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Council on Early Childhood Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: WSOH001300
Collection consists of transcripts of 26 oral history interviews with Detroit-area child care and child development pioneers, as well as related audio and video recordings. It is uncertain whether recordings exist for all interviews.
The following individuals were interviewed, some of whom in turn served as interviewers for others: Arlene Altman, Ethel Childs Baker, Louise Sally Brown, Esther Callard, Leslie De Pietro, Florence Duhn, Alva Dworkin, Marion Edman, Sharon Elliott, Arthur Enzmann, Mary and Don Frew, David C. Hollister, Nicholas Hood, Teola Hunter, Kaye Koulouras, Anne Linn, Josephine Love, Ginny McCaig, Susie McCarroll, Elenora Moore, Keith Osborn, Bert Pryor, Carole Quarterman, Annmarie Roeper, Marjorie Sanger, Dave Weikert, and David Wineman. Interviewers were oral history project committee members Ethel Childs Baker, Louise Sally Brown, Alva Dworkin, Sharon Elliott, Charlene Firestone, Mary Frew, Ginny McCaig, Emma Shiefman, and Joan Weisman.

Dates

  • 1986 - 1997

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: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law. No release exists for the Lowell Barrager Oral History in this collection. Permission to quote from or publish from this oral history must be obtained from the interviewee.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet ((3 MB). ) : Contains 26 printed transcripts, 7 VHS tapes, 6 audiocassettes, and 1 open reel tape.

Abstract

The Council on Early Childhood, part of the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University, conducted an oral history project from the mid-1980s through mid-1990s intended to capture the memories and experiences of pioneers in child care, child development, and early childhood education in metropolitan Detroit, interviewing 26 experts in the field. Louise L. Sally Brown, director of the Council, convened a committee to manage and conduct the oral history, with Charlene Firestone also a project coordinator. Part one of the project culminated in 1990 with the publication of the book by Janet Langlois, Serving Children Then and Now: An Oral History of Early Childhood Education and Day Care in Metropolitan Detroit and a second part continued to create oral histories for several more years. Collection consists of transcripts of 26 oral history interviews with Detroit-area child care and child development pioneers, as well as related audio and video recordings. In addition, a video recording and biographical leaflet exists for an interview with David Wineman.

History

The Council on Early Childhood, part of the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University, conducted an oral history project from the mid-1980s through mid-1990s intended to capture the memories and experiences of pioneers in child care, child development, and early childhood education in metropolitan Detroit, interviewing 26 experts in the field. Louise L. Sally Brown, director of the Council, convened a committee to manage and conduct the oral history, with Charlene Firestone also a project coordinator. Part one of the project culminated in 1990 with the publication of the book by Janet Langlois, Serving Children Then and Now: An Oral History of Early Childhood Education and Day Care in Metropolitan Detroit, and a second part continued to create oral histories for several more years.

Arrangement

Transcripts are arranged by interview number, which corresponds to alphabetical arrangement by interviewee last name. Audiovisual materials are unarranged in box and most of them are not identified by interviewee name.

Acquisition

Portions donated by Virginia McCaig in 1998, with additional materials accrued as part of Wayne State University Center for Urban Studies Council on Early Childhood Records.

Related Materials

Wayne State University Center for Urban Studies Council on Early Childhood Records

Transfers

Additional photographic images from the Council on Early Childhood, some but not all of them pertaining to the oral history project, are housed separately with the Center for Wayne State University Center for Urban Studies Council on Early Childhood Records. These records also contain administrative materials relating to the oral history project.

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Additional processing and finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on March 31, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Council on Early Childhood Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-03-31
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-02-25: Inventory added by Ciera Casteel.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA