Guide to the Pluma Batten Papers ca. 1940s-1950sMG 1156

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Access Points

Related Material

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Container List

Pluma Batten Collection

Guide to the Pluma Batten Papers ca. 1940s-1950sMG 1156Inventory prepared by Julia Telonidis.

Guide to the Pluma Batten Papers
ca. 1940s-1950s


MG 1156



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Inventory prepared by Julia Telonidis.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. July 2008. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Batten, Pluma Burroughs (Penton)
Title: Pluma Batten Papers
Dates ca. 1940s-1950s
Abstract: This collection, belonging to Pluma Batten, educator, pertains mostly to her work as a member of the Pilesgrove (New Jersey) Board of Education, and as supervising principal and superintendent of schools for the Woodstown-Pilesgrove District in the 1940s and 1950s.
Quantity: 3.66 linear feet (11 boxes, located 2nd floor storage)
Collection Number: MG 1156

Biographical Note

Pluma Batten, educator, was born in Salem, New Jersey, on November 26, 1894, the daughter of Elsie Maud (Burlew) and Charlton Harris Penton. During high school she organized the first student council and international relations club at her school and was graduated as valedictorian of her class. On March 8, 1914 she married Albert B. Batten. Graduated with honors and a B.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1929, she continued with postgraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania (1929-1930), Rutgers University (1930-1931), and New York University (1932-1933) before beginning her teaching career. As rural supervisor for the New Jersey Helping Teachers (1930-1943), Batten taught every grade for at least one year; wrote "A Story of Salem County as told by Children in the Elementary Schools"; and edited a manual on teaching arithmetic. Her accomplishments during her tenure as a member of the Pilesgrove (New Jersey) Board of Education, and as supervising principal and superintendent of schools for the Woodstown-Pilesgrove District (all 1943-1956), included tripling the school budget, inaugurating a full-time guidance program, replacing report cards with teacher-parent conferences, and integrating a racially segregated school system. In addition, she was an active member of the legislative committee of the New Jersey Education Association and the education committee of the American Association of University Women. In 1937 she joined the American Federation of Soroptimist Clubs, a professional women's organization devoted to the political and economic advancement of women. She served as president of the Salem (New Jersey) club, as director of the North Atlantic region, and on the regional board; she was then elected to the National Board and served as treasurer, second vice-president, first vice-president, and president (1954-1956). While she was chair of the Extension Committee (1952-1954), seventy-three clubs were added to the organization. Batten retired from public education in 1957 but continued to be interested in education and the advancement of women. She remained active in various organizations, including the American Association of University Women.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers related to Batten's work as a New Jersey educator. There is correspondence, notes, meeting minutes, reports, clippings, brochures, and various other types of documentation pertaining to her work as principal. Curriculum plans, teacher evaluation, and materials relating to school transportation, fire safety issues, and eduation of special needs children, teaching methods, health and athletic programs, and various other facets of education policy and school administration are represented in this collection.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Batten, Pluma Burroughs (Penton).
Subject Topics:
Education--New Jersey.
Principals--New Jersey.
School boards--New Jersey.
Schools--New Jersey.
Teachers--New Jersey.
Subject Places:
Pilesgrove (N.J.)
Salem County (N.J.)
Woodstown (N.J.)
Document Types:
Handbooks.
Letters (Correspondence).
Licenses.
Minutes.
Notes.
Reports.

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Related Material

Batten, Pluma Burroughs Penton, 1894- . Papers, 1948-1964 (inclusive), 1950-1956 (bulk): A Finding Aid. Radciffe College. Available at: <http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/~sch00438>

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1156, Pluma Batten Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, 1981. Batten's papers pertaining to the American Federation of Soroptimist Clubs was retained by Radcliffe College.

