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Lella Gandini early childhood and children's folklore collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
2014.gandini
Finding Aid Author
Julia Novakovic
Finding Aid Date
25 February 2016
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Dates

  • 1645 – 2012 (Creation)
  • 1978 – 1996 (Creation)

Extents

  • 13.5 Linear Feet (Whole)

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Notes

  • Abstract

    The Lella Gandini early childhood and children’s folklore collection are a compilation of research notes, presentations, scholarly articles, and other documents created or used by Lella Gandini throughout her education career.

  • Language

    Documents in this collection are in various languages, including English, Italian, Spanish, and French. Materials in languages other than English will be denoted in the Contents List section of this finding aid.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    This collection is open for research use by staff of The Strong and by users of its library and archives. Though the donor has not transferred intellectual property rights (including, but not limited to any copyright, trademark, and associated rights therein) to The Strong, she has given permission for The Strong to make copies in all media for museum, educational, and research purposes.

  • Custodial History

    The Lella Gandini early childhood and children’s folklore collection was donated to The Strong in three shipments (one each in November 2012, September 2013, and March 2015) as a gift from Lella Gandini, also known as Elena Gandini Little. The papers were received from Gandini and accessioned by The Strong under Object IDs 112.6693, 114.31, and 115.470. (The 2012 and 2013 accessions also included more than 300 books on childhood and children’s folklore from Gandini.)

  • Preferred citation for publication

    Lella Gandini early childhood and children’s folklore collection, Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong

  • Biographical Note

    Lella Gandini (Elena Gandini Little), EdD, is the United States Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach. She has been in the early childhood education field for nearly four decades.

    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.

  • Collection Scope and Content Note

    The Lella Gandini early childhood and children’s folklore collection contains research notes, presentations, reference materials, journal and magazine articles, and other documents created or used by Lella Gandini throughout her career in early childhood education. The bulk of the materials are from Gandini’s research between 1978 and 1996. Documents in this collection are in various languages, including English, Italian, Spanish, and French; materials in languages other than English will be denoted in brackets in the Contents List section of this finding aid.

    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.

  • Related Materials

    The Lella Gandini early childhood and children’s folklore collection in the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong holds over 300 books on childhood development, early childhood education (especially the Reggio Emilia approach), and folklore.

  • 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

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    Lella Gandini early childhood and children's folklore collection

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