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Thomas Jefferson Junior High School, 1956-1969/ Thomas Jefferson Senior High School, 1970-1986

Rockford Public Schools

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Collection Overview

Title: Robert Borden Papers (Rockford), 1944-1991

ID: RHC/RC/186

Extent: 9.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 11/00/1987. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Borden, Robert, Debates and debating--Judging - High School, Education--Societies, etc., Education., Forensic sciences., High Schools, Jefferson High School (Rockford, Ill.), Rockford (Ill.), Rockford Education Association (REA), Thomas Jefferson High School (Rockford, Ill.), United States. Navy, Veterans, World War II

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These records partially document the history of Thomas Jefferson Junior High School, Rockford, Illinois, 1956-1969 which became Thomas Jefferson High School in 1970. The collection is comprised of material received and generated by Robert Borden during his twenty-eight year tenure at Thomas Jefferson School, 1958-1986.

The first record series covers the policies and administrative decisions, daily life of both teachers and students, special events at Jefferson, and Robert Borden's classroom activities.  This material concentrates on the time period of 1970-1986.  Of particular interest in this series is the correspondence of Mr. Chalmer Hart, principal of Jefferson, to the teachers, generated between 1969-1985.  The series of Daily Notices 1966-1986 is an excellent source of information for documenting the day-to-day activities at the school.  Researchers should note that historical information on Jefferson Junior High can be found in Jefferson's Ten Year History 1956-1966.

Material documenting Robert Borden's classroom teaching and academic activities includes his correspondence with administrators, parents, and students; teaching materials for his classes in economics, government and history; class enrollment lists; and students' academic papers.  The bulk of this material documents Borden's work with high school students.  Borden's activities as leader of the student History Club, Swedish Club, and as Jefferson High's Debate Club coach are also documented.

Record series two partially documents decisions and activities of the Rockford Public School Board and its' superintendent through correspondence received by the teachers, and periodical publications during the years 1964-1986.  Included in series 2, subseries A, are records documenting the activities of two teachers' professional organizations in Rockford:  the Rockford Federation of Teachers and the Rockford Education Association (REA) from the years 1952-1986.  Of special note are the copies of the professional agreements between the REA and the Rockford Public Schools spanning the years 1968-1984.  Periodical publications of the REA from 1964-1986 are also useful in tracking the relationship of the REA, their constituency, and the administration of the Rockford Public Schools.

Note:  Researchers should be aware that the term "correspondence" needs to be interpreted rather loosely for the Robert Borden collection.  Files described as correspondence will include letters, memos, and directives which were mass distributed by the office or person of origin, as well as exchanges of a personal nature.  Researchers should also note that runs of  periodical publications tend to have gaps within the indicated span of dates.

Added at a later date were Borden’s correspondence written during his World War II service in the Navy.

Collection Historical Note

Robert Hjalmar Borden is a native of Rockford, Illinois, born July 16, 1926. He graduated from East High School, Rockford, in 1944. After serving in the Navy for two years during World War II, he attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and graduated with an A.B. degree in 1950. His majors at Augustana were education and social sciences. He minored in language arts, studying the Swedish language. From 1954 to 1963 Robert Borden studied part-time at Northern Illinois State Teachers College in DeKalb, Illinois. He graduated in 1963 with a Master of Science in Education, with an area major in social studies.

Robert Borden has been employed in the field of secondary school education steadily since earning his A.B. degree. He taught at three different Rockford area schools during the years 1950-1955: Morris Kennedy, Kishwaukee Consolidated School, and Harlem Junior High School (now Hamilton). From 1955 to 1958 he briefly left the field of education to work as a technical writer for the Aviation Division of Sundstrand Corporation of Rockford.

In the fall of 1958, he returned to teaching as the geography, history, and civics instructor at Thomas Jefferson Junior High School, Rockford, Illinois where he would remain for the next twenty-eight years, until his retirement from teaching in 1986.

