Guide to the College Elementary School, Photographs, Slides and Negatives
circa 1891-circa 1980 (bulk 1930-1980)

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: College Elementary School
Title: College Elementary School, Photographs, Slides and Negatives
Dates: circa 1891-circa 1980 (bulk 1930-1980) ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.0 cubic feet (3 letter sized document cases; 1 letter half sized document case and 1 oversized box)  :  Photographic prints, slides and negatives in good condition
Collection Number: RG012-08-12
Summary: This collection consists of photographic prints, slides and negatives collected and retained by the College Elementary School Office at Central Washington University from the early 20th Century until the date of its closure in the spring of 1981.
Repository: Central Washington University
Archives and Special Collections

400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
(509) 963-1717

Languages: English 

Historical Note

The College Elementary School was created when the old Edison School (Washington State Normal School Training School) was relocated to a new building in 1939. In 1963, the school was renamed the Amanda Hebeler Elementary School (Washington Center for Early Childhood Education). The school was closed in the spring of 1981 after budget constraints declared it expendable.

Content Description

The vast majority of the photographic prints and slides in this collection depict children being taught in classrooms, playing outdoors and participating in class field trips from the 1930s until the 1980s. Included in the collection are prints and negatives of buildings and prominent faculty members of Central Washington University from the late 1950s and early 1960s, photographs of a student march for a Student Union War Memorial Building (1946), and negatives of other Central Washington University campus events from the 1950s and 1960s.

Historical Background

Founded in 1891, the Washington State Normal School supplied students to oversee elementary education at the Edison School or Training School in Ellensburg, WA. In 1937, the Washington State Normal School was rechristened Central Washington College of Education. As before, the college oversaw the elementary school, renamed College Elementary School in 1939. Central Washington College of Education was subsequently renamed Central Washington State College in 1961 and Central Washington University in 1977.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Open to the public for educational research.

Preferred Citation :  

[Name of document or photograph number]. RG012-08-12, College Elementary School, Photographs, Slides and Negatives. Archives and Special Collections, Brooks Library, Central Washington University.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized alphabetically by subject of image. Chronological arrangement.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1-1 Christmas
1-2 Class photographs 1950-1952
1-3 Class photographs 1952-1957
1-4 Class photographs 1958-1960
1-5 Class photographs 1962-1964
1-6 Class photographs 1974-1976
1-7 Class photographs 1977-1978
1-8 Class photographs 1979-1980
1-9 Class photographs 1981-1982
1-10 Class photographs
1-11 Classroom activities 1900s-1920s
1-12 Classroom activities 1930s-1950s
1-13 Classroom activities 1930s-1950s
1-14 Classroom activities 1930s-1950s
1-15 Classroom activities 1930s-1950s
1-16 Classroom activities 1960s-1970s
2-1 Classroom activities 1970s-1980s
2-2 Classroom activities 1970s-1980s
2-3 College student aides 1970s-1980s
2-4 Faculty and Staff
2-5 Festival of Nations 1953
2-6 Field trips
2-7 Group photographs
2-8 Hans Haupel – Second grade class from Germany 1930s
2-9 Local studies 1970s
2-10 Movement 1970s
2-11 Newspaper clippings and ephemera 1939-1976
2-12 Nursery School 1930s
2-13 Outdoor activities 1920s-1940s
2-14 Outdoor activities 1920s-1940s
2-15 Outside play 1970-1980
2-16 Playground of Hebeler Elementary School
3-1 Pre-school 1970s-1980s
3-2 Problem solving 1970-1980
3-3 Reading 1970-1980
3-4 Science 1980s
3-5 Student Union Building War Memorial March, 1946
3-6 Student witness construction of Hebeler Hall 1938
3-7 Theatrical plays 1930s-1950s
3-8 Contact Sheets
3-9 Negatives - miscellaneous
3-10 Slides – Class photographs
3-11 Slides – Classroom activities 1950s-1960s
3-12 Slides – Classroom activities 1973-1976
3-13 Slides – Classroom activities 1977-1979
3-14 Slides – Faculty and Staff
3-15 Slides – Field trips
3-16 Slides – Outdoor activities and Playground
3-17 Slides – Pre-school
4-1 Mabel T. Anderson
4-2 Harold Barto 1952
4-3 Black Hall and Group Conference Center circa 1961
4-4 Board of Trustees 1962
4-5 Bouillon Library Dedication 1963
4-6 James E. Brooks circa 1960s
4-7 Choir 1959
4-8 Class of 1912 – Reunion 1962
4-9 Commencement circa 1960
4-10 Getz-Short Apartments circa 1960
4-11 Hebeler Hall
4-12 Hertz Hall 1963
4-13 Holmes Dining Hall 1963
4-14 Little Symphony 1962
4-15 Robert E. McConnell circa 1950s
4-16 Ernest L. Muzzall
4-17 Leo Nicholson circa 1960s
4-18 Nicholson Pavilion circa 1960
4-19 Stephens-Whitney Hall circa 1960
5-1 Oversized photographs and newspaper clippings


This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Corporate Names :
  • Central Washington College of Education
  • Washington State Normal School (Ellensburg, Wash.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Ellensburg (Wash.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Central Washington University--History
  • Education, Elementary
  • Teachers colleges--United States--History
    • Occupations :
    • Elementary school teachers
    • Other Creators :
    • Amanda Hebeler Elementary School
    • College Elementary School
    • Edison Training School (Ellensburg, Wash.)

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