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Guide to the EC​ County Superintendent of Schools Records,​ 1873-​1990

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Title: Eau Claire County (Wis.). Superintendent of Schools: Records

Inclusive Dates: 1873-1990

Creator: Eau Claire County (Wis.). Superintendent of Schools

Call Number: Eau Claire Series 7

Quantity: 8.3 c.f. (8 archives boxes, 1 flat box, 10 card boxes, and 7 volumes)

Repository: This collection is managed jointly by the Wisconsin Historical Society, Library-Archives Division and the Eau Claire Area Research Center.

Archival Locations: UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library / Eau Claire Area Research Ctr.

Abstract: Records of the Eau Claire County, Wisconsin superintendent of schools consisting of administrative records (1874-1983) and records of county schools (1873-1990). Of special note are pupil records (1883-1965) and records relating to the superintendent's supervision of teachers (1874-1965). Pupil records provide information on individual students within the district and can include grades, attendance records, and family information. Records relating to the supervision of teachers often contain the teacher's biographical information, grades, certification status, and teaching experience. Records of county schools include records from six school districts in Eau Claire County. Most heavily represented is the Town of Washington District No. 3, Lowes Creek School (1873-1990), with financial records, meeting minutes, and numerous photographs. Others represented are Altoona School, Town of Brunswick District No. 1, Town of Hallie District No. 7, Town of Washington District No. 1, and Town of Washington Joint District No. 9, Brackett Elementary School.

Language: English

Search Terms/Subject Terms

  • School districts—Wisconsin—Eau Claire County
  • Rural Schools—Wisconsin—Eau Claire County
  • Rural Schools—Wisconsin—Chippewa County
  • Teachers—Certification—Wisconsin—Eau Claire County
  • Teachers—Certification—Wisconsin—Chippewa County
  • School District No. 1, Town of Brunswick (Eau Claire County, Wis.)
  • School District No. 7, Town of Hallie (Chippewa County, Wis.)
  • School District No. 1, Town of Washington (Eau Claire County, Wis.)
  • School District No. 3, Town of Washington (Eau Claire County, Wis.)
  • Joint School District No. 9, Town of Washington (Eau Claire County, Wis.)

Biography/History

In 1861 the Wisconsin Legislature established the office of county superintendent of schools. The position originated with two-year terms of office but was extended to four-year terms with an amendment to the State Constitution made in 1929. Throughout the history of the position, county superintendents have been elected at general elections. Since 1895 county superintendents have been required to have teaching experience in Wisconsin public schools and to possess a teaching certificate. Since 1929 the position has also required that the county superintendent be a resident of the county for which he/she serves.

County superintendents typically have jurisdiction over all public schools located in the county. Responsibilities have altered slightly throughout Wisconsin legislative history but generally include visiting and examining schools to assure the proper education, health, and welfare of pupils; reporting needed repairs and improvements to the County School Board and to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction; overseeing curriculum, instruction methods, and physical condition of school buildings, property, and equipment; issuing certificates for pupils completing a course of study; examining and licensing teachers; maintaining lists of authorized textbooks and school library purchases; and providing general supervision and guidance for schools within the county. The position requires routine contact with individual schools and school officials, County Board members, and the State Superintendent. Such contact is maintained through several types of incoming and outgoing reports and regular participation in meetings and conventions.

Scope and Content Note

The Eau Claire County Superintendent of Schools Records are arranged into two main series: ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS, 1874-1965, and RECORDS OF COUNTY SCHOOLS, 1873-1990.

ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS primarily document the Superintendent's duties to report to state and county officials, issue certificates to pupils completing the course of study, examine, license and supervise teachers in the district system, and in general manage the county school system.

Reports to and from the Superintendent span 1882-1964 and provide information and statistics about individual schools as well as the school system as a whole. Census tabulation sheets (1916-1959) identify school districts and corresponding towns and provide statistics on student enrollment for each district. For some time periods the tabulation sheets may have been used to compile the school censuses which were filed with the Annual Reports.

Reports from towns to the County Superintendent consist of two volumes of county school information compiled by the Superintendent's office (1882-1886). The volumes list schools by township name and district number and provide names of clerks and teachers, enrollment statistics, and dates of visits by the County Superintendent. One file folder contains Annual Reports completed by towns and submitted to the County Superintendent. These Annual Reports provide enrollment statistics and information compiled in the census tabulation sheets and only cover 1912.

