College Archives

SG2 Jessie Stanton Papers (1923-1976)

Biographical Note

Jessie Stanton was born in Brooklyn in 1887. After leaving Barnard College in 1919, Stanton taught at the City and Country School for 10 years. She then went on to organize the Mt. Kemble School in Morristown, NJ. Following her time at Mt. Kemble, she served as assistant director of the Nursery School under Harriet Johnson and took over the directorship after Johnson's death in 1934.

Stanton taught classes on child development and nursery education at Bank Street and several other institutions. She was a strong advocate for early childhood education. She worked with Dr. Benjamin Spock on The Baby Institute, a nationwide daily radio program about young children. She served on the Board of Trustees for Bank Street, as well as for other private nursery schools, daycare centers and committees. She died in 1976.


Scope and Content Note

The collection documents Jessie Stanton's professional work from 1923 until her death in 1976, and is divided into seven series. These are correspondence; lectures, transcripts, and published and unpublished writings; observations and notes; personal and biographical materials; course materials; consulting work; and press clippings.

Descriptions

Select a series below for further information.

  • SERIES A - Correspondence (1937-1974)

    Contains general correspondence in chronological order. A 1941 letter to Eleanor Roosevelt written by Stanton on behalf of the Advisory Committee on Schools for Young Children is included.

  • SERIES B - Lectures, Transcripts, and Published and Unpublished Writings (1928-1950)

    Includes articles by Stanton as well as talks and transcripts of the radio show The Baby Institute, arranged in chronological order.

  • SERIES C - Observations and Notes (1923-1943)

    Includes observation records which appear to have been taken by Stanton's students at New York University and the Vassar Summer Institute. Chronological arrangement.

  • SERIES D - Personal and Biographical Materials (1963-1976)

    Contains biographical notes written by Stanton, an invitation to, and article on the opening of New York University's Jessie Stanton Developmental Playground for Handicapped Children, and Stanton's obituary. Pamphlets on pre-schools in Europe are also included. Arranged alphabetically.

  • SERIES E - Course Materials (1942-1952)

    Includes course planning materials, copies of lectures given during classes, as well as minutes taken during class meetings. Courses at Bank Street, New York University and Louisville are represented. Arranged alphabetically.

  • SERIES F - Consulting Work (1934-1961)

    Includes records of Stanton's work with Arthurdale Nursery, Adelphi College Nursing School, Bellevue, Fresh Meadows Nursery Center and the Masters Nursery School. A final report of a trip to British nursery schools is also included. Arrangement is alphabetical.

  • SERIES G - Press Clippings (1942-1943)

    Includes press coverage of the Bank Street in the Country experiment and articles from the Parent and Child series in the New York Times Magazine.