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CRA101 -- William A. and Mildred H. Wirt Papers
  
Calumet Regional Archives

Inventory

27.50 Linear Feet
May 1983
Revised February 2000

Introduction

Mr. William Franz Wirt and former Gary school superintendent Gordon McAndrew donated the William A. and Mildred H. Wirt Papers to the Calumet Regional Archives on September 3 and September 9, 1974, respectively.

Property rights in the collection are held by the Calumet Regional Archives; literary rights are dedicated to the public. There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Linear feet of shelf space: 27.50 linear feet.
Number of containers: 28 boxes.
Calumet Regional Archives Collection 101
Processed By: Stephen McShane
Date: May, 1983

Scope and Content

The William A. and Mildred H. Wirt Papers document the history of the Gary school system from 1907 to 1962. The collection records the activities of William Albert Wirt, first superintendent of the Gary public school system, from 1897 to 1938. In addition, these papers document the activities of Mildred Harter Wirt, Auditorium Department Supervisor,from 1895 to 1962. Twenty distinct record series constitute the collection, including correspondence, William A. Wirt and Mildred H. Wirt; personal and financial records, William and Mildred Wirt; writings, William and Mildred Wirt; other literary productions (reports on Gary schools, auditorium topics, and general auditorium theory); published printed material (Gary schools, local history, organizations, and general education and economic topics); materials from the Gary College, the Steel City Garage, the Gary Civic Concert Association, and Northwestern University; photographs; newsclippings; and oversize items. Most of the documents have been arranged chronolog

The correspondence of William A. Wirt (1897-1938) contains information relating to the Gary schools including statistics on teachers and students as well as Wirt's publications on the work-study-play system. In addition, the series retains data on Wirt's charges against Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, accusing the President's advisors of seeking the collapse of the American political, social, and economic system and substitution of a planned economic, socialist system of government. Also, Wirt's correspondence deals with the Committee for the Nation and the superintendent's involvement with a town planning company. Mildred H. Wirt's correspondence (1923-1962) focuses upon auditorium topics and teachers as well as the publishing of Platoon School magazine. The major portion of this series, however, relates to Mrs. Wirt's parents, relatives, and step-children and describes various family problems and concerns; letters from her father, D.W. Harter, contain some information on the United Labor News, a labor n

Next, William Wirt's writings (1911-1937) detail his views on both education and economic topics. Articles written prior to the 1930's reveal Wirt's theories on reorganizing schools along the platoon scheme, and many of the publications describe the attempt to implement the Wirt plan in New York City. Articles and drafts written during the New Deal years center upon economic topics such as dollar revaluation, gold, government and business relationships, and the threat of a planned economy. Wirt continued to write about his education theories, however, particularly in The Great Lockout in America's Citizenship Plants in 1937. The writings of Mildred Wirt discuss the role of the auditorium in the school curriculum and techniques of teaching drama and performing arts.

Reports on the Gary schools and auditorium activities (1915-1960) constitute a major series in the collection. The reports contain a wide range of information including student performance reports, schedules of subjects, teacher assignments, attendance reports, test scores, analyses of the Gary system, curriculum guides, annual report balance sheets, revenue data, some salary information, directories, surveys, and comparison studies. Meanwhile, auditorium reports, programs, and scripts detail names of student presentations, source materials, remarks of instructors, and lists of plays at virtually all of the schools in Gary. The scripts and program sheets cover subjects such as English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Languages, and Nature Study. This series provides much useful information regarding the administration of the Gary schools as well as the techniques implemented in the platoon system, particularly the Auditorium Department. In addition, the series of records generated by Mrs. Wirt while teaching at

A large volume of printed material (1901-1960) comprises pamphlets, magazine articles, and reports about the Gary schools, education, economics, and local history and organizations. Numerous pamphlets describe the work-study-play plan in Gary and New York and include studies of subjects, costs, school building design, and programs in the Gary schools. The general education series contains reports on platoon systems throughout the nation as well as the state of education in the early twentieth century. In addition, auditorium theory material provides many examples of auditorium programs developed during the period. Articles and publication on economics primarily deal with controversies during the New Deal era and the possible threat of socialism during the 1930's. This series furnishes several accounts of William Wirt's appearance before the Bulwinkle committee in the U.S. Congress, organized to investigate Wirt's charges against the Roosevelt "Brain Trust." Finally, printed materials from local organizations

Several series center upon particular local enterprises and organizations including the Wirt Motor Company, Gary College, and the Gary Civic Concert Association. First, the Gary College series describes the establishment and history of this institution to provide higher education for poor students. Correspondence, reports, and enrollment and financial statistics provide helpful information on the College. Next, records from the Wirt Motor Company and Steel City Garage offer a brief insight into William Wirt's business ventures. Third, the Gary Civic Concert Association series highlights the activities of local culture in Gary. These three series illustrate the diversity of the Wirts' interests and provide a useful account of several aspects of local historical development.

Photographs (1900-1960), furnish a visual record of William and Mildred Wirt. Although the series primarily contains photographs of the Harter family, photographs of drama productions portray auditorium students in various scenes and provide details on sets, costumes, and choreography. The series also retains several photographs of Froebel and Horace Mann schools in the early decades of the century. Finally, the oversize material series (1921-1952) contains additional photographs of the Wirts, Harters, and student plays, as well as newspapers and clippings describing William Wirt's educational and economic philosophies. Also, the oversize series includes Gary school financial ledger sheets for 1921-1922 and 1940-1952.

The William A. and Mildred H. Wirt Papers not only furnish information on the activities and views of two well-known Gary educators, but also document the history of the famous Gary schools' work-study-play system and the history of education in the first decades of the twentieth century. In addition, the collection is a valuable source for the study of local organizations and historical regional development as well as providing insight into aspects of the New Deal era.

Researchers should note that biographical information on William A. Wirt and Mildred H. Wirt is located in Box 1, File Folders 1 and 2. Other collections held by the Calumet Regional Archives documenting the history of education in the Calumet Region include the E.A. Spaulding Collection (CRA 029), the IUN Collection (CRA 031), the Mark Roser Collection (CRA 033), the Allegra Nesbit Collection (CRA 089), the Guy Wulfing Collection (CRA 107), the Jaffee Collection (CRA 108), the Kenneth Resur Collection (CRA 124), the Peter Huminsky Collection (CRA 129), and the Gary Schools Administrative Center Records (CRA 132). Researchers may also find helpful information in Ronald D. Cohen's and Raymond A. Mohl's work, The Paradox of Progressive Education: The Gary Plan and Urban Schooling (Port Washington, New York: Kennikat Press Corporation, 1979) and in James B. Lane's work, City of the Century: A History of Gary, Indiana (Bloo

Historical Sketch

One of the most famous figures in Gary development as well as the history of education in the twentieth century, William Albert Wirt was born on a farm near Markle, Indiana, in 1874. After attending school in Markle and Bluffton, Indiana, Mr. Wirt entered DePauw University and graduated with an M.A. in Political Science. He began teaching in Redkey, Indiana and assumed the post of superintendent of schools in Bluffton in 1899.

