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Merrill-Palmer Institute: Armin Grams Records

Identifier: UR001066_Grams

Scope and Content

The papers of Armin Grams reflect his position at the Merrill-Palmer Institute where he supervised and colaborated with a number of staff members whose papers are included in his files: J. Chantiny, I. Echols, F. Gould and C.S. Rothschild. Included in the Grams papers are the Paul Grams files. Paul was the son of Armin Grams. His papers indicate that he worked as editor of various Merrill-Palmer publications from 1975-77, and also worked as communications coordinator.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: ASSIST, School Age Laboratory, Recruiting, UNIPACS, Parent-Child relations, Sex education, Family and Society, School age laboratory

Among the important correspondents are: Calvin J. Storley, Michael D. Ursdan

Series Description: Series 1, Armin Grams, Office Papers, 1962-1970: Correspondence, papers and printed materials related to A.Grams work as head of the Human Development Department of the Merrill-Palmer Institute. Also the papers of the ASSIST Center and office papers of staff members: J. Chantiny, I. Echols, F. Gould and C.S. Rothschild.

Series 2, Paul Grams, Papers, 1975-77: Correspondence and other printed materials relating to P. Grams work as editor of various Merrill-Palmer Institute publications and as communications coordinator. Literary papers relating to the publications Are included.


  • 1962 - 1977
  • Majority of material found within 1962 - 1965


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


Armin Grams was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 20, 1924. He received a B.S. in Education from Concordia Teachers College in 1945, a M.A. at DePaul University in 1947 and a Ph.D in Child Development at Northerstern University in 1952 and attended Northwestern Theological Seminary in 1958-59. He was a teacher and principal in elementary schools in Chicago, 1945-49; was Assistant Professor of Education and Psychology at DePaul University 1949-55; Associate Professor of Psychology at Wisconsin State College, LaCross 1955-57; Instructor in Child Development University of Minnesota 1957-62; Head of the Human Development Programat the Merrill-Palmer Institute 1962-71; Professor of Early Childhood and Human Development, University of Vermont 1971. His professional interests were in developmental psychology, parent-child relations, and child rearing. He was a member of many professional societies and published many articles in journals. He was the author of a number of books in the parent-child field.


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Armin Grams was an educator specializing in developmental psychology, parent-child relations, and child rearing. He taught at several American universities, including his tenure as Head of the Human Development Program at the Merrill-Palmer Institute. His records reflect this position where he supervised and collaborated with a number of staff members whose papers are included. The files of his son, Paul Grams, which reflect his work as editor of various Merrrill-Palmer publications and as communications coordinator from 1975-1977, are also included.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-6), and Series 2 (Boxes 6-7). Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Other Access Aids

Finding aid also available as a pdf file.


The Merrill-Palmer Institute Collection was placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in January of 1982 and were opened for research in May of 1989. The Grams papers are part of the Merrill-Palmer Institute Administration Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in May 1989.
Guide to the Merrill-Palmer Institute: Armin Grams Records
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Repository Details

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