Welcome to the History of Education Society

Archives and Other Collections of Materials on the History of Education
Suggestions from the Membership


Archival agreements for personal collections:
Maher, W. J. (1994). Ensuring continuity and preservation through archival service agreements. Archival Issues, 19 (1), 5-18; there is a model agreement included as an appendix.


United States

HathiTrust: http://www.hathitrust.org/
You can conduct a catalog search from this page, but you can also apply an LC classification visualization through the link at the bottom-right:
LA - History of Education shows 1,273 items available
LH - College and student magazines and papers shows 920 items available


On-line Sources
Images of Lancastrian Schools:  Google images lists over 1500 images


The “Nietz Old Textbook Collection” is a full-text collection with digital editions of 140 schoolbooks and two surveys of historic schoolbooks by John Nietz available at: http://digital.library.pitt.edu/nietz/
The collection is primarily nineteenth century textbooks however there are secondary sources and search tools located at the site. I also felt the site would be of interest to many others.  (David J. Roof)


Archival Sources for Historians: National/Transnational
The American Historical Association's Archiveswiki "is intended to be a clearinghouse of information about archival resources throughout the world" designed mainly for historians, although others may find it useful:


Published Sources
Directory of Historical Textbook and Curriculum Collections, Judy Walker (ed.), Chicago:  Assoc. of College and Research Libraries, Division of the American Library Association, 2005.


Fifteenth to Eighteenth Century Rare Books on Education:  A Catalog of the Title Held by the Education Research Library, Washington, DC:  National Institute of Education, 1976.


School Collectibles of the Past, Lar and Sue Hothem, Lancaster, Ohio: Hothem House (Box 458, Lancaster, Ohio), 1993. 
--llustrates and has brief descriptions of a wide assortment of school artifacts. Provides useful informaltion and images of school items—don’t assume this is merely an antique guide.


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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock

--the largest collection of Native American press materials in the world housed in the Sequoyah Research Center and American Native Press Archives.  Dan Littlefield (dflittlefiel@ualr.edu), Jim Parins (jwparins@ualr.edu), and Bob Sanderson (resanderson@ualr.edu) have been traveling to tribal councils all across America at their own expense every summer for over thirty years requesting that the press materials be made available to them
--a very large and high quality collection of Native American art that makes the trip to Little Rock worth the effort all by itself.



The Libraries of the Claremont Colleges, Honnold/Mudd Library holds a Children's Literature collection and a large collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century historical text books from Britain and the U.S.:

Pasadena Unified School District
Pasadena Unified School District "vault" located in the PSUD headquarters:

351 South Hudson Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101-3599

(626) 795-6981
-- for the history of the school system, including documents on the many desegregation battles including some court records and correspondence; school records, board minutes (including, if they still function, audio tapes); and many photographs;

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City of Pasadena
The Pasadena History Museum (formerly the Pasadena Historical Society)
470 W Walnut Street Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 577-1660
--for the history of the city, especially its "Black History Collection" and the "Tournament of Roses Collection" on the history of desegregation and nineteenth- and twentieth-century immigration history


California Institute of Technology archival collection
1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, California 91106
(626) 395-6811
-- for the early history of the city , especially the papers of Amos Throop;
--for the records of one of the largest eugenic efforts in the nation, see the extensive records of the Pasadena Betterment Foundation, in the E.S. Gosney Papers.


On-line Sources


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Connecticut Historical Society Library
--items of interest, including the accounbt books of Stephen Coit, merchant, who sold goods to Prudence Crandall, teacher in Connecticut


Trinity College Watkinson Library holds the Barnard Collection of approximately 7,000 eighteenth- and nineteenth-century textbooks and primary materials on the history of education, pedagogical theory, and American teaching practices:


University of Connecticut
Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center holds the  American Montessori Society Records, the largest Montessori organization in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world.


Yale University
Yale University Library Manuscripts and Archives at Sterling Memorial Library holds collections related to the history of the University:


Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury
--home and school, which was the first Academy for African-American women, in the 1830s; has archival documents and links to other archives

Personal Collections
Tedd Levy, PO Box 20, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (tedd.levy@sbcglobal.net)
(Former social studies teacher, with varied collection or pre-1920 public school collection; no guides; only K-12)
-- postcards of schools, teachers, students and other school views;
-- correspondence by or about teachers and teaching;
-- photographs;
-- some student assignments, writing books, etc.
-- some catalogs of school materials and furniture;
-- rewards of merit;
-- report cards;
-- school souvenir booklets;
-- some reports from Superintendents of Education, and others;
-- some common school publications and
-- miscellaneous items.


