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Records of the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Series Descriptions

Office of the Secretary of Education

The Secretary of Education is a cabinet-level officer who directs the activities of the Department and serves on or presides over various boards, commissions, authorities, and councils. The Secretary's staff assist in developing new educational priorities and initiatives for the Governor and the Department, manage special projects, and represent the Secretary in matters involving inter-agency cooperation.


Administrative Correspondence,
1937-2006.
(76 cartons)

{series #22.1} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by year and grouped by topic.

Correspondence of the Secretary of Education and Executive Assistants, as well as annual reports, special studies, major committee and conference records, federal program data, speeches, and reference copies of minutes. A tickler file for the period from August 1975 to December 1978 is also included. Topics of correspondence include letters of recommendation by the Secretary, 1974-1976; the Governor's review of progress reports for the Department of Education, 1972-1974; Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees minutes, 1976-1978; Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, 1969-1976; basic education; higher education; State Public School Building Authority minutes, 1976-1977; correspondence with state colleges, 1970-1978; Citizens Advisory Committee and Governor's Council and Task Force records, 1981; Council of Chief State School Officers material, 1982; and legislative correspondence.

Agency Head Records,
1957-2004.
(118 cartons)

{series #22.176} [Holdings]


Grouped by topic.

Records of the Office of Secretary containing correspondence, subject files, meeting files, and Board of Education minutes. Some records are from the Department of Public Instruction and the creation of the Department of Education in 1969. Noteworthy topics include Secretary's testimony, school desegregation and restructuring, affirmative action, migrant education, at-risk youth, and Governor's correspondence.

Chief of Staff's Correspondence,
1987-1990.
(1 carton)

{series #22.183} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by year.

Communications of Chief of Staff Terry Dolmuth to other department bureaus, government agencies, the Governor's office, legislators, and non-governmental organizations. The Chief of Staff is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Education and is head of all executive level staff.


Bureau of Adult Basic and Literary Education

Operating under the Office for Postsecondary and Higher Education, the Bureau directs and administers adult basic education and literacy programs throughout the Commonwealth. The Bureau also administers the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma and General Education Development (G.E.D.) programs and coordinates federal and state adult basic and literacy education grant programs.



Adult Basic Education Administrative Survey,
1980-1984.
(64 cartons)

{series #22.163} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Loosely arranged by program number.

Records consist of data intake forms, summary reports, application/approval forms, and related material of the Commonwealth's adult basic education and literacy programs. The bulk of the files consist of: Student Intake Data Form, Staff Data Form, Application/Approval Form, and Individual Program Summary Reports. Due to sensitive personal and financial information on the data forms, these records are restricted. Please contact the Pannsylvania State Archives for more information.


Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Management

Operating under the Office of Administration that is responsible for all administrative and managerial functions of the Department, the Bureau directs the formulation and development of the capital budget for basic and higher education and the State Library. It also directs and coordinates the resolution of single audit reports for local education agencies and Professional Development Centers and directs the implementation, analysis, and monitoring of a comprehensive financial management program throughout the Department.



Court Records Relating to School District Reorganization,
1965.
(7 cartons)

{series #22.2}
[Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by county, and thereunder numerically by docket number.

Legal filings by individual school districts and the Council of Basic Education in response to reorganization plans authorized by the School District Reorganization Act of 1963, known as Act 299. Files typically include such legal papers as orders, writs, petitions, appeals, transcripts and exhibits.

Management Assistance Reports,
1972-1986.
(10 cartons)

{series #22.170}
[Holdings]

Loosely grouped by school district and thereunder by topic.

Records of the Pennsylvania Management Assistance Resource Team (PAMart), that provided assistance to Commonwealth school districts under financial distress or court-ordered desegregation. Files contain reorganization plans, school evaluations, financial recommendations, and facilities inventories. The bulk of the files are from the General Braddock/Wilkinsburg and Clairton City School District reorganizations.

Removal of Architectural Barriers Program,
1993-1995.
(6 cartons)

{series #22.188}
[Holdings]

Grouped by topic and thereunder arranged alphabetically by school district.

Records of the Project Access Program, a federally funded program offering grants to qualifying school districts for the removal of architectural barriers for individuals with disabilities. The files contain master files, rejected applications, school districts that were eligible but not funded, and school districts who received funding. The project was completed in 1995.


School District Reorganization Plans,
1938, 1946-1972.
(28 cartons)

{series #22.3} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by year, and thereunder alphabetically by county.

School district reorganization plans pursuant to the School District Reorganization Acts of 1949, 1961, 1963, and 1968. Also included are appeals to the State Board of Education challenging reorganization plans. The plans consist of area maps, attendance and financial data, and related correspondence, roughly grouped into the periods 1948-1963, and 1964-on. In addition, sub-series include: Transcripts of public hearings on school district reorganization plans, 1964-1965, 1968-1969, five cartons , arranged alphabetically by county; Union or merged school district certification records, 1938, 1946-1965, two cartons, arranged chronologically by year of union or merger; and Reorganization court records, 1965, seven cartons, arranged alphabetically by county.


Transcripts of Public Hearings on School District Reorganization Plans,
1964-1965, 1968-1969.
(5 cartons)

{series #22.4} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by county, and thereunder chronologically by date of hearing.

Verbatim reports of hearings held in response to appeals filed by individual school districts opposing their respective counties' Plan of School District Reorganization. The reorganization plans were produced in response to the School District Reorganization Act of 1963, known as Act 299.


Bureau of Community and Student Services

The Bureau of Community and Student Services has oversight for many programs and grants to support diverse student populations. Functions in the Bureau are carried out in response to federal and state policies, directives of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, identified areas of student need, partnerships with other agencies, and categorical funding award requirements. Three major divisions manage: nonpublic, private, and charter schools; student services and migrant education; and safe school services. The Bureau is also the main contact in the Pennsylvania Department of Education for issues regarding crisis response, tutoring, after school programs, and community collaboration.



Administrative Records,
1989-2000.
(3 cartons)

{series #22.138} [Holdings]


Grouped loosely by topic.

These records document the functions of the Bureau as produced by the key staff. Files consist of summaries of programs listing amounts of funding given to communities or student groups in need. The bulk of the files document the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities program (SDFSCA).

Private Academic Schools - Inactive,
1977-1993.
(49 cartons)

{series #22.139} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by school name.

Inspection Reports and related applications, surveys, and correspondence of licensed private academic schools in the Commonwealth. These files list name and address of the school, owner and their professional status, enrollment statistics, tuition charge, and license number. The schools were either closed or re-incorporated.

Summary Reports on Violence and Weapons Possession in Pennsylvania's Schools,
1996-2003.
(1 carton)

{series #22.197} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by school year.

County level reports of violence and weapons possession in Pennsylvania schools. These files list number of incidents, types of weapons used, law enforcement contact, arrests, and incidents/weapons/arrests per 1000 students. Reports from 2004 to present are available in PDF format from the Department of Education website.


Bureau of General and Academic Education

The Bureau of General and Academic Education functions as a consultive agency in specific areas of curriculum such as mathematics, science, foreign languages, reading, English, social studies, industrial arts, fine arts, health and physical education, highway and aviation safety education, school libraries and early childhood education to preschool, elementary and secondary education programs. The bureau administers federally funded projects, writes, evalutes and publishes curriculum materials and guidelines, and makes consulting visits to schools to provide curriculum assistance and participate in in-service programs.



Social Studies Scope,
1967-1970.
(1 box)

{series #22.209} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of issue.

Newsletter issued periodically by the Division of Social Studies in the Bureau of General and Academic Education to keep administrators and Social Studies supervisors and teachers informed of the latest developments in Social Studies instruction. Articles include news from school districts, scholarship programs, student and cultural exchange programs, resources for Social Studies teachers, and events calendars.

Bureau of Information Systems

Known as the Bureau of Statistics before 1985, the Bureau of Information Systems provides data processing, word processing, and decision support services for the Department; collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates education data maintained by field activities; provides information to state and federal agencies for use in research, planning, evaluation, budgeting, school reimbursement, and occupational supply and demand functions; and provides department-wide leadership in state-of-the-art technology and techniques in such areas as database management systems, online query and report generation, distributed data processing and computer-based statistical analysis.



Annual Reports of Private Secondary Schools (DEAS-232, PDE-4037),
1971-1995.
(7 cartons, 15 boxes)

{series #22.8} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by year, thereunder loosely grouped by county, and finally by school name or intermediate unit number.

Annual reports relating to pupils, subjects, general data, and enrollment for private secondary schools, filed with the Department of Education. Information furnished includes name of the school, county, address, signature of administrator and date, date received by the Bureau of Statistics, number of days in the school year, length of school day in hours, number of class periods in average school day, length of average class period in minutes, number of teachers, enrollment by subject and grade, distribution of twelfth-grade graduates by age, number of graduates who applied for admission to a degree granting institution by gender, and a chart showing distribution of total graduates by post-high school activity. Categories for post-high school activities include various types of post-secondary institutions and programs, as well as types of occupations, arranged by race and gender. Records include related correspondence and annual school report.

Annual Reports of Public Elementary Schools,
1970-1972.
(1 carton)

{series #22.9} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by year, thereunder alphabetically by county, and finally alphabetically by school district.

Annual reports containing information relating to pupils, enrollment, and general data for each administrative unit operating elementary schools, filed with the Department of Education for the period 1970 to 1972. Information furnished for each school district includes name of the administrative unit, county, address, name and signature of superintendent, date received by the Bureau of Statistics, opening and closing date of school year for teachers and pupils, number of days in the school year, length of school day in hours, number of elementary schools in the school system, and predominant grade organization of school system.

Annual Reports of Public Secondary Schools (DEAS-21, PDE-4038),
1971-1996.
(43 cartons, 2 boxes)

{series # 22.10} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by year, thereunder alphabetically by school district, and finally alphabetically by school.

Annual reports relating to pupils, subjects, and enrollment of intermediate units and school districts, filed with the Department of Education. Information furnished for each school includes: name of the administrative unit, county, name of school or intermediate unit, address, name and signature of principal with telephone number, signature of administrator and date, date received by the Bureau of Information Systems, opening and closing date of school year for teachers and pupils, number of days in school, length of school day in hours, number of class periods in average school day, length of average class period in minutes, number of graduates who applied for admission to a degree-granting institution by gender, and a chart showing distribution of total graduates by post-high school activity. Categories for post-high school activities include various types of post-secondary institutions and programs, as well as types of occupations, all broken down by race and sex. The reports for intermediate units are filed numerically by unit number in the beginning of each year's report. Other related material includes cover letters, correspondence, duplicates, log sheets, high school graduate reports, and education rates.

College Enrollment Reports and Related Material (DEAS-19, PERS-241, PDE-4044, OE Form 2300-2),
1966-2006.
(25 cartons, 3 boxes)

{series # 22.175} [Holdings]


Loosely arranged alphabetically by name of school or grouped by type of school.

Various reports and surveys from institutions of higher education filed with the Department of Education. Institutions include State-Owned Colleges and Universities, State-Related Colleges and Universities, Private State-Aided Colleges and Universities, Private Colleges and Universities, Proprietary Schools, Theological Seminaries, Junior Colleges, and Community Colleges. The reports consist of statistics on students enrolled for advanced degrees, inventories of facilities, opening fall enrollments, comprehensive staff reports, race and gender-related statistics, summer enrollments, freshman enrollment reports, veteran enrollments, enrollment by degree field, tuition and required fees, field experience programs, financial and compliance reports, instructional certificate programs, and institutional characteristics. Related materials include correspondence, duplicates, and log sheets.

Fall Enrollment in Occupationally Specific Programs (PDE-4094),
1987, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998-1999.
(6 boxes)

{series # 22.142} [Holdings]


Grouped by type of institution and thereunder loosely arranged alphabetically by school name.

Forms sent annually to the Division of Data Services specifying fall enrollment in post secondary vocational-technical education or any program at the subbaccalaureate level. These occupational programs include computer programming, business administration, drafting and design, radio and television broadcasting, hotel resort management, and biomedical engineering. Forms list institution name and address, identification number, program title, and specify total enrollment and enrollment by gender and race. Related material includes log sheets, clarifying questions and check-in logs, and a College and University Education Digest (Pennsylvania).

Higher Education General Information Surveys on College Enrollments (G50-14P-EF, G50-14P-EA, PDE-2069, PDE-4085),
1960-1971, 1973-1979, 1981-1984, 1986-1999.
(15 cartons, 3 boxes)

{series #22.11} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year, thereunder by type of institution, and finally alphabetically by institution.

Annual reports relating to enrollment in institutions of higher learning, filed with the Department of Education. Information furnished by each institution includes name of the institution, signature of administrator and date, and date received by the Bureau of Statistics. Reports filed from 1960 to 1968 include full-time and part-time enrollments, and freshmen full-time student enrollments broken down by gender. Reports filed from 1969 to 1971 include full-time and part-time enrollments and credit hours registered, broken down by gender for undergraduates, graduate students, non-degree students, and first-time freshmen. Reports from 1986-1999 include fall enrollment reports, reports of basic students charges, and total institutional activity reports.

Higher Education General Information Surveys on College Faculty and Staff (G-50-14P-SA, PDE-2114, PDE-5030),
1967-2001.
(22 cartons, 14 boxes)

{series #22.12} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by year, thereunder by type of institution, and finally alphabetically by institution.

United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare reports relating to employees in institutions of higher education, filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the period 1967-1999. Information furnished includes name of the institution, signature of administrator and date, and date received by the Bureau of Statistics. Reports include full-time and part-time personnel totals, broken down by functions such as instruction, research, library, and public service. Faculty totals are further broken down by rank and area of teaching or research. Other information includes salaries, tenure, and benefits of faculty, library staff, and administrators; comprehensive staff reports; fall staff surveys; teacher supply and demand surveys; and also statistics regarding the educational levels of faculty members.

Higher Education General Information Surveys on College Financial Statistics (IPEDS-F-1-Finance),
1968-2000.
(17 cartons, 5 boxes)

{series #22.13} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by year, thereunder by type of institution, and finally alphabetically by institution.

Annual reports containing statistical financial information on institutions of higher education that were filed with the Department of Education for the period 1968 to 1998. Information furnished includes name and address of the institution, the signature of the administrator and date, the date of the report, and the date received by the Bureau of Statistics. Reports show revenue by source, expenditures by functions, physical plant assets, indebtedness on physical plant, and endowments. Records included are Finance Activity Reports, Financial Statistics Reports, Finance Surveys, and Colleges and Universities Finance Booklets.

Higher Education Office for Civil Rights Surveys,
1975-1984, 1986-1998.
(15 cartons)

{series #22.143} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by year, and thereunder unarranged.

Information collected by the Division of Data Services for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) regarding the status of desegregation in the Commonwealth's colleges and universities. Each institution would fill out survey forms as required by law and return them to OCR on an annual basis. Various forms are present, including Desegregation Reports, Higher Education General Information Surveys (HEGIS), forms mandated by the federal Equal Opportunity Commission. Information reported includes college enrollment breakdown by race, gender, and ethnicity.

