The Merritt Thompson papers, 1896-1970, consists of Thompson's professional and family correspondence, manuscripts and articles
he wrote and collected on the topic of education, course materials used in his education classes, translated Inca stories,
photographs of his professional and personal life, and documentation of his travels. Thompson was an education professor at
the University of Southern California as well as a founding member of ONE Institute of Homophile Studies, the first academic
institution in the United States devoted to the study of homosexuality.
Merritt Moore Thompson (1884-1970) was a lifelong educator and gay education activist. Thompson was born and raised in New
Jersey. He started teaching in a local one-room country schoolhouse, then went abroad to teach in the Philippines in 1905.
He returned to the United States two years later and got a bachelor's degree at the University of Denver. After a time teaching
in South America, he moved to California where he taught Spanish at the University of Southern California. He got his masters
and doctorate in education at the University of Southern California and became the university's director of student teaching
for 31 years. Thompson's writings include
The History of Education published in 1951.
2.3 linear feet.
3 archive cartons + 1 flat box
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