Log In | Contact Us | View Cart (0 items)
Home Collections Digital Content Subjects Creators

George Barrell Emerson Correspondence

Overview

Abstract

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Folder 1



Contact us about this collection

George Barrell Emerson Correspondence | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Printer-friendly Printer-friendly | Email Us Contact Us About This Collection

Collection Overview

Title: George Barrell Emerson CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.

Predominant Dates: 1847

Collection Identifier: MS f Am. 142

Primary Creator: George Barrell Emerson, 1789-1881

Extent: 19.0 Items

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Subjects: Boston Public Schools – History., School Libraries — United States.

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection contains nineteen letters written to George Barrell Emerson in 1847 in response to a circular letter sent to schools in Boston, inquiring about the state of their libraries.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains ninteeen letters written to George Barrell Emerson in 1847 in response to a circular letter sent to schools in Boston, inquiring about the state of their libraries.  The responses indicate whether the school presently has a library, whether the library in question has its own shelf space or is contained in a separate room, the cost of books currently held by the school, the desirability of a library for the exclusive use of teachers, the type of books owned by the school, and titles of books the school would like to possess. Several letters also specify the requirements their school necessitates to move from one class level up to the next.

Collection Historical Note

George Barrell Emerson (1789-1881) was born in Wells, Maine, and graduated from Harvard in 1817. Shortly after graduating, he became headmaster of private boy’s academy in Lancaster, Massachusetts and later became the first headmaster of the English high school for boys in Boston. In 1823 he opened a private school for girls in Boston, which he ran till 1855, when he retired from the teaching profession.

Subject/Index Terms

Boston Public Schools – History.
School Libraries — United States.

Administrative Information

Repository: Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

Preferred Citation: George Barrell Emerson Correspondence, MS f Am. 142. Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees/Rare Books.

Processing Information: Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts staff.

Finding Aid Revision History: Updated by Anna Lawrence, March 2015.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Folder:

[Folder 1],
[All]

Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Parker, Richard Green, 1798-1869: A.L.S. to George B. Emerson; Johnson School [Boston], 17 September 1847Add to your cart.
Requests a few reference books in addition to the dictionaries and encyclopedias already donated to the school, and a space in which to house the materials, in order to create a reference library for the use of students. Feels no need for a teacher’s only library. 1 s. (3 p.)
Item 2: Field, Barnum, 1796-1851: A.L.S. to George B. Emerson; [Franklin School] Boston, 20 September 1847Add to your cart.

States that the previous library burned down and the school is in need of some critical reference books such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and gazetteer for use by pupils and teachers. Requests $100 worth of materials from previous library to be replaced.

1 s. (4 p.)

Item 3: Philbrick, John Dudley, 1818-1886: A.L.S. to George B. Emerson; [Quincy School] Boston, 20 September 1847Add to your cart.

Declares that there is no library currently in the school, but he would be amenable to the gift of reference materials, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and gazetteers, for the use of pupils in their new school house.

1 s. (4 p.)

