The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Edward C. Ames Papers, 1957-1972

 

MSS-026

 

Size: 9 linear feet

Provenance: received from Edward C. Ames, 1971

Access: Open
Collection Summary: Collection consists of an almost complete run of the Board's minutes during the period, reports, memoranda, correspondence, and clippings related to the State Board of Education. Subjects include: Edward E. Holt and Martin W. Essex, superintendents of the State Board during Ames's tenure; vocational education; and racial issues in school districting.

Subjects: Education and Schools

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by: Paul Gifford, July 1986; last updated: June, 2014

Biographical Sketch

1906, June 6

Born in Riverside, Illinois.

1926 -

Ph. B. (cum laude), University of Chicago.

1928 -

Harvard University.

1927-1929

Instructor, Ohio Wesleyan University.

1930-1934

Editorial and feature writer, reporter, copy editor for Toledo Times.

1934-1938

Assistant professor of English and director of news bureau, University of Toledo.

1935-1940

Nightly newscaster, WSPD radio, Toledo.

1940-1953

Public relations director at Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation, Toledo.

1945-1953

Member, Toledo Board of Education.

1953-1954

Public relations director at Calumet and Hecla, Inc., Chicago.

1954-1971

Public relations director at Owens-Illinois, Inc., Toledo.

1957-1972

Member, State Board of Education representing the 9th Ohio Congressional District.

1968-1969

President, State Board of Education.

1973 -

L. L. D. (honorary), University of Toledo.

1987, Jan. 1

Died in Waterville, Ohio.

 

Scope and Content Note

All of the material in this collection was generated by Edward C. Ames's activity as a member of the Ohio State Board of Education.  He did work concurrently as public relations director for Owens-Illinois, but nothing in the collection reflects that activity.  The material in this collection, nevertheless, covers broad ground; virtually every subject which reached the Board's attention between 1957 and 1972 is documented through Board minutes, reports, publications, and news clippings.

In 1955, the 101st General Assembly enacted House Bill #272 which provided for an elected State Board of Education with twenty-three members.  Each member was to represent one congressional district and would run for election on a non-partisan ticket.  A Superintendent of Public Instruction, appointed by the Board, would act in a full-time administrative capacity.  During Ames's tenure on the Board, Edward E. Holt and Martin W. Essex served as superintendents.  Ames became the second member from the Ninth Congressional District in 1957, being responsible to his constituents in that Northwest Ohio district.  He, thus, took a special interest in affairs there.

Although Ames, as a Board member, studied and voted on matters of statewide interest, researchers will probably find material relating to Northwest Ohio issues of greatest interest.  One of the more enduring was that of the Spencer-Sharples School District.  A poor, predominantly black district west of Toledo, it was for years barely capable of functioning.  Eventually it was added to the Toledo School District, but not without legal problems.  During this period, urban areas sprawled rapidly, and the annexation of the Washington Township School District by that of Toledo reflected this trend locally.  Another issue was vocational education.  One local development, well documented here, was the PENTA-County Technical School and PENTA Skill Center for Vocational Rehabilitation.  Certain constituent mail and Toledo newspaper clippings document other issues of local interest.

The largest part of this collection consists of an almost complete run of the minutes of the State Board of Education.  Meetings were held eleven times a year.  The minutes of each meeting are kept within a folder together with the agenda for the following meeting and with the reports and recommendations of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction; each bearing the date of the following meeting.  Frequently attached to the minutes and reports are resolutions and reports from local districts and miscellaneous other items.  The Superintendent also passed memoranda to Board members, and these are fairly
complete for 1968 to 1972.  Correspondence includes both incoming and
outgoing letters -- the most significant correspondents being Edward E. Holt and Martin W. Essex.  Other correspondents are state officials and local school officials.  The only major block of constituent mail is that from 1969 dealing with sex education.

The topical files consist mainly of mimeographed and photocopied reports written by the Board and by local school officials.  If one can use bulk as a criterion for significance, the most significant topical material deals with the reorganization of school districts, followed by the budget and then educational standards.  Other important topics are vocational education, transportation to school, special education, urban education and minorities, and student rights.  Finally, the clippings and publications in the collection, mostly of Toledo origin, document issues of particular concern to Toledo and Northwest Ohio.

