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Berwyn Heights Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) archives

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Abstract

Title:
Berwyn Heights Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) archives
Author/Creator:
Berwyn Heights Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
Collection number:
82-1
Size:
1.75 linear feet and 1 item
Bulk dates:
1952-1981
Inclusive dates:
1952-1981
Collection Area:
State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

The Berwyn Heights Elemenatry School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) was a volunteer organization founded to promote good home, community, and school relations. The PTA's archives are comprised of the operating records of the association, such as budgets, reports, minutes, and publications.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Berwyn Heights Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

In 1949 a small group of parents organized the Berwyn Heights Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). At that time there were thirteen pupils enrolled in three grades at the school. The three grades met in one classroom, and the kindergarten met in another. The Mother's Club for the kindergarten provided the playground equipment, and a group of fathers finished a basement playroom for rainy days, built tables on which the students could eat, built a swing set and a bicycle rack as well as repairing the building itself. The PTA supplied a telephone for the school and purchased a jungle gym for the playground. Prince George's County furnished a fire escape, new desks, new movable partitions for the classrooms, and painted the building inside and out. All of this was accomplished over a four-year period.

In 1950, the school faced possible closure due to low enrollment. Although the similarly named "Berwyn Elementary School" was nearby, the PTA lobbied to keep what would become the Berwyn Heights Elementary School open. In November 1952, a committee began developing the new school a modern community school with six grades and an anticipated enrollment of 125 students by 1954.

The Berwyn Heights Elementary School opened in September 1958. This new school continued to grow in enrollment and had a very active PTA, which sponsored annual events, such as a book fair, tulip bulb sale, and a Spring Fair.

Prior to the 1980-1981 school year the Prince George's County Board of Education held discussions on closing under-enrolled schools for budgetary reasons. Berwyn Heights Elementary and many other schools appeared before the Board of Education to plead their case. In the end, the Board of Education closed a number of schools, including Berwyn Heights Elementary. The PTA attempted to appeal this decision, but the county closed the school at the end of the 1981 school year. The following year the students were scheduled to be bused to Spring Hill Lake Elementary School.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Berwyn Heights Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Archives contains correspondence, minutes, budgets, Spring Fair programs, committee files, and assorted notes of the PTA board members from 1952 through 1981. Documented within the collection are the annual Spring Fairs; issues of concern to the PTA, such as sidewalks in certain areas and purchasing equipment requested by school staff; and various fundraising activities, such as tulip bulb sales and book fairs. The collection is arranged in chronological order by school year July through June until 1981, when Prince George's County closed the Berwyn Heights Elementary School.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Diane McCusker, the last president of the Berwyn Heights Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), donated the archives to the University of Maryland Libraries in 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Faye H. Levine, December 2007.

Processing note:

The collection was originally processed in 1982. In 2007, the collection was rehoused in acid-free folders and placed in acid-free boxes. Additional Berwyn Heights materials were transferred to the collection from the Prince George's County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations archives, and some Prince George's County materials were removed from the Berwyn Heights collection and integrated into the Prince George's County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations archives.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine and Grant Hamming.

Arrangement of Collection

The collection is organized as two series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Berwyn Heights Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), 1952-1981 (1.75 Linear Feet)

