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Overview of the Collection

Administrative History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Austin History Center

Austin Independent School District Outdoor Education Program Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin Independent School District Outdoor Education Program
Title: Austin Independent School District Outdoor Education Program Records
Inclusive Dates: 1951-1968
Bulk Dates: 1958-1968
Abstract: The Austin Independent School District started an Outdoor Education Program in 1949 for the elementary and middle school students. The annual reports, curriculum descriptions, administrative forms, newspaper and newsletters clippings, publications, correspondence and photographs in this collection highlight the activities of the program from 1951 to 1968.
Identification: AR.1994.100
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Austin Independent School District began the Outdoor Education Program in 1949. From 1949 to 1956, the program brought sixth-grade boys and girls to Friday Mountain Camp for five-days of nature study, hiking and other activities. In 1956 it became necessary to discontinue the Camping Program at Friday Mountain due to a lack of facilities for the increasing school enrollment. The Board of Education and the school administration decided that outdoor learning experiences of the Camping Program were successful and created the Outdoor Education Field Trip Program. The Field Trip Program consisted of daily field trips for fifth and sixth grade students. Examples of sites visited are: Mount Bonnell, Bastrop State Park, Pilot Knob, State Farm Colony, Whitestone Lime Kiln and Quarries, Balcones Fault Zone, Mansfield Dam and the City Power Plant.

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Scope and Contents

The annual reports, curriculum descriptions, newspaper and newsletter articles, administrative forms and program surveys document the types of field trips that were taken as well as the teacher and students reactions to the programs during the late 1950s and 1960s. Also included are photographs of students on field trips and letters written to the program coordinator Martin McLean.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by material type.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Keel, John Lewis.
McLean, Martin, Jr.
McLendon, Douglas.
Organizations:
Austin Independent School District (Tex.)
Places:
Austin (Tex.)--Public schools.
Subjects:
Friday Mountain Camp.
Outdoor education--Texas--Austin--Study and teaching.

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Related Material

Archives and Manuscripts - AR.W.010 John Lewis Keel Papers

Austin Files - Public Schools - Elementary P8300 (General)

General Collection - A 372.357 AU 1950 Camping Education: Austin Public Schools Evaluation, 1950.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Austin Independent School District Outdoor Education Program Records (AR.1994.100). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1978/041

Donation Date: 1994

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Box Folder
1 1 Curriculum and administrative files, 1961-1967, undated
2 Photographs of students, 1958-1959, undated
3 Publicity and acknowledgement, 1958-1963, undated
4 Publications, 1951-1968, undated
5 Reports, 1956-1963

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