Child Study Association of Maryland manuscript collection
This collection contains the administrative and financial records of the Child Study Association of Maryland as well as documents related to activities of the society. These records provide a clear picture of the functions of both the overseeing organization and the individual chapters.
- 1909 - 2005
- Majority of material found within 1930 - 2003
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The collection is open for research use.
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The Child Study Association of Maryland (C.S.A.) grew out the Society for the Study of Child Nature which was formed in 1888 in New York by five women who were seeking education on childrearing. The group quickly expanded across the United States with other study groups cropping up in Baltimore, Chicago, and other major cities. The society’s work focused on the philosophy and science of child development, and experts in fields such as psychology, education, and science frequently gave lectures to the groups on the latest developments and theories in their fields. The organization underwent reorganization and name changes as it expanded. In 1924, the federation of societies in different cities was organized under the title “The Child Study Association of America.”
The Maryland association was very active and led child study classes in public schools across the state. The chapters even funded and equipped a nursery school laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. As the times changed, the mission of the association adjusted. During World War II, the group focused on day care initiatives and ran summer camps. In 1945, C.S.A. began broadcasting a radio show which featured talks with child study experts, information on child-friendly community activities, and more. By the end of the 1950’s, this became an educational television show on WMAR-TV. C.S.A. was also a major proponent of kindergarten and focused its efforts on state-wide public kindergarten classes. Other community initiatives included the implementation of 911 and building playgrounds. By the early 2000’s, membership had begun to decline. While the Maryland association outlasted the national organization by almost three decades, the group folded in 2005.
6.67 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection is divided into twelve series which represent the content of the records. These series include History, Publications, Administration, Meeting Minutes, Committees, Finances, Membership and Chapters, Radio and Television Program, Publicity and News Releases, Projects, Speakers, Events, and Programs, and Miscellaneous and Oversized. They are generally organized chronologically, though some documents were removed from binders for preservation purposes. Their original order has been maintained, and the materials may not be in direct date order or strictly adhere to the series in which they are included.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Amy Bober-Schenerman, Child Study Association of Maryland President, April 10, 2005.
Scope and Contents
The collection contains the administrative and financial records of the Child Study Association of Maryland as well as documents related to activities of the society. These records provide a clear picture of the functions of both the overseeing organization and the individual chapters. They also illustrate the changing nature of the association and show its evolution from a parenting education society to a social support group for parents, primarily mothers.
Records such as the newsletters highlight the educational and legislative initiatives supported by C.S.A., including education television programming and state-supported daycares and preschools. The newsletters also provided updates on the daily functions of the group and announcements on kid-friendly events and newly released children’s books. Other records that may be of particular in interest in the collection are the C.S.A. radio show transcripts. The weekly program, which aired from 1944-1946, would focus on issues such as child health, psychology, and other parenting related topics, and reflects the parenting philosophies of the era. A decade later, C.S.A. created a television show which followed a similar format.
- Guide to the Child Study Association of Maryland manuscript collection
- Under Revision
- Lara Westwood
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- 2020-04-13: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.