Kate Douglas Wiggin was one of the founders of the California Kindergarten Training School in San Francisco and an author
of several children’s books including the well-known
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903). The Kate Douglas Wiggin Collection consists of sample books of crafts for children that illustrate educational theory
and method as taught by Ms. Wiggin and in the San Jose Normal School kindergarten teacher training program. The collection
also includes a photograph of Ms. Wiggin that she presented to the San Jose Normal School kindergarten training class of 1915.
Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923) was a pioneer of the kindergarten movement in the United States in the nineteenth century.
She helped to establish the Silver Street Kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878, the first free kindergarten in California.
She also co-founded the California Kindergarten Training School for aspiring kindergarten teachers in 1880. In addition to
kindergarten training and advocacy, Wiggin was a prolific author of books for children, including the well-known Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903) and Mother Carey's Chickens (1911). Wiggin also published a number of works on kindergarten theory and method as well as fiction for adults.
3.25 linear feet
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