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Lida Lee Tall records

 Record Group
Identifier: 001-001-007

Scope and Contents

These records which date from 1896 to 1942 contain personal items, official correspondence, school reports, items relating to Tall’s retirement celebration, memorial service programs, and notebooks relating to various committees on which Tall served.

Dates

  • 1896-1942, undated

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Lida Lee Tall, born in 1873 in Dorchester County, moved to Baltimore early in her childhood and received her education from Baltimore City's elementary schools. Dr. Tall graduated from Western High School and later studied at Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, and Columbia University. It was at Columbia University that Lida Lee Tall received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1914. Dr. Tall taught for several years in the Baltimore City elementary schools as well as the Teacher's Training School where she taught education, literature, and history. In 1908, Dr. Tall became the Supervisor of Grammar Grades in Baltimore County and remained in this position until 1917, when she became the Assistant Superintendent in charge of Grammar Grades. In 1918, Dr. Tall resigned and went to New York to serve as principal of Lincoln Elementary School which was under the direction of the Teacher's College at Columbia University. In 1920, Dr. Tall returned to Maryland where she became head of the State Normal School (now Towson University). Tall remained president of the Maryland State Teachers College for eighteen years, overseeing the school through major changes: physical, fiscal, and educational. In 1924, the Baltimore Teacher’s Training School was merged with the Maryland State Normal School so that all state teachers would go through the same training. This increased the enrollment of students and also the number of faculty for that year. But by 1933, the enrollment at MSNS was drastically reduced, owing in part to tuition increases, and the school suffered a 45% budget cut due to economic fallout from the Great Depression. In the meantime, educational advances were underway. In 1931, the school curriculum was increased from a two year course of study to three years. In 1934, this was again amended, and the school was granted the ability to award four year Bachelor of Science degrees in Education. With this came a change to the school name, and the Maryland State Normal School became the State Teacher’s College at Towson. This also meant that Tall’s title was changed from Principal to President. By 1936, STC was meeting accreditation standards set forth by the American Association of Teachers Colleges and the American Council of Education. Finally, the campus itself grew. First, there was the construction of Richmond Hall in 1923 to house more female students. Then, in 1937, thanks to efforts made by the Work Progress Administration, the Glen was cleared and outfitted with stone shelters and trails. This would become a popular meeting place for students in the years following. And in 1933, the Campus Elementary Model School was built, thanks to Tall’s efforts to get funding and legislation passed for its construction. Throughout her life, Dr. Tall made several trips to Europe, the purpose often being to attend meetings regarding education and international understanding. Dr. Tall also taught summer sessions at Johns Hopkins and Columbia, and for several years she was the associate editor of the Atlantic Journal which was published in Baltimore. Additionally, Dr. Tall was the alumni trustee of Teachers College, Columbia University, and she served as secretary of the Department of Superintendence of the National Education Association. Dr. Tall was also an active member of the Association of History Teachers of the Middle States and Maryland, the Women's Eastern Shore Society, the National Institute of Social Service, and several other organizations. In addition to her other accomplishments, Lida Lee Tall collaborated in writing a history textbook and in compiling a comprehensive bibliography of history for schools, along with sharing with Miss Davidson the preparation of the now famous Baltimore County Course of Study. After she retired in 1938, for several years Dr. Tall held the position as president of the Maryland Children's Aid Society. Lida Lee Tall died in 1942. Two buildings in campus have been named after Dr. Tall. The first, the Campus Elementary Model School, was re-named the Lida Lee Tall School after her death in 1942. In 1960, a new Lida Lee Tall building was constructed and the elementary school was housed there until the 1990s, when the space was converted into office and classroom space. The building was demolished in 2007 to make way for the new College of Liberal Arts buildings.

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Lida Lee Tall served as Principal of the Maryland State Normal School from 1920 to 1934. After the merge with the Baltimore Teacher's Training School and name change to the State Teacher’s College at Towson, she continued to oversee the school and served as President until 1938. These records which date from 1896 to 1942 contain personal items, official correspondence, school reports, items relating to Tall’s retirement celebration, memorial service programs, and notebooks relating to various committees on which Tall served.

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. "MISS RICHMOND RETAINED :Board Decides To Name Her Temporarily As Head Of State Normal School." The Sun (1837-1985), July 13, 1916, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).

"MISS LIDA TALL CHOSEN TO HEAD STATE :Assistant City Superintendent Des Moines Will Accept Election Here TAUGHT LONG IN MARYLAND Served For Years In Baltimore And County--Active In National Educational Associations And Is A Writer Of Note." The Sun (1837-1985), August 3, 1920, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).

"State Normal School Principal Will Seek More Students For Teaching Profession -- Hopes Soon To Overcome Shortage Of Educators." The Sun (1837-1985), August 17, 1920, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).

"ONE-FIFTH OF TEACHERS UNTRAINED, SAYS REAVIS :Asst. State Supt. Of Education Claims Substitutes Are Not Properly Qualified PROBLEM ONE OF FINANCES Suggests That Remedy Is Larger Appropriation Of State Funds For Pedagogues' Salaries." The Sun (1837-1985), December 9, 1920, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).