Home Education Reports (PDE-4097),
1988-2002.
(1 carton, 10 boxes)

{series #22.144} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by county and thereunder by school name.

Records include Home Education Reports indicating age and number of students home schooled in school districts throughout Pennsylvania, tabulated reports listing total number of pupils receiving home education by age, and home education in Pennsylvania booklets.

Non-Public and Private School Enrollment Reports (DEAS-1258, PDE-4306),
1978-2001.
(23 cartons, 2 boxes)

{series #22.145} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by county and thereunder by school name.

Records include Nonpublic School Enrollment Reports, Private and Nonpublic School Enrollment Reports, Correspondence, Closed Schools Correspondence, Follow-up Letters to Schools, New Schools Correspondence, Instructions for How to Fill Out Form PDE-4036, State Certifications of Amish Parochial Schools, Nursery School Enrollment Reports, Public and Nonpublic Schools Enrollments Booklets, Private and Nonpublic Schools Secondary Enrollments Booklets, Nonpublic Schools Elementary Enrollments Booklets, High School Graduation Reports, Private and Nonpublic Schools High School Graduates and Postsecondary Education Rates Booklets, Public, Private and Nonpublic Schools High School Graduates Booklets.

Occupations of Persons Completing Teachers Preparation Reports,
1977-1979.
(1 carton)

{series #22.168} [Holdings]

Arranged by record type.

Records include General Information Surveys, Occupations of Persons Completing Teachers Qualifications for Instructional I Certificate Reports, and Salaries, Tenure and Fringe Benefits of Full-Time Faculty Surveys.

Post-Secondary Completions Reports (PDE-4093),
1994-1999.
(3 cartons, 1 box)

{series #22.146} [Holdings]

Arranged chronolgically by year.

Records include Postsecondary Completions Reports, Reports of Completions Awarded by Institution, Program, Level of Program, Sex and Race, Colleges and Universities Completions Booklets, Colleges and Universities Degrees and Awards Conferred Booklets, Colleges and Universities Education Digest.

Private and Nonpublic High School Graduate Reports (PDE-4037),
1996-2002.
(1 carton, 3 boxes)

{series #22.147} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of school.

Records include High School Graduate Reports, Public Schools High School Graduates and Postsecondary Education Graduates Rates Booklets, Private and Nonpublic Schools High School Graduates Reports and Booklets, and Public, Private and Nonpublic Schools High School Graduates Booklets.

Public High School Graduate Reports (PDE-4037),
1992-2002.
(1 carton, 7 boxes)

{series #22.148} [Holdings]

Arranged by county.

Reports describe post-high school activities of graduates, including continuing education and types of employment that are categorized by race/ethnicity and sex. High School Graduate Reports, Public, Private and Nonpublic Schools High School Graduates Booklets and Public Schools High School Graduates and Postsecondary Education Rates Booklets were produced by the Department of Education.

Public School Buildings Reports and Surveys,
1960-1991.
(1 carton)

{series #22.5} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by site.

Series contains reports analysing the perpetual school building inventory. Reports include: date of report, county, district, building name, street address, city or town, administrative unit number, building number, pupils housed, year of construction, and school rating. Also present are surveys of public school buildings and annual reports giving the status of public school buildings in the Commonwealth.

Public School Dropout Surveys (PDE-4079),
1986-2003.
(24 cartons, 1 box)

{series #22.149} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by county and thereunder by school district name.

Surveys include information about dropouts including their age, grade level, gender, race, program of study, and the reason they quit school. Schools also keep track of the number of dropouts they have per academic year. The series also includes reports such as public secondary school dropouts in Pennsylvania, and public secondary school dropouts by school. These reports are compiled on a state wide basis by Pennsylvania's Department of Education. Some correpondence is also included.

Public School Enrollment Reports (DEAS-1059, PDE-4035),
1975-2004.
(6 cartons, 38 boxes)

{series #22.140} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by county and thereunder grouped by school name.

Elementary and secondary public school reports sent annually to the Department of Education. These reports breakdown full-time staff and students by race. The reports list school district or intermediate units, school name, address, and code. Related material includes cover letters, duplicates, follow-ups, check-in/check-out lists, and annual enrollment reports and summaries.

Public School Support Personnel Reports (PDE-5019),
1997-2002.
(4 boxes)

{series #22.150} [Holdings]

Arranged by year.

Reports list full and part-time personnel, administrative unit numbers, and local education agencies of public schools around the state. Personnel are broken down by race and sex. Also includes several Public Schools Support Personnel Booklets.

Public Secondary Level Course Enrollment (PDE-4038),
1997-2004.
(20 cartons, 2 boxes)

{series #22.151} [Holdings]

Arranged by year and thereunder by county.

Records include High School Secondary Level Course Enrollments Surveys. These forms detail the number of students by gender that have enrolled in each course.

Report of Employees Other than Teachers and Administrators (DEAS-408, PDE-5019),
1972-2000.
(5 cartons, 16 boxes)

{series #22.141} [Holdings]

Arranged by year and thereunder by numerically by Intermediate Unit and alphabetically by school.

Records include reports detailing the number of full time and part time personnel arranged by race or ethnic catagories, and by gender. Reports also provide estimates for the total wages and salaries of all personnel listed. Additional materials include: cover letters, duplicates, log books, verifications, and Public School Support Personnel Reports that quantify data collected in the reports submitted by each intermediate unit and school.

Reports of Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred (G-50-14P-C),
1962-1995.
(28 cartons, 3 boxes)

{series #22.14} [Holdings]


Some of the reports are arranged chronologically by year, thereunder by type of degree, and finally alphabetically by institution. While others are arranged chronologically by year, thereunder by type of institution, and finally alphabetically by institution.

Annual reports submitted by each institution of higher education relating to degrees, certificates, and diplomas conferred. The reports for 1962 to 1965 are broken down into two categories: Associate's Degrees, Certificates and Diplomas, and Bachelor's and Higher Degrees. Information furnished includes name and location of the institution, name of administrator and date, and date received by the Bureau of Statistics, and type and number of degrees conferred, by gender, for each program. Later reports furnish information that includes name and location of the institution, name of administrator and date, reporting date, type and number of degrees conferred, and gender, for each field of study.

Residence of First Time Student Surveys,
1984-1999.
(1 carton, 7 boxes)

{series #22.152} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Records include Residence and Migration of College Students Survey, Legal Residence of First Time Students, Residence of First Time Students Surveys, and Colleges and Universities Education Digest.

Teacher Supply and Demand Reports,
1978-1991.
(1 carton, 5 boxes)

{series #22.173} [Holdings]

Half of the records are arranged alphabetically by school name, the other half or unarranged.

Reports include Occupations of Persons Completing Preparation for an Instructional I Certificate in Pennsylvania, Salaries, Tenure, and Fringe Benefits of Full-Time Instructional Faculty, Tuition and Fees Required Supplement, The Preparation and Occupational Pursuits of Teachers Booklet, New Teachers Prepared by Racial/Ethnic Category, Colleges and Universities Teachers Prepared Booklet.

Upper Division and Post Baccalaureate Reports,
1976-1977.
(1 carton)

{series #22.165} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by school name.

Records include Higher Education General Information Surveys - Upper Division and Post Baccalaureate Enrollments by Degree Field for Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities. Also included are Teacher Supply and Demand Survey for Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities.


Bureau of Postsecondary Services

The Bureau consults with degree-granting institutions, consortia, and professional associations in developing new programs; recommends the approval of programs to the Secretary of Education for the awarding of degrees at private junior colleges, colleges, and universities with restricted charters, professional schools, and the specialized technical and business degree programs at private licensed schools; consults with the State Board of Education on developing regulations to assure quality postsecondary and higher education programs in Pennsylvania; manages the licensing and administrative functions for the Board of Private Licensed Schools; consults with citizens who wish to develop institutions of higher education on legislative and incorporation processes; provides training to law enforcement officers in the use of equipment and techniques for detection of those driving under the influence of chemical substances; provides advisory services to institutions in the process of professional development for faculty and administrators; approves and supervises on-the-job training programs, educational institutions, and training establishments for the education and training of veterans; works with organizations seeking approval as degree-granting colleges, universities, and seminaries; and reviews and recommends approval to the Secretary of Education for the amendment merger of charters and articles of incorporation of degree-granting institutions.


Associates in Specialized Business/Associates in Specialized Technology-Closed Institutions Records,
1975-2000.
(2 cartons)

{series #22.196} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by school.

Records of specialized business and technology degree-granting institutions that have ceased operation. Files include teach-out plans, location of student records, student transcripts, original documents authorizing the institution to operate in Pennsylvania, letters and documents noting date of closure, and arrangements made for the closure of the school.

Colleges and Universities Institutional Records,
1983-2007.
(4 cartons)

{series #22.208} [Holdings]

Randomly arranged.

Institutional records include: applications to operate, degrees, programs, specializations, and sites previously granted initial and provisional approvals. They also contain application materials related to adding new degrees, specializations, and programs of study to existing academic institutions.

Map of Pennsylvania Institutions of Postsecondary and Higher Education,
2002.
(1 box)

{series #22.191} [Holdings]

County-level map showing the distribution of postsecondary and higher education institutions in Pennsylvania. The map lists institutions by category, shows insets of Allentown-Bethlehem, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and has an index with school addresses and phone numbers.


Bureau of School Administration

This was a Bureau that existed in the old Department of Public Instruction until 1945 that consisted of the Divisions of Child Accounting and Research, School Plant, Consolidation and Transportation, and School Business.



Photographs of Elementary and Secondary Schools,
undated.
(23 prints)

{series #22.6} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

One folder of prints of varying sizes taken by the Division of Physical Plant and Construction depicting exterior and interior views of schools throughout the Commonwealth, most of which are unidentified. Identified schools include: Reading High School, Reading; Ramsay High School, Mt. Pleasant; Connelly Trade School, Pittsburgh; and Lower Heidelberg Consolidated School, no location given.

Bureau of Special Education

The Bureau of Special Education provides professional leadership and management in the operation of the statewide program of special services for exceptional persons in the public and private schools of the Commonwealth. It administers the special education subsidy and plans, develops, promotes, and coordinates appropriate programs including clinical, remedial, and guidance services for exceptional children. It also provides advice to school authorities in educational agencies, gives program approval for state and federal budgets, and coordinates services with appropriate, local, state, and federal agencies.


Corrective Actions and Corrections Monitoring Plans,
2000-2003.
(20 cartons)

{#22.201} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Arranged alphabetically by school or correctional facility.

Records of actions and monitoring plans for special needs students in schools and correctional facilities throughout the Commonwealth. These files contain: correspondence; facilitated self-assessment worksheets for parents, teachers, and school administrators; corrective action verifications and school district compliance plans; school plans and procedures to insure special needs compliance. Due to Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) Regulations, the names of students cannot be divulged, and will be redacted.

Director's Correspondence and Subject Files,
1991-2001.
(6 cartons)

{#22.207} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Randomly arranged.

Files contain daily correspondence of the Director of Special Education. Subject files include: reports, speeches, grants, Advisory Council materials, Personnel Needs Assessments, and planning of goals for Special Education.

Intermediate Unit Program Files,
1966-1974, 1981-2006.
(28 cartons)

{series #22.7} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by topic. Also arranged numerically by intermediate unit and thereunder alphabetically by school.

Records relating to the creation and organization of Intermediate Unit Programs to replace county superintendents for managing Pennsylvania's public schools. The files contain materials on Act 57, Act 102 and Act 192; Intermediate Unit Ad Hoc Committee minutes; correspondence to and from committee members; budgets; reports; guidelines; organizational charts, program for services, and program staff job descriptions for each Intermediate Unit; phase 1-3 special education plans and state plans to implement part B of the federal Education of the Handicapped Act.

Intermediate Unit Appeals and Hearing Records,
1990-1991.
(1 carton)

{series #22.200} [Holdings]


Grouped by school district or intermediate unit.

Records of complaints and suits brought by school districts and intermediate units against the Department of Education. The Bureau of Special Education has responsibility to provide oversight, monitoring, and complaint investigation to insure that state educational regulations are met and federal funds are spent properly. Files include: correspondence; hearing briefs, transcripts, and exhibits; plan approvals; administrative and due process hearing records; special education budget material; plan and budget disallowances and complaints.

PA Early Intervention Project Files and Reports,
1992-1995.
(2 cartons)

{series #22.206} [Holdings]


Randomly arranged.

Administration records for the PA Early Intervention program. Files include: correspondence; budgets; applications to participate; quality practices in early intervention; site visits to participants; reports; evaluations; training materials; and compliance monitoring for the program.


Bureau of Teacher Certification and Preparation

The Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification evaluates and certifies all professional staff in the Commonwealth's basic schools; issues certificates of preliminary education for professional licensure; cooperates with all teacher education institutions, basic education offices, and professional associations in developing standards for program approval of teacher education programs; and coordinates the evaluation activities in program approval of teacher education programs.


Permanent Record of Pennsylvania Area College Centers,
1947-1949.
(3 cartons)

{#22.184} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Grouped by college center and thereunder arranged alphabetically by student surname.

Records of the Pennsylvania Area College Center Program, established to assist civilians and veterans unable to enroll in college after World War II. The program was established by Governor Edward Martin by executive action and administered by State Teacher College President Robert M. Steele. The program used public high school facilities after regular school hours to offer credited college courses to qualified students. The files contain the Pennsylvania Area College Center Permanent Record transcript form, listing: name and address of student; veterans serial number; parent or guardian; date of birth; date of admission; curriculum, grades, and credit hours earned. Due to Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) Regulations, the names of students will be redacted.

Professional Standards and Practices Commission Minutes and Related Material,
1988-1994.
(4 cartons)

{#22.204} [Holdings]

Loosely grouped by date.

The Commission recommends standards to the State Board of Education for teacher certification and evaluation of education programs. It also recommends standards of professional practices for teachers and procedures concerning suspension, annulment, or revocation of teaching certificates. Records consist of meeting minutes, agenda, correspondence, reports, attendance lists, secretary notebooks, symposium material, and mailings.

Public School Teacher Certifications,
1915-1935.
(452 cartons)

{#22.185} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Arranged alphabetically every tenth year beginning with 1915, then by teacher surname and thereunder by number.

Application for public school teacher certificates and related material. Records include college transcripts, certificates of vocational experience, certified endorsements, adjudication of college credentials, emergency certificate record, temporary and professional employee's rating card, special emergency wartime certificates, and teacher rating scorecards. Due to Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) Regulations, the names of students will be redacted. Records after 1935 have been microfilmed and are stored off-site. No paper copy originals exist for these later records.


Bureau of Teaching and Learning Support

The bureau ensures accountability and achievement by providing leadership, state and federal resources, and professional education for the learning success of Commonwealth students. To further this mission, the bureau provides leadership and direction for teaching and learning, guides the design and implementation of professional learning for educators, promotes coherence in educational practices, assures equity in allocation and productive use of state and federal resources, provides direct technical assistance to schools, and advocates linkages and connections among educational partners.



