Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
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David B. Walker lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Smedley Elementary, the Alexander Henry School, Harding Junior High, Frankford High, and Northeast High Summer School probably between 1924 and 1934. He was also enrolled in business training courses from the eighth grade until his senior year of high school. According to practice letters and several of his notebooks, he probably lived at 4535 Mulberry Street. Although research on David Walker yields very little biographical information, he appears to have been a very diligent middle class student, attending public schools in the Northeast area of Philadelphia and keeping organized notebooks for his classes. He did not attend any private schools and there is no information on whether he chose to pursue further education in a college or university. He probably went on to start his business career, suggested by his numerous business courses and the copious amount of notes and practice business forms.
This collection contains the notebooks and projects of David B. Walker from elementary school to high school as well as practice forms and notes from his junior and senior business courses. The subjects of these notebooks include history, English, math, science, and hygiene as well as lesson books for his assignments. Some notebooks and papers have been dated and the dates for the collection have been tentatively assigned to each folder based on those materials.
In the notebooks of this collection, there are very little signs of doodling or margin-writing. He wrote in neat cursive and there are no signs of autobiographical information in any of the notebooks or the school projects. This collection seems to exemplify the typical subject matter of a middle class student's classes during the late 1920s to the early 1930s rather than a student's own lifestyle.
Gift of the Penniman Library
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Nicole Love
- Finding Aid Date
- 2014 October 15
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
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