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title:
Student Admission Pledge Forms, Class 97, Bridgewater State Normal School
description:
Tuition was waived for Normal School students pledging to teach in the public schools within Massachusetts. Students in the first decades of the State Normal Schools vowed their intention to teach by signing their names in a large ledger book. Beginning in the 1860s each entering student was asked to sign a printed form, which also noted other personal information such as the student's address, birth date, father's name and occupation, and school last attended. Students usually signed the forms when they took the entrance examinations at the start of their first term. These 19 signed pledges are from the 97th Class, which entered the State Normal School at Bridgewater on February 9, 1881. Class member George F. Spring served as principal of the Waltham School of Business, while class members Albert C. Getchell and Cora E. Hosmer went on to become physicians.
date:
1881
subject:
State Normal School (Bridgewater, Mass.) - Students
Promises
format:
Text
collection:
Clement C. Maxwell Library Special Collections
item number:
Class97-AdmissionForms
digital file created:
20100514