While in Bluffton, William Wirt developed a philosophy of education partially based upon a set of values derived from his rural background. He viewed the self-sufficient family farm as containing all of the characteristics necessary for a student's development, particularly vocational training, physical activity, and character growth. Work and productivity characterized rural life, and Mr. Wirt believed that the rapid urbanization occurring in the early twentieth century threatened the rural values necessary for total development of children. Wirt maintained that the public schools should provide an oasis to instill the values of family, work, and productivity among urban students and produce an efficient, orderly society of solid, productive citizens. In short, William Wirt believed that, "Public schools, endowed with the mission of 'the ennobling of daily and common work by making it beautiful'" could solve "the great economic and social problems of our time' '' 1 In Bluffton, Wirt in

In 1907, Wirt became superintendent of schools in Gary and began implementing his educational values in the local schools. He initiated teacher hiring standards, designed school buildings, lengthened the school day, and organized the schools according to his ideals. The core of the schools' organization in Gary centered upon the platoon or work-study-play system. Above the primary grades, students were divided into two platoons -- one platoon used the academic classrooms, while the second platoon was divided between the shops, nature studies, auditorium, gymnasium, and outdoor facilities. In the Gary plan, all of the school equipment remained in use during the entire school day; this system promoted efficiency in the school operations while developing the intellectual, manual, and recreational skills of the children.

The platoon system gained acceptance in Gary and received national attention during the early decades of the twentieth century. In 1914, the city of New York hired Superintendent Wirt as a consultant to introduce the work-study-play system in the New York schools. In the following three years, however, the Gary system encountered resistance from students, parents, and labor leaders concerned that the plan simply trained children to work in factories. By 1917, the Gary system in New York became a political issue and after the election of an antiplatoon plan candidate for mayor in 1918, the New York schools abandoned the work-study-play project.

Despite the failure in New York, Wirt's system continued to achieve popularity during the 1920's. In Gary, the schools grew rapidly to serve the growing population and enrollment. Buildings, staff, and funding increased with the higher demand for education in the city. Outside of Gary, over 200 cities in forty-one states experimented with the platoon system, and in 1925, the National Association for the Study of the Platoon or Work-Study-Play School Organization formed to publicize the advantages of the platoon system. William Wirt not only received national recognition, but also gained worldwide fame from England to Japan.

In addition to his duties as school superintendent, Mr. Wirt became involved in several business ventures including real estate development in Dune Acres, president of Gary's National Bank of America, a partnership in a city planning firm, and owner in a Nash automobile dealership. Unfortunately, all of these projects yielded little financial gain and eventually failed with the onset of the Great Depression.

In 1927, Mr. Wirt married Mildred Harter, the general supervisor of speech in the Gary schools. Born in 1895, in Memphis, Tennessee, Miss Harter had attended high school in Huntington, Indiana and graduated from the Indiana State Normal School in Terre Haute in 1915. After beginning her teaching career in Summitville, Indiana, Miss Harter came to Gary in 1918 as a teacher at the Beveridge School. From 1919 to 1926, she taught at Froebel School and became the director of speech and drama in the Gary school system in 1929. During her career, Mildred Harter Wirt developed a philosophy of the role of auditorium training in the school curriculum and wrote several articles on auditorium theory. In addition, she taught summer courses in auditorium subjects at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. In 1948, Mrs. Wirt earned a Ph.d. in education from Jefferson College in Jefferson, Texas, with a thesis entitled, "Educational Philosophy of the Gary Public Schools." Besides teaching, Mildred Wirt became

While the 1920's saw the growth and expansion of Wirt's influence and organization plan in Gary, the 1930's brought controversy and dissent among Wirt's proponents and supporters of the Gary schools. The Depression resulted in smaller budgets, program cuts, reductions in teachers's salaries, a shortened school year, and cancellation of night school and summer courses. Although these programs were restored by 1937, teacher discontent over salaries continued to appear in the late 1930's. In addition, arguments arose over the proper role of vocational training in the schools, and Gary's black community became increasingly impatient with segregation policy in the schools.

In addition to these concerns, William Wirt launched an attack upon Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs, charging that the New Deal threatened American individualism by attempting government planning of the economy. He wrote pamphlets, articles, and addresses on the economy, particularly regarding the manipulation of the dollar to solve the economic crisis. Finally, Wirt accused the New Deal of being infiltrated by communists designing the collapse of the American system.

Wirt's charges received national attention when the school superintendent appeared before the Bulwinkle investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1934. After his testimony against the Roosevelt Brain Trust, he was denounced as a reactionary by Democrats and those on the left, and defended by those on the right. Although the committee rejected Wirt's charges, the superintendent continued to write and speak on the dangers of the New Deal economic programs.

Several years after his spectacular accusations against Franklin Roosevelt's administration, and as problems of segregation and teacher discontent continued, William A. Wirt suffered a heart attack and died on March 12, 1938. Within two years, much of the work-study-play plan fell from favor among school officials, and William Wirt's platoon system of educating the "whole child" disappeared from the Gary schools' organization. Historian Ronald D. Cohen summarized William Wirt's contributions to the Gary schools by stating, " at their worst, the Gary schools were places where bored, frightened students were endlessly herded from room to playground to auditorium; at their best they were free, exciting, creative environments, assisting and enriching the lives of rich and poor, black and white, native and immigrant children. For many, they surely promoted opportunity."2

Notes

1. Cohen, Ronald D. and Mohl, Raymond A.. The Paradox of Progressive Education: The Gary Plan and Urban Schooling, (Port Washington, New York: Kennikat Press Corporation, 1979), p.13.
2. Lane, James B.. City of the Century: A History of Gary, Indiana, (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1978), p. 65.


Box File Description
1 1-2 Biographical Information, William Wirt, Ca. 1930
Biographical Information, Mildred Wirt, 1950


Series I: Correspondence - William A. Wirt
Box File Description
1 3 Correspondence and Related Materials, Industrial Town Planners, 1918, 1920-1922
4 Correspondence, Alice Barrows, 1926, (1932-1934)
5 Correspondence, William Wirt to Mildred Wirt, (1932-1936)
6 Correspondence, Committee for the Nation, 1932-1937
7 Correspondence, The Great Lockout, 1937-1941
8-15 Correspondence, William Wirt, General, (1897-1938)


Series IA: Correspondence - Wirt Children
Box File Description
1 18-19 Correspondence, William A. Wirt to William Franz Wirt, 1907, 1910, 1926, 1931-1938
20 Correspondence, William Franz Wirt, (1932-1949)
21 Correspondence, Incoming to William Franz Wirt, (1907-1974)
22-23 Correspondence, Eleanor Wirt, (1929-1943)
24 Correspondence, Regarding Eleanor Wirt, 1938-1939
25-26 Correspondence, Sherwood Wirt, (1929-1948)
27 Correspondence, Regarding Sherwood Wirt, 1938


Series II: Correspondence - Mildred H. Wirt
Box File Description
1 28 Correspondence, Tri Kappa, (1925-1945)
2 1 Correspondence, Platoon School Magazine, (1927-1938)
2 Correspondence, Auditorium Business, 1928-1930
3 Correspondence, Mildred Wirt and Teachers, (1928-1940)
4 Correspondence, Commercial, Mildred Wirt, (1930-1940)
5 Correspondence, Mildred Wirt and Various Organizations, (1930-1939)
6 Correspondence, Mildred Wirt and Students, 1932-1939
7 Correspondence, Mildred Wirt and William Franz Wirt, (1932-1944)
8 Correspondence, Mildred Wirt, Apartment Rentals, 1932, 1939-1940
9 Correspondence, Letters of Inquiry, (1935-1939)
List of Correspondents, Christmas, 1935
10 Correspondence, Antonia Wolf to Mildred Wirt, 1939-1940
11 Correspondence, School, 1938, 1947-1949
12-16 Letters of Sympathy, Death of William A. Wirt, March, 1938
17 Correspondence, Mildred Wirt and Alice Harter, (1939-1949)
18 Correspondence, Mildred Wirt and D.W. Harter, 1939, (1951-1960)
19 Correspondence, Carrie Harter Templeton, (1895-1910)
2 20 Correspondence, Death of Carrie Harter Templeton, June, 1946
21 Correspondence, Charles S. Coons to Gary Board of Education, June 16, 1941
22-29 Correspondence, Mildred Harter Wirt, General, (1923-1949)
3 1-3 Correspondence, Mildred Harter Wirt, General, (1951-1962)


