University Archives

CAC Homepage | Archives Inventory Index | A-Z Manual Index

Educational Memorabilia Center Collection Inventory

Introduction | History | Scope and Content | Inventory

 Introduction

The collection is comprised of two parts, the first from 1969-2004 contains three linear feet of minutes, correspondence, files, literary productions, articles, news clippings, and photographs documenting the development of a one-room schoolhouse museum and education center on the campus of Bowling Green State University.  Documentation features information about the schoolhouse’s use, tours, classes, fundraising, donations, and future development.  Basic research materials about one-room school houses in Wood County, Northwest Ohio, and other parts of the state are also included in the collection.  

The second part of the collection contains educational artifacts including penmanship booklets, textbooks, reference works, grade cards, teaching certificates, diplomas, slates, inkwells, bells, lunch pails, and various period teaching instruments, many of which were in use from 1876-1940, the approximate years the university’s Little Red Schoolhouse operated as District School # 6, Norwalk, Ohio.

 History

According to a brief 1996 history appearing in the program for the 20th anniversary of the Educational Memorabilia Center (EMC), President Dr. William T. Jerome and Dr. David G. Elsass, then associate dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions, proposed in 1969, to obtain and move a one-room schoolhouse to the BGSU campus to house the College of Education’s large collection of educational artifacts: maps, globes, textbooks and the like.  An Advisory Committee was established to help oversee the project.

Once District #6 Schoolhouse near Norwalk, Ohio, was donated to the university by the Linder family,  faculty member Daniel Heisler and his sons, Dan, Barry, and Terry (all BGSU students) volunteered to dismantle and move the building to BGSU.  The schoolhouse, in operation in Huron County from 1875 until the late 1930’s, was reassembled brick by brick just south of the Education Building, by Rudolph Libbe and dedicated in the fall of 1976.

Fundraising efforts were initiated for the schoolhouse project.  Efforts to promote the project to the community included a traveling model of the school, built by graduate art student Glen Felch.  Approximately $15,000 was raised through the campaign but fell short of the projected $65,000 total.  Ohio Representative, Toledoan, Arthur Wilkowski, heard about the need and authored a resolution allocating $50,000 to the university’s Little Red Schoolhouse project.  This funding came from proceeds of the Ohio Lottery.

The schoolhouse is operated by the College of Education and Human Development as the “Educational Memorabilia Center.”  The building is a popular site for visitors and includes guided tours and meeting space for school groups, seniors, civic and educational organizations, and BGSU students and their families.  In 1991, the University Board of Trustees named the EMC collection for Dr. Elsass, who directed the center since its inception.  Subsequently the position has been filled by a professor emeritus from the College of Education.  Most recently Dr. Malcolm Campbell served as director until his death in 2008.

Since 1969 an Advisory Committee assisted with the planning, fundraising, promotion, and enhancement of the EMC collection.

 Scope and Content

The Educational Memorabilia Center Collection, honoring Bowling Green State University’s beginnings as a state normal college or teacher training school, features an original one-room school house, the District # 6 school constructed near Norwalk, Ohio in 1875, and donated by the Linder Family to Bowling Green State University.  It was moved to campus in 1975.  Referred to as the Little Red Schoolhouse, it was officially dedicated in 1976.

In addition to the school building and its period contents, BGSU is home to a substantial collection of educational artifacts including bells, inkwells, slates, textbooks, reference works, and historic documents.  The University Libraries’ catalog includes over 3,000 representative volumes spanning both the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries.  

The documents pertinent to the history and establishment of the Educational Memorabilia Center are listed on the accompanying inventory and are available to researchers at the Center for Archival Collections.  The complete collection of three-dimensional artifacts is not included in this inventory.  For research inquiries about these artifacts please contact the Center for Archival Collections.   

