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American Primers and Readers

Featuring the Words and Collection of Richard L. Venezky

An online exhibition of the Cubberley Education Library, Stanford University

Venezky's Writings

Venezky, Richard L. 1984. "The History of Reading Research." In Handbook of Reading Research, Vol. 1, ed. P. D. Pearson, 3-38. New York: Longman.

———. 1986. "Steps toward a Modern History of American Reading Instruction." Review of Research in Education, 13, 129-67.

———. 1987. "A History of the American Reading Textbook." Elementary School Journal, 87 (3), 246-65.

———. 1990a. "The American Reading Script and Its Nineteenth-Century Origins." Book Research Quarterly, 6 (2), 16-28.

———. 1990b. "From the Indian Primer to Dick and Jane." American Primers. Frederick, Md.: University Publications of America.

———. 1992. "Textbooks in School and Society." In Handbook of Research on Curriculum, ed. P. W. Jackson, 436-61. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.

———. 1994. "History of Reading Instruction." In Encyclopedia of English Studies and Language Arts, Vol. 1, ed. A. C. Purves, 583-87. New York: Scholastic.

Works from the Stanford University Libraries' Collections

Complete catalog search of the Venezky Collection in Stanford University Libraries

The American primer, or, An easy introduction to spelling & reading. Philadelphia: Printed and Sold by Mathew Carey, 1813. [Venezky Collection]

Arnold, Sarah Louise. 1913. The see and say series: Book one. Boston: Ginn and Company. [Cubberley Textbook Collection]

———. 1913. The see and say series. Book one, manual for teachers. Syracuse, NY: Iroquois. [Venezky Collection]

Bingham, Caleb. 1795. The American preceptor; being a new selection of lessons for reading and speaking. Designed for the use of schools. Boston: Printed by I. Thomas and E. T. Andrews, for the author. [Rare Book Collection]

———. 1801. The American preceptor; being a new selection of lessons for reading and speaking. Designed for the use of schools. Boston: Printed by Manning and Loring, for the author; and sold at his bookstore, no. 44, Cornhill; sold also by the booksellers in general. [Rare Book Collection]

———. 1812. The Columbian orator: containing a variety of original and selected pieces; together with rules, calculated to improve youth and others in the ornamental and useful art of eloquence. 15th ed. Boston: Printed by Manning & Loring. [Rare Book Collection]

Burton, William H. 1954. Days of fun. Sacramento, CA: California State Dept. of Education. [Venezky Collection]

Buswell, Guy T. 1923. The silent reading hour: First readers. Cambridge, MA: Ryan and Buker. [Venezky Collection]

The California Teacher and Home Journal, 2-3 (1884). [Stanford University Libraries Collection]

California. State Board of Education. 1886. First reader. Sacramento, CA.: State Printing Office. [Cubberley Textbook Collection]

———. 1886. Third reader. Sacramento, CA: State Printing Office. [Cubberley Textbook Collection]

The child's own story book, or, simple tales. [1825-1842?]. New Haven, CT: Printed and published by S. Babcock. [Venezky Collection]

Cobb, Lyman. 1843. Cobb's new juvenile reader no. 1, or, First reading book: containing interesting, moral, and instructive reading lessons, composed of easy words of one and two syllables, in which all the words in the first reading lesson, and all new words in each subsequent reading lesson, throughout the book, are placed before it, with the division, pronunciation, accentuation, and definition noted, and the part of speech designated. Buffalo, NY: O.G. Steele. [Venezky Collection]

———. [1845?]. Cobb's new juvenile reader. New York: C. Bartlett. [Venezky Collection]

Cries of New-York. 1936. Chicago: T. Rubovits. Facsim. reprint. Originally published: New York: S. Wood & Sons, 1822. [Venezky Collection]

The Deseret second book. 1868. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Deseret. [Cubberley Textbook Collection]

"Education at the South." De Bow's review and industrial resources, statistics, etc. 21 (December 1856): 650-59. [Stanford University Libraries Collection]

Elson, William H. [1914-1915?]. Elson-Runkel primer. Chicago : Scott, Foresman. [Venezky Collection]

———. 1923. Child-library readers. Primer, [Book one-]. Chicago : Scott, Foresman. [Cubberley Collection]

Elson, William H. and William S. Gray. 1930. The Elson Basic Readers. Chicago: Scott, Foresman, and Co. [Cubberley Collection]

Fassett, James H. 1912. The Beacon phonetic chart. Boston : Ginn and Company. [Venezky Collection]