Series III: Personal and Financial Records, William A. and Mildred H. Wirt
Box File Description
3 5 Tax Returns, William Wirt,1935-1937
6 Accident Insurance Policy, William, Wirt, n.d.
7 Insurance Cards, William Wirt, n.d.
8-9 Financial Statements, 1935-1940
10-11 Wirt Invoices and Statements, (1920-1937)
12 Minutes, Dune Acres Board of Directors, 1932
13 Dune Acres Publications and Land Records, 1923-1924, 1929, 1938, 1948
14 Dune Acres Financial Sheet, n.d.
15 Constitution and By-Laws, City Club of New York, 1923
16 Will Earhart, "William Wirt's Contribution to the Arts," February 23, 1932
17 Award Booklet, Membership in National Education Association, 1929
18 Appointment Book, William Wirt, 1933
19 Pocket Calendar, 1938
20 Register of Visitors, Funeral of William Wirt, March 14, 1938
21 Memorial Tributes to Dr. Wirt, March, 1938
22 Memorial Service Program for William Wirt, March 1938
3 23 Scholastic Convocation, Memorial to William Wirt, June 24, 1938
24 Resolution of Indiana Board of Education Upon Death of William Wirt, 1938
25 List of Visitors and Callers at Wirt Home, Death of William Wirt, March, 1938
26 List of Mourners, Death of William Wirt, 1938
27 Tribute to William Wirt by Jefferson School Student, 1941
28 Testimonials to William Wirt, n.d.
29 Program, Ceremony to Honor Elizabeth Pynchon Ames, n.d.
30 Teacher's Application, Mildred Gene Harter, July 1, 1918
31 Teacher's Contract, Mildred Harter Wirt, 1921
32 Wedding Booklet, William A. Wirt & Mildred Gene Harter, August 10, 1927
33 Tax Returns, Mildred Wirt, 1933-1943, 1957
34 Salary Information, Mildred Wirt, 1958-1961
35 Insurance Policies, Lake George Property, 1916, (1936-1951)
36 Mortgage and Related Materials, Lake George, New York, (1935-1938)
37 Auto Insurance Policy, Mildred Wirt, 1938-1939
38 Automobile Papers, Mildred Wirt, 1937-1939, (1958-1960)
39 Life Insurance Policy, Mildred Wirt, 1957
40-41 Invoices, Mildred Wirt, (1927-1960)
4 1 Bank Book, Mildred Wirt, 1938
2 Account Book, 1938-1939
3 Expenses, Eleanor Wirt, 1933
4 Invoices, Eleanor Wirt, 1935-1939
5 Invoices, Sherwood Wirt, 1936-1937
6-8 Yearbooks, Huntington High School, (1913-1920)
9 Yearbook Pages, Huntington High School, (1915-1924)
10 Huntington High School Award, 1917(?)
11 D. W. Harter, Addresses and Occupational Information, (1934-1943), 1959
12 D.W. Harter, Financial Records,(1922-1958)
13 D.W. Harter, Membership Cards, (1926-1938)
14 D.W. Harter, Tax Information, 1950
15 Petition to Establish Tri-City Labor News, n.d.
16 Pamphlet, "Friendly Comments and Endorsements," United Labor News, (1930-1940)
17 Tribute to Mary L. Clark by Carrie Templeton, n.d.
4 18 Appointment Book, 1925
19 Pocket Diary, Unidentified, 1926
20 Appointment Book, 1948
21-22 Address Book, 1949
23 Guest List, Unidentified, n.d.
24 List of Addresses, Mildred Wirt, (1926-1940)
25 Notes to Maid, Mildred Wirt, 1937-1938
26-30 Greeting Cards, Mildred Wirt, (1932-1939)
31 Home Inventory, n.d.


Series IV: William A. Wirt Writings
Box File Description
5 1 William Wirt, Reprint of Letter to Board of School Trustees 1911
2 William Wirt, "The Place of the Public School in a Community Program for Child Welfare", The Child, July, 1912
3 Educational Report, Lake County Schools, 1913
4 William Wirt, "A Report Upon the Feasibility of Securing Prevocational Training", 1914
5 "A Report on a Plan of Organization for Co-Operative and Continuation Courses", 1914
6 "The Reorganization of Public School 89", 1915
7 "The Official Wirt Reports to New York City Board of Education", 1916
8 Leaflets, Duplicate School Program Plans, 1918
9 Draft of Speech on Work-Study-Play Education, ca. 1926
10 "Gary Public Schools", from the History of the Lake and Calumet Region of Indiana, 1927
11 Wirt Notes, Gary Schools, 1930-1937
12 Wirt Manuscripts Discussing Work-Study-Play School, 1931
13 "How Can America Secure a Market?", 1932
14 "How Will the Revaluation of the Dollar Operate?", 1932
15 "Our Government's Responsibilities for the Present Depression", 1932
5 16 Resolution Submitted to the State Board of Education, March 4, 1932
17 "The School's Responsibility for Post-War Depression", 1932
18 "Shall We Save Debtors, Creditors, or Both", 1932
19 "The Way Out of the Present Depression", 1932
20 William Wirt, Articles, 1932-1933
21 Draft, "An Honest Dollar", 1933?
22-23 "An Honest Dollar", 1933?
24 "The World is Short of Gold Dollars, But is Not Short of Currency", 1933
25-26 "Which Way, America?" Articles, 1933-1934
27 "Which Way, America?" Address, 1934
28 "Which Way, America?", Notes and Drafts, 1934-1935
29 America Must Lose by a "Planned Economy", The Stepping-Stone to a Regimented State, 1934
30 Comments Regarding America Must Lose Pamphlet, n.d.
31 "Education for Citizenship", Address at Morgan Park Military Academy, June 10, 1934
32 "Supporting Our President", Draft, 1934
33 "Education in a Modern World", 1935
34 "The School as (or Should not be) an Agency for Propaganda", Articles and Drafts, 1935
35 "Why Does Gary Spend Money for Schools Other Than the Regular Day Schools", 1935
5 36 "Keeping America Safe for Democracy", 1936
37 "Public School Expenditures and the Tax Burden", 1936
38 Summaries of Oral Evidence Regarding Roosevelt "Brain Trust", 1936
39 The Great Lockout in America's Citizenship Plants, Part 1, 1937
6 1 The Great Lockout, Photographs and Related Materials, 1910, 1924-25, 1936-37
2 Library of Congress Copyright Request, The Great Lockout
3 Drafts, "Introduction", The Great Lockout, n.d.
4-8 Chapters 1-5, Drafts, The Great Lockout, n.d.
9 Chapter 6 Drafts (?), The Great Lockout, Part 2, n.d.
10 Illustration Captions, The Great Lockout, n.d.
11 Mailing List, The Great Lockout, n.d.
12 "Cost to the Taxpayer", Drafts, 1936(?)
13 Wirt Notes, Economic Topics, ca. 1930's
14 Critiques of Reports on Gary Schools, n.d.
15 "Discussion of Community Schools", Draft, n.d.
16 "The Effect of the Deposit Currency in Prices", Draft, n.d.
17 "Fair Incomes", Draft, n.d.
18 "Greater Use of Our Child Welfare Agencies by Eliminating Peak Loads; Multiple use of Child Welfare Agencies", n.d.
19 "The Other Side of the New Deal", n.d.
20 "Plain Facts About the Rockefeller Foundation Survey of the Gary Schools", n.d.
21 "Progress in Education Through School Administration", n.d.
22 "Rise in Expenditures for Public Education", n.d.
23 "The Schools Responsibility for Post-War Depression", n.d.
6 24 "Ways and Means for a Closer Union Between the School and the Non-School Activities", n.d.
25 "Why Work-Study-Play-Schools?", n.d.
26 Address on Educational Goals, William Wirt?, n.d.
27 Wirt Speech Excerpts, n.d.
28 Address Cards, Agricultural Publications, n.d.
29 Miscellaneous Notes on Platoon Schools, n.d.
30 Notecards, Economic Topics, n.d.
31 Notecards, Education, n.d.
32 List of Superintendents in Other States, n.d.


