Anthony-Seeger Campus School Records, 1956-1982 *JMU Records*

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Summary Information

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Anthony-Seeger Campus School
Cooper, Ruth
Wampler, Marguerite, Dr., 1923-2013
Anthony-Seeger Campus School Records
Collection No.:
UA 0049
3 boxes, 1.682 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English .
The Anthony-Seeger Campus School Records, 1956-1982, consist of three boxes containing administrative, historical, and personal materials relating to the school.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Anthony-Seeger Campus School Records, 1956-1982, UA 0049, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Administrative History

The Anthony-Seeger Campus School was a combination nursery/K-6 elementary school (K-7 1965-1968) that operated on the JMU campus from 1958-1982. Named after two former directors of the Madison College teacher training program, Katherine M. Anthony (1885-1975) and Mary L. Seeger (1882-1975), and spearheaded by Harrisonburg Public Schools superintendent M. H. Bell and JMU's third president Dr. G. Tyler Miller (1902-1988), Anthony-Seeger acted as a lab for student teachers to learn the art of teaching, as well as a model school designed to offer a top-level educational experience for enrolled students. Attendance at the school was by application only, and enrollment vacillated between 200-400 students during the school's 24-year history. A significant portion of Anthony-Seeger students (e.g., 43.5% of K-6 students during the 1979-80 school year) were the children of university employees. Attendance for these students was free; all other students paid an annual tuition fee.

Starting in 1971, amid concerns over funding and the closure of other lab schools across the state, JMU's fourth president, Dr. Ronald E. Carrier (1932-2017), commissioned three studies to determine the efficacy of the Anthony-Seeger School and the practicability of its continued operation. The first study, commissioned in 1972, recommended the expansion of the school to include a learning diagnostic center for students with mental and physical disabilities. A subsequent study in 1979 raised the possibility of transferring operation of the school to Harrisonburg City Public Schools, or closing; neither option was pursued. A follow-up study in 1980 again considered closure, and again opted for continued operation, but in 1981, the school lost its bid for continued state funding and officially closed on June 4, 1982. In the years since, the Anthony-Seeger building has housed the local public radio station, WMRA; JMU's student-run radio station, WXJM; and JMU's newspaper, The Breeze (all now located off-campus). The building currently provides offices for the JMU police and the Center for Assessment and Research Studies.

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Scope and Content

The Anthony-Seeger Campus School Records, 1956-1982, consist of administrative, historical, and personal materials related to the Anthony-Seeger Campus School. Materials include a variety of administrative files and items related to school history; graduation programs; Parent Teacher Association minutes; and two scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera.

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The collection is arranged in 2 series:

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1958-1982

Series 2: Scrapbooks, 1956-1981

Each series is arranged chronologically. Exceptions to the chronological arrangement were made in order to pay respect to the original order, and to group like materials together.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for official University records is held by James Madison University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Staff have taken special care to identify and remove sensitive materials, particularly those relating to students' academic records, found within this collection. However, in rare instances, privacy protected information may be revealed during use of this collection. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within this collection, and further agree not to publish or disclose such information for any purpose. Researchers agree to alert Special Collections staff if potentially privacy protected information is found within this collection. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Acquisition Information

Kelly French, Dean's Office, College of Education, transferred three boxes of material related to the Anthony-Seeger Campus School (including handbooks, historical information, and administrative files) to Special Collections in October 1991 (AS 91-1016).


Parent Teacher Association minutes and a set of scrapbooks kept by two teachers at Anthony-Seeger, housed in the Special Collections cage since 1982, were officially acquired and combined with aforementioned materials from the College of Education in March 1993 (AS 93-0303).

Appraisal Information

Upon receiving three boxes from the College of Education in 1991, library staff obtained permission to dispose of material as deemed proper. Per a note written by former librarian Chris Bolgiano and filed in the collection control file, staff reviewed the boxes in September 1992 and discarded various materials deemed non-archival, including invoices and receipts for daily supplies, monthly attendance records, preliminary inventory lists, faculty travel vouchers, blank forms of various kinds, menus, cafeteria purchase receipts, tally sheets for lunches served, and work-study pay period printouts.

