Schools ephemera subject files, 1825-2015 (bulk 1880-1990)
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Aquinas College (Nashville, Tenn.).
Belmont College (Nashville, Tenn.).
Belmont University.
Boarding schools -- Tennessee.
Bowen School (Nashville, Tenn.).
Boys -- History -- Sources.
Camp Cohechee (Fryeburg, Me.).
Children -- History -- Sources.
Church colleges -- Tennessee.
Church schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
College and school drama -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
College students -- Tennessee.
Commencement ceremonies -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Concerts -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Education -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Elementary schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
George Peabody College for Teachers.
Girls -- History -- Sources.
High schools -- Alumni and alumnae -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
High schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Home and school -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Isaac Litton High School (Nashville, Tenn.).
Junior high schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Kennedy, John F. -- (John Fitzgerald), -- 1917-1963.
Learned institutions and societies -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Men -- History -- Sources.
Middle schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Music -- Instruction and study -- History -- Sources.
Music -- Performance -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Music in universities and colleges -- History -- Sources.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- History -- Sources.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Intellectual life.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Speeches, addresses, etc.
Nashville Female Academy (Tenn.).
Peabody Demonstration School.
Private schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Private universities and colleges -- Tennessee.
Public schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Scarritt-Bennett Center.
School children -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
School prose, American -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Schools -- Exercises and recreations -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Single-sex schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Suburban schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Teachers -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Tennessee -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Claims.
Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition -- (1897 : -- Nashville, Tenn.).
Universities and colleges -- Tennessee.
University of Nashville.
University of Nashville. -- Medical Department.
Urban schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Vanderbilt University.
Vanderbilt University. -- George Peabody College for Teachers.
Ward-Belmont College (Nashville, Tenn.).
Women -- History -- Sources.
Women college students -- Tennessee.
Women in education -- Tennessee.
Women's colleges -- Tennessee -- Nashville.

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2 cu.ft.


Organization & arrangement of materials
Organized into two series: I. Schools in general; II. Individual schools.,Arrangement: Series I arranged by type of school. Series II arranged alphabetically by school name.
General Note
Materials housed in Special Collections Division of the Main Library, Nashville Public Library.
General Note
Schools include: Aquinas College; Bailey School; Belmont College; Boscobel College; Bowen School; Central High School; Central Tennessee College; Clemons School; Cumberland High School; Dr. Blackie's School; Draughons Business College; Donelson High School; Duncan School; DuPont School; East High School; East Junior High; East Magnet; Edgefield Female Seminary; Ezell-Harding School; Father Ryan School; Fisk University; Free Will Baptist Bible College; Freed-Hardeman College; Girls Preparatory School; Harpeth Hall School; Hillsboro High School; Howard School; Isaac Litton School; Jere Baxter School; Lighthouse Christian College; Lipscomb University; Lockeland School; Madison College; Massey Military School; Meharry Medical College; Montgomery Bell Academy; Nashville Agricultural and Normal Institute; Nashville College for Young Ladies; Nashville Conservatory of Music; Nashville Female Academy; Nashville Medical College; Nashville School of Law; Nashville State Community College; Neophogen College; Oak Hill School; Peabody College; Peabody Demonstration School; Pearl-Cohn; Radnor College; St. Bernard Academy; Scarritt College and Scarritt-Bennett Center; Southern Female College; Stratford School; Tennessee Technological University; Tennessee State University; Trevecca Nazarene University; University of Nashville; University of Tennessee - Nashville; University of the South; Vanderbilt University; Ward-Belmont School; Watkins Institute and Watkins College; Webb School; West End; Woodmont School; YMCA Law School.
Restrictions on Access
In library use only. Available by appointment.
Abstract: Includes a wide variety of material relating to schools in the Nashville area and elsewhere in Middle Tennessee. Most items outside of the Nashville area concern universities or colleges. In the collection as a whole, all types of schools are included, both public and private, and elementary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions. Materials are also included which concern or originate with school-affiliated groups and individuals, such as clubs, athletics, parent-teacher organizations, teachers, administrators, alumni, and others.
Scope and content: Includes programs from school events such as graduations, reunions, plays, recitals, concerts and similar activities; promotional materials; yearbooks; rosters; brochures; student newspapers; literary magazines; newsletters; publications; reports; essays and histories; course catalogs; student handbooks; curricula and lessons; speeches, commemorations, and dedications; and a wide variety of other material. Quantity of materials ranges from a single item to several folders. Some items are photocopies.
Some of the more notable material includes broadsides from the Nashville Female Academy in 1859 promoting their exhibition; a 1908 Senate document regarding claims for damages at the University of Nashville Medical School caused by U.S. troops during the Civil War; and a slate lesson book used by a student at Bowen School. Two items relating to Vanderbilt University are worth special mention: a program for President John F. Kennedy's speech in 1963 commemorating the 90th anniversary of Vanderbilt University, and a brochure issued during the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897, offering Vanderbilt dormitories as lodgings for visitors to the exhibition. Other items in the collection include a history of girls private schools in Nashville written by Margaret Lindsley Warden in 1965; a list of high school examination questions from 1922; and a newspaper from 1979 entitled, "Speak to the Chaperones," containing women's reminiscences about their school days in Nashville in the mid-1940s, including memories of high school sororities, dances, and social life.
A number of small holdings exist for girls and women's schools, and numerous private academies for both sexes. Individual schools that are well-represented in the collection include: Aquinas College; Belmont University; Bowen School; Isaac Litton School; Peabody College and Peabody Demonstration School; Scarritt-Bennett Center; University of Nashville, including the Medical School; Vanderbilt University; and Ward-Belmont, including their Camp Cohechee in Fryeburg, Maine.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials
Cite as: (school name or folder title), Schools Ephemera Subject Files, Special Collections Division, Nashville Public Library.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Some items may be restricted by copyright law or donor restriction.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Intentionally assembled by staff of the Special Collections Division, beginning at an unknown date, probably in the late 1960s, and collected on an ongoing basis.
In English.
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids
Finding aid available in repository and online;,folder level control.,
Process;,2006;,Linda Barnickel.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use
Additional accruals are expected.


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Warden, M. L. Schools ephemera subject files .

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Warden, Margaret Lindsley, 1904-. Schools Ephemera Subject Files. .

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Warden, Margaret Lindsley, 1904-. Schools Ephemera Subject Files .

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Warden, Margaret Lindsley. Schools Ephemera Subject Files

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