On-line Document Sources



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Emory University
For a report on the papers of the papers of Dr. Ulysses Byas, a black principal, see October 26, 2009 issue:


Georgia State University:
The Special Collections and Archives Department holds various collections. 
The Social Change Collections began in 2009 and document select social movements, primarily in Georgia. Included are topics and activities such as community building, education policy, political campaigning, lobbying, strike action, student activism, civil and gender rights, anti-death penalty, homelessness, civil disobedience, social activism, and environmentalism.


The Georgia State University Archives hold collections related to university history.  See for finding aids:

In addition, the Georgia State University Archives holds the Atlanta Education Association (AEA) records, 1905-1971, which consist of records of the Atlanta Education Association (AEA) and its predecessor organization, the Atlanta Public School Teachers Association (APSTA). The bulk of the records (1905-1967) relate to the APSTA while materials after 1967 pertain to the AEA. Includes correspondence, minutes, financial documents, committee files and printed materials. The records document the APSTA's and AEA's relationship with the Georgia Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the Atlanta Board of Education while illustrating the development and progress of labor and education in Atlanta.


Hawaii State Archives
Archives of the government of Hawaii (1790 to present), including documents on schools. 


Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society Library
Records, personal journals, letters, and photos, 19th-century Congregational missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands. Includes information on schools and missionary teachers.


University of Hawaii Library
The University Archives holds records on the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

University of Hawaii Library Archives
The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections house records on schools and other documents on Hawaii and other Pacific Islands.

Hawaiian & Pacific Collections


Center for Oral History, University of Hawaii
The Center preserves recollections of Hawaii’s people through oral interviews. Transcripts of the interviews are available at the University of Hawaii Library and the Hawaii State Library. Contact the staff for particular transcripts that relate to schools and schooling in Hawaii.


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Archival Collections

Chicago Historical Society:
Holds the Chicago Teachers’ Federation records, 1864-1968 (bulk 1897-1968)


Illinois State University at Normal Milner Library:
--Established in 1857 as the first university in Illinois, as a normal school; employed a handful of Bridgewater Normal alums for its charter faculty.  American Herbartianism was founded here by Charles DeGarmo and shared with Charles, Frank and Lida McMurray who were at times students and educators here at ISNU.  ISNU had laboratory schools long before Dewey two of which remain in operation today.
--Holds official records from governing boards, campus offices, faculty and student governance bodies, committees, colleges, departments and faculty and student organizations.  The University Archives collects and holds the professional and personal papers of faculty, administrative staff and alumni; materials on Illinois educational organizations pertaining to the university; and local manuscripts or archival materials of individuals, clubs or business relating to the university.

--Also holds a collection of children's literature, children's art, historical textbooks:

Loyola University at Chicago:
Holds the Women and Leadership Archives at Loyola University Chicago (WLA). Collections include the Mundelein College Records, which relate directly to women and education in some form: Chicago all-girls Catholic high schools, all-women Catholic colleges, women in higher education, women religious as educators, women in education reform, and women educators.
(note: the WLA Director interested in expanding the collections in the area of women's education or women in education because it is such a cornerstone of our overall collection strength, especially women or women's organizations involved in Chicago Public Schools or the Cook County Board of Education, but I would welcome just about anything under the broader umbrella of women/education (please contact Beth Myers: emyers@luc.edu)


University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana:
--a large collection on the history of the University, which has both documentary and digital resources, dealing with everything from buildings to student life, faculty papers to administrative papers, photographs, and maps, and many other materials:
--Professional journals, state school reports, city school reports, and other published materials from the early twentieth-century


Northern Illinois University Blackwell History Museum holds textbooks, hornbooks, primers, and a variety of other curricular materials:


On-line Document Sources
Illinois State University at Normal:
--Governance reports since 1857; yearbooks


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Archival Collections
State Historical Society Library in Des Moines:
Archivist: Shari Stelling (shari.stelling@iowa.gov ph) 515-281-5070
--a collection of 28 teaching certificates issued to Ella Pullman while she was teaching in one-room schools in Adams, Taylor and Guthrie counties in Iowa; second and first class certificate issued from 1876-1901 (to be given to the library in July 2010)


Archival Collections

University of Kansas Libraries - Spencer Research Library - History of Education
--Includes the KU University Archives, including the records of the School of Education, special collections in the history of reading, and the Kansas Collection, including "publications of the State Board of Education, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Haskell Indian Nations University; state-published textbooks; yearbooks for many Kansas high schools; architectural documents; photographs; and personal papers of teachers."


