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Attendance officer's "Children of Compulsory Age" record book

 Collection — Folder: S2379
Identifier: S2379

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the attendance officer's "Children of Compulsory Age" record book for children living in Perry Township, Marion County, Indiana. Some children in Franklin Township may have been included as well. Listed alphabetically, the circa 1916 book includes the children's names, month and year of birth, age, and the name of the child's parent.


  • circa 1916

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.

Historical Note

In 1913, the Indiana General Assembly passed the "Compulsory Attendance of Children" act which required all children between the ages of seven and fourteen to attend school unless physically or mentally disqualified. It also required that children between the ages of fourteen and sixteen attend school if they were not actually and regularly employed during school hours. On or before the first day of each school year the executive officer of each school corporation was to furnish the attendance officer with the names of the children, subject to the provisions of the act, who were "enumerated in the regular enumeration lists." The names were to be alphabetically arranged and the school official was to supply the attendance officer with all information on the enumeration returns concerning the children listed.


Information found within collection.

"Explains Features of New Truancy Law: State Board Sends Out Letters to City and County Superintendents." Indianapolis Star (IN), April 26, 1913. Accessed July 22, 2022.

Indiana. Indiana. Department of Public Instruction. Indiana: School Laws Enacted by the General Assembly of 1913 Indianapolis: W.B. Burford, Contractor for State Printing and Binding, 1913. Accessed July 22, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/07/22 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/07/22 by Laura Eliason.
Attendance officer's "Children of Compulsory Age" record book
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.