School District and Charter School Annual Reports for Limited English Proficiency Students (PDE-3044),
1994-2002.
(9 cartons, 1 box)

{series #22.132} [Holdings]


Grouped by school year and thereunder arranged alphabetically by school.

Annual report programs and services for students with limited English proficiency (LEP). Files include PDE form 3044 (basic and supplement), directories of school districts with LEP students and number of students with LEP by county, and other related reports and correspondence. PDE-3044 lists name of school district, school year, contact person, type of program, number of students with LEP and their native tongue, and a census of teacher bilingual language competence and certification.


Bureau of Vocational and Adult Education

This agency was long responsible for administering and supervising vocational and adult education programs and job-training programs under various state and federal acts. By the 1980s, the adult education component was split off and established as a separate Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education. The remaining component was renamed the Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education. In addition to its original responsibilities, it also administers the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) and a variety of technical education programs.



Directories and Reports of the Vocational Education Management Information System (VEMIS),
1969-1995.
(25 cartons)

{series #22.15} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of report or directory.

Reference directories for secondary and post-secondary schools in Pennsylvania that offered Vocational Education programs and reports providing analysis of such programs. The directories specify the types of programs offered, course offerings, total enrollment, and enrollment by grade level at each school by region, county, and school district. The reports provide a descriptive analysis of Vocational Education programs by providing data that includes total enrollment, enrollment broken down by race, gender and grade, course offerings, program duration, and co-operative opportunities.


Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education

Known as the Bureau of Vocational and Adult Education prior to 1985 when the Bureau of Adult Basic Education and Literacy was created as a separate entity, the Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education administers and supervises vocational and technical education programs in Pennsylvania including the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA).


Annual Performance Report for Vocational-Technical Education Programs, Services and Activities,
1995-1996.
(1 volume)

{series #22.123} [Holdings]

Performance report for vocational-technical education programs funded by the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act. The report provides information on vocational-technical educational assistance available to the state, basic grants for vocational-educational programs, and special programs for vocational-technical education at community-based organizations, consumer and homemaker education, and career and guidance counseling services.


Civil Rights Documentation,
1978-1996, 1998-2002.
(12 cartons, 3 boxes)

{series #22.181} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by school.

Records of Department of Education monitoring and implementation of federal civil rights mandates as they relate to vocational and technical education. These files cover elementary, secondary, and higher education institutions. Files consist of affirmative action plans, compliance reports, on-site review check lists, student counseling reports, Office of Civil Rights guidelines, Title VI, IX, and Section 504 evaluations, plans to promote equity in vocational education, collective bargaining agreements, and related correspondence. In 2001, Civil Rights responsibilities were transfered to the Field Support Division.


Job Training Partnership Act Program Status Summaries,
1989-2000.
(26 cartons, 3 boxes)

{series #22.136} [Holdings]

Loosely grouped by date or topic and thereunder arranged by service delivery area.

Records of the implementation, management, and coordination of the federal Job Training Partnership Act of 1982. This program superseded the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973, focusing on the use of federal funds to provide a variety of employment-related services for dislocated workers, young adults, minorities and military personnel. Files include Summer Training and Education Program, Jobs for America's Graduates, State Education Grants, Pennsylvania Careers for Youth, and Job Training Partnership Act Status Reports and related material. These programs offered career counseling, general job training, specific occupation training, job search assistance, and school-to-work assistance. In 1998, Congress repealed the JPTA and replaced it with the Workforce Investment Act.


Nurses Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) Monitoring Data,
1991-1994.
(3 cartons)

{series #22.137} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Unarranged.

Records of the Nurses Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) requiring all approved nurses aide training programs to be reviewed on-site at least every two years. Requirements for approval are: basic nursing skills; personal care skills; cognitive, behavior, and social care; basic restorative services; residents' rights; and procedures for determining competency. Files consist of an Application for Approval of Nurse Aide Program, Department of Health Inspection Results, and On-Site Compliance Review. Due to sensitive personal information, these records are restricted. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives for more information.


Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker Client Data Forms,
1988-1991.
(6 cartons)

{series #22.180} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Loosely grouped by school.

Monitoring files of the Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker (SP/DH) services provided by the Commonwealth. Files include: SP/DH Services Form listing clients served, demographic information, program services, and client outcomes; PDE Form 4013 listing client data, guidance, and job training. Due to sensitive personal information, these records are restricted. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives for more information.


Office of the Commissioner for Higher Education

The Commissioner of Higher Education evaluates program requests for two-year, four-year, graduate and professional degrees; conducts studies of the services provided by colleges and universities; reviews and processes budgets for state-related and state-aided colleges and universities; and provides long range planning to institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth. After the creation of the State System of Higher Education by Act 188 in 1982 that united the fourteen state-owned universities, and the emergence of a greater emphasis on oversight of technical schools such as the Thaddeus Stevens State School of Technology, this office was renamed Commissioner of Post Secondary and Higher Education.


Administrative Correspondence,
1972-1981.
(4 cartons)

{series #22.16} [Holdings]

Variously arranged alphabetically by correspondent or chronologically by year.

Correspondence of the Commissioner of Higher Education who headed the Office of Higher Education. Files include correspondence with presidents of state colleges, universities, and other individuals; Trust Fund records, including Career Renewal Advisory Committee files and minutes.

Committee Studies,
1969-1976.
(2 cartons)


{series #22.17} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series contains minutes, studies, reports, and conference records of special committees within the Office of Commissioner of Higher Education. Subjects include campus unrest; coordinators of Higher Education Eastern Seaboard Enclave; classification and compensation study; degree programs; employee performance and development guide; Master Plan For Higher Education; institutional master plan; and Task Force on Two-year Post-Secondary Education in Pennsylvania.

Minutes of the Board of Normal School Principals,
1920-1931.
(1 carton)

{series #22.18} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by meeting date.

A record of meetings of the Board of Normal School Principals. A typical agenda includes the date, time and location of the meeting and a list of those members attending the meeting. Topics discussed include admission requirements, committee appointments, committee reports; course of study, curricula, finances, length of school year, redistricting, summer school sessions, and school vacation dates.

Minutes of the Board of Presidents of State Teachers' Colleges,
1931-1977.
(3 cartons)

{series #22.19} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

A record of meetings of the Board of Presidents of State Teachers Colleges. A typical agenda includes the date, time and location of the meeting and a list of those members attending the meeting. Topics discussed include athletics, committee appointments, budget, committee reports, curriculum, enrollment, faculty, fees, finances, salaries, school year calendar, and standards.

Minutes of the Board of State College and University Directors,
1971-1975.
(1 carton)

{series #22.20} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

A record of meetings of the Board of State College and University Directors. A typical agenda includes the date, time and location of the meeting and a list of those members attending the meeting. Topics discussed include budgets, capitol projects, committee appointments, committee reports, faculty, fees, legislation, programs, purchasing, residency requirements, salaries

Minutes of the Board of Trustees of State Colleges and State Universities,
1954-1965, 1971-1981.
(12 cartons)

{series #22.21} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of institution and thereunder by date of meeting.

A record of meetings of the Board of Trustees of State Colleges and State Universities. Information provided varies for each of the fourteen state owned schools and the Penn State University. A typical agenda includes the call to order giving the date, time and campus location of the meeting. Also frequently listed are names of the members and guests invited. Reports discussed include the President's report on the budget, and those submitted by the Athletic Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, Institutional Development Committee, Personnel Committee and the Public Relations Committee. Common topics include faculty appointments, retirement, accreditation, building development, gifts, grants, tuition fees, and student assistance.

Specialized Correspondence,
1965-1979.
(5 cartons)

{series #22.22} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Specialized correspondence of the Commissioner of Higher Education. Topics include Baskin's private dorms, Bridgewater Case at Clarion State College, California State College student problems, Commonwealth university system, faculty development, Fund for Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, Indiana University presidential search, Millersville conference originals, moratorium on branch campuses, off-campus centers study (Heald-Hobson), Open College Study, Penn-Jersey common market, prison education, Servicemen's Opportunity College, Speeches, State College Missions, Tenure, West Chester presidential search, and West Chester State College censure.

Records of the Governor's Commission on the Financing of Higher Education,
1983-1985.
(2 cartons)

{series #22.169} [Holdings] [APPOINTMENT REQUIRED for special media only]

Grouped by topic and thereunder loosely arranged by date.

The Commission on the Financing of Higher Education was created by Executive Order of Governor Dick Thornburgh to ensure the quality, accessibility and financial stability of higher education in the Commonwealth. Topics of study and discussion were: Management Practices; Student Aid; Funding Mechanisms; Financing Proprietary Schools, Independent Colleges and Universities, Commonwealth Universities, and Community Colleges. Files include Sub-Committee Reports, Briefing Materials, Correspondence, Final Report, Photographs, Research Data, Testimony, Transcripts, Transparencies, and audio-cassette tapes of meetings. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives for an appointment to listen to the audio-cassette tapes.


Commonwealth Libraries

The State Library is charged with developing, improving, and coordinating library services and systems. As one of the largest research libraries in the Commonwealth, the State Library has holdings in almost every area of human concern. It provides information and materials from its collections and automated resources to state government, state institutions, and the general public. It also provides rapid access to other library collections around the state and the nation through the use of various electronic databases. The State Library coordinates a network of state-aided local, district and regional public libraries and also provides support to instructional television, to instructional materials services units at the intermediate units, and to school library media programs in public and non-public schools. It operates the resource center that provides information on education programs and practices in the vocational, adult, and general education fields. The State Library consists of three divisions: Library Services, Library Development, and School Library Media Services.


Correspondence of the State Librarian,
1981-1993, 2000-2001.
(8 cartons)

{series #22.190} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of correspondence.

Correspondence of State Librarians Elliot L. Shelkrot, David R. Hoffman, Sara Ann Parker, and Gary D. Wolfe. The files include communications with other major research and academic libraries in Pennsylvania and throughout the world, correspondence with other state government agencies, and administrative correspondence with other sections of the State Library. The official title of State Librarian changed to Commissioner of Libraries in 1991.

Filmstrips,
1940-1979.
(2 cartons, 5 boxes)

{series #22.160} [Holdings] [APPOINTMENT REQUIRED]

Film texts are arranged alphabetically; filmstrips are unarranged.

Filmstrips with accompanying text and recordings. These items were originally part of the State Library Visual Aids Section and were loaned to the public. The filmstrips are 35mm black and white and color images of subjects significant to the history of Pennsylvania. Recordings consist of 33 1/3 rpm albums and audio cassette tapes. Subjects include the Pennsylvania Dutch, Covered Bridges, Daniel Boone, Geography of Pennsylvania, Andrew Wyeth, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh History, Strasburg Railroad, Valley Forge, and the Story of Iron, Steel and Coal. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives for an appointment to access this audio-visual material.

Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services Report,
1990.
(1 box)

{series #22.192} [Holdings]

Organized by conference headings.

1990 Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services: A Report to the People of Pennsylvania. Report headings include: Planning, Governor's Forums, Delegates, Conference Proceedings, White House Conference Delegates, Summary of Resolutions, Exhibits, Planning Committee and Subcommittees, Chairs and Vice Chairs, White Paper Authors, Publications. Conference photographs are included.

Lantern Slide Section Glass Lantern Slides,
circa 1900-1950.
(628 boxes)

{series #22.161} [Holdings]

Grouped loosely by topic.

3 1/4" x 4" Black & White, Color, Hand-Colored and tinted glass slides. The Lantern Slide Section began as part of the State Museum in 1905. The State Library eventually absorbed the Museum Slide Section and renamed it the Lantern Slide Section. These slides were loaned and circulated like books. The Museum and Library had its own facility for the creation of new slides, or purchased them from firms such as the Keystone View Company, William H. Rau, Williams, Brown & Earle, The Detroit Publishing Company, and many others. Categories mainly relate to Pennsylvania History, Persons, Places, and Events, but also include views of foreign countries, Illustrations of World Events, Literature, Art, Music, Religion, and Geography. Most are arranged in sets to be part of a lecture. Though at one time arranged by subject, the original order has been mostly lost, although structure remains in some places.

Be aware that glass slides are fragile and some may be broken.

Library Service and Construction Files,
1955-1986.
(34 cartons)

{series #22.36} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by project number.

Documentation for federally-funded construction or alteration of library buildings filed with the State Library. Includes general correspondence, contracts, labor agreements, reimbursement certificates, letters, and final construction plans and specifications.

Minutes of the Governor's Advisory Council on Library Development,
1962-1992.
(1 carton)

{series #22.205} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by meeting.

Files contain approved minutes, drafts of minutes, spreadsheets detailing topics and motions raised during meetings and follow-up actions. Additional materials include: handouts, reports, and correspondence related to meetings or distributed during meetings.

Pennsylvania Newspaper Project,
1983-1990.
(4 cartons)

{series #22.193} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Files include reports, correspondence, and records of paid invoices for National Endowment for the Humanities grants. Two grants were awarded the State Library to plan and implement two Pennsylvania newspaper projects. The first project produced a comprehensive listing of extant newpaper holdings on Pennsylvania. The second project began the preservation of fragile materials identified in the initial project.

Photograph Albums of the Government's Officers and Legislators of Pennsylvania,
1878-1879.
(2 boxes)

{series #22.37} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

This series consists of two leather bound albums each entitled "The Government's Officers and Legislators of Pennsylvania," one for 1878 and one for 1879 that were created by photographer C.S. Roshon of Harrisburg. Each album contains approximately 250 cabinet card portraits of state legislators and heads of various agencies, many autographed by the subject. The district and county are also given and not all legislators are shown.

State Aid to Public Libraries Files,
1960-1992.
(49 cartons)

{series #22.154} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by county and thereunder by name of library.

Applications for state aid for public libraries and related material. Applications include name and address of library, date of application, county, type of library, and attached annual report. The annual report specifies head librarian, municipalities served, daily schedule, distribution and collection of books, type of reading material circulated, items loaned, personnel and financial records. Related material are correspondence, agreements, field trip reports, budgets, tax levy and appropriation documents, worksheets, grant summaries, and certification of achievement.


Office of the Comptroller

As the chief financial officer of the Department, the Comptroller assists the Secretary of Education and the Governor in enforcing established policies and standards regulating the expenditure of public funds and advises in the formulation of financial policy. He is assisted by two assistant comptrollers for accounting and auditing.


Annual Financial Reports of School Districts and Joint Boards for Every Fifth Fiscal Year,
1920-1988, 1999.
(94 cartons, 1 box)

{series #22.23} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by reporting year and thereunder alphabetically by county and name of school district or joint board.

Annual financial reports of school districts and joint boards, 1920-1921, 1925-1926, 1930-1931, 1935-1936, 1940-1941, 1945-46, 1950-1951, 1955-1956, 1960-1961, 1965-1966, 1971-1972, 1986-1988. The reports were originally filed with the Department of Public Instruction's School Accounting Division, and later with the Comptroller of the Department of Education. Included in each report are balance sheets for the general fund, cafeteria fund, activity fund, trust and agency fund, working capital fund, capital reserve fund, bond fund, sinking fund, general fixed assets and general long term debt. Also, a special funds statement of operations for the cafeteria fund, activity fund trust fund, payroll fund, working capital fund, capital reserve fund, bond fund, and sinking fund is included. In addition, there are accounts of general fund revenues, general fund expenditures (by function, object and program), and a statement of indebtedness.