Robert Borden's tenure at Jefferson encompassed many changes, some local, and some of national scope which impacted upon the world of Jefferson school. In 1970, Jefferson became a senior high, which brought many organizational changes to the campus. As a civics and history instructor, Borden was in the unique position of presenting and discussing the many social and political changes of the world with his students which came about so rapidly from the early 1960's through the mid-1970's.

Robert Borden was also an active member of the Rockford Education Association during those years. The REA was an active force in determining salaries, job security, and formal negotiations procedures for teachers with Rockford Public School Administration.

He has always been especially interested in the history of the Rockford area, and taught local history classes at Jefferson. He is a past president of the Rockford Historical Society, president of the Swedish Historical Society of Rockford, and a member of the First Lutheran Church of Rockford. He is also an active member of the American Legion Post No. 864, called the Daniel Post, which was originally organized in 1937 as a non-drinking, religiously oriented veterans group in Rockford. The group became affiliated with the American Legion in 1945.

Borden passed away on October 6, 2007 in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, Illinois.

Subject/Index Terms

Borden, Robert
Debates and debating--Judging - High School
Education--Societies, etc.
Education.
Forensic sciences.
High Schools
Jefferson High School (Rockford, Ill.)
Rockford (Ill.)
Rockford Education Association (REA)
Thomas Jefferson High School (Rockford, Ill.)
United States. Navy
Veterans
World War II

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional school records and his World War II Navy Correspondence were added at later dates

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to materials in the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Robert Borden

Acquisition Method: Robert Borden, of Rockford, Illinois, donated his personal collection of school materials and correspondence to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center in November 1987.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Thomas Jefferson Junior High School, 1956-1969/ Thomas Jefferson Senior High School, 1970-1986],
[Series II.: Rockford Public Schools],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],
[All]

