Simon Gratz papers

This collection contains Simon Gratz’s personal correspondence with relatives, business and legal associates, fellow Board of Education members, among others. A variety of other documents are also included: journals, auction and sale catalogues, engravings, prints, and photographs. The collection pr...

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Main Author: Gratz, Simon 1840-1925. (Creator)
Collection:Simon Gratz Papers
Collection Number:1571
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
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100 1 |a Gratz, Simon  |d 1840-1925.  |e creator 
245 1 |a Simon Gratz papers  |f 1838-1943 
300 |a 9.0 Linear feet  |f ; 19 boxes, 36 volumes 
520 |a This collection contains Simon Gratz’s personal correspondence with relatives, business and legal associates, fellow Board of Education members, among others. A variety of other documents are also included: journals, auction and sale catalogues, engravings, prints, and photographs. The collection primarily concerns Simon Gratz’s professional life between 1847 and 1923, including his work as a legislator, attorney, member of the Philadelphia Board of Education, and in other local civic engagement. The collection is arranged chronologically within each series and subseries. 
520 |a Correspondence of Simon Gratz, Philadelphia lawyer, autograph collector, and member of the Philadelphia Board of Education, including letters from most of the politically prominent Philadelphians of the period. There is considerable material on the public schools of Philadelphia. 
524 8 |a Cite as: [Indicate cited item or series here], Simon Gratz papers (Collection 1571), The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 
544 |a At the Historical Society of Pennsylvania: Simon Gratz autograph collection (Collection 0250A) Simon Gratz autograph collection (Collection 0250B) 
545 |a Simon Gratz (1840-1925) gave much to the civic life of Philadelphia, serving in many leadership capacities for a variety of institutions and organizations. Perhaps his most significant contribution is his service to Philadelphia’s Board of Public Education, and what he is most remembered for. Nelson Bond commented that he was “one of the most respected men of the city, the one who has probably done the most to promote Philadelphia schooling in the last half century.” Appointed by the Court of Common Pleas, he first served as a representative for the 8th Section of the Board of Education in 1869. Gratz held the position until required by ill health in 1921 to step down. His impact on public education as Bond noted was “the tremendous growth of public education: the number of public schools raised from 210 to 356; the number of high schools from 2 to 12; the number of pupils from 81,283 to 230,403; and that of the teachers from 1500 to nearly four times that number.” In 1869 he was also appointed to the Committee of the Philadelphia Normal School. Then, in 1876, he served as the chairman of that committee, pouring much attention and energy of “a singular focus” to the development and expansion of the Girl’s Normal School. Under his leadership the school then offered an expanded course program and school of practice. In 1884 he served as president pro tem, and then president for the 1897-1898 academic year. Honoring his legacy to Philadelphia’s public schools, the Simon Gratz High School was built in 1925. 
555 |a Finding Aid Available Online:  
600 1 7 |a Gratz, Simon  |d 1840-1925  |e Collector (col)  |2 MANX_db 
650 0 |a Philadelphia Public Schools 
650 0 |a Philadelphia. Girls' High School 
852 |a The Historical Society of Pennsylvania  |b Simon Gratz Papers  |l 1571 
856 4 2 |y Link to finding aid  |u http://www2.hsp.org/collections/manuscripts/g/Gratz1571.html