SpColl 26: Personal Growth Leaflets

Introduction and Content

Personal Growth Leaflets first appeared in the Journal of the National Education Association as commencement messages for young people. Demand increased and the leaflets became widely disbursed. Hugh Taylor, who had know Horace Mann as a child, was so impressed with the leaflets that he gave a revolving fund in 1936 to allow for mass production and distribution of the leaflets.

The leaflets fit well with the self-education and self-growth mentality of the early 20th century. The titles covered a wide variety of subject from health to religion in the classroom to the role of teachers and instruction.

The Personal Growth Leaflet Collection in the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University has only 77 titles, but there were over 200 originally published. The Personal Growth Leaflet Collection is organized by leaflet number, with both the title and author listed.

Contents by Deirdre Rogers and Bob Hamburger, June 2003
Revised S. Jennings, March 2005
Revised M. Zuzik, January 2015


Personal Growth Leaflets
1Your Life in the MakingMorgan, Joy E.
2Your Mind in the MakingMorgan, Joy E.
3Your Health in the MakingMorgan, Joy E.
4Your Home in the MakingMorgan, Joy E.
5Nicotine KnockoutTunney, Gene
6Your Citizenship in the MakingMorgan, Joy E.
7Your Personality in the MakingMorgan, Joy E.
9The Planning of Your LifeMorgan, Joy E.
11The Tenth GenerationStillwell Edwards, Harry
12Shall I Become a Teacher?Morgan, Joy Elmer
20The Growing TeacherSandison Fenner, Mildred
21A Golden Treasury of Beauty and WisdomMorgan, Joy E.
22A Golden Treasury from the BibleMorgan, Joy Elmer
23A Golden Treasury on the Art of LivingMorgan, Joy E.
25Selections from George WashingtonHart, Laurance H.
26Selections from Ralph Waldo EmersonMorgan, Joy E.
27Selections from Abraham LincolnMorgan, Joy E.
28Selections from Horace MannMorgan, Joy E.
30The Significance of FriendshipFarris, J.D.
31Shall I go to College?Morgan, Joy E.
32Shall I Attend a Junior College?Mason, Edward F.
35How to StudyClifford, Charles W.
36How to Use Personal Growth Leaflets 
41Learning to be a LeaderMorgan, Joy E.
42Franklin’s Plan of Self-ImprovementMorgan, Joy E.
43Franklin’s Personal Growth Record BookMorgan, Joy E.
44Tyranny of Bad HabitsMorgan, Joy E.
45A Parliamentary PrimerGregg, F.M.
46Poor Richard's AlmanacFranklin, Benjamin
56Increase Federal Aid for Education Now!Marston, R. B.  
58Strengthening the Foundations of FreedomSamuelson, Agnes
60Our Faith in EducationAshby, Lyle W.
61Horace Mann’s Letter to Young AmericansMorgan, Joy E.
62The Code of the Good AmericanMorgan, Joy E.
63The United States Flag CodeHughes, Charles, Evan
68Education-the Mainstay of BusinessSutton, Willis
80The CommunityMorgan, Arthur
81Emma Willard and Her PlanFishburn, Eleanor C.
82Mary Lyon and Mount Holyoke CollegeFenner, Mildred S.  & Fishburn, Elenor C.
85Frances E. Willard EducatorSandison Fenner, Mildred and Fishburn, Eleanor
86Booker T. Washington and Tuskegee Institute 
87Alice Freeman PalmerFenner, Mildred S. 
88Susan B. Anthony Apostle of FreedomFenner, Mildred S. 
90Horace Mann-Father of the American System of Free Public SchoolsSandison Fenner, Mildred and Fishburn, Eleanor
91Seven Adventures in PioneeringOverstreet, Harry
92True AmericanismBrandeis, Louis
94Economic Systems in the United StatesCoyle, David C.
99Student Self-GovernmentWelling, Richard
101Have You had your Vitamins?Holmes, Harry
102Our Common DiseasesParran, Thomas
103Shall I Become a SmokerSteinhaus, Arthur
104Shall I Become a DrinkerDavid, Bert
106Colds Aren’t TrivialArmstrong, Donald
108Legal Liability of Teacher and SchoolChambers, M.M.
109Essentials of Mental HealthBurnham, William
110TuberculosisLyght, Charles, M.D.
111Art in School and LifeWinslow, Leon L.
112Teaching Economics to ChildrenMorgan, Joy E.
115What the High Schools ought to TeachSpecial Committee for the Secondary School Curriculum
117Foreign Languages in School and LifeZeydel, Edwin H.
119The Teaching of ReadingLittle, Ruth Coyner
123The Man Who Taught Me MostCarrothers, George
