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Merrill-Palmer Institute: Lawrence Kelso Frank Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UR001066_Kelso

Scope and Content

Important subjects covered in the collection are: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1955-1963 Education and Mental Health Friends World College, 1960-1968 Urban Housing Women in Society

Among the important correspondents are: Barry Commoner Morris R. Mitchell Ross L. Mooney Margaret Snyder

Series Description: Series I, Personal Files, 1930-1968, Boxes 1-6 Subseries A: General Correspondence and Background Publications, 1954-1964,: Correspondence and background reading relating to Mr. Frank's professional activities Subseries B: Friends World College, 1960-1968: Correspondence, minutes, reports, clippings and other materials relating to Mr. Frank's work as consultant to the project. Subseries C: AAAS, 1955-1963: Committee reports, minutes, clippings, and articles relating to Mr. Frank's organizational activities and scientific readings. Subseries D: Conferences, 1930-1965: Proceedings, programs and papers from conferences in various fields, including psychology, psychiatry, education and religion.

Series II, Manuscripts and Publications 1929-1968: Subseries A: Manuscripts, 1929-1968: Handwritten and typed notes, drafts and typed final manuscripts of Mr. Frank's writings, as well as printed background reading. Subseries B: Publications, 1922-1968: Reprints and other, published copies of Mr. Frank's articles, chapters, addresses and radio talks.

Dates

  • 1922 - 1968
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1968

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

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.

History

Lawrence K. Frank was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 6, 1890. He received his A.B. degree from Columbia University in 1912 and began his association with foundations that supported research in child development in 1923, working first with the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial, followed by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation (1936-1942) and the Caroline Zachry Institute of Human Development (1945-1950). During the 1920's and 1930's, he was a leader in the movement to set up child study institutes, and throughout his life, he wrote and lectured widely in education, psychology and child development. He received an honorary' degree of L.L.D. from Wayne State University in 1959. Mr. Frank died in Boston, September 23, 1968. Mr. Frank did consultation work for Merrill-Palmer, and had an association with that institution dating back the 1920's when he worked with the first director, Miss Edna Noble White. His papers, however, reflect this association only in a few published pieces. Instead, they focus on the broad scope of his publications and on two areas of professional concern: that of consultant in the planning of the establishment of a Friends World College and as committee member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Extent

6 Linear Feet (12 MB)

Abstract

Lawrence Kelso Frank was a leader in the movement to set up child study institutes in the 1920s & 1930s. Throughout his life he wrote and lectured widely in education, psychology, and child development. Frank did consultation work for Merrill-Palmer and had an association with that institution beginning in the 1920s. His papers, however, focus mainly on the broad scope of his publications and on two areas of professional concern: the establishment of a Friends World College and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-6), Series 2 (Boxes 6-12). Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Series 1 is further divided into 4 subseries and Series 2 is further divided into 2 subseries.

Acquisition

The papers of Lawrence Kelso Frank were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in January of 1982 as part of the greater Merrill-Palmer Collection.

Related Materials

Merrill-Palmer Collections

Transfers

A two volume work in Italian on urban planning: I Piani Regionale. vols 1 and 2. Ministero dei Lavori Pubblici. Roma, 1952, has been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the Merrill-Palmer Institute: Lawrence Kelso Frank Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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