Preston School District Time Capsule, 1913-1914  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Jefferson Middle School (Preston, Idaho)
Preston School District Time Capsule
1913-1914 (inclusive)
3 boxes, (2 linear feet)
Collection Number
Contents of Jefferson Middle School time capsule
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Jefferson Middle School was designed by Joseph H. Monson of the architectural firm Monson and Price of Salt Lake City, Utah. On January 7, 1914, a time capsule was placed in the cornerstone of the school as part of a dedication ceremony. An Edison wax cylinder was used to record the ceremony and placed in the capsule. Voices recorded on the cylinder are those of Jacob N. Larson, mayor of Preston and clerk of the school board, J.W. Condie, principal of the school, and Joseph H. Monson. Textbooks, photographs, writing implements, and samples of students' work were also placed in the capsule which was removed during demolition of the school in 1997. The time capsule was opened during the dedication ceremonies of the new Preston Middle School August 21, 1997; much of the contents were reproduced and published in a special issue of the Preston Citizen October 15, 1997.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Letter of sealing ceremony; letter from local business; history of the schools of Preston, Idaho; building specifications for Preston school; class enrollment lists; student artwork; Christmas cards, and stories; student arithmetic, algebra, penmanship, spelling and language classwork; The Oneida Thanksgiving and Christmas issues (1913); newspaper clippings; business cards; textbooks; Edison cylinder of sealing ceremony; realia; miscellaneous items; area newspapers; 1914 calendar; and 1914 fashions.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Preston School District Time Capsule must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Preston School District Time Capsule USU_COLL MSS 239, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 239, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Letter enclosed in Edison cylinder of sealing ceremony Undated
1 2 Letter enclosed inside capsule Undated
1 3 History of the Schools of Preston, Idaho Undated
1 4 Building specifications for Preston school Undated
1 5 Class enrollment lists Undated
1 6 Student artwork Undated
1 7 Student Christmas cards and stories Undated
1 8 Student stories Undated
1 9 Arithmetic and algebra Undated
1 10 Penmanship, spelling and language Undated
1 11 The Oneida Thanksgiving and Christmas issues 1913
1 12 Newspaper clippings Undated
1 13 Business cards Undated
1 14 Miscellaneous items Undated
1 1 Live Language Lessons by Howard R. Driggs Undated
1 2 Walsh's New Grammar School Arithmetic by John H. Walsh Undated
1 3 Revised Courses of Study and Manual of Methods For the Public Schools of Idaho
Prepared by Walter R. Siders, Superintendent Pocatello Schools Edison Cylinder of sealing ceremony
1 Edison Cylinder of sealing ceremony Undated
2 Realia Undated
3 1 Area newspapers Undated
3 2 Calendar 1914
3 3 Fashions 1914

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Schools--Idaho--Preston--History.
  • Time capsules--Idaho--Preston.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Jefferson Middle School (Preston, Idaho)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Preston (Idaho)--History.