Frank Henry Selden Collection

Date Finding Aid Created/Updates: September 2004

Title: Frank Henry Selden Collection, 1930-1950

Inclusive Dates: Bulk 1930-50

Creator: Frank Henry Selden, 1866-

Extent: Three boxes, three and one half linear feet.

Section: University Related

Record Group: Frank Henry Selden

Box Code: Selden 1,2,3

Shelf: 4

Edinboro University Archives
200 Tartan R.
Baron-Forness Library
Edinboro University
Edinboro, PA 16444

Abstract: This collection is a reflection of the Normal School education, professional life and political activities of Frank Henry Selden. The bulk of the collection covers the depression years and World War II period.

Acquisition Information: Donald Swift, Ph.D, donated these papers to the Edinboro University Archives. All copyright, intellectual rights and physical custody of the papers belongs to the University.

Preferred Citation:

Frank Henry Selden Collection, 1930-50
Edinboro University Archives

Access Restrictions: Available to researchers for use in the archives.

Copyright: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Alternative Format: none

Biography: Frank Henry Selden was born September 25,1866. He spent his childhood and much of his adult life on Lundy's Lane in Cranesville, Pennsylvania. His mother's name is not known. There was a George Selden that owned a lumber company in the Cranesville area. This was probably Frank's father. He had at least one sister named Jennie Lind Selden Hart. She moved to Tacoma Washington when Frank was 25 years old. Frank Henry Selden's grandfather first purchased the 65-acre homestead in 1857. He describes it as a plank house that was old when it was purchased. The barn that also stood on the property was also there when the Seldens arrived in 1857.

Selden attended Edinboro State Normal School from January 1884 to June 1885. From there, Selden received a Bachelor of Education, a B.Ed. This is a Normal School degree that gave the graduate a license to teach in Pennsylvania. Prior to this, Selden says he spent most of his time tinkering in the barn. The only reason he went to school, Selden claims, is that his mother's father was a well-known Methodist minister and he went to school "to avoid the disgrace of not having an education."

Apparently there was some discussion as to whether Frank could be spared from helping in the family business. After one semester at the Normal School, Frank was hired as an assistant to the science teacher. The money he earned from this he sent home. This placated his father enough to permit him to stay in school. Joseph Cooper, who was then the principal of the school, conducted chapels each morning before classes began. These chapels included a discussion of a quote put before the students. Selden was enthralled by these sessions and went on to write a brief book about Cooper's one-line wisdoms.

After graduating from Edinboro, Selden was hired into a manufacturing job. He went on to teach mechanical science at Valley City Normal School in North Dakota. He was a carpenter, a proprietor in an architect's office and taught in various capacities. Selden was a highly opinionated man and he frequently submitted his thoughts to various magazines for publication. Though a several of his writings were accepted, this collection of papers has a few long works that were never published. The bulk of his writing was on the topic of labor and the economic causes of warfare.

Sometime during his stay in North Dakota, Selden founded the Maudslay Press. Apparently Maudslay was leading thinker in teaching the manual arts.

In 1934, Frank Henry Selden campaigned for the office of United States Congressman. It was an unsuccessful attempt but the effort reflects the strength of Selden's convictions.

By the early 1940's, Selden had founded Hillcrest School. This was a composite of the Maudslay Press, Hillcrest print shop the Selden Lumber Co. The focus of the school was training in the manual arts.

Selden has published several books. The titles are listed below:

The Yankee Blade, 1877
Elementary Cabinetwork for Manual Training, 1909
Elementary Drawing, 1917
Elementary Turning for Use in Manual Training, 1907
Helpful Lessons: Selections from the lessons used by Professor J.A. Cooper in the Chapel Exercises at Edinboro, Pennsylvania, from 1863 to 1892, 1928
How to Teach Wood Finishing, 1914
Mechanical Science in Education, 1920
The Problem of Peace, 1942
Problems in the Successful Teaching of Manual Arts, 1914
Rural Schools, 1931
Suggestive Courses in Mechanical Science
Woodwork for the Grades for use in manual training classes, 1912
Manual Training, 1910

Scope and Content Notes: The bulk of the Frank Henry Selden papers range in date from 1930 to 1950. Although held for some time by a third party, the papers were mostly in their original folders when they arrived at the University Archives. For preservation reasons the papers were put into new folders and the original headings were copied from the old folders. Selden probably kept these in simple alphabetic order and so the archive has done the same.

The bulk of the material is made up of correspondence. There is also a fair amount of ephemera, which reflects his interests and activities. Texts of speeches he gave are included, as are the unpublished manuscripts he submitted to journals.

