- c 1700-1990 (Creation)
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1 box and approximately 100 assorted volumes
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Gerald Stephen Downs was born in York in 1933. He trained as a teacher at St Bede's College, Durham, in the 1950s and during his professional career he worked at a number of schools in North Yorkshire, including Selby County Junior School, Carr County Junior School and Kirk Smeaton Church of England Primary School, where he was Acting Headteacher in 1988.
Following his retirement, he studied for a Master's Degree with the University of York. His dissertation on the subject of 'Public Elementary Education in York, 1870-1902' was completed in 1998.
Gerald Downs died on 18 February 2013.
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Professional papers of Gerald Downs, including papers relating to his teacher training at St Bede’s College, Durham, 1950s, and notebooks and other papers concerning his teaching career at Selby County Junior School, Kirk Smeaton Church of England Primary School, Tadcaster Grammar School and Carr County Junior School, 1956-1987; ‘A Study of the Soil Arthropoda in a Permanent Stray Pasture, with particular reference to the Collembola of the Genus Onychiurus’ by G. S. Downs, n.d.; MA dissertation ‘Public Elementary Education in York, 1870-1902’ by G. S. Downs, 1998; MS notebook of cookery recipes recorded by Audrey Downs, n.d.
Papers of the York and District Teachers’ Association, including minutes of general and committee meetings, 1869-1906, with related press cuttings; yearbooks, 1911-1912, 1914; and printed conference souvenir volume for the annual conference of the National Union of Teachers held at York, 1900.
Papers of Bilbrough Council School, 1909-1954, including school log book, 1912-1954; regulations on corporal punishment issued by the West Riding County Council, 1909; enlarged plan of Bilbrough village, c.1934; and copy of school report, 1950.
Minutes and related papers of the York Drugs and Alcohol Forum, 1989-1991.
Parish officers accounts for Appleton Roebuck in the parish of Bolton Percy, 1814-1822, comprising Overseers of the Poor accounts and highway and constables’ accounts. Includes references to the building and outfitting of the parish school in 1817.
Assorted publications collected by Gerald Downs, most concerning the history of York and Yorkshire, 1719-1990s.
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- York and District Teachers' Association (Subject)
- Church of England, Bolton Percy, All Saints, parish (Subject)
- National Union of Teachers (Subject)