———. 1912. The Beacon primer. Boston : Ginn and Company. [Cubberley Textbook Collection]

———. [1913-1923?]. The Beacon fifth reader. Boston: Ginn & Company. [Venezky Collection]

Gray, William S. 1936. Teacher's guidebook for the Elson-Gray basic readers. Chicago : Scott, Foresman. [Cubberley Collection]

———. 1951. The new basic reader. Chicago : Scott, Foresman. [Cubberley Collection]

———. 1951. The new basic readers, Workbook 2:1. Chicago: Scott, Foresman. [Cubberley Collection]

———. 1956. The new basic readers. Chicago : Scott, Foresman. [Venezky Collection]

Harris, William Torrey. [1877-1879?]. The 2nd reader. New York : D. Appleton and Company. [Venezky Collection]

———. [1877-1879?]. The 3rd reader. New York : D. Appleton and Company. [Venezky Collection]

Hendrick, Irvin G. 1964. The Early History of California State-Printed Textbooks. Southern California Quarterly 46 (3): 223-238.

"Literary Plagiarisms." 1838. American Annals of Education (December): 563-4.

McGuffey, William Holmes. 1840. The eclectic third reader: containing selections in prose and poetry from the best American and English writers: with plain rules for reading and directions for avoiding common errors. Cincinnati: Truman and Smith. [Venezky Collection]

———. 1841. Revised and improved eclectic third reader: containing selections in prose and poetry, from the best American and English writers, with plain rules for reading and directions for avoiding common errors. Cincinnati: Truman and Smith. [Venezky Collection]

———. 1866. McGuffey's new fourth eclectic reader: instructive lessons for the young. Cincinnati: Sargent, Wilson, & Hinkle; Chicago : Cobb, Pritchard & Co. ; New York : Clark & Maynard. [Cubberley Textbook Collection]

———. [1887-1889?]. McGuffey's alternate fourth reader. Cincinnati: Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co. [Cubberley Textbook Collection]

———. 1892. McGuffey's first Spanish-English eclectic reader. New York, Cincinnati [etc.] American Book Co. [Cubberley Textbook Collection]

———. 1901. The new McGuffey fourth reader. American Book Co. [Cubberley Textbook Collection]

———. 1920. McGuffey's first eclectic reader. New York: American Book Co. [Venezky Collection]

Monroe, Lewis B. [1871-73?]. The fifth reader. Philadelphia : Cowperthwait & Co. [Venezky Collection]

———. [1871-73?]. The sixth reader. Philadelphia : Cowperthwait & Co. [Venezky Collection]

———. 1875. The practical speller. Philadelphia : Cowperthwait & Co. [Venezky Collection]

———. [1884-5?]. Monroe's new primer. Philadelphia : Cowperthwait & Co. [Venezky Collection]

———. [1884-85?]. Monroe's new fourth reader. Philadelphia: Cowperthwait & Co. [Venezky Collection]

———. [1884-85?]. Monroe's new fifth reader. Philadelphia : Cowperthwait & Co. [Venezky Collection]

Murray, Lindley. 1811. Sequel to the English reader, or, Elegant selections in prose and poetry: designed to improve the highest class of learners in reading, to establish a taste for just and accurate composition, and to promote the interests of piety and virtue. New York: Printed and sold by Collins & Co. [Venezky Collection]

The New-England primer improved: For the more easy attaining the true reading of English: To which is added, the assembly of divines, and Mr. Cotton's catechism. Boston: Printed and sold by Kneeland and Adams, in Milk-Street, 1771. [Rare Book Collection]

The New England primer improved: or an easy and pleasant guide to the art of reading; to which is added the Assembly's shorter catechism. Pittsburgh: United Presbyterian Board of Publication, [18--?]. [Venezky Collection]

The New-England primer, improved ; or, An easy and pleasant guide to the art of reading. To which is added, The Assembly's catechism. Boston: Printed by Manning & Loring, sold wholesale and retail at their bookstore, No. 2, Cornhill, [1803?]. [Rare Book Collection]

The New-England primer, improved, or, An easy and pleasant guide to the art of reading: to which is added the Assembly's Catechism: adorned with cuts. Greenfield: Printed by Denio & Phelps, sold wholesale and retail at their bookstore, 1816. [Rare Book Collection]

The New England primer: improved for the more easy attaining the true reading of English: to which is added the Episcopal and the Assembly of Divines' catechisms: embellished with cuts. New Haven: S. Babcock,[1830?]. [Rare Book Collection]

