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William S. Schmidt papers

Abstract

Title:
William S. Schmidt papers
Author/Creator:
Schmidt, William S.
Collection number:
2005-66
Size:
1.50 linear feet and 36 items
Bulk dates:
1969-1979
Inclusive dates:
1946-2003
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:

William S. Schmidt was superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools from 1951 through 1970. His personal and professional activities are documented through awards, clippings, correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, publications, research material, audio recordings, speeches, and an interview transcript. Correspondents include Spiro T. Agnew, Lawrence J. Hogan, Marvin Mandel, and Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. Mandel and Wilson H. Elkins are pictured in photographs. The majority of the collection is comprised of correspondence Dr. Schmidt received from superintendents, principals, teachers, and politicians regarding his retirement and honorary doctorate.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

William S. Schmidt papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1439
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

William S. Schmidt was born in Frederick, Maryland, on May 8, 1908, to Jacob H. and Cora M. Schmidt. He graduated from Frederick High School in 1925 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1929. After graduation, Dr. Schmidt began his professional career at Manor Junior High School in Manor, Pennsylvania, as a social studies teacher from 1929 to 1933 and principal from 1933 to 1944. He earned a Master's degree at Columbia University's Teacher's College in New York in 1936. Dr. Schmidt married Lois Mary Sloan in 1934; they had one son, William Earl, born in 1939.

In 1944, Dr. Schmidt accepted a position as principal of Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Two years later, he became director of instruction for Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS). He served as assistant superintendent of PGCPS from 1948 until January 1951, when he was appointed superintendent. Dr. Schmidt worked as superintendent of schools until his retirement in 1970.

Throughout his life, Dr. Schmidt was actively involved in numerous professional and civic organizations. He was a lifetime member of the National Education Association, the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, and the Maryland Congress of Parents and Teachers. Additional professional affiliations included the American Association of School Administrators; the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; the Federal Schoolmen's Club of Washington, D.C.; the Maryland Association of Public School Superintendents; the National Association of Secondary School Principals; and the Washington Area School Study Council.

Schmidt was also involved with the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, the Heart Association of Southern Maryland, the Prince George's County Scholarship Fund, the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), and many other community organizations. He was a member of the College Park Rotary Club and served as an Elder at Grace Reformed Church in Washington for three terms and was president of the congregation on two different occasions.

He received numerous honors and awards including College Park Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year (1960); National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Award of Merit (1963); Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, University of Maryland (1969); Distinguished Service Award in School Administration, American Association of School Administrators (1971); Dedication of the William S. Schmidt Outdoor Education Center in Brandywine, Maryland, by the Prince George's County Board of Education (1972); Boy Scouts of America Scouter of the Year Award (1973); Distinguished Citizen Award, "M" Club University of Maryland (1976); and Distinguished Pennsylvania Educator Citation, All Pennsylvania College Alumni Association (1979).

Dr. Schmidt's wife Lois died in 1974. In 1976, he married Elizabeth Griffith Beveridge, who had two daughters from a previous marriage, Susan Sohn and Lynn DeMeester. Dr. Schmidt and Elizabeth lived together in College Heights Estates, Hyattsville, Maryland, until his death on October 3, 1986.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Papers of William S. Schmidt span the years 1946 to 2003 with the majority of the material dating between 1969 and 1979. Schmidt's personal and professional activities are documented through awards, clippings, correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, publications, research material, audio recordings, speeches, and an interview transcript. Correspondents include Spiro T. Agnew, Lawrence J. Hogan, Marvin Mandel, and Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. Mandel and Wilson H. Elkins are pictured in photographs.

The majority of the collection is comprised of correspondence Dr. Schmidt received from superintendents, principals, teachers, and politicians regarding his retirement and honorary doctorate.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Elizabeth Schmidt and Lynn DeMeester donated the Papers of William S. Schmidt to the University of Maryland Libraries in October 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Tammy Hamilton, December 2004

Processing note:

Materials were organized by format and arranged chronologically. Attachments were retained in place. Duplicates were discarded. Metal paper clips and staples were removed and replaced with plastic clips. Newspaper clippings were photocopied onto acid-free paper. The materials have been placed in acid-free folders and stored in acid-free boxes. All photographs have been placed in Mylar sleeves.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsofr Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine, March 2005.

Arrangement of Collection

The collection has been divided into four series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal and Professional, 1946-2003 and undated (1 linear foot)

This series consists of awards, clippings, correspondence, programs, publications, research material, speeches, and an interview transcript. The bulk of this series is comprised of correspondence between Dr. Schmidt and area school superintendents, principals, teachers, and politicians regarding his retirement and honorary doctorate. Correspondents include Spiro T. Agnew, Lawrence J. Hogan, Marvin Mandel, and Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. Additional correspondence consists of letters and postcards Schmidt wrote to his wife and son while traveling to and within the Soviet Union in 1961.

