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Lincoln School Collection

Processed by: Kenny Tymick, November 2013


Contents

  1. Collection Information
  2. Historical Sketch
  3. Photographs
  4. Scope and Content Note
  5. Box and Folder Inventory
Collection Information

Volume: 1 box
Dates: 1901-1993
Restrictions: none
Reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material in this collection must be obtained in writing from the McLean County Museum of History
Location: Archives

Historical Sketch

Located on the corner of Lee and Miller Streets in Bloomington, Lincoln School opened late in 1895, relieving other crowded public schools in the city. At the time it was the only modern school building because of its well-lit and ventilated interior rooms and exterior brick walls.

During the Great Depression, the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) provided grants and bonds to fund school renovation and construction. A new Lincoln School was built with WPA support, and it remained an elementary school until it was closed in 1993. The building now serves as a “leisure center” for the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department.

Photographs
  • Grade 4, 1911

  • 8th Grade, June 1933

  • 8th Grade, June 1933, back

  • undated

Scope and Contents Note

The Lincoln School collection consists mostly of photo albums of elementary school classes and the meeting minutes of the parent-teacher organizations. There are also numerous documents, including those on the history of Bloomington Public Schools; founders’ day addresses and programs; and related newsletters

Box and Folder Inventory
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Folder 1: History I
1.1.1 A document describing the Lincoln School PTO by-laws, voted and approved April 11, 1991. Articles cover the purpose, membership, officer duties, meetings, and finances of the PTO.
1.1.2 Letters from June-July 1945 from the Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers concerning bulletins and improvement suggestions for the Lincoln School PTO.
Folder 2: History II
1.2.1 Information from a former student, circa. 1925, including descriptions of teachers, local families, students and programs, as well as recollections of the wider community, local businesses and schools.
1.2.2 Two packets of information on the history of local schools by the McLean County Historical Society.
1.2.3 “This Is Your Life, Lincoln School” script, includes brief history of Lincoln School.
1.2.4 February 1959 Founders Day address for the Lincoln School PTA. References are made to significant events of 1954-1958, including McCarthyism; the introduction of televisions into homes; Roger Bannister’s four-minute mile; school integration in the South; Sputnik and the Space Race; and the generation gap in music (Elvis Presley versus Lawrence Welk).
1.2.5 April 16, 1963, Founders Day address for the Lincoln School PTA. Brief overview of PTA and previous eras.
1.2.6 February 1966, Founders Day address for the Lincoln School PTA. Brief overview of PTA and previous eras.
1.2.7 Undated Founders Day program containing brief resumes of past presidents, 1935-61.
Folder 3: Members and Presidents
1.3.1 Envelope containing list of Lincoln School PTA presidents, 1931-1974, with mailing addresses; miscellaneous highlights of events and dates from 1902-1932; two sheets listing board members from 1956-66; a stapled list of presidents and addresses from 1919-1970; and a separate stapled list of past presidents and addresses from 1919-1965.
1.3.2 Handwritten copy of Lincoln School PTA presidents, 1897-1993.
1.3.3 Copy of Lincoln School PTA presidents, 1897-1993.
1.3.4 Handwritten list of Lincoln PTA officers, 1898-1953.
1.3.5 Document containing a brief description of past presidents: Priller, Thomas, Wines, Neal, Nance, and Crutcher.
1.3.6 Letter on the formation of Mothers Club organizations across the Bloomington area, 1901-1936.
1.3.7 List of Lincoln School teachers , 1966-1974.
1.3.8 Unspecified list of Bloomington area residents.
1.3.9 Handwritten list of past members and presidents of the PTA, 1898-1930.
Folder 4: General Documents
1.4.1 Three cards giving homecoming welcome, reminder about “The Inquiring Parent” program on WJBC, and a letter of gratitude from a Mr. and Mrs. Bryant.
1.4.2 Invitation booklet to join the Lincoln School PTA.
1.4.3 Constitution and by-laws booklet for the Lincoln School PTA.
1.4.4 District 6 PTA notification of the Fall Conference in September 1969.
1.4.5 Newsletter from Lincoln School on Halloween festivities and report card meetings.
1.4.6 Lincoln School PTO logo mascot voting, 1990-1991.
1.4.7 Letter from Lincoln School PTO board members to the superintendent of Bloomington Public Schools on the allocation of Lincoln School items after its closure in 1993.
1.4.8 Document concerning gift of Lincoln School dishes to the Home Sweet Home City Mission.
1.4.9 Document detailing various publications and emblems of the Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers, 1945.
1.4.10 Speech concerning the history of mothers associated with the Lincoln School PTA.
1.4.11 Newspaper articles describing burglary at Lincoln School; Mrs. Lloyd Brown as the new Lincoln School president; and Benjamin Cottone as the new McLean County district PTA director.
1.4.12 Bloomington Public Schools newsletter from January 1963 detailing history of local school taxes since 1955, and call for improvements to public schools.
Folder 5: Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers
1.5.1 A music education pamphlet published by the Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers (ICPT), 6 North Michigan Avenue Chicago 2, Illinois.
1.5.2 An art education pamphlet published by the ICPT, 6 North Michigan Avenue Chicago 2, Illinois.
1.5.3 A safety manual for PTAs published by the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, 600 S. Michigan Boulevard Chicago 5, Illinois.
1.5.4 A song booklet containing lyrics published by the ICPT, 6 North Michigan Avenue Chicago 2, Illinois.
1.5.5 A parliamentary procedure pamphlet addressed to the ICPT, published by National Congress of Parents and Teachers, 1201 Sixteenth St. N W Washington D.C.
1.5.6 The program for the 65th annual state convention for the Illinois PTA.
1.5.7 Program for 65th annual state convention for the Illinois PTA.
1.5.8 Official ICPT publication, vol. 51, no. 6 / February 1968.
1.5.9 Program keys of the ICPT, 1967.
1.5.10 Pamphlet for the National Congress PTA founders day, 1967.
Folder 6: Album 1972 - 1973
1.6.1 Photo album of class pictures containing grades kindergarten through sixth.