 Inventory

Box 1

Folders

  1. Proposal to establish “A Center for Educational Memorabilia in Northwestern Ohio”, 1969-1979
  2. Minutes – Advisory Committee, 1969-1970
  3. Minutes – Advisory Committee, 1971-1976
  4. Minutes – Advisory Committee and Planning Council Fundraising drive, folder 1-A, 1971-March, 1972
  5. Minutes – Advisory Committee and Planning Council Fundraising drive, folder 1-B, May-December, 1972
  6. Minutes – Advisory Committee and Planning Council Fundraising drive, folder 2, 1972-1975
  7. Minutes – Advisory Committee, 1996
  8. Minutes – Advisory Committee, 1997
  9. Minutes – Advisory Committee- Executive Council Meeting, 2-28-98
  10. Minutes – Advisory Committee, 1998-2000
  11. Minutes – Advisory Committee, 2001-2003
  12. Minutes – Advisory Committee, 2003-2004
  13. By-laws – Advisory Committee, 2001
  14. Minutes- One-Room Schoolhouse Enthusiasts Group, 2001-2002
  15. Annual Reports-Little Red Schoolhouse, 2000-2002

Box 2

Folders

  1. Correspondence, 1968-1971
  2. Correspondence – Search for schoolhouse to move to BGSU, 1969-1970
  3. Correspondence – Glenn Felch, 1969-1972
  4. Correspondence – Robert F. Skelton, 1970
  5. Correspondence, 1972-1975
  6. Correspondence, 1976-1989
  7. Correspondence, 1990-1999
  8. Correspondence, 2000-2004
  9. Correspondence – Form letters for fundraising and acquisition of Memorabilia, 1972
  10. Correspondence – Thank you letters to donors, 1969-1975
  11. Correspondence – Thank you letters to donors, 1976-1977
  12. Correspondence – Thank you letters to donors, 1977-1983, nd
  13. Correspondence – Thank you letters to donors, 1986-2003, nd
  14. Correspondence – Letters received from elementary student visitors, 1990

Box 3

Folders

  1. File – Brandville School, Oregon, Ohio, 2001
  2. File – Collins School, Xenia, Ohio, 1985-1997
  3. File – Collins School, 1986
  4. File – Little Red Schoolhouse #7, Hancock County Museum, Findlay, Ohio, 1973, 1995, nd
  5. File – Little Red Schoolhouse, Norwalk, Ohio, 1976, 1994
  6. File – McGuffey Museum, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1997
  7. File – Oak Grove Schoolhouse, Wildwood Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, 1998
  8. File – Schoolhouse replica, District 16, Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio, 1979, 1996
  9. File – Zimmerman School, Wood County Park District,Bowling Green, Ohio, 1990-1998
  10. File – Zimmerman School, program planning handbook, 1994
  11. File – One-room schools in Ohio, 1986-1997
  12. File – Society for the Preservation of Ohio One-Room Schools 1993, nd
  13. File – Schoolhouses at universities in the USA, 1988-2003
  14. File – Rules for school teachers 1979, nd
  15. File – Bibliographies - one-room schoolhouse, books used for instruction, nd
  16. File – Ilo Dolbee, last teacher at Huron Co. District #6 School (BGSU Little Red Schoolhouse - LRSH), 1996-1997
  17. File – Listing of former students of Huron Co. District #6 School, 1972-1988
  18. File – Dedication program for BGSU LRSH, 1976
  19. File –Conference proposal, 2002
  20. File – Fundraising, donations, and promotions for BGSU LRSH, 1970’s, 2002-2003
  21. File – Grant proposal, “A Day at the Schoolhouse”, 1997
  22. File – Presentation, “Schooling 100 Years Ago:  The Little Red Schoolhouse”, 1998
  23. File – Renaming paperwork and plaque designs, 1991-1994
  24. File – BGSU LRSH tour guides, 2001-2004
  25. File – BGSU LRSH tour schedule, 2003
  26. File – Twentieth anniversary celebration, 1996
  27. File – Volunteer teachers’ biographical forms, nd

