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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the University of Chicago College of Education Records 1900-1926

© 2006 University of Chicago Library

Descriptive Summary

Title:

University of Chicago. College of Education. Records

Dates:

1900-1926

Size:

17.5 linear ft. (35 boxes)

Repository:

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

Abstract:

The College of Education was an undergraduate teachers' college operating within the School of Education from 1901 to 1931. These records contain the minutes of the College and School of Education, an extensive series of administrative and professional correspondence of the Dean of the College, and letters and documents concerning Phi Delta Kappa, a national educational fraternity.

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Citation

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

Historical Note

The study of education at the University of Chicago began in 1895 with the organization of the Department of Pedagogy under head professor John Dewey. The Department offered methodological courses on academic subjects and theoretical seminars on the philosophy, science, and ethics of pedagogical practice. In 1896, a University Elementary School was established within the Department to serve as a workshop for classroom observation and the testing of educational method; known as the Dewey School or the Laboratory School, it attracted national attention and supported Dewey's growing reputation among progressive educators.

In 1901, the University created the School of Education through the acquisition and consolidation of three independent Chicago institutions. Two local secondary schools, the Chicago Manual Training School and the South Side Academy, were merged to form the University High School. The Chicago Institute, a private teachers' college founded by Anita McCormick Blaine in 1899, was incorporated as the College of Education. The Institute's elementary school, after a brief period of autonomy as the University Elementary School on the Blaine Foundation, was amalgamated with the University Elementary School and the University Kindergarten. Colonel Francis W. Parker, a veteran educational reformer and head of the Chicago Institute, was installed as Director of the School of Education, and his prot

Scope Note

The records of the College of Education are divided into three series: administrative records of the College from 1901 to 1925; correspondence of the Dean's office from 1900 to 1926; and records of Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity from 1921 to 1924.

Series I: Administrative Records, includes minutes of the College from its inception to dissolution and financial records from 1901 to 1910. The weekly reports to the Dean and student health reports represent a larger body of similar records in the College files discarded when the present collection was organized.

Series II: Correspondence of the Dean's Office represents two periods in the management of the Dean's files. Most surviving letters from 1901-1915 concerned individual students and requests for College publications. Samples of these letters and all correspondence relating to faculty or administrators have been retained. Included are seventeen routine letters of John Dewey; letters of recommendation from Jenkin Lloyd Jones, Graham Taylor, and Sophonisba Breckinridge, among others; and requests from schools for student's with particular racial or religious backgrounds for teaching positions.

Beginning in 1915, all correspondence in the Dean's office was filed alphabetically by school year; reduced by the removal of most student letters, this second group of correspondence is complete through 1926 except for 1924-25 and part of 1923-24. Most of the correspondence was generated by William S. Gray, Assistant Dean and acting head of the College beginning July 1, 1916, and Dean from July 1, 1917 onward. Gray corresponded regularly with administrators Charles H. Judd and Nathaniel Butler, and with faculty members Katherine Blunt, Franklin Bobbitt, Frederick Breed, Guy Buswell, Frank Freeman, Rolla Lyman, Samuel Chester Parker, William Reavis, Walter Sargent, Alice Temple, and Rollo Tryon. Work in Rochester and Toledo supporting Gray's research in reading prompted lengthy exchanges with E. Helen MacLachlan, Joseph P. O'Hearn, and Estaline Wilson. Developments in educational testing were monitored through correspondence with B. R. Buckingham and Walter S. Monroe of the University of Illinois, C. T. Gray of the University of Texas, and L. A. Pechstein of the University of Rochester. Other Gray interests reflected in the letters include the operation of local school systems (George N. Cade); support for religious education (Walter S. Athearn); and the strengthening of educational professionalism (National Education Association).

