History of Education in America

Irvin Department of Special Collections, South Caroliniana Library

This collection of textbooks and printed works on nineteenth century American education had its impetus in a request from our colleague, Professor Susan Schramm-Pate, of the College of Education here at the University of South Carolina. She was interested in supplementing the core group of texts for her doctoral seminar “Curriculum Classics: Trends and Issues” (EDCS 822). The initial group of selected works from the nineteenth century were either printed in the South for a Southern audience, or are the texts of speeches and remarks concerning the state of Southern schools and education. The materials have been drawn from the collections of both the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections (including the William Savage Textbook Collection) and the South Caroliniana Library. None of these works have been freely available online until now. We hope that this online collection will form the basis of a larger site of nineteenth- and twentieth-century works on the history of American education with a focus on the South.

This digitization project was made possible by the Public History internship (HIST 480) held by Daniel Wise (B.A. Public History, 2011). Wise scanned the items and created metadata following Dublin Core Metadata Best Practices. The work would not be possible without the help of Jeffrey Makala, Rare Books librarian for instruction and outreach, and Tony Branch, systems administrator for the CONTENTdm database. Thanks to Marilee Birchfield, reference librarian, for connecting us with Professor Susan Schramm-Pate.

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