MS 536 - Conneaut Parent Teacher Association
|Title||MS 536 - Conneaut Parent Teacher Association|
The records of the Conneaut Parent Teacher Association were donated to the Center for Archival Collections in 1984, with the help of Cheryl Slater. The records, dating from 1940 to 1984, consist of minutes, correspondence, financial ledgers, and news clippings.
No restrictions exist on the research use of this collection and duplication is permitted for research purposes. The collection was arranged and described by Devon Proudfoot in August 2013.
|Agency History||Conneaut Elementary School is a primary school of the Bowling Green School District, located in Wood County, Ohio. It is one of four elementary schools located in the city of Bowling Green. In 1964 the Ohio Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. certified the Conneaut Parent Teacher Association (PTA) allowing these parties to meet, convene, and discuss dilemmas. The purpose of the Parent Teacher Association is to organize parents, teachers, and staff in order to facilitate parental participation in schools across the country. The duties of the Conneaut PTA include improving facilities, creating fundraising events, and informing parents and guardians of important school information. During the early 1980’s the Conneaut PTA became a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). While the association was a part of the National Parent Teacher Association and affiliated with the government, the PTO is independent and not affiliated with the National PTA.|
|Scope and Content|
The Conneaut PTA collection is primarily comprised of proceedings, correspondence, financial documents, news clippings, and programs.
There are two types of proceedings in the collection, minutes and membership records. The minutes cover the years 1940 to 1972 and are arranged chronologically. The collection contains minutes from the executive committee meetings which contain the dates and the locations of the events put on by the PTA and other things discussed at these meetings. The minutes for the regular meetings contain everything that was announced to the parents and others who chose to come to the general meetings. The second type of proceeding in the collection is the membership records. These are small blue books with the names and addresses of all of the members of the PTA, along with whether or not they paid their dues.
The correspondence of the collection include both letters of communication and newsletters. The letters contained in the collection are between the Conneaut PTA members and the parents of the students. These letters are either from the parents enquiring about the events put on by the PTA, or the members notifying them of the current situation of the school. In rare cases these letters are sent to school board members discussing meetings. The dates of these letters range from 1957 to 1984. The newsletter was sent out on a monthly basis, and contained a variety of information, specifically what was discussed at the meetings. These topics included fundraising events, elections, school funding, and other general matters. The dates of the newsletters range from 1965 to 1985. Along with the letters, these correspondence are arranged chronologically.
The two types of financial documents that were saved were the treasurer’s reports and ledgers. The reports are arranged chronologically from the years 1954 to 1975. A report was made typically a few times a year and records the money that was raised for the PTA from dues, and the money spent of various activities. The ledgers are written in hard cover books and contain similar information as the reports. The treasurer holds a running balance of the PTA’s funds and rather than writing a general total earned or lost, the ledgers lists the exact location that the money was sent to or received from. They are held in two books, one with dates ranging from 1946 to 1956 and another whose dates range from 1975 to 1976.
A number of news clippings exist in the collection, although few of them have a date or original location of publication. The topics of the news clippings cover both the events held by the PTA, along with the problems in the community that affected the school or students. A few programs are also in the collection from the years 1964 to 1966. These list the dates of the meetings, a brief explanation of the association, along with the elected executive board members. These programs are arranged chronologically.