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Bibliography

Batten, Pluma Burroughs Penton, 1894- . Papers, 1948-1964 (inclusive), 1950-1956 (bulk): A Finding Aid. Radciffe College. Available at: <http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/~sch00438>

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Container List

 

Pluma Batten Collection

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Biographical Sketch undated
1 2 Material regarding education in general ca. 1940s-1950s
1 3 Iowa spelling scales, Ashbaugh 1922
1 4 Education of "retarded" children ca. 1940s-1950s
1 5 Education in NJ ca. 1940s-1950s
1 6 Education in NJ ca. 1940s-1950s
1 7 Correspondence regarding NJ State Helping Teachers 1931-1942
1 8 Notebook regarding teaching methods 1951-1972
1 9 Teaching goals and methods 1931-1932
1 10 Teaching goals and methods 1932-1933
1 11 Teaching goals and methods 1933-1935
1 12 Teaching goals and methods 1935-1936
1 13 Handbook for Helping Teachers no. 1,2,3 ca. 1940s-1950s
1 14 School budgets 1937-1940
Box Folder Title Date
2 1 Notebook: activities of students ca. 1940s-1950s
2 2 Extracurricular activities of students 1931-1942
2 3 Publications of students 1933-1940
2 4 Commencement programs 1937-1942
2 5 Miscellaneous 1931-1942
2 6 Minutes Pilesgrove Board of Ed. 1943-1945
2 7 Minutes Pilesgrove Board of Ed. 1945-1947
2 8 Minutes Pilesgrove Board of Ed. 1947-1950
2 9 Minutes Pilesgrove Board of Ed. 1950-1952
2 10 Minutes Pilesgrove Board of Ed. 1952-1956
Box Folder Title Date
3 1 Charts of organization and supervisory procedures undated
3 2 School budgets Pilesgrove 1949-1956
3 3 Correspondence 1946-1956
3 4 Bulletin Elementary School, Woodstown 1951-1956
3 5 Announcements 1952
3 6 Announcements 1952
3 7 Announcements 1953
3 8 Announcements 1953-1955
3 9 Announcements 1955
3 10 Announcements 1956
3 11 Announcements 1956
3 12 Faculty handbook Pilesgrove School District 1951-1952
3 13 Faculty handbook Pilesgrove School District 1953-1954
3 14 Student handbook 1951-1952
3 15 Woodstown 1951-1952
3 16 Student enrollment and graduation, elementary and high school 1952-1956
3 17 Pupil analysis and classificaton, Pilesgrove Public School 1934-1956
3 18 Pupil analysis and classificaton, Pilesgrove Public Schools undated
Box Folder Title Date
4 1 Curriculum--Pilesgrove Public Schools 1948-1955
4 2 Guidance Department--Woodstown Public Schools 1950-1951
4 3 Extra curricular activities--Pilesgrove undated
4 4 Extra curricular activities--Pilesgrove 1946-1956
4 5 Student publications--Woodstown Public Schools 1943-1956
4 6 Notes of athletic council meeting 1950
4 7 Minutes of lay committee--Woodstown Public Schools 1951-1952
4 8 Notes re: principal and supervising meeting 1951
4 9 Reports of guidance and industrial arts dept. 1949-1952
4 10 Annual Report of Jr. Town meeting, library reports 1951
4 11 Report to parents of medical examination 1950
4 12 Woodstown High School annual report 1946-1947
4 13 Reports Woodstown Elementary Jr. School 1949-1952
4 14 Reports Woodstown High School 1948-1949
4 15 Reports Woodstown High School--Progress report 1949
4 16 Reports Woodstown High School--Progress report 1950
Box Folder Title Date
5 1 Reports Woodstown High School 1951
5 2 Reports Woodstown High School 1952
5 3 Reports Woodstown High School 1953
5 4 Student group photograph undated
5 5 Photo album South Woodstown high school students 1948-1950
5 6 General equipment information undated
5 7 Letters regarding supply orders 1952-1956