Office of Chief Counsel

Attorneys for the Department of Education are appointed by the General Counsel of the Governor's Office. The Office provides legal counsel to the Secretary and Deputy Secretaries, other Department officials, and the State Board of Education. It provides legal representation at judicial and administrative proceedings, renders opinions on questions of law, and reviews contracts and regulations.


Litigation Case Files,
1972-1992.
(14 cartons, 1 box)

{series #22.199} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Court documents, correspondence, and related material of legal proceedings of plaintiffs versus the Department of Education. Files consist of trial transcripts, depositions, interviews, settlement agreements, and monitoring and implementation documents. The bulk of the records are Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Children versus Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This first right-to-education lawsuit in the United States resulted in a consent decree providing free public education for children with mental retardation and later for all children with disabilities. Other cases include Armstrong School District versus PA Department of Education and Gary Armstrong versus Caryl Kline.


Office of Dispute Resolution

The Office of Dispute Resolution provides resources for parents and educational agencies to resolve disputes concerning identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities, students who are gifted, and children with disabilities served by the early intervention system. Through this office, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) fulfills its statutory mandate to maintain a special education due process system. The Department of Education contracts with the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit to provide fiscal and certain management support for the office, but is not involved in substantive operations.


Final Determinations and Appeals of the Due Process Hearing Officer,
1978-2009.
(18 cartons)

{#22.153} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]


Arranged chronologically by appeal and then chronologically by Final Determination.

Final determinations are reports filed by Due Process Hearing Officers for disputes between parents or guardians, school districts, or other eductational entities. These determinations also can be appealed to a panel. There are also files for determinations that were appealed. The numbering system for these files changed over time and there are at least two different systems. Due to the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) Regulations, the names of children cannot be identified. For public viewing the names are redacted. These files began to be kept electronically in 2006 and are available in redacted form on the Office of Dispute Resolution website.


Office of Educational Initiatives

The Office of Education Initiatives oversees the design, planning, and implementation of new departmental initiatives. This office ensures that programs develop as conceived. The staff identifies and develops strategies to implement new educational initiatives, and monitors and evaluates programs.


Pennsylvania Governor's School Project Files,
1973-2008.
(24 cartons, 1 box)

{series #22.202} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

This series consists of Governor's Institute Reports, Governor's Schools of Excellence Reports, and additional program files. Governor's Schools records include those from: Teaching, International Studies, Sciences, and Information Technology, Agricultural Sciences, Global Entrepreneurship, and Regional Summer Schools of Excellence; Governor's Academy for Urban Education; Life Science Educators, Schools for Business, Health Care, and the School of the Arts.

Program Administrative Files: Pennsylvania Governor's School of Teaching,
1987-2005.
(17 cartons)

{series #22.156} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically.

The mission for the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Teaching is to prepare students entering their senior year of high school to become teachers or to better understand the roles of teachers. This is accomplished through a rigorous educational program under the guidance of current university, elementary and secondary high school teachers. It is then applied practically through three weeks of hands-on teaching experience in which Govemor’s School students teach elementary and middle school students from a local economically disadvantaged school district. This provides Governor‘s School students an opportunity to implement educational theory in a classroom setting.

Records include program administrative files for various school districts from around the Commonwealth that contain correspondence, professional education and development plans, school districts' strategic plans, reports on strategic plans, and final evaluation reports from long range plans.


Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education is responsible for statewide development, administration and improvement of the public and non-public schools. The major components are general education, vocational education, special education and support services for kindergarten through 12th grade. The office also operates the Office of School Equity and Office of School Services.


Management Assistance for Clarion County,
1981-1986.
(1 carton)

{series #22.189} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically.

Files include Clarion County Management Assistance Correspondence, Contracts, Building Renovations, Handbooks, Briefing Papers, Teachers Contracts, Specifications for Schools, and Auditor Reports.


Office of Equal Education Opportunity

The Office of Equal Education Opportunity was established in response to the Civil Rights Act of 1965 to direct implementation of the Basic Education component of the Equal Education Opportunity (EEO) compliance plans. Renamed the Office of School Equity during the 1970s, this Office continues to provide curriculum assistance in ensuring equity on the basis of age, sex, national origin, and race and coordinates and directs statewide assistance to school districts in implementing the Teacher Expectation and Student Achievement (TESA) program.


Records of Equal Rights Program Activities,
1965-1997.
(48 cartons)

{series #22.24} [Holdings]

Arranged by Office of Civil Rights Data Series Numbers.

Thereafter arranged by subject matter.

Program activities of the office of equal education opportunity. Files include memoranda, correspondence, testimonies, reports, agenda, news clippings, grant applications, press releases, minutes, service purchase contracts, general invoices, programs, race and ethnic data, reports on progress in implementing state-wide higher education desegregation plans, annual reports of desegregation of enrollments, desegregation analyses, fall enrollment and compliance reports of institutions of higher education, higher education staff information and statistics, applications, acceptances, and actual enrollments summary reports, higher education surveys degrees conferred by race/ethnicity and sex, fall college enrollment by race, sex, and level summaries, professional degrees conferred in fields by race statistics, summary reports of retention of entering freshmen by race/ethnic identification, staff statistics by race and sex, university enhancement plans, affirmative action plans, annual reports of the commonwealth's plan for equal opportunity, board of trustees minutes, office of civil rights evaluation reports on implementation of equal opportunity plans, institutional responses for office of civil rights reviews, office of civil rights commitment charts to implement goals, minority recruitment plans and literature, Pennsylvania's annual desegregation progress reports, agenda and minutes of the citizens advisory committee for equal opportunity in state system of higher education, agenda and minutes for equal employment opportunity coordination and articulation committee, articulation task force agreements, post secondary completions by race and sex, minority student recruitment and retention studies and plans, and registration forms.

Additional subjects in the files include Afro-American Mandate, 1968; Allenberry seminars and conferences, 1966-1970; Ethnic Heritage, 1975-1976; Higher Education Conference program and report, 1965-1966; Human Relations Committee-PDE, 1970-1972; Intergroup Curriculum Projects, 1974-1975; Key Clubs, 1974-1977; PDE Advisory Committee, 1975; Philadelphia Fellowship Commission College Conference, 1966-1968; Recruitment Clinics, 1972-1973; Rhodes - Legislation, 1974-1975; Sexism - Bureau reports, 1973; Sexism - Implementation and Evaluation Committee, 1971-1976; State Board Report re: School Desegregation, 1975; and Vocational Education Segregation, 1976.


Office of Policy

This office helps to establish and actively promotes the programmatic and fiscal priorities of the Secretary of Education and the Governor's Policy Office.


Program Files,
1989-2012.
(31 cartons)

{series #22.194} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically.

Files include training, reports, studies, programs, projects, reviews, regulations, legislation, meeting minutes, funding, policies, planning, assessment, and correspondence all related to a myriad of Department of Education programs and projects throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education, 1979-1987

The Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education (OPHE) provides evaluation of program approval requests for two-year, four-year, graduate and professional degrees; works with organizations seeking approval as degree-granting colleges, universities and seminaries to effect such approval; consults with the State Board of Education on the development of regulations to assure quality postsecondary and higher education programs; participates in long-range planning for higher education and assists institutions in the development of needed programs; and provides direction and coordination for adult basic and literacy education.


Professional Standards and Practices Commission Meetings Files/Minutes,
1979-1987.
(2 cartons)

{series #22.157} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Records include agendas and minutes for meetings of this commission. Also included are files related to summer bilingual workshops, in 1985, and a tenth anniversary dinner, in 1983.


Office of Press Communications, 1991-1999

The Office of Press Communications works closely with all program areas of the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide critical information to the public regarding education initiatives.  Press Communications works with reporters throughout the Commonwealth as well as the general public to provide answers to questions, distribute education information, maintain web data and serve as the public's contact on education in Pennsylvania.


Department of Education Videos,
1991-1999.
(3 cartons)

{series #22.195} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

VHS tapes containing subject matter such as: Outcome Based Education, Legislative Reports, Senate Digests, Town Meetings, Tuition Account Program, Department of Education Staff Briefing Sessions, Distance Learning, School Reform, State Board Meetings. The greater preponderance of the videos are staff briefing sessions.


Office of School Equity, 1968-1996

This office directed the implementation and monitoring of all Basic Education E.E.O. compliance plans, provided curriculum assistance for equity on age, sex, national origin, and race. It also coordinated and directed statewide assistance to school districts in implementing the Teacher Expectation and Student Achievement (TESA) program. The Office of School Equity closed June 30, 1996.


School Desegregation Files,
1964-1996.
(28 cartons)

{series #22.177} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Records include Emergency School Aid Act proposals, correspondence, distribution of students by grade and race, Pennsylvania Civil Rights Technical Assistance and Training Program, desegregation plans, school visitation reports, contact reports, on-site visits, floating classrooms proposal, elementary and secondary civil rights surveys, racial composition enrollment reports, affirmative action plans, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission correspondence and plan revisions, demographic studies, status and final reports on desegregation, findings and recommendations for desegregation, school district long range plans for desegregation, teacher conference folders from various workshops related to desegregation, Teacher Expectations and Student Achievement training and evaluations, race equity programs, publications regarding teaching and desegregation, litigation, court decisions, chronologies of desegregation events in school districts, community meeting minutes, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) correspondence and complaints, Emergency School Aid Act reviews, forms, evaluators, proposals, and monitoring.

Title IV Proposals with Supporting Documentation,
1968-1996.
(5 cartons)

{series #22.178} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by subject.

Records include Title IV budgets, proposals, year end reports, race, gender, and national origin surveys. Also contains desegregation notebooks for various school districts around the state that include desegregation plans, reports, on-site visit reports, Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission agreement and correspondence, and legal correspondence against the school districts of Philadelphia. Conference folders are also present and contain agendas and handouts for teachers regarding equity plans for African Americans, Hispanics, females, multiculturalism, and linguistically different students. Also included are Title IV proposals for state funding, and reports and studies on desegregation by sex, race, and national origin.

In addition there are Title IX surveys of gender equity services, race, national origin, and gender.


Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Oversight Council, 1996-2004

The PIAA was and continues to be a private organization comprised of public and nonpublic member schools that organize, develop, direct and maintain an interscholastic athletic program throughout the state of Pennsylvania. In 1998, a Senate Special Committee on Interscholastic Athletics investigated PIAA's management and drafted nineteen specific recommendations for the PIAA's administration. After the PIAA failed to comply with the Senate's advice, Governor Tom Ridge signed Act 91 of 2000. This act created the PIAOC and made it their responsibility to ascertain that the PIAA met the standards and reforms set forth in Act 91. The council's seventeen voting members made suggestions, held pubic hearings and reviewed the efforts of the PIAA to change their administration. In 2005, the PIAOC adjourned due to the fact PIAA met the requirements.


Document Catalog,
1996-2004.
(86 folders)

{series #22.124} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by assigned catalog letter.

A series of catalogs containing the documents transmitted by the Oversight Council's to the PIAA. The documents allowed the PIAA to answer questions and explain their stances on issues after committee meetings, and they are divided into seven categories as follows: Category A: Oversight Council Documents Agendas and Materials; Minutes; Transcripts and Testimony, 2001-2004 (index in folder 1). Category B: Official Correspondence, 2001-2004 (index in folder 11). Category C: Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, 2001-2003 (index in folder 24). Category D: Committee on Eligibility Rules and Transfers, 2001-2003 (index in folder 28). Catalog E: Committee on Eligibility Appeals, 1996-2003 (index in folder 32). Category F: Committee on Financial and Management, 2001-2003 (index in folder 36). Category G: PIAA Request Documents-Materials and Minutes, Legal Billings, Transcripts and Testimony, and PIAA Handbook, 1999-2004 (index in folder 40).

Annual Reports, 1998-2004.
(5 folders)

{series #22.125} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Summaries of the work completed during each year. In order to complete the reports the council had access to all of PIAA's books, papers, documents and records. Information appearing in the reports includes executive summaries, narratives, summaries of complete and incomplete reforms, chronologies of council activities, and appendices.

Board of Directors Minutes and Agendas,
2000-2001.
(2 folders)

{series #22.126} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

In 2000 and 2001, each Pennsylvanian district was permitted to have one representative on the board of directors. The representative had to be employed as a principle, athletic director or faculty member of a PIAA member school. Besides giving the complete set of minutes and agendas, records show that the board of directors dealt with issues such as health, athletic relations, officials, employment and policies concerning Pennsylvania's Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Legal Invoices,
1993-2002.
(6 folders)

{series #22.127} [Holdings]

Grouped by invoice type, and thereunder arranged chronologically.

There are three types of invoices found: legal invoices, Oct. 2000-2002; paid legal bills, July 1996-July 1998; and Senate-acquired legal bills, July 1993-through 2001. Information provided on the invoices includes the date of the bill, nature of the professional services rendered and the amount due. The PIAA's legal needs were provided by the lawfirm of McNees, Wallace & Nurick.

List of Attendees,
2001-2003.
(6 folders)

{series #22.128} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Files consist of a list of PIAOC meeting attendees from 2001 to 2003. Lists show the names of attendees, their organizations and which members required overnight lodging.

Press Releases,
2002-2004.
(5 folders)

{series #22.129} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Newspaper and online press releases of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association and the Oversight Council. Topics of the press releases include PIAA reforms, financial matters, legal cases, reviews of the PIAA, and the PIAOC's disbandment. While some releases deal with Brad Cashman's extension as PIAA's executive director, the majority of articles relate to financial matters.

Miscellaneous Administrative Files,
2001-2003.
(32 folders)

{series #22.130} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically, and thereunder by topic.

A variety of subject files relating to government issues, personnel, PIAOC meetings and membership information. Also included are a photograph of the council, a tape of a hearing and PIAOC power point presentations from 2001 to 2003. The majority of the documents reveal dates, places and the names of people involved in the meetings or issues.


Scranton State School for the Deaf

The Board of Trustees for this school consisted of nine members appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate; the ex-officio member was the Secretary of Education. The Board had general direction and control of the property and management of the institution located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The school closed July 1, 2009, due to budgetary cutbacks. It operated for 129 years.


Records of the Scranton State School for the Deaf,
1883-2009.
(20 cartons, 23 boxes, 1 folder)

{series #22.198} [Holdings]

Arranged by subject.

This series contains the history of the school, including yearbooks, photographs, press releases and public relation files, Board of Trustee agendas and minutes, mortgage book, World War I broadside, voucher books, audio cassettes of Board meetings, executive board meeting minutes, student applications, annual reports, audit reports, scrapbooks, letter press book, cash books, maintenance correspondence, teacher handbooks and induction plans, grant programs and final reports, and Board correspondence.


