Monday, September 1, 2014

Manuscript Monday—Back to school

Presenting an early San Francisco report card and award of merit to welcome our students back to school:

Reward of merit for Samuel G. Adams, undated, Samuel Adams journal and papers, MS Vault 1, California Historical Society.

Report of G. Adams for the month from Jan. 2, 1862, Samuel Adams journal and papers, MS Vault 1, California Historical Society.
Was the young Samuel G. Adams as brilliant as his report card suggests, or does grade inflation have nineteenth-century precedents? This archivist has yet to find a bad report card in the CHS collection. Perhaps they were surreptitiously tossed by their unhappy recipients.

Marie Silva
Archivist & Manuscripts Librarian
msilva@calhist.org
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