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This prize book containing essays and poems in both English and Latin was awarded to high achieving students at the Boston Latin School.

In 1829, the Boston School Committee voted to use Pierpont’s National Reader in the city’s public grammar schools. Pierpont’s replaced Murray’s English Reader which had been previously used. This 1836 edition would have been used for reading and…

The School of Mutual Instruction was an experimental school in Boston. It relied upon a system in which older or more advanced students instructed the younger or weaker students under the supervision of the schoolmaster. Tokens with an attached…

In 1815, white businessman Abiel Smith died and bequeathed $4,000 to the Town of Boston for the education of African-American children. Boston’s school committee used the money to fund the already existing African School and later to fund the Abiel…

Student at the Horace Mann School taking part in classroom recitation.

This school manual contains lists of schools, school districts, teachers, school committee members, and other school staff.

The Artisan, Boston Mechanic Arts High School. Students at Mechanic Arts published The Artisan six times each year. The periodical included student news, essays, and comics.

This textbook, written by Boston Public School Household Science and Arts Director Josephine Morris, was used to teach young people to the basics of nutrition and hygiene and how to cook, clean homes, and tend gardens. Sample topics include …
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