Box 4

Folders

  1. File – Deed of gift agreements, 1978
  2. File – Deed of gift agreements, no addresses, 1978
  3. File -  Deed of gift agreements, 1978-1982
  4. File – Deed of gift agreements, 2001-2002
  5. File – Donations of player piano and pump organ, 2002
  6. File – Donation – Eve Dauer, 2003
  7. File – Donation – Muriel J. Strebe, 2001
  8. File – Donation – Ronald D. Waugh, 2003
  9. File – Long term loans, 1978-1984
  10. File – Contributors/donor lists, 1970-1985, nd
  11. File – Miscellaneous donation cards, 2001
  12. File – Glenn Felch research – Summary of data collected from survey of one-room schoolhouses in Wood County Ohio, 1972
  13. File – Questionnaire for Wood County one-room schoolhouse survey, nd
  14. File – Questionnaire for Wood County, Freedom Township school, nd
  15. File – Questionnaire for Wood County, Perrysburg Township school, 1972
  16. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Bloom Township schools, nd
  17. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Center Township schools, nd
  18. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Freedom Township schools, nd
  19. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Henry Township schools, nd
  20. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Jackson Township schools, nd
  21. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Lake Township schools, nd
  22. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Liberty Township schools, nd
  23. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Milton Township schools, nd
  24. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Middleton Township schools, nd
  25. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Montgomery Township schools, nd
  26. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Northwood Township schools, nd
  27. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Perry Township schools, nd
  28. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Perrysburg Township schools, nd
  29. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Plain Township schools, nd
  30. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Portage Township schools, nd
  31. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Troy Township schools, nd
  32. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Washington Township schools, nd
  33. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Webster Township schools, nd
  34. File – Data sheets for Wood County, Weston Township (Grand Rapids) Schools, nd
  35. File – Data sheets for Ohio schools – Miscellaneous – Stone, nd
  36. File – Data sheets for Ohio schools – Miscellaneous – Log or frame, nd
  37. File – Data sheets for Ohio schools – Miscellaneous – Brick, nd
  38. File – WPA – Huron County schools, 1937
  39. File – WPA – Wood County schools, 1936
  40. File – Excerpts from Wood County, Plain Township, Board of Education minutes, 1865-1881 scatt.
  41. File – Data from reports of the Wood County Board of Education Sent to the Wood County Auditor, 1867-1869 scatt.

Box 5

Folders

  1. History of the Little Red Schoolhouse Project by Dean D.G. Elsass, 1972
  2. History of the Little Red Schoolhouse by Kevin Weller and Dean Elsass, 1982
  3. History of the Little Red Schoolhouse by Adrienne Mather, 1987
  4. History of the Little Red School house and the Center for Educational Memorabilia by Sarah Heck, 1995
  5. History of the Little Red Schoolhouse and the Educational Memorabilia Center, nd
  6. Poem “Our Little Red Brick Schoolhouse” by Lois R. Austin, 1988
  7. Report regarding the establishment of the Educational Memorabilia Center and Sue Finkel’s report by Randall Buchman, 1978
  8. Little Red Schoolhouse position paper – status and future by Malcolm Campbell, 2002
  9. Educational Memorabilia Collection book policy and inventory 2003, nd
  10. Educational Memorabilia Collection processing guidelines, c.1982
  11. Little Red Schoolhouse tour instructions, c.1980, 1982
  12. Educational Memorabilia Center guide manual, 1980
  13. Student workbooks c.1998, 2000
  14. Teacher guidelines c.1970’s
  15. Teacher manual and planning information, Spring 1999
  16. Teacher manual and planning information, Fall 1999
  17. Teacher manual and planning information, Spring 2000?
  18. Teacher manual and planning information, Dec. 2000
  19. Teacher manual and planning information, Spring 2001
  20. Teacher manual and planning information, Dec. 2001
  21. Teacher manual and planning information, Spring 2002
  22. Teacher manual and planning information, Fall 2002
  23. Teacher manual and planning information, Spring, Fall 2003
  24. Teacher manual and planning information, Spring 2004
  25. Visitor register - Educational Memorabilia Center, 1993-1997
  26. Visitor register – Educational Memorabilia Center, 1998-2003

Box 6

Folders

  1. History of BGSU student teaching (fifty years) -  questionnaire and Responses, 1965
  2. History of BGSU student teaching by Dr. James Overman, 1965-1969
  3. History of BGSU student teaching – “The Bowling Green Plan for Student Teaching”, 1932-1958
  4. History of BGSU student teaching- Course of study in reading for Third grades – Alice Roth, 1934-1935
  5. History of BGSU student teaching – City of Bowling Green language Curriculum GradeThree and English course of study Grade Four – Alice Roth, nd
  6. History of BGSU student teaching – Alice Roth notes, 1946-1950
  7. History of BGSU Student Teaching (989.03.01) – Harriet L. Cunningham, Vera Somers, Lorrene L. Ort, et al. 1962, nd
  8. Beyond the Book by Ferd W. Gross, 1972
  9. “Education in Ohio” by Newton, nd
  10. “The Country Schools of Ohio” by A.B. Graham, 1912
  11. “Early Schools of Ohio” by Burns, nd
  12. Northwest Ohio Historical Resource Guide (mentions EMC), 2002
  13. “Education in Ohio, 1780-1903 – Ohio Memory Project”, 2003
  14. The Way it Was – Bicentennial Memories of Ohio Retired Teachers (ORTA), 1976
  15. A Selection of One-Room Schoolhouses in Ohio by Elaine J. Pickerel, 1998
  16. Country School Legacy – Humanities on the Frontier, Forward by Andrew Gulliford, 1981
  17. Script – One-room school house slide presentation with some Mention of northwest Ohio schools, nd
  18. Variety in Unity:  The One-Room Schoolhouse – A survey of Architectural Styles Before 1900, nd
  19. Architectural plans of one-room schoolhouses – Historic American Buildings Survey, nd
  20. “Miss Adams, Country Teacher” by Treva Adams Strait, 1991

