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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Chicago Manual Training School Records 1882-1913

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Chicago Manual Training School. Records

Dates:

1882-1913

Size:

53.5 linear feet (32 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

The Chicago Manual Training School was established between 1882 and 1884 by the Chicago Commercial Club. It sought to provide both academic and vocational education for boys at the high school level. In 1903 it became part of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. The Chicago Manual Training School Records contain administrative and financial records, samples of student work, examinations, course catalogues, and publications relating to manual education. Material spans 1882-1913.

Information on Use

Access

This collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Chicago Manual Training School. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

The Chicago Manual Training School was conceived by members of the Chicago Commercial Club in 1882. It opened two years later at the corner of Michigan and Roosevelt Avenues.

The Chicago Manual Training School was the only independent institution of its kind when it opened. Along with Washington University’s Manual Training School in St. Louis, it was the most influential in the country. Influenced by educational movements in late 1870s and 1880s America, the school’s founders sought to provide a comprehensive three-year education that gave equal attention to "book work" and "shop work." Students were given a secondary education in mathematics, science, and literature, as well as training in drawing, carpentry, and mechanics. Founding director H.H. Belfield declared the industrial age an "age of brains" in which engineering advancement was equally the product of intellectual innovation and technical skill. Believing that "a republic should have no proletariat," Belfield and the other trustees rejected both traditional secondary school instruction and the apprenticeship model for trades.

Within ten years the Chicago Manual Training School had more than tripled its admissions, and added business and college preparatory courses to its program. Between 1896 and1897 the school’s strained finances led the Chicago Commercial Club to transfer its trusteeship to the University of Chicago, though there was little initial change in curriculum. South Side Academy, a college prep school founded in 1892, similarly came under University administration in 1901; in 1903 the two merged to become University High School. This new institution formed the secondary school for the University’s Laboratory Schools, then under the direction of John Dewey.

Scope Note

The Chicago Manual Training School Records span 1882-1913 and are divided into two series:

Series I: Administration and Curriculum, contains administrative accounts, correspondence, and meeting minutes. It includes course catalogues, as well as circular letters and program information distributed to parents and potential students. There are copies of the Chicago Manual Training School newsletter, "Hand and Brain." Materials span 1882-1911; those dating after 1903 are related to the University High School.

Series II: Students, contains applications, assignments, exam results, and grades. It includes examples of student work, programs for student exhibitions and graduations, and information about alumni. Dates for students’ grades refer to the "class of," not the year in which the grades were assigned. Material spans 1883-1913.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/select.html

Belfield, Henry H. Papers and Belfield Family Papers

South Side Academy. Records

University of Chicago. College of Education. Records

University of Chicago. Laboratory School. Records

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Administration and Curriculum

This series contains administrative accounts, correspondence, and meeting minutes. It contains course catalogues, as well as circular letters and program information distributed to parents and potential students. Of note are copies of the Chicago Manual Training School newsletter, "Hand and Brain." Materials span 1882-1911; those dating after 1903 are related to the University High School.

Box 1   Folder 1-3

Accounts, cash and general, 1884-1887, 1890-1998

Box 1   Folder 4

Accounts, Chemical Department, 1890-1900

Box 1   Folder 5

Accounts, Foundry Department, 1890-1901

Box 1   Folder 6

Accounts, Machine Shop, 1891-1895

Box 1   Folder 7

Accounts, tuition payments, 1884-1889

Box 1   Folder 8-9

Circulars, 1888, 1907

Box 2   Folder 1

Correspondence, H.H. Belfield, circa 1884

Box 2   Folder 2

Correspondence, Buckley Malone Detective Agency, 1889

Box 2   Folder 2-9

Course catalogues, 1884-1896

Box 2   Folder 10

Course catalogues, 1900-1903

Box 2   Folder 11

Course catalogues, 1909-1911

Box 3   Folder 1

"Diary of the First Four Years," 1884-1888

Box 3   Folder 2

"Hand and Brain," 1885

Box 3   Folder 3

Handbooks, students and teachers, 1902, 1909-1910

Box 3   Folder 4

Legal arguments, 1909

Box 3   Folder 5

Minutes, faculty meetings, 1900-1903

Box 3   Folder 6

Notices, Annual Meetings, Board of Trustees, 1890-1893

Box 3   Folder 7

Notice, move to the University of Chicago, 1901

Box 3   Folder 8-10

Program information, 1902-1911, undated

Box 3   Folder 11

"Regulations Governing the Granting of Emblems at the University High School," undated

