Rose Haas Alschuler papers
MSAlsc72

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

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator - Director
Alschuler, Rose H. (Rose Haas), 1887-1979
Title
Alschuler, Rose Haas papers
ID
MSAlsc72
Date [inclusive]
1902-1977
Extent
11.5 linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Rose Alschuler became involved in the development of early childhood education through the establishment of Chicago's first nursery school. She continued her professional engagement with educational issues through research and the publication of numerous articles and books on early childhood education.

Preferred Citation

Rose Haas Alschuler papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Born in Chicago in 1887, Rose Haas 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 to 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 increasingly 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.

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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives July 2006

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Related Materials

Items Removed

The book, Painting and Personality (1947) was cataloged as part of the Daley Library Special Collections rare book collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Occupation(s)

  • Early childhood educators --Illinois --Chicago --Biography --Sources.

Personal Name(s)

  • Alschuler, Alfred S., Mr. & Mrs.
  • Alschuler, Rose H. (Rose Haas), 1887-1979 -- Administration

Subject(s)

  • Alschuler, Rose H. (Rose Haas), 1887-1979 --Archives.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Biographical 

Box Folder

Autobiography and Timeline, 1933-1960 

1 1

Award, 1967 

1 2

Awards, undated 

1 3

Biographical Essay by Frances Horwich, 1967 

1 4

Clippings, 1929-1966 

1 5

Clippings, 1938-1960 

1 6

Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, 1966 

1 7

Family and Children, 1955-1970 

1 8

Family and Congregation, 1932-1971 

1 9

Family History, 1922-1952 

1 10

Family Photos, 1955-1970 

1 11

Family Photos, 1908-1972 

1 12

Medal, 1966 

1 13

Oral History Summary, 1973 

2 14

Oral History Transcripts, 1972 

2 15

Oral History Transcripts, 1972 

2 16

Oral History Transcripts, 1972 

2 17

Oral History Transcripts, 1972 

2 18

Oral History Transcripts, 1972 

2 19

Personal Writings, 1902-1920 

2 20

Photos -- Trip to Soviet Union, 1934-1939 

2 21

Photos and Clippings, 1929-1962 

2 22

Photos and Correspondence, 1937-1971 

2 23

Radio Program, 1952-1954 

2 24

Writings and Speeches on Israel, 1941-1958 

2 25

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Series II: Nursery Schools 

Box Folder

Bank Street College of Education, 1957-1959 

3 26

Chicago Women's Club, 1916-1929 

3 27

Chicago Women's Club -- Department of Education, 1930-1933 

3 28

Chicago Women's Club -- Nursery Schools -- Reports and Financial Sheets, 1926-1928 

