Guide to the Jesse Brundage Sears Papers

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
2000
Copyright © 2015 The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.

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Overview

Call Number: SC0005
Creator: Sears, Jesse Brundage, 1876-1973
Title: Jesse Brundage Sears papers
Dates: 1860-1973
Physical Description: 13.5 Linear feet
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

Administrative Information

Provenance

Custodial History

Gift of Jesse Brundage Sears and Robert Sears, 1965, 1974, 1978, and 1979.

Information about Access

Professor Sears' papers were originally received in two lots prior to January of 1965. These groups were combined to form SC 5 when the old Stanford Collection became the holdings base of the University Archives in that year. The portion of the following register which covers the first six boxes was done at that time.
Subsequently, following Professor Sears' death in December of 1973, his son, Professor Emeritus Robert Sears, donated another group of the senior Dr. Sears' professional and biographical material. This group expanded the chronological range of the collection and furnished a good deal more manuscriptal material than had been included in the orginal gift. This later donation is described in the following register as boxes 7-11.
In June of 1979, Robert Sears donated yet another group of his father's records to the Archives. For the most part this material consists of correspondence between family members and friends, and covers the years 1860-1973. There is a small amount of material relating to Sears' professional life, mostly correspondence with Ellwood Cubberley. Several account books, pocket diaries or memo books, information on Sears' family history and genealogy, and copies of pages (not bound) from his wife, Stella's autobiography, make up the remainder of this addition to the collection. A preliminary guide to these later boxes (12-14) is contained in the register following box 11.

Information about Access

None.

Ownership & Copyright

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and Univeristy Archives.

Cite As

[Identification of item], Jesse Brundage Sears Papers, SC 005, Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical Note

Dr. Sears was a Professor of Education at Stanford University from 1912-1942. He was born in 1876 and died in 1973.

Scope and Contents note

DESCRIPTION OF COLLECTION
The Sears Collection represents the combination of two groups of papers obtained prior to January 1965 with another large assemblage of papers added in March of 1974. A third addition was added to this collection in July of 1979. Both the pre-1965 and 1974 papers include four categories of data. A relatively small collection of Sears' correspondence in his professional capacities is present in both sets. Some personal history appears in Box 2 (part of the pre-1965 material), and a larger amount in Box 7 (part of the 1974 material). Except for the last three boxes which were added in 1979 and contain mostly family and personal correspondence, the bulk of the collection consists of Sears' writings, which are divided into a manuscript category and a reprint category. It should be noted that these four categories are intermixed in the pre-1965 material (first six boxes), and separated in the 1974 material. The material added in 1979 also includes account books, memo or pocket diaries, information on the Sears family history and some professional correspondence with Ellwood Cubberley.
MAJOR CORRESPONDENTS
Most of the correspondence in this collection is in the most recent (1979) addition of material. As yet these boxes have received only preliminary attention, and the list of major correspondents is not complete. Among them are Ellwood Cubberley, J.B. Sears' wife Stella Richardson Sears, his children: Jean, Robert and Norman Sears, his brothers and sisters, C.B. Sears, C.N. Sears, G.W. Sears, B.L. Sears H.J. Sears C.G. Sears, and D.L. Sears, as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

Material Removed from the Collection

Multiple copies of the Sears genealogy and duplicates of forms. Three glass negatives of Sears' grandparents have been put in the photograph collection.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

SCHOOL SURVEY CORRESPONDENCE 1925-1932

Box 1, Folder 2

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS CORRESPONDENCE, 1927-8

Box 1, Folder 3

SUMMER SCHOOL LECTURES, CORRESPONDENCE, 1930

Box 1, Folder 4

ST. LOUIS MEETING OF A. E. R. A. 1935-6

Box 1, Folder 5

CORRESPONDENCE WITH McGRAW-HILL 1937, 1949-1950

Scope and Content Note

(SEE ALSO MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE)
Box 1, Folder 6

