This thesis was done by Miss Butler at the University of Rochester. She was a Brockport native who graduated from the Normal school in 1929, later attending University of Rochester for her bachelors and master's degrees. She taught for many years in the Brockport schools, retiring in 1968.
Her thesis is a fine historical account of the old Collegiate Institute, and gives a detailed, careful accounting of the beginnings of the school, the physical plant, the nature of teaching, textbooks used, the financial challenges, student life and much more. An excellent analysis on the life of a 19th century private "academy."