Also included in this series are awards, clippings, programs, and publications documenting recognition Dr. Schmidt received from various organizations for his professional and civic activities. Speeches and quotations he often used in talks and presentations also comprise this series.

Arrangement is alphabetical by format. Within each folder material is arranged chronologically; all undated material appears at the end of the folder.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Awards (Includes Oversize), 1956, 1969, 1973 series 1box 1folder 1
Biographical Material, 1962, 1972, undated series 1box 1folder 2
Clippings, 1951-1953, 1969-1970, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1986 series 1box 1folder 3
Clippings, undated series 1box 1folder 4
Correspondence, 1951, 1960-1961, 1963-1966 series 1box 1folder 5
Correspondence, 1969 series 1box 1folder 6
Correspondence, 1970 series 1box 1folder 7
Correspondence, January-March 1971 series 1box 1folder 8
Correspondence, April-December 1971 series 1box 1folder 9
Correspondence, 1972, 1979-1985 series 1box 2folder 1
Correspondence, undated series 1box 2folder 2
Invitations, 1972, 1976, 2001 series 1box 2folder 3
Manuscript -- "Some Impressions From My Recent Visit to the Soviet Union", 1961 series 1box 2folder 4
Memorandum -- [Resignation from Prince George's County Public Schools], 1969 series 1box 2folder 5
Press Releases, 1971, 1978 series 1box 2folder 6
Programs, 1969-1970, 1972-1973, 1979, 1982, 1991, 2001, 2003 series 1box 2folder 7
Publications -- The Clipper's Log, 1946 series 1box 2folder 8
Publications -- "Handbook for Parents" [Catherine T. Reed Elementary School], 1971 series 1box 2folder 9
Publications -- M Club: 24th Annual Banquet, 1974 series 1box 2folder 10
Publications -- Newsletters, 1969-1971 series 1box 2folder 11
Publications -- The People of Prince George's Community College, 1958-1978, Annual Report, 1978 series 1box 2folder 12
Publications -- "Prayer and Bible-Reading in America's Public Schools: Historical Background", n.d series 1box 2folder 13
Research Material -- Quotations, undated series 1box 2folder 14
Research Material -- Quotations -- [un-attributed], undated series 1box 2folder 15
Research Material -- Quotations -- Gladly Learn and Gladly Teach, 1961 series 1box 2folder 16
Research Material -- Quotations -- "History: From Ages Past to Untraveled Realms", undated series 1box 2folder 17
Speech -- "C. Elizabeth Rieg on the Day of the Dedication of the C. Elizabeth Rieg Center", 1979 series 1box 2folder 18
Speech -- "Education and the Promise of the Future", 1962 series 1box 2folder 19
Speech -- "Oxon Hill Graduation", 1973 series 1box 2folder 20
Speech -- "Thanksgiving, Rotary Club", 1974 series 1box 2folder 21
Speech -- "The Value Crisis, A Challenge to Every Citizen", 1973 series 1box 2folder 22
Speech -- "Who Will Write the History of Good", undated series 1box 2folder 23
Transcript -- ["Prince George's Community College, Interview with Dr. William Schmidt"], 1984 series 1box 2folder 24

Series 2: Audio Recordings, 1963, 1969 (2 items)

This series is comprised of audio reel-to-reel recordings of speeches given by Dr. Schmidt at Margaret Brent School, New Carrollton, Maryland, on two separate occasions.

Arrangement is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Speech -- ["Margaret Brent School Dedication"] 1 Mil. Polyester Recording Tape, 1963 series 2box 1folder 1
Speech -- ["Margaret Brent School Teacher Recognition Night"] 1 Mil. Polyester Recording Tape, 1969 series 2box 1folder 2

Series 3: Photographs, 1951-2003 and undated (25 items)

