News & Updates

This page is meant to provide interested parties with occasional updates on the progress of the activities and goings on of the Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture.

CHRIEC & Rural School Collections access on hiatus

Beginning August 1, 2015, the Rural School Collections housed in the University of Northern Iowa's Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture will be temporarily unavailable for research due to a shortage of staff at the Center.  The Records will again be open and accessible to researchers after Labor Day (September 7, 2015).  We appolgize for any inconvenience this may cause.

New Accession - Area Education Agency 11

In February 2015, CHRIEC received a shipment of educational records from Area Education Agency (AEA) 11. Including multiple counties - Audubon, Boone, Carroll, Dallas, Guthrie, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Polk, Story, and Warren - records from this accession have been added to the RSC/RSR/100 Multiple County and Area Education Agency (AEA) Records Collection.

In addition, much of the material pertained only to Jasper County, therefore, it was added to the RSC/RSR/050 Jasper County Rural School Records Collection.

Barba Jean Duvall - Audubon County Research

Researcher Barba Jean Duvall compiled a wealth of information that details the educational history of Audubon County, Iowa. She has generously provided CHRIEC with a copy of her work that will undoubtedly serve as a valuable resource for staff and researchers alike. Organized by township, Ms. Duvall's research shares the history of individual rural schools throughout Audubon County.

New Accession - Peggy Denlinger (Pancratz) Collection

A generous donation from Peggy Denlinger (Pancratz) of Zwingle, Iowa, has expanded CHRIEC's History of Education Collections to include records from Dubuque and Jackson Counties. Ranging in date from c.1895-1989, the Collection connects the educational history of three families: Denlinger, Pancratz, and Wirtz.

A wide variety of records compose the collection. Student and teacher records, photographs, and newspaper articles trace the history of the following schools in Jackson County: Butler Township - Garryowen High School; Maquoketa and South Fork Townships - Maquoketa Public Schools; Otter Creek Township - St. Lawrence and Zwingle; and Prairie Springs Township - Holy Rosary High School and Salem School. Records from Dubuque County originated at: Dubuque Public Schools and Washington Township - #1 Franklin and #2 Biggins, and West St. Joseph’s.

Be sure to check out the finding aid here.

Iowa's Lost Schools

The Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture was featured in a recent issue of the Des Moines Register. The article, "Records recovery: School documents return to public eye" published on January 21, 2015 is a part of the Register's year-long project on the changes facing, students, parents, and administrators with regards to education in Iowa. The Iowa's Lost Schools project seeks to preserve the history of education in Iowa by sharing stories through print and online formats and eventually in a video documentary that will be broadcast statewide on Iowa Public Television in August or September 2015.

More information on the Iowa's Lost Schools project can be found here.

New Accession - Allamakee County

Donated by the children of Edward and Margaret Grady, 3 Daily Attendance Registers have been added to the Allamakee County Rural School Records. Originating in Fairview Township, #4 Irish Ridge, the records cover the following years: 1913-1917, 1918-1923, and 1923-1929. In addition, photographs of the Paint Creek Township, Waterville School class of 1922-1923 are included.

Be sure to check out the finding aid here.

New Accession - Worth County

The Worth County Rural School Records have recently been updated. Former Iowa educator Jerry Sawin kindly donated records from Deer Creek Township, #5 where many of his relatives attended school. In addition to microfilm records, Worth County now has 3 physical records that include a Complete Term Register, 1897-1907 and two Daily Attendance Registers, 1893-1898 and 1919-1925.

Be sure to check out the finding aid here.

New Accession - Textbooks

Due the generosity of donors, the Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture is able to continuously add new materials to our collections. CHRIEC has recently acquired a collection of rural school textbooks.

Harry L. Eells Collection

Iowa native Harry L. Eells' commitment to education made him an asset to all whom he encountered - students and co-workers, alike. Throughout his lifetime, he served in various educational capacities as a rural school teacher, high school superintendent, professor of Rural Education and head of the Department of Rural Education at the Iowa State Teachers College, and as an instructor for the American Expeditionary Force Army Educational Corps during World War I.

Dr. Robert Sutton Collection

Beginning in the 1950s, Ohio State University professor Dr. Robert Sutton started amassing an incomparable collection of papers and artifacts documenting the history of rural education from the Midwest to the Atlantic coast.