CUBBERLEY BOOKS, REVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE 1955-60

Box 1, Folder 7

CUBBERLEY H. S. CORRESPONDENCE 1958

Box 1, Folder 8

MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE 1922-1964

Box 1, Folder 9

CUBBERLEY RELATED PAPERS

Box 1, Folder 10

CLASS OUTLINES

Box 1, Folder 11

LECTURE NOTES

Box 1, Folder 12

FELLOWSHIP FORUM OF PALO ALTO

Box 1, Folder 13-16

MSS. OF PUBLISHED ARTICLES (SAMPLES OF WORKS)

Box 2, Folder 1

MISCELLANEOUS MSS. OF WRITINGS (POSSIBLY DRAFT OF TAMALPAIS SURVEY)

Box 2, Folder 4

UNFINISHED MANUSCRIPT OF BOOKS ON ADMINISTRATION

Box 2, Folder 2-3

MISC. MSS. OF WRITINGS-SOME DRAFTS

Box 2, Folder 5

UNFINISHED MSS. OF BOOKS PUBLIC SCHOOL FINANCE

Box 2, Folder 6

1930 WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON CHILD HEALTH AND PROTECT

Box 2, Folder 7

1932 CALIFORNIA WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON CHILD HEALTH AND PROTECTION

Box 2, Folder 8

CLIPPINGS

Box 2, Folder 9

BIOGRAPHICAL ITEMS

Box 2, Folder 10

REVIEWS BY J. B. S.

Box 2, Folder 11

PUBLIC ADDRESSES

Box 3

SCHOOL SURVEYS. PRINTED REPORTS, IF ISSUED ARE FILED WITH THE RELATED PAPERS IN THE FOLLOWING CARTONS.

Box 3, Folder 1

OAKLAND SPELLING INVESTIGATION 1915

Box 3, Folder 2

SALINAS UNION HIGH SCHOOL. 1918

Box 3, Folder 3

PRESTON SCHOOL OF INDUSTRY, WATERMAN, CALIFORNIA 1919

Box 3, Folder 4

BOISE [IDAHO] CITY SCHOOLS - MISSING 5/96 1920

Box 3, Folder 5

ARLINGTON [MINNESOTA] SURVEY 1921

Box 3, Folder 6

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA 1922

Box 3, Folder 7-8

PHOENIX UNION HIGH SCHOOL 1925

Box 3, Folder 9

MARYSVILLE [CALIFORNIA] UNION HIGH SCHOOL 1925

Box 3, Folder 10

BERKELEY SCHOOL PROPERTIES SURVEY 1926

Box 3, Folder 11

BERKELEY SCHOOL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SURVEY 1926

Box 3, Folder 12

ANTIOCH HIGH SCHOOL 1927

Box 4, Folder 1

NAPA SCHOOL SURVEY 1927

Box 4, Folder 2

TAMALPAIS SURVEY 1927

Box 4, Folder 3

FALL RIVER JOINT UNION H. S. CONSOLIDATION 1929

Box 4, Folder 4

SUTTER COUNTY INSTRUCTIONAL SURVEY 1929

Box 4, Folder 5

SACRAMENTO SCHOOL SURVEY 1928

Box 4, Folder 6

SANGER SCHOOL BUILDING SURVEY 1929

Box 4, Folder 7

PITTSBURG [CALIFORNIA] SURVEY 1929

Box 4, Folder 8

ALBANY [CALIFORNIA] SURVEY 1930

Box 4, Folder 9

SACRAMENTO SCHOOL SURVEY REVIEW 1930

Box 4, Folder 10

PALO ALTO ADDRESS ON POSSIBLE SERVICE OF SURVEYS TO PALO ALTO 1930

Box 4, Folder 11

MARYSVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1931

Box 5, Folder 1

SANGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1931

Box 5, Folder 2

MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE 1932

Box 5, Folder 3

TRACY UNION HIGH SCHOOL 1935

Box 5, Folder 4

STOCKTON SCHOOL SURVEY 1938

Box 5, Folder 5

ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION OF SACRAMENTO'S SCHOOL SYSTEM 1940