Item 4: Andrews, Abraham: A.L.S. to George B. Emerson; Bowdoin School; [Boston], 20 September 1847Add to your cart.
States that there is no library currently in the school, but believes there should be a library available in every school for the use of pupils and teachers. Would like 50 or 100 volumes to begin a library, including reference materials, history books, and poetry.  1 s. (4 p.)
Item 5: Barrett, Samuel: A.L.S. to George B. Emerson; Adams School [Boston], 20 September 1847Add to your cart.
Replies that there is a small library in the school, mainly consisting of fiction, but the school would like additional reference volumes for consultation by both students and teachers in the classroom. 1 s. (3 p.)
Item 6: Ordway, Aaron L: A.L.S. to George B. Emerson; Lyman School; East Boston, 21 September 184Add to your cart.
Answers that there is a library with $100 worth of books which has been of great use to the students, but he would like additional reference volumes. Suggests the hiring of a pupil as a library assistant. 1 s. (4 p.)
Item 7: Bates, Joshua, 1810-1888: A.L.S. to George B. Emerson; [Brimmer School]; Boston, 21 September 1847Add to your cart.
Responds that there is a separate room for the library in the school where two students act as librarians; one gives books out, the other records the books being loaned. Additional books of reference, as well as other miscellaneous works, for use by teachers and pupils are desired. 1 s. (4 p.)
Item 8: Willington, Ambrose: A.D.S.: Answers to the questions concerning a School Library; Smith School [Boston], 23 September 1847Add to your cart.
Desires a library of at least 50 volumes to be established in the school room for reference use by the students and the teachers. 1 s. (2 p.)
Item 9: Hyde, George Baxter: A.L.S. to George B. Emerson; Dwight School [Boston], 20 September 1847Add to your cart.
States that the school has a small library and would like additional reference materials such as dictionaries and encyclopedias. 1 s. (2 p.)
Item 10: Williams, Henry, Jr.: A.L.S. to George B. Emerson; [Winthrop School] Boston, 27 September 1847Add to your cart.
Apologizes for the late reply, as he dislocated his shoulder. Replies that there is no library in the school but the addition of a library of good books would be indispensable for teachers in assisting them to find information during class when an inquiry arises. Also indicates that having a library will encourage teachers to continue building their own knowledge and not remain stagnant. 1 s. (2 p.)
Item 11: Lincoln, Hosea H.: A.L.S. to George Barrell Emerson; Boston, 29 September 1847Add to your cart.
Indicates that their school has some reference books, paid for by Theodore Lyman, in separate cases for the use of pupils and teachers. States no need for many additional volumes since those in a library should be carefully chosen and well used. 1 s. (3 p.)
Item 12: Stearns, Josiah A.: A.L.S. to George B. Emerson; [Mather School] Boston, 29 September 1847Add to your cart.
Has about $500 worth of books in their library currently, chiefly provided by Amos Lawrence, but desires to add more so all classes and teachers can utilize it sufficiently. Describes the use of the library, stating that its Friday opening is “one of the happiest occasions of the week.” Would like to procure additional reference materials. 2 s. (6 p.)
Item 13: Goodridge, A. F.: A.L.S. to Joshua Bates; [Boston], [3 October 1847]Add to your cart.
Describes fully the required lessons in reading, grammar, and geography for the fourth class in the school. 1 s. (3 p.)
Item 14: Swan, William Draper, 1809-1864: A.L.S. to George B. Emerson; [Mayhew School] Boston, 5 October 1847Add to your cart.
Responds that the school has 400 volumes but well-behaved pupils, and teachers could make good use of additional books. 1 s. (1 p.)
Item 15: Ayres, W. O.: A.D.S.: Answers to questions respecting the library in Eliot School; Eliot School [Boston], [6 October 1847]Add to your cart.
Answers that there is currently a library, but a few additions for the use of the first class would be accepted; the library would be placed under the direction of one of the Masters. A teacher’s library furnished with reference and text books would be very desirable as the teachers currently provide all their own materials. 1 s. (3 p.)
Item 16: Butler, John: A.L.S. to Joshua Bates; Brimmer School [Boston], 25 October 1847Add to your cart.
Describes fully the lessons in reading, grammar, and geography that are required to advance to the third class in the school. 1 s. (3 p.)
Item 17: Williams, Henry, Jr.: A.L.S. to George B. Emerson; [Winthrop School] Boston, 2 November 1847Add to your cart.
Upon conferring with the school’s teachers, determines not to press grammar lessons for the fourth class too early before they are ready. Includes some detail of the third class requirements. 1 s. (3 p.)
Item 18: Weed, Miss M. E.: A.Ms.S. [School requirements of Winthrop School in geography and grammar] [Boston], [October 1847]Add to your cart.
Details the knowledge required for girls to move from the second class to the first. 1 s. (1 p.)
Item 19: Bates, Joshua, 1810-1888: A.L.S. to George B. Emerson; Boston, 8 November 1847Add to your cart.
Regrets that he is unable to presently send a plan of course instruction, but instead includes letters from the usher and female teacher. 1 s. (1 p.)


Page Generated in: 0.367 seconds (using 202 queries).
Using 7.33MB of memory. (Peak of 7.44MB.)

Powered by Archon Version 3.21
Copyright ©2011 The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign