Child Study Association of Maryland Manuscript Collection, 1909-2005, MS 3176

Finding Aid to the Child Study Association of Maryland Manuscript Collection,

1909-2005, MS 3176  

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary 

Title

Child Study Association of Maryland Manuscript Collection

Creator

Child Study Association of Maryland

Call number

MS 3176

Inclusive dates

1909-2005

Bulk dates

1930-2003

Extent

16 boxes; 209 folders

Abstract

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.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Amy Bober-Schenerman, Child Study Association of Maryland President, April 10, 2005

Accession number

7017

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, August, 2015

Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content

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.

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.

Container List

Contents 

Dates 

Box 

Folder 

Series I: History 

 

 

 

Child Study Pre-1924-2000's

ca. 2003

1

1

Historian's Files

no date; 1931-1973

1

2

Historian's Files

1974-1999

1

3

Newspaper clippings

no date; 1950-1982

1

4

Awards

no date; 1989

1

5

Stationary and letterheads

no date

1

6

Logo

1983

1

7

C.S.A. pins

1993-2001

1

8

Bumper stickers

no date

1

9

Series II: Publications 

 

 

 

Child Study pamphlets

no date

1

10

Child Study publications

1953-1974

1

11

Child Study cookbooks

no date; 1983

1

12

Child Study newsletter

1936-1948

1

13

Child Study newsletter

1949

1

14

Child Study newsletter

1950-1951

1

15

Child Study newsletter

1956-1959

1

16

Child Study newsletter

1960-1969

1

17

Child Study newsletter

1970-1974

1

18

Child Study newsletter

1975-1976

2

19

Child Study newsletter

1977-1978

2

20

Child Study newsletter

1979

2

21

Child Study newsletter

1980

2

22

Child Study newsletter

1981

2

23

Child Study newsletter

1982

2

24

Child Study newsletter

1983

2

25

Child Study newsletter

1984

2

26

Child Study newsletter

1985-1986

2

27

Child Study newsletter

1987-1988

2

28

Child Study newsletter

1989

2

29

Child Study newsletter

1990-1993

2

30

Child Study newsletter

1993-1995

2

31

Child Study newsletter

1996-1997

2

32

Child Study newsletter

1998-1999

2

33

Child Study newsletter

2000-2003

2

34

Series III: Administration 

 

 

 

By-laws

no date; 1949-1962

3

35

By-laws

1972-1981

3

36

By-laws

1989

3

37

C.S.A. handbook

ca. 1990

3

38

Annual report

1944-1974

3

39

Self-evaluation and proposed expansion

1949

3

40

Restructuring plans

1995-2003

3

41

Organizational chart

ca. 2000

3

42

Chapter chairman files

1946-1950

3

43

Leadership training

1948-1966

3

44

Advisory Board

no date; 1969-1973

3

45

Advisory Board

1974-1975

3

46

Advisory Board

1976-1979

3

47

President's Book for Board Members

2002-2003

3

48

President's Book for Board Members: Rosters-Executive Board, Chapter Presidents

2002-2003

3

49

President's Book for Board Members: Programming

2002-2003

3

50

President's Book for Board Members: New Member Packet

2002-2003

3

51

President's Book for Board Members: Financial

2002-2003

3

52

President's Book for Board Members: Flyers

2002-2003

3

53

President's Book for Board Members: C.S.A. notices

2002-2003

3

54

Series IV: Meeting Minutes 

 

 

 

Class for the Study of Child Nature meeting minutes

1909

3

55

Class for the Study of Child Nature meeting minutes

1911

3

56

Class for the Study of Child Nature meeting minutes

1913

4

57

Class for the Study of Child Nature meeting minutes

1916

4

58

Class for the Study of Child Nature/Federation for Child Study Chapter V meeting minutes

1918-1925

4

59

Class for the Study of Child Nature/Federation for Child Study Chapter V meeting minutes

1918-1925

4

60

Class for the Study of Child Nature/Federation for Child Study Chapter V meeting minutes

