Rural School Reference Collection

The Rural School Reference Collection is comprised of volumes and manuscripts relating to the history, culture, folklore, and legacy of the rural schools in the United States with a particular emphasis on Iowa and the midwest. It includes books, pamphlets, journals, reports, conference papers, articles, audio recordings, and videos.

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- The 4-R's at the McGregor School: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Recess: Jefferson #5, 1875-1957 – Barbara J. Dilly, 2010
- #6 School Historical Book of Memories – #6 School Reunion Committee, 1996

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- Ability of One-Room School Pupils of Iowa to Sing Selected Tunes – Irving Wolfe, 1931
- The Age of the Common School, 1830-1865 – Frederick M. Binder, 1974
- The American School, 1915-1922 (8 vols.)
- America’s Country Schools – Andrew Gulliford, 1991
- Analytic Survey of State Courses of Study for Rural Elementary Schools – Charles Myron Reinoehl, 1923
- Apple Valley School – Janet Frey, 1992

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- Be True to Your School (Conference Presentation) – 1998
- The Beginnings of Education in Iowa – Charles J. Fulton, 1925
- Bennington #4 School: A History
- Bennington #6 School: A Guide for Teachers of Grades 3-5 – 1991
- Bob Artley’s Country School Days: From the Memories of a Former Kid – Bob Artley, 2006
- Bringing Up the Rear in Education in Iowa – Macy Campbell, 1923

C
- Call School: Rural Education in the Midwest to 1918 – Paul Theobald, 1995
- A Case Study of a Rural Iowa School Preparing to Meet New State Guidelines – Karla Steege Krueger, 2011
- The Chalk Dust Report – Margaret Paul, 1993
- Chana School Museum Curriculum Guide for 1890s Rural Schools – 2001
- The Changing Status of the County Superintendent of Schools in Iowa – Dwight Gene Bode, 1954
- Child Development and Guidance in Rural Schools – Ruth May Strang, 1943
- Civil Government in Iowa: An Outline for Use in Common Schools – Jesse Macy, 1881
- Clues to the Nature of Teaching Practice from Eastern Iowa Country Schools, 1900-1950 – James P. Patterson, 2002
- Code of Iowa – Legislative Service Bureau, 1851
- The Common School and the Ideal Citizen: Iowa, 1876-1921 – C.L. Englehardt, 1969
- The Community School District in Iowa – William H. Dreier, 1967
- Cost of Pupil Transportation in Consolidated Schools in Iowa – R.C. Williams, Iowa - Department of Public Instruction, 1938
- Country Christmas: As Remembered by a Former Kid – Bob Artley, 1994
- Country Life and the Teaching of English: 1900-1940 – Robert Tremmel, 1995
- The Country School – M.K. Ashby, 1929
- The country school; a study of its foundations, relations, developments, activities, and possibilities - Homer H. Seerley, 1913
- Country School: Prairie Gem School, Tippecanoe Township, Henry County, Iowa – Mabel Hallowell Tonkinson and Beryl Barton Rich, 1985
- Country School: Marion No. 7 – Bob Artley, 1989
- Country School: One Room – One Nation – Tammy Rundle, 2011
- Country Things – Bob Artley, 1994

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- Department of Rural Education Yearbook 1939: Community Resources in Rural Schools – National Education Association of the United States, 1939
- The Depression Dilemmas of Rural Iowa, 1929-1933 – Lisa L. Ossian, 2012
- Destined to Rule the Schools: Women and the Superintendency, 1873-1995 – Jackie M. Blount, 1998
- Development of the Iowa Department of Public Instruction, 1900-1965 – Richard N. Smith, 1969
- Differential Mobility within the Rural Population in 18 Iowa Townships, 1928-1935 – Ray E. Wakeley, 1938
- The Dilemma Facing the Small School – Wayne P. Truesdell, 1969
- Distance Effects of School District Reorganization – Rex Honey and James A. Kohler, March 1978
- The District School – Carl E. Seashore, March 1942
- Down the Country Roads: Dinsdale Horse-Drawn School Bus – Edna Fleming, 1989