The New-England primer improved for the more easy attaining the true reading of English : to which is added the Assembly of Divines, and Mr. Cotton's Catechism. Hartford, CT: Published and sold by Ira Webster, 1843 [1850?]. [Cubberley Old Textbook Collection]

The New England primer: a reprint of the earliest known edition, with many facsimiles and reproductions, and an historical introduction. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1899. [Venezky Collection]

The New-England primer, enlarged; O[r], an easy and pleasant guide to the art of reading, adorn'd with cuts. Boston, Ginn, [19--?]. [Venezky Collection]

"Our School Books." 1860. De Bow's review and industrial resources, statistics, etc. 28.4: 434-40. [Stanford University Libraries Collection]

Perry, William. 1798. The only sure guide to the English tongue, or, New pronouncing spelling book : upon the same plan as Perry's Royal standard English dictionary, now made use of in all the celebrated schools in Great Britain, Ireland and America : to which is added, a grammar of the English language, and a select number of moral tales and fables, for the instruction of youth : with an appendix .... Printed at Worcester, Mass. : By Isaiah Thomas, Jun. : Sold wholesale and retail, at his bookstore in Worcester : Sold also at the Worcester bookstore, and by Thomas and Andrews, and other booksellers in Boston. [Cubberley Old Textbook Collection]

Pierpont, John. [1835?]. The young reader: to go with the spelling book. New York: George F. Cooledge. [Venezky Collection]

Pollard, Rebecca S. 1889. Pollard's synthetic first [-third] reader. New York, Cincinnati, Chicago : American Book Co. [Venezky Collection]

Pollard, Rebecca S. [1889?]. A complete manual: Pollard's synthetic method of reading and spelling. New York: American Book Company. [Cubberley Textbook Collection]

Pomeroy, Jane R. 2005. Alexander Anderson, 1775-1870: wood engraver and illustrator: an annotated bibliography. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press; Worcester, MA: American Antiquarian Society. [Green Library Collection]

The Regents of the Deseret University. 1868. The Deseret second book. Salt Lake City, UT. [Cubberley Old Textbook Collection]

Sanders, Charles W. 1860. The school reader. Second book : containing easy progressive lessons in reading and spelling. New York : Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor & Co. [Venezky Collection]

Sheldon & Company. 1882. Sheldon & Co's modern school first reader. New York; Chicago: Sheldon & Co. [Venezky Collection]

Smith, R. M. 1865. The Confederate spelling book; with reading lessons for the young, adapted to the use of schools or for private instruction. Richmond, VA: G. L. Bidgood. [Rare Book Collection]

The Southern primer, or, Child's first lessons in spelling and reading. Richmond, VA: Adolphus Morris, 1860. [Venezky Collection]

Spaulding, Frank E. 1907. Learning to read: a manual for teachers. New York: Newson & Company. [Venezky Collection]

Swinton, William. 1882. Swinton's Third Reader. New York; Chicago: American Book Company. [Cubberley Collection]

Twelfth Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of California. 1886. Sacramento, CA: California State Printing Office. [Cubberley Library Collection]

The uncle's present, a new battledoor. Philadelphia: J. Johnson, [1810?]. [Venezky Collection]

Ventures. 1965. Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman. [Cubberley Textbook Collection]

Webster, Noah. 1783. A grammatical institute of the English language: comprising an easy, concise, and systematic method of education: designed for the use of English schools in America: in three parts: part I containing a new and accurate standard of pronunciation. Hartford: Printed by Hudson & Goodwin for the author. [Venezky Collection]

———. 1793. An American selection of lessons in reading and speaking: calculated to improve the minds and refine the taste of youth... Hartford: Printed and sold by Hudson and Goodwin.

———. 1843. The elementary spelling book: Being an improvement on the American spelling book. Watertown, NY: Knowlton & Rice. [Cubberley Old Textbook Collection]

Wiggins, Richard. 1822. The New-York expositor, or, Fifth book: Being a collection of the most useful words in the English language. New York: Samuel Wood and Sons. [Venezky Collection]

Willis, W. L. [1886?] Speller. Sacramento, CA: State Board of Education. [Venezky Collection]

Wilson, Mary E. 1889. Lessons in language. Sacramento, CA: State Printing Office. [Cubberley Textbook Collection]

Worcester, Samuel. 1847. A second book for reading and spelling. Boston: Jenks and Palmer & Co. [Venezky Collection]

———. 1850. A third book for reading and spelling: with simple rules and instructions for avoiding common errors... Boston: Jenks, Palmer. [Venezky Collection]

The Young child's A.B.C., or, first book. [18--?] New-York: S. Wood. [Rare Book Collection]