Guide to the Preston School District Time Capsule,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Jefferson Middle School (Preston, Idaho)
Title: Preston School District Time Capsule
Dates: 1913-1914 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3 boxes (2 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 239
Summary: Contents of Jefferson Middle School time capsule
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Material in English 

Historical Note

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.

Content Description

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.

Use of the Collection

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.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

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 1998

Acquisition Information :  

Donated in 1997 by the Preston School District represented by Brian Mendenhall.

Related Materials :  

Jefferson Middle School time capsule photograph collectionP0145

Separated Materials :  

Photographs were removed and placed in photograph collection P0145.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 Letter enclosed in Edison cylinder of sealing ceremony Undated
1 2 Letter enclosed inside capsule Undated
1 3 History of the Schools of Preston, Idaho Undated
1 4 Building specifications for Preston school Undated
1 5 Class enrollment lists Undated
1 6 Student artwork Undated
1 7 Student Christmas cards and stories Undated
1 8 Student stories Undated
1 9 Arithmetic and algebra Undated
1 10 Penmanship, spelling and language Undated
1 11 The Oneida Thanksgiving and Christmas issues 1913
1 12 Newspaper clippings Undated
1 13 Business cards Undated
1 14 Miscellaneous items Undated
1 1 Live Language Lessons by Howard R. Driggs Undated
1 2 Walsh's New Grammar School Arithmetic by John H. Walsh Undated
1 3 Revised Courses of Study and Manual of Methods For the Public Schools of Idaho
Prepared by Walter R. Siders, Superintendent Pocatello Schools Edison Cylinder of sealing ceremony
1 Edison Cylinder of sealing ceremony Undated
2 Realia Undated
3 1 Area newspapers Undated
3 2 Calendar 1914
3 3 Fashions 1914


    • Corporate Names :
    • Jefferson Middle School (Preston, Idaho)
    • Geographical Names :
    • Preston (Idaho)--History.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Schools--Idaho--Preston--History.
    • Time capsules--Idaho--Preston.

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