National Teachers Hall of Fame Records
ESU003.007.010

Summary Information

Repository
Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Title
National Teachers Hall of Fame Records
ID
ESU003.007.010
Date
Undated, 1989-2010.
Extent
2.75 Linear feet 4 boxes plus 2 oversize folders
Language
English
Abstract
This sub-series consists of publications, artifacts, photographs, and other records which document the history, activities, and accomplishments of the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

Preferred Citation note

National Teachers Hall of Fame, ESU003.007.010, Special Collections and Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

The National Teachers Hall of Fame was established in 1989 in Emporia, Kansas, and is the only facility in the United States to recognize outstanding teachers on a national level. The purpose for establishing the National Teachers Hall of Fame was to recognize and honor career teachers, encourage excellence in teaching, and to preserve the heritage of the teaching profession. The original location for the National Teachers Hall of Fame was 1320 C of E Drive, Emporia, Kansas; however, the Hall of Fame was moved to Visser Hall on the Emporia State University campus in 2006.

To achieve its purpose the National Teachers Hall of Fame participates in recognition programs, including the Teacher Recognition Program, the Friends of Education award, the Lifetime Achievement award, and the One in a Million program, and it also operates a heritage museum. The Teacher Recognition Program began inducting five selected teachers into the Hall of Fame annually in 1992. In addition to the Teacher Recognition Program, the National Teachers Hall of Fame also recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of education, but who are not teachers, with the Friends of Education Award. The Friends of Education Award began in 2002, and its first recipient was Laura Welsh Bush. Beginning in 2012, The National Teachers Hall of Fame awarded its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Harry K. Wong. Additionally, the One in a Million initiative allows individuals to honor any teacher by placing their name on the National Teachers Hall of Fame website and archives for a minimum donation of a dollar. The National Teachers Hall of Fame publishes a newsletter which has changed names over the years from Visions of Fame (circa 1990-1997) to  The Legacy (2000) and  NTHF Network News (2000-2006). The National Teachers Hall of Fame also contains The American Education Museum which displays artifacts and models of classrooms throughout the years. The National Teachers Hall of Fame is run by an executive director and the board of trustees, which includes a chair, secretary, treasurer, and 11 trustees.

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Scope and Contents note

This sub-series documents the history, activities, and accomplishments of the National Teachers Hall of Fame. It consists of publications, artifacts, photographs, and other records, which are organized into four sub-sub-series: General Records, Induction Ceremony Records, Newsletters, and Photographs.

General Records consists of brochures, postcards, newspaper clippings, flyers, invitations, and other information about the National Teachers Hall of Fame. The Strategic Growth Plan of 1997 and The National Teachers Hall of Fame, 1992-2001, which celebrates ten years of inductees, are included along with two wooden schoolhouse models from 1993 and 1994. Induction Ceremony Records includes programs, invitations, and profiles of inductees. The Newsletters sub-sub-series is comprised of three publications: Visions of Fame (1990-1991, 1997), The Legacy (2000), and NTHF Network News (2000-2007). The Photographs sub-sub-series includes a group of undated photos marked “Taken by Dr. J. J. Weigand” on the reverse side. (Dr. James Joseph Weigand was employed by Emporia State University as a Professor of Education and Music and later became Director of Alumni Office and Special Events.) It also contains a 1993 oversized photograph showing the first two classes of inductees (1992 and 1993) with United States President Bill Clinton in the White House rose garden.

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Arrangement note

This sub-series is organized into four sub-sub-series: General Records, Induction Ceremony Records, Newsletters, and Photographs. Each sub-sub-series is arranged chronologically, with undated materials placed before other records. Original order was maintained when possible.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives December 2012

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431
archives@emporia.edu

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Videocassette recordings of some National Teachers Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are available in the Technology and Computing Services series (ESU003.002). Newspaper articles featuring the National Teachers Hall of Fame have been published in both the Bulletin and the  Emporia Gazette. Information about the Kansas Master Teacher Award, which is awarded by Emporia State University to outstanding Kansas teachers, is available in the Kansas Master Teacher Award sub-series (ESU003.007.018). Additional resources regarding J. J. Weigand and his campus activities are located in the President’s Office series (ESU002), Alumni Relations sub-series (ESU002.005.001), Academic Affairs and Student Life series (ESU003), and Graduate Studies sub-series (ESU003.008.003).

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Collection Inventory

Sub-Sub-Series I: General Records 

Box Folder

Undated Undated 

1 1

1989 1989 

1 2

Sub-Sub-Series II: Induction Ceremony Records 

Sub-Sub-Series III: Newsletters 

Box Folder

Visions of Fame, volume 1, number 1 (Fall 1990) 1990 

2 7

Visions of Fame, volume 1, number 2 (Winter 1991) 1991 

2 8

Sub-Sub-Series IV: Photographs 

Box Folder

Photographs undated 

2 20

President Clinton with 1992 and 1993 inductees 1993 

2 21

Accruals - 2012/2013 

Box Folder

Correspondence – Board of Trustees, 2012/2013. 

2012/2013 - 1 1

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