Rose Alschuler Papers

An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago




Collection Summary

Creator:Rose Alschuler
Title:Rose Alschuler Papers
Dates:1887-1979
Abstract: Rose Alschuler was involved in the development of early childhood education, carving out a leadership role in the development of Chicago nursery schools. The collection covers materials collected by Alschuler throughout much of her professional life, including her work with various nursery schools, the WPA, and her research and publication work.
Quantity: 8.5 linear feet
Identification: RAlschuler

Biographical Sketch

Born in Chicago in 1887, Rose Hass attended Vassar College and the University of Chicago, from which she graduated in 1907. In December of that same year, she married Chicago architect Alfred S. Alschuler, with whom she had 5 children. After her children had grown, she became involved in the development of early childhood education, carving out a leadership role in the development of Chicago nursery schools. She continued her professional engagement with educational issues through research and the publication of numerous articles and books on early childhood education. Alschuler died in 1979.

Under the auspices of the Chicago Women's Club, Alschuler organized and directed Chicago's first (and the nation's second) nursery school in the Franklin Public School. Her leadership reputation quickly grew, leading the Winnetka Public School in 1927 and the tenants of the Garden Apartments in 1928 to seek Alschuler's help in establishing and operating nursery schools at their respective sites. From 1932-1940 Alschuler served as the staff director for the WPA Nursery School system, bringing her leadership to 18 schools across Chicago.

Her activities in nursery schools led her to author several articles and books on issues pertaining to nursery school management, planning, and pedagogy, as well as contributing to the field of educational psychology. Her articles appeared in scholarly journals as well as popular magazines, and she authored three books: Two to Six (1933), Play, the Child's Response to Life (1937), and Painting and Personality (1947), all of which drew upon her years and experiences as a nursery school administrator.

Alschuler's professional activities extended beyond Chicago's nursery schools, as she served on many boards and committees, including the National Association for Nursery Education, Progressive Education, National Commission for Young Children, and consultant to the Federal Public Housing Authority for school and playground planning. In her later years, she directed her volunteerism increasing towards matters of Jewish culture, and she spent her winters in Tempe, AZ., returning to the North Shore of the Chicago Area for the remainder of the year.


Scope and Contents

The collection covers materials collected by Alschuler throughout much of her professional life, including her work with various nursery schools, the WPA, and her research and publication work. Materials primarily include clippings, minutes, memos, notes, organizational literature, photographs, glass lantern slides, and 8mm film. The collection includes several accessions, and has been organized according to professional elements of Alschuler's life. Topical series include Biographical; Nursery Schools; Research and Publication; Conferences, Committees and Other Professional Activities; and Media. Items Removed: Painting and Personality was catalogued.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Subjects:
Alschuler, Rose H. (Rose Haas), 1887-1979 --Archives.
Early childhood educators --Illinois --Chicago --Biography --Sources.


Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

Series I. Biographical

BoxFolder
11Autobiography and Timeline, 1933-1960
2Award, 1967
3Awards, undated
4Biographical Essay by Frances Horwich, 1967
5Clippings, 1929-1966
6Clippings, 1938-1960
7Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, 1966
8Family and Children 1955-1970
9Family and Congregation, 1932-1971
10Family History, 1922-1952
11Family Photos, 1955-1970
12Family Photos, 1908-1972
13Medal, 1966
BoxFolder
214Oral History Summary, 1973
15Oral History Transcripts, 1972
16Oral History Transcripts, 1972
17Oral History Transcripts, 1972
18Oral History Transcripts, 1972
19Oral History Transcripts, 1972
20Personal Writings, 1902-1920
21Photos - Trip to Soviet Union, 1934-1939
22Photos and Clippings, 1929-1962
23Photos and Correspondence, 1937-1971
24Radio Program, 1952-1954
25Writings and Speeches on Israel, 1941-1958



