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Guide to the University Schools Records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1916-1977
Creator: University Schools
Extent: 28.00 linear feet.
Collection Number: RG09.0007.001
Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Summary:

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs in Boxes 15-17; Slides in Box 30.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: These papers were transferred to the University Archives from the College of Education between 1977 and 1981. John E. McAdam donated his papers in 1984.

Preferred Citation: University Schools Records, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: David McCartney
Email: david-mccartney@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc/archives

The creation of the University Schools, known as the experimental schools or the University Laboratory Schools, began during the President Walter A. Jessup administration, allowing for Director Dr. Ernest Horn to open the experimental elementary school on September 20, 1915. The University High School was established, also within the College of Education, in 1916 for grades 9-12, and grades 7 and 8 were added the following year.
 
The University Elementary School and the University High School operated on campus for nearly 60 years. Parents welcomed the benefits afforded their children of a school directed through the University of Iowa College of Education rather than a school board, which allowed greater autonomy in curriculum design. Advanced training in science, art and music, among other subjects, was provided on campus, and resources such as the University Libraries were readily available. Through observation and testing, teaching programs were devised around methods that produced optimal results, hence the experimental designation.
 
The 1919 Bulletin of the State University of Iowa states the purpose of the University Elementary school was for supervisory training of principals and superintendents, and not for teacher training. The High School, however, was intended for teacher training from the outset, as well as for exploring new methods of teaching, according to the 1917 Bulletin of the State University of Iowa. The purpose of the elementary school expanded over time to include teacher training. President Willard (Sandy) Boyd reluctantly closed the University schools in 1972 due to reduced state appropriations.

This collection consists of records for the University Elementary School and University High School. These include reports, correspondence, bulletins and catalogs, minutes, handbooks, and documentation from workshops. This collection is primarily organized chronologically by material type within three series. Series I consists of Administrative records. Series II (University Elementary School) consists of six sub-series: Annual Reports, Handbooks, Note to Teachers, Testing Programs, Minuet Annual Plays, and Photographs. Series III (University High School) consists of 10 sub-series: High School, Athletic Program, Annual Reports, Teacher's Handbook, Testing Program, Yearbooks, U-High Life, Parnassus, Memorabilia, and Fiftieth Anniversary.This collection is a rich source of images. There are three carousel slide trays of images taken during the 50th anniversary celebration in 1966, and nearly four feet of index cards bear the names and addresses of alumni. Photographs may be found in each volume of the U-Hi Hawkeye yearbooks, 1921 - 1972. In addition, three document boxes hold fifteen linear inches of University Elementary School photographs which document the classroom activities, field trips, and annual portraits. Not all of these boxed photographs are described in the list below, because few of them are dated or identified, with the exception of the class portraits, 1957 through 1972. An unknown number of the photographs are by University Photographer, Frederick W. Kent. Mr. Kent' son, Jim, graduated from University High School in 1937, and displayed his own photographs of students at the 1966 anniversary celebration. It is not known if his photographs are included in this collection.

In addition to the yearbooks, other publications represented include U-High (or U-Hi) Life, a monthly newsletter, and Parnassus, an annual collection of poetry by the high school students. The Scribe, a monthly publication of poetry, is represented for the years 1965-1968. Town Crier, a weekly newsletter, consists of four 1969 volumes. "Note to Teachers" is a collection of memoranda and guidelines for elementary school teachers, bound by academic year. "Program of Studies" student handbooks were printed within the high school between 1967 and 1972.

The Memorabilia sub-series includes a 1935 University High School diploma, report card examples, and material regarding the 1981 homecoming for the Blue Hawks' 65th anniversary. A large scrapbook of newspaper clippings about the University High School covers roughly 1966 through 1977. The Administrative series includes ten linear inches of records documenting the closing of the two schools in 1972.
Cravens, Hamilton. Before Head Start: The Iowa Station & America's Children. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1993. 327 pp., illus., notes.

The academic records of individual University High School students are held at the University of Iowa Office of the Registrar.

The University Archives Subject Vertical Files, in the Department of Special Collections, contain five linear inches of folders under the heading "Experimental School", with such topics as history, class schedules, anniversary, and clippings, among others.

Related collections include Early Childhood Education Center records (RG09.0002.003), 17 linear feet, and Teacher Education Program records (RG09.0002.014), 0.25 linear feet, within the College of Education records in the University Archives.

University Schools (North Hall) Construction Collection of Photographs (RG30.0001.015)

Papers of Forest C. Ensign (RG99.0220)

Papers of Ernest Horn (RG99.0223)

Papers of Anne E. Pierce (RG99.0232)

Theses and Dissertations:

Jackson, Harry Dunham. "University High School--The University of Iowa: A Task-Oriented Study of the First Fifty Years." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Iowa, 1968. 185 pp. Dissertation Abstracts 29: 131-A. Main.

