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Elijah Barrett Prettyman records

 Record Group
Identifier: 001-001-003

Scope and Contents

These records which date from 1890 to 1905 are composed of Newell’s publications, tributes, biographies, and correspondence.

Dates

  • 1890-1905, undated

Creator

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Biographical Note

Elijah Barrett Prettyman was the second principal at the Maryland State Normal School from 1890 until 1905. Prettyman was born on February 20, 1830 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He went to Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and studied law, graduating with a doctoral degree in 1848. After 1848, he taught in Anne Arundel County, eventually becoming principal at the Brookeville Academy in Montgomery County in 1853, a position he held until 1864. In 1886, he served as the chief clerk of the Maryland House of Delegates. From 1886 until 1890, he was a Deputy Naval Officer of Customs at the Port of Baltimore. In 1890, Prettyman was elected as the second principal for the Maryland State Normal School. This position meant that he was also appointed as the State Superintendent of Education, and Secretary to the Maryland State Board of Education, Trustees of the State Normal School, ex officio. However, much to Prettyman’s relief, the General Assembly decided to elect a separate official to fill the State Superintendent of Education position beginning in 1896 with the appointment of Dr. M. Bates Stephens. Stephens also took over as Secretary to the Maryland State Board of Education starting in 1904. As principal, Prettyman’s time at MSNS was taken up with maintaining the physical plant of the school, advancing the educational program of the school, assisting former teachers obtain pensions from the state, and helping establish the second State Normal School in Frostburg, now known as Frostburg State University, which opened in 1902. Prettyman respected the initiative and individuality of his teachers and did not interfere with their respective principles of teaching. However, he did increase the offerings in the subjects of vocal music and manual training. In 1905, Prettyman was replaced as Principal of MSNS by George Washington Ward. He died in Rockville, Maryland in 1907. In 1957, a newly constructed residence hall was named Prettyman Hall in his honor.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Elijah Barrett Prettyman was the second principal at the Maryland State Normal School from 1890 until 1905. These records which date from 1890 to 1905 are composed of Newell’s publications, tributes, biographies, and correspondence.

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.

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

"CHANGE AT THE NORMAL SCHOOL: A Rumor that Mr Prettyman Will Succeed Prof. Newell as Principal." The Sun (1837-1985), March 27, 1890, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

"An Interesting High License Point." The Sun (1837-1985), May 29, 1890, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

"A Change in Normal School Principals." The Sun (1837-1985), August 1, 1890, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

"STATUS OF THE NORMAL SCHOOL: Prof. E. B. Prettyman Refers to a Recent Attack Made on It." The Sun (1837-1985), November 14, 1890, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

"THAT COURSE IN SCRUBBING: Dr. E. B. Prettyman Talks About Domestic Economy." The Sun (1837-1985), May 29, 1900, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. "SCHOOL REFORMS: Bill Of Mr. Straus For A Commission On Public Education TO INVESTIGATE AND REPORT Inquiries To Be Made For The Improvement Of Public And Normal Education In Maryland." The Sun (1837-1985), January 31, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. "PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Commission To Improve Public And Normal Education STRAUS' REFORM MEASURE "State Normal School Little Better Than A Burlesque"--Needs Of The Whole System Set Forth." The Sun (1837-1985), February 1, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

"State Normal School." The Sun (1837-1985), February 4, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. "DEFEAT FOR STRAUS: His Normal School Resolution Lost By One Vote MR. CAMPBELL OPPOSES HIM Mr. Dallam Charges That He's Training With The Republicans On Educational Matters." The Sun (1837-1985), February 19, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. "PARTY LINES DRAWN: Order To Investigate State Normal School Causes Debate MR. STRAUS' PET PROJECT Mr. Rogers, Of Howard, Defends Institution And Scores Its Enemies, Break In Anne Arundel Delegation." The Sun (1837-1985), March 14, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

"BOARD IS DEFIANT: The State Educators Refuse Books To Mr. Straus' Committee DENIES ITS AUTHORITY Governor Smith Presides At The Meeting MR. STRAUS REPLIES WARMLY Controverts The Board's Statements And Declares The Committee's Demand For The Books Is Based On Sound Law." The Sun (1837-1985), June 24, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

"TO GRAND JURY: Mr. Straus Proposes To Ask For Indictment Of Prof. Prettyman THE CHARGE IS CONTEMPT Governor Smith Calls Mr. Rayner In Consultation WARM REPLIES TO MR. STRAUS "We Do Not Propose To Allow Him To Reflect On Us," Says The Governor --Dr. Prettyman Is Given Until Tomorrow To Allow Committee To See The Books." The Sun (1837-1985), June 25, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