Series III: Phi Delta Kappa Records, 1921-1924.Phi Delta Kappa was founded in 1910 as a national professional fraternity committed to scientific pedagogy. Membership was limited to white male graduate and undergraduate students chosen by secret ballot; graduates of two-year normal schools were barred unless they subsequently matriculated at a school of education associated with a university. These records were accumulated during Gray's term as president of the organization and deal with such matters as affiliation with American Association for the Advancement of Science (34:1) and attempts to control the growth of rival educational fraternities (35:4).

Related Resources

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

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

Belfield, Henry Holmes. Letterbooks

Board of Trustees. Correspondence of the Secretary, 1890-

Board of Trustees. Minutes, 1890-

Chicago Institute. Records

Chicago Manual Training School. Records

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Records

Gray, William S. Papers.

Judd, Charles Hubbard. Papers

Morrison, Henry Clinton. Papers

Parker, Francis W. Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous Papers

Presidents' Papers, 1889-1925

Reavis, William C. Papers

South Side Academy. Records

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Administrative Records

Box 1   Folder 1

School and College of Education minutes, 1901-1913

Box 1   Folder 2

College of Education minutes, 1913-1927

Box 1   Folder 3

College of Education executive board minutes, 1927-1931

Box 2   Folder 1

School of Education budget and expenditures, 1901-1908

Box 2   Folder 2

School of Education payroll, 1901-1910

Box 2   Folder 3

College of Education budget, 1903-1908

Box 2   Folder 4

College petty cash expenditures, 1902-1910

Box 2   Folder 5

Summer quarter expenditures, 1903-1915

Box 2   Folder 6

Student service expenditures, 1904-1907

Box 2   Folder 7

Sample weekly reports to the Dean, 1903-1908

Box 2   Folder 8

Sample weekly reports to the Dean, 1903-1908 1910-1918

Box 2   Folder 9

Sample student health reports, 1907-1925

Box 2   Folder 10

Book listing applicants for faculty positions, undated

Box 2   Folder 11

List of materials damaged in Cobb Hall basement, 1902

Series II Correspondence of the Dean's Office

Box 3   Folder 1

1900-1902

Box 3   Folder 2

1903, A-L

Box 3   Folder 3

1903, M-T

Box 3   Folder 4

1904

Box 3   Folder 5

1905, A-F

Box 3   Folder 6

1905, H-S

Box 3   Folder 7

1906, A-D

Box 3   Folder 8

1906, F-W

Box 3   Folder 9

1907, A-B

Box 3   Folder 10

1907, C-M

Box 3   Folder 11

1907, N-W

Box 4   Folder 1

1908, A-G

Box 4   Folder 2

1908, J-P

Box 4   Folder 3

1908, S-W

Box 4   Folder 4

1909

Box 4   Folder 5

1910-1913

Box 4   Folder 6

1914, A-L

Box 4   Folder 7

