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John Dawson Wilson Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 24 Oct 2010

Biographical History

John Dawson Wilson (1846-1912) was an American educator and author of texts such as How to Study Nature in Elementary School: A Flexible Manual for Teachers. He taught in several Central New York schools and was principal of Putnam School in Syracuse, New York for thirty-two years.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John Dawson Wilson Collection consists of a notebook recording details of geological field trips in 1894 and a few pieces of writing.

The field trip sections are titled "Oriskany Sandstone" and "Pratt's Falls." The three narrative pieces are "A Fizzle" by F.L. Mead and J.D. Wilson; "Early experiences of a schoolmaster" by Wilson; and "My first day in school" by Wilson.

Accompanying the notebook are a few clippings from Syracuse newspapers, tributes on the occasion of his death in 1912.

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Wilson, John Dawson.


Geology -- New York (State)
Teachers -- New York (State)
Teachers -- Syracuse (N.Y.)

Genres and Forms

Field notes.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John Dawson Wilson Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Stanley Bogden, 1970.

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