Schoenfelder, Carroll M. "A History of the University High School Athletic Program: 1916 to 1972." M.A. paper (non-thesis), University of Iowa, 1973. 147 pp. Archives.

Wine, Margaret Anne McGehee. "A Narrative History of the University High School, University of Iowa, 1916-1972." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Iowa, 1979. 371 pp. Dissertation Abstracts International 40: 2584-A. Main; Archives.

Yearnd, Moretta Arda. "History of the State University of Iowa: The Experimental High School since 1930." M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1943. 172 pp. Main T1943 .Y39; Archives.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS
Series 2: UNIVERSITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Series 3: UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL

  • Series 1: ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS
  • Sub-Series: Bulletins
  • Box 1:
  • University Pre-school - 1922-1939
  • University Elementary school - 1931-1965
  • University Junior High School - 1930
  • University High School - 1917
  • University High School - 1918
  • University High School - 1919
  • Sub-Series: Catalogs
  • Box 1:
  • University Elementary school - 1919-1920
  • University Elementary school - 1923-1924
  • University Elementary school - 1925-1926
  • University High School - 1916
  • University High School - 1917
  • University High School - 1918-1919
  • University High School - 1925-1926
  • Sub-Series: Announcements
  • Box 1:
  • University Elementary School - 1926-1970
    Incomplete
  • University High School - 1924-1970
    Incomplete
  • Sub-Series: General
  • Box 1:
  • Commencements: University High School - 1924-1970
    Incomplete
  • Handbooks: University High School - 1926-1962
    Incomplete
  • Workshops - 1953
  • Miscellaneous - 1963-1972
  • Box 2:
  • Meeting minutes - 1962-1967
  • 2a:
  • Correspondence, minutes, budget, courses, graduation rates, salaries - 1959-1966
  • Box 3:
  • Reports and Correspondence - 1961-1971
  • Box 4:
  • Schools closing - 1970-1973
  • Documentation of uniqueness - 1950-1969
  • Box 5:
  • Schools closing, includes elementary students transferred to other schools - 1972-1973
  • Inventory
  • Staff members' vitae
  • Series 2: UNIVERSITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • Sub-Series: Annual reports
  • Box 1:
  • Annual reports - 1924/1925-1927-1928
  • Box 2:
  • Annual reports - 1928/1929-1934-1935
  • Box 3:
  • Annual reports - 1935/1936-1939/1940
  • Annual reports - 1943-1944
  • Annual reports - 1945-1946
  • Annual reports - 1946-1947
  • Box 4:
  • Annual reports - 1947/1948-1956/1957
  • Box 5:
  • Annual reports - 1957/1958-1962/1963
  • Box 6:
  • Annual reports - 1963/1964-1967/1968
  • Box 7:
  • Annual reports - 1968/1969-1971/1972
  • Sub-Series: Handbooks
  • Box 8:
  • "Special University Elementary School Programs," thesis by Jane Westphal Gray - 1961
  • "Kindergarten Guide, University Elementary School," by Sandra Ballagh - 1962
  • "History of University Elementary School," Bulletin of the State University of Iowa, September 15 - 1919
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Elementary School philosophy
  • Sub-Series: Note to Teachers
  • Box 9:
  • Note to Teachers - 1959/1960-1963/1964
  • Box 10:
  • Note to Teachers - 1964/1965-1965/1966
  • Box 11:
  • Note to Teachers - 1966/1967-1971/1972
  • Sub-Series: Testing Programs
  • Box 12:
  • Testing Programs - 1924-1935
  • Box 13:
  • Testing Programs - 1935-1939
  • Sub-Series: Minuet Annual Plays
  • Box 14:
  • Program: "A Christmas Program for the Elementary School," by Anne E. Pierce - 1947
  • Program: Minuet play, 41st - 1966
  • Program: Last Minuet play, 47th, February 25 - 1972
  • Newspaper clippings about plays - 1950
  • Newspaper clippings about plays - 1954
  • Newspaper clippings about plays - 1956
  • Newspaper clippings about plays - 1957
  • Newspaper clippings about plays - 1959
  • Costume patterns
  • Sub-Series: Photographs
