The original inspiration for this project came from an article titled "Educational Legacy: Rural One Room Schoolhouses" by Dr. Fred E. H. Schroeder published in Historic Preservation in 1977. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Mountain Plains Library Association and funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Programs and the Library Program, major primary-source research on rural education has now  been conducted by 23 researchers in eight states.
Country School Legacy Administrative Staff, "Country School Legacy: Humanities on the Frontier booklet" (1981). Scholarship, Publications, and Reference Materials. 1.