5 8 Code for janitorial department--Pilesgrove Township School undated
5 9 Fire drill handbook undated
5 10 Guidance/vocational program 1946; undated
5 11 Annual narrative report, Helping Teachers, Salem County 1930-1937
5 12 Agricultural conference 1943
5 13 Social studies meetings and programs 1946-1947
5 14 Curriculum development 1943-1948
5 15 Secondary school principals assocation meetings 1946-1947
Box Folder Title Date
6 1 Secondary school principals assocation meetings 1946-1947
6 2 Athletics--misc. 1946, undated
6 3 Faculty Handbook, Woodstown 1946, undated
6 4 Teaching units--Salem Co. schools 1929-1932
6 5 Teaching units--Salem Co. schools 1933-1934
6 6 Teaching units--Salem Co. schools undated
6 7 Teaching units--Salem Co. schools undated
6 8 Teaching units--Salem Co. schools undated.
6 9 Misc. printed material undated
6 10 Misc. printed material undated
Box Folder Title Date
7 1 Pupil insurance 1950-1951
7 2 Board of Ed. agendas, reports 1951-1956
7 3 Annual reports 1942-1943
7 4 Constitutions 1951; undated
7 5 Supervisory administrative procedures 1936-1956
7 6 Curriculum planning--Salem County 1951-1955
7 7 School health programs--faculty handbook 1954-1955
7 8 Woodstown schools--curriculum, discipline, family life 1933-1956
7 9 Salaries 1940-1955
7 10 Finances of Board of Ed. 1941-1955
7 11 School elections 1949
Box Folder Title Date
8 1 Remedial reading and reading programs 1937-1942 ; undated
8 2 Programs for assembly 1951-1955
8 3 Agricultural schools 1948-1956
8 4 Code--Auxilliary teachers 1946-1947
8 5 Weekday church school 1944
8 6 Early teacher licenses 1849-1861
8 7 History and bylaws NJ Schoolwomen's Club 1950-1955
8 8 Conventions Department of Superintendence 1944-1949
8 9 Conventions Department of Superintendence 1950-1955
8 10 Misc. Records--Pilesgrove 1946-1949
8 11 Releases and bulletins--Communications from principal 1946-1949
8 12 Releases and bulletins--Communications from principal 1950-1956
Box Folder Title Date
9 1 Kindergarten handbooks 1949-1951
9 2 Health programs 1952-1956
9 3 3rd NJ workshop report--Health education 1952
9 4 Physical education, athletic assn. records 1941-1953; undated
9 5 Athletics--field day programs 1947-1950
9 6 Bulletin--plans for school health services 1947-1957
9 7 Bulletins: plans for civil defense and first aid 1950-1951
9 8 Achivement Testing materials 1942-1947
9 9 Bulletin: fire protection check list, Salem Co.
9 10 Misc. State Bulletin 1942-1948
9 11 Audio-visual aids, reports, records--Salem Co. 1947-1955
9 12 Materials relating to school cafeteria 1943-1955
Box Folder Title Date
10 1 Teacher Evaluation charts--Woodstown 1947-1948
10 2 Teacher Evaluation charts--Woodstown 1949-1951
10 3 Teacher Evaluation charts--Woodstown 1952-1953
10 4 Reports re: building and grounds 1949-1952
10 5 NJ Cooperative Program in Educational Administration 1951-1953
10 6 Misc. directives, memos, meetings, budget, Salem Co. 1946-1954
10 7 Misc. directives,memos, meetings, budget, Salem Co. 1955-1956
10 8 Qualifications and duties of public school principals and secretaries undated
Box Folder Title Date
11 1 Material re: adult education 1947-1955
11 2 Anti-discrimination 1945-1955
11 3 Personnel information 1932-1956
11 4 Class schedules 1954-1955
11 5 Bond issue for new elementary school 1949
11 6 Material relating to school bus transporation 1951-1955
11 7 Correspondence--misc. 1950-1953
11 8 Misc. undated
11 9 Newspaper clippings 1937; undated

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