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St. George Parent Teacher Organization records Edit


WASH 024
Finding Aid Author
Amber J. D'Ambrosio
Finding Aid Date
2014 February 20
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  • 1925-1934 (Creation)


  • 0.1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    Small Collections box

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  • Abstract

    The St. George Parent Teacher Organization records hold one notebook containing the meeting minutes from spring 1925 to spring 1934.

  • Biographical/Historical note

    In 1914 the first permanent, central parent teacher organization was created in Utah and was known as the Home and School League of Salt Lake City. By 1951 Utah declared that every school in the state had a PTA. In Washington County a small group (President: Walter Cannon, Vice President: Roxey S. Romney, and Secretary/Treasurer: Linna Snow) began keeping a record of the meetings. Due to the influence of the Mormon Church, many such groups presided over larger areas such as stakes, districts, or regions. Meetings were held in church facilities and opened and closed with prayer. At one such PTA gathering, although held in the “Dixie College Auditorium” on January 30th of 1927, the entire meeting was turned over to Mormon Church apostle, John A. Widstoe. The Parent Teacher Organization for St. George in the 1920s and 30s seems to have included parents and teachers for all schools within the city. From 1934 forward it appears the record of PTA activities was then contained in the Woodward School scrapbook.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Parent Teacher Organization records consist of one notebook recording the meeting minutes for the time period from spring 1925 to spring 1934. In the years 1925 thru 1927 sporadic monthly meetings were held, followed by one page entries for the “seasons” 1930-31 thru 1933-34. Entries contain information about events, remembrances, school year plans, and civic projects such as beautification. Each page of minutes contains the names of leaders of the organization which changed almost yearly and those to whom assignments were given. Occasionally, performances were also included and the names of the performers were added to the pages. Among the names were Cannon, Romney, Dalton, Snow, Paxman, Miles, McArthur, Atkin, Bradshaw, Bleak, Fordham, Prince, Pickett, and Stucki.

  • Arrangement

    The collection consists of a single item.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item description & date, 1995-01: [identification of item], St. George Parent Teacher Organization records, 1925-1934, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.