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Libertus Van Bokkelen records

 Record Group
Identifier: 001-001-001

Scope and Contents

These records which date from 1889 to 1997 are composed of personal correspondence from Libertus Van Bokkelen to his family, and biographies written by school staff and other sources.

Dates

  • 1889-1997, undated

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access. This collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

Towson University Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is the owner of the original materials and digitized images in our collections; however, the collection may contain materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials. Consult with SCUA to determine if we can provide permission for use.

Biographical Note

Libertus Van Bokkelen was the first State Superintendent of Public Instruction and principal ex officio for the Maryland State Normal School from 1864 until 1867.He was born in New York City on July 22, 1815 to Adrian H. and Deborah (Morris) Van Bokkelen. From 1836 until 1839, Van Bokkelen taught at St. Paul’s School at College Point in Long Island, New York. He became a Protestant Episcopal priest in 1842. In1845, he was appointed the first rector of St. Timothy’s Church in Catonsville. That same year, he founded St. Timothy’s Hall in Catonsville, the first church-sponsored military academy in the nation, a school he ran for almost 20 years. He also servedas a Baltimore County school commissioner from 1859 until 1864. In 1864, in the midst of the American Civil War, Maryland ratified a new state constitution and created a school for the instruction of teachers. Governor Augustus Bradford appointed Van Bokkelen asthe first State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Van Bokkelen was the prime writer of the law regarding the establishment of the Maryland State Normal School, and his role within that institution as the principal ex officio. Van Bokkelenbelieved that the state should have control over the education of Maryland’s future teachers, not the legislative bodies of the individual counties of the state.In 1866 he became a director of the National Teacher’s Association, the precursor to the National Education Association.In 1867, Van Bokkelen was ousted from his State Superintendent position when the Maryland State Constitution was re-written and his office was abolished. However, the educational program he’d instituted remained in place.He remained interested in educational advancements, becoming the secretary for the National Teacher’s Association in 1868 and then president in 1869.He moved back to New York, and was rector of Trinity Church in Buffalo, and then head of the Jane Grey School in Buffalo.He died on November 17, 1889 in Buffalo, New York.In 1960, the Lida Lee Tall Campus Elementary School was moved to a new location, and the building was then re-named Van Bokkelen Hall in honor of the school’s founder. It currently holds classroom space and offices for the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Extent

.1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Libertus Van Bokkelen was the first State Superintendent of Public Instruction and principal ex officio for the Maryland State Normal School from 1864 until 1867. These records which date from 1889 to 1997 consist of correspondence from Van Bokkelen as well as biographies written about him by staff at St. Timothy’s Protestant Episcopal Church in Catonsville, Maryland, and Towson Archives staff members.

Bibliography

Cain, Mary Clough. The Historical Development of State Normal Schools for White Teachers in Maryland. New York: Bureau of Publications Teachers’ College Columbia University, 1941.

Ohles, John F. ed. Biographical Dictionary of American Educators. Vol. 1. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1978.

State Teachers College at Towson. Seventy Five Years of Teacher Education. Towson, Maryland: The Alumni Assoc., 1941.

"Classified Ad 19 -- No Title." The Sun (1837-1985), January 2, 1866, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).
  • Cain, Mary Clough. The Historical Development of State Normal Schools for White Teachers in Maryland. New York: Bureau of Publications Teachers’ College Columbia University, 1941.
  • Ohles, John F. ed. Biographical Dictionary of American Educators. Vol. 1. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1978.
  • State Teachers College at Towson. Seventy Five Years of Teacher Education. Towson, Maryland: The Alumni Assoc., 1941.
  • "Classified Ad 19 -- No Title." The Sun (1837-1985), January 2, 1866, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

Processing Information

Conservation or preservation treatments -- encased letters in protective melinex sleeves to add stability and reduce handling. Removed extraneous copies of documents. Replaced degraded rubber band fasteners with cotton string. Re-foldered items and re-housed folders in new document box with multiple subseries items. Media clippings removed and transferred to vertical file.
Title
Guide to the Libertus Van Bokkelen records
Status
Completed
Author
Created by Felicity Knox. Revised and transferred to ArchivesSpace by John Esh.
Date
2010, 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Towson University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
Albert S. Cook Library
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Towson MD 21252 United States