John Seely Hart’s “Lectures on the Public Schools of Philadelphia, 1849”


The Special Collections Research Center at Temple University Libraries recently acquired a manuscript volume of thirteen lectures delivered by John Seely Hart (1810–77) in 1849. Transcribed and illustrated by his student Samuel Sparks Fisher (1832–74), these lectures trace Hart’s perspectives on the history of the public schools of Philadelphia from 1809 to 1842 and refl ect his belief that education was a right for all citizens.