"SEVERE ON SCHOOL: The House Committee Recommends Many Changes In The Management WOULD HAVE NEW HEAD Also Board "Conversant With Subject Of Education." A HINT AS TO IMPEACH MENT Mr. Joseph N. Cushing Is Criticised For Selling Supplies To School "Without Competition While Acting As Trustee--Raps At The State Board Of Education." The Sun (1837-1985), July 1, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

"DR. PRETTYMAN'S PLACE: New Head For Normal School May Be Chosen Today BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETS Dr. G. W. Ward, Of Western Maryland College, And Mr. J. Montgomery Gambrill Are Candidates." The Sun (1837-1985), June 16, 1905, 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.
  • State Teachers College at Towson. Seventy Five Years of Teacher Education. Towson, Maryland: The Alumni Assoc., 1941.
  • "CHANGE AT THE NORMAL SCHOOL: A Rumor that Mr Prettyman Will Succeed Prof. Newell as Principal." The Sun (1837-1985), March 27, 1890, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).
  • "An Interesting High License Point." The Sun (1837-1985), May 29, 1890, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).
  • "A Change in Normal School Principals." The Sun (1837-1985), August 1, 1890, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).
  • "STATUS OF THE NORMAL SCHOOL: Prof. E. B. Prettyman Refers to a Recent Attack Made on It." The Sun (1837-1985), November 14, 1890, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).
  • "THAT COURSE IN SCRUBBING: Dr. E. B. Prettyman Talks About Domestic Economy." The Sun (1837-1985), May 29, 1900, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).
  • Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. "SCHOOL REFORMS: Bill Of Mr. Straus For A Commission On Public Education TO INVESTIGATE AND REPORT Inquiries To Be Made For The Improvement Of Public And Normal Education In Maryland." The Sun (1837-1985), January 31, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).
  • Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. "PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Commission To Improve Public And Normal Education STRAUS' REFORM MEASURE "State Normal School Little Better Than A Burlesque"--Needs Of The Whole System Set Forth." The Sun (1837-1985), February 1, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).
  • "State Normal School." The Sun (1837-1985), February 4, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).
  • Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. "DEFEAT FOR STRAUS: His Normal School Resolution Lost By One Vote MR. CAMPBELL OPPOSES HIM Mr. Dallam Charges That He's Training With The Republicans On Educational Matters." The Sun (1837-1985), February 19, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).
  • Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. "PARTY LINES DRAWN: Order To Investigate State Normal School Causes Debate MR. STRAUS' PET PROJECT Mr. Rogers, Of Howard, Defends Institution And Scores Its Enemies, Break In Anne Arundel Delegation." The Sun (1837-1985), March 14, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).
  • "BOARD IS DEFIANT: The State Educators Refuse Books To Mr. Straus' Committee DENIES ITS AUTHORITY Governor Smith Presides At The Meeting MR. STRAUS REPLIES WARMLY Controverts The Board's Statements And Declares The Committee's Demand For The Books Is Based On Sound Law." The Sun (1837-1985), June 24, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).
  • "TO GRAND JURY: Mr. Straus Proposes To Ask For Indictment Of Prof. Prettyman THE CHARGE IS CONTEMPT Governor Smith Calls Mr. Rayner In Consultation WARM REPLIES TO MR. STRAUS "We Do Not Propose To Allow Him To Reflect On Us," Says The Governor --Dr. Prettyman Is Given Until Tomorrow To Allow Committee To See The Books." The Sun (1837-1985), June 25, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).
  • "SEVERE ON SCHOOL: The House Committee Recommends Many Changes In The Management WOULD HAVE NEW HEAD Also Board "Conversant With Subject Of Education." A HINT AS TO IMPEACH MENT Mr. Joseph N. Cushing Is Criticised For Selling Supplies To School "Without Competition While Acting As Trustee--Raps At The State Board Of Education." The Sun (1837-1985), July 1, 1902, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).
  • "DR. PRETTYMAN'S PLACE: New Head For Normal School May Be Chosen Today BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETS Dr. G. W. Ward, Of Western Maryland College, And Mr. J. Montgomery Gambrill Are Candidates." The Sun (1837-1985), June 16, 1905, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 14, 2010).

Processing Information

Conservation or preservation treatments -- rehoused in document box with multiple subseries items, re-foldered, letters rehoused in polyester envelopes or acid-free paper for more stability and less handling. Media clippings removed and transferred to vertical file.
Title
Guide to the Elijah Barrett Prettyman 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

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