Marshall Center One-Room Schoolhouse Selection and Dedication, 1986-1995

Collection Overview

Title: Marshall Center One-Room Schoolhouse Selection and Dedication, 1986-1995

Record Series: 13/01/01 [Box 106-107]

Record Group:

13/01/01 Office of the Dean Collection

Creator: UNI

Date: 1986-1995

Extent: 2 boxes (2 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

This material was transferred to SC&UA on September 9, 1993. 

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Scope and Content

This collection includes material from 1986 through 1989 associated with the process of acquiring a one room schoolhouse for the University of Northern Iowa campus.  Included are One-Room Schoolhouse Advisory Committee minutes and correspondence; lists of potential schoolhouses; nominations for particular schoolhouses; and some general information on rural education.  Documentation for the finalists in the selection process includes photographs, correspondence, personal reminiscences, reports on physical condition, and newspaper clippings.

Also included are clippings and publicity material associated with the moving, restoration, and dedication of the final selection, the Marshall Center School (Marshall Township #5) from Pocahontas County.  Of special note is information about Des Moines Register columnist Chuck Offenburger’s practical joke involving the delivery of an outhouse to the home of UNI’s President Curris.

Inventory

Box 1

  • Folder 1: One-Room Schoolhouse Committee Records, 1986-1987
  • Folder 2: One-Room Schoolhouse Committee Correspondence, 1986-1987
  • Folder 3: Possible One-Room Schoolhouse Listings, 1986-1987
  • Folder 4: One-Room Schoolhouse Committee Receipts and Vouchers, 1987
  • Folder 5: Historical Information about One-Room Schools and Teachers, 1987
  • Folder 6: One-Room Schoolhouse Recommendations and Renovations, 1987
  • Folder 7:  Letters Regarding One-Room School Search, 1987
  • Folder 8: Black Hawk County, Bennington Township School Memo, Photographs, and Negatives, 1987
  • Folder 9: Chickasaw County, Little Turkey School Photographs and Negatives, 1987
  • Folder 10: Chickasaw County, #2 Maple Grove School Nomination, 1987
  • Folder 11: Chickasaw County, #2 Maple Grove School Photographs and Negatives, 1987
  • Folder 12: Johnson County, Monroe #2 School Nomination, 1986-1987
  • Folder 13: Johnson County Monroe #2 School Photographs and Negatives, 1987
  • Folder 14: Louisa County, Otter Creek School Photographs and Negatives, 1987

Box 2

  • Folder 1: Pocahontas County, Marshall Center School Nomination, 1987
  • Folder 2: Pocahontas County, Marshall Center School Nomination, 1987
  • Folder 3: Pocahontas County, Marshall Center School Photographs and Negatives, 1987
  • Folder 4: Ila Grove School Photographs and Negatives, 1987
  • Folder 5: Pilot Grove School Photographs and Negatives, 1987
  • Folder 6: Utica #7 Photographs and Negatives, 1987
  • Folder 7: Wilson #2 O’Meara’s School Photographs and Negatives, 1987
  • Folder 8: One-Room Schoolhouse Committee Final Report, 1987
  • Folder 9: Marshall Center Schoolhouse Newspaper Clippings, 1986-1987
  • Folder 10: Dedication Newspaper Clippings and Letters, 1988-1989
  • Folder 11: Press Folder from Dedication Ceremonies, 1989
  • Folder 12: Marshall Center School, Announcements and Brochures, 1990-1995

Processing Information

Arranged and finding aid prepared by Eric Schlarmann, student intern, February 1994; edited by University Archivist Gerald Peterson, February 1994.  Expanded and updated for the web by Assistant Archivist Dustin Witsman and Graduate Assistant Amy Rekward, January 2015. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, December 2017 and April 2018. Linear Feet updated August 30, 2017.