Series II. Nursery Schools

BoxFolder
326Bank Street College of Education, 1957-1959
27Chicago Women's Club, 1916-1929
28Chicago Women's Club - Department of Education, 1930-1933
29Chicago Women's Club - Nursery Schools - Reports and Financial Sheets, 1926-1928
30Children's Community School, 1922
31Children's Community School - Balance Sheets, undated
32Federal Public Housing Authority - Planning for Children, 1943
33Franklin, 1926-1931
34Franklin - Home Visits, 1926
35Franklin - Photos, 1925-1927
36Franklin - Research and Reports, 1926-1934
37Franklin and Winnetka - Budget Sheets, 1927-1931
38Garden Apartments - Housing Annual Report, 1935
39Garden Apartments - Reports, 1931
40Garden Apartments - Photos, 1927-1929
41Garden Apartments - Programs, 1930-1931
BoxFolder
442Horizon House - Board of Directors, 1964-1967
43Horizon House - Board of Directors, 1967-1970
44Horizon House - Budget, 1965-1966
45Horizon House - Correspondence, 1960-1970
46Horizon House - Fundraising, 1965
47Horizon House - Graduation, 1966
48Horizon House - Headstart Program, 1965-1967
49Horizon House - Poetry Compilation, 1936
50Horizon House - Program Proposal, undated
51Horizon House - Remodeling, 1965
52Horizon House - Volunteer Orientation, 1965
53North Shore Coordinated Nursery School Committee, 1964-1965
54Nursery Schools - Equipment Lists, undated
55Nursery Schools - Menus, 1939
56Nursery Schools - Notes and Policies, 1921-1922
57Nursery Schools - Operating Costs, 1927-1929
58Nursery Schools - Photo, undated
BoxFolder
559Nursery Schools - Photos, undated
60Nursery Schools - Photos, 1936-1939
61Nursery Schools - Photos, Clippings, and Miscellaneous, 1947
62Nursery Schools - Staffing, 1927-1933
63Nursery Schools - Suggestions for Home, 1930-1933
64Parker Practice Nursery School, 1932
65Parker Practice Nursery School, 1930-1935
66State of Illinois - Nursery School Program Guides, 1964
67Teacher's College, 1928-1932
68University of Chicago Settlement House, 1926-1939
69Winnetka - Clippings and Award, 1929-1977
70Winnetka - Fortieth Anniversary, 1967
71Winnetka - History, 1927-1964
72Winnetka - History Article, 1962
73Winnetka - Photos, undated
74Winnetka - Photos, 1929
75Winnetka - Public Relations Materials, 1954
76Winnetka - Staff Notes, 1936-1937
77Winnetka - Women's Club Advisory Board, 1930; 1969
78Winnetka and Horizon House Nurseries, 1961-1965
79Works Progress Administration - Association House, 1936
80Works Progress Administration - Bulletin, 1936
81Works Progress Administration - Bulletins, 1938
82Works Progress Administration - Chicago Nursery Schools Report, 1936
83Works Progress Administration - Education Program
84Works Progress Administration - Festival of Lights, 1936
85Works Progress Administration - Institute of WPA, 1937
86Works Progress Administration - Nursery School Conference Bulletin, 1938
87Works Progress Administration - Nursery School Pamphlets, 1939
BoxFolder
688Works Progress Administration - Nursery School Reports, 1941
89Works Progress Administration - Nursery School Training, 1942
90Works Progress Administration - Nursery School Training, 1939-1940
91Works Progress Administration - Parent and Teacher Exhibit, 1936
92Works Progress Administration - Photos - Baptist Missionary, circa 1939
93Works Progress Administration - Photos - Bethlehem, 1938-1939
94Works Progress Administration - Photos - Christopher House, circa 1939
95Works Progress Administration - Photos - H. W. Nursery School, 1938-1939
96Works Progress Administration - Photos - Howell House, 1938-1939
97Works Progress Administration - Photos - Jewish People's Institute, circa 1939
98Works Progress Administration - Photos - Newberry Center, circa 1939
BoxFolder
799Works Progress Administration - Photos - Nursery Schools, 1938-1939
100Works Progress Administration - Photos - Nursery Schools, 1938-1939
101Works Progress Administration - Photos - Nursery Schools, circa 1939
102Works Progress Administration - Photos - Nursery Schools, circa 1939
103Works Progress Administration - Photos - Nursery Schools, circa 1939
104Works Progress Administration - Photos - Nursery Schools, circa 1939
105Works Progress Administration - Photos - Nursery Schools, circa 1939
106Works Progress Administration - Photos - Nursery Schools, circa 1939
107Works Progress Administration - Photos - Nursery Schools, circa 1939
108Works Progress Administration - Photos - Nursery Schools, circa 1939
BoxFolder
8109Works Progress Administration - Photos - Nursery Schools, circa 1939
110Works Progress Administration - Photos - Nursery Schools, circa 1939
111Works Progress Administration - Photos - Nursery Schools, circa 1939
112Works Progress Administration - Photos - Nursery Schools, circa 1939
113Works Progress Administration - Photos - Skokie, circa 1939
114Works Progress Administration - Photos - University of Chicago Settlement House, circa 1939
115Works Progress Administration - Photos - Wendell Phillips, circa 1939
116Works Progress Administration - Photos - Winnetka, 1938
117Works Progress Administration - Photos - Winnetka, 1938
BoxFolder
9118Works Progress Administration - Scrapbook, undated
119Works Progress Administration - Teaching Guides, undated
120Works Progress Administration - Teaching Guides, 1936
121Works Progress Administration - Teaching Guides, 1936
122Works Progress Administration - Teaching Guides, 1936
123Works Progress Administration - Teaching Guides, 1937
124Works Progress Administration - Teaching Guides, 1937
125Works Progress Administration - Teaching Guides, 1938
126Works Progress Administration - Teaching Guides, 1937



