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Identifier: P0631

Title: Educational Museum Collection

Description: First referred to as the Pedagogical Museum, the Educational Museum was founded in 1905 when F. Louis Soldan, the Superintendent of Instruction, and Carl G. Rathman, the Assistant Superintendent of the St. Louis Public Schools, requested that exhibitors at the 1904 World's Fair donate parts of their exhibits to aid in the education of school children. The Board of Education added these donations to a pre-existing collection of lantern slides bought for classroom use in 1901.The material was first stored at the Wyman School, and a horse and wagon made weekly trips to schools to deliver visual aids to teachers who requested them. There were also exhibits set up at the museum building for students to visit. The collection grew and was moved to the Peabody School, the old Bates School, and to Carpenter Hall. In 1937 it moved to the Eugene Field School. In 1943 the museum was renamed the Division of Audio-Visual Education (DAVE). The collection began with lantern slides, photographs, stereo cards, mounted animals, rocks, industrial products, historical exhibits, and scientific equipment. Filmstrips, movies, slides, phonograph records, dolls, and radio transcriptions were added later. The Educational Museum Glass Plates and Lantern Slides Collection contains about 700 lantern slides and glass negatives, and 75 photographs which were formerly the property of the St. Louis City Public Schools' Educational Museum. Of special note is a series of images titled "A Walk through the St. Louis Schools" depicting classroom scenes in the St. Louis Public Schools showing use of Educational Museum materials. Illustrations designed to be used with the textbook "We Elect, the Story of St. Louis Government and Politics" are also included. Many of the illustrations also appear in the book. There are also photos of Museum exhibits, staff, buildings, and transportation and storage of the collection. See also the Educational Museum of the St. Louis Public Schools Records in the MHS Archives. Subjects include: Educational Museum exhibits and materials in use; St. Louis parks; riverfront views; outside Missouri; photos of paintings and prints showing 19th century St. Louis life; Zoological Gardens horse-drawn trolley; bicentennial material; birds and flowers; colonial history; life of George Washington; school media center history; Amelia Meissner (more).



Dates: 1890 - 1967

Type(s): Glass Plate Negatives, Lantern Slides; Photographs

Maker/Creator: Sid Ashen-Brenner; Saint Louis (Mo.). Board of Education; St. Louis Globe-Democrat; Dyviniak; Amelia Meissner



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