Research

Survey on public school classes for mentally deficient students

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:
This series consists of completed surveys from public school principals in New York providing information on students in classes for the mentally deficient. Information includes number of special classes, teachers, and students; special training received by teachers; and student personal information including name, address, actual and mental ages; country of origin for student and/or parents; when parents immigrated; language spoken at home; family income and parent’s occupation. Some surveys include letters elaborating on the survey responses. Records are restricted.
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Quantity:
0.2 cu. ft. (1 microfilm reel)
Inclusive Dates:
1914
Series Number:
A4224

Arrangement

Alphabetic by school district name.

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of approximatley on hundred completed surveys from public school pricipals in New York providing information on students in special classes for the mentally deficient.

The four-page surveys contain information on number of special classes, number of teachers for special classes, number of students, average attendance at classes, and any special training received by teachers of special classes. The surveys contain the following information on each student: name and address; actual age; mental age; by whom pronounced deficient (Board of Education, Board of Health, clinic or dispensary, family physician, New York Clearinghouse for Mental Defectives, other authority); country where born; country where parents born and when parents immigrated; language spoken at home; number of rooms in the home or tenament; family income; occupation of father and mother; number of other family members showing mental deficiency tendencies; and special aptitude for particular kind of work. For approximately one-third of the surveys, there is also a transmittal letter from the school principal elaborating on the survey responses; these provide general information on the special classes in the school.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Restricted to protect personal privacy.Access may be permitted under certain conditions upon application to and approval by the State Archives.

Alternate Formats Available

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

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