An Inventory of the Anna Gillingham Papers, 1849-1962

(9 boxes; 4.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/051


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Abstract
Anna Gillingham (1878-1964) was a prominent Quaker educator and author. She taught at Friends Central School in Philadelphia from 1901-05, was school psychologist 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. 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.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE 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.

TIME LINE
Jan. 11, 1836-1923 Life of father, Theodore T. Gillingham
Mar. 27, 1837-July 31, 1929 Life of mother, Elizabeth H. Gillingham
Apr. 21, 1870 Parents' marriage
1920 parents' Golden Wedding Anniversary
1877 Sister, Mary, died in infancy
July 12, 1878 Anna Gillingham born
1900 B.A. from Swarthmore College
1901 B.A. from Radcliffe
1910 M.A. Columbia
6th month 1964 Died in Ossinging, New York
Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS 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.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into five series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Dakota Indians
  • Education - Quakers
  • Gillingham Family -- Genealogies
  • Omaha Indians
  • Orton Dyslexia Society
  • Quaker - Diaries
  • Quakers -- Education
  • Quakers -- Honolulu (Hawaii)
  • Quakers -- New York City (N.Y.)
  • Reading disability
  • Speech disorders
  • Swarthmore College
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Gillingham, Anna, 1878-1964
  • Gillingham, Elizabeth H. (Elizabeth Hancock), 1837-1929
  • Gillingham, Theodore T. (Theodore Tyson), 1836-1923
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: ca. 1970
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Sponsor: Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries


Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Family papers, journals, and correspondence, 1849-1964
Correspondence is between Theodore Gillingham and Elizabeth H. Gillingham, his wife. Includes:


Gillingham family genealogy Box 1

Biographical articles of Anna Gillingham
Includes testimonials and high school and college grades.
1892-1964 Box 1

Anna Gillingham's journal, European travel 1908-1909 Box 1

Bessie W. Seilman's journals, travel to Europe
Bessie W. Seilman was the travelling companion of Anna Gillingham. Also includes journal of travel to Hawaii, 1936-1937.
1906, 1908-1909, 1911 Box 2

Correspondence between Anna's parents, Theodore T. and Elizabeth H. Gillingham
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.
1881-1903 Box 3

Reference papers kept by family
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.
1849-1929 Box 3

Ser. 2. Correspondence of Anne Gillingham, 1884-1926

Letters sent by Anna Gillingham, 1884-1926: Box 4

To her family 1884, 1889, 1890, 1895 Box 4: 1

To her parents, about freshman year at Swarthmore College 1896-1897 Box 4: 2

To her parents, about senior year at Swarthmore College 1899-1900 Box 4: 3

Fragments of letters to her parents 1899-1900, n.d. Box 4: 4

To her parents 1901-1921, n.d. with gaps Box 4: 5

Letters to parents while on trip to Europe 1908-1909 Box 4: 6

Letters to others
Includes1917, 1963, 1957 (3 letters), 1935-1962 (47 letters to Beth Slingerland), by and about Bessie W. Stillman (3 letters).
1926 Box 4a: 6

Letters received by Anna Gillingham, 1898-1926:

From her parents while at Swarthmore College 1898-1900 Box 5

From Mary S. Haviland 1899-1902 Box 6: 1

From others, besides parents 1899-1963, n.d. Box 6: 2

From parents 1901-1902 Box 6: 3

From parents 1916-1917 Box 6: 4

From parents 1918-1926 Box 6: 5

Fragments of letters, some dated Box 6: 7

Ser. 3. Writings, 1888-1916, n.d.

Poem 1888 Box 7

Poem, 1916 Box 7

Speech to school children during World War I
On buying war savings stamps.
Box 7: 1

Ser. 4. Pictorial Material, 1870s-1953

Elizabeth H. Gillingham, mother of Anna Box 7

Leilani, Anna's cat in Hawaii Box 7

Anna Gillingham's parents with Sioux Indians at the Omaha Indian Agency school 1873 Box 7

Theodore Gillingham with Indians on peace mission to Washington early 1870s Box 7

Indian teepees on the Sioux Reservation Box 7

Sioux Indian Agency, possibly the Gillingham home there 1880s Box 7

Anna Gillingham (2 copies) Box 7

Rachel Hutchinson Box 7

Ethical Culture School early 1900s Box 7

Open Air Department of the Ethical Culture School in New York City 1914 Box 7

Open Air Department 1915 Box 7

Anna Gillingham (four snapshots) Box 7

Anna Gillingham and Mary Haviland ca. 1901 Box 7

Ser. 5. Memorabilia, 1910, n.d.

Swarthmore College announcements, programs, and invitations Box 7

Columbia University documents 1910 Box 7

Miscellany Box 7

Ser. 6. Reference Material, 1963-1967, n.d.

Addresses of friends Box 8: 4

Subject notes, on cards Box 8: 4

Poetry and prose collected by Anna Gillingham Box 8: 2

The Orton Society, Inc., 1963-1967, n.d. Box 8

2 brochures Box 8

Bulletins of The Orton Society, Inc.
Vols. XIII to XVII, 1963-1967 and reprint of Vol. VI, April 1965.
1963-1967 Box 8

Dyslexia In Special Education
Monograph, Vol 1, pub. by The Orton Society Inc.
Box 8

Program of The Orton Society, Inc. annual meeting Oct. 27 & 28, 1967 Box 8

Promotional leaflets, 1966, n.d.: Box 8

for Samuel Torrey Orton's Word-Blindness in School Children Box 8

for Developmental Dyslexia, by Lloyd J. Thompson Box 8

for The Disabled Reader, edited by John Money Box 8

Word-Blindness In School Children..., by Samuel Torrey Orton, M.D.
Published by The Orton Society, Inc., Pomfret, Conn.
1966 Box 8

Ser. 7. Biographical material concerning Hyman Diamond, Swarthmore, 1931

Restricted material. For more information, consult Director of Curator of Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Box 8