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Guite to the Chicago Institute, Academic and Pedagogic Records 1900-1901

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Descriptive Summary


Chicago Institute, Academic and Pedagogic. Records




2.75 linear ft. (2 boxes and 7 volumes)


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


Contains memoranda, architectural drawings and plans, course catalogs, and faculty meeting agenda. Includes notes from the director of the Institute, Francis W. Parker.

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

Historical Note

Francis Wayland Parker (October 9, 1837 – March 2, 1902) was a pioneer of the progressive school movement in the United States. He believed that education should include the complete development of an individual-mental, physical, and moral.

Parker was born in Bedford, New Hampshire in Hillsborough County. He was educated in the public schools and began his career as a village teacher in New Hampshire at age 16.

In August 1861, at the beginning of the American Civil War, Parker enlisted as a private in the 4th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. He was elected lieutenant and was later promoted to captain and commander of the company. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commander of the 4th New Hampshire in January 1865. He was captured and held prisoner in North Carolina in May, 1865.

After the war ended, Colonel Parker resumed teaching, first in Ohio where he became the head of the normal school in Dayton, Ohio. In 1872, he traveled to Germany to study at the University of Berlin.

In 1875, Parker was named superintendent of schools in Quincy, Massachusetts. There he developed the Quincy Plan, which eliminated harsh discipline and de-emphasized rote memorization, replacing them with elements of progressive education such as group activities, the teaching of the arts and sciences, and informal methods of instruction.

He continued to implement his theories as superintendent of Boston's public schools (1880–83), as principal of the Cook County Normal School, Chicago (1883–99), and as founder and principal (1899–1901) of the Chicago Institute, which became the University of Chicago School of Education in 1901.

Scope Note




Related Resources

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


Francis W. Parker Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous Papers

Presidents' Papers 1889-1925, particularly the correspondence between Anita McCormack Blaine and William Rainey Harper, Box 8, Folder 21-23

Subject Headings


Box 1    Folder 1

Preliminary Announcement, 1900 [including architects drawings and floor plans for the proposed building]

  • Catalogue, 1900-1901
Box 1    Folder 2

Interfaculty memoranda, including special notes from the Director [F.W.Parker] or the Dean [W.S. Jackman], faculty committee membership, faculty meeting agenda, information on specific courses.

Box 1    Folder 3

Morning Exercise programs, November 7, 1900-January 15, 1901

Box 1    Folder 4

Student Record Forms [for both professional students and elementary school students

Box 1    Folder 5

Student Record Forms [for both professional students and elementary school students

Box 1    Folder 6

Student Record Forms [for both professional students and elementary school students

Box 2   Folder 1

Catalogue of papers on file in the office of the dean

Box 2   Folder 2

List of high school students and language classes

Box 2   Folder 3

Notes on the organization of the school museum

Box 2   Folder 4

Faculty and Administration salaries, 1900-01

Box 2   Folder 5

Names of birds

Box 2   Folder 6

Preliminary list of birds

Box 2   Folder 7

Catalogue of the materials constituting the teaching equipment of Chicago Institute

Box 2   Folder 8

List of birds and mammals

Box 2   Folder 9

Museum committee report

Box 2   Folder 10

Course list for students of Chicago Institute

Box 2   Folder 11

Report III to the Board of Trustees, 15 Sep 1900

Box 2   Folder 12

Outline for revising curriculum 21 Dec 1900

Box 2   Folder 13

Report of physical plant problems, 1901

Box 2   Folder 14

Purchasing equipment correspondence

Box 2   Folder 15

Material added to the catalog list, Dep of Mathematics

Box 2   Folder 16

Dean's reports to the President, 1900-01

Box 2   Folder 17

Functions of the dean

Box 2   Folder 18

Partial list of course outline

Box 2   Folder 19

Alphabetic list of mounted birds in the museum

Box 2   Folder 20

Report on the course of study

Box 2   Folder 21

Course of study, copy

Box 2   Folder 22

Course of study, prospects, 7 Jan 1901

Box 2   Folder 23

Notes on Physics

Box 2   Folder 24

Memo on the purchase of supplies

Box 2   Folder 25

Application for Admission

Box 2   Folder 26

Museum for 1901

Box 2   Folder 27

Not to the faculty, #8

Box 2   Folder 28

Reports of registration and attendance, 1900-01

Box 2   Folder 29

Information for parents concerning the country home school

Box 2   Folder 30

Report to the president of the high school, 8 Nov 1900

Box 2   Folder 31

Reports to the Board of Trustees, 1900

Box 2   Folder 32

Report on the library, 18 Aug 1900

Box 2   Folder 33

Reports of Field committee, 1900

Box 2   Folder 34

Report on the program

Box 2   Folder 35

Notice to heads of department, #1

Box 2   Folder 36

Report of Committee on Entertainments, 1901

Box 2   Folder 37

Report on 9th grade students

Box 2   Folder 38

University Elementary School. Chicago Institute, Lectures and programs, 1900-1901

Box 2   Folder 39

University Elementary School. Chicago Institute, Summer School, 2 July-10 Aug 1900

Volume 1

Chicago Institute Records, Chicago Institute Course of Study, 1900-1901.

Volume 2

Chicago Institute, Academic and Pedagogic, Students Matriculated, 1-4400

Volume 3

Chicago Institute, Academic and Pedagocic, Index

Volume 4

Chicago Institute, Academic and Pedagogic, Extension Division, Students Matriculated, 1-880, 1900-01

Volume 5

Chicago Institute, Academic and Pedagogic, Index, Extension Division

Volume 6-7

Chicago Institute, Academic and Pedagogic, Receipt books