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Phelps (Eugenia F.) paper cutting, paper weaving, and card sewing albums
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Description
Three accordion-fold albums, each demonstrating one of the "gifts" (educational forms of play) devised by kindergarten originator Friedrich Wilhelm Frobel. Each album bears the name of Eugenia T. Phelps (b. 1894), a kindergarten teacher in the New York City public school system, as well as the stamp of J.W. Schermerhorn & Co., a publisher of children's educational materials and early promotor of Frobel's methods.
Background
Eugenia F. Phelps waas a kindergarten teacher in Staten Island, New York. As evidenced by the Schermerhorn stamp in these albums, Phelps was a practitioner of the Frobel method of education, and the founder of the kindergarten. Frobel encouraged young women to undertake serious study to become kindergarten teachers, and many traveled from the United States to Germany to study his methods. He advocated the concept of educational "gifts" and many of his followers They created albums like these as they practiced different gifts.
Extent
1.46 Linear Feet 1 box
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.