Home and School Council (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Collection ID: 
Acc. 331
Date: 
1957-1977
Footage: 
12 linear feet
Collecting Area: 
Subjects: 

 

HISTORICAL NOTE

The Home and School Council dates from the organization of the "National Congress of Mothers" in Washington D.C., February 17, 1897. After the ending of the Congress Philadelphia Women organized the "Mother's Club of Philadelphia" on May 7, to promote wider use of the schools.

The first neighborhood school-based councils were formed in 1900. The movement gained further impetus in 1906 when the schools came under central administration and Dr. Martin G. Brumbaugh was appointed Superintendent of Schools. A series of parent meeting were organized with a number of new local associations being formed as a result. In October 1909 a conference of delegates from these organizations formed a League of Home and School Associations to provide a common ground through which to establish closer relations between the home and school.

In January 1926 the League reorganized as a County Council of the Pennsylvania Congress and of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, and was renamed the Philadelphia County Council of Home and School Associations. In the 1930s the local council was know as the Parent-Teachers Association but this name was later abandoned because the association wished the emphasis to be placed on the relation between home and school and not just parent and teacher.

The Home and School Council continued to grow and gradually gained in influence. In 1965 the Council played a vital role in the passage of the Home Rule Charter Educational Supplement. During the term of Mrs. Bernard Featherman (1970-1972) Council gained the right to have members present at negotiations between the Board of Education and the teachers union. Under Mrs. A. Sherwood Platt members of Council went to Harrisburg and gained more funding for public schools. Under Mrs. Lloyd Westfield Council instituted the Parents' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities in 1974 and 1975 and was responsible for the Quality Education Survey of 1975.

 

COLLECTION OVERVIEW

The bulk of the material in the collection is from the years 1966 to 1976. The largest amount consists of issues and activities, general correspondence from 1965 to April 1974, and completed questionnaires from the Quality Education Survey of 1975.
 

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT
 

The collection is organized into nine series as follows:

 

  • Series I - History and Constitution
  • Series II - Presidential and Executive Board
  • Series III - Annual Conference and Dinner
  • Series IV - Membership
  • Series V - Financial
  • Series VI - Issues and Activities
  • Series VII - General Correspondence
  • Series VIII - Quality Education Survey
  • Series IX - Publicity, Newsletters and Publications


Series I - History and Constitution, 1961-1975, 9 Folders. This series contains a history of the Home & School Council from 1897-1977, constitution and by-laws for 1961, 1965, 1966, 1974 and 1975, proposed revision for 1971, 1973, and 1974, administrative guidelines for 1965 and Annual Reports for 1965 through 1968.

Series II - Presidential and Executive Board, 1965-1976 1 foot. This series contains listings of the Officers of the Home and School Council from 1965-1976, Agendas and Minutes of Executive Board Meetings from 1965-1976, Executive Board Correspondence from 1964-1976, and President's letters from 1964-1966 and President's Statements from 1972-1974.

Series III - Annual Conferences and Dinners, 1957-1977 1-1/4 ft. This series contains materials and correspondence from the Home and School Council's Annual Conferences from 1966-1976 and Annual Dinners from 1966-1977; also some pre-1966 Conference and Dinner Material.

Series IV - Membership, 1963-1975 1/2 ft. Membership Files from 1963-1975 consisting primarily of mailing lists and lists of school principals. It also contains materials from General Membership Meetings from 1964-1975 and General Membership Meeting Correspondence from 1972-1975.

Series V- Financial, 1964-1977 1/4 ft. Besides miscellaneous financial material this series contains files on the Blanket Position Bond of 1965, Insurance; Bonding and Accident; from 1969 through 1975, proposed Budgets for 1964-1976, financial statements based on outside examinations from 1965-1972 (with some from 1965-1966), and Annual Treasurer's Reports and Financial Statements from 1965-1975.

Series VI - Issues and Activities, 1958-1977 3 ft. This series contains material on various council activities such as library files, family activities, motion pictures, and Salute to Teachers Day. Also, material on various conferences, councils, committees and workshops sponsored by the Home and School Council. It contains legal files which include materials on the school strikes of 1970 and 1972 and contains the Parent's Bill of Rights And Responsibilities. This series also contains material on issues such as Richardson Dilworth's Task Force on Desegregation in 1966, the Educational Home Rule Question of 1965 and the Save Our Schools Committee of 1963. Arranged Alphabetically.

