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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Personal

Dean of Education

Dean of Summer School

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Sutton (William Seneca) Papers, 1894-1928



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sutton, William Seneca, 1860-1928
Title: Sutton, William Seneca, Papers
Dates: 1894-1928
Abstract: The William Seneca Sutton papers, 1894-1928, consist of correspondence, speeches, essays, budgets reports, broadsides, bulletins, booklets, clippings, student work, invoices and receipts and primarily document Sutton’s tenure at the School of Education at the University of Texas. The bulk of the papers are correspondence, the papers and inter-department documents relating to the School of Education. The papers are grouped into three main series: personal life, Dean of Education, and Dean of Summer School. Within each series the papers are arranged chronologically by their relative form and function.
Accession No.: 1933, 1952
Extent: approximately 120 feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

William Seneca Sutton was born August 12, 1860 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. At eighteen he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts followed by a Masters of Arts in 1880 from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He began his career as a teacher in Arkansas and moved to Texas in 1883 to serve as principal in Ennis, Texas. In 1884 Sutton married Annie Blackman Erwin. He served for a number of years as principal and then superintendant for the Houston public school system in Houston, Texas. In 1897 Sutton took up the position of professor of Pedagogy at the University of Texas in Austin, where, in 1898, he founded and became the dean of the summer sessions that lasted approximately twenty years. In 1905 Sutton was honored with an LL. D. degree from the University of Arkansas. The School of Education at the University of Texas was established in 1905 and Sutton was named its head in 1909. He served a one-year term as President of the University of Texas, in 1923-24; and was named Dean Emeritus in 1927.

During his tenure at the University of Texas, Sutton published numerous papers on education reform, was an instigator at the 1907 state conference on education that resulted in the passing of constitutional amendments favoring Texas public education, and assisted in the establishment of the Texas Academy of Sciences at the University of Texas. His work in education and pedagogy was instrumental to the establishment of the School of Education at the University of Texas as well as to training teachers of public education in Texas. W.S. Sutton died on November 26, 1928. The Education building at the University of Texas was re-named Sutton hall in his honor in 1930.

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Scope and Contents

The William Seneca Sutton papers, 1894-1928, consist of correspondence, speeches, essays, budgets reports, broadsides, bulletins, booklets, clippings, student work, invoices and receipts and primarily document Sutton’s tenure at the School of Education at the University of Texas. The bulk of the papers are correspondence, the papers and inter-department documents relating to the School of Education. The papers are grouped into three main series: personal life, Dean of Education, and Dean of Summer School. Within each series the papers are arranged chronologically by their relative form and function.

The personal series, 1894-1923, primarily consist of speeches, articles, printed materials, newspaper clippings and letters from former students.

The Dean of Education series consists of items related to Sutton’s tenure as Dean of Education and public education in Texas. They include: correspondence between Sutton and F.M. Bralley of the Texas Department of Education, circa 1910-1913; correspondence with University of Texas President Robert Ernest Vinson, 1917-1918; minutes from faculty meetings 1904-1930; committees and petitions, 1901-1922; papers on Sutton’s appointment to the University of Texas presidency, 1923; and papers and research materials on the history of education in Texas. Also included are pamphlets, clippings, printed materials and correspondence relating to subjects on racial ethnicity in education. Many items relate to Sutton’s involvement with Texas public education, including correspondence and ephemera from Teacher’s Association and Education conventions and related meetings, correspondence on educational legislation, 1913-14, and the Committee on the Towner-Sterling Bill, 1921-24. Also included is printed material and a literary production relating to the Governor Ferguson controversy 1916-17.

The Dean of Summer School series primarily consists of: correspondence, 1907-1917; reports 1899,1907, 1915-1916; and receipts, invoices circa 1916-1928.

