Bureaucracy : Credentialing

Credentialing

Credentials demonstrate a person’s record of service or accomplishment, as in the case of diplomas or identifications. Likewise, they establish someone’s qualifications or abilities. But in order for them to work appropriately, credentials have to be recognizable for what they certify.  For example, academic credentials are ultimately useless unless they can be determined to prove the accomplishments and qualifications of the person who holds them. The intelligibility of credentials--that which makes them valuable--are formalized and authenticated by bureaucratic forms.

This diploma from the North Texas Normal College was bestowed on Nettie Williams in June 1897. 

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This book compiles 115 completed application forms for the Texas Society of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution, dated between 1951 and 1953. Applicants to the National Society were required to establish that they were directly descended from someone who fought in the Revolutionary War, signed the Declaration of Independence, or otherwise contributed to the cause of the American Revolution. 

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The four bulletins bound within this volume were issued by the North Texas State Normal School between December 1903 and July 1904. The bulletins detailed institutional policies, including information about costs, admissions requirements, curricula, the normal school’s mission and history, summer school, entrance examinations, and personnel. Although primarily intended to catalogue the school’s policies, the bulletins served a number of complicated functions...

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This volume contains official bulletins for the North Texas State Teachers College, including the 1927 summer quarter bulletin and the 1927-1928 general catalog. This volume gives a glimpse into the state of the institution during the mid-1920’s. As with the other bulletins in the collection, this volume includes sections on general information, expenses and fees, and certificates and degrees offered. It also outlines the prerequisites needed for particular classes or degree plans and requirements for graduation. 

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