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Rush County School reorganization collection

 Collection — Folder: S1690
Identifier: S1690

Scope and Contents

The collection includes three items: a copy of a one-page summary on the history of centralized township schools of Rush County, titled Centennial History of Rush County, edited by A.L. Gary and E.B. Thomas, Historical Publishing Company, Indianapolis, 1921. The document credits Washington Township Trustee William S. Hall of Rush County for being “the original promoter of consolidation of schools in Indiana”.

The collection also includes a copy of a two-page letter dated April 7, 1926 from L. A. Kalbach, Chief Clerk of the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Education, to Christopher B. Coleman, Director of Indiana Historical Bureau, regarding an inquiry about the first consolidated schools in the United States. In his response, Kalbach indicated that the Washington Township Schools of Rush County, Indiana, was among the earliest schools to consolidate in the United States, with its consolidation in 1877. Kalbach cites other states recording early consolidations, including Connecticut in 1839, Michigan in 1844, Ohio in 1846, and Massachusetts in 1869.


  • 1921, 1926

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/08/03 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2017/08/03 by Linda Gellert.
Rush County school reorganization collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.