Series I.: Thomas Jefferson Junior High School, 1956-1969/ Thomas Jefferson Senior High School, 1970-1986
Box 1
Volume 1: Jeff's Journal (Yearbook) (1 volume), 1963
Folder 1: Yearbook sales list, 1963
Volume 2: Jeff's Journal (1 volume), 1967
Volume 3: Jeff's Journal (1 volume), 1970
Volume 4: Crossing Bridges (Supplement) (1 volume), 1976
Sub-Series A.: Photographs
Box 2
Folder 1
Envelope 1: Robert Borden (5), 1964, no date
Envelope 2: Thomas A. Shaheen, Rockford Superintendent of Schools (1);  Thomas A. Shaheen with Robert Borden (1); Thomas A. Shaheen, Robert Borden other dignitaries, and students (1), no date, 1967, no date
Envelope 3: Robert Borden in classroom with students (8), 1962, 1964, 1970, 1975, no date
Envelope 4: Robert Borden with History Club (3), 1962, no date
Envelope 5: Debate Club at Augustana College Tournament (1), 1976
Envelope 6: ROTC sponsored school dance  (19 negatives), no date
Envelope 7: Boys Basketball Team (1 negative), 1970
Envelope 8: Students Brian Gustafson and Doris Benner acting in a school play (2 negatives), no date
Envelope 9: Individual student portraits (13), 1970
Envelope 10: Governor Richard Ogilvie with Jefferson students (boys),
Envelope 11: Thomas Jefferson School building, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1970
Sub-Series B.: Publications and Correspondence
Box 2
Folder 2: Jefferson's Ten Year History, 1965-1966
Folder 3-4: Student Handbooks, 1963-1982
Folder 5: Staff Handbooks, no date
Folder 6
Item 1: Memorabilia:   1 J-Hawks sticker, no date
Item 2: Memorabilia:   1 tag (red cardboard), no date
Item 3: Memorabilia:   2 buttons, Junior High, no date
Item 4: Memorabilia:   2 buttons, Senior High, no date
Item 5: Memorabilia:   1 commencement tassel, no date
Item 6: Memorabilia:   1 J-Hawks ribbon, no date
Item 7: Memorabilia:   1 fan association member card, no date
Folder 7: Curriculum and course information, 1971-1987
Folder 8: Student Activities guides, 1981, 1983
Folder 9: Principals' correspondence: John R. Wise, 1965
Folder 10-12: Principals' correspondence: Chalmer Hart, 1969-1985
Folder 13: Principals' correspondence: Pitter Patter - Chalmer Hart newsletter to staff, 1970-1985
Folder 14: Principals' correspondence: David Johnson, 1985-1986
Folder 15: Assistant Principals' correspondence: Caryl McDonald, 1980-1985
Folder 16: Assistant Principals' correspondence: Dale Meyers, 1984-1985
Folder 17: North Central Association School Evaluation, 1979
Folder 18: Faculty Advisory Committee, 1970-1986
Box 3
Folder 1: Building Advisory Committee, 1971, 1976, 1977
Folder 2: Teacher's Advocate Council, 1984-1986
Folder 3: Teacher Assistance Team, 1985
Sub-Series C.: General School Information, Circulars, Memorandums
Box 3
Folder 4: School directories, maps, teacher lists, 1954-1985
Folder 5: School calendars, 1967-1980
Folder 6: Financial organizational reports, 1967-1978
Folder 7: School policy and goal statements, 1952-1986
Folder 8: Attendance, truancy directives, 1973-1986
Folder 9: Bus schedules, 1980-1986
Folder 10: Curriculum and class announcements, 1972-1986
Folder 11: Opening and closing of school procedures, 1966, 1970-1986
Folder 12: General correspondence to parents, 1969-1986
Folder 13: School surveys and results, academic and social, 1968-1985
Folder 14: All-school testing and scores, 1957-1986
Folder 15: Teachers' parties, teachers' peer recognition awards, 1972-1986
Folder 16: Teachers' classroom schedules, 1965-1984
Folder 17: Teachers' hall duty rosters, 1972-1986
Folder 18: Teachers' salary, payroll notices, 1962-1984
Folder 19: Teachers' Institute agendas, 1958-1984
Box 4
Folder 1: Teachers' Institute materials, 1958-1984
Folder 2: Student athletic eligibility, faculty tickets, 1981-1986
Folder 3: Sports schedules, 1971-1982
Folder 4: Sports schedules, 1983-1986
Folder 5: Student government, 1972-1987
Folder 6: Student academic awards, 1961-1986
Folder 7: Commencement lists, memorandums, 1972-1986
Folder 8: Commencement programs, 1972-1979
Folder 9: Student field trip announcements, 1972-1985
Folder 10: Student programs, concerts, dances, awards ceremonies, 1965-1987
Folder 11: Teacher assistance for student activities, 1972-1986
Folder 12: Student assistance program (anti-drug flyers), 1984-1985
