Entrance Credentials, 1876-

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Title: Entrance Credentials, 1876-

Record Series: 04/16/06

Creator: ISNS, ISTC

Date: 1876-

Extent: 7.84 linear feet, 17 boxes

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is entirely in English.

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Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Entrance Credentials collection, 1876-   , Archives Record Series 04/16/06, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Box 1:  Entrance examination grade books, 1875-1945

In the first two volumes, 1876-1893 and 1893-1911, are found each student's name (entered alphabetically), the student's age, his/her grade average, the names of the exams taken, and the exam grades received.  The exams were taken each term with Term I being the Fall Term and Term II being the Spring Term.  The names are entered by Class A, B, C, etc. within each term.  Beginning with the 1886 Fall Term, the exam date for each student was entered as well as remarks related to individual students (county appointing each student, assignment, etc.) Toward the back of the first volume are the enrollment figures for the various terms as well as for the entire year.  Indication is made as to whether of not the student had either an undergraduate of a graduate grade card.  Starting with the 1907 Summer Term, birth dates are included as well.

In the volume dated 1911-1919 are lists of students interviewed in the Fall, 1911 including credits by examination (either passed of failed).  Students' names do not seem to follow and logical order.  This is true of the volume dated 1919-1945 as well.

Boxes 2-10:  High School credits accepted by the Committee on Entrance of High School Graduates, 1887-1910

In each folder, each student has a certificate from a secondary school or a request for admission to the Iowa State Normal School.  The forms include the student's name, the school of last attendance, subjects taken, number of terms in which subjects were taken, grades secured, textbooks used, and student number.  In some cases, correspondence from a principal, superintendent, or school president is also included.  These statements of credit are filed chronologically. 

  • Box 2 - 1887-1894
  • Box 3 - 1894-1898
  • Box 4 - 1898-1901
  • Box 5 - 1901-1903
  • Box 6 - 1903-1905
  • Box 7 - 1905-1907
  • Box 8 - 1907-1908
  • Box 9 - 1908-1909
  • Box 10 - 1909-1910

Boxes 11-13:  High School credits not accepted by the Committee on Entrance of High School Graduates, and other credentials, 1895-1910

On the forms and in the correspondence found in Box 11 are the student's name, home county, exams taken, percentages received, date, and county superintendent's name.  Additionally, Boxes 12 and 13 contain forms showing textbooks used by each student, length of study, grade, terms required for each course, and the courses studied.

  • Box 11 - 1895-1900
  • Box 12 - 1900-1907
  • Box 13 - 1907-1910 (also credits earned below high school of in rural schools, 1907-1927)

Boxes 14-15:  Committee on Advanced Classification minutes and records of credentials accepted, 1904-1917

Box 16:  College credits accepted, 1929-1934

Listed on these credit reports for each student are the student's name, the name of the college s/he last attended, courses taken, credits reported, credits recommended, and weeks attended.

Box 17:  High School Graduate Entrance Record, 1908-1914

The volume records the names of high school graduates entering the Iowa State Normal School, the year of their admission, and their course credits.

For summaries of attendance in each school term and of diplomas and certificates awarded, see also 04/16/12 Training School Reports, 1895-1934 pp. 81-83, 152-157, 164-169, and 186-187.

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Finding aid prepared for the web by Assistant Archivist Dustin Witsman, January 2015. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, November 2017 and March 2018. Linear Feet updated August 16, 2017.

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