Series V : Mildred Harter Wirt Writings
Box File Description
6 33 Mildred Wirt, Writings and Speeches, 1940-1943
34 Draft, "A Study of Auditorium Practices in the Elementary Platoon School", n.d.
35 "Practical Suggestions for Conducting the Auditorium in Work-Study-Play Schools", n.d.
36 "The Auditorium as a Workshop for Creative Youth", n.d.
37-38 Rough Drafts, Various, n.d.
7 1-3 Notes, Auditorium Subjects, 1937-38, 1944
4-5 Notes, Mildred Wirt, 1935-1936
6 Notes, List of Subjects, n.d.
7 Lecture Notecards, n.d.
8 Class Notes n.d.


Series VI : Reports,Gary Schools, General
Box File Description
7 9 Various Reports on Platoon Schools, 1915-1916, 1926-27, 1935-36
10 Survey Reports/Test Scores, Gary Schools, (1916-1923)
11 Gary School Statistics, 1918
12 Graduation Announcements, Emerson High School, 1918, 1920
13-14 Visual Education Correspondence and Related Material, (1920-1931)
15 Comparative Financial Statistics, Gary and area schools, 1921-1922
8 1 Reports and correspondence, Continuation School, 1921-1923
2 Gary school statistics, (1922-1927)
3 Invitation, Froebel High School Alumni Reunion, 1923
4 Bell, "The Program and Matters Pertinent, Horace Mann School, school year 1923-1924", 1951
5-6 Music Education Material, 1923-1929
7 Bell, " An Analysis and Comparison of Gary School Costs with Other Indiana City Schools, 1924-25", n.d.
8 Bell, "An Analysis Comparing the Public Schools of Joliet, Illinois and Gary, Indiana, May, 1926
9 Statistics, Gary Schools, 1926-1927
10 School board statistics and related materials, 1928-1933
11 Teacher success rankings, 1927-1928
12 Visiting reports, Gary schools, 1928
13 Principal-supervisor bulletins, Gary schools, 1928-1929
14 Suppliers, Gary schools, ca. 1928
15 Statistics, night school, 1928-1929
16 Program, D.A.R. Spirit of America Pageant, 1928-29
17 Programs, Memorial auditorium presentations, 1929-30
8 18 Financial statistics, Gary schools, (1929-1933)
19 Teacher application and related material, (1930-1949)
20 Special events lists, Gary schools, 1930-1931
21 Programs, Algebra, January, 1931
22 Gary Schools Teacher lists and rating summaries, 1931-1934
23 Financial statistics and taxes, Lake County and Gary schools, 1933-1935
24 Gary schools Monthly Bulletin, November, 1933
25 Gary teachers salary statistics, 1933-1938
26 Notices, Indiana State Teachers' Retirement Fund, 1933-1934
27 Special events for teachers, 1934-1935
28 Reports, Gary public schools Work, Study, Play camps for Boys, 1934-1935
29 Gary schools directory, 1934-1937
30 Letters to Indiana legislators concerning taxes, 1935
31 Burger, "The Work, Study, Play or Platoon School Evolution of School Organization", April, 1936
32 Teacher Examination Form, September 26, 1936
33 College graduates' dinner, 1936
34 Gary schools attendance report, 1937
35 Program, Third Scholastic Convocation, June 16, 1937?
36 Superintendent's office salary files, 1937-1938
8 37 Salary statistics, Gary schools (?), 1937-1938
38 Teachers' Union materials, 1938
39 G.E. Wulfing, "Educational Aims Attained Through Appropriate Administration", 193?
40 Program, annual school award presentation, May, 1940
41 Kindergarten and primary department bulletins, 1940-42
42 Statistics, Gary schools, 1940-1951
43 Gary schools, financial and tax information, 1942-43
44 Statement, dedication of marker for first work-study play school, 1943
9 1 Gary public schools directory, October, 1944
2 Gary schools, secretarial job statistics, 1946
3 Teacher Salary Schedules, 1947-1948
4 Costume inventories, Gary Schools, 1946, 1950, 1952
5 Survey Report, School Buildings, and Sites, Gary, March 1947
6 Philosopher, Lew Wallace School, September-October, 1949
7-9 Directories, Gary Public Schools, (1951-1959)
10 Our Poems, Gary Elementary School Students,1955
11 Program, Americanization and Adult Elementary Education, Gary School Center, November, 1957
12 Master Calendars, Gary Schools, (1957-1961)
13 Instruction Guide, Physical Education, Grades 1-3, Gary Schools, 1957
14 Construction Agreements, Gary Schools, 1957
15 Curriculum Guide, Science, Gary Schools, 1957
16 Curriculum Guide, Gary Schools, 1958
17 Speech Curriculum Guides, 1958
18 Manual for New Teachers, 1957
19 Gary Schools, Forms, Rough Drafts, 1957
9 20 Appendix, Gary Schools, Policies, 1957
21 Science Instruction Materials, 1957-1959
22 Gary Schools Stock Supply List, July, 1958
23 Minutes, Elementary Principles Meeting, October 17, 1958
24 Superintendent's Calendar, 1959-1960
25 Training and Experience Statistics, Lake County Teachers, 1959-1960
26 Teacher-Coordinator's Report of Class Visitations, English Dept., 1959-1960
27 Gary Schools Teaching Schedules, 1959-61
28 Catalog of Reference Materials from the Educational Reference Center, ca.1950's
29 Minutes, Board of Trustees Meeting, September 27, 1960
30 Committee to Oversee Arithmetic Practice Exercises, Gary Schools, 1960
31 Charts comparing "OLD" and "NEW" Gary School Plans, n.d.
32 "Condition of Effort to Re-Organize Schools on Work-Study-Play Plan", n.d.
33 Music Instruction Topics, Gary Schools, n.d.
34 Teacher Evaluation Form, n.d.
35 Teaching Aids, n.d.
36 Description of Responsibilities, Supervisor of Speech, Gary Schools, n.d.
37-38 Stuart A. Courtis, "The Gary Survey", n.d.
39 Employee List, Gary Schools, (?), n.d.
9 40 Floor Plans, Edison School, n.d.
41 Report on History of Work-Study-Play Schools in Gary, n.d.
42 Marietta Johnson and G. E. Wulfing, "Basic Educational Philosophy-Gary Public Schools", n.d.
43 Stationary Heads, Gary Public Schools, n.d.
44 Report on Teacher Salaries, n.d.
45 Personnel Policies, Gary Schools, n.d.