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- Early Iowa Schoolhouses – Carole Turner Johnson, 1993
- Early Schools – Bobbie Kalman, 1991
- The Early Schools and Teachers of Iowa – Theodore S. Parvin, 1898
- Early Schools in Iowa – Theodore S. Parvin, 1884
- Early Schools in Two Townships of Black Hawk County, Iowa – William H. Dreier
- Echoes of Spring Valley – J. Clarine Boyken, 1978
- Economy, Efficiency, and Equality: The Myths of Rural School and District Consolidation – Jonathan P. Sher and Rachel B. Tompkins, 1976
- Educational Achievements of Eight Grade Pupils in One-Rooms Rural and Graded Town Schools – Clarence C. Martens, 1954
- Exposed, Unbanked, Weatherbeathen, Knowledge Box: The Schools of Sandwich, New Hampshire, 1802-1950 – Joan Cook, 2004

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- Fairfield #1 School: Also Known As Lone Pine and the Beck School – Donald B. Wentworth, 2003
- Farm Arithmetic – Jessie Field, 1900
- A Fifty-Year Period in the Evolution of Schoolhouse Design and Construction in Iowa: 1919-1969 – James Edward Meiborg, 1970
- Finding Meaning in the Legacy of One-Room Schools – Franklin Lee Yoder
- The First Iowa School – Orville F. Grahame, 1924
- Four Years in a Country School – Fannie Wyche Dunn, 1926

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- Getting Along in Country Schools – Julius Boraas, 1908
- The Goldfinch: Iowa History for Young People Vol. 16, No. 1 – 1994
- A Government Textbook for Iowa Schools – Wayne Palmer Truesdell, 1965
- Gritter Creek School: Going to School and Growing Up Rural – Larry Faas, 2004
- Growth of Consolidated Schools in Iowa – Macy Campbell, 1921

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- Hawkeye Schoolmaster: In the Horse and Buggy Days – Charles H. Tye, 1969
- Hidden Treasures: Iowa's Rural Schoolhouses – Gerald Rowles, 2006
- High Plains Schoolteacher – Miss Marvel’s One Room School – Daniel Elliott, 2006
- Higher Education in Iowa – Leonard F. Parker, 1893
- History of Lee County Rural School, 1830-1962 – Lee County Retired Teachers, 1979
- The History of One-Room Schools in Mitchell County – Cedar Valley Retired School Personnel, 1999
- How to Organize, Classify and Teach a Country School – William Michael Welch, 1887

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- Ida County Oral History Program Recording for History: Country School Memories – Conley Wolterman and the Ida County Historical Society, 1997
- The Imperfect Union: A School Consolidation and Community Conflict – Alan Peshkin, 1982
- Improvement of Rural Education: Report of the Work of the Iowa State Teachers College – Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls. Department of Rural Education
- Inventory of Existing Public School Facilities, Needs, and Resources – Iowa Department of Public Instruction, 1952
- An Investigation of Factors Determining the Selection of Superintendents by School Boards in Rural Communities in Iowa – Gordon G. Harr, 1956
- Iowa Farm Letters: Correspondence of John and Sarah Kenyon, Delaware County, and Ephraim G. Fairchild, Jones County, 1857-1865
- Iowa Has Leaders in Rural Education – William H. Dreier, February 1953
- Iowa Heritage Illustrated, Volume 82, Number 3, Fall 2001
- Iowa New and Old – John E. Briggs, 1939
- Iowa Normal Monthly 1877-1912 (35 vols.)
- An Iowa Schoolma’am: Letters of Elizabeth “Bess” Corey 1904-1908 – Phillip L. Gerber and Charlotte M. Wright (eds.), 2011
- Iowa Teachers, Superintendents, and Board Members Expected Outcomes of the Iowa PERA – Harlan Eugene Else, 1977
- Iowa’s Consolidated Schools – George A. Brown, 1922
- Iowa’s Country Schools Landmarks of Learning – William Sherman, 1998
- Iowa’s One Room Schoolhouses – IPTV, 2009 (DVD)
- The Iowa Plan of Observation and Practice Teaching in the Training of Rural Teachers – Anna Dorothea Cordts, 1923
- The Iowa Plan of Training Superintendents and Teachers for Consolidated Schools – Macy Campbell, 1923
- Iowa’s Rural School System: A Lost Treasure – Sandy Kessler Host, 2011
- Iowa’s Rural Settlement: Shaped by Railroads and a System of Rural Schools – Sandra Kessler Host, Dorothy Kessler Host, and William L. Sherman, 2011

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- Journal of Rural Education 1921-1926 (5 vols.)