Series I contains correspondence, minutes, budgets, Spring Fair programs, committee files, and assorted notes of the Berwyn Heights Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) board members. The series is organized into two main groups. The first section, which makes up broader administrative records, contains files with a larger chronological scope as well as undated files. These materials are organized alphabetically. The remaining files, which make up the bulk of the series, are arranged chronologically by school year and relate more closely to the individual school years involved.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Budgets 1965-1980, 1965-1980 series 1box 1folder 1
Bylaws, 1956, 1960, 1979, and undated series 1box 1folder 2
Father's Show -- Programs and Lists, undated series 1box 1folder 3
Miscellaneous Items, undated series 1box 1folder 4
PTA Newsletters-The Echo, 1967-1979 series 1box 1folder 5
Spring Fair and Other Programs, undated series 1box 1folder 6
Student Newspaper, 1969-1980 series 1box 1folder 7
Treasurer Reports, 1966-1971 series 1box 1folder 8
1952-1953 School Year -- Minutes and Correspondence, 1952-1953 series 1box 1folder 9
1953-1954 School Year -- Minutes, Notes, and Articles, 1953-1954 series 1box 1folder 10
1957-1958 School Year -- Minutes and Lists -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1957-1958 series 1box 1folder 11
1958-1959 School Year (First Year in New Building) -- Minutes and Correspondence, 1958-1959 series 1box 1folder 12
1958-1959 School Year (First Year in New Building) -- Spring Fair -- Supplies List, 1958-1959 series 1box 1folder 13
1959-1960 School Year (First Year in New Building) -- Correspondence, 1959-1960 series 1box 1folder 14
1959-1960 School Year (First Year in New Building) -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1959-1960 series 1box 1folder 15
1959-1960 School Year (First Year in New Building) -- Spring Fair -- Supplies List, 1959-1960 series 1box 1folder 16
1960-1961 School Year -- Correspondence, 1960-1961 series 1box 1folder 17
1960-1961 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1960-1961 series 1box 1folder 18
1960-1961 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Lists, 1960-1961 series 1box 1folder 19
1961-1962 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1961-1962 series 1box 1folder 20
1961-1962 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Lists, 1961-1962 series 1box 1folder 21
1962-1963 School Year -- Correspondence, 1962-1963 series 1box 1folder 22
1962-1963 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1962-1963 series 1box 1folder 23
1962-1963 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Financial List, 1962-1963 series 1box 1folder 24
1963-1964 School Year -- Correspondence, 1963-1964 series 1box 1folder 25
1963-1964 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1963-1964 series 1box 1folder 26
1963-1964 School Year -- Sidewalk Committee -- Correspondence, 1963-1964 series 1box 1folder 27
1963-1964 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Financial Lists, 1963-1964 series 1box 1folder 28
1964-1965 School Year -- Correspondence -- Controversy Over Air Conditioner and Electric Typewriter, 1964-1965 series 1box 1folder 29
1964-1965 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1964-1965 series 1box 1folder 30
1964-1965 School Year -- Sidewalk Committee -- Correspondence, 1964-1965 series 1box 1folder 31
1964-1965 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Lists, 1964-1965 series 1box 1folder 32
1964-1965 School Year -- Western Jamboree -- Programs and Lists, 1964-1965 series 1box 1folder 33
1965-1966 School Year -- Correspondence, 1965-1966 series 1box 1folder 34
1965-1966 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1965-1966 series 1box 1folder 35
1965-1966 School Year -- Sidewalk Committee -- Correspondence, 1965-1966 series 1box 1folder 36
1965-1966 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Financials and other lists, 1965-1966 series 1box 1folder 37
1966-1967 School Year -- Correspondence, 1966-1967 series 1box 1folder 38
1966-1967 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1966-1967 series 1box 1folder 39
1966-1967 School Year -- Programs -- Folk Dancing and Tumbling/Chorus and Instrumental, 1966-1967 series 1box 1folder 40
1966-1967 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Financials, Lists, and Correspondence, 1966-1967 series 1box 1folder 41
1967-1968 School Year -- Correspondence, 1967-1968 series 1box 2folder 1
1967-1968 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1967-1968 series 1box 2folder 2
1967-1968 School Year -- PTA Programs -- Spring Concert, 1967-1968 series 1box 2folder 3
1967-1968 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Lists and Scripts, 1967-1968 series 1box 2folder 4
1968-1969 School Year -- Boundary Line Change -- Correspondence and News Clippings, 1968-1969 series 1box 2folder 5
1968-1969 School Year -- Check Register After 1969 Audit, 1968-1969 series 1box 2folder 6
1968-1969 School Year -- Correspondence, 1968-1969 series 1box 2folder 7
1968-1969 School Year -- Minutes and Reports -- Executive Board and General Meeting-Landscape Committee and Health Reports, 1968-1969 series 1box 2folder 8
1968-1969 School Year -- Spring Fair, 1968-1969 series 1box 2folder 9
