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Haverford College historical student grade books

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Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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These grade books span from the inception of the College until the early twentieth century. The College was founded as Haverford School in 1833 and in its first few decades served boys in early adolescence. Over time, the School admitted older students with more education and transitioned to an academic program that was more suitable for a college. In 1856 the Board of Managers petitioned the Pennsylvania Legislature for a charter to grant degrees, which was prompty given. As Haverford College, the institution remodeled the course of study and created new rules for admission and graduation.

This collection includes sixteen historical student grade books from Haverford School and Haverford College dating from 1833 to 1903. Some of the books pertain to a particular class year (e.g., Class of 1845) but most include the grades of all students at the College within a particular time frame. The grade books list a wide variety of courses and show how the curriculum changed over the course of the nineteenth century.

Processed by Maia Schwallie and Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger; completed, January 2024.

Publisher
Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Maia Schwallie and Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger
Finding Aid Date
January, 2024
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Haverford School student grade book, 1833-1837. 0.1 linear ft..
Volume 1
Scope and Contents

This grade book was used to document the marks of students who attended Haverford from 1833-1837. The begininning section of the book includes a list of students ordered alphabetically by last name. Each name is followed by a number, perhaps the rank of that student within their class. The next section of the book includes the marks of the Class of 1837 over their years at Haverford. For the first few years, each student has their own page of marks. For 1836 and 1837, however, dozens of students and their grades fill each page. Students received marks for various subjects, such as Mathematics, Scripture, Latin, Geography, Moral Philosophy, and History.

Physical Description

0.1 linear ft.1 volume

Haverford School and Haverford College student grade book, 1833-1855. 0.15 linear ft..
Volume 2
Scope and Contents

This grade book was used to document the marks of students who attended Haverford from 1833-1855. Most marks were recorded monthly while a few were recorded by subject. This grade book also includes three dried leaves and a stack of paper slips. These slips of paper document money contributed by students for various needs, such as a new cricket ball. There are also slips of paper denoting money spent on groceries at Herris Heyl & Co., Wholesale Grocers.

Physical Description

0.15 linear ft.1 volume

Haverford School Department of Moral Philosophy class register, 1839-1842. 0.125 linear ft..
Volume 3
Scope and Contents

This class register contains the names and marks of students taking classes in the Moral Philosophy department from 1839-1842. The book includes grades for class sessions and exams. The Philosophy department was one of the first academic departments at Haverford College.

Physical Description

0.125 linear ft.1 volume

Haverford School Department of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy class register, 1839-1842. 0.125 linear ft..
Volume 4
Scope and Contents

This class register contains the names and marks of students taking classes in the Mathematics and Natural Philosophy department from 1839-1842. The book includes grades for each class session and class averages every four weeks.

Physical Description

0.125 linear ft.1 volume

Haverford School Class Register, Department of Mathematics, 1839-1844. 0.1 linear ft..
Volume 5
Scope and Contents

This grade book includes the names and grades of students taking mathematics courses at Haverford between 1839 and 1844. The students are listed by class year and each set of facing pages includes the grades of one class year over a period of four weeks. Mathematical subjects taught include differential calculus, algebra, astronomy, surveying, dynamics, optics, geometry, arithmetic, natural philosophy, and trigonometry. At the end of each academic year, the book records grades on public examinations.

Physical Description

0.1 linear ft.1 volume

Haverford School student grade book, ca. 1840s. 083 linear ft..
Volume 6
Scope and Contents

This gradebook was used to record the marks of students who attended The College in the 1840s. Students were graded on both academic work and conduct. Each page contains the marks of one student. Many pages include the student's birthday and graduation year. The grades are divided by the subjects Languages, Mathematics, Literature, and Scripture. Some pages also include marks for conduct and Greek Testaments.

Physical Description

0.083 linear ft.1 volume

Class of 1845 book, 1845. 0625 linear ft..
Volume 7
Scope and Contents

This grade book contains marks of the 39 students in the Class of 1845. The book is written in ink and pencil, though many of the pencil markings have faded. The students received a grade from 1 through 10 each week of class, and their final grade is an average of these grades. The grades are documented in grids, where each column is a week in class and each row a student. The student's grades for that week are documented in the grids. The final pages include dates in 1845 from late May through September.

Physical Description

0.0625 linear ft.1 volume

Haverford College student grade book, 1856-1864. 0.15 linear ft..
Volume 8
Scope and Contents

This volume includes the names and grades of students attending Haverford College from 1856 to 1864. The volume is organized by student name with all of the student's grades in various subjects for a single semester grouped together. Students completed coursework in mathematics, classical languages, and English literature. In addition to academic subjects, students were also graded on the character of their conduct. An inscription on the inside cover of the volume reads "Record of Recitations and Conduct of the Students in Haverford College commenced 1856-7 Winter Term -- 1864-5." The meanings of abbreviations used throughout the book are explained on one of the final pages of the volume. Several pieces of financial ephemera have been laid into the front of the volume.

