The Flora J. Arnstein Papers document the career of a San
Franciscan alternative educator and writer.
Flora Jacobi was born on August 10, 1885, in San Francisco. She married Lawrence Arnstein
in 1910, and was a co-founder of the Presidio Open Air School (now Presidio Hill) with her
sister-in-law Helen Salz in 1917. She began writing poetry at the age of 40, and
incorporated it into her teaching. Two of her notable pupils were Pierre Salinger and Arthur
Hoppe. In addition to publishing poems in various periodicals and as collections, she wrote
several articles and a book on the benefits of teaching poety to children.
Number of containers: 4 cartons, 1 box, 1 filebox, 6 oversize volumes
Linear feet: 7.5
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