Dorothy Potts Photographs

Summary Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Dorothy Potts Photographs
Circa 1927-1928
0.25 Linear feet
This collection consists of four photographs. Two undated photographs depict the United Presbyterian Church at 602 Neosho Street, Emporia, Kansas, and the Boy Scout troop that met at that location. The other photographs show Plumb Hall in 1927 and 1928.

Preferred Citation note

Dorothy Potts Photographs, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

T. Ernest Newland

T. Ernest Newland was born on June 3, 1903, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Wittenburg College in Springfield, Ohio, in 1925 and then attended Ohio State University, earning a Master’s degree in 1929 and a Ph.D in 1931. He taught at Kansas State Teachers College as Assistant Professor of Psychology from 1927-1928, Ohio State University, Bucknell University, and the University of Tennessee, was director of the division of special education in the Pennsylvania State Department of Public Instruction from 1937-1942, and served as a clinical psychology consultant to the Veterans Administration before becoming a professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois in 1951. He retired from this position in 1971. He spent the next year as professor of special education at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana.

Ernest served as a Lieutenant during World War II and as a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve in Washington, D.C. As a Lieutenant Colonel he served as Associate Director of the Department of Military Psychology and Leadership at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, from 1946-1949. Ernest received a diploma in clinical psychology from the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology in 1950 and a diploma in school psychology from the American Board of Professional Examiners in 1969.

Ernest married Mary C. Jarrett on November 23, 1945, at Bethesda, Maryland. They were the parents of two daughters, Theryl Newland-Koronkowski and Dorothy Potts. Ernest was instrumental in founding the nation’s first doctoral program for training school psychologists at the University of Illinois in 1952. Much of his work involved those who are gifted or blind. He wrote The Gifted in Socioeducational Perspective in 1965 and created the Blind Learning Aptitude Test (BLAT) in 1969. Ernest served as President of the American Psychological Association from 1957-1958 and received the Jack Bardon Distinguished Service Award in 1975. This award is given by the American Psychological Association’s Division of School Psychology to professional and academic school psychologists who throughout their careers have demonstrated exceptional programs of service that merit special recognition. Other memberships included the Association of the Gifted, in which he also served as president, the Illinois Council of Exceptional Children, and the Unitarian Universalist Church. T. Ernest Newland passed away on June 5, 1992.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of four photographs taken or collected by Ernest Newland when he was teaching at Kansas State Teachers College from 1927-1928. Two photographs show members of a Boy Scout troop that Ernest worked with and the church where the troop held their meetings. The other photographs are of Plumb Hall on the Kansas State Teachers College campus.

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Arrangement note


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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives March-April 2006

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Photographs of the United Presbyterian Church located at 602 Neosho Street are available in the Walter M. Andersen Collection. Alpha Phi Omega is a campus organization composed of former Boy Scouts. Additional information and photographs about Plumb Hall are available in record group ESU004.002 and in the Archives reference books Campus Buildings, Grounds, and Memorials and  The Changing Landscape: Historical Tour of K.S.T.C. A copy of T. Ernest Newland’s book  The Gifted in Socioeducational Perspective is available from the William Allen White Library (371.95 N461g).

Separated Materials note


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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Kansas State Teachers College -- Buildings.
  • Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia -- Faculty.
  • Kansas State Teachers College. Plumb Hall.

Personal Name(s)

  • Newland, T. Ernest, 1903-1992.


  • Boy Scouts -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • College teachers -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • United Presbyterian Church (Emporia, Kan.)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Photographs – United Presbyterian Church and Boy Scout troop members, undated. 

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Photographs – Plumb Hall, 1927, 1928. 

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