Jefferson Middle School was designed by Joseph H. Monson of the architectural firm Monson and Price of Salt Lake City, Utah. On January 7, 1914, a time capsule was placed in the cornerstone of the school as part of a dedication ceremony. An Edison wax cylinder was used to record the ceremony and placed in the capsule. Voices recorded on the cylinder are those of Jacob N. Larson, mayor of Preston and clerk of the school board, J.W. Condie, principal of the school, and Joseph H. Monson. Textbooks, photographs, writing implements, and samples of students' work were also placed in the capsule which was removed during demolition of the school in 1997. The time capsule was opened during the dedication ceremonies of the new Preston Middle School August 21, 1997; much of the contents were reproduced and published in a special issue of the Preston Citizen October 15, 1997.
Letter of sealing ceremony; letter from local business; history of the schools of Preston, Idaho; building specifications for Preston school; class enrollment lists; student artwork; Christmas cards, and stories; student arithmetic, algebra, penmanship, spelling and language classwork; The Oneida Thanksgiving and Christmas issues (1913); newspaper clippings; business cards; textbooks; Edison cylinder of sealing ceremony; realia; miscellaneous items; area newspapers; 1914 calendar; and 1914 fashions.
Restrictions on Access :
No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.Restrictions on Use :
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Preston School District Time Capsule must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.Preferred Citation :
Initial Citation: Preston School District Time Capsule USU_COLL MSS 239, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 239, USUSCA.
The collection is arranged according to the genre of the material and specifically according to the age of each classroom.
Processing Note :
Processed in April of 1998Acquisition Information :
Donated in 1997 by the Preston School District represented by Brian Mendenhall.Related Materials :
Jefferson Middle School time capsule photograph collectionP0145Separated Materials :
Photographs were removed and placed in photograph collection P0145.
Detailed Description of the Collection