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Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools Newsletters

Identifier: RH-A-4405

Scope and Contents

The front cover of the newsletters usually features a main story, like big events happening in the school, or the graduating class’ top ten students.The first page of the newsletters has a formula: there’s the directory for the different schools, a brief calendar of important days (like holidays, when school starts after breaks, etc.), Board of Education meetings, School Board Meetings, and a little blurb of information to fill up any empty space. Depending on the time of year the school newsletter is from, the contents may vary. For example, in the newsletter from June/July of 1989, there is not only a list of graduates, but preschool registration, schoolwide test results, and the like. No two newsletters have exactly the same articles, with different topics each time. Most feature important school news or stories from classrooms, like the weather policies for snow or highlighting third grader spelling bees. Another reoccurring feature is the section labeled “From the Superintendent’s Desk,” which covers various topics like school budgets, parent-teacher conferences, more in-depth weather procedures, and other official business. Aside from the postal patron section, the back cover of the newsletters feature whatever news is relevant during the release of the issue, from sports schedules to education surveys to adult high school schedules.


December 1988/January 1989 June/July 1989 August/September 1989 October 1989 November 1989 December 1989/January 1990 February 1990 March 1990 April 1990 June 1990 October 1990 November 1990 December 1990/ January 1991 August 1991 December 1992/ January 1993 February/March 1993 August 1993 Fall 1993 November 8, 1994


  • Creation: December 1989-November 1994

Biographical / Historical

The Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools covers a range of schools from elementary through high school. The amount of times the newsletters claim to be released varies between issues from six times, to ten, and then to eight. Board meetings where the community can give their input, school elections, and meeting dates are often included in the local newspaper. Besides that, tax distribution across the school district is featured every so often. The Galesburg-Augusta School district was formed in 1951, where the newspaper mentions it for the first time in relation to a couple of its high school graduates joining the navy. The timeline of the newsletters spans three different superintendents: first, John Wagar at the beginning of 1989, before switching over to R. Nick Johns until early 1993, when Ronald Mrozinski took up the position.


1 folders (19 newsletters) ; Each newsletter measures 8.5 inches by 11 inches.

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The collection is composed of 19 newsletters from the Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools ranging from December of 1989 to November of 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

From the Galesburg Charleston Memorial District Library.

Physical Description

All of the newsletters measure around 8.5 inches by 11 inches. The covers all have the school’s logo on the front.

Overall, the newsletters are in good condition. The writing is legible, and the spines of the newsletters are holding up well. A few of the newsletters, like the June/July 1989 edition have had an article cut out. In this edition, a torn-out, cut up page of another identical newsletter has been inserted, despite the newsletters’ page being perfectly intact. In the December of 1990/January of 1991, one large article has been previously cut out and then taped back into the page, making it a bit delicate. A loose page of bus schedules is included in the August 1993 newsletter. A few of the newsletters have some small and out of the way stains that don’t obscure any writing.

Galesburg-Augusta Commmunity Schools Newsletters Finding Aid
Meena Jacobs, Mallory Heslinger
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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