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Wayne County Rural School Records

Identifier: RSC-RSR-093

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents from the rural school system of Wayne County, Iowa dating from 1905-1973. The records cover a majority of the rural schools’ histories, but they are not comprehensive: some records were lost before their transfer to the Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture. The collection material is arranged into four series: “County Board of Education, 1952-1973”, “Office of the Superintendent, 1917-1975”, and “District and School, 1905-1966”. Series 1. “County Board of Education, 1952-1973” contains records created and/or utilized by the County Board of Education. This series consists of County Board of Education Financial Records, Reorganization and Consolidation Records, and Maps. Series 2. “Office of the Superintendent, 1917-1975” is composed of records and microfilmed copies of records created and/or utilized by the Office of the Superintendent. This series includes Teachers' Permanent Cumulative Records, Substitute Teacher Cards, Teachers' Teaching Records, County School Censuses, Pupils' Permanent Records, Eighth Grade Examination Records, and Seventh Grade Examination Records. Series 3. “District and School, 1905-1966” contains records created and/or utilized by individual districts and schools. This series contains Teachers' Reports to the Superintendent and Daily Attendance Registers.


  • Created: 1905-1973
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1940-1957
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2007


7.00 Linear Feet

14 boxes other_unmapped

Language of Materials


Technical Access Requirements

This collection contains materials on microfilm that will require the use of a microfilm reader.

Source of Acquisition

Southern Prarie Area Education Agency (AEA #15)

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

The Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County houses a number of rural school records that span the county's history. They can be contacted at 515 E. Jefferson St., Corydon, IA 50060 or (641) 872-2211.

Processing Information

Materials classified as Items are located on microfilm.  The first number indicates the reel, the second indicates the location of the record on that reel.  Items are not necessarly individual records; a change in Item number may indicate a change in record type, date, township, or district.  These item numbers have been applied for reference purposes by the archives staff and are not present on the film itself.

Archon Finding Aid Title
Dustin Witsman
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Repository Details

Part of the UNI Museum Collections Repository

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