Folder List

Box

Folder

Arrangement

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio State Board of Education Minutes, Agenda, Reports, and Recommendations of Superintendent of Public Instruction.  (First date = minutes/second date = agenda and report and recommendations)

 

 

           

 

 

1957

1

1

            Nov. 11/Dec. 9

 

2

            Dec. 9/Jan. 13, 1958

 

 

1958

 

3

            Jan. 13/Feb. 10

 

4

            Feb. 10/Mar. 10

 

5

            Mar.10/Apr. 14

 

6

            Apr. 14/June 9

 

7

            June 9/July 14

 

8

            July 14/Aug. 11

 

9

            Aug. 11/Sept. 8

 

10

            Sept. 8/Oct. 13

 

11

            Oct. 13/Nov. 10

 

12

            Nov. 10/Dec. 8

 

13

            Dec. 8/Jan. 12, 1959

 

 

1959

 

14

            Jan. 12/Feb. 4

 

15

            Feb. 4/Mar. 9

 

16

            Mar. 9/Apr. 13

 

17

            Apr. 13/May 11

 

18

            May 11/June 8

 

19

            June 8/July 13

 

20

            July 13/Sept. 14

 

21

            Sept. 14/Oct. 12

 

22

            Oct. 12, 13/Ncv. 9

 

23

            Nov. 9/Dec. 14

 

24

            Dec. 14/Jan. ll, 1960

 

 

1960

 

25

            Jan. 11/Feb. 8

 

26

            Feb. 8/Mar. 14

 

 

1960

2

1

            Mar. 14/Apr. 11

 

2

            Apr. 11/May 9

 

3

            May 9/July 11

 

4

            July 11/Sept.12

 

5

            Sept. 12/Oct.10

 

6

            Oct. 10/Nov. 14

 

7

            Nov. 14/Dec. 12

 

8

            Dec. 12/Jan. 9, 1961

 

 

1961

 

9

            Jan. 9/Feb. 13

 

10

            Feb. 13/Mar. 13

 

11

            Mar. 13/Apr. 10

 

12

            April 10/June 12

 

13

            June 12/July 10

 

14

            July 10/Aug. 14

 

15

            Aug. 14/Oct. 9

 

16

            Oct. 9/Nov. 13

 

17

            Dec. 11/Jan. 8,1962

 

 

1962

 

18

            Jan. 8/Feb. 12

 

19

            Feb. 12/Mar. 12

 

20

            Mar. 12/Apr. 9

 

21

            Apr. 9/June 11

 

22

            Oct. 8/Nov. 12

3

1

            Dec. 10/Jan. 14, 1963

 

 

1963

 

2

Jan. 14/Feb. 11

 

3

Feb. 11/Mar. 11

 

4

Mar. 11/Apr. 8

 

5

Apr. 8/June 10

 

6

June  10/July 8

 

7

July 8/August 12

 

8

            Aug. 12/Oct. 14

 

9

            Oct. 14/Nov. 11

 

10

            Nov. 11/Dec. 9

 

11

            Dec. 9/Jan. 13, 1964

 

 

1964

 

12

            Jan. 13/Feb. 10

 

13

            Feb. 10/Mar. 9

 

14

            Mar. 9/Apr. 13

 

15

            Apr. 13/May 11

 

16

            May 11/June 8

 

17

            June 8/July 13, 14

 

18

            July 13, 14/Aug. 10

 

19

            Aug. 10/Oct. 12

 

20

            Oct. 12/Nov. 9

 

21

            Nov. 9/Dec. 14

 

22

            Dec. 14/Jan. 11, 1965

 

 

1965

 

23

            Jan. 11/Feb. 8

 

24

            Feb. 8/Mar. 8

 

25

            Mar. 8/Apr. 12

4

1

            Apr. 12/May 10

 

2

            May 10/June 14

 

3

            June 14/July 12

 

4

            July 12/Aug. 9

 

5

            Aug. 9/Sept. 13

 

6

            Sept. 13/Oct. 11

 

7

            Oct. 11, 12/Ncv. 8

 

8

            Nov. 8/Dec. 13

 

9

            Dec. 13/Jan. 10, 1966

 

 

1966

 

10

            Jan. 10/Feb. 14

 

11

            Feb. 14/Mar. 14

 

12

            Mar. 14/Apr. 11

 

13

            Apr. 11/May 9

 

14

            May 9/June 13

 

15

            June 13/July 11

 

16

            July 11/Aug.8

 

17

            Aug. 8/Sept. 12

 

18

            Sept. 12/Oct. 10

 

19

            Oct. 10/Nov. 14

5

1

            Nov. 14/Dec. 12

 

2

            Dec. 12/Jan. 9, 1967

 

 

1967

 

3

            Jan. 9/Mar. 13

 

4

            Mar. 13/Apr. 10

 

5

            Apr. 10/May 8

 

6

            May 8/June 12

 

7

            June 12/July 10

 

