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The committee believes that a suitable science building that will answer all the needs of the University for a number of years can be erected for the sum of $100,000, and therefore recommend that this sum be appropriated for a fire-proof building and equipment.

The title to the property held by the University being in the name of "The Trustees of Indiana University," the committee would recommend that before this appropriation be made the trustees execute a deed conveying to the State of Indiana all the property held by them as trustees of said University.

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INDIANA STATE NORMAL SCHOOL.

W. W. PARSONS, PRESIDENT.

'This institution is located almost in the heart of the thriving city of Terre Haute.

The act of the General Assembly which created the State Normal School was approved December 20, 1865. This act defined the object of the school to be “the preparation of teachers for teaching in the common schools of Indiana,” provided for the appointment of a board of trustees, the location of the buildings, the organization of a training school fund for the adoption of courses of study, and created the Normal School fund for the maintenance of the institution. The act further required the trustees to locate the school at the town or city of the State that should obligate itself to give the largest amount in cash or buildings and grounds to secure the school. The city of Terre Haute was the only place to offer any inducement to secure the institution. A tract of ground three hundred feet square near the center of the city, valued at $25,000, and $50,000 in cash were offered, and the city agreed to maintain forever one-half the necessary expense of keeping the buildings and grounds in repair. This liberal offer was accepted, and the construction of the building was begun. Aided by subsequent legislative appropriations, the trustees were able to complete the building partially, and the school was opened January 6, 1870. fessional training of teachers was an experiment in Indiana, and the institution began its work without the confidence and united support of the people of the State.

The school limits its attention and work to this one thing the preparation of teachers for teaching in the common schools of the State. No person is admitted who does not enter for the purpose of preparing to teach in the common schools of the State, and all the work of the school has this one end in view.

The following table exhibits the number enrolled during each term since the organization of the school, the average term enrollment, and the whole number of different students for the regular academic year:

The pro

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292

Year. 1870 1870-71 1871-72 1872-73 1873-74 1874-75 1875-76 1876-77 1877-78 1878-79 1879-80 1880-81 1881-82 1882-83 1883-84 1884-85 1885-86 1886-87 1887-88 1888-89 1889-90 1890-91 1891-92 1892-93 1893-94 1894-95 1895-96 1896-97 1897-98 1898-99 1899-1900

Whole numEnroll- Avirage Term ber of difment. Enrollment. ferent Students 106

66
153
51

135
97

153
399
133

228
474
158

304
507

169
422
140

227
469
156

282
771
257

450
799
266

472
790
263

454
1,006 335

588
936
312

529
1,115
371

640
1,179 393

646
1,201
401

705
1,333
414

789
1,289
429

769
1,377
459

789
1,414
471

806
1,318
463

823
1,578
526

932
1,837 612 1,105
1,743

581

1,093
2,000
666

1.330
2,369 592 1,274
2,429

607

1,572 2,609

652

1,610 2,916

729 1,711 2,624

656

1,538 2,067

689 1,269

Total number of different students since the organization of the school, 18,606.

On the forenoon of April 8, 1888, the building and its contents were almost totally destroyed by fire. Only the foundations were left unimpaired; the library, furniture, apparatus and everything in the building—the accumulation of eighteen years—were consumed. Terre llante provided temporary quarters for the school, and, under contract to maintain one-half the expense of repairs to the buildings and grounds, promptly gave $50,000 in cash with which to begin the work of rebuilding. The next General Assembly appropriated $100,000 for the completion of the building and the purchase of a new library, etc. With these sums the school constructed a commodious and beautiful building, and purchased an equipment for every department much superior to that possessed before the fire.

The Legislature of 1893 appropriated $40,000 for the construction of a new building to be used for gymnasia, library and laboratories. The General Assembly of 1895 made a further appropriation of $30,000, and the General Assembly of 1897 appropriated $10,000 for completing and furnishing the building.

MATERIAL EQUIPMENT.

The State Normal School thus occupies two large, handsome buildings, each four stories high. The larger building, constructed immediately after the fire of 1888, is about 190 by 150 feet, and is a very commodious, well appointed school building. It contains an assembly room capable of seating three hundred persons, the president's office, a beautiful chapel which seats comfortably one thousand persons, trustees' room, cloakrooms, washrooms, etc. It is, architecturally, one of the most beautiful buildings in the State, and its internal arrangement is well adapted to the purpose for which it is constructed.

The second building is about 100 by 100 feet, and is, architecturally, in general harmony with the larger building. The second story is occupied by the library. This is a large, well lighted, beautiful room, admirably adapted to library use. The third story is occupied by the several science departments. The fourth story is used by the literary societies, and the first for two gymnasia. The library is equipped with every needed appliance, and contains about 32,000 well-selected volumes. The chemical, biological and physical laboratories on the third floor are substantially furnished and are equipped with everything needed for the science work of the school.

ESTIMATED VALUE OF PROPERTY.

Real estate
Buildings
Equipment (library, furniture, apparatus).

$57,000 00 225,000 00 60,000 00

Total

$342,000 00

Of this the city of Terre Haute has donated real estate valued at $50,000 and $50,000 in cash, leaving the State's investment $242,000. By the terms of the original contract between the city of Terre Haute and the State, the city maintains one-half the expense of all necessary repairs to the buildings and grounds. By reference to the table on this page, it will be noted that the item of repairs for the last fiscal year amounted to $798.44. The city will pay into the Normal School treasury one-half of this amount--$399.22.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT.

Receipts and expenditures for the fiscal years ending, respectively, October 31, 1899, and Octiber 31, 1900:

GENERAL FUND.
Receipts.

1899. Balance ..

$20,616 97 Proceeds 1/20 mill tax..

65,546 26 Other sources (city of Terre Haute, stu

dents' laboratory fees, sale of old propenty, etc.)....

4,230 31

1900. $20,398 39 66,000 00

1,027 14

Total

$90,393 54

$87,425 53

$55,649 55

Expenditures. Faculty

$50,456 78 Employes (registrar, clerks, engineer, janitors, etc.)

4,815 05 Improvements to building and ground.. 3,587 26 Printing

1,446 81 Postage

729 98 Stationery and office supplies.

81 06 Trustees' expenses per diem.

1,456 85 President's traveling expenses.

140 00 Repairs to buildings and grounds.

624 22 Furniture

1,202 71 Supplies for boiler house..

44 85 Shop material and supplies..

1 45 Sundries (telegrams, freight bills, express

charges, telephones, affidavits, etc.)..... 679 99 Gas and electricity

5,043 04 1,131 23 1,298 57

588 40

182 90 1,253 90

135 86

798 44 3,331 14

71 04

402 08 379 87 277 02

444 25 General supplies

559 43 Tuning and repairing pianos..

15 00 Hauling ashes

61 50 Water

435 74 Coal

825 92

73 75 462 89 725 80

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