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Title: Ruth Bowdoin Papers
Creator: Ruth Bowdoin
Summary/Abstract: The Ruth Bowdoin Papers actually include audiovisual materials that make up a kit called “The Bowdoin Method,” a method that Ruth Bowdoin used when she pioneered the Classroom-on-Wheels program. Included are film strips, cassette tapes, and booklets on “The Bowdoin Method.” Note: One filmstrip is missing.
Quantity/Physical Description: 3 linear feet
Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632
Restrictions on Access: None
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Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), Ruth Bowdoin Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Acquisition: The Albert Gore Research Center received this collection from Ruth Bowdoin on March 17, 2000. Access. # 2000.015.
Processed By: Natalie Goodwin, G.A., July 13, 2011
Arrangement: The Ruth Bowdoin Papers are arranged by description of contents.
Biographical Note: Ruth Bowdoin was born April 29, 1917 in Dale County, Alabama. She was the wife of the late Wilmoth Bowdoin, an MTSU education professor from 1948 to 1972, and the first Dean of the School of Education. She was director of curriculum for the Murfreesboro City Schools and the innovator of the Classroom on Wheels program. She is a member of the Tennessee Teacher’s Hall of Fame.
Mrs. Bowdoin grew up during The Great Depression and was greatly affected by what she saw in the children of her community with the correlation between poverty and the children’s education. She found that children from families with low income in Murfreesboro were entering school one to two full years behind the more privileged children. With this in mind, she became a teacher and began her campaign to change the performance level of the low-income family children entering school. Under the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA), ESEA Title III for Innovation and Change, she was able to acquire funds to initiate the Classroom on Wheels program in 1969, where she drove around to areas that were considered most deprived around Murfreesboro. She worked with the children and the parents, without racially discriminating, realizing that first changes must be made at the domestic level. The program ran 30 more years and, when she retired, the preschool programs in the Murfreesboro schools were named “The Ruth Bowdoin: School-On-Wheels” for her great effort in enriching educational experiences for children who might not otherwise have experienced.
Scope and Content: The collection consists of “The Bowdoin Method,” a method that Ruth Bowdoin used when she pioneered the Classroom on Wheels program. The kit is comprised of film strips, cassette tapes, and booklets on “The Bowdoin Method.”
Associated Materials: There are not associated materials with this collection.
Related Collections: The Albert Gore Research Center has an oral history interview (2000.05) with Ruth Bowdoin
Classroom on wheels
Description of Contents
‘The Bowdoin Method” Kit includes film strips, cassette tapes, and booklets on “The Bowdoin Method.”