Box 5, Folder 6

ADMINISTRATIVE SURVEY OF PLACER UNION HIGH SCHOOL AND PLACER JUNIOR COLLEGE 1940

Box 5, Folder 7

WASCO [CALIFORNIA] SURVEY 1943

Box 5, Folder 8

SAN FRANCISCO CURRICULUM 1944

Box 5, Folder 9

ALASKA SCHOOL undated

Box 5, Folder 10

STANFORD SCHOOL OF EDUCATION 1932

Box 5, Folder 11

SURVEY BIBLIOGRAPHIES

Box 6

BOUND VOLUME OF REPRINTS. MISCELLANEOUS REPRINTS AND BOOKS WRITTEN BY J. B. S.

 

Personal History and Professional Correspondence.

Scope and Content Note

The following folder register covers that portion of the Sears Collection donated by Professor Robert Sears in 1974. This portion is divided according to the type of material (as described in the short register) and covers the last four boxes of the collection.
Box 7, Folder 1

Personal History: Autobiographies of Jesse Brundage Sears ( The Story of My Life and Work, and his wife Stella R. Sears ( My Story, 1959 1948

Box 7, Folder 2

Personal History: Sears Family Biographies: Charles B., George W., and Edith F. Sears.

Box 7, Folder 3

Personal History: Sears Family Biographies: Harry Johnson Sears.

Box 7, Folder 4

Personal History: Sears Family Genealogical Data. Genealogical Chart (Rolled)

Box 7, Folder 5

Personal History: Personal Correspondence, 1909-1966

Box 7, Folder 6

Personal History: Personal Financial Data, The 1928 material consists of stock purchase orders and receipts, company statements. The 1960's material consists of tax records and dividend statements. 1928 and 1960-1965

Box 7, Folder 7

Personal History: Personal Financial Data, The material of this folder consists of tax records and dividend statements. 1967

Box 7, Folder 8

Personal History: Personal Financial Data, The material of this folder consists of tax records and dividend statements. 1968

Box 7, Folder 9

Personal History: Professional Memorabilia, General.

Box 7, Folder 10

Personal History: Professional Memorabilia, Newspaper Clippings.

Box 7, Folder 11

Personal History: Professional Memorabilia, Scratch Notes and Notebooks.

Box 7, Folder 12

Professional Correspondence: General, A - M.

Scope and Content Note

(The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, chronologically thereafter when a correspondent is represented by more than one item.)
Box 7, Folder 13

Professional Correspondence: General, N - Z.

Note

[Note: Folders 12 and 13 feature correspondence from Ellwood P. Cubberley, David Starr Jordan, Kidder Institute, Edward Krehbiel, Ray Lyman Wilbur, the Universities of California, Minnesota, Missouri, Penn, Pitt, Utah and Wisconsin, and the various publishers of Dr. Sears' books.]
Box 7, Folder 14

Professional Correspondence: Letters relating to Sears Scholarship awards at Kidder Institute in Missouri.

Box 7, Folder 15

Professional Correspondence: Letters of greeting upon Dr. Sears' retirement from active teaching in 1942 [bound in leather notebook].

 

Manuscriptal Materials.