Series VII - General Correspondence, 1964-1974 2 ft. General Correspondence from 1964 to April 1974. Arranged chronologically.

Series VIII - Quality Education Survey, 1975 3 ft. Completed Questionnaires from the Quality Education Survey of December 1975. Arranged by School.

Series IX - Publicity, Newsletters and Publications, 1964-1977 3/4 ft. Publicity material from 1964-1965, 1968-1973; Council Newsletters from 1964-1968, and 1972-1974; miscellaneous copies of the Council publication "The Council" from November 1968 to June 1976; and a publication called "A Shopper's Guide to Educational Opportunities in the Philadelphia Public Schools - 1977".

 

SEPARATED MATERIAL

Photographs have been removed to the Home and School Council (Philadelphia, Pa.) Photograph Collection (PC-18).
 

INVENTORY
 

Series I - History and Constitution

BOX 1

# 1 - Booklet - Home and School Council History, 1897 - 1977
# 2 - Home and School Council History, 1897-1950 # 3 - Constitution and By-Laws, 1961
# 4 - Constitution and Administrative Guidelines, 1965
# 5 - Constitution and By-Laws, 1966
# 6 - Constitution and By-Laws, 1974
# 7 - Constitution and By-Laws, 1975
# 8 - Proposed Revisions in Constitution and By-Laws, 1971, 1973, 1976
# 9 - Annual Reports, 1965-1968

Series II - Presidential and Executive Board

# 1-4 - Officers of the Home and School Council, 1965-1974
# 5 - Secretaries Duties - 1965
# 6 - District Representative Duties
# 7-17 - Executive Board Meetings Materials - Agendas and Minutes - Sept. 1965 - June 1976
# 18-25 - Executives Board Correspondence - 1964-1976
# 26-27 - Presidents Letters - 1964-1966
# 28 - President's Statements - 1972-1974

Series III - Annual Conferences and Dinners

BOX 2

# 1 - Pre-1966 Conference Material - 1959, 1962, 1964, 1965
# 2-24 - Conference Material and Correspondence - 1966-1976
# 25 - Reservations for Conference - 1977
# 26 - Booklets from Annual Dinners - 1957, 1959, 1965
# 27-32 - Annual Dinners - Materials and Correspondence - 1966-1971

BOX 3

# 33-38 - Annual Dinners - Materials and Correspondence - 1972-1977

Series IV - Membership

# 1-12 - Membership Files - 1963-1975
# 13-22 - Materials for General Membership Meetings - Agendas and Minutes 1964-1975. Incomplete
# 23 - General Meeting Correspondence -1972-1975

Series V - Financial

# 1 - Blanket Position Bond - 1965
# 2 - Insurance - Bonding - 1969-1971
# 3 - Insurance - Bonding - 1972-1975
# 4 - Accident Insurance - 1970
# 5 - Accident Insurance - 1972-1974
# 6 - Banking - 1974
# 7 - Proposed Budgets - 1964-1965 to 1975-1976
# 8 - Budget File - Miscellaneous Years
# 9 - Miscellaneous Financial Information
# 10 - Financial Statements Based on Outside Examinations 1965-1972
# 11 - IRS File - Miscellaneous Years
# 12 - Treasurer's Reports and Finance Statements - Monthly Statements - 1972-1977 (some from 1965-1966)
# 13 - Treasurer's Reports and Finance Statements - Annual Statements - 1965-1975

