RG10 Faculty & Staff Papers

Subgroup 6: Elizabeth C. Gilkeson papers (1920-1997)

Creator: Gilkeson, Elizabeth C.
Title: Elizabeth C. Gilkeson papers
Call #: RG10 SG6
Dates: 1920-1997

Abstract: The Elizabeth C. Gilkeson papers were generated by Gilkeson in the course of her professional life, through the mid to late twentieth century. Much of the materials concern her lead role on Bank Street College’s Children’s Programs, the School for Children, as well as her faculty position at Vassar and as founder of Poughkeepsie Day School. Gilkeson’s work was collected in notes, reports, speeches, correspondence, administrative files, and other formats.

Language of Material: English
Location: Bank Street College Archives New York, NY
Preferred Citation: Elizabeth C. Gilkeson papers, Box #, Bank Street College Archives, New York, NY

Biographical Note

Elizabeth Chapman Gilkeson graduated from Vassar College in 1924 and received her Master’s Degree from Teachers College in 1937. Gilkeson founded the Poughkeepsie Day School and served as its director from 1934 to 1949, and was a member of the faculty in the Child Study Department at Vassar from 1935 to 1949. She continued to teach at the Vassar Summer Institute until 1953. From 1949 to 1954, Gilkeson was the director of Guidance at the New Lincoln School, as well as an instructor and advisor at Bank Street.

In 1954 she became the Chair of Bank Street’s Children’s Programs, and established the Bank Street School for Children. Under her leadership, the School for Children was expanded to include students through eighth grade. She also founded the Polly Miller Child Center and the Early Childhood Center, and developed the Bank Street Follow Through model. Elizabeth Gilkeson died in 1998.

Scope and Content Note

The Elizabeth C. Gilkeson papers document her role as graduate faculty member, advisor and Chair of Children’s Programs at Bank Street College. The collection also documents her role as founder of the Poughkeepsie Day School and Vassar College faculty member.

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Complete Guide to Subgroup 6 – Elizabeth C. Gilkeson papers (pdf)

The subgroup consists of the following series.

SERIES A – Correspondence (1946-1997)

SERIES B – Lectures, Conferences, and Publications (1963-1984)

SERIES C – Faculty Affairs (1958-1987)

SERIES D – Personal and Biographical Materials (1920-1993)

SERIES E – Coursework and Student Papers (1951-1989)

SERIES F – Subject File (1965-1979)

SERIES G – Children’s Programs (1962-1988)

SERIES H – Summer Training Institute (1963-1964)

Controlled Access Headings

  • Corporate Name(s)
    • Bank Street College of Education
    • Follow Through Program (U.S.)
    • Poughkeepsie Day School
    • Vassar College
  • Genre(s)
    • Administrative records
    • Correspondence
    • Instructional and educational works
    • Notes
    • Publications
    • Reports
    • School Records
  • Geographic Name(s)
    • New York (N.Y.)
    • Poughkeepsie (N.Y.)
    • United States
  • Personal Name(s)
    • Gilkeson, Elizabeth C.
  • Subject(s)
    • Child development — New York (State) — New York
    • Child development — United States — History — 20th century
    • Education — Study and teaching
    • Educators
    • Elementary schools — New York (State)
    • Teachers colleges — Curricula — New York (State)
    • Teachers colleges — New York (State)
    • Teachers — Training of — History
    • Teachers — Training of — New York (State) — New York
    • Universities and colleges — Curricula
    • Women educators