"Normal School Completes Its Fifty-Seventh Year :Since Its Removal To The Country Much Progress Has Been Made In Both Teacher And Elementary School Departments." The Sun (1837-1985), June 11, 1922, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).

A Staff Correspondent. "TEACHERS' TRAINING CHARGES INCREASE Maryland Normal School Fees To Cost Eighty Dollars More :LEGISLATURE IS BLAMED Failure To Allow Appropriation Sought Given As Reason For Advance." The Sun (1837-1985), May 20, 1924, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).

"SEEKS TO PREVENT MERGER OF SCHOOLS :Patrons' Body Of City Institution Plans To Have Decision Revoked TO HOLD MEETING THIS WEEK Consolidation Will Be Definite Educational Economy, Miss Tall Says." The Sun (1837-1985), June 8, 1924, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).

BISSELL BROOKE. "Household--Interior Decoration--Market Offerings--Recipes :Oyster First, Fruit Next, Her Choice Miss Lida Lee Tall, Of Normal School, Enjoys Seafood Of All Kinds, Save Terrapin She Offers Frankfurter With Jam As A Food More Delicious Than It Might Sound." The Sun (1837-1985), January 31, 1932, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).

"EXPECTS ROLL CUT AT TOWSON NORMAL :Principal Anticipates One-Third Decrease As Result Of Increased Fees 590 THERE AT PRESENT Miss Tall Predicts Better Selection Of Students And Elevation Of Standards." The Sun (1837-1985), May 28, 1933, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).

"Lida Lee Tall Named Head Of State Teachers." The Sun (1837-1985), October 22, 1933, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).

"MISS LIDA TALL RESIGNS STATE COLLEGE POST :Has Headed Teachers' Institution At Towson Since 1920 Miss M. Theresa Wiedefeld Chosen To Take Over Duties In Fall." The Sun (1837-1985), May 26, 1938, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 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.
  • "MISS RICHMOND RETAINED :Board Decides To Name Her Temporarily As Head Of State Normal School." The Sun (1837-1985), July 13, 1916, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).
  • "MISS LIDA TALL CHOSEN TO HEAD STATE :Assistant City Superintendent Des Moines Will Accept Election Here TAUGHT LONG IN MARYLAND Served For Years In Baltimore And County--Active In National Educational Associations And Is A Writer Of Note." The Sun (1837-1985), August 3, 1920, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).
  • "State Normal School Principal Will Seek More Students For Teaching Profession -- Hopes Soon To Overcome Shortage Of Educators." The Sun (1837-1985), August 17, 1920, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).
  • "ONE-FIFTH OF TEACHERS UNTRAINED, SAYS REAVIS :Asst. State Supt. Of Education Claims Substitutes Are Not Properly Qualified PROBLEM ONE OF FINANCES Suggests That Remedy Is Larger Appropriation Of State Funds For Pedagogues' Salaries." The Sun (1837-1985), December 9, 1920, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).
  • "Normal School Completes Its Fifty-Seventh Year :Since Its Removal To The Country Much Progress Has Been Made In Both Teacher And Elementary School Departments." The Sun (1837-1985), June 11, 1922, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).
  • A Staff Correspondent. "TEACHERS' TRAINING CHARGES INCREASE Maryland Normal School Fees To Cost Eighty Dollars More :LEGISLATURE IS BLAMED Failure To Allow Appropriation Sought Given As Reason For Advance." The Sun (1837-1985), May 20, 1924, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).
  • "SEEKS TO PREVENT MERGER OF SCHOOLS :Patrons' Body Of City Institution Plans To Have Decision Revoked TO HOLD MEETING THIS WEEK Consolidation Will Be Definite Educational Economy, Miss Tall Says." The Sun (1837-1985), June 8, 1924, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).
  • BISSELL BROOKE. "Household--Interior Decoration--Market Offerings--Recipes :Oyster First, Fruit Next, Her Choice Miss Lida Lee Tall, Of Normal School, Enjoys Seafood Of All Kinds, Save Terrapin She Offers Frankfurter With Jam As A Food More Delicious Than It Might Sound." The Sun (1837-1985), January 31, 1932, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).
  • "EXPECTS ROLL CUT AT TOWSON NORMAL :Principal Anticipates One-Third Decrease As Result Of Increased Fees 590 THERE AT PRESENT Miss Tall Predicts Better Selection Of Students And Elevation Of Standards." The Sun (1837-1985), May 28, 1933, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).
  • "Lida Lee Tall Named Head Of State Teachers." The Sun (1837-1985), October 22, 1933, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).
  • "MISS LIDA TALL RESIGNS STATE COLLEGE POST :Has Headed Teachers' Institution At Towson Since 1920 Miss M. Theresa Wiedefeld Chosen To Take Over Duties In Fall." The Sun (1837-1985), May 26, 1938, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed July 28, 2010).

Processing Information

Conservation or preservation treatments -- rehoused in document boxes; 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 Lida Lee Tall 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

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