3 29

Children's Community School, 1922 

3 30

Children's Community School -- Balance Sheets, undated 

3 31

Federal Public Housing Authority -- Planning for Children, 1943 

3 32

Franklin, 1926-1931 

3 33

Franklin -- Home Visits, 1926 

3 34

Franklin -- Photos, 1925-1927 

3 35

Franklin -- Research and Reports, 1926-1934 

3 36

Franklin and Winnetka -- Budget Sheets, 1927-1931 

3 37

Garden Apartments -- Housing Annual Report, 1935 

3 38

Garden Apartments -- Reports, 1931 

3 39

Garden Apartments -- Photos, 1927-1929 

3 40

Garden Apartments -- Programs, 1930-1931 

3 41

Horizon House -- Board of Directors, 1964-1967 

4 42

Horizon House -- Board of Directors, 1967-1970 

4 43

Horizon House -- Budget, 1965-1966 

4 44

Horizon House -- Correspondence, 1960-1970 

4 45

Horizon House -- Fundraising, 1965 

4 46

Horizon House -- Graduation, 1966 

4 47

Horizon House -- Headstart Program, 1965-1967 

4 48

Horizon House -- Poetry Compilation, 1936 

4 49

Horizon House -- Program Proposal, undated 

4 50

Horizon House -- Remodeling, 1965 

4 51

Horizon House -- Volunteer Orientation, 1965 

4 52

North Shore Coordinated Nursery School Committee, 1964-1965 

4 53

Nursery Schools -- Equipment Lists, undated 

4 54

Nursery Schools -- Menus, 1939 

4 55

Nursery Schools -- Notes and Policies, 1921-1922 

4 56

Nursery Schools -- Operating Costs, 1927-1929 

4 57

Nursery Schools -- Photo, undated 

4 58

Nursery Schools -- Photos, undated 

5 59

Nursery Schools -- Photos, 1936-1939 

5 60

Nursery Schools -- Photos, Clippings, and Miscellaneous, 1947 

5 61

Nursery Schools -- Staffing, 1927-1933 

5 62

Nursery Schools -- Suggestions for Home, 1930-1933 

5 63

Parker Practice Nursery School, 1932 

5 64

Parker Practice Nursery School, 1930-1935 

5 65

State of Illinois -- Nursery School Program Guides, 1964 

5 66

Teacher's College, 1928-1932 

5 67

University of Chicago Settlement House, 1926-1939 

5 68

Winnetka -- Clippings and Award, 1929-1977 

5 69

Winnetka -- Fortieth Anniversary, 1967 

5 70

Winnetka -- History, 1927-1964 

5 71

Winnetka -- History Article, 1962 

5 72

Winnetka -- Photos, undated 

5 73

Winnetka -- Photos, 1929 

5 74

Winnetka -- Public Relations Materials, 1954 

5 75

Winnetka -- Staff Notes, 1936-1937 

5 76

Winnetka -- Women's Club Advisory Board, 1930; 1969 

5 77

Winnetka and Horizon House Nurseries, 1961-1965 

5 78

Works Progress Administration -- Association House, 1936 

5 79

Works Progress Administration -- Bulletin, 1936 

5 80

Works Progress Administration -- Bulletins, 1938 

5 81

Works Progress Administration -- Chicago Nursery Schools Report, 1936 

5 82

Works Progress Administration -- Education Program, 1938 

5 83

Works Progress Administration -- Festival of Lights, 1936 

5 84

Works Progress Administration -- Institute of WPA, 1937 

5 85

Works Progress Administration -- Nursery School Conference Bulletin, 1938 

5 86

Works Progress Administration -- Nursery School Pamphlets, 1939 

5 87

Works Progress Administration -- Nursery School Reports, 1941 

6 88

Works Progress Administration -- Nursery School Training, 1942 

6 89

Works Progress Administration -- Nursery School Training 1939-1940 

6 90

Works Progress Administration -- Parent and Teacher Exhibit, 1936 

6 91

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Baptist Missionary, ca. 1939 

6 92

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Bethlehem, 1938-1939 

6 93

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Christopher House, ca. 1939 

6 94

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- H.W. Nursery School, 1938-1939 

6 95

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Howell House, 1938-1939 

6 96

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Jewish People's Institute, ca. 1939 

6 97

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Newberry Center, ca. 1939 

6 98

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Nursery Schools, 1938-1939 

7 99

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Nursery Schools, 1938-1939 

7 100

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Nursery Schools, ca. 1939 

7 101

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Nursery Schools, ca. 1939 

7 102

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Nursery Schools, ca. 1939 

7 103

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Nursery Schools, ca. 1939 

7 104

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Nursery Schools, ca. 1939 

7 105

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Nursery Schools, ca. 1939 

7 106

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Nursery Schools, ca. 1939 

7 107

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Nursery Schools, ca. 1939 

7 108

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Nursery Schools, ca. 1939 

8 109

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Nursery Schools, ca. 1939 

8 110

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Nursery Schools, ca. 1939 

8 111

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Nursery Schools, ca. 1939 

8 112

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Skokie, ca. 1939 

8 113

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- University of Chicago Settlement House, ca. 1939 

8 114

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Wendell Phillips, ca. 1939 

8 115

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Winnetka, 1938 

8 116

Works Progress Administration -- Photos -- Winnetka, 1938 

8 117

Works Progress Administration -- Scrapbook, undated 

9 118

Works Progress Administration -- Teaching Guides, undated 

9 119

Works Progress Administration -- Teaching Guides, 1936 

9 120

Works Progress Administration -- Teaching Guides, 1936 

9 121

Works Progress Administration -- Teaching Guides, 1936 

9 122

Works Progress Administration -- Teaching Guides, 1937 

9 123

Works Progress Administration -- Teaching Guides, 1937 

9 124

Works Progress Administration -- Teaching Guides, 1938 

9 125

Works Progress Administration -- Teaching Guides, 1937 

9 126

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Series III: Research and Publications 

