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Learning Centers Project Records

Collection ID

SCRC 454

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Description

 

 

 

Collection Summary

 

Title

Learning Centers Project Records

 

Dates 

1964-1977

 

Collection ID

SCRC 454 

 

Creator

Learning Centers Project

 

Quantity

2 linear feet (6 boxes)

 

Repository

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

 

Language

Materials in English.

 

Detailed Collection Information

 

Historical Note

The Learning Centers Project was founded by educator Lore Rasmussen in 1963.  A math program that she developed at Miquon School was so successful that she began working with the Philadelphia Board of Education and the School District of Philadelphia.  She quit Miquon and started her first Learning Center at Frederick Douglass Elementary School in order to work with a population she felt was most at risk.  After the success at Douglass, she founded her program at six more schools in Philadelphia.  The Philadelphia School District used this method for many years. 

 

Description of Collection

This collection consists of administrative records, correspondence and teacher journals created during the beginning of the Learning Centers Projects first years with the School District of Philadelphia.

 

Organization and Arrangement

 

The collection is arranged into 9 series as follows:

 

Series 1: Administration & Organization, 1966-1976

Series 2: Financial, 1971-1975

Series 3: Correspondence, 1966-1977

Series 4: Publications by the Learning Centers Project, 1968-1972

Series 5: Publications about the Learning Centers Project, 1965-1973

Series 6: Projects, 1965-1976

Series 7: Subjects, 1964-1975

Series 8: Miscellaneous, 1965-1975

Series 9: Scrapbooks, 1966-1969



Series 1 contains administrative materials, meeting minutes and reports documenting the Learning Centers Project organization.

 

Series 2 contains the financial reports, specifically the Ford Foundation’s material.

 

Series 3 contains correspondence dating from 1966-1977, and is arranged chronologically.

 

Series 4 contains educational publications of the Learning Centers Project.

 

Series 5 contains publications and newsletters about the Learning Centers Project.

 

Series 6 contains projects and lesson plans organized by specific schools outlining their goals and objectives.

 

Series 7 contains teacher journals, interviews, speeches and student work.

 

Series 8 contains miscellaneous items such as a film, tv project and questionnaires.

 

Series 9 contains a scrapbook and a visitor book.

 

Patron Information

  

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991037745107903811

 

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

 

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

 

Publication and Copyright Information

The Learning Centers Project Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The donor has not assigned its rights to Temple University Libraries.  Other creators’ intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to them or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.  

 

  

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Learning Centers Project Records, SCRC 454, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

 

Administrative Information

 

Acquisition Information

Donated by Allen Banbury in May 2003.       

  

Separated Material 

Photographs have been removed to the Miscellaneous Photograph Collection (PC-49, folder 14-6).

 

 

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid prepared in December 2005 by Holly Beth Wilson, Processing Intern, Urban Archives, Temple University.

 

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in September 2020 by Holly Wilson, Processing Archivist, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University. 

        

        

Index Terms

 

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

 

Personal/Family Names:

Rasmussen, Lore May

 

Corporate Names:

Ford Foundation

Learning Centers Project

School District of Philadelphia, Pa.

 

Subjects:

Children -- Education 

Education --Elementary

Literacy

Progressive Education

 

Places:

Philadelphia, Pa.

 

Material Types:

Administrative records.

Correspondence.

Directories.

Financial records.

Minutes.

Newsletters.

Pamphlets.

Publications.

Questionnaires.

Reports.

Scrapbooks.

Speeches.

 

 

Inventory

 

Series 1: Administration & organization, 1966-1976

Series 1 contains administrative materials, meeting minutes and reports documenting the Learning Centers Project organization.

 

1          1          Administration progress reports      1966-1969

1          2          Applications, resumes, recommendations          1976               

1          3          Contracts and agreements          1976

1          4          Forms and evaluations          1967-1974

1          5          Meeting minutes          September 21, 1973

1          6          School directory information          1966

1          7          Schedules          1976

1          8          Statistics          1974

1          9          Staff meetings          1969-1975

1          10          Workshops          1969-1975              

       

 

Series 2: Financial, 1971-1975

Series 2 contains the financial reports, specifically the Ford Foundation’s material.

 

1          11          Ford Foundation’s proposal and budget      1971-1975

1          12          Ford Foundation’s proposal correspondence          1972-1975               

 

Series 3: Correspondence, 1966-1977

Series 3 contains correspondence dating from 1966-1977, and is arranged chronologically.