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- Language Development in Two Different Rural Environments – G.M. Worbois, 1942
- The Last Decade of a Country School: Washington #One, Webster County, Iowa, 1944-1954 – Paul C. Juhl, 2010
- Lessons on the Use of the School Library for Rural Schools, State Graded Schools, Village and City Grades – O.S. Rice, 1915
- Liberty Corner School: A History of a One-Room Country School Southeast of Otley, Iowa, Summit Township, Marion County – Carl Nollen, 2010
- Life and Times of One-Room Country Schools – Donald M. Gruber, 1990
- Life Around a One Room Country School: Dayton Township One, Bremer County – Chris Pipho, 2002
- The Little Yellow School House: 1860-1979
- Louisa County Proposed Reorganization Report – State of Iowa Department of Public Instruction, 1953

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- Mahaska County's First School – Mrs. T.G. Phillips, October 1897
- Mahaska County’s Surviving Schools in Photographs – Carl Nollen, 2004
- Manual Training Magazine / Industrial Education Magazine 1900-1922 (vols. 2-41)
- Marshall Center School – Celebrating Our Education History – Kathy Oakland, 2011
- Marshall Center School – UNI Museum, 2005
- Marshall Center School Scrapbook
- McGuffey’s Sixth Eclectic Reader – William McGuffey, 1962
- Memories of Clarke County Iowa One-Room Rural Schools 1924-1942 – June Bryan, 1996
- Memories of One-Room Schools in Howard County – Cedar Valley Retired School Personnel, 1999
- The Mentally Retarded Child in Iowa Schools - Jessie M. Parker, 1949
- Methods of Teaching in Town and Rural Schools - Elmer L. Ritter, 1950
- Middleburg Independent District #1, English River Township, Washington County, Iowa
- Milford Township and Proud of It: A History of Milford Township and Milford Township Consolidated School at Nevada, Iowa - Dale Hughes and Jurine Borton, 2007
- Move into the Future by Saving the Past: Rural Schools of Louisa County, Iowa – Leonard Kerr, 1998
- The Multiple County Approach to School District Reorganization in Iowa – Henry DeKock, 1956
- Music in Rural Education – Osbourne McConathy, W. Otto Miessner, et al., 1937
- Music in Rural Education: A Program for the Teacher in One- and Two-Room Schools – McConathy, Osbourne, Miessner, W. Otto, et al., 1933
- My Country School Days – Gordon Porter, 1990
- My Country School Days: An Adventure in Creative Teaching – Julia Weber, 1946
- My Memories of Charity Flat School – Joseph Snoble, 2000

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- Nine Months at $90 – Ruth Kohrt, 1997
- Normal Training High Schools: Course of Study and Regulations for Iowa Normal Training High Schools – Iowa Department of Public Instruction, 1920
- Normal Training High Schools in Iowa – Avis C. Grawe (preparer for) Iowa Department of Public Instruction, 1925
- Normal Training High Schools Regulations: Circular number 1 – Iowa Department of Public Instruction, 1916