Box 8, Folder 1

Major Mss: Classroom Organization and Control, 1918

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of first ten chapters.
Box 8, Folder 2

Major Mss: Classroom Organization and Control, 1918

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of latter ten chapters.
Box 8, Folder 3

Major Mss: The School Survey, 1925

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of Part I (pp. 1-186).
Box 8, Folder 4

Major Mss: The School Survey, 1925

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of remaining Parts (pp. 187-424).
Box 8, Folder 5

Major Mss: The Sacramento School Survey, 1928

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of work done with Almack, Proctor, and Eelts, (pp. 1-270).
Box 8, Folder 6

Major Mss: The Sacramento School Survey, 1928

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of work done with Almack, Proctor, and Eelts, (pp. 271-506).
Box 8, Folder 7

Major Mss: The Sacramento School Survey, 1928

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript (pp. 507-757) plus appendix and handwritten notes.
Box 8, Folder 8

Major Mss: Modesto Junior College Survey, 1932

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten manuscript.
Box 8, Folder 9

Major Mss: City School Administrative Controls, 1938

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of first draft material, including notes and some handwritten pages.
Box 8, Folder 10

Major Mss: City School Administrative Controls, 1938

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of first draft material.
Box 8, Folder 11

Major Mss: City School Administrative Controls, 1938

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of first four chapters.
Box 8, Folder 12

Major Mss: City School Administrative Controls, 1938

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of latter four chapters.
Box 8, Folder 13

Major Mss: Public School Administration, 1947

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of seven chapters (pp. 1-189).
Box 8, Folder 14

Major Mss: Public School Administration, 1947

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of Chapters 8 through 13, (pp. 190-407).
Box 8, Folder 15

Major Mss: Public School Administration, 1947

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of final chapters (pp. 408-488) plus handwritten draft of early chapters.
Box 9, Folder 1

Major Mss: Nature of the Administrative Process, 1950

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of first four chapters.
Box 9, Folder 2

Major Mss: Nature of the Administrative Process, 1950

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of Chapters 5 through 9.
Box 9, Folder 3

Major Mss: Nature of the Administrative Process, 1950

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of Chapters 10 through 14.
Box 9, Folder 4

Major Mss: Nature of the Administrative Process, 1950

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of annotated bibliography and index; also handwritten manuscript of index.
Box 9, Folder 5

Major Mss: Nature of the Administrative Process, 1950

Scope and Content Note

Typewritten manuscript of various scattered pages and complete set of plate proofs for final version.
Box 9, Folder 6

Major Mss: Cubberley of Stanford: and His Contribution to American Education, 1957

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten manuscript of Preface through Chapter 5, with typewritten comments and changes by Adin D. [UNK] Sears' collaborator.
Box 9, Folder 7

Major Mss: Cubberley of Stanford..., 1957

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten manuscript of Chapters 6 through 8 with Henderson's typewritten comments and changes.
Box 9, Folder 8

Major Mss: Cubberley of Stanford..., 1957

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten manuscript of Chapters 9 through 11 with Henderson's typewritten comments and changes.
Box 9, Folder 9

Major Mss: Cubberley of Stanford..., 1957

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten manuscript of Chapter 12 through Appendices and Index with Henderson's comments and changes.
Box 9, Folder 10

Major Mss: My Life and Work, 1959

Scope and Content Note

Complete typewritten manuscript.
Box 9, Folder 11

Major Mss: My Life and Work, 1959

Scope and Content Note

Complete typewritten draft with handwritten notes and corrections.
Box 9, Folder 12

Major Mss: My Life and Work, 1959

Scope and Content Note

Complete handwritten draft.
Box 9, Folder 13

Major Mss: Sears' portion of an untitled, apparently unpublished cooperative book (written with Cubberley and Almack). Chapters 17-22. 1940

Box 9, Folder 14

Major Mss: Sears' portion of an untitled, apparently unpublished cooperative book (written with Cubberley and Almack). Chapters 23-32. 1940