 

2          1          Correspondence      1966

2          2          Correspondence          1967

2          3          Correspondence          1968

2          4          Correspondence          1969

2          5          Correspondence          1970

2          6          Correspondence          1972

2          7          Correspondence          January - May, 1973

2          8          Correspondence          June - December, 1973

2          9          Correspondence          January - May, 1974

2          10          Correspondence          June - September, 1974

2          11          Correspondence          1975

2          12          Correspondence          February - August, 1976

2          13          Correspondence          September - December, 1976

2          14          Correspondence          1977

2          15          Correspondence          undated 

 

Series 4: Publications by the Learning Centers Project, 1968-1972

Series 4 contains educational publications of the Learning Centers Project.

 

3          1          Instructional guides          1968, 1972

3          2          Newsletters          1970-1971

 

Series 5: Publications about the Learning Centers Project, 1965-1973

Series 5 contains publications and newsletters about the Learning Centers Project.

 

3          3          Reviews and publications          1965-1973

 

Series 6: Projects, 1965-1976

Series 6 contains projects and lesson plans organized by specific schools outlining their goals and objectives.

 

3          4          LCP projects and programs          1969-1970

3          5          LCP goals and objectives          1967-1968

3          6          LCP goals and objectives          1970-1976

3          7          LCP goals and objectives, general          undated

3          8          Andrew Jackson School’s goals and objectives          1973

3          9          Drexel School’s goals and objectives          undated

3          10          Drexel School’s programs and projects          1969

3          11          Francis Pastorius School’s projects and programs          1967-1968

4          1          Frederick Douglass School’s goals and objectives          1973

4          2          Frederick Douglass School’s projects and programs          1974

4          3          George Clymer School’s goals and objectives          1973

4          4          George Clymer School’s projects and programs          1966

4          5          John M. Patterson School’s goals and objectives          1968

4          6          John M. Patterson School’s progress reports          1968

4          7          J. M. Rhoads School’s goals and objectives          1973

4          8          J. M. Rhoads School’s projects and programs          1974

4          9          Morton McMichael School’s goals and objectives          1971-1972

4          10          Morton McMichael School’s projects and programs          1967

4          11          Richard Wright School’s goals and objectives          1973

4          12          Thomas Durham School’s goals and objectives          1969-1970

4          13          Thomas Durham School’s projects and programs          1970

4          14          Thomas Durham School’s progress reports          1973

4          15          Thomas May Pierce School’s goals and objectives          1964

4          16          Thomas May Pierce School’s progress reports          1965

4          17          William Bishop School’s goals and objectives          undated

4          18          William Bishop School’s projects and programs          1973

4          19          W.S. Pierce School’s goals and objectives          1973

 

Series 7: Subjects, 1964-1975

Series 7 contains teacher journals, interviews, speeches and student work.

 

5          1          Branbury, Sam          1972

5          2          Banks, Rose          1967

5          3          Bazemore, Edna          1973

5          4          Bradbury, Alan          1974-1975

5          5          Bronenberg, Rose          1966

5          6          Caesar, Sandra          1973

5          7          Glenn, Lovie          1972

5          8          Glenn, Lovie          1972

5          9          Gwynn, Alice          1971

5          10          Jackson, Inez          1972

5          11          King, Noel          1972

5          12          Lewis, Tamara          1967

5          13          Matlock, Sue          1967

5          14          Melvin, Faye          1969

5          15          Rasmussen, Lore          1969-1972

5          16          Rogers, Marcia          1972

5          17          Simon, Marianne          1966

5          18          Sorkin, L.          1972

5          19          Unknown          1966

5          20          Interviews          1966-1967

5          21          Speeches          1972

5          22          Student work          1964-1966

5          23          Student work, 6th grade          1964-1966

 

Series 8: Miscellaneous, 1965-1975

Series 8 contains miscellaneous items such as a fim, tv project and questionnaires.

 

6          1          “The Children Are My Teachers” film synopsis          1965-1966

6          2          Learning Center TV Project, description          1968-1969

6          3          “Teacher to Teacher” project, questionnaires          1973-1975

6          4          Miscellaneous papers         1974       

 

Series 9: Scrapbooks, 1966-1969  

Series 9 contains a scrapbook and a visitor book.

 

6          5          “Mathematics Programs Diary” extract          1966-1967

6          6          Visitor book          1966-1969