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A Guide to the Joseph Baldwin Papers, 1845-1958
Joseph Baldwin, first professor of pedagogy at the University of Texas at Austin, was born in Newcastle, Pennsylvania on October 31, 1827 to Joseph and Isabel (Cairns) Baldwin. He attended Bartlett Academy in Newcastle and prepared for ministry in the Disciples of Christ (Christian) Church at Bethany College, where he received a B.A. degree in 1852. After his marriage to Ella Sophronia Fluhart of Ohio, he decided to become a teacher and began his career in Platte City, Missouri in 1852. In 1856, he helped found the Missouri State Teachers Association. He studied in Millersville Normal School and was principal of Lawrence County Normal School. He taught in Indiana for nine years and served a year in the Union Army before he established a private normal at Kirksville, Missouri in 1867. The school became a state normal in 1870. In 1881, while on a lecture tour in Texas, Baldwin was elected principal of Sam Houston Normal Institute (now Sam Houston State University) at Huntsville. He served there until 1891, when he was selected as the first professor of pedagogy at the University of Texas. He died on January 13, 1899.
"BALDWIN, JOSEPH," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fba44), accessed September 05, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Papers contain a diary, literary productions, printed material, and correspondence concerning the life of Joseph Baldwin (1827-1899), first professor of pedagogy at the University of Texas. A typed transcript of the diary (1845-1855) documents his life as a student and teacher before coming to Texas. Other papers include a biography of Baldwin that describes his founding of a teacher's college in Missouri, his association with the University of Texas and his contributions to the establishment of free public education in Texas.
This collection is open for research use.
Joseph Baldwin Papers, 1845-1958, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff, July 1997.
Subsequent revisions were made by Vanessa Attia, September 2013.