126A Message to GarciaHubbard, Elbert
129Do You Want to be Happy and FreeJohnson, Willard
130Prejudice-How do we recognize it?Johnson, Willard
145In Praise of TeachingTen Hoor, Marten
149Education and Human RelationsClinchy, Everett R.
150The Place of Religion in EducationMarsh, Daniel
151The World We Fought ForChase, Stuart
152Paths to TomorrowChase, Stuart
153An American Program of PlentyChase, Stuart
154Financing Post War ProsperityChase, Stuart
157Pressure Groups in Our DemocracyChase, Stuart
158Foreign Trade Means YouChase, Stuart
159World CitizenshipDavenport, Russell, and Tchou, M. Thomas
160A Century of Consumer CooperationMcLanahan, C.J.
161Our Profession GloriousMorgan, Joy E.
170Future Teachers: Ideals and PurposeMorgan, Joy E.
171Motive-Centered EducationSaxe Tuttle, Harold
178The Parent’s Part in EducationBruntz, George
181The First Five Tears of LifeGesell, Arnold
190Religion and the Public SchoolEdmonson, J.B.
191Selections for Memorizing Grade OneArranged by the Teachers of Free Public Schools Birmingham Alabama>
192Selections for Memorizing Grade TwoArranged by the staff of The Journal of the N.E. A. 
193Selections for Memorizing Grade ThreeArranged by the Teachers of Free Public Schools Birmingham Alabama
194Selections for Memorizing Grade FourArranged by the Teachers of Free Public Schools Birmingham Alabama
195Selections for Memorizing Grade FiveArranged by the Teachers of Free Public Schools Birmingham Alabama
196Selections for Memorizing Grade SixArranged by the staff of The Journal of the N.E. A. 
197Selections for Memorizing Grade SevenArranged by the Teachers of Public Schools Washington, D.C.
198Selections for Memorizing Grade EightArranged by the staff of The Journal of the N.E. A. 
199Selections for Memorizing Grade NineArranged by the N.E.A. Journal Staff 
200Selections for Memorizing Grade TenArranged by the staff of The Journal of the N.E. A. 
202One Hundred Significant BooksGood Reading
205American Life in BiographyHorn, Gunnar
206American History in FictionHorn, Gunnar
222Books Every Child Should KnowSelected by Staff of Cleveland, OH Public Library
233Fiction for Junior High School StudentsNational Council for Teachers of English
237Fiction for High School StudentsNational Council for Teachers of English
281Selections for Memorizing; Grade OneArranged by the NEA Journal Staff
282Selections for Memorizing; Grade TwoArranged by the NEA Journal Staff
283Selections for Memorizing; Grade 3Arranged by the NEA Journal Staff
284Selections for Memorizing; Grade 4Arranged by the NEA Journal Staff
285Selections for Memorizing; Grade 5Arranged by the NEA Journal Staff
286Selections for Memorizing; Grade 6Arranged by the NEA Journal Staff
287Selections for Memorizing; Grade 7Arranged by the NEA Journal Staff
288Selections for Memorizing; Grade 8Arranged by the NEA Journal Staff
289Selections for Memorizing; Grade 9Arranged by the NEA Journal Staff
290Selections for Memorizing; Grade 10Arranged by the NEA Journal Staff
291Selections for Memorizing; Grade 11Arranged by the NEA Journal Staff
292Selections for Memorizing; Grade 12Arranged by the NEA Journal Staff
293Selections for Memorizing; Grade 13Arranged by the NEA Journal Staff
294Selections for Memorizing; Grade 14Arranged by the NEA Journal Staff
295Selections for Memorizing; Grade 15Arranged by the NEA Journal Staff
296Selections for Memorizing; Grade 16Arranged by the NEA Journal Staff
297Patriotic Selections for MemorizingMorgan, Joy Elmer
300Selections for Memorizing Index Grades 1-16 
301Daily Readings JanuaryMorgan, Joy Elmer
302Daily Readings FebruaryMorgan, Joy Elmer
305Daily Readings MayMorgan, Joy Elmer
306Daily Readings JuneMorgan, Joy Elmer
307Daily Readings JulyMorgan, Joy Elmer
308Daily Readings AugustMorgan, Joy Elmer
309Daily Readings SeptemberMorgan, Joy Elmer
310Daily Readings OctoberMorgan, Joy Elmer
311Daily Readings NovemberMorgan, Joy Elmer
312Daily Readings DecemberMorgan, Joy Elmer
321The Golden YearsMorgan, Joy Elmer
322The Last of LifeWeatherhead, Leslie D.
411Windows on WisdomMorgan, Joy Elmer