State Board of Censors (Motion Picture)

Created in 1915, the Board of Censors was composed of three members appointed by the Governor to examine and supervise the examination by others of all films, reels or views exhibited or used in Pennsylvania to ensure compliance with proper moral standards. The Board was specifically charged with preventing the display of any such motion picture film judged to be sacrilegious, obscene, indecent, or immoral or such as might tend, in the judgment of the Board, to debase or corrupt community morals. The Board was abolished in 1956.


Applications for Examination,
1915-1951.
(4 boxes)

{series #22.25} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

This series contains the applications submitted by motion picture film companies requesting the Board of Censors to review their films. The application gives the title of the film; the name of the manufacturer; the names of the leading actors and actresses; the number and length of reels; the style of film and indicates whether the film was approved without changes, approved with eliminations, or condemned outright. If the film was approved with eliminations, an Eliminations Form is attached and lists the specific changes that needed to be made. There is often also present a Memorandum of Changes form that reveals when requested eliminations or changes were made and when the Board approved the film. Some applications have copies of the script attached.

Daily Minutes,
1939-1956.
(3 boxes)

{series #22.26} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Minutes documenting the daily activities of the Board of Censors reviewers. Information contained in the minutes provides the name and manufacturer of the motion picture films reviewed, whether they were approved without change, approved with eliminations, or condemned. If the film was approved with changes or condemned the reason and required revisions were listed. The minutes also list contacts with film manufacturers who appealed the review of films by the Board of Censors.

General Correspondence,
1924-1956.
(1 box)

{series #22.27} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Correspondence received and sent by the Board of Censors chairman and members. Also included are a few legal briefs, press releases and movie reviews. The correspondence were received by or sent to Abraham Levy, Special Deputy Attorney General, citizens, clergy, motion picture companies, officials from Pennsylvania state government agencies, and officials from agencies in other states such as Ohio, New York and Maryland. Subjects included are the films "The Birth of a Baby" and "She Shoulda Said No"; censorship; news clippings; clergyman and women's clubs; television censorship; condemned motion pictures; complaints; and soviet films. Correspondence discuss the review of motion picture films by the board, revisions to make the movie appropriate for release, denial for release of the film, opinions from agency officials and other states regarding the film' s content.

Legal Briefs,
1915-1921, 1928-1940.
(3 folders)

{series #22.28} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

This series contains appeals, replies, briefs, orders and correspondence filed by motion picture companies, the State Board of Censors, the attorney general and the court in matters regarding the denial of the release of a film by the Board of Censors.

Reports,
1925-1951.
(3 folders)

{series #22.29} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Annual reports submitted by the Board concerning prosecutions of violations; the sale of substituted approval seals; budget allotments; the number of movies and reels examined; the number of films certified, modified, with number of eliminations, or disapproved; list of appeals taken to court; and number of field inspections.

Rules, Procedures and Forms,
1915-1956.
(1 box)

{series #22.30} [Holdings]

Arranged by subject.

This series contains a wide variety of documents providing insight into the Board's operating procedures. Among the materials present are Fines, 1919-1947, that list the fines assessed to movie theaters for showing films that were not edited to meet the Board's requirements or did not show the Board's seal of approval and Certificates of Censorship, 1915-1951, that are the official forms sent to the manufacturer to indicate if a film has been approved, approved with eliminations, or not approved. Information included is the film's title, name of manufacturer, number of reels and date certificate was issued; Action on "Soundies", no date, list of films with sound that were reviewed by the Board and includes the film's title, leading actor and actress, and what action was taken; Record of Violations, 1939-1949, lists fines issued to each manufacturer giving the film's title, location where shown, date of the incident, and violation; Rule and Regulations, 1915-1950, contains copies of acts, rules, mission statements, legal briefs and correspondence used to direct the Board; Procedures and Forms, 1915-1956, contains copies of forms, sample letters, certificates, affidavits, violation notices, monthly reports and procedures; Inspector's Report on Eliminations, 1915-1951, contains the report submitted by the inspector after reviewing a film including the film's title, manufacturer, and requested eliminations; Violations of Censorship, 1927-1929, contains reports, correspondence and affidavits reporting violations and requests regarding the violation. Information includes the film's title, the name of the manufacturer, and the date and location of the incident and the violation.


State Board of Education

Established in 1963 and reconstituted in 1988, Pennsylvania’s State Board is the nation’s largest, with 21 members, 17 of whom are nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate for overlapping, six-year terms.  The Board is comprised of two councils — the Council of Basic Education and the Council of Higher Education — and nine standing committees. The State Board works closely with the Department of Education, state policymakers, and educators to review, develop and adopt regulations that govern significant components of both basic and higher education in the Commonwealth.  From approving state academic standards for Pennsylvania’s students to setting policies that help ensure educators are effective in delivering instruction, the Board places considerable emphasis on stakeholder involvement in its policymaking.


Administrative Records of the State Board of Education,
1915-2005.
(8 cartons)

{series #22.211} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

This series contains various reports, manuals, surveys, assessments, evaluations, policy and planning documents, and rules and regulations related to the educational system in Pennsylvania. Topics include: post secondary education, vocational education, special education, school reform, school subsidies and financing, federal programs, curriculum, transportation, Head Start, health services, and legislative changes.


General and Administrative Correspondence,
1957-1970.
(2 cartons)

{series #22.133} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

This series contains files of the Master Plan for Higher Education in Pennsylvania, 1964-1967, covering the Advisory Committee, general correspondence, public hearings files, and various reports. The series also contains records of the State Board of Annexation of partial school districts, Allegheny-Westmoreland Counties, including correspondence about plans, legal documents, and maps.


General Braddock School District Reorganization,
1971-1974.
(1 carton)

{series #22.134} [Holdings]

Arranged by file topic.

This series contains comments, hearings, materials presented at time of hearings, legal documents, order of the district court, and suggested guidelines for reorganization.


Minute Books and Minute Book Index Cards of the State Board of Education,
1911-1997.
(2 volumes, 48 microfilm rolls, 11 boxes)

{series #22.105} [Holdings]


Minute Books are arranged chronologically by date of meeting. Index cards are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Minutes documenting the meetings of the State Board of Education date from 1911 to 1920 and 1925 to 1982. A typical record includes the date, time and location of the meeting, a list of the names of those members attending the meeting, and a summary of the discussion. Topics discussed include admission requirements, committee appointments, curricula, appropriations, expenses, investigations, lighted school rooms, graduation requirements, conditions of school buildings, legislation, physical education, vocational education, and federal education reports and plans. The minute book index cards date from 1920 to 1997 and provide information on actions and subjects discussed during board meetings, the date of the discussions and the resulting actions with dates.


Vocational Education State Plans,
1965-1982.
(4 cartons)

{series #22.135} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically within file topics.

This series contains state plans for vocational-technical education programs, hearings, legislation, annual and five year program provisions, and correspondence. It also contains State Advisory Council for Vocational Education general files that include newsletters, evaluations of programs, and annual reports; meetings agenda and minutes, and members' appointments and lists.


State Board of Private Academic Schools

This Board consists of seven members appointed by the Secretary of Education to monitor the activities of private academic institutions pursuant to Act 290 of 1949 and amendments thereto. The members receive a per diem allowance and reimbursement for expenses. The Board of Private Correspondence Schools, the Board of Private Trade Schools and the Board of Private Business Schools were combined under one Board of Private Licensed Schools by Legislative Act 174 of 1986. The Board of Private Licensed Schools assumed the previous duties of the Board of Private Academic Schools including school licensure and the disposition of student records.


Minutes,
1949-1985.
(1 carton, 3 boxes)

{series #22.31} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the State Board of Private Academic Schools that regulates private academic schools pursuant to Act 290 of 1949 and amendments thereto. Data recorded includes the location, date and time of the meeting; the names of the members present; a brief synopsis of the discussion during the meeting; and the signature of the recording secretary. In addition, the minutes provide a record of licenses issued to private schools and their solicitation agents as well as the certification of private academic school staff and professional personnel.


State Board of Private Business Schools

This Board consists of fifteen members, fourteen of which are appointed by the Secretary of Education and one by the Office of Consumer Protection or his designee to monitor the activities of private licensed business schools pursuant to Act 290 of 1949 and amendments thereto. The members receive a per diem allowance and reimbursement for expenses. The Board of Private Correspondence Schools, the Board of Private Trade Schools and the Board of Private Business Schools were combined under one Board of Private Licensed Schools by Legislative Act 174 of 1986. The Board of Private Licensed Schools assumed the previous duties of the Board of Private Business Schools including school licensure and the disposition of student records.


Minutes,
1948-1986.
(1 carton, 15 folders)


{series #22.32} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the State Board of Private Business Schools. Information provided includes the date, time, and place of the meeting; a list of members present; a synopsis of the discussions during the meeting; and the signature of the board secretary. Topics of discussion include additions or revisions to the Pennsylvania Code, licensing of Private Business Schools, licensing of agents to solicit students, courses of study in Private Business Schools, legislation, qualifications for a director of a Private Business School, and related matters involved with the Board's responsibilities for licensing and regulating Private Business Schools.


State Board of Private Correspondence Schools

The Legislative Act of July 8, 1947 created the State Board that regulated the licensing of private correspondence schools and the registration of agents of such schools for contractual liability. The Board consisted of seven members appointed by the Secretary of Education. The Board of Private Correspondence Schools, the Board of Private Trade Schools and the Board of Private Business Schools were combined under one Board of Private Licensed Schools by Legislative Act 174 of 1986. The Board of Private Licensed Schools assumed the previous duties of the Board of Private Correspondence Schools including school licensure and the disposition of student records.


Minutes,
1951-1986.
(12 folders)

{series #22.33} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of the meeting.

Minutes of the meetings of the Board of Private Correspondence Schools concerning the approval or disapproval of funds for schools and institutes, the approval or disapproval of school licenses, and the designation of those schools which qualified as correspondence schools. Meetings also included discussions on rules and regulations regarding the renewal of licenses, the revocation of licenses, and proposals for changing rules and regulations. The approval or disapproval of the use of various teaching tools, as well as the issue of students' records was also addressed.


State Board of Private Licensed Schools

The Private Licensed Schools Act 174 of December 15, 1986 created the State Board of Private Licensed Schools with the authority to license and regulate private career and trade schools.  The Act protects student records, facilitates investigation of complaints, provides for enforcement action, and facilitates the collection of statistical data on private licensed schools. The purpose of the Board's regulations is to (1)  establish minimum standards and procedures for licensing and registration of schools; (2) determine levels and forms of financial responsibility; (3) establish procedures for denial, suspension, or revocation of licenses or registrations; (4) establish qualifications for instructors and administrators; and (5) establish procedures for the imposition of penalties. 


Annual Reports,
1991-1999.
(7 cartons)

{series #22.186} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Organized by year, and then alphabetically.

Each licensed school filed one of these per year. Information includes institutional and program characteristics, staff, student, and financial information.


Closed School Files,
1974-2003.
(61 cartons)

{series #22.155} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically within each accession.

Files contain applications for licenses and renewals, correspondence, bonds, program and tuition increases, instructors and staff, and various complaints and litigation against schools.


Minutes and Agendas,
1990-1998.
(3 cartons)

{series #22.182} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes and agendas of meetings of the State Board of Private Licensed Schools provide information including the date, time, and place of the meeting; a list of members present; a synopsis of discussions during the meeting, committee reviews and reports, and applications for program approval.


State Board of Private Trade Schools

The Legislative Act of July 8, 1947 created the State Board that regulated the licensing of private trade schools and the registration of agents of such schools for contractual liability. The Board consisted of seven members appointed by the Secretary of Education. The Board of Private Correspondence Schools, the Board of Private Trade Schools and the Board of Private Business Schools were combined under one Board of Private Licensed Schools by Legislative Act 174 of 1986. The Board of Private Licensed Schools assumed the previous duties of the Board of Private Trade Schools including school licensure and the disposition of student records.


Minutes,
1949-89.
(3 cartons)


{series #22.34} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes and agendas of meetings of the State Board of Private Trade Schools. Information found includes a record of attendance, reading and consideration of previous meeting minutes; applications submitted to the Board for action; the establishment of new schools; and discussions of other routine business. The minutes document the activities and actions taken by the Board to regulate private trade schools pursuant to the Private Trade School Act. Topics discussed include applications for licenses, proposed courses of study, length of courses, tuition, soliciting agents, changes of officers or ownership, maximum enrollments, teacher-student ratios, and scholarship grants. [Carton 3 folders 3-25, 3-26, 3-27 contain minutes of the State Board of Private Licensed Schools]


PROFESSIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL BOARDS

The following professional and occupational boards are or were responsible for licensing professionals employed as dentists, medical doctors, osteopathic surgeons, chiropodists, architects, public accountants, funeral directors, midwives, nurses, optometrists, pharmacists, and veterinarians in Pennsylvania.


Dental Council

Effective June 15, 1983, the Dental Council was superseded by the Department of State,
State Dental Council and Examining Board.


Letter Press Book,
1897-1900.

(1 volume)

{series #22.39} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of correspondence.

Indexed alphabetically according to name of addressee.

Letter press book documenting letters sent by the clerk or secretary of the Dental Council in response to inquiries concerning the dental profession. Typical subjects discussed are the dates and locations of dental examinations, regulations applicable to dentistry, licensing procedures for applicants from out of state, application fees, preliminary examinations, and internal Council matters.

Record of Certificates Accepted in Lieu of Preliminary Examination,
1900-1911.
(3 volumes)

{series #22.40} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by institution, and thereunder alphabetically by first letter of surname.

A record kept by the Pennsylvania Dental Council to demonstrate that candidates possessed the educational qualifications required by law to obtain a license to practice dentistry and to matriculate in an approved dental institution. Entries normally list the name, address, and educational credentials of each applicant. Vouchers from State Examiners are pasted into the register and the number of credits earned by the registrant is frequently noted.

Record of Dental Licenses,
1897-1923.
(11 volumes)

{series #22.41} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically, and thereunder numerically by license number.

Certificates signed by the examiners who reported the licentiate as having passed the dental examination. The certificates give the name of the dentist, the date and place where the examination was passed, the date the license was issued, and the agency and officials conferring the license.

Record of Licenses Issued on Licenses from Other States,
1903-1915.
(1 volume)

{series #22.42} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically and thereunder by license number.

A record of licenses issued on the basis of the applicant having already been accepted as a qualified dentist in another state. The certificates show the name of the dentist, the date licensed, the out of state examining board and license number, and the agency and dental council officials conferring the license.

Register of Preliminary Examinations,
1899-1911.
(1 volume)

{series #22.43} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by examination date.

A record of examinations administered by the State Dental Examiners to certify that candidates were qualified in the preliminary branches of education. Normally, lists are found that give the date and location where the applicant was examined, the name of the candidate, and whether a passing or failing grade was received. Some entries note the subjects upon which the individual was tested, the numerical grade attained, and the name of the college or normal school that was attended. Forms recording the date on which the application was processed and the name, residence, college, class, and educational credentials of the candidate are also pasted into the register.

Summary of Examinations,
1897-1971.
(6 volumes)

{series #22.44} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of examination.

A summary of examination scores of applicants applying for dental and dental hygienist licenses giving the date, location and type of examination. The summary also provides the applicant's name and place of residence, test scores on the written examinations, grades for practical work completed, whether the candidate passed or failed, occasional remarks noting the name of the college or university from which the applicant graduated.


Medical Council


Letter Press Books,
1900-1902.
(2 volumes)

{series #22.45} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of correspondence.

The volume dated, January-October, 1900, is indexed alphabetically according to name of addressee.

Letter press books documenting letters sent by the clerk or secretary of the Medical Council in response to inquiries concerning the medical profession. Typical subjects discussed are the dates and locations of medical examinations, the processing of certificates accepted in lieu of preliminary examination, licensing procedures for applicants from out of state, announcements of meetings, forwarding of circulars, and internal Council matters. Statements of fees received from applicants for examinations before the State Medical Examining Board and from applicants seeking certificates on the basis of out of state licenses are also included.

Record of Certificates Accepted in Lieu of Preliminary Examination,
1904-1911.
(3 volumes)

{series #22.46} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically, and thereunder alphabetically by first letter of applicant's surname.

A registry kept by the Medical Council of Pennsylvania to provide proof that candidates for medical study had been qualified in the preliminary branches of education. Entries generally give the name of the applicant, the name of the high school attended, the date of graduation, the date that the certificate was issued, and the name of the examiner approving the certificate. Affidavits from school officials are frequently included.

Record of Licenses Issued on Licenses from Other States,
1894-1904.
(2 volumes)

{series #22.47} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically, and thereunder numerically by license number.

A record of licenses issued on the basis of the applicant having already been accepted as a qualified physician in another state. Entries list the name of the physician, the date licensed, the out of state examining board and license number, and the agency conferring the license. Some certificates are stamped with the official seal of the Medical Council.

Record of Medical Licenses Recommended by Eclectic Medical Society,
1894-1911.
(2 volumes)

{series #22.48} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically, and thereunder numerically by license number.

Copies of medical licenses designated by law to be kept in the office of the Medical Council. The certificates for which the Eclectic Medical Society was the examining board list the name of the physician, the date and place where the examination was passed, the agency conferring the license, and the date the license was issued. Many of the licenses are subscribed by officers of the Medical Council and the physicians who reported the licentiate as having passed the examination.

Record of Medical Licenses Recommended by the Homeopathic Medical Society,
1894-1911.
(2 volumes)

{series #22.49} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically, and thereunder numerically by license number.

Copies of medical licenses for homeopathic physicians designated by law to be kept in the office of the Medical Council. The certificates for which the Homeopathic Medical Society was the examining board list the name of the physician, the date and place where the examination was passed, the agency conferring the license, and the date the license was issued. Licenses are signed bear signatures of the officers of the Medical Council and the official seal of the Medical Council is found on some of the certificates.

Record of Medical Licenses Recommended by State Medical Society,
1894-1911.
(15 volumes)

{series #22.50} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically, and thereunder numerically by license number.

Copies of medical licenses designated by law to be kept in the office of the Medical Council. The certificates for which the State Medical Society was the examining board list the name of the physician; the date and place where the examination was passed; the agency conferring the license; and the date the license was issued. Many of the licenses are subscribed by officers of the Medical Council and the physicians who reported the licentiate as having passed the examination.

Register of Preliminary Examination,
(1896-1911)
(1 volume)

{series #22.51} [Holdings]


Grouped chronologically by date of examination.

A record of examinations administered by the State Medical Examiners as proof that a candidate for medical studies had been qualified in the preliminary branches of education. Entries show the name of the candidate, the medical or normal school that was attended, and information regarding the subjects on which he or she was tested. Forms listing the name, residence, college, class, and educational credentials of the candidate along with the date on which the application was processed are frequently pasted into the registers.


Osteopathic Surgeon's Examining Board


Certificate Book of Osteopathic Surgeons,
1926-1956.
(1 volume)

{series #22.131} [Holdings]


Arranged by license number and chronologically. Indexed by surname.

Copies of licenses issued to Osteopathic Surgeons in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Name of the licensee, date license was issued, school the licensee attended, as well as the names of the officials who signed each license are included in the volume.

Minutes,
1944-1955.
(1 folder)

{series #22.52} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the meetings of the Osteopathic Surgeons' Examining Board documenting the activities and actions taken by the Board to certify osteopathic surgeons and hospitals. Information shown includes the date and location of the meeting, as well as a record of attendance. Topics discussed include: reading and consideration of previous meeting minutes, review and consideration of applications for osteopathic surgeon licenses, training standards, inspection and approval of osteopathic hospitals, date examinations will be offered, examination question preparation, and acceptance of licenses issued out-of-state.


State Board of Chiropody Examiners


Record of Licenses Issued to Chiropodists,
1914-1956.
(1 volume)

{series #22.53} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by surname of chiropodist.

A record of licenses issued to chiropodists by the State Board of Chiropody Examiners between May 12, 1914, and March 15, 1956. Entries give the name, address, and license number of the practitioner and the date that the license was issued. Information such as whether the individual died or had a name change is sometimes noted too.

Record of Applications and Licenses Issued to Chiropodists,
1956-1974.
(2 volumes)

{series #22.54} [Holdings]


Arranged in numerical order by application numbers.

A record of individuals licensed as chiropodists from October 26, 1956 to August 14, 1974. Information provided includes the name and address of the chiropodist; the date of graduation; the name and location of the institution which granted the degree; the date of application and the application number; the date that the license was issued and the license number; and the date that the license fee was paid and the amount. There is space available for recording the person's age and date of examination but it is left blank. As needed, a remarks section was used to indicate the date that the chiropodist died.


State Board of Examiners of Architects

(Effective July 1, 1963, the State Board of Examiners of Architects was transferred from the Department of Education to the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs in the Department of State)


Correspondence of the Board Secretary,
1922-1935.
(1 folder)

{series #22.55} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of correspondence.

Series contains letters to and from the Secretary of the State Board of Examiners of Architects, concerning accreditation of Pennsylvania State University graduates.

Minute Books,
1919-1962.
(2 cartons)

{series #22.56} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

A record of meetings and proceedings of the State Board of Examiners of Architects. Contains information on the dates, locations and the names of those attending meetings; the organization of the Board; the creation and enforcement of rules regulations the architectural profession; and other information relating to the examination and registration of architects. Lists of applicants for registration showing the person's name, address, application number, registration number and particular concerning their training are also found.


State Board of Examiners of Public Accountants

(Prior to June 1, 1929, the State Board of Examiners of Public Accountants was known as the State Board for the Examination of Public Accountants. Effective July 1, 1963, the State Board of Examiners of Public Accountants was transferred from the Department of Education to the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs in the Department of State)


Applications for Certified Public Accountants Certificates,
1899-1900.
(1 folder)

{series #22.57} [Holdings]


Arranged numerically by application number.

Applications submitted to the State Board of Examiners of Public Accountants from May 22, 1899, to April 13, 1900. Information found on the applications includes the name, date of birth, and place of birth of the applicant; the educational training received; the number of years in accounting practice; and the names, occupations, and places of business of persons who vouched for the individual. The signatures of the applicant and the examiners recommending certification also appear on the forms.

Minute Books,
1899-1910, 1916-1949.
(8 volumes)

{series #22.58} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the meetings and proceedings of the State Board of Examiners of Public Accountants. Records include the date and location of the meeting and the names of those in attendance. The minutes document the activities and actions taken by the Board to certify public accountants. Topics discussed include the reading and consideration of previous meeting minutes, the creation and enforcement of rules regulating the accounting profession, and other discussions relating to the examination and registration of accountants. Lists of applicants for registration and examination showing the applicant's name and address regularly appear. Sample examination questions are pasted into the minutes for the year 1899.

Record of Certified Public Accountant Certificates,
1899-1923.
(2 volumes)

{series #22.59} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by certificate date.

Copies of certificates issued to certified public accountants by the Governor. The certificates, which were issued only after the accountants had already been approved by the Board of Examiners, list the name of the person, the county of residence, and the date of issue. The names of the Governor and the Secretary of the Commonwealth are recorded on the certificates, and from 1899 to 1920, their signatures appear as well.

Register of Certified Public Accountants,
1899-1967.
(2 volumes)

{series #22.60} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by certificate number.

A listing of persons registered as certified public accountants by the State Board of Examiners of Public Accountants. Entries list the name and address of the registrant, the certificate number and date, the application number, and the date of examination or approval. Notes concerning whether the individual has died are frequently found as well.


State Board of Funeral Directors

(Under the Health Department from 1935-1959)


Address Book of Branch Offices Issued Licenses,
1915-1963 (bulk 1915-1936)
(1 volume)

{series #22.61} [Holdings]


The book is arranged alphabetically by first letter of surname.

A listing of the names and addresses of undertakers who were issued branch-office licenses to practice in Pennsylvania. The majority of the listings pertain to persons licensed from 1915 to 1936. Entries show the name, address, and license number of the mortician; the certificate number; and the date that the certificate was issued. Information about the changing status of funeral directors, for instance, whether they retired, died, or had their licenses revoked, is periodically indicated as well.

Branch Office Certificate Books,
1915-1959 (bulk 1915-1935).
(3 volumes)

{series #22.62} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically, and thereunder by certificate number.

A record of branch offices issued certificates by the State Board of Funeral Directors (or Undertakers). Consists of certificate stubs which show the certificate number, the date the certificate was issued, and the name and address of the undertaker to whom the certificate was issued. The license number is listed in parenthesis and the date when the person died or the certificate was approved is also sometimes noted.

Minute Books,
1895-1963.
(15 volumes)

{series #22.63} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by the dates of the meeting.

A record of the meetings and proceedings of the State Board of Funeral directors (or Undertakers). Entries list the dates, locations, and the names of those participating in the meetings. Typical subjects discussed or reported upon are the organization of the Board, the establishment of fees, the holding of hearings, and matters dealing with the examination and registration of morticians. Financial reports are regularly recorded and extensive lists of applicants requesting examinations and licenses frequently appear.

Record Book of Cash Receipts and Expenditures,
1924-1935.
(1 volume)

{series #22.64} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of transaction.

A record of money received and spent by the State Board of Funeral Directors (or Undertakers) from April, 1929 to August, 1935. Debit items enumerated include costs for salaries, office supplies, postage, telephones, express, travel, printing, office equipment, and fees refunded. Among credit items listed are savings funds, liberty bonds, interest on bank deposits, interest on liberty bonds, and monies received from various license fees. Monthly accounting reports appear from June, 1929 to August, 1935.


State Board of Medical Education and Licensure

(Known as Bureau of Medical Education and Licensure prior to June 7, 1923. Effective July 1, 1963, the State Board of Medical Education and Licensure was transferred from the Department of Public Instruction to the Professional and Occupational Affairs Commission in the Department of State.)


Book of Midwives,
undated.
(1 volume)

{series #22.65} [Holdings]


Grouped alphabetically by first letter of surname.

This book records the names of 8,649 midwives who practiced in Pennsylvania. An assigned number also appears which probably is the midwife certificate or license number.

Minute Books,
1911-1962.
(7 boxes)

{series #22.66} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the meetings and proceedings of the State Board of Medical Education and Licensure conducted in compliance with the legislative directive that they meet at least twice annually in Harrisburg to transact business. Records include the date and location of the meeting, the names of those in attendance, and a summary of the discussion. Matters discussed are chiefly cases and decisions concerning the revocation, suspension, or restoration of licenses; the licensing of applicants on the basis of endorsement or reciprocity agreements; the formulating of rules and policies regulating medical conduct; the scheduling of examinations; and the reviewing of applications for entry into various medical training programs. Reports on inspections of medical training facilities and lists of Pennsylvania physicians certified to practice medicine in other states are also included.

Record of Licenses Issued on Licenses from Other States,
1912-1963.
(13 volumes)

{series #22.67} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically, and thereunder numerically by license number.

A record of licenses issued by the State Board of Medical Education and Licensure on the basis of the applicant having already been accepted as a qualified physician in another state. Entries list the name of the physician, the date licensed, the examining board that licensed the applicant, and the agency and officials conferring the license. Some certificates also note which state had previously licensed the physician.

Record of Medical Licenses,
1912-1964.
(42 volumes)

{series #22.68} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically and thereunder numerically by license number.

Copies of medical licenses designated by law to be retained in the archives of the Department of Public Instruction. The certificates list the name of the physician, the date the license was issued, and the names of the agency and of officials conferring the license.

Register of Physicians,
1870-1917.
(3 volumes)

{series #22.69} [Holdings]


Prior to 1913 entries are arranged in strict alphabetical order but after 1913 they are only grouped alphabetically by surnames.

A record of physicians who were registered in Pennsylvania from 1870 to 1917. Normally, the doctor's name, license number (from 1895 onward), postal address, county where registered, and date of registration are given. Oftentimes information concerning the death or change of address of the practitioner is included.


State Board of Nurse Examiners

(Known as State Board of Examiners for Registration of Nurses prior to 1951. Effective July 1, 1963, the State Board of Nurse Examiners was transferred from the Department of Public Instruction to the Professional and Occupational Affairs Commission in the Department of State.)



Licensed Practical Nurse Registration Book,
1923-1965.
(1 box)

{series #22.70} [Holdings]


Arranged numerically by certificate number.

A record of Licensed Practical Nurses registered by the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners for Nurses from February 9, 1923 to December 23, 1965. The book is arranged by certificate number and lists the certificate number, applicant's name, and the date certificate granted. The book also reveals whether the applicant was registered by examination, waiver, or endorsement.

Minute Books,
1909-1963.
(3 cartons)

{series #22.71} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by the date of the meeting.

Minutes of the meetings and proceedings of the State Board of Examiners for Registration of Nurses. Records include the date and location of the meeting, the names of those in attendance, and a summary of the discussion. Matters discussed include the organization of the board; the formulating of rules and policies regulating the nursing profession; and other data relating to the training, examination and registration of nurses. Reports of the various officers and committees of the Board and extensive lists of newly registered nurses and accredited training facilities are also included.

Nurse Registration Books,
1909-1925.
(2 volumes)

{series #22.72} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by registration number. Numbers 1 through 9965 are found in the first register and numbers 9966 through 19977 in the second.

A record of nurses registered by the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners for Nurses from August 10, 1909, to April 21, 1925. The books are arranged by registration number and usually specify the name and postal address of the registrant, the school where trained, the graduation date, and the registration date. Information such as whether an applicant was registered on the basis of a reciprocity agreement with another state is also sometimes noted.

Registered Nurse Certificate Books,
1917-1969.
(7 volumes)

{series #22.73} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by certificate number.

T his series contains a listing of individuals certified as either Licensed Attendants or Registered Nurses. The records for 1917 through September 9, 1923 include the individual's name and date certified but do not list a certificate number. The records from September 10, 1923 through 1969 give the certificate number, the individual's name, and date certified.


State Board of Optometrical Examiners

(Known as State Board of Examiners of Optometrical Education, Examination and Licensure prior to 1923.)



