Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Spears mss., 1955-1967, consist of the files of educator Harold Spears, 1902-1980, relating to the twelve years he was superintendent of schools for the San Francisco Unified School District.

A native of Swayzee, Indiana, Dr. Spears began his teaching career in Evansville, Indiana, and steadily moved up the administrative ladder of education, eventually taking a position in San Francisco, California, as curriculum director for the public schools in 1947. In 1955 he was appointed superintendent of public schools, a post he held until retirement in June 1967. Dr. Spears then returned to Indiana and continued to be active in teaching and as an educational consultant.

This collection contains "Reporter's transcripts" of all San Francisco Board of Education meetings from June 1955 through June 1967. Also present are mimeographed copies of the "minutes" for those meetings. Ten scrapbooks of clippings, April 1955-June 1967, primarily from San Francisco papers and mentioning Superintendent Spears or dealing with local concerns in public school education, complete the collection. An inventory is available.

Gift. Harold Spears, Bloomington, Indiana. 1979

Collection size: 572 items

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