Series VI - Issues and Activities

BOX 4

# 1 - Accountability - 1974-1975
# 2 - Administrative Bulletins
# 3 - Adult Education Council - 1965-1966
# 4 - Adventuring in Education Conference - 1964
# 5 - Afro-American History Conference - 1969
# 6 - Alternative Program - 1974
# 7 - Anderson School - 1966
# 8 - Annual Reports of District Representatives - 1964 - 1966
# 9 - Art - 1964
# 10 - Awards - 1975
# 11 - Bi-Centennial - 1976
# 12 - Bond Question - 1972
# 13 - Busing - 1974
# 14 - By -Laws - Individual Schools - 1974
# 15 - Career Education - 1976
# 16 - Charter Revision File - 1973-1974
# 17 - Citizens Advisory Committee on Community Renewal - 1966-1967
# 18 - Citizens Advisory Committee on Integration & Intergroup Education - 1965
# 19 - Citizens Committee on Basic Education - 1972
# 20 - Citizens Committee on Public Education (Campaign Committee) 1965
# 21 - Citizens Council on City Planning - 1967-1972
# 22 - City Council - Addresses - 1974
# 23 - Civic Liaison Board - 1968
# 24 - Civil Defense - 1967
# 25 - Grover Cleveland School - 1968
# 26 - Commission on Year Round Schools - 1973-1974
# 27 - Commission on Year Round Schools - 1973-1974
# 28 - Committee - Community Educational Resources - 1967
# 29 - Committee on Disaster Medicine - 1966
# 30 - Committee on Higher Education - 1965-1966
# 31 - Commission on Human Relations - 1965
# 32 - Communications Conference - 1974
# 33 - Community Services - 1965
# 34 - Community Services - 1966-1968
# 35 - Compact-Board of Education and City of Philadelphia 1968
# 36 - Concert - 1967
# 37 - Conference on Auxiliary Personnel - 1968
# 38 - Constructive Citizenship Seminar - 1968
# 39 - Decentralization File - 1971
# 40 - Desegregation - 1976
# 41-#51 - Desegregation: Materials dealing with Dilworth's Task Force
# 41 - Public Hearings and Summary of Proposals
# 42 - Correspondence
# 43 - Community Meetings on Task Force
# 44 - Statements on Recommendations - Home and School and Districts
# 45-46 - Statements on Recommendations - Home and School Associations
# 47-50 - Statements on Recommendations - Individuals and Organizations
# 51 - Letters of Protest on Recommendations
# 52 - Discipline - 1971-1973
# 53 - Disciplinary Committee - 1975
# 54 - Drugs - 1973
# 55 - Educational Change - Shedd's Speech - 1967
# 56-58 - Educational Home Rule Charter Material - 1964-1965

BOX 5

# 59 - Educational Nominating Panel - 1967
# 60 - Educational Parks Question - 1967
# 61 - Elected vs. Appointed School Board -1972
# 62 - Election Material - 1964-1970, 1972
# 63 - E.P.P.C. - 1975
# 64 - Exemption from Sales Tax - 1966, 1973
# 65 - Family Activities Program - 1967
# 66 - Fellowship Commission -1975
# 67 - Food Services - 1974-1975
# 68 - Food Services - 1975
# 69 - Franklin Institute - 1975
# 70 - Free Lunch Program
# 71 - Gang Control - 1975
# 72 - Simon Gratz - 1975
# 73 - Greater Cities Council - 1972-1973
# 74 - Groves Conference on Marriage - 1966
# 75 - Handbook:Home and School Association - 1962
# 76 - Harrington School - 1967
# 77 - Health - 1965
# 78 - Health - 1965-1966
# 79 - Health - 1967-1968
# 80 - Home and School Association Activities - 1965
# 81 - Home and School Week - 1958
# 82 - Hospitality - 1962
# 83 - Hospitality - 1968, 1972-1973
# 84 - Huey Home and School Council - 1964
# 85 - Human Relations Workshop - 1964
# 86 - IN - 1969
# 87 - Independent Campaign Committee - 1965
# 88 - Informational Services - 1965
# 89 - Integration and Intergroup Education - 1966
# 90 - Keeping Pace with the Times-Booklet - 1964
# 91 - Lamberton School - 1975
# 92 - Land - 1976
# 93-96 - Leadership Training - 1973, 1975-1978
# 97-100 - Legal File - 1970, 1973, 1975, 1976
#101-107 - Legislative File -1965, 1967, 1970-1976
#108-109 - Legislative File - 1965, 1967, 1970-1976
#108-109 - Library - 1964-1966
#110 - Literacy Test - 1976
#111 - March of Dimes
#112 - Masterson School - 1975
#113 - Miscellaneous Committees - 1974-1975
#114-115 - Miscellaneous Files - 1966-1968
#116 - Model Cities Program - 1967
#117 - Morton Home and School - 1975
#118-119 - Motion Pictures - 1964, 1966-1967
#120 - Municipal Services Committee - 1975
#121-122 - Music, 1965-1968
#123 - Narcotics and Drug Abuse Council - 1968
#124 - Nominating Committee - 1968
#125 - Nominating Panel - 1975

