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New York State Education Department Assistant Commissioner for Elementary Education Historical Sketches and Photographs of School Systems in Cities and Villages

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
These historical sketches which include photographs were collected from school systems in 1916 to illustrate a report on the history of school systems in cities and villages. The sketches generally provide information on the establishment and location of the first school or school district in the city or village, and development of the school system's programs, facilities, administration, and geographic area. Photographs of school buildings, classrooms, facilities, students, and administrators accompany each sketch.
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Quantity:
4.2 cubic feet (including circa 600 photographs)
Inclusive Dates:
circa 1850-1920
Series Number:
A3042

Arrangement

Organized into 2 subseries: Subseries 1, Historical Sketches, 1 cubic foot; and Subseries 2, Photographs, 3.2 cubic feet.

Alphabetical by city or village within subseries.

Administrative History

These histories and photographs were solicited by the Department in a letter from Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner for Elementary Education Thomas E. Finegan to city superintendents of schools in 1916. The sketches, generally written by the local superintendent, were to be published as an appendix to the Department's annual report under the title, "The History of the Development of the School Systems in the Cities and Villages Whose Population is 5,000 or over," but it never appeared.

Scope and Content Note

Series consists of historical sketches of city and village school districts and photographs collected to illustrate the histories.

The sketches vary considerably in length and detail but generally provide information on the establishment and location of the first school or school district in the city or village, and development of the school system's programs, facilities, administration, and geographic area. Many sketches also include biographical information about important teachers, principals, or administrators; and descriptions of early school district boundaries. Photographs of school buildings, classrooms, facilities, students, and administrators illustrate each historical sketch. Most photographs are labelled and some are dated. A few are photographic copies of original prints. A list of illustrations is included with each historical sketch.

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Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Alternate Formats Available

Microform is available at the New York State Archives through interlibrary loan.

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Folder list and roll list are available.

Photograph caption index is available.

Custodial History

Collation date 1916-1920.

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Detailed Description

Subseries 1: Historical Sketches

  

Contents Box Folder
"The History of the Development of the School Systems in the Cities and Villages, Whose Population is 5,000 or Over." 1 1
Albany 1 2
Albion 1 3
Amsterdam 1 4
Auburn 1 5
Batavia 1 6
Beacon 1 7
Buffalo 1 8
Canandaigua 1 9
Catskill 1 10
Cohoes 1 11
Corning 1 12
Cortland 1 13
Depew 1 14
Dunkirk 1 15
Fishkill on the Hudson 1 16
Fredonia 1 17
Fulton 1 18
Geneva 1 19
Glens Falls 1 20
Gloversville 1 21
Haverstraw 1 22
Hoosick Falls 1 23
Hudson Falls 1 24
Hudson 1 25
Huntington 1 26
Ilion 1 27
Ithaca 1 28
Jamestown 1 29
Johnstown 1 30
Kingston 1 31
Lackawanna 1 32
Lawrence 1 33
Lockport 1 34
Malone 1 35
Mechanicville 1 36
Middletown 1 37
Mount Vernon 1 38
New Rochelle 1 39
Newark 1 40
Newburgh 1 41
Niagara Falls 2 1
North Tonawanda 2 2
Olean 2 3
Oneida 2 4
Oneonta 2 5
Oswego 2 6
Owego 2 7
Patchogue 2 8
Peekskill 2 9
Penn Yan 2 10
Plattsburgh 2 11
Port Chester 2 12
Port Jervis 2 13
Poughkeepsie 2 14
Rensselaer 2 15
Rochester 2 16
Rome 2 17
Saratoga Springs 2 18
Schenectady 2 19
Solvay 2 20
Syracuse 2 21
Tonawanda 2 22
Troy 2 23
Utica 2 24
Watertown 2 25
Watervliet 2 26
Waverly 2 27
White Plains 2 28
Yonkers 2 29
Albany - State College for Teachers 2 30
Alfred University 2 31
Columbia University - Dept. of Physics 2 32
Cornell University (Veterinary College) 2 33
Elmira College 2 34
Hamilton College 2 35
Union College 2 36
Vassar 2 37
Wells College 2 38

Subseries 2: Photographs

  

Contents Box Folder
Catskill 3 1
East Albany School 3 2
Fordham 3 3
Greenbush 3 4
Kingston 3 5
Lancaster 3 6
New Rochelle 3 7
North Tonawanda High School 4 1
Solvay (Part 1 of 2) 4 2
Solvay (Part 2 of 2) 4 3
Syracuse University (N.Y.S. College of Forestry) 4 4
Village of Bath 4 5
Albion 5 1
Amsterdam 5 2
Auburn 5 3
Batavia 5 4
Binghamton 5 5
Beacon 5 6
Buffalo 5 7
Canandaigua 5 8
Cohoes 5 9
Cortland 5 10
Depew 5 11
Dunkirk 5 12
Fredonia 5 13
Fulton 5 14
Geneva 5 15
Glens Falls 5 16
Gloversville 5 17
Greenport 5 18
Haverstraw 5 19
Hempstead/Yonkers 5 20
Hoosick Falls 5 21
Hudson 5 22
Hudson Falls 6 1
Huntington 6 2
Ilion 6 3
Ithaca 6 4
Johnstown 6 5
Kingston 6 6
Lackawanna 6 7
Lawrence, Cedarhurst, and Inwood, School District 15, Town of Hempstead 6 8
Mamaroneck 6 9
Mechanicville 6 10
Middletown 6 11
Mount Vernon 6 12
Newark 6 13
Newburgh 6 14
New Rochelle 6 15
Niagara Falls 6 16
Norwich 6 17
North Tonawanda 6 18
Olean 6 19
Oneida 6 20
Oneonta 6 21
Owego 6 22
Patchogue 6 23
Peekskill 6 24
Penn Yan 6 25
Plattsburgh 7 1
Port Jervis 7 2
Poughkeepsie 7 3
Rochester 7 4
Rome 7 5
Saratoga Springs 7 6
Schenectady 7 7
Tonawanda 7 8
Utica 7 9
Watertown 7 10
Waverly 7 11
White Plains 7 12
Yonkers 7 13