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Merrill-Palmer Institute: Dr. Pauline Park Wilson Knapp Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002120
Knapp’s records cover day-to-day activities and long range programs, as well as the shift in emphasis the institute underwent during Knapp’s tenure. Included are programs and correspondence which highlight Knapp’s close relationship with students and supporters through which she increased the influence of Merrill- Palmer and ensured continued student enrollment. The collection also covers committees and boards Knapp served on, as well as research conducted by the Institute, as a whole.

Important Subjects: Child Therapy Community education—United States Community service Day care Education—United States Emotions in children—Study and teaching Family services—United States Higher Education and state—United States Home Economics—Study and teaching Homemakers—United States Human potential movement—Study and teaching Preschool education Skillman Center Teacher training Urban youth—Education—United States

Series Description: Series I: President’s Office Files Series II: Reports, Programs and Events Series III: Committees and Meetings Series IV: Audiovisual

Dates

  • 1950 - 1968
  • Majority of material found within 1952 - 1967

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.

Extent

23.75 Linear Feet (23 SB, 1 MB, 1 reel)

Abstract

Dr. Pauline Park Wilson Knapp was the president and director of the Merrill-Palmer Institute from 1952-1967. Knapp received her B.S. in Home Economics from the University of Kentucky and M.A. and Ph. D in Psychology from Columbia University. She established the first Child Development Center in Georgia in 1928, was head of the Department of Family and Life at the University of Alabama from 1941-45 and the Dean of the School of Home Economics at the University of Georgia from 1946-52. In 1952 she rejoined the Merrill-Palmer Institute as president, returning to the school where she was previously a student (1920s) and a staff member (1932-41). During her years as president, Knapp broadened the school’s emphasis on parent education to incorporate research on human development and increased research on applied child and family issues. Under her leadership she increased the schools scope, built two new facilities, The Program Center and the Skillman Center, and oversaw the largest increase in student enrollment and faculty appointments in the history of the institute.

Knapp’s records cover day-to-day activities and long range programs, as well as the shift in emphasis the institute underwent during Knapp’s tenure. Included are programs and correspondence which highlight Knapp’s close relationship with students and supporters through which she increased the influence of Merrill-Palmer and ensured continued student enrollment. The collection also covers committees and boards Knapp served on, as well as research conducted by the Institute, as a whole.

History

Dr. Pauline Park Wilson Knapp was the president and director of the Merrill-Palmer Institute from 1952-1967. Knapp received her B.S. in Home Economics from the University of Kentucky and M.A. and Ph.D in Psychology from Columbia University. She established the first Child Development Center in Georgia in 1928, was head of the Department of Family and Life at the University of Alabama from 1941-45 and the Dean of the School of Home Economics at the University of Georgia from 1946-52. In 1952 she rejoined the Merrill- Palmer Institute as president, returning to the school where she was previously a student (1920s) and a staff member (1932-41). During her years as president, Knapp broadened the school’s emphasis on parent education to incorporate research on human development and increased research on applied child and family issues. Under her leadership she increased the schools scope, built two new facilities, The Program Center and the Skillman Center, and oversaw the largest increase in student enrollment and faculty appointments in the history of the institute.

Arrangement

Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-14), Series 2 (Boxes 14-20), Series 3 (Boxes 20-23), and Series 4 (Box 24, reel 1). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series. Unboxed AV material (i.e. reel) is sequentially numbered by item.

Acquisition

The Pauline Knapp Records are part of the Merrill- Palmer records placed at the Walter Reuther Library in the 1980s and early 1990s, beginning in 1982.

Related Materials

Merrill-Palmer Institute Records collections

Transfers

Series IV: Audiovisual (Box 24, Reel 1) was transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kathy Makas on August 24, 2010.
Title
Guide to the Merrill-Palmer Institute: Dr. Pauline Park Wilson Knapp Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Kathy Makas.
Date
2010-08-24
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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