Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies: Collections
Material in the Collection includes:
- Froebel’s Gifts and Occupations
- teaching apparatus and games by Montessori
- other objects relating to the history of Froebel College and Froebelianism
Books and Pamphlets
- Froebel’s writings in English and German including first editions of Die Menschenerziehung (The Education of Man) and the Mutter- und Kose-Lieder (Mother-Play and Nursery Songs); English and German commentaries on Froebelian ideology; texts on the kindergarten movement; texts and children’s books representing the Froebel curriculum – including Nature Study, Handwork, Block Play, Art and Drawing, Music and Movement and Story-telling
- Texts on the history and philosophy of education; texts representing distinctive approaches by other educationists, including Rousseau, Pestalozzi, McMillan, Montessori, Dewey and Steiner; historical texts on kindergarten, nursery, infant and primary education, and the history of women’s education; and key Government reports and legislation
- Texts on child development and welfare and educational psychology – including John Bowlby, Arnold Gesell, Anna Freud, Susan Isaacs, Melanie Klein, Jean Piaget, James Sully and Donald Winnicott
- Historical children’s literature, including chap-books, fiction, legends and fairytales and reading schemes
- A complete set of the Froebel Society journal Child Life and its successors the National Froebel Foundation Bulletin and Froebel Journal
- New Era – the journal of the New Education Fellowship, the key organisation for progressive education
- Archives of Froebel Educational Institute (later Froebel College), founded 1892, including administrative records, photographs, student work, reminiscences and The Link, the journal of past Froebel students
- Archives of individuals associated with the College
- Digital archive of core texts
- videos, including material on Montessori, Steiner and HighScope
- audio tapes, CDs, DVDs and slides.
The Froebel Archive collection can be searched using the Library OPAC, where its own subcatalogue is available. Not all archive materials are yet included in the electronic catalogue, but the books are on open shelves and the artefacts can be viewed on request.
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