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Katherine Lower papers

 Collection
Identifier: BMC-1981-18

Scope and Contents

The Katherine Lower papers house the professional papers of Katherine Lower, director and dean of the Graduate Department of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. The collection, which ranges from 1946 to 1970, consists primarily of office papers relating to the development and history of the department.

The collection consists of four series: “Series I: Biographical Material and Clippings,” “Series II: Correspondence,” and “Series III: Departmental Materials,” and “Series IV: Course Materials.”

“Series I: Biographical Material and Clippings” contains biographical information and clippings. “Series II: Correspondence” contains Lower’s correspondence with Mildred Fairchild, director of the Social Work department during the 1930s-1940s; departmental correspondence on curriculum, 1950s; and miscellaneous correspondence, 1950s to 1970s. “Series III: Departmental Materials” contains a variety of materials from the Social Work department, much of it related to various committees (Doctoral Committee, Social Sciences Subcommittee, Advisory Committee, Research Committee, etc.) of which Lower was a part. “Series IV: Course Materials” contains course outlines from 1960 and 1965; exams from 1950; and two bound volumes titled “The Graduate Department Social Work and Social Research, Appendix B, Course Material.”

During Lower’s administration as director, the social work faculty grew, as did the student enrollment. She greatly expanded and enriched the graduate curriculum. This collection provides additional insight into the her administration and would be of use to anyone interested in the Graduate Department of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr during the late 1940s and into the 1970s.

Dates

  • 1946 - 1970

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

The Katherine Lower papers are the physical property of Bryn Mawr College's Special Collections Department. Literacy rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Biographical / Historical

Katherine D.K. (Mrs. Edwards S.) Lower (1902-1991) came to the Carola Woerishoffer Graduate Department of Social Work and Social Research in the fall of 1946 as a part time lecturer in social research. Over the course of 22 years she progressed to lecturer, associate professor, professor and finally director and dean of the department. She earned her B.A., M.A., and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and her experience included over ten years at the Federal Social Security Board and the National War Labor Board. During her administration as director, the social work faculty grew as did the student enrollment. She greatly expanded and enriched the graduate curriculum.

Extent

3 Linear Feet

Language

English

Overview

Katherine Lower came to the Carola Woerishoffer Graduate Department of Social Work and Social Research in the fall of 1946 as a part time lecturer in social research. Eventually she progressed to lecturer, associate professor, professor and finally director and dean of the department. During her administration as director, the social work faculty grew as did the student enrollment. She greatly expanded and enriched the graduate curriculum. The bulk of the collection consists of office papers relating to the development and history of the department.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Title
Katherine Lower papers
Status
Completed
Author
Lorett Treese, Melissa Torquato
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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