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- Older Osceola Rural School History Book
- One-Room Country Schools of Iowa – Robert Neymeyer, 2000
- One Room Out West: The Story of the Jore School and its Students – Rita Seedorf, 2002
- One-Room School – Raymond Bial, 1999
- One-Room School Days: An Autobiography of Life as a Pupil, Teacher, Teacher-Trainer in a One-Room School – Otto Shipla, 1995
- One-Room School Houses: Iowa County Iowa 1844-1966 – Owen Jones
- One-Room School Memories
- The One-Room Schoolhouse: A Tribute to a Beloved National Icon – Paul Rocheleau, 2003
- One-Room Schoolhouses and the Law: Litigation, Legislation, and Consolidation – Christine Kiracofe, 2006
- One-Room Schooling Conference 2001 – Northern Illinois University, 2001
- The One Room Schools in Iowa - William H. Dreier
- One-Room Schools of the Middle West – Wayne Fuller, 1994
- One Room Wonders: Iowa’s Country Schools – Jon Heitland, 2006
- One Rural School, Fremont Township, Page County Iowa 1873-1973: Goldenrod Schoolhouse, Birthplace of 4-H – Faye Whitmore, 1973
- The One-Teacher School: Research in Comparative Education – International Bureau of Education, 1961
- Opposition to School District Reorganization in Iowa Communities – Kenneth C.W. Kammeyer, July 1962
- Oral Histories: Teachers and Pupils of One Room Schools - Cedar Falls Historical Society
- Organization of Curriculum for One-Teacher Schools – National Education Association of the - United States Department of Rural Education, 1933
- Outlines in Rural School Problems for Normal Training High Schools – Iowa Department of Public Instruction, 1918
- Outside in: African-American History in Iowa, 1838-2000 – Bill Silag, 2001

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- A Pioneer School Teacher in Central Iowa: Alice Money Lawrence – Floy L. Emhoff, October 1935
- Planning for School District Organization in Iowa – Ellis G. Hanson, 1967
- Pleasant Lawn: The School on the Prairie – Donald Young, 1994
- Pocahontas County, Iowa, History – Pocahontas County Historical Society Members and Friends, 1981
- The Prairie School in Iowa – Richard Guy Wilson and Sidney K. Robinson, 1977
- Prairie Stories and Authors - Photocopies
- Prairies and Pioneers…A Journey through the Years; Osceola County Sesquicentennial History
- Principles of Rural School Administration – Julian Edward Butterworth, 1926
- Public School Beginnings – Jacob A. Swisher, September 1939

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- Readin’, Ritin’, and ‘Rithmetic, A History of One-Room Schools in Wapello County, Iowa – 1994
- A Real Country Teacher: The Story of Her Work – Jessie Field, 1922
- Reenacting the One-Room School – Susan Webb
- Remembering Clay County Rural Schools – Marilyn Meyer, 2000
- Remembrances of Early Days in School
- Reorganization of Iowa School Districts - Iowa Department of Public Instruction, 1960
- Reorganization Survey - Iowa Department of Public Instruction, March 1954
- Report of the Committee of Twelve on Rural Schools - National Educational Association of the United States, 1897
- A Report to the People of Iowa on the Progress and Goals of School District Reorganization – Iowa Department of Public Instruction, 1958
- A Restudy of the School Districts in the Rural Communities to Determine the Effects of Reorganization – Carl Eisemann, 1922
- The Rise of Education – Jacob A. Swisher, May 1935
- Rural Education in Iowa: A Collection of Papers – Dale R. Jackson (ed.), 1990
- The Rural Family, the Rural Community, and Economic Restructuring – Edgar V. Epperly, 1991
- Rural School Houses of Jasper County, Iowa – Newton Kellogg, 2006
- The Rural School: Its Methods and Management – Horace M. Culter, 1913
- Rural School Journeys: A Legacy of Learning – Marcia Gudmunsen Wilson, 2006
- Rural School Management – Harry L. Eells, 1924
- Rural School Methods – Elmer L. Ritter, 1925
- Rural School Reorganization in Iowa – William Henry Lancelot, 1944
- Rural Schools in the Shell Rock, Iowa Area – Linda Betsinger McGann, 2010
- Rural Schools, Jefferson County, Iowa – Julius Hilleary, 1986
- Rural Social Survey of Hudson, Orange, and Jesup Consolidated School Districts, Black Hawk and Buchanan Counties, Iowa – George H. Von Tungeln and Harry L. Eells, 1924
- The Rural Teacher's Work – John Ross Slacks, 1938

