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Finding Aid of the Alexander J. Stoddard papers 0013
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  • Other Finding Aids
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Acquisition
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content

  • Title: Alexander J. Stoddard papers
    Collection number: 0013
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 11.08 Linear feet 11 boxes
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1936-1954
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1960
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers of Alexander J. Stoddard (1889-1965). His papers include correspondence, reports, speeches, photographs, and clippings documenting his tenures as Superintendent of Schools in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Denver.
    creator: Stoddard, Alexander J. (Alexander Jerry), 1889-1965

    Other Finding Aids

    An index to Stoddard's speeches is available on-site.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/file# or item name], Alexander J. Stoddard papers, Collection no. 0013, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.


    The Alexander Stoddard papers were donated to USC by Mrs. Sadie Stoddard in 1966.

    Biographical Note

    Alexander J. Stoddard was born in 1889 in Auburn, Nebraska. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1905 and married Sadie Gillan in 1916. They had one son and one daughter. Stoddard began his career as a school teacher in Nebraska, receiving a BS from the University of Nebraska and a Master's degree from Columbia University's Teachers College in 1924. He moved to Los Angeles in 1948 after having spent nine years as the superintendent of schools in Philadelphia. Stoddard served as Superintendent of Los Angeles City Schools from 1948 until his retirement in 1954. Stoddard was actively involved with a number of national education organizations, including the American Association of School Administrators, the Educational Policies Commission and Superintendents of Larger City School Systems. In the 1950s, he was a strong advocate for the new field of educational television. Before working in Philadelphia, Stoddard served as Superintendent of Schools in Denver, Colorado; Providence, Rhode Island; Schenectady, New York; and Bronxville, New York. Stoddard died on October 18, 1965 in Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains speeches, reports, photographs, personal and business correspondence and newspaper clippings documenting Alexander J. Stoddard's tenure as the Superintendent of Los Angeles City Schools (1948-1954). Also included are correspondence and reports from Stoddard's tenures as the Superintendent of Schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in Denver, Colorado.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Los Angeles City School District. -- Archives
    Stoddard, Alexander J. (Alexander Jerry), 1889-1965 -- Archives
    Education--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Education--Colorado--Denver--Archival resources
    Education--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--Archival resources
    Educational television programs--Archival resources
    School superintendents--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    School superintendents--Colorado--Denver--Archival resources
    School superintendents--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--Archival resources