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An Elementary Education: Children’s Readers

First Floor Exhibit: August 05-September 30

An Elementary Education: Children’s Readers

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections Rare Book Collection hosts a variety of books classified under the Library of Congress as books of Theory and Practice of Education (LB). These books mostly range from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s, but the occasional 18th century author will appear from time to time. Our Rare Book Collection begins with our oldest acquisitions. It includes the thoughts and different systems of individual educators (LB 51-885) as well as educational psychology (LB 1050.9-1091) and instructions for Primary Education (LB 1501-1547). Many of these instructional books are written by international scholars and we have their works published in their native Italian, French, and German –of course, with Latin text here and there.

The majority of our collection comprises children’s readers. These refer to the textbooks of this 19th–20th century era for elementary or public school education (LB 1555-1602). These readers encompass several special branches of an elementary education. We are lucky to have such a variety of Arithmetic, Geography, History, English Language & Grammar, Literature, Nature, Readers, Science and Spelling textbooks available in the Rare Book Collection to view our progress as nation and a world when we see how much has changed and what we have learned in just the past 100 years. It is also refreshing to search these readers to find new ways to educate from our old teachers.

Come and visit the L. Tom Perry Special Collections First Floor Exhibit to get a taste of different lessons from each subject.


Library of Congress Classification Information:

Class L – Education

Subclass LB – Theory and Practice of Education

LB 51-885 – Systems of Individual educators and writers

LB 1050.9-1091 – Educational psychology

LB 1501-1547 – Primary education

LB 1555-1602 – Elementary or public school education

LB 2335.95-2337 – Endowments, trusts, etc.

LB 3011-3095 – School Management and discipline;

      *LB 3050-3060.87

– Educational tests, measurements, evaluations and examinations

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