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Arrangement

The series of the William Seneca Sutton Papers are arranged chronologically.
  • I. Personal
  • II. Dean of Education
  • III. Dean of Summer School

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

These papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Sutton, William Seneca, 1860-1928 -- Archives.
Bralley, F.M. (Francis Marion), 1867-1924.
Ferguson, James Edward 1871-1944.
Vison, Robert Ernest, 1876-1945.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas State Department of Education.
Texas State Teachers Association.
United States Bureau of Education.
University of Texas.
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Subjects
The Towner-Sterling bill (U.S. Department of education)
Education.
Places
Fayetteville (Ark.)
Austin (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Seneca Sutton Papers, 1894-1928, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff in 1952, 1976.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Personal

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2K328 (04532737) Personal items, 1894-1923
Speeches and articles, 1909-1924
Printed material:
1895-1924
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2K329 (04531756) 1909-1922
Newspaper clippings:
1900-1922
1923-1924
Undated
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2K330 (04532704) Letters:
1905-1921
1922-1923
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2K331 (04531745) January 1924-December 1924
1925
Undated
Printed miscellaneous
Notes and writings
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2K332 (04531530) Printed
Candidates for governor
Personal correspondence, letters on election to presidency
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2K333 (04532056) Letters from former students
Budget and president's report
Classroom notes
Miscellaneous
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2K334 (04531494) Miscellaneous papers
Presidency of United States
Agenda
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2Q114 (04532045) Notes
Newspaper clippings
Miscellaneous broadsides
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2Q115 (04531520) Duplicate letters, bound:
1902
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2Q116 (04531519) 1901
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2R203 (04532759) Educational essays and addresses

