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School and College Conference on English records

Call Number: MS 433

Scope and Contents

The School and College Conference on English Archives consists of two boxes, containing approximately 700 items. The bulk of the letters are from Marion C. Sheridan, who represented New Haven High School. Miss Sheridan served as Recording Secretary and later as Chairman of the Conference. She donated the records to Yale in 1966 and 1968.

The School and College Conference was established in 1925 to study and discuss the teaching of English in secondary schools and in the freshman year of college and to consider related problems such as the kind of examination in English most useful in testing fitness for college. Active membership in the conference is by invitation only, is of colleges and schools, not of individuals, and is kept small so that the meetings may have an intimate and informal character. Associate membership is not limited, however, and includes a large number of schools throughout the United States.

The conference holds a two-day meeting every year. Mimeographed summaries of the transactions of these meetings and correspondence pertaining to them make up part of the collection.

In 1940, the conference published the Report of the Language Committee. This was followed in 1942 by the Report of the Literature Committee. Correspondence at this time contains many discussions of revisions, additions, and bibliographies.

During World War II, the conference became concerned with the way in which Army and Navy basic trainees reflected the teaching of English in American secondary schools. A special committee was appointed to study the types and extent of the incompetence of the trainees in the use of English and to offer recommendations for improving English teaching. The reports of the committee are included in the collection.


  • 1925-1970


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Existence and Location of Copies

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Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Marion C. Sheridan in 1966 and 1968; gift of Sidney L. Eaton, 1992.


Arranged by accession.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The records consist of correspondence, reports, and printed matter kept by Marion C. Sheridan as recording secretary and later as chairman of the conference, some concerning the organization, and transactions of the conference's annual meeting.

Biographical / Historical

The School and College Conference on English was established in 1925 to study and discuss the teaching of English in secondary schools and in the freshman year of college, and to study related problems such as the kind of examinations used for judging students' fitness for college.

Guide to the Records of the School and College Conference On English
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
February 1993
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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