The collection includes 10 manuscript
pages by Simon Kerl, who wrote several books on English grammar between approximately 1859
and 1871. Some of the pages are draft-manuscript for a revised edition of one of Kerl's
school texts. Also included in the collection are four photographs (color photocopies) of
Simon Kerl and his wife, Mary Sommerer Kerl.
Simon Kerl (1829-1876) authored several books on English grammar, including Treatise on the English Language, Primary
Grammar of the English Language, Elementary
Grammar, Common School Grammar, Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, Elements of Composition and Rhetoric, and Shorter Course in English Grammar. Kern's books were used in schools in New York,
Ohio, Delaware, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin between approximately 1870 and 1880.