Guide to the Archives

RG5 Graduate Programs

Title: Record Group 5 – Graduate Programs
Call #: RG5
Dates: 1930-2005
Quantity: 26.4 cubic feet

Abstract: This record group of the institution was generated by the Cooperative School for Student Teachers (CSST) beginning in 1930. In the following eight decades of Bank Street College and predecessor, The Bureau of Educational Experiments, offices such as Admissions, Registrar, Academic Programs, and the Dean were established in support of CSST, and the subsequent Cooperative School for Teachers. Correspondence, reports, course catalogs, photographs, and other record types document the productivity of these offices.

Language of Material: English
Location: Bank Street College Archives New York, NY
Preferred Citation: Record Group 5 – Graduate Programs, Box #, Bank Street College Archives, New York, NY

Historical Note

The Cooperative School for Student Teachers (later the Cooperative School for Teachers) was started in 1930. The Bureau of Educational Experiments began the teacher-training program as a joint venture with eight other experimental schools. Student teachers worked at one of these schools Monday through Thursday and came to Bank Street for classes, seminars and conferences from Thursday afternoon through Saturday afternoon.

One of the most important experiences for student teachers was something called the “long trip” — a field visit to some distant site designed to expose teachers to new experiences. From these field trips and from other sources grew the advisement process. Unique to Bank Street, the process features a senior member of the Bank Street faculty and several student teachers in an intense personal and professional examination of what it takes to be a good teacher. Advisement remains at the core of graduate programs to this day.

In the late 1930s, the Writers Laboratory grew out of Lucy Sprague Mitchell’s Cooperative School language classes. The Writers Laboratory brought together writers and educators to produce children’s literature informed by the new educational philosophy developed at Bank Street. Writers affiliated with the Lab include Margaret Wise Brown and Maurice Sendak.

Bank Street began to offer night and weekend courses for non-matriculated students in 1946. In 1950, the Cooperative School for Teachers was certified by the Board of Regents of New York State to offer the master of science degree in education and the Bureau was renamed Bank Street College of Education to reflect this change. The core curriculum remains the training of college graduates in the teaching of nursery and elementary school children. Over the years, the graduate programs have expanded to include offerings such as Museum Education, Administration and Supervision, Guidance, and Bilingual Education.

Scope and Content Note

The Graduate Programs records (26.4 cubic feet) are comprised of eight subgroups: Office of Admissions, Office of the Registrar, Office of Financial Aid, Academic Programs, Services for Students, Faculty and Staff, Office of the Dean, and Cooperative School for Student Teachers. Included in this record group are correspondence, proposals, program planning materials, course schedules and catalogs, Cooperative School for Student Teacher student files, and photo albums and scrapbooks of early Long Trips. Access to certain records may be restricted.


The record group consists of the following subgroups and series. Select a series for further information:

Admissions Office
  • SERIES A - Correspondence and Reports (1962-1978)

    Includes internal correspondence, admissions letters written to students (1964-1968), and application and recruitment statistics and reports. Admissions letters are arranged by year, and then alphabetically within each year.

  • SERIES B – Applications

    Includes 1 blank application form, ca. 1960s.

  • SERIES C - Brochures and Prospectuses (1950s-1990s)

    Includes brochures and prospectuses distributed by the Office of Admissions to prospective students. Some contain general information about the College while others contain information about specific programs and courses of study. Arranged chronologically.

Office of the Registrar

Scope and Content Note

This subgroup contains the records of the registrar’s office, primarily from the tenure of Polly McMillan, who was registrar from 1966-1977.

  • SERIES A - Correspondence and Reports (1952 {1967-1977})

    Contains general correspondence, correspondence with students and graduates, and correspondence regarding specific courses and programs, and state certification. General correspondence is arranged chronologically, followed by specific correspondence arranged alphabetically by subject (original order retained).