Box 9, Folder 15

Minor Mss: Articles and Other Writings, 1921-22

Box 9, Folder 16

Minor Mss: Articles and Other Writings, 1924-29

Box 9, Folder 17

Minor Mss: Articles and Other Writings, 1930-34

Box 9, Folder 18

Minor Mss: Articles and Other Writings, 1935-37

Box 10, Folder 1

Minor Mss: Articles and Other Writings, 1941-49

Box 10, Folder 2

Minor Mss: Articles and Other Writings, 1950-53

Box 10, Folder 3

Minor Mss: Articles and Other Writings, Publication and Date Uncertain

Box 10, Folder 4

Minor Mss: Articles and Other Writings, Publication and Date Uncertain

Box 10, Folder 5

Minor Mss: Articles on Rural Education, Publication and Date Uncertain

Box 10, Folder 6

Minor Mss: Addresses and Speeches, 1914

Box 10, Folder 7

Minor Mss: Studies and Surveys, Publication and Date Uncertain

Box 10, Folder 8

Minor Mss: Book Reviews, 1915

Box 10, Folder 9

Minor Mss: Sears' Own Student Memorabilia [papers, class outlines and summaries], 1910-11

Box 10, Folder 10

Minor Mss: Miscellany [notes and outlines for articles or speeches, student paper by Myrtle G. Welton], Dates Uncertain

Box 11

Publications and Reprints.

Note

[Box 11, a large record carton, contains journals and magazines which include articles or reviews by J.B. Sears. The box also contains copies of some of these same articles and reviews in reprint form.]
 

1979 Addenda

Scope and Content Note

This addenda to SC 005 (boxes 12-14) contains material given to the Archives by Robert R. Sears (son of J.B. Sears) in 1979. The bulk of the material is personal correspondence to and from family members and close friends, although there is a small amount of professional correspondence with Ellwood Cubberley. In addition the boxes contain several account books, pocket diaries, copies of J.B. Sears' wife's autobiography and copies of the Sears genealogy. The correspondence covers the years 1860-1973.
Box 12

Chronological Correspondence, 1860-1973

Box 12

Correspondence by individual, 1860-1973

Box 12

Sears family history and genealogy

Box 12

Misc. essays and poetry of J.B. Sears

Box 12

Misc. essays and stories of Stella Richardson Sears

Box 12

Memo books, pocket diaries

Box 12

Memoirs of J.B. Sears' trip to Europe, undated

Box 13

Correspondence, still in envelopes

Box 13

Unbound copies of Stella Richardson Sears' autobiography

Box 14

Account books (8) 1936-1962

Box 14

Folder of correspondence, etc. relating to J.B. Sears' death in 1973

 

PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION. Typed and handwritten manuscript, fifteen chapters, undated

Box 15, Folder 1

Preface and Introduction

Box 15, Folder 2

Chapter 1: An Approach to the Study of School Administration

Box 15, Folder 3

Chapter 2: The Tools of Research and Library Usage

Box 15, Folder 4

Chapter 3: The Background of Social Administration

Box 15, Folder 5

Chapter 4: Professional Organizations, Serial Publications, and Public Documents of the Field

Box 15, Folder 6

Chapter 5: Our Theory of Public School Administration

Box 15, Folder 7

Chapter 6: Federal Government and Education

Box 15, Folder 8

Chapter 7: State School Administration

Box 15, Folder 9

Chapter 8: County and Rural School Administration

Box 15, Folder 10

Chapter 9: Financing Public Education

Box 15, Folder 11

Chapter 10: Local School Administration

Box 15, Folder 12

Chapter 11: Personal Management

Box 15, Folder 13

Chapter 12: Supervision and Research

Box 15, Folder 14

Chapter 13: School Business Management

Box 15, Folder 15

Chapter 14: School Buildings

Box 15, Folder 16

Chapter 15: The Administration of a School

Box 15, Folder 17

Bibliographic Index Cards

 

Accession ARCH-1990-112 Additional Material

Box 16, Folder 1

Education and the War Emergency: Letters and Bulletins from California School Executives Covering Emergency Activities assembled vol. 1, locations A-O [1941-1942], 1942,

Box 16, Folder 2

Education and the War Emergency: Letters and Bulletins from California School Executives Covering Emergency Activities assembled vol. 2, locations P-Z [1941-1942], 1942,