Colorado State Teachers College, President Zachariah Xenophon Snyder records
Collection Scope and Contents
This collection contains documentation from Zachariah Xenophon Snyder's time as the second president of the State Normal School starting in 1891, during the institution's name change to Colorado State Teachers College in 1911, until his death in 1915. It includes both professional and personal materials, and some biographical information about Dr. Snyder including his time as an educator in Indiana. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, reports, commencement programs for the Colorado State Normal School, in memoriam documents, Biennial reports,and the 1914 Greeley Investigation report. The artifacts include a framed bas relief and a silver cup.
- 1887 - 1972
- Majority of material found within 1887 - 1916
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A national leader in teacher education, Zachariah Snyder arrived at the State Normal School after resigning the presidency at Indiana State Normal School in Pennsylvania. Snyder was not only a student of German education models, but an innovator. He pushed some radical ideas such as simplified spelling, a phonetical spelling system endorsed by President Teddy Roosevelt, and Sloyd, a Swedish manual arts program. Among the innovations he introduced to Colorado were kindergarten and an on-campus laboratory school. Snyder's leadership put the institution in the forefront of the nation's teacher colleges, as he added bachelor's and master's degree programs that led the institution to become the Colorado State Teachers College in 1911. Snyder was president from 1891 until his death in 1915.
5.42 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection contains documentation from Zachariah Xenophon Snyder's presidency (1891-1915), including correspondence, clippings, reports, and artifacts. It also contains biographical information about Dr. Snyder.
This collection is organized into 3 series:
Series 1. Personal and Professional Papers
Series 2. In Memoriam materials
Series 3. Trophies, plaques, and artifacts
The folders in each series are arranged alphabetically by topic.
Acquisition information for most of the collection is unknown. The Colorado State Archives transferred microfilm documenting the Greeley Investigations in November 2021.
A folder of photocopied clippings about President Snyder's wife, Maggie E. Snyder, was relocated to RG006-S007.
Processed by Kate Johnson, 2019.
- Jay Trask, updated by Lynde McCaleb, Kate Johnson, and Laura Uglean Jackson
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- Edition statement
- Updated to conform to DACS in 2018. Heavily revised during processing in 2019. New acquisition added in 2021.