Box Folder

Association for Childhood Education, 1942-1949 

9 127

Case Analysis -- Skokie Nursery School, 1940 

9 128

Chicago Plan, undated 

9 129

Chicago Schools Journal, 1931 

9 130

Child Art, undated 

9 131

Clippings, 1959 

10 132

Clippings -- Parenting, 1933-1934 

10 133

Correspondence and Reviews of Painting and Personality, 1944-1947 

10 134

Early Childhood Education, 1939-1949 

10 135

Educational Research, 1922-1947 

10 136

Institute for Juvenile Research, 1926 

10 137

Junior Kindergarten, ca. 1960 

10 138

Minutes -- Nursery School Research Group, 1928 

10 139

New Era in Home and School, 1949 

10 140

New York City Committee on Mental Hygiene, 1947-1948 

10 141

Nursery School Education, 1948-1951 

10 142

Nursery School Experiment, 1922 

10 143

Photos, undated 

10 144

Photos, 1937-1939 

10 145

Photos, 1937-1939 

10 146

Photos, ca. 1937-1939 

11 147

Photos, 1939 

11 148

Photos, 1939-1942 

11 149

Photos -- Student Art Study, 1938-1940 

11 150

Photos -- Student Art Study, 1938-1940 

11 151

Photos -- Student Art Study, 1939 

11 152

Progressive Education, 1925 

11 153

Research Notes, 1944 

11 154

Research Notes, 1927-1928 

11 155

Research Notes -- Nursery Schools, 1936 

11 156

Student Sketch Book, undated 

11 157

University of Chicago Press, 1967-1969 

12 158

Writing -- Articles, 1930 

12 159

Writing -- Articles, 1930 

12 160

Writing -- Articles, 1933 

12 161

Writing -- Articles, 1935-1944 

12 162

Writing -- Articles, 1938-1939 

12 163

Writing -- Articles, 1941 

12 164

Writing -- Articles, 1943 

12 165

Writing -- Articles, 1947 

12 166

Writing -- Articles, 1947 

12 167

Writing -- Articles, 1947-1963 

12 168

Writing -- Articles, 1969 

12 169

Writing -- Articles, 1929-1960 

12 170

Writing -- Articles acknowledging Rose Alschuler, 1937-1939 

12 171

Writing -- Articles acknowledging Rose Alschuler, 1935-1937 

12 172

Writing -- Articles acknowledging Rose Alschuler, 1929-1935 

13 173

Writing -- Articles and Speeches, 1927-1930 

13 174

Writing -- Articles and Speeches, 1940-1943 

13 175

Writing -- Berta Weiss Hartwick manuscript, undated 

13 176

Writing -- Berta Weiss Hartwick, 1906-1966 

13 177

Writing -- Correspondence -- Children's Centers, 1942-1943 

13 178

Writing -- Miscellaneous, undated 

13 179

Writing -- Miscellaneous, 1931-1938 

13 180

Writing -- Notes on Pedagogy, undated 

13 181

Writing -- Promotional Materials for Published Works, undated 

13 182

Writing -- Speeches, 1940 

13 183

Writing -- "Tomorrow's Citizens" Column, 1946-1947 

13 184

Writing -- Two to Six, 1946 

13 185

Writing -- Two to Six, 1946-1947 

13 186

Writing -- Two to Six, 1946-1947 

13 187

Writing -- Two to Six, 1947 

14 188

Writing -- Two to Six -- Clippings, 1933-1939 

14 189

Writing -- Two to Six -- Events and Responses, 1933 

14 190

Writing -- Two to Six Revisions, 1947 

14 191

Writing -- Unpublished Articles, undated 

14 192

Writing -- Unpublished Articles, undated 

14 193

Writing -- Unpublished Articles, undated 

14 194

Writing -- Unpublished Articles, undated 

14 195

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Series IV: Conferences, Committees, and Other Professional Activities 

Box Folder

American Technology Society, 1958-1964 

4 196

Cabinet Playpen Patent, 1945-1947 

14 197

Encyclopedia Britannica Films, 1952-1953 

14 198

Encyclopedia Britannica Films, ca. 1954 

15 199

International Congress of Women, 1933 

15 200

Jewish Charitable Organizations, 1941-1964 

15 201

Jon Waddell, 1964-1968 

15 202

Miscellaneous Conferences, 1929-1950 

15 203

Miscellaneous Conferences, 1950 

15 204

National Association for Nursery Education, 1935-1939 

15 205

National Association for Nursery Education, 1943 

15 206

National Committee for Early Childhood Education, 1960-1967 

15 207

National Committee for Nursery Schools, 1927-1929 

15 208

National Commission for Young Children -- Budgets, Memos and Reports, 1942-1943 

15 209

National Commission for Young Children -- Literature, 1942 

15 210

Winnetka Conference on the Family, 1929 

15 211

Play Planners Toy Plan, 1944 

15 212

National Commission for Young Children, 1942 

15 213

National Commission for Young Children -- Correspondence, 1942-1943 

15 214

National Commission for Young Children -- Reports and PR Materials, 1941-1943 

16 215

National Commission for Young Children -- Publications and Writings, 1942 

15 216

Philanthropic Fund, 1964-1968 

16 217

Progressive Educational Association, 1933-1936 

16 218

Paul Rene Gauguin, 1964-1965 

16 219

Progressive Educational Association, 1935-1940 

16 220

Radio Program, 1931 

16 221

Toy of the Month Club, 1943-1944 

16 222

White House Conference on Childhood Health and Protection, 1930 

16 223

White House Conference on Childhood Health and Protection, 1930 

16 224

White House Conference on Childhood Health and Protection, 1930 

16 225

White House Conference on Childhood Health and Protection -- Chicago Regional Committee, undated 

16 226

White House Conference on Childhood Health and Protection -- Chicago Regional Committee, 1931 

16 227

White House Conference on Children and Youth, 1950 

16 228

Women's Scholarship Association, Roosevelt University, 1965-1969 

16 229

Nursery School Student Art -- Digital Images, ca. 1935 

16 230

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Series V: Media 

Box

Tapes -- Oral History Interviews, 1972 

17

Glass Lantern Slides and 8mm film, undated 

18

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Series VI: Oversized Material 

Ov.Folder

Proceedings and Poster from the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection (1930-1931), Awards (1937, 1964, 1971, and undated), Architectural drawings of the Winnetka Nursery School, Children's Sand Box, Kiddie Car Garage, and Exercise Ladder Stand (undated), 1930-1971 

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