Series VII: Reports, Gary Schools, Auditorium Department
Box File Description
10 1-2 Old Auditorium Programs, (1926-1932)
3 Drama Activities, Gary Schools, 1926-1927
4 Auditorium Bulletins, (1926-1951)
5 Auditorium Departments, Calendars of Events, 1927-1931
6 Completed Questionnaires, Proposals for National Auditorium Meeting, 1928-1929
7 Meeting Notes, 1929-1930
8 Monthly Record of Programs, Children's Theatre, 1929-1942
9-24 List of Plays, Roosevelt Primary School, Tolleston School, Tolleston Primary School, West Horace Mann School, West Lew Wallace School, West Pulaski School, West Roosevelt School, Beveridge School, Edison School, Emerson School, Franklin School, Froebel School, Froebel Primary School, Jefferson School, Lew Wallace Elementary School, Emerson Primary School (1929-1937)
25 Holiday Programs given in Gary, 1929-1937
26 Operetta's and Children's Plays given in Gary, (1929-1937)
27 List of Plays, Glen Park Schools, 1930-1937
28 Speech and Music Teachers, 1930-1931, 1939, (1949-1957)
29 Suggested Teaching Materials, Auditorium, (1931-1942)
10 30-32 List of Plays, Longfellow School, (1931-1937)
33 Programs given in the Various Schools, 1932-1936
34 Interscholastic Speech Events, Gary Schools, 1932-1942
35 Duties of Auditorium Teachers, 1932
36 List of Plays, East Pulaski School, 1933-1937
37 Auditorium Training Plan Sheets, Emerson, Franklin, Jefferson, and Horace Mann Schools, (1933-1934)
38 Classroom Teachers Monthly Record of Programs, Dramatic, 1933-1943
39 List of Plays, Ambridge School, (1934-1937)
40 List of Plays, Lincoln School, 1936-1937
41 Auditorium Monthly Financial Reports, 1940
42 Auditorium Interests and Aims, 1940-1941
43-44 Auditorium Teachers Instruction Materials, (1940 1943), 1957
45 Children's Theatre, 1944-1947
46 Teacher Reports, Speech Departments, Gary Schools, 1956-1960
47 Program, "Kind Lady", Froebel Auditorium, March, 1958
48 Letters from Emerson and Froebel Students, "How to Improve the Auditorium", n.d.
49 Teaching Objectives, Fourth-Sixth Grade Speech, n.d.
50 List of Suggested Plays, n.d.
51 Auditorium Equipment Needs, n.d.
11 1 Auditorium Address List, n.d.
2 Classic Reprints, Art, (60), n.d.
3-7 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Art, 1926-1939
8 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Auditorium Training, 1931, (1937-1939)
9-10 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Commerce, (1928-1939)
11 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Cooking and Sewing, 1926, 1931
12-16 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, English, (1924-1930)
12 1-13 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, English, 1930-1939
14-16 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, English, Final copies, (1929-1935)
17-18 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Geography, (1926-1938)
19 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Health, 1927-1930
13 1 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Health, (1931-1938)
2-6 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Home Economics, (1926-1939)
7-8 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Languages, 1927-1938
9-10 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Library, (1928-1939)
11-16 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Mathematics, 1928-1931
14 1-3 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Mathematics, (1931-1942)
4 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Music, (1929-1939)
5-13 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Nature Study, (1926-1939)
14 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Penmanship, (1928-1938)
15 Physical Education, (1928-1939)
16 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Reading, 1927-1929
15 1-3 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Reading, 1932-1939
4 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Safety, (1930-1938)
5-7 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Sciences, (1926-1939)
8-14 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Social Studies, 1929-1930
16 1-4 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Social Studies, 1931-1939
5-6 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Speech, 1928-1939
7 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Spelling, 1928-1938
8-10 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Vocational, 1926-1938
11 Auditorium Programs and Scripts, Final Copies, All Subjects, 1926-1931


Series VIII: Published Printed Material, Gary Schools
Box File Description
16 12 Dorr, "Keeping the Children in School", Hampton's Magazine, July, 1911
13 "Notes to Visitors," Emerson Schools, 1911
14 Catalogue of Paintings, Gary Public Schools, 1912
15 An Election of Eminent Educators", Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 8, 1912
16 Lincoln, Gary Public Schools, January, 1913
17-18 Science Bulletins, Gary Public Schools, July, October, 1914
19 The Story Hour, Gary Public Schools, First to Third Year, 1914
20 Nock, "An Adventure in Education", The American, April, 1914
21 Programme, "Auditorium Periods", Emerson School, 1914
22 New York City Superintendent of Schools, Seventeenth Annual Report, Survey of the Gary and Prevocational Schools, 1914-1915
23 Barrows, "A Reply to Associate Superintendent Shallow's Report on the Gary Schools, 1915
24 "The Gary System-Its Pros and Cons for Other Cities", 1915
25 Zoology Department Reports, Emerson School, 1915, 1925
26 "What Labor Really Thinks", 1917
27 "A Cylinder Press for Emerson School", Class of 1917
28 Golden Anniversary Booklet, Emerson High School, Class of 1917
29 "The Plain Facts About the Gary Schools", 1917
30 "The Truth About the Gary Schools", 1917
31 McMillen, The Gary System: A Bibliography, 1917
32 Flexner & Bachman, The Gary Schools: A General Acct., 1918
33 Gary Public School Study, "Industrial Work", 1918; "Science Teaching", 1918
17 1 Gary Public Schools Study, "Physical Training and Play", 1918
2 Gary Public Schools Study, "Household Arts", 1918
3 Gary Public Schools Study, "Organization and Administration", 1918
4 Gary Public Schools Study, "Costs, School Year 1915-1916, " 1918
5 Gary Public Schools Study, "Measurement of Classroom Products", 1919
6 "The Story Hour", Emerson School", 1918
7 Barrows, "First National Conference on the Work-Study-Play or Platoon Plan, 1922
8 Rossman, " What Gary is Doing for its Children", Teachers College Record, December, 1925
9 "Fourth National Conference on the Work-Study-Play Plan", 1925
10 "The Auditorium and its Administration", 1927
11 List of Platoon or Work-Study-Play Schools, June, 1927
12 Bell, "The Work-Study-Play Program" 1927-29
13 Rossman, "Leisure Time and Saturday Schools", American Educational Digest, September, 1928
14 Gary Public Schools Exhibitions of Paintings, 1929-1930
15 "The Platoon School-A Platoon School Primer", December-February, 1930-31
16 Programs, Annual All-City High School Vocal Solo Contest, 1932-1944
17 Roberts, "The Auditorium in the New Education", American Childhood, September 1932
18 "The Taxpayer and the Gary Public Schools", 1934
17 19 Shaffer, "The Gary System: A Bibliography, 1916-1935", 1935
20 "Third Annual Scholastic Convocation, Gary Schools", 1936 (?)
21 "Choosing Your Life Work - A Message to Gary Boys and Girls", 1937
22 "Tri-State Conference on Pupil Personnel", Gary, 1938
23 Catalog of Pictures Owned by Gary Public Schools, 1939
24-25 Final Report, Purdue Survey Committee for the Gary Board of Education, ca. 1940
26 Exhibit Pamphlets, Steel at War, 1943?
27 Emerson Improvement Association leaflet, n.d.
28 Kindergarten Manual for Parents, n.d.
29 "Old Gary School Program", n.d.
30 "Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets On Occupations and Careers in the Horace Mann Senior Conference Room, n.d.
31 "I am the Printing Press", Emerson press Ieaflet, n.d.
32 Arithmetic, Gary Public Schools, n.d.
33 "Office Management, Stenographic and Secretarial studies", Gary Schools, n.d.
34 "The Truth About the Gary Schools", n.d.
17 35 "The Gary Evening Schools", n.d.
36 "What Labor Leaders, Educators, and Other Say About the Gary System", n.d.
37 Motion Pictures of Gary Schools, n.d.
38 "Work-Study-Play Schools-Gary Public Schools", n.d.
39 Testimonials to Platoon Schools, n.d.


