Correspondence, annual reports, minutes, legal documents, financial ledgers, printed material, and photographs comprise the records of the Oberlin Kindergarten-Primary Training School (OKPTS), founded in 1894 by the Oberlin Kindergarten Association and absorbed in 1932 by the Education Department of Oberlin College. The school's founders conceived of the OKPTS and its free kindergartens as laboratories in which the latest methods of kindergarten pedagogy might be tested; however, the bulk of the records here gathered reflect the school's operating history rather than its educational philosophies.
Series I, Operating Records (1894-1933), includes a draft of the 1894 OKPTS constitution; correspondence of the Board of Trustees relating to teacher certification and development matters (1929-32); annual reports of OKPTS to the President of Oberlin and to the State Department of Education; alumnae files created and maintained by both the OKPTS and the Oberlin College Alumni Office (ca. 1912-33) and by Principal Clara May; financial ledgers (1915-32); library acquisitions records (1931-32); and twenty-year run of OKPTS staff meeting minutes (1911-32), which document faculty attitudes towards student discipline, grading, and school policies. Student Teaching Records include written evaluations prepared by professors Marie Rankin (1896- ) and Mary Yocom (1894-1968).
Series II, Montessori Files of Clara May (1913-31), documents May's ongoing involvement with the Montessori movement both in the U.S. and abroad. Files include correspondence from educators Helen Parkhurst (1887-1973) and Maria Montessori (1870-1952) to Clara May (1872-1957), a graduate of Oberlin College, Montessori-trained teacher, and Principal of OKPTS from 1915 to 1932. Also housed here are several 1914 photographs of Montessori classes in Italy taken by May while training in Rome.
Official publications are filed in Series III, Printed Material (1887-1933). Included are complete runs of The Okatiess, the school yearbook, and annual catalogs, together with a series of newspaper articles on the development of the OKPTS appearing in the Oberlin News from 1894 to 1907. Series IV, Photographs (1894-1933), contains faculty and student pictures as well as an album (1894-1933) belonging to Clara May.
Series I. Operating Records, 1894-1933 (4.05 l.f.)
The subseries are alphabetically arranged and contain material documenting the day-to-day administration of the Oberlin Kindergarten-Primary Training School. Included are the minutes of OKPTS staff meetings (1911-32) and Oberlin Kindergarten Association meetings (1894-1912); annual reports; file copies of correspondence of Board of Trustees Secretary Lloyd William Taylor (1893-1948) to L.L. Louthian, Associate Supervisor of Teacher Training for the State of Ohio; correspondence of Board of Trustees President Louis Eleazer Lord (1875-1957); and minutes of Board of Trustees meetings. A manuscript draft of the OKPTS constitution is housed with legal documents in Folder 5.
Series II. Clara May's Montessori Files, 1913-31 (0.2 l.f.)
Contains the files of Principal Clara May relating to her association with the Montessori movement. Files include incoming correspondence from educators Maria Montessori and Helen Parkhurst, printed enclosures, annotated didactic materials, May's translations of Italian writings, and photographs taken during May's Montessori training in Rome, 1914-15.
Series III. Printed Material, 1887-1933 (1.84 l.f.)
Includes complete runs of the school's annual catalog (1894-1932) and its yearbook, The Okatiess (1923-31); an incomplete run of the annual Alumnae Letter; as well as commencement memorabilia (1896-1933); preservation photocopies of newspaper articles; a bound song book (1887); and miscellaneous printed material.
Series IV. Photographs, 1894-1933 (0.8 l.f.)
Includes photographs of faculty, class pictures, and miscellaneous subjects, both identified and unidentified. Some have been cross-referenced to items in Series III, Printed Materials. Of note is Clara May's album (1894-1933) containing photographs of kindergartens around the world sent to her by former students.
Series I. Operating Records, 1894-1932
Administrative files of the Oberlin Kindergarten Association
Annual reports, 1901-03
Financial ledger, 1900-03
Administrative files of Oberlin Kindergarten-Primary Training School
Annual Reports to the College President, 1899-1932 (2f)
Annual Reports to State Dept. of Education, 1926-32
Board of Trustees Files
Correspondence, 1929-32 (6f)
Reports, 1930, 1932
American Association of Teachers Colleges, 1928-32 (2f)
State Department of Education, 1910-31 (3f)
Budgets, 1911-23 (2f)
Centennial Building Fund Drive, 1914-32
Ledgers, 1915-32 (3 vols.)
Materials and Supplies, 1932
Legal Documents, , 1927-32
Library acquisition records, 1931-32, n.d.
Minutes, OKTS Staff Meetings, 1911-32 (4f)
Miscellaneous files, 1947-48, n.d.
Workbook of Student Art Lessons, 1910-11
Alumnae Files (3x5 cards), ca. 1912-32
Clara May's OKTS class files (3x5 cards), 1932
Student Teaching Records, Adams-Zimmerman, 1927-32
Series II. Clara May's Montessori Files, 1913-31
Correspondence and enclosures, 1914-21
Didactic materials, n.d.
Printed materials, 1913-31, n.d.
Writings of Clara May, 1914, 1932
Photographs in Italy, 1914
Series III. Printed Materials, 1887-1933
Alumnae Letter, 1912-13, 1918-32 (3f)
School Letter, 1927-32
Annual catalogs, 1894-1932 (6f)
Commencement and Class Day memorabilia, 1896-1933
Educational tracts and ephemera, ca. 1895-1925
Glee Club Programs, 1919-20, 1926, 1931
Newspaper clippings (photocopies), 1894-1932, n.d.
The Okatiess, 1923-31 (4f)
School Letter (see Alumnae Letter, box 11)
Songs for Little Children, 1887 (1 vol.)
Series IV. Photographs, 1894-1933
Album of Clara May, 1894-1933
Class pictures (groups), 1898-1931
Class pictures (individuals), 1898-1933 (2f)
Faculty pictures, 1924-31 (2f)
French War Orphans (poster), 1922
Graduation pictures, 1915-31
Miscellaneous pictures, 1894-1931