  • SERIES B – Catalogs

    Includes course catalogs from 1957-2005, distributed by the Registrar’s office. Catalogs list specific course offerings for each semester, including schedules and instructors. Some summer session catalogs include New Perspectives continuing education courses as well as Graduate School courses. Catalogs are arranged chronologically.

  • SERIES C - Course Schedules (1950s-1980s)

    Includes the schedules of courses offered each semester, with dates and times and instructors.

  • SERIES D – Commencement (1953-1977)

    Consists of lists of degree candidates and notes compiled in preparation for commencement, as well as drafts of commencement programs.

Office of Financial Aid
  • SERIES A - Correspondence and Reports

    Correspondence and Reports includes an Audit of National Direct Student Loan and College Work-Study Programs from 1977.

  • SERIES B – Pamphlets

    Consists of undated financial aid pamphlets.

Academic Programs (1955 – 2002)

Scope and Content Note

This subgroup consists of records pertaining to specific programs and courses offered by the Graduate School.

  • SERIES A - Correspondence and Reports (1965 {1970-1975})

    Contains correspondence regarding the Children’s Lending Laboratory, the Guidance Program, and program certification. Also included is a program analysis of the Cary Teacher Leadership Program, and a Teacher’s Corps publication about using scrounge materials in art projects.

  • SERIES B – Individual Programs (1960-1983)

    Consists of descriptions, planning materials and other materials pertaining to individual programs within the Graduate School, such as the Long Trip, bilingual education, guidance, and special education. Arranged alphabetically by program name.

  • SERIES C - Events (1955-2002)

    Includes brochures and announcements for conferences and other events held by the Graduate School, as well as commencement announcements and programs.

  • SERIES D - Course Materials

    Includes reading lists and syllabi for courses offered from 1982-1994. Arranged alphabetically by course title.

  • SERIES E - Course Evaluations (1970 {1977-1979} 1980)

    Consists of student evaluations of courses. Arranged by semester. Original order has been retained.

Services for Students (1970 – 2005)

Scope and Content Note

This subgroup consists of records pertaining to student advisement and job placement, as well as student handbooks.

  • SERIES A - Advisement (1975, 1980)

    Contains a description of the advisement process as well as a study of the process conducted by Dorothy Bloomfield. The advisement process is a unique part of the Bank Street program, in which students are paired with faculty advisors who guide them through their course of study.

  • SERIES B – Student Manuals (1970-2005)

    Includes general student handbooks, as well writer’s manuals and a guide to the Integrative Masters Project.

  • SERIES C – Placement Office

    Includes a placement office brochure from the 1970s.

Faculty and Staff (1957 – 1996)

Scope and Content Note

This subgroup consists primarily of minutes and other records created by various faculty committees, arranged chronologically. Other limited records such as correspondence and union records are also included.

  • SERIES A - Correspondence and Reports

    Contains a memo regarding the payment of tuition by School for Children parents enrolled in graduate courses.

  • SERIES B – Faculty Meetings

    Includes minutes of faculty meetings from 1957-1959, and 1973.

  • SERIES C - Administrative Advisory Committee (1968-1977)

    Consists of minutes, agendas, notes and memoranda created by the Administrative Advisory Committee.

  • SERIES D - Child and Human Development Committee (1972-1982)

    Consists of minutes, agendas, notes and memoranda created by the Child and Human Development Committee.

  • SERIES E - Curriculum Committee (1957, 1968-1976, 1993-1996)

    Includes minutes, agendas, notes and memoranda created by the Curriculum Committee.

  • SERIES F - Fiscal Committee (1971-1978)

    Consists of minutes, agendas, notes and memoranda created by the Fiscal Committee.

  • SERIES G – Other Committees (1957{1972-1978})

    Consists of records for various ad hoc and other short-lived committees.

  • SERIES H - Other Records (1963-1976, 1996)

    Consists of general records pertaining to graduate faculty and staff, such as information for instructional staff, job descriptions, salary schedules, and union notes.