1914, M-Z

Box 4   Folder 8

January-May 1915

  • June 1915-May 1916
Box 5   Folder 1

June 1915-May 1916, A

Box 5   Folder 2

June 1915-May 1916, B

Box 5   Folder 3

June 1915-May 1916, C

Box 5   Folder 4

June 1915-May 1916, D-F

Box 5   Folder 5

June 1915-May 1916, G

Box 5   Folder 6

June 1915-May 1916, H-Jo

Box 5   Folder 7

June 1915-May 1916, Ju

Box 5   Folder 8

June 1915-May 1916, K-L

Box 5   Folder 9

June 1915-May 1916, M-N

Box 6   Folder 1

June 1915-May 1916, O-P

Box 6   Folder 2

June 1915-May 1916, R

Box 6   Folder 3

June 1915-May 1916, S

Box 6   Folder 4

June 1915-May 1916,T-V

Box 6   Folder 5

June 1915-May 1916, W-Y

Box 6   Folder 6

June 1916-May 1917, A

Box 6   Folder 7

June 1916-May 1917, Ba-Bo

Box 6   Folder 8

June 1916-May 1917, Br-Bu

Box 7   Folder 1

June 1916-May 1917, Ca-Cof

Box 7   Folder 2

June 1916-May 1917, Col-D

Box 7   Folder 3

June 1916-May 1917, E-Fa

Box 7   Folder 4

June 1916-May 1917, Fe-Fu

Box 7   Folder 5

June 1916-May 1917, Ga-Gra

Box 7   Folder 6

June 1916-May 1917, Gre-Han

Box 7   Folder 7

June 1916-May 1917, Har-Hi

Box 7   Folder 8

June 1916-May 1917, Ho-Hu

Box 7   Folder 9

June 1916-May 1917, I-J

Box 8   Folder 1

June 1916-May 1917, K-L

Box 8   Folder 2

June 1916-May 1917, M

Box 8   Folder 3

June 1916-May 1917, N-Po

Box 8   Folder 4

June 1916-May 1917, Pr-R

Box 8   Folder 5

June 1916-May 1917, Sa-Se

Box 8   Folder 6

June 1916-May 1917, Sh-Sm

Box 8   Folder 7

June 1916-May 1917, So-Su

Box 8   Folder 8

June 1916-May 1917, T

Box 9   Folder 1

June 1916-May 1917, U-We

Box 9   Folder 2

June 1916-May 1917, Wh-Y

Box 9   Folder 3

June 1917-May 1918, A-Bl

Box 9   Folder 4

June 1917-May 1918, Bo-Bu

Box 9   Folder 5

June 1917-May 1918, C

Box 9   Folder 6

June 1917-May 1918, D-F

Box 9   Folder 7

June 1917-May 1918, G

Box 9   Folder 8

June 1917-May 1918, H-J

Box 9   Folder 9

June 1917-May 1918, K-L

Box 10   Folder 1

June 1917-May 1918, M-Pa

Box 10   Folder 2

June 1917-May 1918, Pe-Pre

Box 10   Folder 3

June 1917-May 1918, Pri-Pu

Box 10   Folder 4

June 1917-May 1918, R-Se

Box 10   Folder 5

June 1917-May 1918, Sh-T

Box 10   Folder 6

June 1917-May 1918, U-Z

Box 11   Folder 1

June 1918-May 1919, A

Box 11   Folder 2

June 1918-May 1919, Ba-Bi

Box 11   Folder 3

June 1918-May 1919, Bl-Bo

Box 11   Folder 4

June 1918-May 1919, Br-Bur

Box 11   Folder 5

June 1918-May 1919, But-By

Box 11   Folder 6

June 1918-May 1919, Ca-Cl

Box 11   Folder 7

June 1918-May 1919, Co-Cu

Box 12   Folder 1

June 1918-May 1919, D-E

Box 12   Folder 2

June 1918-May 1919, F

Box 12   Folder 3

June 1918-May 1919, G-Ha

Box 12   Folder 4

June 1918-May 1919, He-Hu

Box 12   Folder 5

June 1918-May 1919, I-Jo

Box 12   Folder 6

June 1918-May 1919, Ju

Box 12   Folder 7

June 1918-May 1919, K-Lo

Box 12   Folder 8

