Vivian Paley correspondence collection
The Vivian Paley correspondence collection has been arranged into three series, one of which has been further divided into subseries. The materials are housed in three archival document boxes and one cassette tape box.
- 1986 - 2015
- Majority of material found within 1998 - 2006
- Paley, Vivian Gussin (Person)
Conditions Governing Use
2.2 Linear Feet (3 archival document boxes, 1 box of audiocassettes)
Paley was born in 1929 in Chicago. She earned a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the University of Chicago in 1947 and a B.A. in Psychology from Newcomb College in 1950. She then taught in New Orleans and later in Great Neck, New York. After receiving her M.A. from Hofstra University in 1962, she returned to Chicago where she remained for the rest of her teaching career.
Paley’s books contained her observations of and reflections about her classroom and students, primarily those at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools where she taught preschool and kindergarten for many years. To collect data, Paley made audio-recordings of her classrooms so that she could listen to and analyze the interactions that occurred. In so doing, she heard private conversations among children that helped her think about the ways young children communicate with each other. She used what she discovered to improve her teaching and children’s lives. Paley’s writings focused primarily on three major areas of concern she saw in children: fantasy, friendship, and fairness. Many educators believed that Paley’s greatest legacy is in the area of storytelling and fantasy play, which she argued could significantly impact a child’s academic and social growth.
Paley passed away on July 26, 2019.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Randy Michael Testa, 1997-2015
Subseries A: Correspondence from Paley
Subseries B: Audiorecordings of Paley
Subseries C: Manuscript
Subseries D: Ephemera, publicity, and miscellaneous
Series II: Eileen O’Donnell, 1986-2015
Series III: Celia Genishi, 2006-2014
- Finding Aid to the Vivian Paley Correspondence Collection, 1986-2015
- Julia Novakovic
- 28 October 2019
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA