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Recent Acquisition: Papers of Rural School Teacher Pearl Cuppett, 1915-1918

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
December 20th, 2016

Blog post by Michael Ridderbusch, Associate Curator, WVRHC.

The West Virginia and Regional History Center recently acquired the papers of Preston County school teacher Pearl Cuppett (catalog number A&M 4196).  As a record of her activity in the schools of Pine Run (1915-1916), Victory (1916-1917), and Mountain View (1917-1918), they provide a snapshot of rural West Virginia school life.  The following will sample some of the material in this collection. 

 

Teacher Pearl Cuppett with her students

Teacher Pearl Cuppett with her students, 1917.
The collection includes photo portraits for each of the three years she taught.

 

Teachers Daily Register with student names and absences

One of many daily registers kept by Pearl Cuppett, 1917.

 

Letter from Preston County Superintendent, October 14, 1915

Superintendent’s message to rural teachers in Preston County, 1915.

 

Arithmetic examination from West Virginia public schools, 1913

Arithmetic examination, West Virginia public schools, 1913.

 

Cover of supply catalog called "The Teachers Year Book 1916-1917" by the March Borthers

Supply catalog for “their majesties, the teachers of America,” 1916-1917.
The following two images are of pages from this supply catalog.

 

Pages 22 and 23 from the March Brothers supply catalog, 1916-1917

Pages 22 and 23 from the March Brothers supply catalog, 1916-1917.

 

Pages 58 and 59 from the March Brothers supply catalog, 1916-1917

Pages 58 and 59 from the March Brothers supply catalog, 1916-1917.

 

We are pleased to add this collection to the holdings of the History Center, and thus further enhance our documentation of the history of education in West Virginia.

 

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