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Archival Collections

University of Maryland, College Park
Archival materials on the history of the University


The Association for Childhood Education International Archives (Hornbake Library) 
finding aid and a description of the collection: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1693


Special Collections in Performing Arts (Performing Arts Library) 
--Materials on Music Education
list of collections on this topic: http://digital.lib.umd.edu/archivesum/rguide/msed.jsp and http://lib.guides.umd.edu/scpa_musiced


Contact: Elizabeth A. Novara
Curator, Special Collections
2208C Hornbake Library
University of Maryland
College Park, MD  20742
301-314-2712 TEL
301-314-2709 FAX


On-line Sources


Archival Collections

American Antiquarian Society:
The Children's Books collection holds 1,850 pedagogical children's books (school texts, Sunday School books, and primers).  Those published before 1801 and after 1820 can be searched on the AAS online catalog.  Those published between 1801 and 1820 are in process of being cataloged, and more are available on a regular basis.  The AAS also has one of the largest collections of children's literature in the U.S. and a large collection of picture books.
Located at 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634
Gutman Library Special Collections, Harvard University Graduate School of Education:
--All materials relate to the history of education in the United States; 
--Includes several large collections; see for example:
--Peter B. Dow - Man : A Course of Study records, 1959-1986, bulk 1964-1978 (includes press clippings, correspondence, and reports regarding the controversies that arose in connection with MACOS. Finally, the collection contains evaluations of the curriculum program as well as interviews with many of the people who were involved with the program's development)
--Harold Howe Papers, 1930-2003, U.S. Commissioner of Education, Washington, (1965-1968) (bulk 1965-2002)


Edward Copenhagen
Special Collections Librarian


General contact:
Telephone: 617-384-9363


Archival Collections

Michigan State University Libraries holds a collection on K-12 school gardening from the early twentieth century:

The Walter P. Reuther Library, Detroit:
AFT Southern Regional Office Collection 1968-1999
-- contains information about AFT organizing drives, collective bargaining issues and various education reform initiatives in the Southern Region of the United States including the Virgin Islands.  Of note will be correspondence with the AFT from Louisiana, New Orleans, United Teachers of Dade, Fort Bragg and United Faculty of Florida from the 1970s-1990s.  Some notable issues are the Right to Eat, vouchers and social promotion.

For more information please contact Dan Golodner at ad6292@wayne.edu


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New Jersey


New Jersey Historical Society
--contains numerous paper collections, including the Pluma Batten Papers: pertaining mostly to her work as a member of the Pilesgrove (New Jersey) Board of Education, and as supervising principal and superintendent of schools for the Woodstown-Pilesgrove District in the 1940s and 1950s.  The collection includes correspondence, notes, meeting minutes, reports, clippings, brochures, and various other types of documentation pertaining to her work as principal and district supervisor. Curriculum plans, teacher evaluation, and materials relating to school transportation, fire safety issues, and education of special needs children, teaching methods, health and athletic programs, and various other facets of education policy and school administration are represented in this collection.

New York


Bank Street College of Education Archives
--contain the institutional records of Bank Street College of Education as well as historical materials relating to the College: the history of Bank Street College; the evolution of progressive education in the United States in the 20th century; administrative activities, teaching, research, and outreach programs of the College and its predecessor, the Bureau of Educational Experiments, from the founding of the Bureau in 1916 through the present. Materials include official divisional administrative records, faculty and staff papers, audio-visual materials, photographs and artifacts. The archives encompass approximately 600 linear feet.


