Anna Gillingham Papers
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Anna Gillingham (1878-1964) was a prominent Quaker educator and author. Born in Batavia, Illinois, the daughter of Theodore Tyson and Elizabeth (Heacock) Gillingham, she attended Swarthmore and Radcliffe Collages and earned an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1910. She taught at Friends Central School in Philadelphia from 1901-05, was school psychologisrt in the Ethical Culture School in New York City from 1905-36, directed the remedial reading program at the Punahon School in Honolulu from 1936-38, and was a consultant on remedial reading after 1938. She also co-authored a book on remedial training for children with Stillman. She was co-founder of the Orton Society, a national organization promoting research and treatment of language disabilities.
The collection includes correspondence, journals and other writings of Anna Gillingham (1878-1964), prominent Quaker educator and author, who was a founder of the Orton Dyslexia Society. Also includes the correspondence of her parents, Theodore T. and Elizabeth H. Gillingham. Of particular interest in the latter are letters written by Theodore Gillingham while he was an Indian agent in Iowa and Dakota from 1881-1889.
The collection is divided into five series:
- Family Papers
- Anna Gillingham correspondence
- Miscellaneous and reference material
Gift of Mrs. Margaret Rawson, 1968-70
Gift of Mrs. Beth H. Slingerland, 1970
Gift of Mrs. Sally B. Childs.
Gift of Omie T. Diefenderfer, 1969.
Collection was given by several different donors.
When received, letters were in packets and the rest of material was unsorted. Materials were arranged in categories and placed in document boxes in Record Group 5. In 2007, the photographs in Series 4 were removed for better storage and placed in a Picture Collection, PA 142.
The following items have been removed to the Swarthmore College Library:
- A Bibliography on the Nature, Recognition and Treatment of Language Difficulties, prepared by Margaret B. Rawson for The Orton Society, Inc.
- "Pedagogical Implications of Specific Language Disability", by Anna Gillingham. Reprint from Jan. 1952 The Independent School Bulletin.
- "Prognosis in Dyslexia", by Margaret Rawson. Reprint No. 114 from Academic Therapy Quarterly, Vol.1, No. 3.
- Photographs in Series 4 removed to PA 142, Anna Gillingham Pictures. Abbreviated list of contents is described in Series 4 of this Finding Aid. More detailed inventory stored with the photographs.
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Finding Aid Author
- FHL staff
- Finding Aid Date
- ca. 1970
- Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research. Access to material in Series 7 is restricted.
- Use Restrictions
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Correspondence is between Theodore Gillingham and Elizabeth H. Gillingham, his wife. Includes:
Includes testimonials and high school and college grades.
Bessie W. Seilman was the travelling companion of Anna Gillingham. Also includes journal of travel to Hawaii, 1936-1937.
Includes letters to and from others, 1868-1925. Also Theodore Gillinghom's letters written while he was an Indian Agent in Iowa and Dakota, 1881-1889, and printed letters by T.T. Gillingham in report of Commissioner, 1874-1875.
Includes two to Anna Gillingham's grandfather, Lucas Gillingham, 1849, 1850. Also letters of condolence, 1877, 1923, 1929, on deaths of baby sister and parents.
Includes1917, 1963, 1957 (3 letters), 1935-1962 (47 letters to Beth Slingerland), by and about Bessie W. Stillman (3 letters).
On buying war savings stamps.
Vols. XIII to XVII, 1963-1967 and reprint of Vol. VI, April 1965.
Monograph, Vol 1, pub. by The Orton Society Inc.
Published by The Orton Society, Inc., Pomfret, Conn.