Series III. Research and Publications

BoxFolder
9127Association for Childhood Education,, 1942-1949
128Case Analysis - Skokie Nursery School, 1940
129Chicago Plan, undated
130Chicago Schools Journal, 1931
131Child Art, undated
BoxFolder
10132Clippings, 1959
133Clippings - Parenting, 1933-1943
134Correspondence and Reviews of Painting and Personality, 1944-1947
135Early Childhood Education, 1939-1949
136Educational Research, 1922-1947
137Institute for Juvenile Research, 1926
138Junior Kindergarten, circa 1960
139Minutes - Nursery School Research Group, 1928
140New Era in Home and School, 1949
141New York City Committee on Mental Hygiene, 1947-1948
142Nursery School Education, 1948-1951
143Nursery School Experiment, 1922
144Photos, undated
145Photos, 1937-1939
146Photos, 1937-1939
BoxFolder
11147Photos, circa 1937-1939
148Photos, 1939
149Photos, 1939-1942
150Photos - Student Art Study, 1938-1940
151Photos - Student Art Study, 1938-1940
152Photos - Student Art Study, 1939
153Progressive Education, 1925
154Research Notes, 1944
155Research Notes, 1927-1928
156Research Notes - Nursery Schools, 1936
157Student Sketch Book, undated
BoxFolder
12158University of Chicago Press, 1967-1969
159Writing - Articles, 1930
160Writing - Articles, 1930
161Writing - Articles, 1933
162Writing - Articles, 1935-1944
163Writing - Articles, 1938-1939
164Writing - Articles, 1941
165Writing - Articles, 1943
166Writing - Articles, 1947
167Writing - Articles, 1947
168Writing - Articles, 1947-1963
169Writing - Articles, 1969
170Writing - Articles,, 1929-196029)
171Writing - Articles acknowledging Rose Alschuler, 1937-1939
172Writing - Articles acknowledging Rose Alschuler, 1935-1937
BoxFolder
13173Writing - Articles acknowledging Rose Alschuler, 1929-1935
174Writing - Articles and Speeches, 1927-1930
175Writing - Articles and Speeches, 1940-1943
176Writing - Berta Weiss Hartwick Manuscript, undated
177Writing - Berta Weiss Hartwick, 1906-1966
178Writing - Correspondence - Children's Centers, 1942-1943
179Writing - Miscellaneous, undated
180Writing - Miscellaneous, 1931-1938
181Writing - Notes on Pedagogy, undated
182Writing - Promotional Materials for Published Works, undated
183Writing - Speeches, 1940
184Writing - "Tomorrow's Citizens" Column, 1946-1947
185Writing - Two to Six, 1946
186Writing - Two to Six, 1946-1947
187Writing - Two to Six, 1946-1947
BoxFolder
14188Writing - Two to Six, 1947
189Writing - Two to Six - Clippings, 1933-1939
190Writing - Two to Six - Events and Responses, 1933
191Writing - Two to Six Revisions, 1947
192Writing - Unpublished Articles, undated
193Writing - Unpublished Articles, undated
194Writing - Unpublished Articles, undated
195Writing - Unpublished Articles, undated



Series IV. Conferences, Committees, and Other Professional Activities

BoxFolder
14196American Technology Society,, 1958-1964
197Cabinet Playpen Patent,, 1945-1947
198Encyclopedia Britannica Films,, 1952-1953
BoxFolder
15199Encyclopedia Britannica Films, circa 1954
200International Congress of Women, 1933
201Jewish Charitable Organizations, 1941-1964
202Jon Waddell, 1964-1968
203Miscellaneous Conferences, 1929-1950
204Miscellaneous Conferences,, 1950
205National Association for Nursery Education, 1935-1939
206National Association for Nursery Education, 1943
207National Committee for Early Childhood Education, 1960-1967
208National Committee on Nursery Schools, 1927-1929
209National Commission for Young Children - Budgets, Memos and Reports, 1942-1943
210National Commission for Young Children - Literature, 1942
211Winnetka Conference on the Family, 1929
212Play Planners Toy Plan, 1944
213National Commission for Young Children, 1942
214National Commission for Young Children - Correspondence, 1942-1943
BoxFolder
16215National Commission for Young Children - Reports and PR Materials, 1941-1943
216National Commission for Young Children - Publications and Writings, 1942
217Philanthropic Fund, 1964-1968
218Progressive Educational Association, 1933-1936
219Paul Rene Gauguin, 1964-1965
220Progressive Educational Association, 1935-1940
221Radio Program, 1931
222Toy of the Month Club, 1943-1944
223White House Conference on Childhood Health and Protection, 1930
224White House Conference on Childhood Health and Protection, 1930
225White House Conference on Childhood Health and Protection, 1930
226White House Conference on Childhood Health and Protection -- Chicago Regional Committee, undated
227White House Conference on Childhood Health and Protection -- Chicago Regional Committee, 1931
228White House Conference on Children and Youth, 1950
229Women's Scholarship Association, Roosevelt University, 1965-1969
230Nursery School Student Art - Digital Images, circa 1935



Series V: Media

BoxFolder
17Tapes - Oral History Interviews, 1972
Glass Lantern Slides, undated
BoxFolder
188mm film, undated