Contact: Lindsey Wyckoff, Archivist/ Special Collections Librarian

Bank Street College Library, 610 W. 112th Street, New York, NY 10025
(212) 875-4562

Buffalo State College has catalogued and collected over 5,000 pieces of Science Education Curricula that is mostly from the post-sputnik National Science Foundation funded “alphabet” materials.  The archive also has many antique science methods and science text books that go back to the early 1800’s.   Additionally, there are manipulatives and multi-media products that were part of the various science programs:


(Catherine Lange, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences and Earth Science Education)


Columbia University Manuscripts and Special Collections:
--Holds various collections, including the Carnegie Corporation of New York Records, 1900-1924; the Corporation has helped establish or endowed a variety of institutions, including thousands of Carnegie libraries, TIAA-CREF, the National Research Council, National Bureau of Economic Research, Brookings Institution, American Law Institute, American Association for Adult Education, Russian Research Center and other research institutes in Harvard University, Children's Defense Fund, National Assessment of Educational Progress, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Children's Television Workshop, and many others.
--Also holds the Columbiana Manuscripts: correspondence, diaries, lecture notes, class work, essays, administrative documents, minutes, and other documents related to various aspects of Columbia University and people associated with Columbia over the years. The majority of this collection is comprised of primary documents written by or for students, alumni, faculty, administrators, staff, trustees, and honorary degree recipients.

Columbia University Oral History Research Office:
--Holds the Children's Television Workshop project; reminiscences of educators, leaders in higher education; philanthropic foundation officials; academics researchers.


Cornell University' Mann Library holds the Home Economics Archive of Research Tradition, and History (HEARTH Collection):


Hofstra University: Long Island Studies Institute
The Nila Banton Smith Historical Collection in Reading contains primers, readers, textbooks, and teachers’ manuals related to the teaching of reading from the colonial times to the present. It forms a complement to the instructional materials on reading held in the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) in Hagedorn Hall. The collection was brought together by H. Alan Robinson; major contributors include Lenore Sandel, Melanie Freese, Vincent Faorone, and Julius Chodorow.
Long Island Studies Institute
032 Axinn Library
123 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1230
(516) 463-6411


Municipal Archives, NYC
Holds NYC Board of Education Archives, including records of NYC schools from 1840s to 1960s, including photo archives (turn of 20th c. to 1960s)


New York Historical Society, NYC
Location of the archival holdings of the NY Public School Society and other materials related to schools in nineteenth-century NYC


New York State Archives, Albany
Holds New York State Department of Education records, and other educational materials


The Rockefeller Archive Center
This center includes a number of important archives and collections, including collections from the General Education Board, the International Education Board, the Arts, Education, and Americans Panel, Foundation for Child Development, and the Ford Foundation. 

The General Education Board was established in 1930 by John D. Rockefeller to aid education in the United States.  The collection includes correspondence, surveys, reports, studies, diaries, publications, minutes, and administrative records of the board from 1901 to about 1964.  For General Education Board collection:  http://www.rockarch.org/collections/rockorgs/geb.php

The International Education Board was founded by John D. Rockefller in January 1923 for the "promotion and advancement of education throughout the world."  The IEB was most active between 1923 and 1928, before dissolving in December 1938.  The collection includes personnel and fellowship files, traveling professorship records, correspondence, memoranda, charts, clippings and surveys.  For International Education Board collection:  http://www.rockarch.org/collections/rockorgs/jdrjrorgs.php#ieb

The Arts, Education, and American Panel “was the culmination of the work of the American Council for the Arts in Education (ACAE). Established in 1972 as the successor to the National Council for the Arts in Education (formed in 1958), the ACAE was designed to promote the arts as an integral part of school curricula at all levels of education.”  For Arts, Education, and Americans Panel collection:  http://www.rockarch.org/collections/rockorgs/miscorgs.php#aeap

The Foundation for Child Development collection includes documents from its origin in 1908 as the Association for the Aid of Crippled Children, when it focused on teaching handicapped children, to its late twentieth century focus on the prevention of child poverty.  For Foudnation for Child Development collection:  http://www.rockarch.org/collections/nonrockorgs/fcd.php

For general information on all collections in the Rockefeller Archive Center and for information on fellowships and grants:  http://www.rockarch.org/


On-line Document Sources
Graduate Center of the City University of New York:
The Jefferson Math Project archives page contains primary and secondary school mathematics examinations (Regents examinations) administered in the public schools of New York from 1866 to the present.  More that 50,000 mathematics problems associated with more than 1700 examinations and 30 different curricula are preserved in various electronic formats.   Examinations and questions are available in various formats, including a research database of every exam question administered in years ending in zero.  The Jefferson Math Project archives were developed as part of a dissertation on the history and sociology of mathematics education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is believed to be the largest digital collection of public school mathematics examinations administered by any state in the United States.  It is a free resource to educational researchers and non-profit organizations.  By looking at these academic examinations as historical artifacts of state policy and control of public education, one can gain insights into curricula, pedagogical practices and the evolution of assessment over a span of almost 15 decades.