1969-1970 School Year -- Correspondence, 1969-1970 series 1box 2folder 10
1969-1970 School Year -- Minutes and Reports -- Executive Board and General Meeting and Committee Reports, 1969-1970 series 1box 2folder 11
1969-1970 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Lists, Correspondence, Programs and Financials, 1969-1970 series 1box 2folder 12
1970-1971 School Year -- Correspondence, 1970-1971 series 1box 2folder 13
1970-1971 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1970-1971 series 1box 2folder 14
1970-1971 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Lists, Correspondence, Programs and Financials, 1970-1971 series 1box 2folder 15
1971-1972 School Year -- Class Lists and Room Mothers, 1971-1972 series 1box 2folder 16
1971-1972 School Year -- Correspondence, 1971-1972 series 1box 2folder 17
1971-1972 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1971-1972 series 1box 2folder 18
1971-1972 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Lists, Correspondence, Programs and Financials, 1971-1972 series 1box 2folder 19
1972-1973 School Year -- Correspondence, 1972-1973 series 1box 3folder 1
1972-1973 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1972-1973 series 1box 3folder 2
1972-1973 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Lists, Correspondence, Programs and Financials, 1972-1973 series 1box 3folder 3
1973-1974 School Year -- Correspondence, 1973-1974 series 1box 3folder 4
1973-1974 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1973-1974 series 1box 3folder 5
1973-1974 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Lists, Correspondence, Programs and Financials, 1973-1974 series 1box 3folder 6
1974-1975 School Year -- Correspondence, 1974-1975 series 1box 3folder 7
1974-1975 School Year -- Improvement Foundation -- Renovation Work-Cafeteria and Media Center, 1974-1975 series 1box 3folder 8
1974-1975 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1974-1975 series 1box 3folder 9
1974-1975 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Lists, Correspondence, Programs and Financials, 1974-1975 series 1box 3folder 10
1975-1976 School Year -- Correspondence and Class Lists, 1975-1976 series 1box 3folder 11
1975-1976 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1975-1976 series 1box 3folder 12
1976-1977 School Year -- Correspondence and Class Lists -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1976-1977 series 1box 3folder 13
1976-1977 School Year -- Minutes, 1976-1977 series 1box 3folder 14
1977-1978 School Year -- Book Fair-Fall 1977 -- Instructions, Letters and Schedule Lists, 1977-1978 series 1box 3folder 15
1977-1978 School Year -- Correspondence, Notes and Class Lists, 1977-1978 series 1box 3folder 16
1977-1978 School Year -- Fine Arts Week -- Committee Report, 1977-1978 series 1box 3folder 17
1977-1978 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1977-1978 series 1box 3folder 18
1977-1978 School Year -- Room Mother Lists, 1977-1978 series 1box 3folder 19
1977-1978 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Lists, Correspondence, Programs and Financials, 1977-1978 series 1box 3folder 20
1977-1978 School Year -- TV Awareness Campaign -- Letter to Parents and some survey tabulations, 1977-1978 series 1box 3folder 21
1978-1979 School Year -- Correspondence, 1978-1979 series 1box 3folder 22
1978-1979 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1978-1979 series 1box 3folder 23
1978-1979 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Correspondence, 1978-1979 series 1box 3folder 24
1979-1980 School Year -- Book Fair-Fall 1979 -- Instructions, Letters and Schedule Lists, 1979-1980 series 1box 4folder 1
1979-1980 School Year -- Correspondence, 1979-1980 series 1box 4folder 2
1979-1980 School Year -- Landscape Committee -- Lists, Correspondence, Instructions and Financials, 1979-1980 series 1box 4folder 3
1979-1980 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1979-1980 series 1box 4folder 4
1979-1980 School Year -- Tulip Bulb Sale -- Fall 1979 -- Letter to Parents and Class Lists, 1979-1980 series 1box 4folder 5
1979-1980 School Year -- Spring Concert -- Programs and Instructions, 1979-1980 series 1box 4folder 6
1979-1980 School Year -- Spring Fair -- Lists, Correspondence, Programs and Financials, 1979-1980 series 1box 4folder 7
1980-1981 School Year -- Correspondence, 1980-1981 series 1box 4folder 8
1980-1981 School Year -- Fundraisers -- Tulip Bulb Sale and Sport Clothing, 1980-1981 series 1box 4folder 9
1980-1981 School Year -- Minutes -- Executive Board and General Meeting, 1980-1981 series 1box 4folder 10

Series 2: Memorabilia, undated (1 item)

This series consists of one button with the label "Fine Arts Week Berwyn Heights Elementary."

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Memorabilia series 2box 1folder 1
Button labeled "Fine Arts Week Berwyn Heights Elementary.", undated series 2box 1folder 1item 1

Related Material

The Archives and Manuscripts Department also holds the Prince George's County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations archives. For items related to the closing of Berwyn Heights Elementary, please see Series I, Box 10 of that collection.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

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