Folder 13: Audio-visual department, closed circuit television, 1972-1986
Folder 14: Learning lab and school library, 1973-1974
Folder 15: In-school lunch programs, 1972-1985
Folder 16: Office manager's memorandums, 1981-1986
Folder 17: Daily Notices, June 1966 - March 1973
Box 5
Folder 1-6: Daily Notices, April 1973 - September 1982
Box 6
Folder 1-5: Daily Notices, October 1982 - June 1896
Folder 6-7: Student suspensions, withdrawals, additions lists, January 1971 -
Box 7
Folder 1-4: Student suspensions, withdrawals, additions lists, January 1973-June 1986
Sub-Series D.: School Periodical Publications
Box 7
Folder 5-6: J-Hawk Newsletter, March 1970-June 1986
Folder 7: Sage Page, 1961-1969
Folder 8: Original Cosmos Truth Express, March 1971
Folder 9: Spectrum (Literary magazine), 1981
Box 8
Folder 1-3: T. J. Times, October 1971-May 1986
Sub-Series E.: Social Studies Department
Box 9
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1966-1987
Folder 2: Memo series, 1985
Folder 3: Memo series, 1986
Folder 4: Law Day program, April-May 1986
Folder 5: World History curriculum, January-February 1986
Folder 6: Teacher's schedules, 1979-1981, no date
Folder 7: Curriculum and skills requirements, 1975-1986
Sub-Series F.: Robert Borden Classroom and Activities
Box 9
Folder 8-11: Borden correspondence, 1955-1987, no date
Folder 12: Disciplinary referrals to administration, 1981-1986
Folder 13: Reports to parents, 1966-1986
Folder 14: Reports from parents, 1967-1986
Folder 15: Learning impaired and handicapped students, 1980-1986
Folder 16: Correspondence between students, 1964-1987
Folder 17: Correspondence from students, 1984-1987
Folder 18: Correspondence with NIU and Rock Valley College, 1954-1985
Box 10
Folder 1: Substitutes' reports, 1965-1986
Folder 2: Classroom seating charts and grade lists (Harlem School), 1952
Folder 3-4: Classroom seating charts, 1965-1986
Folder 5: Locker lists, 1962-1977 n.d.
Folder 6: Text distribution lists, 1960-1986
Folder 7: Open House attendance lists, 1964, 1982
Folder 8: Class lists, 1972-1981
Folder 9: Administrative directives on computerized class lists, 1980-1985
Folder 10-16: Class lists, 1973-1983
Box 11
Folder 1-4: Class lists, November 1983-January 1986
Folder 5: Classroom enrollment forms: Civics, 1960
Folder 6: Classroom enrollment forms: United States History, sections 1,2, 1960
Folder 7: Classroom enrollment forms: United States History, sections 3,5,7, 1960
Folder 8: Classroom enrollment forms: Geography, 1961
Folder 9: Classroom enrollment forms: History, 1962
Folder 10: Classroom enrollment forms: Publications, 1962, 1963
Folder 11: Classroom enrollment forms: Civics, 1963
Folder 12: Classroom enrollment forms: History, 1963
Folder 13: Classroom enrollment forms: Home Room, 1965
Folder 14: Classroom enrollment forms: Economics, 1975
Folder 15: Classroom enrollment forms: Introductions to Social Studies, 1985
Folder 16: Classroom enrollment forms: World History, 1985
Box 12
Folder 1-2: Lesson Plans, 1973-May 1984
Folder 3-4: Lesson Plans, September 1984-May 1986
Folder 5: Teaching materials: United States History, 1952, 1961-1982
Folder 6: Teaching materials: United States History, 1967
Folder 7: Teaching materials: World History, 1959-1984
Folder 8: Teaching materials: State and Local History, 1976-1986
Folder 9: Teaching materials: Government and Civics, 1972-1984
Folder 10: Teaching materials: Economics, 1974, no date
Folder 11: Student academic papers: National election ballots, 1960-1964
Folder 12: Student academic papers: United States History, nd
Box 13
Folder 1-2: Student academic papers: United States History, 1967, 1971, circa 1980s
Folder 3-6: Student academic papers: World History, 1985, no date
Folder 7-9: Student academic papers: State and Local History, 1976, 1982
Folder 10: Student academic papers: Geography, 1950
Folder 1 1-13: Student academic papers: Economics, 1974-1975
Folder 14: Student academic papers: Critiques of "Law Day" speeches, 1980, 1986
Folder 15: History Club: History Club, 1961-circa 1980s
Folder 16: History Club: Illinois State Historical Society,  regional meetings, History  Fairs, 1968-1983
Folder 17: History Club: Illinois State Historical Society Regional Meeting, Northwest, Jefferson Junior High (host), April 19, 1969