1918-1925

4

61

Executive Committee of the Board of Directors meeting minutes

1946-1957

4

62

Board of Directors meeting minutes

1946

4

63

Board of Directors meeting minutes

1947

4

64

Board of Directors meeting minutes

1948

4

65

Board of Directors meeting minutes

1949

4

66

Board of Directors meeting minutes

1950

4

67

Board of Directors meeting minutes

1951

4

68

Board of Directors meeting minutes

1952-1956

4

69

Board of Directors meeting minutes

1957

4

70

Board of Directors meeting minutes

1958-1960

4

71

Board of Directors meeting minutes

1961-1965

4

72

Board of Directors meeting minutes

1973-1979

4

73

Board of Directors meeting minutes

1973-1979

4

74

Board of Directors meeting minutes

1973-1979

4

75

Board of Directors meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.

1980-1989

5

76

Board of Directors meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.

1980-1989

5

77

Board of Directors meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.

1980-1989

5

78

Board of Directors meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.

1980-1989

5

79

Board of Directors meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.

1980-1989

5

80

Board of Directors meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.

1990-2000

5

81

Board of Directors meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.

1990-2000

5

82

Board of Directors meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.

1990-2000

5

83

Board of Directors meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.

1990-2000

5

84

Board of Directors meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.

2000-2003

5

85

Series V: Committees 

 

 

 

Personnel Committee

1945-1947

5

86

Personnel Committee

1948-1951

5

87

Special Planning Committee

1948-1949

5

88

Daycare Committee

no date; 1946-1951

5

89

Preschool and Adult Education Committee

1951-1952

6

90

Reorganization Committee

1955

6

91

Legislative Committee

1986

6

92

Legislative Committee

1987

6

93

Video Presentation Committee

1986

6

94

Legacy Committee

2005

6

95

Legacy Committee

2005

6

96

Series VI: Finances 

 

 

 

Charter and tax forms

1957-2000

6

97

Community Chest Funding

1945-1949

6

98

Community Chest Funding

1950-1951

6

99

Financial documents

1940-1942

6

100

Financial documents

1940-1942

6

101

Financial documents

1940-1942

6

102

Financial documents

1944-1946

6

103

Financial documents

1947-1958

6

104

Financial documents

1961-1962

6

105

Financial documents

1967-1980

6

106

Financial documents

1981-1983

7

107

Financial documents

1988-2000

7

108

Financial documents

2000

7

109

Financial documents

2001

7

110

Treasurer's Reports

1958-1962

7

111

Chapter Treasurer

1990-2000

7

112

Fundraising

no date; 1961-2002

7

113

Grants

2000

7

114

Donations by C.S.A.

no date; 1986-2004

7

115

Series VII: Membership & Chapters 

 

 

 

Membership Acquisition and Retention Manual

ca. 1983

7

116

Membership files

no date

7

117

Membership files

no date

7

118

Membership, new chapters, etc.

1933-1989

7

119

Membership, new chapters, etc.

1990

7

120

Membership, new chapters, etc.

1992-2005

7

121

Chapter surveys

no date

7

122

Year-End Survey

1998

7

123

Chapter Histories

1962

7

124

Chapter Directory of Monthly Meetings

1986-1987

7

125

Library List

1976

7

126

Rosters

no date

7

127

Rosters

1947-1962

7

128

Rosters

1962-1973

8

129

Rosters

1974-1977

8

130

Rosters

1977-1982

8

131

Rosters

1982-1987

8

132

Rosters

1988-1995

8

133

Rosters

1997-2003

8

134

Chapters #

1991-2000

8

135

Chapters A

1983-1999

8

136

Chapters B-Ca

1955-2000

8

137

Chapter 5

1967

8

138

Chapter 85

1947-1966

8

139

Chapter 110

1925

8

140

Chapters Ci-Cz

1952-2001

8

141

Chapters D

1985-2000

8

142

Chapters F-Fh

1986-2000

8

143

Chapters Fo-Fz

1952-2000

8

144

Chapters G

1986-1989

8

145

Chapters H

1955-2000

8

146

Chapters I-J

1952-1997

9

147

Chapters K-Kids &

1986-1991

9

148

Chapter Kids are People Too

1986-2001

9

149

Chapters Kids b-Kz

1986-1991

9

150

Chapters L

1955-1991

9

151

Chapters M

1986-2000

9

152

Chapters N-O

1952-1991

9

153

Chapters P-Q

1952-1991

9

154

Chapters R

1986-2002

9

155

Chapters S

1952-1992

9

156

Chapters T

1955-2000

9

157

Chapters U (including unnamed/unknown)