8

            July 10/Sept. 11

 

9

            Sept. 11/Oct. 9

 

10

            Oct. 9/Nov. 13

 

11

            Nov. 13/Dec. 11

 

12

            Dec. 11/Jan. 3, 1968

 

 

1968

 

13

            Jan. 3/Feb. 12

 

14

            Feb. 12/Mar. 11

 

15

            Mar. 11/Apr. 8

 

16

            Apr. 8/May 13

 

17

            May 13/June 10

 

18

            June 10 July 8

 

19

            July 8/Sept  9

 

20

            Sept. 9/Oct. 14

 

21

            Oct. 14/Nov. 11

 

22

            Nov. 11/Dec. 9

 

23

            Dec. 9/Jan. 13, 1969

 

 

1969

 

24

            Jan. 13/Mar. 10

 

25

            Mar. 10/Apr. 14

6

1

            Apr. 14/May 12

 

2

            May 12/June 9

 

3

            June 9/July 14

 

4

            July 14/Sept. 8

 

5

            Sept. 8/Oct. 13

 

6

            Oct. 13/Nov. 10

 

7

            Nov. 10/Dec. 8

 

8

            Dec. 8/Jan. 12, 1970

 

 

1970

 

9

            Jan. 12/Feb. 9

 

10

            Feb. 9/Apr. 13

 

11

            Apr. 13/May 11

 

12

            May 11/June 8

 

13

            June 8/July 13

 

14

            July 13/Sept. 14

 

15

            Sept. 14/Oct. 12

 

16

            Oct. 12/Nov. 9

 

17

            Nov. 9/Dec. 14

 

18

            Dec. 14/Jan. 11, 1971

 

 

1971

 

19

            Jan. 11/Mar. 8

 

20

            Mar. 8/Apr. 12

 

21

            Apr. 12/May 10

 

22

            May 10/June 14

 

23

            June 14/July 12

 

24

            July 12/Sept. 13

7

1

            Sept. 13/Oct. 11

 

2

            Oct. 11/Nov. 8

 

3

            Nov. 8/Dec. 13

 

4

            Dec. 13/Jan. 10, 1972

 

 

1972

 

5

            June 12/July 10

 

6

            Sept. 11/Oct. 9

 

7

            Oct. 9/Nov. 13

 

8

            Nov. 13/Dec. 11

 

9

            Dec. 11 (minutes only)

 

 

 

 

10

Policy Manual 

 

 

Memoranda from Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

11

            1961-1967

 

12

            1968-1969

 

13

            1970-1972                  

 

 

 

 

 

Correspondence

 

14

            1957-1964

 

15

            1965-1967

 

16

            1968-1972

 

17

            Sex Education, 1969

 

18

Legislative Recommendations

 

19

Division of Special Education

 

20

Division of Vocational Education

 

 

 

 

 

Topical

8

1

            General

 

2

            Athletic Programs

 

3

            Bicentennial Goals

 

4

            Board of Regents

 

5

            Budget

 

6

            Court Cases

 

7

            Data Processing

 

8

            Dayton Board of Education

 

9

            Driver Education

 

10

            Drug Education

 

11

            Educational Accountability

 

12

            Elections

 

13

            Federal Aid to Education

 

14

            Minorities

 

15

            Non-public Schools

 

16

            School Audits

 

 

            School District Reorganization

 

 

                        General

 

17

                                    (Folder 1)

 

18

                                    (Folder 2)

 

19

                        Columbus School District

 

 

                        Spencer-Sharples School District

 

20

                                    (Folder 1)

 

21

                                    (Folder 2)

 

22

                        Washington Township School District

 

23

            Sex Education

 

24

            Special Education

 

25

            Standards

 

26

            Teacher Certification

 

27

            Transportation

 

28

            Vocational Education

 

 

Committees

 

29

            Environmental Education

 

30

            Foundation Program

 

31

            Legislative Relationships

 

32

            Organization and Transfer of Districts

 

33

            Report Forms

 

34

            Student Rights and Responsibilities

 

35

            Urban Education Development

 

 

Commissions

 

36

            Public School Personnel Policies

 

37

            Right to Read

 

38

            School Survey

 

 

 

9

1

Press Releases

 

2

Photographs

 

 

Clippings

 

3

            1957-1962

 

4

            1963-1965

 

5

            1966-1968

 

6

            1969-1972

 

 

Publications

 

 

            Department of Education

 

7

                        Newsletter/Report

 

8

Miscellaneous

 

9

Toledo Organizations

 

10

            Miscellaneous

Last Updated: 6/19/14