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Delaware County Superintendent of Schools records


Held at: Delaware County Historical Society [Contact Us]408 Avenue of the States, Chester, Pennsylvania, 19013

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Delaware County Historical Society. 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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The first employment of a teacher in Delaware County, Pennsylvania was noted in 1684. Soon after, a school was established by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and Friends schools have remained prominent features of the educational system of Delaware County. An act of general public education was passed in 1834, and despite substantial opposition, implemented. The county was divided into forty-four school districts.


Jordon, John Woolf, ed. A History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and Its People, Volume 2. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1914. Pages 423-428. Accessed June 25, 2013.

This collection consists of records about teachers employed in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, largely examinations of teachers and teachers' reports. Information provided about teachers includes age, home address, educational background/qualifications, scores on teachers' examinations, and years spent teaching. There are also several published volumes, such as school district reports. A rough inventory is provided below: Annual School District Report - 1863,1864,1866/1867 Certification of Teachers: 1922; 1924; 1928 Dalton, Clyde E., pictures of Del. Co. In-Service Day, 10-23-1970 Del. Co. Teachers Institute - Two cash books, c1951-1953 Delco Teachers Institute rolls, attendance(?), 1951, 1953 Dept. of Public Instruction directory, 1924-25 Estimate of Refurbishment Payables, 1954-1970 Pageant - 100 Years of Free Public Schools, 2 playbooks, Mar. 1934 Pageant - Development of Public Schools in Pa., Miss Strouse, 3-14-1934 Pa. School Laws and Decisions, 1897, 1903, 1909 Ruth, Thomas hearing - tape recording, 3-15-1971 School Laws of Pa., 1854;1855; 1862; 1913;1917-2 c. Secondary School Manual for Pa., Bull. 241, Rev. 1950 Statistical and Financial Report, Public Schools: 1925; 1930; 1932-44; 1950-52 Statistical Report of the Supt. of Public Instruction, year ending 1962, 1963 Thompson, G. Baker Testimonial Dinner, 6-4-1967 Various Acts [of Pa.] relating to schools, health, etc. Woodlen, Milton C., Trends of School Costs in Del. Co., 1921-40

Accession #2003.1

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Delaware County Historical Society directly for more information.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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