Box 3   Folder 12

"Remarks to the Trustees," E.W. Blatchford, 1883

Box 4

Accounts, cash and general 1884-1891

Box 4

Accounts, cash and general, 1887-1890

Box 4

Accounts, cash and general, 1894-1898

Box 5

Accounts, cash and general,1895-1908

Box 5

Accounts, cash and general,1900-1901

Box 6

Accounts, tuition,1884-1904

Box 7

Minutes, Board of Trustees, 1882-1896

Series II: Students

This series contains applications, exam results, and grades. It includes examples of student work, programs for student exhibitions and graduations, and information about alumni. Dates for students’ grades refer to the "class of," not the year in which the grades were assigned. Material spans 1883-1913.

Box 3   Folder 13-14

Admission exams, 1884-1893

Box 3   Folder 15

Admission exam results, 1890-1894

Box 3   Folder 16-17

Applications, 1884-1886

Box 8   Folder 1-5

Applications, 1887-1890, 1896

Box 9   Folder 1-6

Applications, 1897-1902

Box 10

Applications, 1891

Box 11

Applications, 1892-3

Box 12

Applications, 1894-5

Box 13

Admission exam results, 1884-1892

Box 14

Admission exam results, 1893-1896

Box 15

Grades, undated

Box 15

Grades, 1884-1885

Box 15

Exam questions, 1885

Box 16

Grades, 1887

Box 16

Grades, 1888,1891

Box 16

Grades, 1892

Box 17

Grades, 1893-1895

Box 18

Grades, 1896-1898

Box 19

Grades, 1899-1901

Box 20

Grades, 1904-1906

Box 21

Junior class work, Caesar, 1895

Box 21

Junior class work, algebra, volume 1, 1895

Box 22

Junior class work, algebra, volume 2, 1895

Box 23

Junior class work, English, 1895

Box 24

Junior class work, technical drawings, 1890

Box 24

Junior class work, technical drawings, 1892

Box 25

Middle class work, essays, 1894

Box 26

Middle class work, geometry, 1894

Box 26

Middle class work, physics, 1894

Box 27

Middle class work, triangulation, 1893

Box 27

Senior class work, translation of "Colomba," 1893

Box 28

Senior class work, chemistry, 1893

Box 28

Senior and middle class work, Latin prose, 1893-1894

Box 29

Student register, 1884-1900

Box 29

Visitor’s book, 1884-1893

Box 30

Alumni, occupations, 1886-1898

Box 30

Manual Training, undated

Box 31   Folder 1

List of applicants, students and teachers, 1883-1888

Box 31   Folder 2

Tuition and application forms, undated

Box 31   Folder 3

Body measurements, class of 1889

Box 31   Folder 4-5

College degrees, alumni, 1886-1900

Box 31   Folder 6

Fundraising, alumni, 1913

Box 31   Folder 7

Grades, 1886-1887

Box 31   Folder 8-9

Illinois State Fair Exhibits, book-keeping, 1887-1888

Box 31   Folder 10-12

Illinois State Fair Exhibits, mathematics, 1886-1887

Box 32   Folder 1

Illinois State Fair Exhibits, physiology, 1888

Box 32   Folder 2

Illinois State Fair Exhibits, science, 1888

Box 32   Folder 3

"Inaugural Address to Students," 1884, 1886

Box 32   Folder 4

"Memories of the Class of 1900"

Box 32   Folder 5

Notices, lectures in American history, 1886-1888

Box 32   Folder 6

Notices, lectures in science, 1885

Box 32   Folder 7

Parent-Teacher Association members, 1910

Box 32   Folder 8

Programs, anniversary services, 1887-1902

Box 32   Folder 9

Programs, graduation, 1886-1888

Box 32   Folder 10

Programs, student clubs, 1909

Box 32   Folder 11

Programs, student exhibitions, 1886-1910

Box 32   Folder 12

Records, student absences, 1891-1893

Box 32   Folder 13

Review questions, physical sciences, undated

Box 32   Folder 14

School song lyrics, undated

Box 32   Folder 15-16

Student work, technical drawings and illustrations, 1883-1899

Box 32   Folder 17

Student work, Tower Clock for the University of Chicago, 1903

Box 32   Folder 18

Transparencies, library, undated

Box 32   Folder 19

Yearbook, 1902