June 1918-May 1919, Ly

Box 12   Folder 9

June 1918-May 1919, M

Box 12   Folder 10

June 1918-May 1919, N-O

Box 13   Folder 1

June 1918-May 1919, Pa-Pre

Box 13   Folder 2

June 1918-May 1919, Pri-Pu

Box 13   Folder 3

June 1918-May 1919, Ra-Ro

Box 13   Folder 4

June 1918-May 1919, Ru-Ry

Box 13   Folder 5

June 1918-May 1919, Sa-Se

Box 13   Folder 6

June 1918-May 1919, Sh-Sw

Box 13   Folder 7

June 1918-May 1919, T

Box 13   Folder 8

June 1918-May 1919, U-Y

Box 14   Folder 1

June 1919-May 1920, Ab-Ap

Box 14   Folder 2

June 1919-May 1920, Ar-Ay

Box 14   Folder 3

June 1919-May 1920, Ba

Box 14   Folder 4

June 1919-May 1920, Be-Bo

Box 14   Folder 5

June 1919-May 1920, Br-Buc

Box 14   Folder 6

June 1919-May 1920, Bul-Bus

Box 14   Folder 7

June 1919-May 1920, But

Box 14   Folder 8

June 1919-May 1920, Ca

Box 15   Folder 1

June 1919-May 1920, Ch-Co

Box 15   Folder 2

June 1919-May 1920, Cr-Di

Box 15   Folder 3

June 1919-May 1920, Do-El

Box 15   Folder 4

June 1919-May 1920, En-Ev

Box 15   Folder 5

June 1919-May 1920, Fa-Fra

Box 15   Folder 6

June 1919-May 1920, Fre-Gl

Box 15   Folder 7

June 1919-May 1920, Go-Gr

Box 15   Folder 8

June 1919-May 1920, Gu

Box 16   Folder 1

June 1919-May 1920, Ha

Box 16   Folder 2

June 1919-May 1920, He-Hu

Box 16   Folder 3

June 1919-May 1920, I-J

Box 16   Folder 4

June 1919-May 1920, K

Box 16   Folder 5

June 1919-May 1920, L

Box 16   Folder 6

June 1919-May 1920, Ma

Box 16   Folder 7

June 1919-May 1920, Mc-Mi

Box 16   Folder 8

June 1919-May 1920, Mon-Mor

Box 16   Folder 9

June 1919-May 1920, Mos-My

Box 17   Folder 1

June 1919-May 1920, O

Box 17   Folder 2

June 1919-May 1920, Pa

Box 17   Folder 3

June 1919-May 1920, Pe-Pr

Box 17   Folder 4

June 1919-May 1920, Pu-Ro

Box 17   Folder 5

June 1919-May 1920, Ru-Sc

Box 17   Folder 6

June 1919-May 1920, Se

Box 17   Folder 7

June 1919-May 1920, Sh-Sp

Box 17   Folder 8

June 1919-May 1920, Sta-Sto

Box 18   Folder 1

June 1919-May 1920, Stu-Sw

Box 18   Folder 2

June 1919-May 1920, Ta-Te

Box 18   Folder 3

June 1919-May 1920, Th-Tu

Box 18   Folder 4

June 1919-May 1920, Wi

Box 18   Folder 5

June 1919-May 1920, Wo-Z

Box 18   Folder 6

June 1920-May 1921, A

Box 18   Folder 7

June 1920-May 1921, Bab-Bar

Box 18   Folder 8

June 1920-May 1921, Bat-Bl

Box 18   Folder 9

June 1920-May 1921, Bo-Bra

Box 19   Folder 1

June 1920-May 1921, Bre-Bro

Box 19   Folder 2

June 1920-May 1921, Buc-Bus

Box 19   Folder 3

June 1920-May 1921, But

Box 19   Folder 4

June 1920-May 1921, Ca-Cl

Box 19   Folder 5

June 1920-May 1921, Co-Cu

Box 19   Folder 6

June 1920-May 1921, Da-Do

Box 19   Folder 7

June 1920-May 1921, Du

Box 19   Folder 8

June 1920-May 1921, E

Box 20   Folder 1

June 1920-May 1921, Fa-Fi

Box 20   Folder 2

June 1920-May 1921, Fl-Fra

Box 20   Folder 3

June 1920-May 1921, Fre-Fu

