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Register of the Stockton (Calif.) School District Truancy & Absence Records, 1912-1917
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Stockton (Calif.) School District Truancy & Absence Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1912-1917
    Collection number: Mss160
    Extent: 0.25 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Stockton (Calif.) School District Truancy & Absence Records, Mss160, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


    The public school system of Stockton (California) was organized officially by an act of the Common Council in the fall of 1852. Nearly fifty years later, Stockton voters approved formation of a separate high school district encompassing an area larger than the existing Stockton School District (1900). As a result of enabling legislation passed in 1935, the two systems were automatically unified in July 1936 creating the present Stockton Unified School District.
    The elementary school attendance officer, J. A. "Gus" Workings, (ca. 1863-1944) kept written attendance and truancy records and also served as a custodian in the Stockton schools for 27 years. Schools listed in Workings' records include: Franklin; Annex North Stockton (later Woodrow Wilson); Jefferson; South; Jackson; Monroe; Lafayette; Washington Grammar; El Dorado; Fremont; Fair Oaks; Lincoln; Weber Grammar; Hazelton; and Pre-vocational (at Jefferson). Other schools mentioned include: Convent; Brothers; McGowen Primary; Garretson and Banta Primary.

    Scope and Content

    Ledger entries include: dates (from January 1912 through March 1917), name of student, address, school, and cause of absence. A compendium of excuses--absences range from childhood illnesses, truancy, illnesses of parents, accidents, toothaches, out for the circus, has no shoes, gone to the City, and so on. Family names of ethnic and religious groups can be sometimes ascertained from absences on special holidays. The collection includes some additional notes tallying records and listing truancies.