Office of the Dean

Scope and Content Note

This subgroup includes the records of the Office of the Dean. The position of dean was officially created with the arrival of Gordon Klopf in the mid-1960s, and the majority of records are from Klopf’s tenure as Dean which ended in 1980. Associate Deans Donald St. John Parsons and Anne Smith are also well-represented.

  • SERIES A - Correspondence and Reports (1966-1991)

    Includes correspondence regarding graduate programs and development, as well as correspondence with students and general correspondence of the dean and associate dean. Correspondence regarding Richard Ruopp’s reorganization of the College is located here. Reports prepared by the Dean’s Office for the Middle States Commission and New York State Board of Regents are also included. General correspondence is arranged chronologically, followed by other correspondence arranged alphabetically by subject or correspondent. Reports are arranged alphabetically.

  • SERIES B – Proposals (1967-1977)

    Includes both grant proposals submitted to various foundations as well as internal proposals for graduate programs. Arranged alphabetically.

  • SERIES C - Programs (1974-1979)

    Includes descriptions and notes pertaining to various programs within the Graduate School. Arranged alphabetically.

  • SERIES D - Faculty and Staff (1972-1979)

    Includes dean’s notes and materials pertaining to various committees and faculty meetings and the advisement process. Arranged alphabetically.

  • SERIES E - Policies (1969, 1974)

    Contains policies created by the Office of the Dean, including the Code of Protection of Academic Freedom and Due Process for Students.

  • SERIES F - Budget (1974-1977)

    Includes budgets of departments of the Graduate School and the Graduate School advertising budget and related materials. Arranged alphabetically.

  • SERIES G – Speeches and Conferences (1967-1987)

    Includes planning materials for various Graduate School conferences and events, such as the Lucy Sprague Mitchell conference and alumni reunion weekend, as well as speeches delivered by the Dean at commencement and other events. Arranged alphabetically.

  • SERIES H - Alumni Questionnaire (1970)

    Contains coded responses to a questionnaire administered to alumni as part of the Middle States accreditation process, although it was ultimately not included in a Middle States report. Original order maintained.

Cooperative School for Student Teachers (1930 – 1950)
  • SERIES A - Correspondence and Reports (1930-1949)

    Contains correspondence between CSST staff members and various cooperating schools and a report of the Writer’s Laboratory. Alphabetical by subject/correspondent.

  • SERIES B – Academic Programs (1931-1950)

    Contains brochures, catalogs and class schedules of the CSST as well as summaries and descriptions of courses offered by the CSST. Proposed plans for Masters Degree programs with NYU and Sarah Lawrence College and curriculum for teacher certification are also included, as are scrapbooks and photographs of the Long Trip. Arranged alphabetically.

  • SERIES C - Student Files (1931-1950)

    Contains student files from CSST, consisting of application materials, interview notes, evaluations of student work while at CSST, placement papers, samples of work, and correspondence. Arranged alphabetically. Includes student file of Margaret Wise Brown. (Closed file)

  • SERIES D – Faculty and Staff (1934-1950)

    Contains minutes of advisor, central staff and faculty meeting minutes, as well as executive committee and weekend conference minutes. Each committee’s minutes are arranged chronologically.

Controlled Access Headings

  • Corporate Name(s)
    • Bank Street College of Education
    • Bank Street College of Education. Graduate School
    • Cooperative School for Teachers
    • New York (N.Y.). Bureau of Educational Experiments
  • Genre(s)
    • Administrative records
    • Correspondence
    • Instructional and educational works
    • Photographs
    • Publications
    • Reports
    • School Records
  • Geographic Name(s)
    • New York (N.Y.)
    • United States
  • Personal Name(s)
    • Klopf, Gordon John, 1917-2004
  • Subject(s)
    • Educators
    • Progressive education
    • Student teachers
    • Teachers colleges — New York (State)
    • Teachers — Training of — History
    • Teachers — Training of — New York (State) — New York
    • Universities and colleges — Curricula — Catalogs
    • Universities and colleges — Graduate work