Box 7

Folders

  1. Promotional brochures – Educational Memorabilia Center, 1971-2002, nd
  2. Bookmarks - Educational Memorabilia Center, 1998-2000
  3. Postcards – Educational Memorabilia Center, 1979-1983
  4. Print by Glenn Felch of the Little Red Schoolhouse and another design, 1980
  5. BGSU holiday cards featuring designs of the Little Red Schoolhouse, 1991
  6. Educational Memorabilia Center display cards, nd
  7. Stationery and forms for the Education Memorabilia Center, nd
  8. Printed materials for other one-room schools, nd
  9. Brochure for the Northwestern Ohio Educational Research Council, Inc., 1996-1997
  10. Clippings and press releases for the Educational Memorabilia Center, 1971-1979
  11. Clippings and press released for the Educational Memorabilia Center, 1980-1989
  12. Clippings, 1990-2004
  13. Clippings – Dr. David Elsass, 1978-1992
  14. Clippings – Other one-room schools, 1970, 1984
  15. Photo – Dr. Elsass and donors with large school bell, 1970
  16. Photos – Dismantling and reassembling the Little Red Schoolhouse, 1971-1974, 1989
  17. Photos – Dr. Elsass, interior of Little Red Schoolhouse, and artifact Displays, 1980’s
  18. Photos – Pupils and teachers at the Little Red Schoolhouse when it Was still operating and after it was moved to BGSU, c.1920, 1980-1990
  19. Photos – Little Red Schoolhouse, 1972-1992, nd
  20. Photos – Bowling Green schools and aerial of BGSU campus looking West, c. 1970

Box 8

Folders

  1. Blueprints – the Little Red Schoolhouse at BGSU and site, 1979, nd
  2. Photos – One-room school classes – 995.15.01 Medina Rd. School 1931-1932 361 unidentified photo, c. 1900
  3. Photos – One-room school classes, unidentified, nd
  4. Photos –One-room schools – Ohio and Michigan, nd
  5. Photos – One-room schools – Northwest Ohio, most unidentified, nd
  6. Photo – Cortland basketball team, 1994-1995
  7. Photos – Miscellaneous, nd
  8. Slides – Marathon Oil Company slides of the Little Red Schoolhouse Interior, 1984
  9. Slides – Glenn Felch images of area one-room schools – 1 to 80, 1969-1972
  10. Slides – Glenn Felch images of area one-room schools – 81 to 191, 1969-1972
  11. Slides – Glenn Felch images of area one-room schools – 192 to 270, 1969-1972
  12. Slides – Glenn Felch images of area one-room schools – 271 to 311, 1969-1972
  13. Photo album – Education Clinic at BGSU, c.1950

Box 9

Folders

  1. Microfilm/cd – Educational Memorabilia donor cards, c.1970-2000
  2. Microfilm – MMS-175 Ida Raynes Thrall Building Book Early, 1900’s
  3. Microfilm – Holmes County German Township School District 7 teacher/pupil register, 1853-1866

Box 10

Folders

  1. Audio tapes (4) Interviews “School Days” by Sue Spitzer with Mrs. Ortha Welsh Bradley, Mrs Stafford (Perrysburg), Mrs. Edna Wallace (Henry County), Mrs. Belnor(sp?) Perrysburg Township, Mary Bell Cantville (sp?) Van Wert County, 1973
  2. Audio tapes (4) Interviews by Sue Spitzer with former pupils of The Little Red Schoolhouse (some Wood County) includes Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kilmer (Haskins), School teacher (Haskins), 1970’s
  3. Audio tapes (4) Interviews by Sue Spitzer with John Kurfess, Ernest Ferrell, Charles Manley, Seymour Holloway, John Walbolt, and Harold Robinson 1973, nd
  4. Audio tape – Interview by Marilyn Bratz with Ilo Dolbee, last teacher at the Little Red Schoolhouse #6 when it closed, 1996
  5. Audio tape – Interview with Nellie Goodsite Hill (Bellevue), 1999
  6. VHS tape with booklet – A Selection of One-Room Schoolhouses in Ohio by Elaine Pickerel, 1998

