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Calvert County Retired Teachers Association oral history collection

Identifier: OH CCRTA


The Calvert County Retired Teachers Association oral history collection includes a series of interviews on the history of one-room schoolhouses in Calvert County, Maryland. The narrators include both teachers and students who were involved with a number of different schools from the 1920s to the early 1980s.


  • 1993 February 2- March 10

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The collection is open for research use.

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Biographical / Historical

In the 19th and early 20th centuries one-room schoolhouses were common in the United States, particularly in the country's more rural areas. Such schoolhouses were prevalent in Calvert County, Maryland, one of the poorest counties in the state in the early 1900s. One narrator, John "Jack" Dawkins Briscoe, recalls that in the late 1930s to early 1940s there was only one high school in the entire county, Prince Frederick High School. Nonetheless, despite having 40, sometimes up to 70 children together in one room, and working under undesirable conditions, teachers worked to ensure schools ran efficiently and provided the best support they could to students.


15 Items (There are 15 oral history interviews in this collection.)

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes 15 oral history interviews, conducted by Sally Douglas, Doug Bevins, Betty Gross, and Barbara Rose Bowen Elliot.

The interviews describe the layout and conditions of the schools, day-to-day experiences, teacher salaries, integration, and favorite moments among other memories of the one-room schoolhouses of Calvert County, Maryland.

Guide to the Calvert County Retired Teachers Association oral history collection
Under Revision
Cathryn Kinde
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Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States