Caption: A formal portrait of William Maxwell, the first superintendent of the consolidated New York City School system. Original caption: Mr. William H. Maxwell who recently completed his twenty-fifth year of service as superintendent of schools of the City of New York.
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Categories: k-12 education,
Date: December 1912
Source: The World’s Work, Vol. 25, No. 2
Copyright: Public domain
How to cite: “William Maxwell,” in New York City Civil Rights History Project, Accessed: [Month Day, Year], https://nyccivilrightshistory.org/gallery/william-maxwell.
Questions to Consider
- What do you see in this portrait? What impression of Maxwell do you think this photograph wants to communicate? How does this portrait compare to others that you have seen, on this site or elsewhere?
- How did William Maxwell’s background and experience relate to common expectations for a civic or government leader in the 1880s, 1890s, and 1900s? Who was excluded by these expectations?
- Who are education leaders in your community today? How do you see them depicted in images like photographs or video?
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