Syracuse University
Charters Library at Syracuse University
The Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults is the world’s most comprehensive collection of English-language materials in the field of adult and continuing education. Among the resources available to researchers are more than 90 discrete manuscript collections, 2,100 books, 50 professional journals, 220 newsletters, 400 sound recordings, 100 video-recordings, 10,000 photographs, and some 2,800 master’s theses and dissertations in the field. Also included are the papers of individuals such as William Langner, Beverly Cassara, and (of course) its namesake Alexander Charters, as well as the records of such pivotal organizations as Laubach Literacy International, the National University Continuing Education Association, and the Adult Education Association/American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.
Please note: The Library invites applicants to its Grants-in-Aid Program to researchers and practitioners wishing to use these collections. For more information go to Online finding aids to the manuscript collections are available on the SCRC website:

North Carolina

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North Dakota

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Archival Collections
Bowling Green State University:
The Center for Archival Collections established the National Student Affairs Archives in 1982. The CAC, interested in establishing special collections reflective of the University's strong graduate programs, began to acquire the historical records from several professional associations involved in student affairs and higher education. Bowling Green State University's masters level program in College Student Personnel and doctoral program in Higher Education and Student Affairs are both recognized as among the best in the nation. Now comprising the institutional papers of numerous national, regional, and state (Ohio/Michigan) professional associations, the private collections of several individuals who have been extremely active in the field, and a cataloged library of books and pamphlets, the National Student Affairs Archives is used extensively by the associations, and by faculty and graduate students. The CAC is committed to actively acquiring additional collections for this special collecting area. If you are interested in using these sources for research or if you are interested in donating collections, please contact Ann Bowers (abowers@bgnet.bgsu.edu) at the CAC.

Student Affairs History Project:

A Wide Variety of Education-Related Primary Sources at BGSU, most from professional organizations, teachers, and students in the region, as well as BGSU/BG Normal College-affiliated students, faculty, and organizations.

The Education Memorabilia Center/Little Red Schoolhouse on the campus of Bowling Green State University is a restored 1875 building with period furnishings and curriculum materials.


Western Reserve State Historical Society:
--Holds the Karamu House Records; founded in 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio, by Russell W. and Rowena Woodham Jelliffe, in conjunction with the Second Presbyterian Church Men's Club, as the Neighborhood Association (later as the Playhouse Settlement), a settlement house promoting interracial activities and cooperation through the performing arts.  At least one school report is included in the collection: an account of the Joint Project of R.B. Hayes School and Karamu House, June 1941.



On-line Document Sources
Miami University of Ohio Doyle Library holds the William Holmes McGuffey Digital Collection:

The Wood County Public Library in the city of Bowling Green, Ohio also has records of a survey collected in the 1960s (?) of the county's one-room schoolhouses.


Archival Collections

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma:
Formerly the Oklahoma Industrial Institute and College for Girls (1908 – abt. 1911) and the Oklahoma College for Women  (abt 1911. - 1965) and the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts (1965 - 1974).  The extensive collections include dossiers on nearly every student who graduated from the Oklahoma College for Women, including information on parents’ occupations, religion, height, weight, hometown, and letters of recommendation for those entering the workforce.   Other collections include curricular documents from its history as the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, when it developed its interdisciplinary core curriculum that is still in place today.  Other collections include administrative documents, Board of Regents minutes, photographs, scrapbooks, and school uniforms.


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Archival Collections


Chatham University Archives  housed in the Jennie King Mellon Library at Chatham University document the dynamic history of one of the earliest women’s liberal arts colleges established as a college rather than as a seminary. Chartered in 1869 as Pennsylvania Female College, Chatham remains one of the last original eastern women’s colleges that still limit baccalaureate degrees to women. The archives include institutional records, student publications and records of student organizations, scrapbooks, architectural drawings, oral histories, selected personal papers, audiovisual materials, and memorabilia.  Online materials include a growing collection of images on Historic Pittsburgh; a collection of yearbooks, newspapers, and other publications on the Internet Archive; and a digital library of selected materials from The Rachel Carson Collection.
http://digital.library.pitt.edu/images/pittsburgh/chatham.html (images)
http://archive.org/details/chathamuniversity (yearbooks, etc)
http://www.chatham.edu/host/library/carson/index.html (Rachel Carson Collection)


The library's  Special Collections include The Women's Educational Historical Collection, which is a selection of materials relating to women's education and the history surrounding women's education. Some materials about Chatham are included, as are biographies of women who played important roles in education and educational reform.