Box 11: Donated or purchased paper artifacts

Folders

  1. Penmanship booklets:  Zaner Method, Palmer Method,  Letter syles, 1878-1928 scatt.
  2. Palmer Penmanship Pointers,1922
  3. Manuscript alphabets, 1878-1978
  4. Penmanship practice booklets, c.1856
  5. Penmanship practice booklets, 1890-1900, nd
  6. Practice account book, 1866-1869
  7. Samples of standardized testing?, 1920-1960 scatt.
  8. Math drill card, reading or spelling aid, nd
  9. Grade cards, 1884-1909 scatt.
  10. Grade cards, 1911-1930 scatt.
  11. Grade cards and misc. certificates from “School Days Past and Present” display at the Educational Memorabilia Center in 1985, 1894-1929
  12. Certificates – Rosalie C. Hohler, 1903-1926
  13. Grade cards – Wayne S. Dilts, 1907-1912
  14. Grade cards and school memories of Suzanne Friedly in 1986, 1911-1917
  15. Grade cards and test  – Kathyrn Florence Meyers, Bowling Green State Normal College 1917, 1926-1927
  16. Grade book/school record, 1869?
  17. Teaching certificates, 1864-1969 scatt.

Box 12: Donated or purchased paper artifacts

Folders

  1. Autograph album, 1882-1885
  2. Scrapbook/photo album made by Bowling Green Normal School Student Hazel Babione, 1917-1918
  3. Graduation invitations and programs, 1890-1925
  4. Diplomas and certificates, 1913-1952
  5. Accordion paged book of folded and punched paper art (997.07.02), nd, c.1890
  6. Accordion paged book of punched paper and stitchery art (997.07.03), nd, c.1890

OVERSIZED 1: Donated or purchased paper artifacts

Folders

  1. Notebook of correspondence, clippings and pertinent documents in “A Documental History of the Educational Memorabilia Center Little Red Schoolhouse Project at Bowling Green State University”, 1969-1976
  2. Notebook of photos of Bowling Green downtown buildings and private dwellings of historic interest. Photos from the Montgomery Ward fire are included (988.16.01)., nd
  3. Notebook of photos of area school scenes and students.  These include Longfellow School, BGSU, and Warren School in Toledo., c.1880-1962
  4. Notebook of photos of Thompson Township schools taken by Ernest Roush when he was a superintendent in Sandusky and Seneca Counties between 1905 and 1909, 1905-1909
  5. Notebook of grade cards, postcards, clippings, graduation keepsakes and the like for various northwest Ohio schools, 1886-1936

OVERSIZED 2: Donated or purchased paper artifacts

Folders

  1. Chart by Glenn Felch of comparative data on one-room school houses in Wood County, 1972
  2. Diplomas (mostly Ohio), 1905-1928
  3. Proposal-floor plans for a one-room school house museum at BGSU, nd
  4. Eighth grade examination – Ottawa County, Ohio, 1915
  5. Photos – Pupils of the Little Red School House #6 before it closed and was moved to BGSU, 1928-1934 scatt
  6. Photos – Pupils at the Longfellow School, Toledo, 1957-1965 scatt
  7. Photos – Bowling Green State Normal College graduate Cecelia Riester, 1915-1917
  8. Photos – Inside the Educational Memorabilia Center Little Red School House at BGSU, c.1980
  9. Photos – Unidentified one-room school houses, nd
  10. Photos – President Franklin D. Roosevelt, nd
  11. Record book of donations to the Educational Memorabilia Center #1-#981.15.23, nd

OVERSIZED 3: Schoolhouse Artifact Box

Folders

  1. Slate
  2. Slate
  3. Writing stylus
  4. Writing stylus
  5. Pen handle
  6. Pencil box
  7. Blue glass inkwell
  8. Blue-Green glass inkwell
  9. Hand bell
  10. McGuffey’s New Third Eclectic Reader