Folder 18: Swedish Club, 1980-1983
Folder 19: Debate Club: Coaches correspondence, 1970-1977
Folder 20: Debate Club: Budget materials, 1971-1974
Folder 21: Debate Club: Instructional materials, no date
Folder 22: Debate Club: National Forensic League, constitution, manuals, certificates, 1971-1977
Folder 23: Debate Club: National Forensic League, newsletters, 1971-1972
Folder 24: Debate Club: National Forensic League, The Rostrum, 1969-1977
Folder 25: Debate Club: Big Nine Individual Events Speech Tournament, January 30, 1970, January 29, 1972, January 26, 1974
Folder 26: Debate Club: Rockford Classic, January 9, 1971, December 4, 1971
Folder 27: Debate Club: Big Eight Tournament, January 22, 1971, January 23, 1971
Folder 28: Debate Club: Rockford East Novice Tournament, February 20, 1971, February 24, 1973
Folder 29: Debate Club: Rockford East New Topic Tournament, May 15, 1971
Folder 30: Debate Club: Big Nine Conference Tournament, October 30, 1971, December 11, 1971, January 8, 1972, February 12, 1972
Folder 31: Debate Club: Carthage College Invitational, November 6, 1971
Folder 32: Debate Club: Evanston "Rock of Chicago" tournament, November 13, 1971, November 11, 1972
Folder 33: Debate Club: Augustana Invitational, January 13-14, 1972
Folder 34: Debate Club: Rock Valley Annual, January 22, 1972
Folder 35: Debate Club: Glenbrook North Tournament, February 19, 1972
Folder 36: Debate Club: Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Sectional, March 11, 17, 18, 1972
Folder 37: Debate Club: Carthage College Invitational, November 4, 1972, November 3, 1973
Folder 38: Debate Club: Big Nine Tournament, December 16, 1972, February 10, 1973
Folder 39: Debate Club: Rockford Classic, December 2, 1972, December 1, 1973
Folder 40: Debate Club: Rock Valley Annual, February 3, 1973
Folder 41: Debate Club: Illinois High School Association (IHSA) District tournament, March 3, 1973
Folder 42: Debate Club: Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Sectional, March 24, 1973
Folder 43: Debate Club: Big Nine Tournament, December 15, 1973
Folder 44: Debate Club: Augustana Invitational, January 4, 1974, January 5, 1974
Folder 45: Debate Club: Rock Valley Annual, February 2, 1974
Folder 46: Debate Club: Big Nine Tournament, February 9, 1974
Folder 47: Debate Club: Rockford East Novice Tournament, February 23, 1974, February 22, 1975
Folder 48: Debate Club: Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Sectional, March 22, 1974
Box 14
Folder 1: Debate Club: Augustana Invitational, January 3, 1975, January 4, 1975
Folder 2: Debate Club: Elk Grove International, January 11, 1975
Folder 3: Debate Club: Jefferson Invitational, January 18, 1975
Folder 4: Debate Club: Big Nine Tournament, February 8, 1975
Folder 5: Debate Club: Illinois Speech and Theater Association (ISTA) Sectional, February 14-15, 1975
Folder 6: Debate Club: Illinois Speech and Theater Association (ISTA) State Finals, March 6-8, 1975
Folder 7: Debate Club: Carthage College Invitational, November 1, 1975
Folder 8: Debate Club: Illinois State University Tournament, November 14-15, 1975
Folder 9: Debate Club: Northern Illinois University Tournament, November 21-22, 1975
Folder 10: Debate Club: Rockford Classic, December 7, 1974, December 6, 1975
Folder 11: Debate Club: Augustana Invitational, January 2, 1976, January 3, 1976
Folder 12: Debate Club: Elk Grove Invitational, January 10, 1976
Folder 13: Debate Club: Jefferson Invitational, January 17, 1976
Folder 14: Debate Club: Big Nine Tournament, February 7, 1976
Box 15
Folder 1: Debate Club: Illinois Speech and Theater Association (ISTA) Sectional, February 14, 1976
Folder 2: Debate Club: Rockford East Novice Tournament, February 21, 1976
Folder 3: Debate Club: Illinois Speech and Theater Association (ISTA) State Tournament, Finals, March 4-6, 1976
Folder 4: Debate Club: Crystal Lake Tournament, March 10, 1973, January 24, 1976
Folder 5: Debate Club: Jefferson Novice Tournament, March 13, 1976
Folder 6: Debate Club: Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Finals, March 30-31, 1976
Folder 7: Debate Club: Rockford East Invitational, January 14, 1978

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