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Register of the Salem-Needham School scrapbooks, 1935-1939
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Salem-Needham School scrapbooks,
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1939
    Collection number: Ms21
    Extent: 1.5 linear ft.
    Repository: San Joaquin County Museum.
    Lodi, CA 95241
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research by appointment only.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Salem-Needham School scrapbooks, Ms21, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum.

    Access Points

    personal name

    Naas, C.W.
    Smith, A.T.

    corporate name

    Salem School (Lodi, Calif.)
    Needham School (Lodi, Calif.)
    Lodi School District (Calif.)
    Salem School District (Lodi, Calif.)
    Salem-Needham Parent Teacher Association (Lodi, Calif.)


    Elementary schools - California - Lodi
    Elementary school teaching - California - Lodi
    Elementary school facilities - California - Lodi
    Parent-teacher relationships - California - Lodi

    geographic name

    Lodi (Calif.) - Social life and customs
    Lodi (Calif.) - History - Sources


    Lodi's Salem School District was formed in May 1859, before the City of Lodi had come into existence. By the time developers had platted the city, Salem School was ready for its third schoolhouse, a substantial two-story building at the corner of School and Pine streets (1872). By 1907, when the District's name was officially changed to "Lodi School District" three schools formed the Salem District. During its later years, the old Salem School housed seventh and eight graders only, and by 1938 the building was abandoned. After its closure, Salem students were transferred to Needham School which had been erected on Pleasant Street (1921) and was expanded to accomodate the Salem students in 1938. The Needham School was named for Clyde Needham, the first citizen of Lodi to be killed in World War I. Grades kindergarten through eight were taught at the school, which occupies a twelve acre site on Pleasant Street.

    Scope and Content

    The three scrapbooks which comprise this collection chronicle the final years of the old Salem School classes and the transfer of seventh and eighth grade pupils to the newly expanded Needham School. They were created and maintained by the Salem District Parent Teacher Association and contain information about the activities of that body as well as of the schools themselves (1935-1939).