Bard-Avon School Manuscript Collection, 1922-1972, MS 2789

Finding Aid to the Bard-Avon School Manuscript Collection, 1922-1972, MS 2789

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Bard-Avon School Manuscript Collection

Creator

Pippin, Paul T. W.

Call number

MS 2789

Inclusive dates

1922-1972

Bulk dates

1938-1950

Extent

3 boxes

Abstract

Contains documents related the operations of the Bard-Avon School from 1922 to 1972

Administrative summary 

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Paul W. T. Pippin, July 28, 1987

Accession number

003516

Processing note

Processed by Margaret N. Burri, June, 1991 and finding aid created by Lara Westwood, October, 2014

 

Historical Note

The Bard-Avon School was founded in 1892 as a school of “Expression, Drama and English.” The curriculum focused on theatre, stage makeup, music, dance, and art history. Students who completed the course of study would be “fitted to become teachers, platform readers, dramatic coaches, or to fill positions in theatre,” according to the school’s 1932 catalog.

The school temporarily closed in 1935 due to the illness of the headmistress, Mrs. Lowes, and reopened for the 1937-1938 academic year. The Bard-Avon School was reorganized into an Expression School and an Advanced Business School. The new curriculum included courses in relevant to business and secretarial work, such as typing and transcription. The school closed around 1967.

 

Scope and Content

The collection contains documents related the operations of the Bard-Avon School from 1922 to 1972. It is divided into four series: Course Descriptions, Administration, Alumni, and Scrapbooks. The course descriptions provide an in-depth look into the curriculum and teaching style practiced at the school. The administration series includes staff policies, lists of duties performed by various staff members, as well as information regarding the school’s accreditation. A minute book of the alumni association provides a detailed account of the activities of the association. The scrapbooks document achievements of alumni, including new jobs, marriages, etc.

 

Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

Series I: Course Descriptions

 

 

 

Acting Technique I and II

No date

1

1

Adding Machine (exercises)

No date

1

2

Art History

No date

1

3

Beginning Transcription

1944-1945

1

4

Choral Speaking I and II

No date

1

5

Drama I

No date

1

6

History of the Stage

No date

1

7

Pantomime I and II

No date

1

8

Personality Improvement

No date

1

9

Public Speaking I and II

No date

1

10

Radio Technique

Ca. 1950

1

11

School of the Theatre

No date

1

12

Shorthand

No date

1

13

Shorthand

No date

1

14

Shorthand and Typing

No date

1

15

Solo Acting I and II

No date

1

16

Spanish

No date

1

17

Speech I

No date

1

18

Speech II

No date

1

19

Stage Make-up I and II

No date

1

20

Transcription

1945

1

21

Typewriting

No date

1

22

Typewriting

No date

1

23

Class schedules

1962-1965

1

24

Class schedules and Guidelines

No date

1

25

Series II: Administration

 

 

 

Certification- Maryland State Department of Education (Certification of Dramatics; Department for Veterans Training)

No date

1

26

“Salesmen Material” – miscellaneous articles and correspondence

1938-1946

1

27

List of students by High School Attended

1938-1950

1

28

Certificates of Achievement

1940

1

29

Bulletin

1942, January 15

1

30

List-Secretarial Group

1947

1

31

Staff Policies

1947

1

32

Bowling Team Records

1947-1950

1

33

Report-“My Practice Interview”

1960

1

34

Non-immigrant Student Forms and Roll Book

1972

1

35

Series III: Alumni

 

 

 

Alumni Association Minutes

1922-1943

2

36

Secretarial Alumnae Lists

1938-1948; No date

2

37

Enrollment Lists

1938-1947

2

38

Alumnae (by Schools)

Ca. 1945

2

39

Series VI: Scrapbooks

 

 

 

Scrapbooks

1932-1963

3

 

Index File to Dramatic Art and Radio File

No date

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Games