RG10 Faculty & Staff Papers

Subgroup 14: Ellen Galinsky collection on Families and Work Institute (1981-2015)

Creator: Galinsky, Ellen
Title: Ellen Galinsky collection on Families and Work Institute
Call #: RG10 SG14
Dates: 1981 – 2015 [bulk: 1990 – 2012]
Quantity: 126 boxes (58.5 linear feet)

Abstract: The Ellen Galinsky collection on Families and Work Institute (FWI) was largely created over the course of FWI’s business as a non-profit organization occupying office space in New York, New York in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The materials include documentation and correspondence related to several FWI projects, Galinsky’s drafts and published professional writing for books, articles, and columns, and the writing of other FWI leadership, staff members, and external partners. Galinsky also collected her handwritten notes from conferences and meetings, as well as marginalia in her own and others’ handwriting.

Language of Material: English, Spanish, German, and French.
Location: Bank Street College Archives New York, NY
Preferred Citation: Ellen Galinsky collection on Families and Work Institute, Box #, Bank Street College Archives, New York, NY

Biographical Note

Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), helped establish the field of work and family life during the time she was at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for 25 years (1964-1989). Galinsky is a graduate of Vassar College (1964) and received her master’s degree from Bank Street College (1970). She holds honorary doctorate degrees from Marshall University and Bank Street College. She is a leading authority on work, family, and child development issues. She’s conducted research on child-care, parent-professional relationships, parental development, work-family issues, and youth voice. This theme of actionable research recurs throughout her work.

Research by Galinsky and her team is articulated in her numerous reports and publications. Her more than 100 books and reports include the best-selling Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children, and the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood. She has published over 300 articles in journals, books and magazines. She was a presenter at the 2014 White House Summit on Working Families, the 2000 White House conference on Teenagers, and the 1997 White House Conference on Child Care. She was a planner/participant of the March 2010 White House Forum. She served as the elected President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the largest professional group of early childhood educators, and she directed the Work-Life Leadership Council for The Conference Board. Galinsky has worked with numerous corporations on work-family issues, including Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, and Levi Strauss, & Co. She is a frequent speaker abroad in such countries as the United Kingdom, Australia, France, New Zealand, Germany and Sweden (see International Global Project sub-series). She has also participated in international seminars and planned international conferences. Since 2016, Ellen Galinsky has served as the chief science officer and executive director of Mind in the Making at the Bezos Family Foundation.

Historical Note

Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce, family, and community. Based in New York, New York, it was co-founded in 1989 by Ellen Galinsky and Dana Friedman. A Board of Directors was formed in the early 1990s. FWI is a preeminent think-tank and is known for being ahead of the curve, identifying emerging issues, and then conducting rigorous research that informs employers, employees, parents, teachers, states, communities, and policy makers. Work focuses on three major areas: the workforce/ workplace, youth, and early childhood. FWI research provides actionable information and practical applications.

Studies overseen by Galinsky include The Early Childhood Public Engagement Campaign (PEC), Ask the Children (ATC), Mind in the Making (MITM), and the long-running, ongoing National Study of the Changing Workforce (NSCW). Outreach projects to engage for-profit corporations include the Corporate Leadership Circle (CLC), When Work Works (WWW) campaign and award, and the Work-Life Legacy Awards (WLLA). The institute’s efforts have been funded by grants from the A. I. Mailman Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ceridian Cares Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, Ford Foundation, and Heinz Endowments. A former vice president at Bank Street, James A. Levine, and his research and education effort, The Fatherhood Project (Fatherhood), were brought under the auspices of FWI in the early 1990s. Other employees of FWI with experience at Bank Street include Communications Manager Barbara Norcia-Broms. In 2020, FWI published reports on the lives of employees with disabilities, an effective workplace index, and flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020-2021, FWI released five new reports based on the 2016 NSCW.

Many thanks to Ellen Galinsky and Christine Zarett for their contributions to the biography and history notes.

Scope and Contents Note

To search and read detailed descriptions of the series, sub-series, and lists of folder titles within each sub-series, click the following link to access the guide for the entire subgroup.

Complete Guide to Subgroup 14 – Ellen Galinsky collection on Families and Work Institute (pdf)

The work of Ellen Galinsky and the business of Galinsky and her colleagues at Families and Work Institute sometimes overlapped or were oftentimes contiguous with one another. This way of working is represented in the scope of the collection. The collection consists of the following two series, largely based on disposition of the materials before arriving at Bank Street College Archives:

Series A – Ellen Galinsky Papers, 1981 – 2015, bulk: 1989 – 2014

This series consists of several sub-series, mainly arranged by topic or project. In a few instances, the format of the material determined the sub-series. The material was primarily created, collected, and filed by Ellen Galinsky for her work at Families and Work Institute, as well as for her work independent of FWI.

Series B – Families and Work Institute Papers, 1989 – 2015, bulk: 1990 – 2014

This series consists of ten sub-series. The material represents select work of Families and Work Institute, and was created, collected, and filed by Ellen Galinsky, her colleagues, and the staff of FWI at the offices of FWI.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Bank Street College Archives by Ellen Galinsky in 2016.
Accession number: 2016.01.

Processing Information

An inventory of boxed file folders was created at the residence of Ellen Galinsky. Additionally, a select inventory of file folders within file cabinets was created at the office of Families and Work Institute. These inventories were created and compiled by Christine Zarrett in 2015.
Archivist Brett Dion processed the collection over several months in each of the years from March, 2018 to January, 2022.

Controlled Access Headings

  • Corporate Name(s)
    • Families and Work Institute
    • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Genre(s)
    • Audio visual materials
    • Books
    • Correspondence
    • Instructional and educational works
    • Manuscripts
    • Notes
    • Publications
    • Reports
  • Geographic Name(s)
    • New York (N.Y.)
    • United States
  • Personal Name(s)
    • Bond, James T.
    • Friedman, Dana E.
    • Galinsky, Ellen
    • Levine, James A.
  • Subject(s)
    • Boards of directors — United States
    • Child care consultants
    • Child care services
    • Child development
    • Child development — Case studies
    • Child development — Research
    • Child development — Research — United States
    • Child rearing
    • Child welfare — Research
    • Early childhood educators
    • Educators
    • Faculty (Education)
    • New York (N.Y.)
    • Parenting
    • Proposal writing in research
    • Report writing
    • Research grants
    • Teachers colleges
    • Work and family
    • Work and family — Europe
    • Work and family literature
    • Work and family — United States
    • Work environmen
    • Youth