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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1939. Department of School Administration.


Copyright 1939, the author. Used by permission.


The purpose of this study is: (1) to obtain useful information and data for which the writer himself has long felt a need; (2) to make available to administrators a time-saving device to aid them in the construction of their administrative handbooks; (3) to provide a reliable pattern for the construction of handbooks by offering a detailed table of contents for such a book based upon the composite contents of thirty handbooks currently in use, together with the data showing the frequency with which each item was mentioned in these books.A master index, it is hoped, will aid in developing the index for a particular handbook, an important part of the whole undertaking.This pattern, then, is a memorandum of what the administrator might wish to put in his handbook; a guide for the arranging of the material he wishes to include; a master index to aid in planning the contents of his book; and a reference by which he may determine the practices of other administrators as regards content.

Requests for handbooks were mailed to eighty-five school systems of the United States selected from the Educational Director of the United States Office of Education.Thirty-six handbooks were obtained from the eight-five requests sent out. From those thirty-six handbooks, thirty handbooks were selected for this study.A master or composite handbook was composed in addition to a master index of all items listed in the master handbook.

Advisor: K. O. Broady