Archivist: Rachel Rohrbaugh: rrohrbaugh@chatham.edu (412.365.1123)

Lincoln University of PA Archives include student newspapers, college catalogues, alumni newsletters, board of trustee minutes, etc., freely accessible to all from the website.

[Susan Pevar, Special Collections Librarian, Langston Hughes Memorial Library]


Penn State University in University Park, PA, has several collections relation to history of visual arts education:  The Albert A. Anderson, Jr. and Evelynn M. Ellis Art Education Collection


The National Art Education Association:

The papers of Viktor Lowenfeld, an Austrian emigrant known for his research and post-war teaching in art education, as well as other collections on art education history.


Philadelphia Free Library holds Philadelphia schools archival materials


Library Company of Philadelphia
Holds a strong collection in the early national period, educational as well as political; includes good material in African American history (including education) and early Jewish education in Philadelphia.


Balch Institute, Philadelphia
Holds ethnic archives, including much good educational material, including Slavic,
Italian (Leonard Cavello archives), and Jewish (early Jewish religious education in the Philadelphia Jewish Archives, housed at the Balch)


Pittsburgh Archives Service Center, Pittsburgh
Contains public school records from Pittsburgh and Allegheny City both before and after they consolidated. Nineteenth-century records include substantial material from individual ward districts.


Online Document Sources:
Bryn Mawr College:
The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education developing our series of digital resources for scholars, teachers, students and all those interested in diverse histories of women's education in the past.  Bryn Mawr College is currently digitizing many of our own primary source materials at Bryn Mawr College. These include letters, diaries, programs of study, entrance examinations and many other original materials of use to historians of education.


University of Pittsburgh, Neitz Collection holds a variety of school textbooks:

Rhode Island

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South Carolina

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University of South Carolina Museum of Education is located in College of Education building, Wardlaw Hall, and primarily holds exhibitions, both on-site and on the web:

South Dakota

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Archival Collections
The Seattle School District maintains an active archive, including a small museum, and has a trained archivist, Eleanor Toews.  This would be valuable for anyone interested in the Northwest or urban school districts:

See also for state archives: http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/Default.aspx


On-line Document Sources

Washington State does not have very good statewide collection policy; many local districts in the state could be encouraged to donate their holdings to an appropriate archive, is someone were willing to receive the materials.

Washington, D. C.



American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Contains collections relating to the history of Catholic education in the United States, chiefly from the National Catholic Education Association and the National Catholic Welfare Conference.

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
1201 17th Street, N.W./Washington, DC 20036
Director and supervisory archivist: Kimberly Springle. Ms. Springle (202.730.0478)
Sumner School maintains the historical records of the DC Public Schools.
Included in the materials: a complete set of bound Board meeting minutes; a complete (or nearly complete) set of Board meeting transcripts on microfilm; correspondence received by the Board, reports, curriculum guides, etc.; folders for various DC Public Schools.


George Washington University Gelman Library:
Holds The National Education Association (NEA) Archives

West Virginia

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University of Wisconsin Libraries Department of Special Collections:
--The Fry Collection of Italian History and Culture includes manuscripts and correspondence, broadsides, printed ephemera, periodicals, and books from the early Renaissance through the 20th century. The largest category is materials from the period of Italian Fascism, illustrating, for example, Fascist propaganda, educational policies and practices, youth and women's activities, racial policies, Italian colonialism, and anti-Fascist opposition. In addition, it includes children’s exercise books, textbooks, and notebooks; children’s magazines; teachers’ textbooks and class notebooks.  Many of these items show marginalia that presents something of the perspectives of the students and teachers themselves.

University of Wisconsin Libraries, University


--Holds materials relevant to the history of the University, including biographical files, student materials, photographs, university records, oral histories and other kinds of documents.


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International and Transnational/Outside of the U.S.

Australia: New South Wales
New South Wales and the Armidale Teachers College
University of New England & Regional Archives:
The material held by the old Armidale Teachers’ College forms the basis of this extensive collection.  As well as books there are many files from the Armidale Teachers’ College, sample lesson plans and student lecture notes.  This is well worth a visit for anyone interested in the history of teaching.


