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Special Collections and Archives INDIANA NORMAL SCHOOL OF PENNA.: BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING MINUTES EST. 3RD DAY OF APRIL, 1872 RECORD GROUP #3 AMANDA K. PIPER, TRANSCRIBER INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Updated May 2007 Indiana University of Pennsylvania 302 Stapleton Library Indiana, PA 15705-1096 Voice: (724) 357-3039 Fax: (724) 357-4891Trustees Minutes 1TABLE OF CONTENTS: PAGE DESCRIPTION 2 EDITOR’S NOTE ON TRANSCRIPTION 4 BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES 10 NOTE ON THE TEXT, THE TRUSTEE MINUTES 12 ABOUT THE EDITOR, AMANDA K. PIPER 13 WORKS CITED [BACK ROW] MR. PURRINGTON, MRS. WHITE, MR. STEWART, MRS. J. W. SUTTON, JUDGE SILAS M. CLARK, MR. TIFFANY, MR. JACK, MRS. PORTER, MR. HOOD, & MR. WILSON [MIDDLE ROW] MRS. PURRINGTON, MR. THOMAS SUTTON, MRS. CLARK, JUDGE HARRY S. WHITE, MRS. TIFFANY, MR. MCWILLIAMS, MR. J. W. SUTTON, & MRS. WILSON [FRONT ROW] MRS. THOS. SUTTON, MRS. JACK, MRS. E. R. SUTTON, MR. E. R. SUTTON DTrustees Minutes 2EDITOR’S NOTE ON TRANSCRIPTION Featured on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Special Collection website is the meeting minute notes of the Indiana Normal School of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Board of Trustees. Each page is formatted to resemble the original notes, including: all marginalia, purposeful word-line spacing, name abbreviations, as well as preserving the number of words per line. The original manuscript was handwritten in a legal-sized notebook, and in order to replicate the original pages, line breaks have been added to the finished manuscript. As with any transcription process, some errors may have occurred; however, each manuscript page was rigorously verified against the original. Any and all original spelling and/or punctuation errors were left uncorrected during the manuscript transcription, and a few minor punctuation modifications were silently corrected by this editor. In the original manuscript, the right gutter margin was used by the scribe (Silas M. Clark) as both end punctuation (commas, periods, etc.) and line breaks. In this instance, this editor has added, where appropriate, commas and periods to aidTrustees Minutes 3in the reading of this manuscript. In the case of W. B. Hildebrand, second Secretary of the Board of Trustees, he added dashes on the end of words that did not fill up the margin. This editor added these lines, where appropriate, to simulate the look of the original. The first scribe, Silas M. Clark, Secretary of the Board of Trustees, alternated between using first name abbreviations, initials, and full names, and this editor transcribed the same without alteration. Because the right gutter margin was used as line end points, this editor hypothesizes that the abbreviations were used by Clark to assist in the composition to fill each line to the margin, along with preventing names from being split between lines, as well as saving the scribe time and ink. For that reason, names may appear in multiple forms; for example, Robert C. Calhoun’s name is noted throughout the manuscript as both, R. C. Calhoun and Robt. C. Calhoun. Explanatory footnotes were added to clarify name abbreviations when appropriate. As with any transcription process, some names were indecipherable due to damaged pages, water and/or ink blots, as well as illegible handwriting. This editor used brackets and questions marks [?] to indicate such word or words that could not be transcribed. When applicable, this editor made note of such in footnotes, along with suggestions of possible letters or names that are likely to resemble the missing information. Faithfully transcribed by: Amanda Kristine Piper Indiana Univ. of Pa.Trustees Minutes 4BRIEF HISTORY OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES: FOUNDERS OF OUR UNIVERSITY The Founding Fathers: The Indiana Normal School of Pennsylvania started as a “Normal School Association” comprised of prominent members of Indiana society, including doctors, lawyers, judges, senators, businessmen and other professionals. John Sutton (pictured at left), future President of the Board of Trustees, was elected President of the Association, and Silas M. Clark (pictured at right), future Secretary and later President of the Board of Trustees, was elected Vice President of the Normal School Association. Other members of great influence involved in the Normal School Association included Andrew W. Wilson, Harry White, J. H. Lichtenberger, and Samuel McCreary, all of whom became Board Members and founding Trustees. The Normal School Act: In order for the Association to succeed in establishing a Normal School in Indiana, PA, the Association would need to meet the following requirements of the Normal School Act of 1857, which required any Normal School to be:Trustees Minutes 5a private corporation free of religious tests with ‘at least thirteen contributors or share holders … at least ten acres of ground in a single tract … a building with a hall sufficient to seat comfortably 1,000 adults; classroom, lodging and refectory for at least 300 students; ventilation, heating and lighting for comfort and healthfulness; and a space for physical exercise in inclement weather … a library, and also display cases and apparatus for the sciences … at least six professors … a principal’ and ‘a Model School of not less than 100 pupils in which to do practice teaching (Juliette 12). Furthermore, the Normal School Association had to raise a minimum of $50,000.00 in subscriptions, which it accomplished (and exceeded) by January 1872. While the Association was soliciting funds, State Senator Harry White introduced a bill in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly to incorporate the Indiana Normal School of Pennsylvania, which was passed in March 1871. The Trustees Minutes begin with a reference to White’s bill: In pursuance of the Act of Assembly of 25 March 1871 entitled, “An Act to incorporate the Indiana Normal School of Pennsylvania, and the supplement thereto approved the 3rd day of April 1872” the corporators of the said Indiana Normal School of Pennsylvania, met at the Court House in the Borough of Indiana, Indiana Country to effect an organization, under the Charter and to elect a Board of Trustees (1872, 1). Another stipulation of the Normal School Act was the limitation of funding to only one Normal School per district. Due to Indiana’s central location in District 9, along with


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