Minutes,
1925-1963.
(1 carton)

{series #22.74} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the meetings of the State Board of Optometrical Examiners. Information provided includes the date, time, and place of the meeting; a list of the names of members present; and a synopsis of the topics discussed during the meetings. Topics of discussion include resolutions, investigations, and punishments issued for such violations as having an unapproved branch office, practicing without a current license or late registration fees. Other topics include pending cases, the creation and enforcement of rules regulating the profession, examination questions and committees, and the election of officers. One topic of note is the push to make vision examinations part of the motor vehicle licensing process. In addition, the Board considered the qualifications of applicants and decided whether they were accepted or rejected and approved Branch Office Applications. Secretary's Reports and financial statements are also included.

Optometrical Licenses,
1918-1970.
(2 cartons)

{series #22.75} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by the date the license was issued.

Copies of licenses issued to optometrists by the State Board of Optometrical Education, Examination, and Licensure. Pertinent information found includes the name and address (city, state, and county) of the optometrist, the date of licensing, and in some instances comments about whether the licensee died or had his or her certificate revoked.


State Board of Osteopathic Examiners


Deceased Osteopath File,
[ca. 1909-1954].
(1 box)

{series #22.76} [Holdings]


Arranged numerically by certificate number.

Consists of the certificates of Osteopath surgeons classified as deceased. Each file usually consists of a Certificate of Osteopathic Education, a Certificate of Character, an Application for License to Practice Osteopathy, and any other supporting material. Data shown on the application include the osteopath's name, date of birth, legal address, educational credentials, and application (license) number. From 1910 onward, a photograph of the individual is also present.

Minutes,
1909-1963.
(1 volume, 12 folders)

{series #22.77} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by the date of the meeting.

A record of the meetings and proceedings of the State Board of Osteopathic Examiners. Information provided includes the date, time, place of the meeting; a list of the names of members present; and a synopsis of the topics discussed during the meeting. Topics of discussion include the creation and enforcement of rules regulating the Osteopathic profession, data relating to the examination and licensing of Osteopaths, and of applicants whose registration was denied. Also frequently found are correspondence to and from the Board.

Record of Osteopathic Licenses,
1956-1963.
(4 volumes)

{series #22.78} [Holdings]


Arranged numerically by license number.

A record of qualified Osteopathic Examiners licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Examiners. The register includes the Osteopath's name, date approved, and the signatures of the Board members and the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Most records include a note stating if the applicant was licensed according to a particular act or reciprocity.

Record Book of Osteopaths,
1909-1957.
(4 volumes)

{series #22.79} [Holdings]
Arranged chronologically by application date, and thereunder by numerically application number.

A record of osteopaths licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Examiners. Usually, entries show the application date and number; the name, address, and age of the practitioner; the school that was attended; the graduation date; the license number and date; and the fee paid. Information such as the date that the person died, the grade attained on the licensing examination, and whether the applicant was licensed on the basis of a reciprocity agreement with another state sometimes is recorded as well.


State Board of Pharmacy

(Known as State Pharmaceutical Examining Board, 1887-1917; and as the Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy, 1917-1923. Effective July 1, 1963, the Board was transferred to the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs in the Department of State.)


Cash Books,
1917-1932.
(2 volumes)

{series #22.80} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically.

The Secretary's account of money spent and received by the State Board of Pharmacy. Contains data on such debit and credit items as salaries, expense accounts, travel vouchers, printing costs, requisitions, fees received, fines collected, and appropriations.

Index of Qualified Assistants,
1887-1941.
(2 volumes)

{series #22.81} [Holdings]


Grouped alphabetically by first letter of surname.

An index listing the names and registration numbers of assistant pharmacists certified to practice in Pennsylvania. The indices only provide the name and registration number of the persons, no other personal information is provided.

Minute Books,
1887-1960.
(4 cartons)

{series #22.82} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by the date of the meeting.

Series contains minutes of the meetings and proceedings of the State Board of Pharmacy. Information provided includes: the date, time and location of meetings; a list of members present; and a synopsis of the topics discussed during the meetings. Topics of discussion include the organization of the Board, the rules and regulations governing the pharmacy profession, and information relating to the registration of drug stores, pharmacists, assistant pharmacists, and apprentices. Prior to 1955, the names of newly recognized pharmacists are recorded, along with the grades they earned on examinations. Financial and activity reports of various officers of the Board, as well as accounts of prosecutions and hearings, are also included.

Pharmacist Index,
1887-1967.
(3 volumes)

{series #22.83} [Holdings]


Grouped alphabetically by by first letter of pharmacist's surname.

This series records the names of pharmacists licensed in Pennsylvania and their registration numbers. Registration numbers 1 through 10727 are found in the 1887-1913 Index, numbers 10728 through 21194 in the 1914-1952 Index, and numbers 21195 through 25736 in the 1952-1967 Index.

Pharmacy Apprentice Index,
[ca. 1929-1965].
(1 volume)

{series #22.84} [Holdings]


Grouped alphabetically by apprentice's surname.

An index to the Registration Books of Pharmacy Apprentices {series #22.91} [Holdings], containing registration numbers 2259 through 14656. The index provides the names of pharmacy apprentices licensed in Pennsylvania and their registration numbers.

Prosecution Book,
1925-1936.
(1 volume)

{series #22.85} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of prosecution.

A record of fines levied by the Board against businesses, owners, pharmacists and other persons for the following violations: unlawful use of title; operating without a permit; allowing unregistered persons to dispense drugs; unregistered person dispensing drugs; false affidavits; and violations of the Apprentice Act. Entries normally show the date, the title and location of the business; the names of those charged; the nature of the charge; the fine imposed; the date when the fine was paid; and the name of the person who received the payment. Such information as the magistrate's address, the amount of bail and court costs, and whether a hearing was waived is also oftentimes included as well.

Questionnaire Index of Pharmacy Apprentices,
1905-1925.
(1 volume)

{series #22.86} [Holdings]


Grouped alphabetically by first letter of pharmacy apprentice's surname.

A record of apprentices whose experiences began prior to the passage of the Pharmacy Apprentice Act of April 27, 1925. Entries list the apprentice's name and registration number, the city of residence, and the date when the apprenticeship began.

Record Book of Examinations,
1953-1962.
(2 volumes)

{series #22.87} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of examination, and thereunder alphabetically by the name of the place where the examination took place.

This series contains statistical charts and data concerning the theoretical and practical examinations conducted in Pharmaceutics at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, and Duquesne University. Entries usually list the type, number, date, and location of the examination, the name of the examinee, whether the privilege to practice pharmacy was granted or not, and other diverse information relating to processing exams.

Record of Permits Issued to Operate Drug Stores,
1922-1924.
(1 volume)

{series #22.88} [Holdings]


Grouped alphabetically by first letter of the name of operator, and thereunder arranged numerically by record book and permit number.

A record of permits issued to drug stores by the Director, Bureau of Permits (known as the Director, Bureau of Drug Store Registration after June 1924) of the State Board of Pharmacy. Entries list the permit number, the name of the store or druggist, and the address of the establishment. Asterisks are used to signify owners who either are not pharmacists or who are only assistant pharmacists and notations frequently appear which indicate if a business was dissolved, sold or moved.

Registration Books for Assistant Pharmacists,
1887-1978.
(3 volumes)

{series #22.89} [Holdings]


Arranged numerically by registration number.

A record of qualified assistant pharmacists registered with the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy. A typical listing contains the registration number, name, address, county of residence, and age of the applicant; the amount of experience in the profession; and the date of registration. Prior to 1899 the registers have renewal dates and state whether the assistant was examined or in practice before May 24, 1887. The examination grades earned by the registrants are recorded from November 25, 1907, onwards, and after June 30, 1922, a preliminary certificate number was assigned. From 1963 to 1978, a record of the registrant's examination scores and the college that he or she attended appears in lieu of professional experience.

Registration Books for Pharmacists,
1887-1963.
(5 volumes)

{series #22.90} [Holdings]


Arranged numerically by registration number.

A record of persons registered as pharmacists by the Commonwealth. Entries ordinarily show the registration number and date, the name and address of the pharmacist, and the county of residence. Prior to 1911 the registers list renewal dates and whether a registrant was examined or in practice prior to May 24, 1887. After June 29, 1911, the registers record the age of the individual, the college attended and the grades attained. Information such as whether a pharmacist was registered because of a reciprocal agreement with another state or whether the registrant has died or moved is periodically indicated as well.

Registration Books for Pharmacy Apprentices,
[ca. 1925-1965].
(4 volumes)

{series #22.91} [Holdings]

Entries for the 1925 to 1929 Registration Book are grouped alphabetically by the apprentice's surname and are indexed internally. The volumes covering the period 1929 to 1965 are arranged numerically by certificate number.

Indexed externally in Pharmacy Apprentice Index {series #22.84} [Holdings].

A record of pharmacy apprentices registered with the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy. Information found usually includes the name and address of the applicant, the certificate number, the application or commencement of experience date, and the certification date. Also included is information about penalties and fines levied on applicants by the Board.


State Board of Registered Professionals Examiners


Ledger of Registered Professionals,
1938-1953.
(1 volume)

{series #22.210} [Holdings]


Arranged by profession in volume.

Ledger tracks the names of individuals who registered with the state as professionals within their profession including: chiropractors (DT), chiropodists (C), and surveyors (S). Some letter codes were not decifered. The ledger maintains minimal information generally limited to names and dates. Columns with other information are minmally labeled and the information gathered changes from profession to profession.


State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

(Effective July 1, 1963, the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners was transferred to the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs in the Department of State.)


Minutes,
1914-1962.
(2 boxes)

{series #22.92} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of the meeting.

Minutes of the meetings and proceedings of the State Board of Veterinary Medicine. Information provided includes the date, time and location of meetings; a list of the names of members present; and a synopsis of the topics discussed during the meeting. Topics of discussion include the organization of the Board, the rules and regulations governing the veterinary profession, pending legislation affecting veterinary medicine, and examination questions. The Board also considered the qualifications of applicants and whether they were accepted or rejected. Updates regarding investigations, prosecutions, and hearings, mostly related to practicing without a license, are also included.

Register of Animal Castrators,
1916-1931.
(1 volume)

{series #22.93} [Holdings]


Arranged numerically by certificate numbers.

This series contains a listing of those individuals licensed to perform animal castrations. Data provided includes the name, date of birth or age, address, and county of residence of the animal castrator; the date the affidavit was filed; and the date the registration fee was paid. Some entries contain remarks noting whether the individual was deceased, retired, or had the license revoked.

Veterinary Registration Books,
1905-1961.
(5 volumes)

{series #22.94} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by certificate numbers.

A record of the registration of veterinarians by the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Information recorded varies with the time period. The early books give the registrant's name, address (including county), and date of birth; the college of graduation and the dates attended; the certificate number (during the 1930's); the date and county of first registration; and the dates that the registration fees were paid. The more modern books do not record the birth date (after 1951), data regarding first registration (from the 1940's on), or the dates fees were paid. As needed, however, the date that the person died is recorded somewhere on the registration page.


State Dental Council and Examining Board

(Known as the State Dental Council and Examining Board; superseded the Dental Council prior to June 15, 1923.)


Record of Dental Licenses,
1923-1965.
(3 cartons)

{series #22.95} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically, and thereunder numerically by license number.

This series consists of recorded copies of dental licenses designated by law to be kept in the archives of the Department of Public Instruction. The certificates were subscribed by each of the examiners who reported the licentiate as having passed the dental examination and give the name of the dentist, the date and place where the examination was passed, the date the license was issued, and the names of the agencies and officials conferring the license.


Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1874-1969

The Superintendent of Public Instruction was the head of the old Department of Public Instruction and also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the State Board of Education that was created in 1963 to implement the School District Reorganization Act of 1963 (Act 299) under which the Commonwealth's 2,056 school districts were consolidated into 466 by 1966. In 1969 this post was superseded by that of the Secretary of Education.


Annual Reports of High Schools,
1898-1919.
(17 cartons)

{series #22.96} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by county, thereunder alphabetically by name of school and thereunder chronologically.

Annual reports filed by high schools with the Department of Public Instruction. Information contained in the reports includes the number of months in the year that the school was open, the number of who were pupils enrolled broken down by gender, the number of students who graduated, the number of teachers employed, and the number of pupils studying each subject.

Annual Reports of School Districts,
1897-1919.
(16 cartons)

{series #22.97} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by county, thereunder alphabetically by name of school, and thereunder chronologically.

Annual reports filed by each school district with the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Information given includes the number of schools in the district, the number of years in the course of study; the number of scholars, the district tax rate, treasurer's receipts, the number of months in the year the school was open, the number of pupils enrolled by gender, the number of students graduating, the number of teachers employed, and the number of pupils studying each subject.

Applications for Teaching Certificates,
1866-1922.
(32 cartons)

{series #22.98} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by first letter of teacher's surname.

Applications for permanent, provisional, temporary, special, and temporary special continuation teaching certificates submitted to the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The type of information given varies with the forms utilized. Application forms for provisional college certification provide the name, age, address, county of residence, and college of the candidate; the college courses that he or she studied; the date that the diploma was issued; and the dates that the application was received and the certificate granted. Application forms for permanent certification, on the other hand, usually only indicate the name, address, semesters of teaching experience, and school district of the applicant; the date that the application was received; and the date that certification was granted.

Attendance Tables, Elementary and Secondary,
1925-1932.
(12 volumes)

{series #22.172} [Holdings]

Grouped by county and then by school district.

Pennsylvania School Attendance and Enrollment Tables and Data, 1925-1932 for kindergarten, primary and secondary schools. Includes number of days in term, census by age of pupil, sex, transfers, enrollments, attendances, absences, excused, unlawful notices served, arrests and convictions.

Audits of School Districts,
1964-1966, 1976.
(2 boxes)

{series #22.203} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by county and thereunder by school district.

Audits primarily of school districts (1964-1966) including an audit of the Office of State Planning and Development (1976). Audits were performed by the state Auditor General Office. Audits consist of receipts of state and federal reimbursements, subsidies, and/or payments pertaining to expenditures for the school year ended. Records were initially housed at the State Library, and original library catalog cards are included and audit files are cross-referenced to card numbers.

Common School Warrant Ledgers,
1903-1923.
(2 boxes, 20 volumes)

{series #22.162} [Holdings]

Grouped by county and then by school district.

This series contains ledgers with school district information such as appropriations, number of warrants, taxables, treasurers, post offices, and the number of children and teachers.

Correspondence of the Post-War Education Committee of the State Council of Education and the Post-War Planning Commission,
1943-1947.
(9 folders)

{series #22.99} [Holdings]


Arranged by alphabetically by name of organization and thereunder grouped chronologically by year.

This series contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, and plans and procedures that outline the organization, responsibilities, activities and goals of the Post-War Planning Commission and the Post-War Education Committee. Topics addressed by the documents include funding, literacy, vocational training, education, memorials, counseling, employment, school facilities, and readjustment of veterans and civilians to a peacetime economy.