State Records of New South Wales: holds records of the authorities and departments in charge of education in New South Wales.  This collection also has some individual school records including notes made by inspectors after visiting schools.

State Library of New South Wales: is the premier source for historic books and journals for New South Wales.

University of Wollongong: The Doris Chadwick Collection was created by the former editor of the NSW School Magazine, Doris Chadwick.

New South Wales Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education: located in suburban Sydney, holds a large collection of artefacts relating to the history of education. As this museum hosts a busy programme of visiting school students, an appointment is essential before visiting this museum.

New South Wales Schoolhouse Museums:   There are a number of schoolhouse museums around New South Wales. 


On-line  Sources

Australia: Victoria
Archival Sources
Deakin University, Australian Schools Textbook Collection: a significant and large collection of old school textbooks and pedagogical books for teachers. The main collection is held in Geelong.

Public Records Office of Victoria: records of the authorities and departments in charge of education in Victoria. Inspectors’ reports of schools and teachers located here.

State Library of Victoria: the main source of historic books and journals for Victoria, but the education pamphlet collection contains some interesting items as well.

University of Melbourne, Giblin Eunson Library-Eastern Resource Centre: holds a good collection of material relating to the history of education in Victoria including some old readers.


University of Leuven, KADOC Documentation and Research Center for Religion, Culture, and Society: an interfaculty centre that focuses on the evolving interaction between religion, culture and society in Flanders - in its Belgian and international context - from 1750 onwards. The history of education occupies an important place in KADOC's continuously growing archival and library collections and in the research the Centre carries out.   The main focus is on the history of Catholic education in Flanders / Belgium, in its international context.  KADOC conserves a rich collection of archives that are valuable for historians of education.


--A general overview of archives at KADOC is available in the ODIS database (Online Database on Intermediary Structures). ODIS not only provides basic information about those archives, but also about the organisations and persons that created them (authority records).  Information is structured according to international standards (e.g. ISAD(G), ISAAR(CPF).


--The general information about the archives at KADOC can also be found in Archiefbank Vlaanderen (Archival Database Flanders), the register of private archives in Flanders.


--The archives at KADOC are described in detail in the archival management system scopeArchiv.   See scopeArchiv OPAC, which forms part of LIAS (Leuven’s Integral Archiving System).


The Education Heritage Museum is a project digitizing samples of artifacts and teaching materials used by teachers in classrooms across Canada.  The digitizing project is ongoing and contains a great variety of artifacts in the collection.  Eventually it will contain an audio component of interviews with retired teachers and film/ video materials.


Edmonton, Alberta
Edmonton Public School Board


On-line Sources

British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver School Board


On-line Sources
--BC Archives research note on schools-related records, issued periodically

-- a web site on schools entitled “The Homeroom”, edited by Patrick Dunae


See also: Patrick A. Dunae, The School Record: A Guide to Government Archives Relating to Education in British Columbia, 1852-1946  (1990)


The Thames Valley Museum School houses the archives for the Oxford County Board of Education in Ontario Canada up to 1969, when the board was amalgamated with the Thames Valley District School Board, and holds records back to mid 1800’s.

The Archives Association of Ontario may have school records: http://aao.fis.utoronto.ca/

On-line Sources


Toronto, Ontario

Toronto District School Board Archives
-- The TDSB's collection is very impressive: there some real gems in the
collection, including student record cards and the complete records of
the Home and School Association. There are, however, few finding aids.
One was published in 1977 that is actually pretty good.

Virtual Museum

Toronto Catholic District School Board Archives

Virtual Museum

On-line Sources


The Library for History of Education Research (Bibliothek fuer Bildungsgeschichtliche Forschung), Berlin, Germany, a fine library for scholars working on the history of education in Germany. The library has over 700,000 volumes, and offers comfortable workspaces for visiting scholars. I would add that the library also contains an archive that holds the personal files of several important European educators including Pestalozzi and Froebel. It is also easily accessible via the U-Bahn (Warschauer Strasse).


The George Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Braunschweig, Germany ( an excellent collection of textbooks, which is strongest in the fields of history, civics, and science. While the library's holdings are particularly rich in terms of German textbooks from the 19th and 20th centuries, there are also materials from throughout Europe. Additionally, the GEI offers short-term research grants to visiting scholars to use the library (and a pleasant guest house for those working at the Institute).


