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NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG4298.AM:  Free School Advocate (Omaha, Neb.)



Handwritten newspapers:  1859-1860

Omaha, Douglas County, Neb.:  School newspaper

Size:  0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box



BACKGROUND NOTE



The Free School Advocate, the first number of which was issued on 21 December 1859, may have been the first effort at school journalism in Nebraska. Various pupils contributed editorials, essays, verse, fiction, news items, humor, etc., and student editors copied the materials in longhand. The paper was issued weekly and was read aloud on stated occasions as part of the school exercises.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection is arranged in two Series: 1) Original issues of the Free School Advocate; and 2) Historical information. The papers comprise an early, and possibly the first, effort at school journalism in Nebraska. Items give evidence of the educational methods and attainments of the community, and reflect to some extent the social and political atmosphere of the time and place.



DESCRIPTION



Series 1 – Original issues of the Free School Advocate



Box 1

Folder




  1. Vol. 1, No.1, Dec. 21, 1859

    Vol. 1, No.2, Jan. 11, 1860

    Vol. 1, No.4, Feb. 8, 1860

    Vol. 1, No.7, Mar. 14, 1860

    Vol. 1, No.8, Mar. 21, 1860

    Vol. 1, No.9, Mar. 28, 1860

    Vol. 1, No.10?, Apr. 1860

    Also includes eight photostats of pages from vol.1

  2. Vol. 2, No.2, May 23, 1860 [also given as vol. 2, no.2, May 30, 1860]

    Vol. 2, No.5, July 3, 1860

    Vol. 2, No. 6-7, Both dated July 13, 1860

  3. Material for four other issues lacking title pages covers and dates



Series 2 – Historical information




  1. Note from Mrs. Grigor telling history of the Free School Advocate and of Omaha schools

    Commencement invitation, 1899



 



ADDED ENTRIES



College and school journalism

Education — Nebraska — History

Free School Advocate (Omaha, Neb.)

Journalism — Nebraska

Newspapers — Handwritten

Newspapers — Nebraska — Omaha

Omaha (Neb.) — High schools

Omaha (Neb.) — Newspapers



 



Revised 02-06-2008   TMM