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Silver Spring Cooperative Nursery School: Ruth Crawford-Seeger Remembered Project Collection

Abstract

Title:
Silver Spring Cooperative Nursery School: Ruth Crawford-Seeger Remembered Project Collection
Author/Creator:
Silver Spring Cooperative Nursery School: Ruth Crawford-Seeger Remembered Project Collection
Collection number:
77-1-MENC
Size:
.5 Linear Feet
Bulk dates:
1941-1975
Inclusive dates:
1854-1975
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

The Silver Spring Nursery School was a cooperative nursery school in Silver Spring, Maryland started in 1941 by a group of mothers active in the Montgomery County League of Women Voters who expanded their children's play group into a nursery school. Ruth Crawford-Seeger, notable both as a composer and collector of American folksong, became affiliated with the school in 1941 when her daughter was a student. As part of her parental cooperative duties for the school, she taught music for that academic year, but returned to the school periodically in the 1940s. The collection contains materials created between 1975 and 1976. The interviews conducted for the Project start with the era of Crawford-Seeger's ancestors in 1854 and continue into 1975 when the interviews were conducted. The interviews are with four of the mothers from the school, and notable folk musician Mike Seeger, Crawford-Seeger's son. The collection consists of oral history transcripts, audio recordings, and a subsequent draft of the graduate seminar paper composed by Betty Claire Scott based on the oral histories she collected.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Silver Spring Cooperative Nursery School: Ruth Crawford-Seeger Remembered Project Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/32167
Publication rights:

There are no restricted files in this collection. Releases for the oral histories are available in control files of Special Collections in Performing Arts.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

The Silver Spring Nursery School was a cooperative nursery school in Silver Spring, Maryland started in 1941 by a group of mothers active in the Montgomery County League of Women Voters who expanded their children's play group into a nursery school. Ruth Crawford-Seeger, notable both as a composer and collector of American folksong, became affiliated with the school in 1941 when her daughter was a student. As part of her parental cooperative duties for the school, she taught music for that academic year, but returned to the school periodically in the 1940s. Crawford-Seeger died in 1953, and the school continued until closing in 1993.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Silver Spring Cooperative Nursery School: Ruth Crawford-Seeger Remembered Project Collection contains materials created between 1975 and 1976. The interviews conducted for the Project start with the era of Crawford-Seeger's ancestors in 1854 and continue into 1975 when the interviews were conducted. The interviews are with four mothers from the school, and Crawford-Seeger's son, notable folk musician, Mike Seeger. The collection consists of oral history transcripts, audio recordings, and a subsequent draft of the graduate seminar paper composed by Betty Claire Scott based on the oral histories she collected.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Betty Claire Scott in 1976 following the completion of her graduate studies at the University of Maryland.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Bonnie Jo Dopp, February 2003, and Vincent J. Novara, April 2015.

Processing note:

Originally processed by Bonnie Jo Dopp in February 2003; re-processed by Vincent Novara in April 2015. Archival enclosures were introduced during the reprocessing and a finding aid was composed. The seminar paper was transferred from Ruth Crawford-Seeger's biography file in the Lowens Room for Special Collections into the collection in April 2015.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Pedro Gonzalez-Fernandez, April 2015.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into two series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Interviews, 1854-1975 (0.4 Linear Feet)

This series contains original and corrected typed transcripts and the recordings of oral histories on thirteen audiocassettes or on one open reel tape as conducted by Betty Claire Scott in April 1975. The contents of the discussions span 1854 through 1975. Materials are arranged chronologically by date of the interview.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Betty Wright, April 16, 1975, appx. 32 minutes, 1975 series 1box 1folder 1
Margaret Nolte, morning of April 22, 1975, appx. 55 minutes, 1975 series 1box 1folder 2
Elizabeth Vose, afternoon of April 22, 1975, appx. 50 minutes, 1975 series 1box 1folder 3
Fran Irving, April 23, 1975, appx. 50 minutes, 1975 series 1box 1folder 4
Mike Seeger, April 27, 1975, appx. 55 minutes, 1975 series 1box 1folder 5

Series 2: Ruth Crawford Seeger Remembered, c. 1976 (0.1 Linear Foot)

This series contains a photocopy with handwritten corrections of the typed draft of Betty Claire Scott's report submitted in partial fulfillment for the degree of Master in Education.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scott, Betty Claire. Ruth Crawford Seeger Remembered. Draft of seminar paper, University of Maryland, c. 1976 series 2box 1folder 6

Related Material

Silver Spring Nursery School archives, State of Maryland and Historical Collections, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Maryland (http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1442)

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

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