Lella Gandini early childhood and children's folklore collection
The Lella Gandini early childhood and children’s folklore collection is arranged into three series, one of which has been further divided into subseries. The materials are housed in 23 archival document boxes and one oversized folder.
- 1645 - 2012
- Majority of material found within 1978 - 1996
- Gandini, Lella (Teacher, Person)
Conditions Governing Use
13.5 Linear Feet (23 boxes)
Gandini attended traditional schools in her native Italy and developed an interest in progressive education. In 1976, Gandini began collaborating on articles in Zerosei magazine, directed by Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the Reggio Emilia approach. Fluent in both Italian and English, Gandini studied at Smith College in Massachusetts, receiving her Master’s degree in child study. She earned her EdD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1988 with a dissertation on children’s bedtime rituals. Gandini also compared studies of children’s learning environments in Italy and America, presenting these observations at conferences and in scholarly articles. She conducted research, taught, and consulted on various childhood development topics. Gandini authored many articles and book chapters; she served as the co-editor on the comprehensive title Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education (1993).
Gandini specializes in early childhood education, bedtime rituals, children’s fears, folklore, nursery rhymes, and parent-teacher-child relationships.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Research and reference materials, 1645-1993
Subseries A: Folklore, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes
Subseries B: Bedtime environments and rituals
Subseries C: Children and fashion
Subseries D: Children’s fears
Subseries E: History of childhood
Subseries F: Other research and reference materials
Series II: Professional development documents, c. 1970s-1996
Series III: Selected publications, 1971-2012
- Child care -- Italy
- Child care -- United States
- Child development
- Children's bedtime
- Early childhood education -- Italy
- Early childhood education -- Philosophy
- Early childhood education -- United States
- Education, Preschool
- Edwards, Carolyn P.
- Fashion -- History
- Fear in children -- Study and teaching.
- Folklore and children
- Reggio Emilia approach (Early childhood education)
- Smith College
- University of Massachusetts (Amherst campus)
- Finding Aid to the Lella Gandini Early Childhood and Children's Folklore Collection, 1645-2012
- Julia Novakovic
- 25 February 2016
- Description rules
- 24 February 2016: Orig. January 2014; revised to add 2015 accession lot.
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA