Franklin Institute Collection

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Franklin Institute collection
Creator: Franklin Institute (Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: D.491
Dates: 1912, 1924-1925
Physical Description: .50 Linear Feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: General education courses
Series II: Fashion and dressmaking courses, 1924-1925
Collection Overview
Title: Franklin Institute collection
Creator: Franklin Institute (Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: D.491
Dates: 1912, 1924-1925
Physical Description: .50 Linear Feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The Franklin Institute was founded in 1904 by the Keenan family. Eventually John L. Keenan and his brother Edward would serves as presidents of the company. The Institute offered men and later, women, training materials to successfully find jobs in civil service. Their lessons and examinations prepared potential employees for jobs as a railway postal clerk, stenographer, mail carrier, messenger, and correctional officer, among other career paths. The company sent their lessons and exams by mail to those who enrolled in the program. There were no classes held in person. The company continued to offer its training programs through at least 1949.

Scope and Content
The Franklin Institute Collection includes lesson plans and test scores related to their civil service career training programs. The majority of the items in this collection are from 1924-1925.

Series I: General education courses, consists of materials related to general competence courses, including arithmetic, geography, the ability to read addresses correctly, and other sundry topics. The materials include correspondence course lessons, instructions, advertisements and solicitations for course enrollment, and other correspondence.

Series II: Fashion and dressmaking courses (1924-1925) consists of materials related to lessons #1-65 (missing #36-40) of the Franklin Institute's fashion and dressmaking courses. The materials are largely printed correspondence course lessons, solicitations and forms for enrollment, and some correspondence with feedback on submitted assignments.

Arrangement
As the course materials themselves are undated, dates listed in this finding aid have been taken from postmark dates and other correspondence notes, and may not reflect the actual date of the printed publications.

Subject(s):
Correspondence schools and courses
Civil service positions--Vocational guidance
Clothing and dress
Fashion
Dressmaking--Study and teaching
Examinations
Franklin Institute (Rochester, N.Y.)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Franklin Institute Collection was made a gift of Karl Kabelac in 2015.Access
The Franklin Institute collection is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Franklin Institute collection, D.491, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Lev Earle
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Finding aid publication date: Updated December 2021
Content List
Series I: General education courses
Box 1, Folder 1Ability to read addresses examination results, 1924
The exam results are for Authur L. Heckman of Ossian, Iowa.

Box 1, Folder 2Examination instructions and key issues
Box 1, Folder 3Spelling lessons, Numbers: 1-29
Box 1, Folder 4Arithmetic lessons, Numbers: 1A-29
Box 1, Folder 5Geography lessons, Numbers: 1-19
Box 1, Folder 6Advertisements and announcements, circa 1925
This folder contains announcements of upcoming post office clerk examinations, advertisements and other ephemera to promote the services of the Institute.

Box 1, Folder 7Correspondence, April 24, 1912, January 21, 1925
Both letters are addressed "Dear Friend" and include information to encourage prospective students to enroll.

Series II: Fashion and dressmaking courses, 1924-1925
Box 2, Folder 1Introductory and enrollment materials, January 1924
Box 2, Folder 2Lessons #1-10, 1924
Box 2, Folder 3Lessons #11-15, September 1924
Box 2, Folder 4Lessons #16-20, August 1924
Box 2, Folder 5Lessons #21-25, September 1924
Box 2, Folder 6Lessons #26-30, March 1925
Box 2, Folder 7Lessons #31-35, October 1924
Box 2, Folder 8Lessons #41-45, November 1924
Box 2, Folder 9Lessons #46-50, November 1924
Box 2, Folder 10Lessons #51-55, November 1924
Box 2, Folder 11Lessons #56-60, December 1924
Box 2, Folder 12Lessons #61-65, December 1924
Box 2, Folder 13Results of smocking assignment, undated
Box 2, Folder 15Results of final exam, undated
Box 2, Folder 16Diploma, March 7, 1925


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