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Title Nellie Hopkins Collection
Call Number MSS 242
Extent 1 box + oversized items
Dates of Creation 1876-1948
Creator Nellie Hopkins
Scope & Content This collection contains papers relating to the life of Nellie Hopkins, her retirement from teaching, and the renaming of the First Ward School to the Ellen Hopkins School. This is primarily done through newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks. There is also a small amount of documentation on her early life through her communion certificate from her church and teaching certificate from Moorhead State Teacher's College.
Admin/Biographical History Nellie Hopkins was born in Brainerd in 1875 and moved to Moorhead at the age of three. She attended Moorhead Public Schools as a child and graduated from the Moorhead State Teacher's College.

She spent 41 years as a teacher with over 30 of them being in the City of Moorhead. She served as Principal and first grade teacher at the 1st Ward School for over 30 years. One of the things she was well known for was transporting the first grade students from her school in her car “Henrietta” to the high school to attend “lyceum entertainments.” She was also very well known around town during her time for the annual picnic that she would throw for her students and their parents.

Upon her retirement in 1938 they renamed the first ward school the Hopkins School, a name by which it is still known today. After she had retired she was said to have spent her time quietly at home. She died in 1948 as a 75 year resident of Moorhead, MN.
People Hopkins, Nellie
Subjects Schools – Moorhead (Minn.)
System of arrangement Because of their size the oversized items are stored separately from the rest of the collection.
Access Conditions There are no access restrictions on the materials, and the collection is open to all members of the public in accordance with state law.
Copyrights The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright of the state of Minnesota which may be involved in the use of this collection.
Language of Material English
Archival History Acquired from the Nellie Hopkins Estate in 1962 Accession #'s 62.33.5, 62.27
Containers Communion Certificate – St.John's Catholic Church, 1888
Moorhead High School Diploma, 1896
Poster for Martha by the Day Starring Nellie Hopkins, at the Metopolitan Hotel in St. Paul, MN
Nellie Hopkins and M/M J Hopkins Tintypes, undated
Land Records, 1874-1886
Newspaper Clipping, 1938, 1948
Photographs, 1896, 1938
Scrapbook, 1938 (1 of 2)
Scrapbook, 1938 (2 of 2)
Teaching Certificate, 1899
Travel Brochures, undated 1 of 2
Travel Brochures, undated 2 of 2