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Jane Townsend was an educator and administrator in the Unified School District 248 (Girard, Kansas) for most of her professional career. This collection contains writings, scrapbooks, educational, and professional materials related to her life. The collection is in 4 series: Personal Files, Educational Files, Professional Files, and Miscellaneous.

Cynthia Jane Townsend was born April 7, 1889, in Girard, Kansas. She was a 1906 graduate of Girard High School and received a B.S. degree in education from Kansas State Normal College (present-day Emporia State University) in 1917. She also received an A.M. degree from the University of Chicago in 1924, an M.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1934, and attended several summer terms at the University of Colorado. She began her teaching career at the Gooding School in Radley, a small community south of Girard, in 1906 before teaching in the Girard elementary schools beginning in 1907. By 1909 she was a mathematics teacher at Girard High School. In 1917 she was named principal at Girard High School, serving in this position until her retirement in 1959. In 1959 she received a Kansas Master Teachers Award from Kansas State Teachers College (present-day Emporia State University) and in 1963 Girard High School organized a “Jane Townsend Day” and presented her with a trip to Europe in appreciation of her services. In the early 1970s the Girard Unified School District 248 named the Girard High School library the “Jane Townsend Library” in her honor. She was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma sorority, the Fidelis Study Club in Girard, the P.E.O., and First Presbyterian Church of Girard. She was also a member of the Kansas State Teachers Association, the National Education Association, and the Girard Teachers Association. She passed away in 1973.

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2 linear feet

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SpC MS 0170

Townsend, Jane, Collection, 1900-1972

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