Reports from the County Superintendent to the State (1889-1964) include school censuses, enrollment and attendance statistics, reports on teachers' experience and salaries, and financial statements.

Reports of County Superintendent to the County Board (1920-1961) are annual reports that include descriptions of achievements, updates, challenges and problems in the county schools, educational programs and activities, and statistical summaries (enrollment and census, teacher salaries, income and expense reports).

In the Annual Reports of the County Traveling Library (1947-1961), the County Superintendent provides the County Board with library updates, circulation and inventory statistics, and information on employees.

Other material in the ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS series includes programs from events held at the school(s) or otherwise related to the district (circa 1938-1940, 1969); photos of the Superintendent and School Board (1943-1983); and a County School Board attendance book (1909-1921) listing people who attended Teachers' Institute meetings and School Board Conventions and distinguishing participants according to township and school district number.

Correspondence includes a letter book volume of outgoing correspondence (1892-1903) and two file folders of General Correspondence with outgoing and incoming letters. The correspondence file folder for 1940-1954 relates primarily to student attendance and residence.

In the School Consolidation records, the Information and Forms folder (1956-1962) contains statistical, financial, and narrative information used to divide assets of school districts.

Pupil Records provide information on individual students within the district, 1883-1965. Researchers seeking information about an individual should determine the student's years of attendance and consult appropriate records for additional information. The Eighth Grade Graduation Cards (circa 1932-1965, described in more detail below) are organized alphabetically by pupils' surnames and can provide dates of attendance. The Record of Pupil Exams (1883-1915) and the Pupil Exam Book (1920-1922) contain the student's name, age, township, exam grades and date of diploma. Two Student Grade Books for 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders (1916-1919 and 1926-1931) contain township name and school district number, teacher's name, student name and age, and student grades with teacher comments. Eighth Grade Graduate Rosters (1927-1965) list graduates for the year by township and school, and for a few years include grades earned or additional information about the students. More comprehensive information about eighth grade graduates can be found in the Eighth Grade Graduation Cards (circa 1932-1965) which contain the student's name and age or date of birth, parents' names, address, and date of graduation. Some of these cards also provide information about the student's grades and other remarks. Pupil Records (1942-1943) contain a roster of school district officers, teacher's contact information, names of graduating eighth graders, and budget and financial summaries. Pupil records are listed on the contents list by beginning date of each item.

The Teacher Information folder contains a volume (1874-1875) of certificates issued, exam grades, names of hired teachers, wages, and terms of employment. The folder also contains a Guide to Teachers Handbook (1955-1956) containing program and curriculum information, policies and administration information, and a list of approved text books.

Supervision of Teacher records also include teacher exam and certificate information in volumes, cards, papers, and stub books. Teacher Certificates Granted (1876-1881) and Records of Teacher Exams (1882-1904, 1892-1897, and 1909-1915) are volumes that contain names and ages of applicants for teaching certification, grades, and dates of certification. The Record of Teacher Exams for 1884 contains the same information in a file folder. Teacher Service Records (circa 1910-1950) are cards that provide the teacher's name, date of birth, marital status, race, educational background, certification status, and teaching experience. Teacher Service Records (circa 1927-1965) are cards that provide the teacher's name, schools in which they taught, years of employment, and grade levels and/or subject matter taught. Teacher Exams (1886-1904 and 19051938) are the Superintendent's copy of the teaching certificate information (often referred to as stub books) retained after the formal certificate was presented to the new teacher. Data includes the teacher's name, age, address, exam grades, and information about the grade level and subject matter they were certified to teach and for what length of time. Stub books are organized by date of certification and are not alphabetical by the teacher's last name. Researchers are encouraged to find out the approximate date/s of teaching or certification before navigating the stub books. The Teacher Service Records, circa 1927-1965, are organized alphabetically by teacher's surname and can provide dates of employment.

The series of COUNTY SCHOOL RECORDS (1873-1990) contains records from a small number of schools in the county. Typical types of records are school board minutes, financial records, reports, and registers. School registers generally contain pupil names, grades, and attendance records. Some also include the teacher's daily program of study, visitor log, and state reading circle records. The Town of Washington District #3 Lowes School records also include newsletters, directories and handbooks, slides and photographs, Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) minutes, and a guestbook and commemorative program.