Series IX: Gary College
Box File Description
17 40 Proposals to Establish Gary College, 1932
41 Gary College Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and Director's Minutes, 1932-33
42 Gary College Records of Individual Directors, 1932
43 Correspondence Concerning Establishment of Gary College, 1932
44 Gary College Correspondence, 1931-1935
45 Gary College, Reports, 1931-1935
46 Gary College Reports On Students, 1932-1934
47 State Board of Accounts, Field Examiners Report, Gary College, February, 1936
48 Gary College High School Graduate Enrollment Statistics, 1932
49 Gary College-Mid-Semester Reports, 1933-34
50 Gary College, Financial Statistics, 1930-1934
51 Gary College News, February-April, 1934
52 Gary College Information Pamphlet, n.d.
53 Gary College Teacher's Contract, 1927
54 Gary College, Room Usage Statistics, 1941-42


Series X: Wirt Motor Company / Steel City Garage
Box File Description
18 1 Franklin-Nash-Wirt Company Audit Statements, 1927
2 Sale Agreement, Franklin-Nash-Wirt Motor Company and Steel City Garage, 1927
3 Steel City Garage vs William Wirt, 1927-1928
4-5 Franklin-Nash-Wirt Company / Steel City Garage Financial Statements, 1926-1930


Series XI: Gary Civic Concert Association
Box File Description
18 6 William Wirt File, Gary Civic Concert Association, 1928-1934
7 Subscriber's List, 1928-1930
8 Bulletins and Related Materials, 1928-1930
9 Gary Civic Concert Association, General, n.d.


Series XII: Tri Kappa and other Organization Materials
Box File Description
18 10 Tri Kappa, Constitution and By-Laws, 1933, 1937
11 Tri Kappa Minute Book, 1936-1938
12 Minutes, Tri Kappa, (?), 1946
13 Tri Kappa Financial Statements, 1937-1941
14 Programs, Tri Kappa Events, 1937-1939
15-16 Cross Keys, March, 1937, June, 1960
17 Beta Associate, Tri Kappa, 1958-1959
18 Plan for Library Services at James Parramore Hospital, n.d.
19 Altrusa Club Material, 1948-1949, 1962
20 Daughters of the American Revolution Yearbooks, 1932-1939
21 By-Laws, Beta Mothers Club, October, 1938
22 Year Book, Zeta Phi Eta, 1935-1936, 1940-1941
23 Certificate, Zeta Phi Eta, 1936
24 Anniversary Year Book, the Lake George Club, 1909-1929
25 Material from John King, 1939 ?


Series XIII: Gary and Indiana Historical Printed Material
Box File Description
18 26 Abstract of Title to Lots 27, 28, Block 29 of Gary Land Company's First Subdivision in Gary, 1853-1926
27 "Our Beloved Principal, E.A. Spaulding, 1912-1952"
28 Bailey, "The Founding of Gary", Gary Public Schools, 1916
29 Pamphlet, "Gary Invites You, " 1927
30 Annual Reports, City of Gary, 1935-1936
31 Annual Reports, Lake County Auditor, 1935-1936
32 Tri-State Conference on Pupil Personnel, Gary, 1938
33 First District Teacher's Association, 18th Annual Session, Gary, 1938
34 "Welcome to Gary-the Steel City", 1939
35 Feminine Frontiers Senior Supper, April, 1941
36 Hamilton, "Our Land in the Making", 1945
37 Program, Christ Church, Gary, 1944
38 "Cultural and Entertainment Opportunities in Gary", 1946
39 Guest List, Women's Finance Forum, Gary, April-May, 1952
40 Programs, Northern Indiana Art Salon, Exhibits, 1954, 1957, 1958
41 "Gary Work and Workers", 1956
18 42 "Our City Gary", Student Report, 1956
43 Newsletter, Gary Public Library, 1958
44 Campaign Pamphlet, Andy Kovacik, ca. 1950s
45 "City on Sand", 1960; 1967.
46 Gary Symphony Society, Minutes of April 5, 9, 1962
47 Hoosier Art Salon Leaflets, n.d.
48 Telephone Directory, Gary, Indiana, n.d.
49 Local Business Advertising, n.d.
50 Greeting Card, Indiana University Calumet Center, ca. 1930's
51 Indiana University, Gary Center, Bulletins, 1929-1930
52 Invitation, Indiana University, Gary Center Groundbreaking, August 29, 1957
53 Schedule, Indiana University, Gary Center, 1959-1960
54 Indiana University, Department of Speech and Theatre, Newsletter, March, 1960
55 Indiana University, Program, Conference of High School Teachers of the English Language, 1960
56 Gary Players, Indiana University, Gary Extension, 1961
57 The Craftsman, Volume 1, October, 1901-March, 1902
19 1-2 The Craftsman, Volume 2, April-September, 1902, Volume 10, Sept, 1906
3 First Reader, 1904
4 State of Indiana, 23rd Biennial Report of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1907
5 Circular, Purdue U. Agricultural Experiment Station "Liming the Soil", 1912
6 "A Day with Riley in Indiana", October, 1917
7 "Indiana High School Standards", 1920
8 "School Information for the Patrons of the School" East Chicago, Indiana, 1925
9 "Lincoln Platoon School", South Bend, 1926-1927
10 Linden Platoon School", South Bend, 1926-1927
11 Indiana School Standards with Instructions for Scoring, 1930
12 "A Study of Teacher Supply and Demand in Indiana", 1930
13 State School Relief in Indiana, 1932
14 "The Taxpayer and the Public Schools", 1933
15 Indiana School Directory, 1934-1935
16 Program of studies and Digest of State Courses of Study for Indiana Schools, 1935
19 17 Brown County, Indiana , Centennial Recipe Book, 1937
18 Indiana State Teacher's Association, Annual Meeting, October 27-28, 1938
19 Indiana Teacher, October, 1957
20 Indiana State Teachers Association Retirement Handbooks, 1960
21 Invitation, Dedication of Lilly Library, n.d.
22 Brown County Art Gallery Program, n.d.
23 Indiana Historical Leaflets, Nos. 1 and 2, n.d.


Series XIV: Northwestern University Instruction Records
Box File Description
19 24 Secretary's Book, Auditorium at Evanston, Illinois, 1929, 1931-1933, 1936
25 "Why I Took Auditorium Work at Northwestern", Summer 1934?
26 Northwestern University Bulletin, Summer 1935, 1936
27-28 Auditorium Examinations, Northwestern University, August 1936; June 1937
20 1-6 Auditorium Examinations, Northwestern University, June, August, 1937; 1944
7 Northwestern University, School of Speech, 1938
8 Northwestern School of Education, Fifth Conference Week, July 1960
9 Curriculum Conference Materials, School of Education, Evanston, Illinois, n.d.
10 Notebook, Northwestern Summer School, n.d.
11 List of Students, Mildred Wirt, Indiana University, 1938


Series XV: Reports, Auditorium Theory, General
Box File Description
20 12 Records for School Libraries, November, 1928
13-15 Auditorium Theory Reports/Articles, 1929, 1931-1932, 1938
16 Class Exercises, Play Lists, Story List, 1930-1931
17 Auditorium Programs, Tulsa Public Schools, 1934-1936
18 "Speech Improvement for the Lower Grades", 1937
19 Auditorium Programming Instruction Notes, 1937(?)
20 Speech Bibliographies, 1947-1955
21 Outline of Auditorium in Little Rock, Arkansas, n.d.
22 Socializing the Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan, n.d.
23 Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama Schools, n.d.
24 Auditorium Dramatics in Franklin School, Port Arthur, Texas, n.d.
25 Auditorium Instruction Organization Charts, Oklahoma and New York Schools, n.d.
26 Auditorium Instruction Manual, n.d.
27 Speech Re-Education Material, n.d.
28 Statistics, Comprehension Skills, n.d.
29 Commentaries on Schools, General, n.d.
20 30 Bibliographic Cards, Auditorium Publications, ? n.d.
31 Rough Notes, Drama Subjects, n.d.
32 List of Songs, n.d.
33 Book Titles, n.d.