Processing Information

In addition to discarding non-archival material, in 1992-1993 staff organized the remainder of the collection intellectually as well as physically, grouping administrative materials and PTA minutes in one box and the scrapbooks and oversized paperwork in two others. Staff further divided the administrative materials into folders by type and the scrapbooks into folders labeled chronologically; they also added page numbers to the scrapbooks dated after 1971. A review of the collection in September 2019 revealed minor errors regarding date ranges on some of the folders; staff corrected these errors, along with moving the scrapbooks to flat boxes (to preserve their original organization) and reassigning numbers to the scrapbooks folders (for clarity of citation). The September 2019 review also resulted in the collection being assigned a new catalog number. The collection was previously cataloged as AS 91-1016 and AS 93-0303.


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL:

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Related Materials

Related Material

Anthony-Seeger Campus School Photographs, James Madison University Historic Photographs, 1919-ca. 2000, UA 0051, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University.

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Scrapbooks
  • Administrative records
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Photographs
  • Financial Records

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"Dr. G. Tyler Miller." FindaGrave, Accessed September 23, 2019.

"Katherine Minor Anthony." FindaGrave, Accessed September 23, 2019.

"Dr. Marguerite Ausherman Long Wampler." FindaGrave, Accessed September 23, 2019.

"Mary Louise Seeger." FindaGrave, Accessed September 23, 2019.

"Dr. Ronald Edwin Carrier." Legacy, Accessed September 23, 2019.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1958-1982

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1958-1982, consists of material relating to the history and everyday operation of the Campus School, including accreditation records (1978-1982), insurance information (1978-1981), and general PTA paperwork (1962-1974). Of special note is a Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers year book from the 1971-1972 school year (does not include student information or photos), a 1981-1982 handbook, graduation programs from 1975-1982, a school history compiled by the last graduating sixth grade class in 1982, and a copy of the 1980 study commissioned by Dr. Carrier, which includes breakdowns of the student body by race and gender. Three folders contain PTA minutes ranging from 1958-1979, along with a few loose materials concerning the school's opening and closing.

Title/Description Instances
PTA Minutes, 1958-1978 box 1 folder 1
PTA Minutes, 1962-1968 box 1 folder 2
PTA Minutes, 1978-1979 box 1 folder 3
PTA (General), 1962-1974 box 1 folder 4
Yearbook/Handbook, 1971-1972, 1981-1982 box 1 folder 5
Attendance Reports, 1975-1982 box 1 folder 6
Graduation Programs, 1975-1982 box 1 folder 7
Insurance, 1978-1981 box 1 folder 8
Inventory, 1978-1981 box OV 2 folder 5
Accreditation, 1978-1982 box 1 folder 9
Financial Records, 1979-1980 box OV 2 folder 6
Accounting, 1980-1981 box OV 2 folder 7
Study/School History, 1980, 1982 box 1 folder 10
Budget, 1981-1982 box 1 folder 11

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Series 2: Scrapbooks, 1956-1981

Series 2: Scrapbooks, 1956-1981, consists of two sets of scrapbooks maintained by teachers at Anthony-Seeger. The first, compiled by second grade teacher Ruth Cooper, covers her tenure at the school (1958-1973); the second, maintained by fourth grade teacher Dr. Marguerite Wampler (1923-2013), covers the years 1973-1979. Both sets of scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, correspondence, programs, photographs, and ephemera related to the school's history. Of special note is a copy of the letter sent by Superintendent Bell to parents in 1956, alerting them to the school's imminent opening; photos of Cooper's second grade class watching the construction of an addition to the Anthony-Seeger building; and multiple articles on Anthony and Seeger, including their obituaries.

Title/Description Instances
Ruth Cooper Scrapbook, 1956-1960 box OV 1 folder 1
Ruth Cooper Scrapbook, 1960-1966 box OV 1 folder 2
Ruth Cooper Scrapbook, 1966-1971 box OV 1 folder 3
Ruth Cooper Scrapbook, 1971-1973 box OV 2 folder 1
Marguerite Wampler Scrapbook, 1973-1975 box OV 2 folder 2
Marguerite Wampler Scrapbook, 1975-1977 box OV 2 folder 3
Marguerite Wampler Scrapbook, 1977-1979 box OV 2 folder 4
Loose Material from Scrapbooks, 1967-1981 box 1 folder 12

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