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A Guide to the collection at the Connecticut Historical Society
The school, located at 400 Wethersfield Avenue, was built in 1915 and included a gymnasium and swimming pool. In 2005 the building underwent extensive renovations.
This collection of materials was found in a closet at the Alfred E. Burr School and was rescued from disposal by an electrician. The documents are organized into four series.
Series I: Attendance records Attendance records were kept by classroom and are arranged chronologically in Series I. There are multiple volumes for some years.
Series II: State and City curriculum and teaching guides State Education and Hartford School Departments issued curriculum guides and conducted studies to improve teaching. Their published reports are organized chronologically in Series II. Among the more interesting publications are several Works Progress Administration reports, Hartford school surveys, community adjustment programs in postwar America, a bibliography of inter-racial understanding, and a booklet entitled “What About Communism?” Some of the resources that follow the curriculum guides were published by organizations outside of Hartford but provide insight into what topics were taught, and how they were taught. A sample was made of the more than 500 student passbooks; every 20th booklet was retained.
Series III: Financial records Financial records are incomplete but the bills and bank statements, 1935-1942, illustrate the types of supplies needed in various classes and how those materials were purchased from local vendors. An index to supplies needed at the school, 1965, is the most recent document found in Series III.
Series IV: M. Delott Garber teaching files M. Delott Garber was principal of the Alfred E. Burr School in the 1940s and he also taught education courses at the University of Connecticut. Reports submitted by students from one of his university classes in 1949 complete the collection and are arranged in Series IV.
There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Use of the material requires compliance with the Connecticut Historical Society's Research Center regulations.
Item, Collection Title, Collection number (Box #, Folder #). Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut.
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EAD Finding Aid created January 2011.