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Supplemental Education Association booklets

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 630

Scope and Contents

The Supplemental Education Association booklets consist of approximately 130 black and white booklets (ca. 10 pages each) and 400 color illustrated card stock sheets with subject dividers.  The booklets are targeted towards students ranging from kindergarten through junior high school/high school.  The card stock sheets are for teachers and feature lesson ideas on a variety of topics.  Both the booklets and the sheets cover a cover a wide range of subjects, including arithmetic, geography, history, phonics, stories, crafts, among many other topics. The represented pedagogical style values imaginative engagement with one’s own environment and with the wider world, thinking beyond the surface of things, and an appreciation for the interrelated nature of our world – downplaying the traditional approach of rote memorization.


  • Creation: 1930 - 1946


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

As described in a finding aid at Syracuse University: Little can be discovered of the Supplemental Education Association. An article in the February 6, 1932 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (p. 498) hints at a connection with the Standard Education Society, Standard Extension University, and National Encyclopedia Company, as all four companies operated out of the same address (Suite 1000-1015, 130 North Wells St., Chicago, Illinois).


.6 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased in 2006.

Processing Information

Lydia Tang and Lisa Bosman processed this collection in 2018.

Sources consulted in the creation of this finding aid include: "Supplemental Education Association Educational Aids" at the Syracuse University Libraries

For more a detailed inventory of this collection, please contact MSU Special Collections.

Finding Aid for the Supplemental Education Association booklets
4 Published And Cataloged
Lydia Tang and Lisa Bosman
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA