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  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0501
    Creator: Sears, Pauline Snedden.
    Title: Pauline Snedden Sears papers
    Dates: 1931-1990
    Bulk Dates: 1953-1977
    Physical Description: 2.5 Linear feet
    Summary: Professional papers from her teaching career at Stanford University.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    Gift of the estate of Pauline Sears, 1993.

    Information about Access

    Collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.

    Ownership & Copyright

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Cite As

    Pauline Snedden Sears Papers (SC0501). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Associated Materials

    Snedden Family Papers (SC1207)


    Pauline (Pat) Sears earned her a.b. in psychology at Stanford in 1930, her M.A. in child guidance at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1931, and her Ph.D. in psychology at Yale University. Before joining the Stanford faculty in the School of Education in 1953, she taught at Yale and Harvard and was a research associate at the Child Welfare Research Station at the State University of Iowa. At Stanford she was promoted to assistant professor in 1955, associate professor in 1958, and full professor in 1966; she retired in 1973 with the rank of Emeritus Professor. While at Stanford, Prof. Sears was a research associate with the Stanford Center in Research and Development in Teaching. Her research subjects included the classroom effects of computer assisted instruction, development of creativity, and teaching strategies for effective reinforcement of culturally different children. In addition, she was administrator of the Elementary Teaching Training Program and organized the program in child development in the School of Education. Prof. Sears was the co-author of two books: In Pursuit of Self-Esteem and Intellectual Development.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers of Pauline Sears primarily pertain to her career at Stanford, with only one folder of materials pertaining to her activities during the 1930s. Included are correspondence, memoranda, proposals, papers, and articles. Her research interests include achievement motivation and creativity. Correspondents include Nicholas Anastasiow, Susan Crockenberg, David H. Feldman, Lilian Katz, and Joanne Gamble Whitmore. The papers have been arranged in three sections: general files, works by Sears, and files on students and/or colleagues. The correspondence is generally both incoming and outgoing.

    Access Terms

    Anastasiow, Nicholas
    Crockenberg, Susan
    Feldman, David H.
    Katz, Lilian
    Stanford University. Graduate School of Education. Faculty.
    Whitmore, Joanne Gamble
    Education--Study and teaching
    Motivation (Psychology)