BOX 6

#126 - Office of Integration & Intergroup Education - Desegregation Report - 1968
#127 - OIC
#128 - Olney Material - 1965
#129 - Parent Bill of Rights and Responsibilities - 1974- 1975
#130 - Parents Union for Public Schools in Philadelphia - 1973, 1975
#132 - PASA - 1972, 1975-1976
#133 - Penna - COngress of Parents and Teachers - 1968
#134 - Personnel Information - 1966-1967
#135 - Philadelphia High School of Agriculture - 1965
#136 - Philadelphia Non-Partisan Register and Vote Campaign - 1967-1968
#137 - Philadelphia Orchestra - 1967
#138 - Philadelphia Regional Planning Council - 1973-1974
#139 - Philadelphia Schools Campaign - 1970
#140 - Philadelphia Urban Coalition - Education Task Force Goals - 1968
#141 - Pickett Proposal File - 1958
#142 - Pierce School - 1968
#143 - Plays for Living - 1967, 1969
#144 - Portable Kindergarten Folder - 1966
#145 - PRIPP - 1975
#146 - Program - 1965
#147 - Pupil Personnel and Counselling - 1974
#148 - Quality Education - 1976
#149-151 - Radio and Television Files - 1965-1966
#152 - Rearing Children of Goodwill - One day Institutes and Conference - 1967-1968
#153 - Reception File - Presidents and Principals - 1970
#154 - Recreation File - 1965
#155 - Rental Facilities - 1975
#156 - Report on Motivation Program - 1974
#157-159 - Safety Files - 1964-1967, 1976
#160 - Safety Baseball Game - 1976
#161 - Scholarships (Letters) - 1965
#162 - School Board Meeting - Unofficial Minutes -1974
#163 - School Code Recodification - 1975
#164 - School Loan Question - 1967
#165 - Schoolmen's week -1963-1964, 1966
#166-167 - School Volunteer's Program and Advisory Committee - 1965-1968
#168 - Secretaries Notebooks - 1968-1969
#169 - Shared Teachers Program w/ Parochial Schools - 1966
#170 - Shared Programs from Schools - Principal's Responses - 1975
#171 - Special Education Program
#172 - Staff Development Program - 1968
#174 - Summer Schools - 1967
#175 - Superintendent's Correspondence - 1974-1977
#176 - Support Our Schools Committee - 1963
#177-179 - Teacher's Day (Salute to Teacher's Day) - 1965-1974
#180 - Teacher Recruitment - 1967
#181 - Transportation - 1974
#182 - TUPS - 1976
#183-184 - UNICEF Folder - 1967, 1973
#185 - United Fund - 1967
#186 - United Nations Day - 1964
#187 - Voters Guides - 1973
#188 - Wanamaker Junior High - 1966
#189 - Ward Voting on School Bond Issue - 1969
#190 - Workshops and Reports - 1959-1960
#192-197 - Workshop File - 1964-1965 to 1973-1973
#198 - Youth Services Commission - 1976

Series VII - General Correspondence

BOX 7

#1 - 58 - General correspondence - 1964 - April 1970

BOX 8

# 59-105 - General Correspondence - My 1970 - April 1974
 

Series VIII - Quality Education Survey

BOX 9

Completed Questionnaires from Quality Education Survey - December 1975

BOX 10

Completed Questionnaires from Quality Education Survey - December 1975

BOX 11

Completed Questionnaires from Quality Education Survey - December 1975


Series IX - Publicity, Newsletters and Publications

BOX 12

# 1-5 - Publicity Files - 1964-1965, 1968-1973, 1975

# 6 - Finletter Satellite - Executive Board Newsletter - December 1966
# 7-12 - Home and School Council Newsletters - 1964-1968, 1972-1974, 1976 - incomplete

"The Council" - Home and School Council Publication - November 1968 - June 1976 - incomplete

"Shoppers' Guide to Educational Opportunities in the Philadelphia Public School " - 1977