There are numerous correspondences to journals and magazines. Selden would often respond to an editorial or an article. He typically would label his folder by the name of the magazine he was corresponding with. Thus his opinions on a topic may not appear under the expected topic heading, but rather would come under the name of a magazine. For example, the folder Christian Century may have opinions on religion not found in the folder labeled religion.

Selden was involved in the labor movement and many of his papers are related to this topic. Of particular interest to this part of Pennsylvania, is his folder labeled Girard Manufacturing Co. Herein is a record of the strike activities at that plant in the 1940's.

Another topic that comprises much of Selden's writing, is the economic causes of war. This is to be expected since many of his papers were written during World War II. Likewise, there are numerous writings on world peace.

Organization of Collection: The collection did not arrive in any subject arrangement but rather something closer to alphabetic order. It has been kept in that manner.

A separate item that did not arrive with Selden Papers but is included with them, is the Diary of Jennie Lind Selden, Frank's older sister.

Controlled Access Terms:
Labor unions
Political oratory
Politics and war
Selden, Frank Henry
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Vocational education
World war, 1939-1945 - public opinion

Contents List:

Box: Selden 1
Shelf: 4

Agriculture, Department of Albion News America First Committee American Christian Defenders American Civil Liberties Union American Civil Reform American Civil Reform American Friends of German Freedom American Mercury Bahal Faith Bodowin College Borah, Wm. British Embassy The Bulletin December 1909 The Bulletin State Normal School, Valley City N.D.December 1909 Business Week Carneigie Endowment for International Peace C.I.O. Chamberof Commerence of the United States 1943 Christian Advocate Christian Century Christian Frontier Council Christian Labor Association Christian Leader Christian Leader Herald Christian Register Church Citizens National Committee Commission to Study the Organization of Peace Commentator Committee of One Million Common Council for American Unity Common Ground Community Services Inc. Conference on Unemployment Congress of Industrial Organizations Congress of Monetary Organizations Congressional Campaign [1934] Congress of the United States Consumer Union of the U. S. Consumer's Digest Cooperation Copy of Industrial Intelligence and Social Unrest Corn Belt Liberty League [1938] Country Gentleman Crosby Defiance College Democracy Department of Commerce Department of Labor Depression Erie County Property Owners Association Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union Farmers Independent Council of America Federal Security Agency Federal Trade Commission Foreign Affairs [journal] Foreign Mission Conference Forum Frazier-Lemke Bill Gannett, Frank Gannet Publication General Electric General Motors Girard Manufacturing Co. Hillcrest Hoover, Herbert Human Events [Newsletter] Identification and Miscellaneous Papers from F.H. Seldon Individuality Industrial Development Industrial History Industrial Intelligence Box: Selden 2
Shelf: 4

Industrial Intelligence and Social Unrest [1922] Industrial Revolution [1934] Industrial Waste Institute of World Affairs International Labor Defense International Relations Labor Labor, a Sixty Year View Labor Laws Labor Unions Lake Shore Pattern Works Leadership League for Independent Political Action League for Industrial Democracy League for Justice to Agriculture Letters to Senators Maudsley, Henry Manufacturing Money (fragments) Monopolies Nation National Association of Manufacturers National Committee to Uphold Constitutional Government National Conference of Jews and Christians National Council of Catholic Men National Economics Council National Federated Union National Labor Relations Board National Share Croppers Week New Deal Office of Production Management Organizing Labor Peace Articles Peace Correspondence Peace, Satisfactions by Political Attorney Politics Politics-General Prohibition Prohibition Party Relief Agencies General Religion Roosevelt Salaries Seldon Papers Miscellaneous 1937 Selling Products Semour Labor News Small Business Small Manufacturing Social Action Social Justice Sound Money League Speech- Democracy Folder Speech- Dual Purpose Politics 9-7-1934 Speech- The Larger Life 6-10-1934 Speech- New Patriotism 9-20-1932 Speech- Putting the Micrometer into Politics 6-20-1934 Speech- Unemployment 12-27-1938 Speech- Bulldogs or Men? Speech- Watch 5-27-1934 Box: Selden 3
Shelf: 4

Stoddard, Henry L. Strikes Taxation Townsend Plan Two Way Passage Bulletin Unemployment Unions United Nations Charter University of Chicago Round Table Valley City Normal Wages Wagner, Robert Wagner Act Wagner Law War Production Board War Registers League Wealth Wesley Quarterly Whitesmith, Rev. Ernest M. Women's International League World Alliance for International Friendship World Peace Foundation World Philosophy Your Money and Mine Jennie Lind Selden Diaries, 1884-85

Created on ... September 28, 2004