Series XVI: Published Printed Material, Education, General
Box File Description
21 1 Report, Committee on Secondary School Studies, N.E.A., 1893
2-3 The Elementary School Teacher, July, 1901; February 1902
4 Gulick, "Why 250,000 Children Quit School", World's Work, 1910
5 Reference List, Philosophy of Platoon School, 1911-1934
6 Bobbit, "The Elimination of Waste in Education", The Elementary School Teacher, 1912
7 Second Annual Accounting, Courtis Standard Tests, 1912-1913
8 Annual Accountings, Courtis Standard Research Tests, 1913-1916
9 Instruction Manual, the Courtis Standard Tests in the Three R's, 1914
10 Experimental Studies in Kindergarten Education, 1915
11 Fourteenth Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, Part I, 1915
12 New York City Supt. of Schools, Seventeenth Annual Report, 1915
13 "Saving Millions by Fitting Pupils for Life", 1915
14 The Elementary School Journal, November, 1916
15 Education Exhibits at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1916
16 "Evaluating the Gary Plan in New York City", 1916
17 Leaflet, Gary School League of New York, 1916
21 18 "Modern Schools for New York City", 1916
19 President's Report, Girand College, 1916
20 "Brief Fundamentals", 1917
21 "The Duplicate School as an Educational Asset", 1917
22 Taylor, "Some Effects of the Duplicate Schools", 1917
23 "The Truth About the Schools", 1917
24 Sharp, "The Work, Study, Play Idea Makes its Appearance in New York City, ca. 1917
25 "A Study of Handedness", March, 1918
26 Chadwick, "The Value of Play", 1918
27 The Elementary School Journal, 1919
28 Stanford Platoon School Bibliography, 1920-1930
29 "Reports on Morals and Civics", Chicago Schools Journal, September, 1921
30 "The Housing and Equipment of Kindergartens", 1921
31 Detroit Public Schools, Superintendent's Monthly Letter, 1921-1922
32 "The Non-Promotion Problem - An Interesting Solution", 1922
33 "Some Uses of School Assemblies", 1922
34-37 The Detroit Educational Bulletin, 1922-1929
21 38 Barrows, "A School Building Program for Washington, North Carolina", 1923
39 Deffenbaugh, "Significant Movements in City School Systems", 1932
40 School Bulletin, St. Paul Dept. of Education, March, 1923
41 School Life, February, 1923
42-45 Journal of Education, 1923-26
46 Rogers, "Municipal School Playground and their Management", January, 1924
47 The Elementary School Journal, Oct. 1924
48 "A Platoon School in Kansas, Missouri", 1924
49 "Organization and Administration of the Duplicate School in Philadelphia", 1924
50 "Correlation in the Work-Study-Play School", January, 1925
51 "The New Viewpoint in Reading, Educational Progress, October, 1925
52 Teacher's College Record, December, 1925
53 "Employee Training", 1925
21 54 "The New Technique of Teaching Primary Reading", 1925
55 Dean's Report, Teacher's College, Columbia University, 1925
56 President's Annual Report, Columbia University, 1925
57 "Will it Pay Me to Go to College?", 1925
58 Pamphlets, Playground and Recreation Association of America, 1925?
59 Journal of Education, January, 1926
60 Rossman, "Programming the Enriched Curriculum, Educational Review, April, 1926
61 School and Society, March, 1926
62 Official Report, Dept. of Superintendence, 1926
22 1 Index, The Platoon School, Volumes I-IV
2-5 The Platoon School, 1927-1939
6 "Per Capita Costs in City Schools", 1927-1928
7 The Supervisors Service Bulletin, January-February, 1928
8 "Personality and Public Speaking", The Journal of Expression, Sept. 1928
9 Barrows, "Changing Conceptions of the School Building Problem" 1929
10 School Life, April, 1929
11 Chicago Civic Opera Company, 1929-1930
12 Exercise Drills, ca. 1920
13 Bulletin, U. of Michigan School of Education, January, 1930; April, 1934
14 Educational Research Bulletin, March, 1930
15 Lutz, "Pupil Achievement in Platoon and Non-Platoon Schools", 1932
16 Century of Progress Recipes, 1933
17 School Executives Magazine, May, 1934
18 Journal of the N.E.A., October-December, 1934
22 19 Kansas City School Service Bulletin, 1934
20 Educational Music Magazine, September-October, 1935
21 Pamphlet, American Education Week, 1935
22 Ayres, Some Conditions Affecting Problems of Industrial Education in 78 American School Systems, 1935
23 Chicago Park District, Report of Recreational Division, 1935
24 Tenth National Conference, National Association for the Study of the Platoon of Work-Study-Play School Organization, 1935
25 Bulletin, College of Business Administration, U. of Nebraska, 1935-1936
26 Recipes, 1935-1939
27 "The Marott Topics", June, 1936
28 The Dewey School, 1936
29 "Something Better for Birmingham Children", 1936
30 Educational Trends, Jan. - Feb., 1937
31 Research Bulletin, N.E.A., Nov. 1937
32 Pasadena College Information, 1937
33 Centennial Booklet, Francis Wayland Parker, 1937
34 Pamphlets, New York City School, 1937
35 27th Conference, National League to Promote School Attendance, Oct. 1937
36 "Vocational Training for the Distributive Occupations Under the George-Deen Act", Jan. 1938
37 Alumni Bulletin, U. of Chicago, Feb. 1938
22 38 23rd Convention, National Association of Teachers of Speech, 1938
39 Symposium Schedule, "Speech as a Social Force in the Modern World", 1938
40 "What the University Celebrates", 50th Anniversary, U. of Chicago, Oct. 1940
41 Program Aids for Citizenship Recognition Ceremonies, 1940 (?)
42 Quarterly Journal of Speech, December 1942
43 Bulletin, Friends of the Public Schools, Sept. 1944
44 Official Report, Wartime Conferences on Education, 1944
45 Educational Research Service, 1944
46 Vital Speeches of the Day, June, 1945
47 American Educational Theatre Association, News 1947, 1949
48 "Conflict in Education-The Pasadena Case", March, 1951
49 Swoyer, Broken Dolls, 1953
50 Theatre Arts, September, 1957
51 U. of Chicago, Adult Ed. Courses, Autumn, 1957
52 Fundamentals of Speech: A Basic Course for High Schools, 1957
53 Know-How, Feb.-March, 1958
54 Children's Theatre Conference, Aug. 1958
55 "Hogs, Ax Handles, and Woodpeckers", 1958
22 56 Central States Speech Association Conference 1960
57 Adams, American Tragedy, n.d.
58 "Mothers of New York, What of the Children?", n.d.
59 "The Organization and Specialized Activities of the Kenyon Street School, Providence, Rhode Island, n.d.
60 Case, "The Platoon School Integrates", n.d.
61 "What Makes Education Modern?"
62 "The Place of the Library in the Curriculum", n.d.
61 "Equipment for School Dramatics", n.d.
62 Donizetti's La Favorita, n.d.