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Dean of Education

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4P341 (04532715) Correspondence with F. M. Bralley and the Texas Department of Education, circa 1910-1913
Examinations, University of Texas Summer Normal, teaching certificates, circa 1904
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4P346 (04532679) Education 143 examinations, 1915
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4P363 (04531712) Correspondence:
1902-1904
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4P379 (04531803) 1904-1909
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4P360 (04532726) circa 1904-1915
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4P349 (04531541) 1906-1907
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4P371 (04531698) 1909-1910
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4P375 (04532067) 1909-1910
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4P361 (04531732) 1910-1912
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4P351 (04532680) 1914-1917
1914-1917
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4P346 (04532679) 1915-1916
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4P361 (04531732) Pamphlets, departmental circulars:
1910-1912
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4R37 (04531858) 1917-1918
Miscellaneous clippings, articles, pamphlets, circa 1907, 1922-1925
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4R38 (04531880) Correspondence:
1917-1918
Texas State Teachers’ Association, 1923
Committee on Public Health, 1918
Questionnaires, 1914-1917
Miscellaneous clippings, articles, etc., circa 1904-1923
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4R40 (04531847) Miscellaneous clippings, articles, etc., circa 1911-1914
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4R41 (04531916) Miscellaneous clippings, articles, etc., 1911-1916, 1923-1924
Educational notes, newsletters, circulars, etc., circa 1912-1915
Miscellaneous notes, lists, printed material, etc., circa 1911-1924
Hill, J. A., "Courses for Professional Training of Teachers," 1921
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4R42 (04531836) Miscellaneous clippings, pamphlets, etc., circa 1911-1924
Miscellaneous notes, etc., undated
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4R31 (04531734) Miscellaneous pamphlets on education, circa 1887-1923
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4R32 (04531869) Educational pamphlets, publications, etc., circa 1891-1923
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4Q522 (04531508) Miscellaneous notes, papers, clippings, pamphlets, etc., circa 1897-1920
The English Bulletin, number 3045, 1930
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4Q523 (04531687) Miscellaneous papers, news releases, etc., undated
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4Q524 (04531676) Educational research, correspondence, biographical sketches, questionnaires, pamphlets, circa 1908-1914
Hampton Institute news releases, printed material, circa 1922
Miscellaneous papers, addresses, articles, pamphlets, etc., circa 1902-1930
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4Q525 (04531870) Correspondence with president Vinson, 1917-1918
Correspondence, reports, circa 1916-1925
Miscellaneous class papers, addresses, printed material, circa 1922-1924
Miscellaneous papers, addresses, class outlines, 1904, 1921-1923
Miscellaneous correspondence, papers, 1920
Personal correspondence, addresses, printed material, circa 1915-1925
Miscellaneous educational articles, addresses, printed material, 1921-1924
Reorganization of the University of Texas at Austin, 1923
The Bible, clippings, pamphlets, circa 1922-1923
Texas School Journal, correspondence, articles for, etc., circa 1913-1917
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4Q529 (04532770) Literary production, articles, pamphlets, speeches, reports, etc., circa 1897-1916
Education department pamphlets, questionnaires, etc., 1897-1904
Sutton’s appointment to University of Texas at Austin presidency, 1923
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4P384 (4532533) Correspondence:
1903-1913
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4P419 (4533933) 1904-1906
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4P408 (4534426) 1905-1907
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4P350 (CDL 2/Range J) 1906
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4P401 (CDL 2/Range J) 1906-1907
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4P399 (4532941) 1906-1907
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4P413 (4534404) 1907-1908
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4P415 (4533944) 1908-1909
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4P359 (CDL 2/Range J) 1909-1910
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4P407 (4534608) 1909-1910
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4P413 (4534404) 1909-1910
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4P403 (4534415) 1909-1912
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4P348 (CDL 2/Range J) 1911-1912
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4P372 (CDL 2/Range J) 1911-1912
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4P415 (4533944) 1911-1912
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4P366 (CDL 2/Range J) 1913
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4P365 (4531701) 1913-1914
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4P403 (4534415) 1914-1915
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4P399 (4532941) 1914-1915
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4P394 (CDL 2/Range J) 1914-1915
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4P405 (CDL 2/Range J) 1914-1915
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4P398 (CDL 2/Range J) 1914-1917
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4P392 (CDL 2/Range J) 1915-1916
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4P407 (4534608) 1916-1917
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4P425 (CDL 2/Range J) 1916-1917
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4P364 (CDL 2/Range J) Miscellaneous pamphlets
Fort Worth Carnegie Public Library material
Palm School absence report cards, circa 1914
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4P392 (CDL 2/Range J) Pamphlets
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4P394 (CDL 2/Range J) Pamphlets, circulars, circa 1914-1915
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4P405 (CDL 2/Range J) Texas Congress of Mothers and Parent-Teachers Association, printed material, 1913-1914
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4P426 (4533955) Pamphlets, programs of colleges and high schools, circa 1907-1911
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4Q330 (4535269) State education:
State Department of Education circulars, reports and statistics, 1913-1922
Education conferences, circulars, etc., 1922-1924
Visual education, circulars, newsletters, 1922
State Normal Colleges, printed material, circa 1918-1922
Texas State Teachers’ Association, printed material, 1920-1923
National and international education:
National education, printed material, papers, notes, undated
Institute of International Education, bulletin, 1921-1923
Hampton Institute Press Service releases, 1922
National education, circulars, statistics, etc., 1907-1923
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4P496 (4531905) Miscellaneous articles, notes, printed material, news items, circa 1898-1914
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4P497 (4531905) Miscellaneous articles, notes, printed material, news items, circa 1898-1914
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4P498 (4531905) Miscellaneous notes, printed material, circa 1898-1914
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4R39 (CDL 2/Range J) Miscellaneous clippings, circa 1916-1918
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4Q197 (4531100) Negro education:
Pamphlets, clippings, 1911-1916
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4Q198 (CDL 2/Range J) Pamphlets, etc., 1909-1914
Papers by W. Sutton, C. Ousley, J. H. Dillard and J. H. Phillips, undated
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4Q199 (4531097) Correspondence, printed material, 1913-1914
University Commission on Southern Race Questions, correspondence, etc., 1913-1914
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4Q200 (CDL 2/Range J) Correspondence, pamphlets, clippings, 1911-1913
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4Q201 (4535305) Correspondence, papers, pamphlets, etc., 1911-1914
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4Q202 (CDL 2/Range J) Pamphlets, etc., circa 1909-1917
Hampton Institute, pamphlets, etc., circa 1909-1917
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4Q203 (CDL 2/Range J) Pamphlets, circa 1911-1916
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4Q217 (4535145) Personal receipts, bills, 1922-1925
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4Q218 (CDL 2/Range J) Correspondence, lists, teachers’ certificates, etc., 1912-1921
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4Q223 (CDL 2/Range J) Conference for Education in Texas and Hogg Organization correspondence, pamphlets, etc., A-Z, 1911-1914
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4Q225 (4535156) Student literary production, circa 1914-1917
Magazines, circa 1929
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4Q228 (4534801) Miscellaneous pamphlets, notes, papers, etc., pertaining to education, circa 1911-1922
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4Q230 (CDL 2/Range J) Student literary production, "Education 58" course theses, 1916
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4Q232 (4534685) "Travis County Survey," by E. E. Davis, correspondence, etc., 1916
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4Q235 (CDL 2/Range J) Correspondence, questionnaires concerning study of thirty years progress in Texas schools, A-Z, 1913-1914
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4Q236 (CDL 2/Range J) Educational legislation, correspondence, etc., 1913-1914
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4Q243 (CDL 2/Range J) Student literary production, course theses, 1916-1917
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4Q244 (CDL 2/Range J) Committee on Organization, correspondence, printed material, etc., 1917-1918
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4Q245 (CDL 2/Range J) Governor Ferguson controversy, literary production, printed material, 1916-1917
Correspondence, circulars, clippings, etc., 1918
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4Q259 (4535101) Committee on the Towner-Sterling Bill, correspondence, clippings, printed material, 1921-1924
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4Q264 (4535270) Teachers’ associations, educational meetings, pamphlets, clippings, printed material, etc., circa 1906-1923
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4Q268 (CDL 2/Range J) Student literary production, term papers, circa 1926
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4Q331 (4533558) Receipts, invoices, circa 1916-1928
Conference on Education in Texas, receipts, invoices, circa 1916-1928
Federal publications, United States Bureau of Education, legislative circulars, press releases, etc., 1911-1923
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4Q332 (4533490) History of education in Texas, research material, papers, notes, catalogs, etc., undated
Cox, I. J., "Educational Efforts in San Fernando de Bexar," undated
Lists of education students, 1908-1922
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4Q333 (4533489) Library accession lists, 1914-1919
Texas State Teachers’ Association, 1906-1922
Educational conferences, 1922-1930
National education, 1907-1924
University of Texas summer school, Hogg Organization, Education department, fraternities, circa 1898-1923
Examination questions, intelligence tests, 1897-1928
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4R3 (CDL 2/Range J) Articles on government and education, circa 1921-1923
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4Q520 (CDL 2/Range J) Sutton bibliographic note cards, undated
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4Q521 (CDL 2/Range J) Committee reports, circa 1897-1910
Education Department enrollment, 1911-1918
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4Q522 (4531508) Correspondence, reports to the Board of Regents, 1899, 1904
Reports to the President, circa 1902-1905
Correspondence, reports to the President, 1910-1911
Reports, recommendations, etc., 1906-1912
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4Q330 (4535269) School of Education:
Examination questionnaires, course announcements, circulars, 1 volume, circa 1897-1903
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4Q331 (4533558) Requisitions, 1919-1928
Inventories, 1918-1921
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4Q332 (4533490) Budgets, correspondence, 1916-1923
Departmental reports to the President, 1904-1905, 1916-1917, 1922-1923
Recommendations for salaries and promotions, 1916-1918
Miscellaneous reports, 1920-1923
Committees and petitions, 1901-1922
Committee reports, recommendations, resolutions, 1899-1923
Faculty communications, 1918-1923
Notices of faculty meetings, announcements, 1919-1923
Minutes of faculty meetings, 1904-1930
General information for faculty, 1907-1923
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4Q333 (4533489) Examinations and tests, 1904-1922
Miscellaneous, undated