All of the following web sites are Japanese language sites:
Kyoto Municipal Museum of School History
http://kyo-gakurehaku.jp/Default.htm has a collection of Edo period through WWII era materials on schooling in the city of Kyoto.


Tottori Prefectural Archives
Several years ago archivists there made copies of the historical documents held by every public school in the prefecture and catalogued the copies in the prefectural archives.


Kaichi gakkou (Kaichi primary school)
Several tens of thousands of documents have been preserved and archived from the Kaichi gakkou primary school which dates from 1873 in the city of Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. Twenty or so volumes of this material have been reproduced and published.


Shinano kyouiku hakubutsukan (Shinano museum of education)
This small facility in Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture has a collection of textbooks dating from the end of the Edo period, historical journals of the Shinano kyouikukai (a local teachers' association), children's artwork, etc.


The library (http://www.nier.go.jp/library/) of the National Institute for Educational Policy Research in Tokyo has government documents, textbooks, and other materials on education primarily from the late 19th century to the present.

Materials can also be found in many major university libraries, the National Diet Library, and other government archives, municipal museums, as well as in schools themselves.  The oldest public school in a particular area sometimes has administrative logs and other materials dating to the institution's founding sitting in a safe in the principal's office.  Public schools in Japan are frequently being combined in recent years as the number of school age children declines, so if one can find a school that traces its ancestry to several older ones, and obtain permission from the principal to have a look, a treasure of historical materials may be waiting.




Schooltijd / School days

Nationaal Archief has 27 historical photographs of Dutch school life, all without known copyright restriction, available for tagging, commenting, and downloading)


Institute of Education, University of London [Becky Webster. Deputy Archivist, Information Services, Institute of Education, University of London]:
--Institute’s papers which cover the period from our establishment as the London Day Training College in 1902 to the present
--100 deposited collections that cover all areas of education, including all levels of UK education from pre-school and school through to further, higher, teacher and adult education, in formal, informal and experimental settings. It includes research, practice, policy and thought in education and related areas:
Personal papers of significant individual educationists such as researchers, practitioners, policy makers, writers and thinkers (particularly individuals who have a close association to the Institute); Records of corporate bodies such as trade unions, professional bodies, societies, associations, pressure groups and special interest groups; Records of research projects and initiatives.

Leading Educational and Social Research

Lists of separate collections are at:

(for papers of individuals)

(for records of organizations)

Web links to collections and guides

School_architecture and_design_(March_2009)  Subject Guide 1: School architecture and design (pdf) Subject Guide 1: School architecture and design (pdf)

Comparative_Education_(March_2009)  Subject Guide 2: Comparative education (pdf)

Progressive_Education_(March_2009) Subject Guide 3: Progressive education (pdf)

http://www.ioe.ac.uk/services/documents/Services_Library/SG4_post-war_educational_reconstruction_(March_2009) Subject Guide 4: Post-war educational reconstruction (pdf)

child_psychology_(March2009) Subject Guide 5: Child psychology (pdf)

and_Memory_(March_2009) Subject Guide 6: 'Voice' and 'memory' (pdf)

Women_and_education_(March_2009) Subject Guide 7: Women and education (pdf)

family_history_(March_2009) Subject Guide 8: Family history (pdf)


Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick
--Records of the National Union of Teachers, the National Union of Students and the British Educational Research Association (BERA) http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/




Others in Development
--Guides on careers guidance and counseling, vocational education, the work of ILEA (the Inner London Education Authority) and health education.

London School of Economics
The London School of Economics has in the past couple of months has been posting some great sets of photos of college life, all with "no known copyright restrictions" status, ready for tagging and commenting as part of the Flickr Commons project. Among the sets of particular interest:

LSE Founders and Early Days 1895-1920s (20 photos):

Around the School 1930s (14 photos):

Around the School 1940s (19 photos):

Around the School 1950s (14 photos):

Around the Schol 1960s (62 photos):

Around the School 1970s (80 photos):

Around the School 1980s (80 photos):

Around the School 1990s (6 photos):

Formal LSE Staff Portraits (58 photos):


Published Sources
History of Education Researcher
--Volumes published in May and November each year by the UK History of Education Society, includes items about archives and archival acquisitions (mostly those in the
UK) relevant to the field.  For information: