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Anna Gillingham Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-051

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, journals and other writings of Anna Gillingham (1878-1964), prominent Quaker educator and author, who was a founder of the Orton Dyslexia Society. Also includes the correspondence of her parents, Theodore T. and Elizabeth H. Gillingham. Of particular interest in the latter are letters written by Theodore Gillingham while he was an Indian agent in Iowa and Dakota from 1881-1889.

Dates

  • 1849-1962

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research. Access to material in Series 7 is restricted.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library 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 by reader.

Biographical / Historical

Anna Gillingham (1878-1964) was a prominent Quaker educator and author. Born in Batavia, Illinois, the daughter of Theodore Tyson and Elizabeth (Heacock) Gillingham, she attended Swarthmore and Radcliffe Collages and earned an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1910. She taught at Friends Central School in Philadelphia from 1901-05, was school psychologisrt in the Ethical Culture School in New York City from 1905-36, directed the remedial reading program at the Punahon School in Honolulu from 1936-38, and was a consultant on remedial reading after 1938. She also co-authored a book on remedial training for children with Stillman. She was co-founder of the Orton Society, a national organization promoting research and treatment of language disabilities.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Anna Gillingham (1878-1964) was a prominent Quaker educator and author. She taught at Friends Central School in Philadelphia from 1901-05, was school psychologist in the Ethical Culture School in New York City from 1905-36, directed the remedial reading program at the Punahon School in Honolulu from 1936-38, and was a consultant on remedial reading after 1938. She also co-authored a book on remedial training for children with Stillman. She was co-founder of the Orton Society, a national organization promoting research and treatment of language disabilities. The collection includes correspondence, journals and other writings of Anna Gillingham. Also includes the correspondence of her parents, Theodore T. and Elizabeth H. Gillingham. Of particular interest in the latter are letters written by Theodore Gillingham while he was an Indian agent in Iowa and Dakota from 1881-1889.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into five series:
  1. Family Papers
  2. Anna Gillingham correspondence
  3. Writing
  4. Pictures
  5. Miscellaneous and reference material

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Margaret Rawson, 1968-70

Gift of Mrs. Beth H. Slingerland, 1970

Gift of Mrs. Sally B. Childs.

Gift of Omie T. Diefenderfer, 1969.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was given by several different donors.

Related Materials

For biographical sketch of Anna Gillingham, see:
  1. Education and Specific Language Disability: The Papers of Anna Gillingham, compiled by Sally B. Childs (Pomfret Conn.: The Orton Society, 1968), pp.1-19. BX7617.G46E3

Separated Materials

The following items have been removed to the Swarthmore College Library:
  1. A Bibliography on the Nature, Recognition and Treatment of Language Difficulties, prepared by Margaret B. Rawson for The Orton Society, Inc.
  2. “Pedagogical Implications of Specific Language Disability”, by Anna Gillingham. Reprint from Jan. 1952 The Independent School Bulletin.
  3. “Prognosis in Dyslexia”, by Margaret Rawson. Reprint No. 114 from Academic Therapy Quarterly, Vol.1, No. 3.
  4. Photographs in Series 4 removed to PA 142, Anna Gillingham Pictures. Abbreviated list of contents is described in Series 4 of this Finding Aid. More detailed inventory stored with the photographs.

Processing Information

When received, letters were in packets and the rest of material was unsorted. Materials were arranged in categories and placed in document boxes in Record Group 5. In 2007, the photographs in Series 4 were removed for better storage and placed in a Picture Collection, PA 142.
Title
An Inventory of the Anna Gillingham Papers, 1849-1962
Author
FHL staff
Date
ca. 1970
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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