Box 20   Folder 4

June 1920-May 1921, G

Box 20   Folder 5

June 1920-May 1921, Ha-Hi

Box 20   Folder 6

June 1920-May 1921, Ho

Box 20   Folder 7

June 1920-May 1921, Hu-Jo

Box 20   Folder 8

June 1920-May 1921, Ju

Box 21   Folder 1

June 1920-May 1921, K

Box 21   Folder 2

June 1920-May 1921, Le

Box 21   Folder 3

June 1920-May 1921, Li-Ly

Box 21   Folder 4

June 1920-May 1921, Mac-Mar

Box 21   Folder 5

June 1920-May 1921, Mat-Mc

Box 21   Folder 6

June 1920-May 1921, Me-Na

Box 21   Folder 7

June 1920-May 1921, Ne-of

Box 21   Folder 8

June 1920-May 1921, Ot-Pi

Box 22   Folder 1

June 1920-May 1921, Pl-Pr

Box 22   Folder 2

June 1920-May 1921, Pu

Box 22   Folder 3

June 1920-May 1921, Q-Ri

Box 22   Folder 4

June 1920-May 1921, Ro-Sc

Box 22   Folder 5

June 1920-May 1921, Se-Sn

Box 22   Folder 6

June 1920-May 1921, So-Sw

Box 23   Folder 1

June 1920-May 1921, Ta-Th

Box 23   Folder 2

June 1920-May 1921, Ti-Tu

Box 23   Folder 3

June 1920-May 1921, U

Box 23   Folder 4

June 1920-May 1921, V-Wa

Box 23   Folder 5

June 1920-May 1921, We-Wh

Box 23   Folder 6

June 1920-May 1921, Wi-Z

Box 23   Folder 7

June 1921-May 1922, A-Bl

Box 23   Folder 8

June 1921-May 1922, Bo-Bu

Box 23   Folder 9

June 1921-May 1922, C

Box 24   Folder 1

June 1921-May 1922, D

Box 24   Folder 2

June 1921-May 1922, E-Fa

Box 24   Folder 3

June 1921-May 1922, Fi-Fu

Box 24   Folder 4

June 1921-May 1922, G

Box 24   Folder 5

June 1921-May 1922, H

Box 24   Folder 6

June 1921-May 1922, I-J

Box 24   Folder 7

June 1921-May 1922, K

Box 24   Folder 8

June 1921-May 1922, L

Box 25   Folder 1

June 1921-May 1922, Ma-Mc

Box 25   Folder 2

June 1921-May 1922, Me-My

Box 25   Folder 3

June 1921-May 1922, N-Par

Box 25   Folder 4

June 1921-May 1922, Pat-Pay

Box 25   Folder 5

June 1921-May 1922, Pe-Pl

Box 25   Folder 6

June 1921-May 1922, Pu-Q

Box 25   Folder 7

June 1921-May 1922, R

Box 26   Folder 1

June 1921-May 1922, Sa-Sl

Box 26   Folder 2

June 1921-May 1922, Sm-Sp

Box 26   Folder 3

June 1921-May 1922, St-Su

Box 26   Folder 4

June 1921-May 1922, T

Box 26   Folder 5

June 1921-May 1922, U-We

Box 26   Folder 6

June 1921-May 1922, Wh-Will

Box 26   Folder 7

June 1921-May 1922, Wils-Z

Box 27   Folder 1

June 1922-May 1923, A

Box 27   Folder 2

June 1922-May 1923, Ba-Bi

Box 27   Folder 3

June 1922-May 1923, Bl-Bo

Box 27   Folder 4

June 1922-May 1923, Br-Bur

Box 27   Folder 5

June 1922-May 1923, Bus-But

Box 27   Folder 6

June 1922-May 1923, Ca-Cof

Box 27   Folder 7

June 1922-May 1923, Col-Cu

Box 27   Folder 8

June 1922-May 1923, D

Box 27   Folder 9

June 1922-May 1923, E

Box 28   Folder 1

June 1922-May 1923, F

Box 28   Folder 2

June 1922-May 1923, G

Box 28   Folder 3

June 1922-May 1923, Ha-Hi

Box 28   Folder 4

June 1922-May 1923, Ho-Hu

Box 28   Folder 5