This series consists of portraits, candid photographs, and photographs taken at various awards ceremonies. The bulk of this series is comprised of black and white photographs. Events include Dr. Schmidt receiving his honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland, a testimonial dinner given by the Business and Industry Adult Education Center, and a College Park Rotary Club award ceremony. Individual depicted include Wilson H. Elkins and Marvin Mandel. The photographs vary in size.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Photographs, 1951-2003 and undated series 3box 1folder 1
Portrait - William S. Schmidt with tie (7 1/2 x 9 1/2), 1951 series 3box 1folder 1item 1
Portrait - William S. Schmidt with bowtie (8 x 10), undated series 3box 1folder 1item 2
William S. Schmidt with Boy Scout Kevin Colbert (4 x 5), 1960 series 3box 1folder 1item 3
William S. Schmidt with Russian school children (3 1/2 x 5), 1961 series 3box 1folder 1item 4
William S. Schmidt seated wearing blue suit (3 1/2 x 5), undated series 3box 1folder 1item 5
William S. Schmidt shaking hands with unidentified man (3 1/2 x 4 1/2), undated series 3box 1folder 1item 6
William S. Schmidt in suit (4 x 5), undated series 3box 1folder 1item 7
William S. Schmidt shaking hands with unidentified woman (4 1/2 x 6 1/2), undated series 3box 1folder 1item 8
Tables at banquet (8 x 10), undated series 3box 1folder 1item 9
Presentation of American National Red Cross Membership Card to William S. Schmidt (8 x 10), 1977 series 3box 1folder 1item 10
William S. Schmidt receiving plaque from unidentified man on stage (8 x 10), 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 11
William S. Schmidt shaking hands with unidentified man at Rotary Club meeting (8 x 10), 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 12
William S. Schmidt and Elizabeth G. Schmidt with unidentified man, holding drinks (8 x 10), 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 13
William S. Schmidt receiving honorary degree from University of Maryland (5 x 7), 1969 series 3box 1folder 1item 14
William S. Schmidt receiving honorary hood from University of Maryland (8 x 10), 1969 series 3box 1folder 1item 15
William S. Schmidt receiving honorary degree from University of Maryland, (black and white photograph) (8 x 10), 1969 series 3box 1folder 1item 16
William S. Schmidt testimonial dinner Adult Education Center, with Mrs. Schmidt, Marvin Mandel, and Fred Wineland (8 x 10), 1969 series 3box 1folder 1item 17
William S. Schmidt testimonial dinner Adult Education Center, presentation of plaque (8 x 10), 1969 series 3box 1folder 1item 18
William S. Schmidt testimonial dinner Adult Education Center, presentation of scholarship (8 x 10), 1969 series 3box 1folder 1item 19
William S. Schmidt at Rollingcrest Junior High School ( 8 x 10), 1971 series 3box 1folder 1item 20
William S. Schmidt with Wilson H. Elkins (5 x 7), 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 21
William S. Schmidt with Wilson H. Elkins and Charles A. Rudy (5 x 7), 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 22
William S. Schmidt with Charles A. Rudy (two photographs) (5 x 7 ), 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 23
Altar flowers donated by Elizabeth G. Schmidt to Grace Reformed Church (3 1/2 x 5), 2003 series 3box 1folder 1item 24

Series 4: Memorabilia, 1954, 1970 and undated (7 items)

The memorabilia is comprised of a leather briefcase owned by Dr. Schmidt and gifts he received from various organizations in Maryland and Prince George's County. Gifts include complimentary athletic passes and written tributes. Included in this series is an eleven page "biographical" story with ink illustrations entitled "A Tribute to a Wise Chief." These items have been transferred to the Memorabilia Collection, Memorabilia numbers 1772-1778.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Memorabilia, 1954, 1970 and undated series 4box 1folder 1
Briefcase. Leather, burnt orange in color. Metal clasp. "William S. Schmidt" appears in gold lettering underneath clasp., undated series 4box 1folder 1item 1772
Complimentary Athletic Pass [Prince Georges County Athletic Program]. Metal, bronze in color. "William S. Schmidt" appears at bottom of plate., undated series 4box 1folder 1item 1773
Lifetime Athletic Pass [Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association]. Metal, gold in color. "Dr. William S. Schmidt" engraved into front of plate., undated series 4box 1folder 1item 1774
Resolution [Schoolmens Group of Maryland]. Four pages., 1970 series 4box 1folder 1item 1775
A Tribute to Dr. William S. Schmidt on the occasion of the Dedication of Weldon Woods School." Lyrics and sheet music., 1970 series 4box 1folder 1item 1776
A Tribute to a Wise Chief [Prince Georges County Council of Parent Teacher Associations]. Story with ink illustrations, 11 pages bound in cardboard., 1970 series 4box 1folder 1item 1777
William S. Schmidt [Prince Georges County Teachers Association]. Framed; approximately 23 inches by 29 inches., 1954 series 4box 1folder 1item 1778

Related Material

The Archives and Manuscript Department also holds the Papers of Ruth S. Wolf, member of the Prince George's County Board of Education from 1968 to 1973. Additional related collections include the Archives of the Berwyn Heights Elementary PTA and the Archives of the Prince George's County PTA.

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