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- School Architecture: A Treatise for the Use of Architects and Others – Edmund March Wheelwright, 1901
- A School Building Program for Indianola, Iowa – Harry Andrew Greene, 1924
- School Days, School Days: Featuring Fairfield #4/Spragueville School, Deep Creek School/Van Buren School, the German Lutheran School in Spragueville – Leota Fowler, North Bend Community Center Association, and North Bend Writers' Group, 2004
- School Law of Iowa: Accompanied by Blank Forms... – Maturin L. Fisher, 1858
- School Laws of Iowa – J. Knoepfler, 1892
- School Laws of Iowa: Compiled from the Code of Iowa for Use of School Officials, Administrators, and Laymen – State of Iowa, 1857
- School Life 1918-1964 (47 vols.)
- School Tales – John F. Ross, 2011
- Schoolbells, Inkwells & Much More: Memories of Iowa Rural Schools – The Morning Writers, 1996
- Schools for Rural America: A Look Forward – Winfield Scott, 1942
- Science in Elementary Schools – Albert Cook, 1933
- The Sheldall School – N. Tjernagel, 1931
- The Small Town and Its School – Charles Robbins, 1934
- Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory – Jonathan Zimmerman, 2009
- Some Early Educational Leaders in Iowa – Clarence R. Aurner, 1924
- Spelling List and the Teaching of Spelling for Use in the Normal Training High Schools, Graded and Rural Schools – Iowa Department of Public Instruction, 1920
- Standardization of Rural Schools – Agnes Samuelson, 1928
- Suggestions and Plans for Iowa Schoolhouses and Grounds – Melvin R. Fayram, 1915
- Surveying Rural Schools: Organization, Methods, Results and Comparisons – Fred Danford Cram, 1922
- Syllabi for Instructional Units in Geography and Arithmetic for Normal Training High Schools – Iowa Department of Public Instruction, 1941

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- Teacher and School Government – Emil Paul Wessel, 1934
- Teacher Preparation, Methods and Materials for Music Education in Rural and One-Room Schools in Selected Areas of the Midwest (1890-1950) – Pamela Stover, 2003
- Teachers in Iowa before 1858 – Leonard F. Parker, 1894
- Teachers in Rural Communities: Final Report of the Committee on the Economic Status of the Rural Teacher – Committee on the Economic Status of the Rural Teacher, National Education - Association of the United States, 1939
- Teaching Agriculture in Rural and Graded Schools – Edward Charles Bishop, R.K. Farrar, Milton Henry Hoffman, 1913
- The Teaching of Reading in the Elementary School – Paul McKee, 1948
- Teaching Practices of Iowa Rural Teachers in the 1930s: An Oral History Approach – Jeffrey A. Kaufman, 2000
- Teaching the Commons: Place, Pride, and the Renewal of Community – Paul Theobald, 1997
- There Goes the Neighborhood: Rural School Consolidation at the Grass Roots in Early Twentieth-Century Iowa – David Reynolds, 1999
- They Called Me Teacher – Tom Melchior, 1997
- They Opened the Door…And Let My Future In – Helen Augustine, 2006
- Thresholds in Education - Country Schooling Volume 32, No. 3, 2006
- Thresholds in Education: One-Room Schooling – Lucy Townsend (ed.), 2001

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- We Were Pretty Darn Good: A History of Rural Education in America – Steve Grinewski, 2013
- When One Room Fit All: The County Schools of Marion County, Iowa – Helen Boertje, 2012
- Who Taught the First School in Iowa, and When and Where? – Theodore S. Parvin, January 1889
- William Holmes McGuffey and His Readers – Susan Webb
- Wind, Clouds, Rain, Ice, and Snow (Grades IV, V, VI), Farm Life (Grade IV), and Rural Health (one-room school) – Beulah Beal, Mary Kidd, and Alexander Miller, 1936
- The Work of the Country Schools: Suggestions and Directions Concerning Their Improvement and Enlargement as Educational Institutions – Iowa State Teachers College, 1912
- Worth County Heritage, 1853-1976 – Myrl Stahl, 1977

Y
Your Reorganization Problems Made Easier – N.E. Hyland, circa 1959