Physical Description

0.15 linear ft.1 volume

Haverford College student grade book, 1865-1875. 0.167 linear ft..
Volume 9
Scope and Contents

This volume includes the names and grades of students attending Haverford College from 1865-1875. The volume is organized by student name with all of the student's grades in various subjects for an entire academic year grouped together on a single page. The book features printed text on the side of each page dividing courses into the categories of Classics, Mathematics, English, Organic Science, and Scripture. There is also a category for deductions. The student's average grade for the year can be found in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

Physical Description

0.167 linear ft.1 volume

Haverford College student grade book, 1875-1884. 0.167 linear ft..
Volume 10
Scope and Contents

This volume includes the names and grades of students attending Haverford College from 1875-1884. The volume is organized by student name with all of the student's grades in various subjects for an entire academic year grouped together on a single page. The book features printed text on the side of each page dividing courses into the categories of Classics, Mathematics, English, Science, and Scripture. There is also a category for deductions. In some instances, the student's average grade for the year can be found in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

Physical Description

0.167 linear ft.1 volume

Haverford College student grade book, 1878-1883. 0625 linear ft..
Volume 11
Scope and Contents

This grade book includes the names and grades of students that attended Haverford College from 1878-1883. The names are separated by year and class. There are sections for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The book also includes a list of materials in Barclay Hall, such as towels, sheets, and blankets, and their condition and quantity. The back of the book includes details of damages done to rooms and the potential cost to fix these damages.

Physical Description

0.0625 linear ft.1 volume

Haverford College student grade book, 1884-1890. 0.188 linear ft..
Volume 12
Scope and Contents

This volume includes the names and grades of students attending Haverford College from 1884-1890. The volume is organized by student name with all of the student's grades in various subjects for the entire academic year grouped together on a single page. The book features printed text on the side of each page dividing courses into the categories of Languages, Mathematics, English, Science, and Scripture. There is also a category for demerits. The bottom of each page provides a space for the student's recitation average for the year, examination average for the year, and combined average for the year, although in most cases only the recitation average is noted. The back cover of the volume is detached.

Physical Description

0.188 linear ft.1 volume

Haverford College student grade book summary, 1885-1893. 0625 linear ft..
Volume 13
Scope and Contents

This volume includes the names and grades of students attending Haverford College from 1885-1893. At the start of the volume, the students are listed by class year and each set of facing pages includes the grades for all of the courses they took that year along with their examination average, recitation average, and combined average. Later in the volume, student grades for only one semester are noted on each set of facing pages. Most of the courses are listed by subjects, such as anatomy and history, but some are listed by the author of the primary text book used, such as Paley. The front and back covers of the volume are detached.

Physical Description

0.0625 linear ft.1 volume

Haverford College student grade book, 1890-1894. 0.1 linear ft..
Volume 14
Scope and Contents

This volume includes the names and grades of students attending Haverford College from 1890-1894. The volume is organized by student name with all of the student's grades in various subjects for the entire academic year grouped together on one half of a page. The book features printed text on the side of each page listing courses such as Hebrew, Rhetoric, Moral Science, Astronomy, and Engineering. There is also a category for demerits. The bottom of each page provides a space for the student's recitation average for the year, examination average for the year, and combined average for the year, although in many cases these are not filled in.

Physical Description

0.1 linear ft.1 volume

Haverford College student grade book, 1898-1902. 0.167 linear ft..
Volume 15
Scope and Contents

This volume includes the names and grades of students attending Haverford College from 1898-1902. The volume is organized by student name with all of the student's grades in various subjects for the entire academic year grouped together on one half of a page. The book features printed text on the side of each page listing courses such as Greek, Scripture, Astronomy, Geology, and Engineering. There is also a space to record absences. The student's average grades for each quarter are recorded at the bottom of the page. There are several pieces of paper with information on methods for recording grades laid between the pages of this volume.

Physical Description

0.167 linear ft.1 volume

Haverford College student grade book summary, 1902-1903. 0.1 linear ft..
Volume 16
Scope and Contents

This volume includes the names and grades of students attending Haverford College from 1902-1903. The volume is organized by student name with all of the student's grades in various subjects listed by quarter. The student's average grade per quarter is calculated and recorded. The book only includes members of the Class of 1905.

Physical Description

0.1 linear ft.1 volume

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