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Dean of Summer School

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4Q427 (CDL 2/Range J) Correspondence:
1907-1908
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4Q344 (CDL 2/Range J) 1908-1909
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4Q393 (CDL 2/Range J) 1910-1911
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4Q441 (CDL 2/Range J) 1914-1915
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4Q380 (CDL 2/Range J) 1914-1915
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4Q397 (CDL 2/Range J) 1914-1917
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4Q420 (CDL 2/Range J) 1915-1917
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4Q454 (CDL 2/Range J) 1915-1917
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4Q384 (CDL 2/Range J) Reports, 1909-1913
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4Q392 (CDL 2/Range J) Reports, 1915-1916
Accounts, 1915-1916
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4Q438 (CDL 2/Range J) Faculty reports to the Dean of the Summer School, 1908-1913
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4Q522 (4531508) Reports, data, etc., 1899, 1907, 1916
Correspondence, reports, etc., 1904-1906-1907
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4Q226 (CDL 2/Range J) Summer School disciplinary matters, 1913-1918
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4Q231 (CDL 2/Range J) Committee Upon Extending the Summer Session, correspondence, reports, 1915-1916
Study of courses for Summer Session, statistics, 1917
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4Q242 (4535112) Correspondence, reports, requisitions, 1917-1918
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4Q331 (4533558) Receipts, invoices, circa 1916-1928

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