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    In this exhibit, the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections has selected items from their extensive collection of family papers and institutional records to pay tribute to students past and present.
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  • Back to School Exhibit As family historians we gather together documents that either record our ancestor’s birth, marriage and death or records produced as adults such as military records, deeds and wills. We tend to leap from the birth record to the marriage and overlook the formative years. School records and other related material can provide us with interesting facts and details that fill in those gaps from birth to adulthood.

    In this month’s exhibit, the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections has selected items from their extensive collection of family papers and institutional records to pay tribute to students past and present

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    School children with teacher, Ella Kelliher, Cherryfield, ME., ca. 1900
    A group of school children from Cherryfield and surrounding communities in Washington County, Maine. All of the students are identified.

    From left to right Nora Smith, Lola Worster, Jennie Worster, school teacher, Ella Kelliher, Etta Tracy, Vera Tracy, Bernice Smith, Harold Smith, Alice Worster, Florence Worster, Colon? Smith, Nellie Worster, Leon Worster, Harry Smith, Ira Smith, Ruby Higgins, Frank Worster, Herrick Downs.

    Photograph is from the Arlene (Smith) Shekan Papers. This collection is not cataloged. Contact the archivist for more information.


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    Merit certificate issued to Arthur Yates.
    Merit certificate belonging to Arthur Yates (1807-1880) of Butternuts, Otsego County, New York. Certificate is part of the William and Hannah Palmer Yates Papers, Mss 1000.

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    “Questions of America” lesson belonging to Trevor Yates.
    A geography lesson in the form of questions and answers written in the lesson book belonging to Trevor Yates (1815-1877) and his brother William (1813-1894). Lesson book is part of the William and Hannah Palmer Yates Papers, Mss 1000.

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    Grade school children, Holyoke, Massachusetts
    Unidentified group of students from Holyoke, Mass. Photograph is one of several belonging to the Henderson family of Holyoke. This and many other family photos are from the Bertrand A. Chapman Papers, Mss H 20.

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    “Introduction to Practical Arithmetic…” from the mathematics book belonging to Daniel Brewer, 1807.
    The title page from Daniel Brewer’s math book. Brewer may have copied the exercises from the original textbook by Samuel Temple, published in 1804. The lessons include exercises in addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

    This notebook is part of the Louise Bartlett Carruth Baxter Papers. Louise (1846-1921) was a school teacher, graduating from the Normal School in Framingham, Mass. The collection is not cataloged. Contact the archivist for more information.


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    A page from Brewer’s notes on a lesson on compound addition of measuring beer or ale and units of time.


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    Broadside of rules and regulations for teachers of the public schools of Dorchester [Mass.], ca. 1816
    Eleven rules and regulations established by the School Committee of Dorchester, Mass. to be observed by teachers with recommendations of textbooks to be used including Samuel Temple’s arithmetic book. As is noted, school was also held on Saturdays where part of that day was to be set aside for recitation of their Catechism. No age requirements for admission are listed although “children are not to be admitted to schools till they are able to stand and read words of two syllables…”

    From the town and school records of the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society Papers, Mss 624


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    A list of scholars who attended school in School District No. 6 in Dorchester, Mass., 1828
    Handwritten list with names and ages of students at the school with the name of the instructor, Aaron Capen, recorded at the bottom of the document, dated 10 March 1828. The school records from this collection contain lists of students from various schools along with visitation reports by the school committee and other officials dating from 1818 to 1833. From the town and school records of the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society Papers, Mss 624

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    List of children between the ages of 4 and 7 years in Ward 1 of Boston, Mass. ca. 1818
    One of four handwritten documents listing children between the ages of 4 and 7 who are or are not attending school. The list includes surname of parent or guardian and street name. It also totals the number of African Americans who are attending school “but not very regularly”. From the manuscript [Children between the ages of 4 and 7 years…Boston, Mass.], Mss C 1022

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