like to “take a trip on memory’s ship, back to the bygone days” of education in Delaware County, Indiana, check out the Delaware County Public Schools Directories in the Digital Media Repository. This collection includes directories listing the names of teachers and school administrators in Delaware County, Indiana and the schools where they taught and served from 1904-1968.

These directories provide a wealth of information documenting the history of education in Delaware County. Most of the directories in this collection include a description of the grade level, subject specialization, or position of each teacher or administrator listed. Other useful information such as the school location, academic calendar, and number of students enrolled at each school can also be found in many of these directories. This information can be used to track the development of the educational system in Delaware County, changes in enrollment patterns over 60 years, the growth and decline in staffing for particular schools, and the tenure of specific teachers and administrators.

Hamilton Township School, circa 1900-1910 (PSC-250)
Information for county schools in Salem, Mt. Pleasant, Harrison, Washington, Monroe, Center, Hamilton, Union, Perry, Liberty, Delaware and Niles townships and the towns of Albany and Eaton can be found in these directories. Schools that were part of Muncie City Schools are excluded from these directories after 1918. For similar information for Muncie City Schools from 1918-1989, you can examine the Muncie Community Schools records, 1874-1991.

Delaware County Public Schools directories, 1945-1946
There is valuable information in this collection waiting online for you to explore whether you are reminiscing about teachers who had a dramatic impact upon your life or examining trends in the history of the education in Indiana. So, take a few moments to see what you can find. As always, our archives staff is available to assist you with your research. You are welcome to visit us in Archives and Special Collections or contact us at libarchives@bsu.edu.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of public education in the United States, you should check out the "School Days: A History of Public Education" podcast episode by BackStory with the American History Guys.

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