June 1922-May 1923, I-J

Box 28   Folder 6

June 1922-May 1923, K-L

Box 28   Folder 7

June 1922-May 1923, M

Box 28   Folder 8

June 1922-May 1923, N-O

Box 29   Folder 1

June 1922-May 1923, Pa-Pl

Box 29   Folder 2

June 1922-May 1923, Po-Ri

Box 29   Folder 3

June 1922-May 1923, Ro-Si

Box 29   Folder 4

June 1922-May 1923, Sm-Sp

Box 29   Folder 5

June 1922-May 1923, St-Sy

Box 29   Folder 6

June 1922-May 1923, T

Box 29   Folder 7

June 1922-May 1923, U-We

Box 29   Folder 8

June 1922-May 1923, Wh-Wr

Box 30   Folder 1

June 1923-May 1924, A

Box 30   Folder 2

June 1923-May 1924, Ba-Be

Box 30   Folder 3

June 1923-May 1924, Bl-Bo

Box 30   Folder 4

June 1923-May 1924, Bra-Bri

Box 30   Folder 5

June 1923-May 1924, Bro-Burn

Box 30   Folder 6

June 1923-May 1924, Burt-But

Box 30   Folder 7

June 1923-May 1924, Ca-Chi

Box 30   Folder 8

June 1923-May 1924, Chr-Cl

Box 31   Folder 1

June 1925-May 1926, A

Box 31   Folder 2

June 1925-May 1926, Ba-Bl

Box 31   Folder 3

June 1925-May 1926, Bo-Bre

Box 31   Folder 4

June 1925-May 1926, Bri-Bro

Box 31   Folder 5

June 1925-May 1926, Bru-Bur

Box 31   Folder 6

June 1925-May 1926, Bus-But

Box 31   Folder 7

June 1925-May 1926, Ca-Cha

Box 31   Folder 8

June 1925-May 1926, Chi-Coi

Box 31   Folder 9

June 1925-May 1926, Col-Cu

Box 31   Folder 10

June 1925-May 1926, D

Box 32   Folder 1

June 1925-May 1926, E

Box 32   Folder 2

June 1925-May 1926, Fa-Fi

Box 32   Folder 3

June 1925-May 1926, Fl-Fu

Box 32   Folder 4

June 1925-May 1926, G

Box 32   Folder 5

June 1925-May 1926, Ha-Hen

Box 32   Folder 6

June 1925-May 1926, Her-I

Box 32   Folder 7

June 1925-May 1926, J

Box 32   Folder 8

June 1925-May 1926, K

Box 32   Folder 9

June 1925-May 1926, L

Box 33   Folder 1

June 1925-May 1926, Ma

Box 33   Folder 2

June 1925-May 1926, Me-Mi

Box 33   Folder 3

June 1925-May 1926, Mo-O

Box 33   Folder 4

June 1925-May 1926, Pa

Box 33   Folder 5

June 1925-May 1926, Pe-Pu

Box 33   Folder 6

June 1925-May 1926, Q-R

Box 33   Folder 7

June 1925-May 1926, Sa-Se

Box 33   Folder 8

June 1925-May 1926, Sh-Sy

Box 33   Folder 9

June 1925-May 1926, T-W

Series III: Phi Delta Kappa Records, 1921-1924

Box 34   Folder 1

A

Box 34   Folder 2

Ba

Box 34   Folder 3

Be-Bu

Box 34   Folder 4

California chapters

Box 34   Folder 5

Cam-Cu

Box 34   Folder 6

D

Box 34   Folder 7

E

Box 34   Folder 8

F

Box 34   Folder 9

G

Box 34   Folder 10

Ha-Hol

Box 34   Folder 11

Hou-Hoy

Box 34   Folder 12

National Council meetings

Box 35   Folder 1

P

Box 35   Folder 2

Petitions for new chapters

Box 35   Folder 3

R

Box 35   Folder 4

Rival fraternities

Box 35   Folder 5

S-U

Box 35   Folder 6

Vouchers

Box 35   Folder 7

Vouchers

Box 35   Folder 8

Vouchers

Box 35   Folder 9

Vouchers

Box 35   Folder 10

W

Box 35   Folder 11

Washington luncheon, 1924