Series XVII: Published Printed Material, Economic Topics
Box File Description
23 1 Various Reports, Economic Topics, 1932-1934
2 Various Articles, 1932-1934
3 Various Pamphlets, New Deal, 1933-1934
4 Commentaries on the New Deal, 1933-1934
5 Radio Address and Commentary on Wirt's Charges Against New Deal, 1934
6 "An Example of Modern Farming", 1910
7 Morgan Park Bulletin, 1918
8-10 Antioch Notes, 1924-1938
11-14 Junior Red Cross News, 1923-1926
15 Synopsis of Rotary Pamphlet, 1925?
16 The Red Cross Courier, January, 1926
17 The Dearborn Independent, Feb. 1926
18 Association Men, YMCA Magazine, March-April, 1926
19 The Consensus, July, 1931
20 "Protection Against Depreciated Currency Competition", 1932
21 "Taxes and Government", 1932
22 Rev. Coughlin, "Eight Discourses on the Gold Standard", 1932-1933
23 23 "No Inflation-Practical Reconstruction" Feb. 1933
24 National Defense News, April-May, 1933
25 Liberation, May 27, 1933
26 New Deal Herald, June, 1933
27-28 Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan, December, 1933; April, 1934
29 "Wake Up, Australia' A National Warning", 1933
30 "The Present Hour in the Light of Prophecy", 1933
31-32 Graphic, March, Dec.,1933; April, 1934
33 Harpers, February, 1934
34 The Gospel Minister, March 29, 1934
35 The National Aeronautic Magazine, March, 1934
36 National Republic, March, 1934
37 Liberty Magazine, March 10, 1934
38 Scribner's Magazine, August, 1934
39 Newsweek, March, 31, April 7, 1934
40 Time, April 2; June 25; Dec.3, 1934
41 The Literary Digest, March 3; April 7; June 23, 1934
42 Forbes, April 1, 1934
43 Liberation, April 7, 1934
44 Modern Finance, April 16, 1934
23 45 Textile Bulletin, April 26, 1934
46 Review of Reviews, April 1934
47 The Torch of Israel, April-June, Oct., 1934
48 "Fundamental Aspects of the Present Industrial Situation", May, 1934
49 "Communist Propaganda in America", June, 1934
50 World's Digest, June, 1934
51 Current Digest, June, 1934
52 Antioch Notes, Oct. 1, 1934
53 Pamphlets, Anglo-American of the First Moscow University, 1934
54 "The Facts are Available", 1934?
55-57 Pathfinder, May 18, 25; Oct. 19, 1935
58 The Alumni Bulletin, May, 1935
59 "New Labels on Old Battles", July, 1935
24 1 John David Brcin, Sculptor, 1935
2 "Dare We Oppose Red Treason?" ca. 1930s
3 Bottom Side Up, 1936
4 Recreation, 1935, 1936
5 The American Way, 1936
6 Vital Speeches of the Day, May 1, 1937
7 The Indiana Woman Voter, May 1937
8 Carter Glass, Constitutional Immorality, 1937
9 "How Can Government and Business Work Together", January 1938
10 Pamphlets, "The Ford Sunday Evening Hour", Jan.-Mar. 1938
11 The American Nationalist Confederation Bulletin, Feb. 1938
12 National Committee to Uphold Constitutional Government, 1938
13 USSR Information Bulletin, Aug. 28, 1946
14 "Communist Plot Exposed", 1948?
15 "The Ordeal of Dr. Wirt", Chicago Tribune Magazine, April 4, 1954
16 McFadden Speech, "The Greatest Crime in History!", 1962
17 "Facing the Facts", n.d.
24 18 "The Christian and National Defense", n.d.
19 "A Declaration of Independence from Post War Regimentation and the Socialization of Business", n.d.
20 Sermon, Dr. Harry Emerson Fosorek, Park Avenue Baptist Church, n.d.


Series XIX: Newsclippings
Box File Description
26 1 Newsclipping, Gary High School Graduating Class, 1910
2 Newsclippings, (1930-1933)
3 Newsclipping, Cartoon Referring to Wirt Charges Against New Deal, April 18, 1934
4 Newsclippings, 1934
5 Newsclippings, 1935-1936
6 Newsclippings, 1937-1938
7 Newsclippings, ca. 1930's
8 Newsclippings, 1940, 1948
9 Newsclippings, 1952-1962
10 Newsclippings, n.d.
11 Auditorium Collection Catalogues, n.d.


Series XX: Oversize
Box File Description
26 Diploma, Mildred Gene Harter, 1915
27 D.A.R., Certificate, Mildred Harter, 1918
28 Harter Family History Lists, n.d.
29 Awards to United Labor News, 1935, 1938, 1942
30 The Calumet Weekly News and Glen Park Herald, 1934-1935
31 Today, April 28, May 26, 1934;
Saturday Evening Post, Sept. 15, 1934, August 1, 1936
32 Piano Trade Magazine, Oct., 1937
33 The Delta Yelp, April 9, 1938
28 Gary School Statistics Ledger Sheets, (1940-1952)


Oversize
Drawer File Description
3 2 Comparative Financial Statistics, Ledger Sheets, Gary and Area Schools, 1921-1922
3 Auditorium Balance Sheets, (1940-1952)
4 Trust Fund Trial Balance, (1940-1952)
Steel City Garage Ledger Sheets, 1928-1930
5 Floor Plans, Carver School, 1952
4 1-2 Galleys, The Great Lockout, n.d.
3 Survey Tables, Awards, Posters, Graphics, (1922-1940)
4 Blueprints, William A. Wirt School, 1938
5 1 Newspapers, (1934-1948)
2 Gary Post-Tribune Articles, (1932-1938), (1951-1957)
3 Hudson News, 1936-1937
4 Newsclippings, Gary Schools, 1937
5 Newsclippings, General, 1929, 1932, 1937, 1941


Large Oversize
File Description
1 Chart, Business Activity, 1876-1879
Charts, (2), Business Activity, 1933-1934
Chart, Commodity Prices, 1933-1934
Chart, Realized Incomes, 1909-1930
Chart, Industrial Products, 1928-1935
Chart, Business Cycles, (1812-1934)
2 Charts, (24), Oral and Silent Reading Maps, n.d.
3 Blue Prints, Franklin School, Community School "Housing plans for Better Government and Better Living, ca. 1934;
Maps, (4), City of Gary, 1954


Series: William Franz Wirt (Added to William A. and Mildred H. Wirt Papers, July 1986)
Box File Description
29 1 Birth Records, William Franz Wirt, 1941
2 Resumes, William Franz Wirt, 1919-1952
3 Educational Records, William Franz Wirt, 1922-1939
4 Maritime Records, William Franz Wirt, 1919-1969
5 Correspondence, Civil Engineering Matters, 1936-1937
6 Reports, Produced by William Franz Wirt for Works Progress Administration, 1937-1940
7 Plat, Dune Acres, Indiana, 1924
8-9 Logbooks, Ship's Navigator, (1955-1958)

Subject Tracings

  • African Americans
  • Auditorium theory (schools)
  • Barrows, Alice
  • Business
  • Committee for the Nation
  • Communism
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Drama
  • Dune Acres
  • Economic history
  • Edison High School (Gary)
  • Education
  • Emerson High School
  • Evansville
  • Franklin School (Gary)
  • Froebel School
  • Gary
  • Gary Civic Concert Association
  • Gary College
  • Glen Park School
  • Harter family
  • Horace Mann High School
  • Huntington, Indiana
  • Immigrants
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Labor
  • Lake County
  • Lew Wallace High School
  • National Recovery Act
  • New Deal
  • Northern Indiana Arts Salon
  • Northwestern University
  • Planned communities
  • Pulaski High School
  • Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
  • Schools, Gary
  • Schools, Indiana
  • Schools, New York
  • Socialism
  • South Bend
  • Steel City Garage
  • Tugwell, Rexford
  • Wirt, Mildred Harter
  • Wirt, William A.
  • Wirt family
  • Wirt School
  • Work-Study-Play System
  • World War I
  • World War II