  • Box 15:
  • School plays
  • Box 16:
  • Fourth grade class making bulletin boards, Kathryn Freyder, John Mott, Nancy Fisk - 1940
  • First grade class visiting Dane farm - 1937
  • Plays
  • Conservation field trips - 1936-1937, 1939
  • Study of Native American Indians - 1926, 1934, 1935
  • Trip to Mesqwaki settlement, Tama, Iowa - 1932
  • Trip to Mesqwaki settlement, Tama, Iowa - 1934
  • Mesqwaki Indian children from Tama visit campus - 1937-1938
  • John Mott showing snakes, third grade - 1939
  • Junior primary class
  • Tea party - 1938
  • Fund-raiser for Red Cross - 1936-1937
  • Playhouse - 1937-1938
  • Box 17:
  • Class portraits - 1957-1972
  • Series 3: UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL
  • Sub-Series: University High School
  • Box 1:
  • Athletics
  • Commencement program, June 7 - 1967
  • Student Handbooks - 1967-1971
  • "Program of Studies" - 1967-1972
  • Fine Arts
  • Earth Day; Read-In; Saving U-High
  • Homecoming - 1967
  • Homecoming - 1971
  • Reunion - 1948, 1960, 1966
  • Reunion - 1962
  • Reunion - 1972
  • Commencement - 1970
  • Commencement - 1972
  • Box 2:
  • Records and reports - 1970-1973
  • Box 3:
  • Records and reports - 1969-1972
  • Box 4:
  • U-High seal (box of two metal plates)
  • Number of graduates by year - 1921-1964
  • Names of graduates by year - 1918-1966
  • Anniversary and commencement - 1966
  • Anniversary, July - 1966
  • Box 5:
  • Programs - 1931-1940
  • Class list - 1917-1973
  • 50th anniversary - 1966
  • The Scribe - 1965-1968
  • Town Crier - 1969
  • Graduate assistantships - 1957-1966
  • Sub-Series: Athletic Program History
  • Box 6:
  • Athletic Program History - 1916-1972
  • Sub-Series: Annual reports
  • Box 7:
  • Annual reports - 1920/1921-1931/1932
  • Box 8:
  • Annual reports - 1932/1933-1936/1937
  • Box 9:
  • Annual reports - 1937/1938-1941/1942
  • Box 10:
  • Annual reports - 1942/1943-1946/1947
  • Box 11:
  • Annual reports - 1947/1948-1950/1951
  • Box 12:
  • Annual reports - 1951/1952-1953/1954
  • Box 13:
  • Annual reports - 1954/1955-1958/1959
  • Box 14:
  • Annual reports - 1959/1960-1964/1965
  • Box 15:
  • Annual reports - 1965/1966-1968/1969
  • Annual reports - 1970-1971
  • Box 16:
  • Annual reports - 1971-1972
  • Sub-Series: Teachers' Handbook
  • Box 17:
  • Teachers' Handbook - 1945-1946
  • Teachers' Handbook - 1954-1955
  • Teachers' Handbook - 1955-1956
  • Teachers' Handbook - 1956-1957
  • Sub-Series: University High School Teasting Program
  • Box 18:
  • University High School Teasting Program - 1933
  • Sub-Series: U-High Hawkeye Yearbooks
  • Box 19:
  • U-High Hawkeye Yearbooks - 1921-1937
  • Box 20:
  • U-High Hawkeye Yearbooks - 1938-1954
  • Box 21:
  • U-High Hawkeye Yearbooks - 1955-1961
  • Box 22:
  • U-High Hawkeye Yearbooks - 1962-1969
  • Box 23:
  • U-High Hawkeye Yearbooks - 1970-1972
  • Box 24:
  • U-High Hawkeye duplicates
  • Sub-Series: U-High Life
  • Box 25:
  • U-High Life - 1919-1959
  • Box 26:
  • U-High Life - 1960-1972
  • Box 27:
  • U-High Life duplicates
  • Sub-Series: Parnassus
  • Box 28:
  • Parnassus - 1956
  • Parnassus - 1960
  • Parnassus - 1962
  • Parnassus - 1963
  • Parnassus - 1969/1970
  • Parnassus: May - 1971
  • Parnassus: Spring - 1972
  • Parnassus II: April - 1969
  • Parnassus II: May - 1969
  • Sub-Series: Memorabilia
  • Box 29:
  • National Honor Society of Secondary Schools charter granted to University High School, June 9 - 1930
  • High school diploma - 1935
  • Report cards
  • Blue Hawks homecoming, 65th anniversary - 1981
  • Sub-Series: Fiftieth Anniversary
  • Box 30:
  • Carousel slide trays of fiftieth anniversary
  • Scrapbook of newspaper clippings about University High School - 1966-1977
  • Box 31:
  • Alumni names on index cards
    25 linear inches
  • Box 32:
  • Alumni names on index cards
    21 linear inches

This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.


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