University School Records, 1904-2013
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Brief Description: The collection consists of the records for the University High School from 1917 to 1969.  The papers include grade books, diplomas, accounting records, yearbooks, administrative files, daily registers and latern slides.  These records document those who attended the school, their academic achievements, attendance, as well as the financial reporting of the school itself.  One folder contains information about the proposed "Teacher Training School There is little information about school activities, except for the yearbooks and a few photographs.  There are no student newspapers.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 3/RG 16/19
Created by: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  University School.
Volume: 33.0 Cubic Feet
Arrangement: Organized into eight series:  (1) Grade books, (2) Diplomas and Certificates, (3) Ledger and School Accounting books, (4) Yearbooks, (5) Administrative, (6) Teach Daily Register,  (7) General historical files and Reunion Materials, and (8) Photographs.
Biographical Note for Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  University School. :

On February 26, 1874, a model school department was created by the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois Normal University (SINU) to provide practice teaching experience in elementary curriculum and in high school preparation.  The Model School consisted of two departments, the Normal Department and the Preparatory School, with no separate High School.  Julia Mason was head of the Model School from September 6, 1874 until 1876.  After her resignation in 1876, the Model School was discontinued until 1882, when it was reestablished under Professor John Hull.  Professor John Hull served as Board of Trustees superintendent of teacher training and professor of higher mathematics. 

By 1890, the training school staff had expanded to include a principal of primary grades and a principal of the intermediate and high schools, Board of Trustees assistants to the superintendent.  A High School was established separately of the Normal School.  Miss Ann C. Anderson was the first primary principal, and George W. Smith became the first principal of the high school.

In 1892, under President Hull, W.F. Rocheleau became superintendent of the training school.  James Kirk succeeded him as superintendent in 1894.  In 1909, the training school was moved into its own building, the Allyn Building, and became known as the Allyn Training School.  The University School has been known at various times as the Model School, the Practice School, the Training School, the Laboratory School and University School.

The University School's modern history began in 1950, as a laboratory school from kindergarten to high school, replacing the previous laboratory school.  John C. Mees was the first principal.  In 1967 the four-year high school was discontinued, and  in 1971 the grade school ceased operating.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Education - Study and teaching (Graduate)
Southern Illinois State Normal University
Teachers - Training of - United States - History
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Related Materials:

For student transcripts, please contact the Southern Illinois University Carbondale registrar's office

New Training School of Southern Illinois University Cornerstone Vertical  - File Manuscript , 1949-Record Series Number: VFM 1203

Stephen Butler Leacock Vertical File Manuscript , 1928-  Record Series Number: VFM 189

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Administrator Letters Vertical File Manuscript, 1970- Record Series Number: VFM 241

Adlai Ewing Stevenson Vertical File Manuscript, 1951- Record Series Number: VFM 98

Betty Mitchell Tape Collection, 1980-1987 --Item 69: Clarence Stephens, teacher, University School; Director, Student Work Office; Budget Director; Vice President Edwardsville; Assistant to the President"  interviews by Mitchell, Gelman

University Archives Photo Collection, 1897-1978

Series 3: Places  Box 17:  Folder 15: Southern Illinois University School Camp

Series 3: Places  Box 18:  Folder 12: University School

Series 3: Places  Box 18:  Folder 15: University School

University Archives Record Group 13-3-11, Facilities Planning

Box 1: Pulliam Hall-Teacher's Training School planning correspondence (Work Projects Administration proposal)

PreferredCitation: [Item], University School Records, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.