Administrative/Restriction Information

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the offices of former Superintendent Dr. Marvin Lansing, 1986 and circa 1992.

Contents List

Eau Claire Series 7 Series: Administrative Records, 1874- 1983
Box 1 Census Tabulation Sheets, 1916-1959
Reports of Towns to County Superintendent, 1882-1912
Volume 1 1882-1884
Volume 2 1882-1886
Box 1 1912
Box 1 Reports of County Superintendent to the State, 1889- 1964
Box 2 Reports of County Superintendent to County Board, 1920- 1961
Box 2 Annual Reports of County Traveling Library from Superintendent to County Board, 1947-1961
Box 2 Programs from Events, circa 1938-1940, 1969
Photos, Superintendent and School Board, 1943-1983
Eau Claire Series 7 Box 2 Photocopies, 1969
Box 2 County School Board Conventions Attendance Book, 1909-1921
Correspondence, 1892-1954
Box 3 Letterbook (outgoing correspondence), 1892-1903
Box 3 General Correspondence (incoming and outgoing), 1914-1954
School Consolidation, 1947-1963
Box 3 Annexation of the Hutchinson School District #7, Town of Hallie, Chippewa County, 1947-1950
Box 3 Consolidation Information and Forms, 1956-1962
Box 3 Consolidation Agreement with Altoona, 1961-1962
Box 3 Consolidation Agreement with Chippewa Falls, 1962-1963
Box 3 Special Tax Levy to Districts Operating Shortages, 1958- 1961
Box 3 Tax Levy Problem, 1962-1963
Pupil Records, 1883-1965
Volume 3 Record of Pupil Exams, 1883-1915
Box 4 Student Grade Book, 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders, 1916- 1919
Box 16 Pupil Exam Book, 1920-1922
Volume 4 Student Grade Book, 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders, 1926- 1931
Box 4 Eighth Grade Graduate Rosters, 1927-1965
Box 4 Pupil Records, 1942-1943
Eighth Grade Graduation Cards, circa 1932-1965
Box 5 A-C
Box 6 C-G
Box 7 G-J
Box 8 J-M
Box 9 M-P
Box 10 P-S
Box 11 S-W
Box 12 X-Z
Supervision of Teachers, 1874-1965
Box 2 Teacher Information, 1874-1880, 1955-1956
Volume 5 Teacher Certificates Granted, 1876-1881
Volume 6 Record of Teacher Exams, 1882-1904
Box 2 Record of Teacher Exams, 1884
Volume 7 Record of Teacher Exams, 1892-1897
Box 16 Record of Teacher Exams, 1909-1915
Box 2 Teacher Service Records, circa 1910-1950
Box 13 Teacher Service Records, circa 1927-1965
Teacher Exams
Box 14 1886-1904
Box 15 1905-1938
Series: County Schools Records, 1873- 1990
Box 19 Altoona School Student Newspapers, 1960-1966
Box 19 Town of Brunswick District #1 Minutes, 1946-1961
Town of Hallie District #7 (Chippewa County), 1927-1950
Box 18 Treasurer's Account Book, 1935-1950
Box 18 Minutes, 1927-1949 and Financials, 1927-1950
Box 18 Town of Washington District #1 Annual Reports and School Census, 1934-1959
Town of Washington District #3 Lowes Creek School, 1873-1990
Box 17 Clerk's Record Book, 1880-1896
Box 18 Account Book, 1925-1952
Box 18 Financial Records and Meeting Minutes, 1939-1953
Box 17 Board Minutes, 1956
Box 17 School Census, 1937-1939
Box 17 Newsletters, Directories, and Handbooks, 1984-1990
Photos of School Activities, 1977-1986
Eau Claire Series 7 Box 17 Photocopies
PTO Minutes
Box 18 1957-1964
Box 18 1965-1981
School Registers, 1873-1946
Box 17 1873-1902
Box 16 1882-1886
Box 16 1926-1932
Box 16 1932-1938
Box 16 1938-1946
Box 17 Enrollment and Attendance Records, 1948-1953
Box 17 School Registers, 1953-1961
Box 17 Town of Washington Joint District #9 Brackett Elementary School, 1961-1989
Eau Claire Series 7 Box 18 PTO/PTA Minutes, 1961-197

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