1952-1993

9

158

Chapters W-Woq

1948-1991

9

159

Chapter World of Wonder

1986-1989

9

160

Chapter World of Wonder newsletter

1985-1987

9

161

Chapter World of Wonder newsletter

1987-1988

9

162

Chapters X-Z

1986

9

163

Natalie Hoffman Award

1979-2005

10

164

Myrtle Adelberg Award

1983-1995

10

165

Myrtle Adelberg Award

1996-2001

10

166

Member of the Year Award

1993-2001

10

167

Series VIII: Radio and Television Programs 

 

 

 

Radio program scripts

1944

10

168

Radio program scripts

1945, January-February

10

169

Radio program scripts

1945, March-April

10

170

Radio program scripts

1945, May-December

10

171

Radio program scripts

1946, January

10

172

Radio program scripts

1946, February-April

10

173

Child Study television series

1956-1976

10

174

Series IX: Publicity and News Releases 

 

 

 

Publicity

no date

10

176

News releases

no date; 1986-1996

10

177

Series X: Projects 

 

 

 

Schools Against Violent Environments

no date

10

178

Project ENABLE

1966

10

179

Literacy fundraisers/donation drives

2001

10

180

Quilt project

2002

10

181

Series XI: Speakers, Events, and Programs 

 

 

 

Speakers

No date

10

182

Speakers Directory

no date; 1962-1969

10

183

Speakers Directory

1978

10

184

Speakers Directory

1982

11

185

Speakers Directory

1992

11

186

Speakers Directory

1996

11

187

Speakers Directory

1998

11

188

Speakers Directory

2002

11

189

Programming

no date; 2002

11

190

Programs and Meetings: Evaluation and expansion

1946-1953

11

191

Programs and Meetings: Chapter programs

1946-1953

11

192

Programs and Meetings: Program planning, chairman meetings

1946-1953

11

193

Programs and Meetings: Financial data

1946-1953

11

194

Programs and Meetings: Publications and publicity

1946-1953

11

195

Programs, meetings, and events

1943-1969

11

196

Programs, meetings, and events

1970-1994

11

197

Programs, meetings, and events

1995-2002

11

198

Family Fair

no date; 1989-1993

11

199

Annual Luncheon/Dinner planning and invitations

no date; 1934-1970

11

200

Annual Luncheon/Dinner planning and invitations

1971-1987

11

201

Annual Luncheon/Dinner planning and invitations

1988-1989

11

202

Annual Luncheon/Dinner planning and invitations

1990-1991

12

203

Annual Luncheon/Dinner planning and invitations

1992-1998

12

204

Annual Luncheon/Dinner planning and invitations

1999

12

205

Annual Luncheon/Dinner planning and invitations

1999-2000

12

206

Series XII: Miscellaneous and Oversized 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

no date; 1917-1998

12

207

C.S.A. tee shirt

no date

13

 

Computer disks

ca. 1990's

13

 

Gavel

no date

13

 

C.S.A. stamps and letterpresses

no date

13

 

C.S.A. mug

no date

13

 

C.S.A. visor

no date

13

 

Clippings and awards

no date; 1952-1993

14

208

C.S.A. banner

2005

14

 

Family Tree needlepoint

no date

14

 

C.S.A. history posters

ca. 2005

15

 

Final Thoughts

2005

16

209

President’s Reflections

2005

16

209

Honors and awards

No date; 1975-2005

16

 

Receipt books

1925-1978

16

 

 

 

Games