Videos

Built in 1860, the Sheldall Schoolhouse, now located in Story City, is the oldest school building in Iowa. Historian and former University of Northern Iowa faculty member takes viewers on a tour of the school and talks about customs of the Norwegians who settled the area around Story City. This program, "TV Schooltime: Landmarks in Iowa History: Story City," originally aired on Iowa's WOI-TV on March 1, 1960. This video is available thanks to the Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.
This 1940 film documents examples of educational culture and circumstances in Appalachia at the time.
"Educational film about the restructuring of public education, primarily the merging of smaller schoolhouses in rural areas into larger and improved schools." (from Archive.org)
A video introduction to the Iowa Rural Schools Museum in Odeboldt, Sac County, Iowa.
In 1945, the United States Information Agency produced this film to document the daily life in the small, rural community of Holtville, Alabama.
"A teacher explains a lesson to his pupils. School children write on blackboards, go through dance exercises, and draw. Teachers teach via educational television with one teacher in a studio and the other in a classroom. Grade school students run and high school students receive their diplomas. Shows a rural one-room school and modern grade and high schools." (from Archive.org)
This WBGU documentary from 2008 outlines the history of some of Ohio's first one-room schools, how they developed over the years, and what a typical school day was like through interviews and remembrances of those who were there.
"Scripted film of a 1947 small town meeting in Pittsford, Vermont, produced by the US Army to advance democracy post-war occupied countries. Winter scenes, one-room school house, rural living, snow shoveling, gas station, balloting." (from Archive.org)