This Bulletin is to furnish information to studious
persons who wish to become good teachers. It is also to show people at large
what contributions the institution is making to educational advancement in the
The efficient Normal School is not a college in the ordinary sense, yet it is
obliged to parallel in most of its departments the best instruction that the
best colleges can give. In some departments it must go far beyond the college
and it must offer some courses which no college has. This Normal School offers
courses of instruction for all kinds of teachers: rural school teachers;
elementary teachers of villages, towns, and cities; high school teachers of all
kinds; supervisors, principals, and superintendents.
The Missouri Normal Schools have been somewhat unique in the history of
education in our country. For more than forty years, the Boards of Education in
Missouri have relied upon the Normal Schools to furnish teachers, principals,
and superintendents, for all grades and kinds of public schools. This demand of
the people has tended to keep the Missouri Normal Schools in the very forefront
of the institutions for preparing teachers. In other parts of the country,
institutions of the rank and character of the Missouri Normal Schools are
commonly designated as Teachers Colleges, or Normal Colleges, or Normal
The Normal School at Kirskville offers for teachers combined academic and
pedagogic courses extending three years, four years, and five years, above the
high school curriculum. This is done without any abnormally small classes and
without humoring any special ambitions of any over-enthusiastic specialists. The
Institution simply meets the necessities of a progressive community. It has no
fads. It allows no "snap" courses. It has no easy avenues to
graduation. It courageously undertakes to make its certificates and diplomas
rather more difficult to secure than those of any competing institutions. Its
management has always in mind the unprotected girls and boys of the public
schools, who need efficient instruction.
In 1867, Joseph Baldwin, aided by W.
P. Nason and J.M. Greenwood, opened in Kirksville a private Normal School which,
through their vigorous agitation, became on January 1, 1871, the First District
Normal School of Missouri. Its purpose, as shown in early Bulletins and the law
creating it, was to furnish teachers for all the public schools of the state. In
the early 70's [1870's] a small group of men undertook a campaign for public
high schools, in order to articulate all the lower schools with the colleges and
the universities. These leaders in the long continued agitation for a completely
articulated school system, were Dr. William T. Harris, then Superintendent of
Schools in St. Louis, and later United States Commissioner of Education; Joseph
Baldwin, J.M. Greenwood, and W.P. Nason, of this Normal School; F. Louis Soldan,
Principal of the St. Louis Normal and High School and later Superintendent of
Schools in St. Louis, E.B. Neely, Superintendent of Schools at St. Joseph; Geo.
L. Osborne, Superintendent of Schools at Louisiana, Missouri; J.B. Merwin,
Editor of the American Journal of Education, St. Louis, Missouri; and a few
No one west of the Mississippi was ever more active or eloquent in pleading
for the completely articulated public school system, than Dr. Joseph Baldwin,
the first President of this Normal School. It was under the roof of these
present Baldwin Hall and at meetings in St. Louis that these men mapped out and
proclaimed the first general scheme for articulated education in Missouri, from
kindergarten through the twelve years of the public school grades to the
university and other institutions of higher learning. These men had visions and
constructive ideality. They made their unmistakable and everlasting impress upon
the civilization of their state.
It was the special pride of the first President and of the early faculty
members of this institution that they sent out graduates who, in their general
attainments, were able to parallel the best things done by the college graduates
and who, in addition thereto, had a philosophy of education, a skill in school
management and tact in teaching, which college graduates neither had nor knew
of. The traditions and ideals of the faculty have held good to the present day.
We still believe ourselves to have a mission. We see transformations being
wrought in the public schools through the students and graduates of this Normal
School. In music, in art, in the form of industrial education, in architecture,
and in many other fundamental features of education, we not only see the
graduates of this Normal School taking leadership, but we expect them to
continue so doing.
The best time to enter the Fall quarter will be Tuesday, September 10th.
Programs are to be made that day. It will be difficult to make programs on the day following
because the Faculty members will be busy most of that day planning class room
work with their several classes.
As a general rule it is best to enter any term on the first day of the term.
Students should inspect the tabular view of courses of instruction.
They should compare the elementary course with high school courses.
They should understand that all the work done in good high schools is
accredited and that each of them may begin studies in this Institution at points
where the studies were discontinued in other schools.
This, of course, is done at the student's risk.
If he cannot carry successfully the new studies, he will be asked to
change over into classes of such advancement that the studies can be carried.
All members of the Faculty are to be at the President's Office from 8 to 12 a.m. and from 2 to 5
p.m., Tuesday, September 10th, for the purpose of assisting students
in making programs. It is recommended that students come to Kirksville and make boarding house
arrangements on Monday, September 9th.
Class room exercises will begin according to daily program at 8 a.m. Wednesday, September 11th.
Students should bring with them their grade cards, certificates, diplomas and whatever other written or
printed evidences of school work they may (pg. 11) have. We desire to avoid examinations.
We desire to classify students and make up their programs from their
credentials and from what they can say of themselves. We desire to economize time.
But no student will be able to remain many days in any class which has
work to difficult or too easy for him. Re-classification
is a very simple and easy matter.
It is well for students to bring with them the principal text books and reference books formerly used
and studied. These books are useful in many ways.
The student's official program is issued in duplicate over the signature of the President of the Institution.
Prior to issuance of such program, the student must present a receipt
from the treasurer of the Institution showing that the Incidental Fee has been
The Incidental Fee is $6.00 for each term or quarter, i.e., for a period of from eleven to thirteen weeks.
Students go to the Citizens' National Bank and pay Incidental Fees to
Mr. Ethel Conner, Treasurer of the Board of Regents.
No programs are made until receipts for Incidental Fees are presented at
the President's Office. In no case are Incidental Fees refunded.
The first time a student enrolls during any twelve months' period, the total fee is $7.00, being $6.00 for the
general Incidental Fee and $1.00 for the Gymnasium Fee. The $1.00 Gymnasium Fee pays for hot water and other expenses in the bath
rooms and admits the students to the privilege of all games on the Athletic
Field and Campus for one year.
Room rent, meals, light, fuel, etc., cost from $3.50 to $4.50 per week, owing to the kind (pg. 12) and quality
of accomodations and distance from the buildings.
A majority of the students probably pay about $3.75 per week.
Some reduce their expenses in various ways. There are a few who get along on from $2.75 to $3.25 per week.
Some students rent rooms and board in clubs; some do light housekeeping.
There is a great variety of ways whereby students may economize if they
desire to do so.
This Institution is co-educational. But it is recommended that young men and young women have rooms in separate rooming
houses. The Faculty will not recommend boarding and rooming houses, excepting with the idea that such houses,
so far as rooming is concerned, will be exclusively for young men on the one
hand or exclusively for young women on the other.
Parents wishing to have their children enrolled in the Practice Schools or Rural School,
should see Miss Susie Barnes, Director of the Practice Schools, or Miss Florence
M. Lane, Teacher of the Rural School. This may be done on Tuesday, September 10th.
City and rural children may be enrolled in the general Practice Schools
having their headquarters in the Library Building.
None but rural children will be enrolled in the Rural School.
This transcription is brought to you by Charlotte Belden - Moberly, MO
Charlotte purchased the 1912 Bulletin Book from the First District Normal School in Kirksville,
MO at an antique store. It is almost like a yearbook of sorts,
with Faculty & Students enrolled from June 1911 to June 1912.
It also has many photos of students. She will be glad to do
lookups from this book. E-mail her at CJBelden@mcmsys.com