Correspondence, Reports, Papers, and Miscellaneous Records Relating to the Governor's Committee on Education,
1959-1963.
(2 boxes)

{series #22.100} [Holdings]


Grouped by type of documentation.

This series contains the files of the Governor's Committee on Education and its task forces that were created to make comprehensive recommendations to improve educational programs in Pennsylvania from kindergarten through the college level. The files contain correspondence, reports, background materials, membership lists, statistics and recommended legislation focusing on the topics of curriculum, reorganization of school districts, teacher training, school administration, guidance counseling, school construction, higher education and funding.

Departmental Reorganization File,
1952-1966.
(1 box)

{series #22.101} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of reorganization.

This series documents personnel and organizational changes in the Department of Public Instruction. Included in this series are memoranda, organizational charts, position descriptions, and resolutions describing the organizational makeup of the department. Changes discussed include the addition, deletion, and reassignment of divisions, bureaus, and administrators. The records also describe the duties and responsibilities of divisions, bureaus, administrators, and staff.

General and Administrative Correspondence,
1936-1964.
(8 cartons)

{series #22.102} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by subject, and thereunder chronologically by date of correspondence.

Correspondence, reports, and committee and conference records of policy actions taken by the State Board and materials relating to annexation. Major topics include the Master Plan for Education in Pennsylvania, 1967; the Herald-Hobson Report on Off-Campus Centers in Pennsylvania, 1968; and the Annexation (change of boundary) Files, ca. 1959-1970. Materials relating to these topics include a report of progress on a master plan for higher education, 1966; a copy of the Herald-Hobson Report, along with a contract and history of the study, transcripts of public hearings, and recommendations approved; and the papers of the annexation files, including correspondence, maps, and court orders regarding changes to school district's boundaries.

Journals of Meetings and Annual Reports of the State Council of Education,
1938, 1941-1961.
(16 volumes)

{series #22.103} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

This series contains agendas and minutes of the meetings and the annual reports of the State Council of Education. Each volume lists the dates of the meetings and the legal fields of responsibility for the Council. Information provided by the minutes includes the date, time and location of the meeting; a list of the names of members present; and a synopsis of the topics discussed during the meeting. Topics of discussion include annexations, county and state plans, curriculum, teacher and program certification, school buildings, research projects, funding, vocational education, policies, and teacher education. Exhibits such as correspondence, financial statements, and reports that relate to the topics discussed are included with the agendas and minutes.

The annual reports cover the past school year and list the Council's members with the expiration dates of their term, the standing committees and their membership, the organization of the Council, and the dates of the past years meetings. Contents covered by the reports include the state school fund, school consolidations and mergers, closed schools, teacher certification and education, handicapped children, vocational education, scholarships, school buildings, illiteracy, and other pending problems.

Legal and Financial Papers Relating to State Normal Schools,
1910-1925.
(1 carton)

{series #22.104} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of institution.

This series contains miscellaneous reports, correspondence, legal agreements, property and building descriptions, and statements detailing the financial obligations of each institution prior to purchase by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The records document teacher salaries, accounts payable, mortgages, assets, and outstanding notes and bonds. Some records include maps of the buildings and grounds.

Minutes, Correspondence, and Exhibits Relating to the Investigation of the Department of Public Instruction by the Joint Legislative Committee on Finances,
1932-1934.
(2 boxes)

{series #22.106} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of record, either minutes, exhibits or correspondence. Minutes are arranged chronologically by date of meeting. Exhibits are arranged in numerical order. Correspondence is arranged chronologically by date created.

Minutes, correspondence, and exhibits relating to the investigation of the Department of Public Instruction by the Joint Legislative Committee on Finances. Areas investigated by the committee include the nature of the departmental organization, the functions performed, and staff salaries; teacher salaries; teacher preparation colleges; the over-abundance of students being trained to be teachers; costs of maintaining school buildings; and school funding. Exhibits include summaries of duties of the department and the bureaus, financial information, organizational charts, employee and salary rosters, reorganization proposals, reports, publications, purchasing procedures, teacher placement and education summaries, curricula, enrollment, and graduation and tuition information on colleges and universities. Suggestions to improve education and reduce spending discussed by the committee and the department included cutting personnel, closing colleges dedicated to training teachers, cutting salaries, reorganizing the Department, and reorganizing public schools.

Minutes (Journals) of the State Council of Education and the State Board of Vocational Education,
1944, 1953-1963.
(2 cartons)

{series #22.107} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of the meeting.

Minutes of the meetings and proceedings of the State Council of Education and the State Board for Vocational Education. Information provided includes the date, time and location of meetings; a list of the names of members present; and a synopsis of the topics discussed during the meetings. Topics of discussion include county educational plans, annexations, school sites, curriculum, teacher education, higher education, certification, funding, research projects, and legislation.

Minutes, Reports and Correspondence Relating to Vocational Education and the State Board for Vocational Education.
1914-1959.
(3 cartons)


{series 22.108} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of record, either minutes, reports or correspondence. Minutes and reports are arranged chronologically. Correspondence is grouped by subject and thereunder arranged chronologically by date of correspondence.

This series contains minutes, reports, and correspondence providing information on the goals, accomplishments and challenges of vocational education programs in Pennsylvania. The minutes are from a board meeting on March 2, 1950 discussing reports, amendments to the state plan, and the Five-year Vocational Agriculture Program. The reports include annual financial and statistical reports to the Federal Board for Vocational Education, 1918-1959, and annual reports to the governor, 1958-1959. The correspondence relate to three matters: communications to and from the Federal Board for Vocational Education, 1927-1932 and 1948, regarding expenditures and funding; items to and from the Director of Vocational Education, 1955-1959, discussing such topics as curriculum, admissions, funding, personnel, school health acts, adult education, vocational programs, and national conferences; and finally, Vocational Teacher Education Budgets requests, amendments, and funding questions to and from local administrators, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the State Board for Vocational Education, 1922-2938 and 1942-1956.

Miscellaneous Reports,
1946, 1955-1971.
(2 cartons)

{series #22.109} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of report.

This series is comprised of reports filed with the Superintendent of Public Instruction relevant to elementary, secondary and higher education in Pennsylvania. Topics covered by the reports include curricula, state colleges and universities, special education, vocational education, the Master Plan of Higher Education, library standards, and Project Upward Bound.

National Farm School Jubilee,
1946.
(1 box)

{series #22.159} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by date of letter.

The National Farm School was a private school for Jewish boys. This series is comprised of letters and newsclippings related to the National Farm School Jubilee, celebrated nationally in 1946. Included is one congratulatory letter written by President Harry S. Truman to Leon Merz, Chairman of the Board, National Farm School, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.


One Room School File,
1932-1938.
(7 folders)

{series #22.110} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year of report, and arranged thereunder in reverse chronological order by date of report.

This is a record of permits issued by the Department of Public Instruction to school districts granting permission to continue using a one room school. Information provided from the permit includes the name of the secretary of the school district, the name and county of the school district, the name of the school permitted, and the school year. In addition, the nine conditions that the school must meet to remain certified are listed. Also found in the record is a list of schools for which permits had been granted for their continuance after having been closed because they failed to meet the required average daily attendance of ten or more students.

Record Book of City, Borough, or Township Superintendents,
1866-1908.
(1 volume)

{series #22.111} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by name of the city or borough, and thereunder chronologically by date superintendent took office.

This record lists the superintendents who administered the local school districts on behalf of the city, borough or township. Information listed for each superintendent includes their name and post office address, date of election, date of commission, salary, and remarks as to whether the superintendent resigned and the name of the person who assumed the position upon resignation.

Record Book of County Superintendents,
1854-1918.
(1 volume)

{series #22.112} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by name of the county, and thereunder chronologically.

This record lists the superintendents who administered the county schools from 1854 through 1918. Information listed for each superintendent includes their name and post office address, the date of election, the date of commission, the number of schools in the district, the salary; and remarks as to whether the superintendent resigned and the name of the person who assumed the position upon resignation.

Records Examinations for Permanent Certificates,
1897-1919.
(2 cartons)

{series #22.113} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by name of county, and thereunder chronologically by date of examination.

This series contains the record of the examination results of applicants for teaching certificates filed with the Department of Public Instruction. Information contained on the forms includes the names of the members of the examining committee including the chairman and secretary; the number of applicants; the number of applications approved; the names, and sometimes, the address of the applicants; the number of terms each applicant taught; each applicant's examination score as well as their percentage marks in each of several subjects including spelling, reading, writing, arithmetic, history, government, hygiene, algebra, geography, and pedagogy; and finally, either the number of the certificate issued or the date the certificate was issued to each successful applicant.

Record Books of Permanent Teaching Certificates,
1868-1908.
(2 volumes)

{series #22.114} [Holdings]


Arranged numerically by certificate number.

Indexed internally, alphabetically by the first letter of the applicant's surname.

A record of the persons granted teaching certificates by the State Board of Education. Entries for the 1868-1896 volume include the recipient's name, post office, and county of residence; the date the certificate was issued; the Pennsylvania School Journal volume and page relating to the recipient's certification; and oftentimes, a description of the subjects studied. The 1897-1908 volume only gives the recipient's name, post office, and county of residence; the date the certificate was issued; and a list of the subjects studied.

Record Book of State Certificates for College Graduates,
1893-1911.
(1 volume)

{series #22.115} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by certificate numbers.

A registry of college graduates who were granted certificates to teach by the State Board of Education. Information given includes the name, post office, and county of the teacher; the name of the college attended; the degree received; and the date the certificate was issued.

Reports of Degree Granting Institutions to the State Council of Education,
1938.
(8 cartons)

{series #22.116} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of institution.

This series contains various types of reports submitted by each degree granting institution to the Department of Public Instruction. The reports of the Dean of Women and Dean of Men include information on student housing, staff, the nature of guidance counseling offered, extra-curricular activities, and scholarships given. The report of the Director of Student Health includes information on organization, facilities, staff, services and patients. The report of the Treasurer includes information on income, expenditures, finances, and recapitulation. The report of the Superintendent of Building and Grounds includes information on the number of acres owned, number of buildings and their purposes, laboratories, fire hazards, and needed improvements. The report of the Director of Student Teaching includes information on the number of master teachers and their experience, expenditures for training, number of student teachers, and requirements for student teaching. The report of the Dean of Arts and Sciences includes information on curriculum offerings, and degrees conferred. The report of the Librarian includes information on personnel, holdings, use of library, and financial support. The report of the Registrar includes information on admission requirements, distribution of students (by division), graduation requirements, and career placement services. The report of the President includes the purpose of the school's existence, institutional philosophy, needs of the institution, staff levels, and retirement benefits. There are also Faculty Information Blanks for each member of the faculty which includes name, sex, department, subjects taught, rank, education, experience, salary, teaching load, and publications completed.

Records of Department Superintendents,
1932-1933, 1935-1964.
(12 cartons)

{series #22.117} [Holdings]


Grouped by the first letter of the surname of the superintendent, grouped thereunder by type of record, and thereunder chronologically by year of document.

Records collected by various Superintendents of the Department of Public Instruction, including speeches, correspondence, minutes, and reports. The majority of the documents date from the administration of Francis Haas, 1939-1955. Other superintendents represented are James Rule, 1932-1933; Lester Kade, 1935-1939, and Charles Boehm, 1956-1964.
Some of the items contained include the reports of county superintendents, 1948-1954; reports of higher institutions of learning, 1936-1945; and other reports on area college centers, library activities during World War II, and the Investigation of Mansfield State College. Topics discussed in the correspondence include Work Projects Administration (W.P.A.) activities, William Penn Commemoration Commission, Committee on Post High School Education, Mansfield State Teacher's College, national defense, legislation, State Board of Education, and the United States Department of Education. Minutes are found for the Board of Presidents of State Colleges, 1954-1956; Area College Center Commission, 1947; and the Executive Committee, 1946.

Reports of High School Inspections,
1900-1917.
(1 carton)

{series #22.118} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by county, thereunder alphabetically by name of school, and thereunder chronologically by date of report.

These inspection reports were filed annually with the Superintendent of Pubic Instruction and give the name of the school and the date of the inspection. The reports include a description of the school's physical condition; the names, experience and salary of faculty; available courses of study; statistical information on the library including the number of volumes, whether a dictionary and encyclopedia was present, and whether there is access to a public library; laboratory apparatus and its value; student enrollment statistics by grade level; miscellaneous information on needs, school spirit, and average age of graduates; and recommendations for improvement.

Reports of Intermediate Units,
1966-1970.
(1 carton)

{series #22.119} [Holdings]


Arranged chronologically by year of report, and grouped thereunder by subject or topic.

This series contains plans, reports, transcripts, position papers, case studies, regulations, proposed legislation, house and senate bills, and correspondence regarding efforts to create a system of Intermediate Units within Pennsylvania.

Retrenchment in State Colleges and Universities,
1975-1976.
(1 carton)

{series #22.158} [Holdings]


Grouped by topic.

This series contains tenure commission reports, retrenchment guidelines, correspondence and plans for state colleges and universities within Pennsylvania.

School District Annexation and Appropriation File,
1924-1966.
(18 cartons)

{series #22.120} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by school district.

Correspondence, requisitions, court documents, agreements, financial statements, reports, petitions, and hearing minutes relating to proposals for and opposition against creating new school districts, school construction, and the location of new schools.

Twelve Old Papers Concerning Early Educational History in Pennsylvania,
1805-1834.
(1 box)

{series#22.164} [Holdings]

Arranged by item number.

Contains twelve original letters and transcripts of each, referring to education in various towns and cities of the Commonwealth, dating between 1805 and 1834. These were compiled by Dr. Fransic B. Haas, Superindendent of Public instruction, ca. 1952-1955, for publication. Manuscript versions of the article in question are included.

Twenty Five Year Reports of County and District Superintendents,
1900-1925.
(1 volume)

{series #22.121} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by name of county or district.

Reports submitted by the county or district superintendent at the request of the Department of Public Instruction to correlate with similar reports that had been completed in 1877 and 1900. The purpose of the reports was to call attention to noteworthy achievements, specific epochs of change and progress, important dates, outstanding personages, and other information showing what had been accomplished and the nature of future needs. Information discussed in the reports includes enrollment and teacher statistics, the status of school facilities and equipment, district organization, growth of high school (secondary) education, teacher training, curriculum development, and funding for education. Some of the reports also include information on parochial schools, academies and colleges.

William Penn Tercentenary Committee Files,
1944-1947.
(4 boxes)

{series #22.122} [Holdings]


Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by first letter of the surname of the recipient or the author, subject files are arranged by topic, and the general files are unarranged.

This series consists of the correspondence, subject, and general files of the Secretary of the William Penn Tercentenary Committee and documents the level of statewide interest in celebrating the life and contributions of William Penn. The correspondence and general files consist mainly of correspondence asking for information on William Penn; information on commemorative activities, films, and publications; requests for a copy of Remember William Penn; or letters thanking the committee for sending a copy of Remember William Penn. The subject files cover legislation and proclamations, press releases, activities and events, articles and speeches, outline and background materials for Remember William Penn.


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