Lancaster, Joseph, 1778-1838

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Joseph Lancaster (1778-1838) was the founder of a monitorial method of teaching which came to be known as the Lancasterian system of education. Born in England, he opened in 1798 a school to educate inexpensively poor children in the Borough Road neighborhood of London. His system of education gained widespread popularity and led eventually to the establishment of over two hundred schools modeled after the Borough Road institution. Dissension and monetary problems plagued him throughout his career in England, the U.S., Canada, and South America. Lancaster wrote several pamphlets and in 1833 he published an autobiographical sketch and plea for financial support entitled Epitome of Some of the Chief Events and Transactions in the Life of Joseph Lancaster...

From the description of Papers, 1796-1840. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 214081372

English educator, established some schools in the U.S.

From the description of Letter : Borough Road [London], to David [Hall?], 1811 Sept. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 22532869

From the description of Letter : Washington, to Elizabeth Lancaster, Philadelphia, [1818?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 22541478

From the description of Letter : Washington, to William Darlington, 1821 Feb. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 22532897

British educator.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : "Free School, Borough Road," to Lady Teignmouth, 1804 Dec. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270871248

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referencedIn Thomson, Charles West, 1798-1879. Charles West Thomson papers, 1817-1877. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Londonderry. Letter. June 22, [ca. 1815, Ireland] to Joseph Lancaster, Belfast. Haverford College Library
creatorOf Bedford, John Russell,. Letter. August 8th, 1810, (place?), to [Joseph] Lancaster, London. Haverford College Library
creatorOf Lancaster, Joseph, 1778-1838. Papers, 1796-1840. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Vaux family. Vaux family papers, 1684-1923, bulk 1795-1890. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Lamb, Caroline, Lady, 1785-1828. Caroline Lamb letter to Jos. Lancaster, 1815. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Lancaster, Joseph, 1778-1838. Autograph letter signed : "Free School, Borough Road," to Lady Teignmouth, 1804 Dec. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Gratz, Simon. Alphabetical collection, 1677-1910. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Lancaster, Joseph, 1778-1838. Letter : Washington, to Elizabeth Lancaster, Philadelphia, [1818?]. George Washington University
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of documents concerning the American Revolution, 1740-1866 . Houghton Library.
creatorOf Fingall, earl of, fl. 1815. Letters. March 10th and May 20th, 1815, [Ireland] to Joseph Lancaster, Dublin. Haverford College Library
referencedIn E. B. Washburne autograph collection, 1766-1888. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Randolph, Thomas M. (Thomas Mann), 1768-1828. Letter Richmond, Va., to Joseph Lancaster, Baltimore, 1820 February 19 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lancaster, Joseph, 1778-1838. Letter : Borough Road [London], to David [Hall?], 1811 Sept. 15. George Washington University
referencedIn Knight, Edgar Wallace, 1885-1953. Edgar Wallace Knight materials relating to education in the South before 1860, 1634-1950 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Free School of Alexandria Board of Guardians Records, 1815; 1829-1834 The Library of Virginia
creatorOf Harrowby, fl. 1816. Letter. 13 May, 1816, [London, Eng.] to Joseph Lancaster. Haverford College Library
creatorOf Randolph, Thomas M. (Thomas Mann), 1768-1828. Letter : Richmond, Va., to Joseph Lancaster, Baltimore, 1820 February 19. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Columbia University. Teachers College. Education manuscripts, [ca. 1682-1983]. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Nevin, fl. 1804. Letter. December 10, 1804, [s.ℓ., s.n.] to [Joseph] Lancaster, Southwark, [Eng.]. Haverford College Library
creatorOf Lancaster, Joseph, 1778-1838. Letter : Washington, to William Darlington, 1821 Feb. 26. George Washington University
creatorOf Northumberland, Hugh Percy, Duke of, 1742-1817. Letter. 12th July 1811, Almwich castle to [Joseph] Lancaster, London. Haverford College Library
creatorOf Molesworth, viscount, d. 1814. Letter. January, 1814, Columbo, [Ceylon] to [Joseph Lancaster]. Haverford College Library
creatorOf Lancaster, Joseph, 1771-1838. Letter, 1825 September 27, Caracas, to an unknown recipient. Dartmouth College Library
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associatedWith Arlington County (Va.) Circuit Court corporateBody
associatedWith Baker, Edward. person
associatedWith Bedford, John Russell, person
associatedWith Bolívar, Simón, 1783-1830. person
associatedWith Boyer, Edward. person
associatedWith Burlingham, Joseph. person
associatedWith Columbia University. Teachers College. corporateBody
associatedWith Darlington, William, 1782-1863. person
associatedWith Edmunds, Louisa. person
associatedWith Fingall, earl of, fl. 1815. person
associatedWith Fleming, John F. (John Francis), 1910- person
associatedWith Gratz, Simon. person
associatedWith Hall, David. person
associatedWith Harrowby, fl. 1816. person
associatedWith Henderson, Alexander. person
associatedWith Holt, David. person
associatedWith Howell, Harriet. person
associatedWith Jones, Elizabeth L. person
associatedWith Jones, Richard M. person
associatedWith Knight, Edgar Wallace, 1885-1953. person
associatedWith Knight, William. person
associatedWith Lamb, Caroline, Lady, 1785-1828. person
associatedWith Lancaster, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Londonderry. corporateBody
associatedWith Lovell, John E. (John Epy), 1795-1892. person
associatedWith Molesworth, viscount, d. 1814. person
associatedWith Nevin, fl. 1804. person
associatedWith Northumberland, Hugh Percy, Duke of, 1742-1817. person
associatedWith Ould, Robert. person
associatedWith Owen, Robert, 1771-1858. person
associatedWith Penney, James George. person
associatedWith Pierpont Morgan Library. Teignmouth Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Randolph, Thomas M. (Thomas Mann), 1768-1828. person
associatedWith Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 person
associatedWith Sprague, William B. (William Buell), 1795-1876. person
associatedWith Teignmouth, Charlotte Shore, Lady, d. 1834, person
associatedWith Thomson, Charles West, 1798-1879. person
associatedWith Vaux family. family
associatedWith Veevers, John. person
associatedWith Washburne, E. B. (Elihu Benjamin), 1816-1887 person
associatedWith Wright, W. Lloyd (William Lloyd), 1876-1950, person
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Birth 1778-11-25

Death 1838-10-23

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