59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
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A Finding Aid to the Dukes County Educational Association Records, 1848-1902, undated

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard Museum
Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441
Call NumberRU 497
Creator Dukes County Educational Association
TitleDukes County Educational Association records
Date [inclusive]1848-1902, undated
Extent2 boxes (0.756 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractThe collection includes the institutional records of the Dukes County Educational Association, 1848-1902.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions to access.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to the library's staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 497, Dukes County Educational Association Records.

Acquisition Information

5 record books (four titled "Secretary's Book" and one titled "Prize Essays") were the gift of the Hon. Beriah T. Hillman in June 1923 (Accession no. 1923.073). The immediate source of acquisition and date of accession for the rest of the material is unknown.

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Lara J. Ullman in October 2014.Finding aid machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick in November 2014.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Related Materials

Related Materials

See also, RU 87, Hebron Vincent Papers, and RU 92, Early Education and Leavitt Thaxter Collection.

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Dukes County Educational Association


  • Bylaws
  • Constitutions
  • Correspondence
  • Essays
  • Memorandums
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Reports
  • Resolutions (administrative records)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Dukes County (Mass.)
  • Holmes Hole (Mass.)
  • Tisbury (Mass. : Town)


  • Education--Massachusetts--Dukes County
  • Public schools

Biography/Historical Note

The first meeting of the Dukes County Educational Association was held at the Methodist Church in Holmes Hole, Massachusetts, on September 15, 1848, after the Massachusetts State Legislature passed an act granting aid to "County Associations of Teachers and others." The object of the Association, according to its constitution, was to "promote the interests of common schools." At the first meeting, the following officers were elected: President - the Hon. Leavitt Thaxter; Vice Presidents - Capt. William Daggett, Mr. Jonathan Mayhew, and Rev. William W. Hall; Secretary - Hebron Vincent; and Treasurer - Dea. Nathan Mayhew. The last recorded annual meeting of the Dukes County Educational Association was held on October 29, 1902.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the organizational records of the Dukes County Educational Association, including reports, minutes, memoranda, letters, essays, and resolutions. Also included in the collection are the Association's constitution and bylaws as well as four record books, titled "Secretary's Book," with reports, minutes, and notes about the Association's members.


The collection is arranged chronologically and alphabetically therein.

Collection Inventory


Secretary's Book, 1848-1853 


Constitution and By-Laws (printed and handwritten), 1849 March 16, undated 


Report on Uniformity in School Books, 1849 March 16 


Letter from Rev. Dr. Sears to the Secretary (H. Vincent), 1849 September 11 


Report of the Committee on the Best Measures to Awaken and Promote a Deeper Interest in the Common Schools, 1849 September 20 


Reports of the Treasurer, 1850-1851 


Report of the Publishing Committee, 1851 May 


Reports of the Committee on Essays, 1851 May 


Report of the Examining Commission on Grammar, 1851 May 9 


Order of Exercises for the 4th Annual and 7th Semi-Annual Meeting of the Association, 1851 October 10 


Reports of the Secretary and Librarian, 1851-1854 


Prize Essays, 1851-1866 


Memoranda, 1852 July 17, undated 


Report of the Committee to Purchase Books for Library, 1852 October 8 


Miscellaneous Minutes, Resolutions, and Papers, 1852-1854, 1888, undated 


Minutes of Sessions, 1852, 1855, undated 


"The Practical Educator: A Lecture Delivered Before the Dukes County Educational Association" by Rev. Robert McGonegal, 1853 May 


Report of the Examining Book Commission, 1853 May 14 


Report of the Publishing Committee regarding Printing "The Practical Educator" by Rev. Robert McGonegal, 1853 October 27 


Secretary's Book, 1853-1862 


Secretary's Book, 1862-1883 


Secretary's Book, 1896-1902 


Essay: "Book Making Age", undated