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Alice Meckley papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 118.10130
The Alice Meckley papers are a compilation of original recordings, research, observations, notes, charts, data, and other information created or recorded by Dr. Alice Meckley during her career in early childhood education and play studies. Original research data includes video- and audio-recordings of preschoolers at play, along with associated surveys, field notes, and charts. The bulk of the materials are dated between 1990 and 1994, during Meckley’s PhD dissertation research project and subsequent thesis.

The Alice Meckley papers have been arranged into two series. The materials are housed in four archival document boxes, one oversized document box, three floppy disk boxes, and two audiovisual storage boxes.


  • 1987 - 2004
  • Majority of material found within 1990 - 1994



The materials in this collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Audiovisual materials and floppy disks in this collection require advanced notice for access.

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.


6 Linear Feet (5 archival document boxes, 3 floppy disk boxes, 2 audiovisual storage boxes)


The Alice Meckley papers contain original dissertation research data, notes, recordings, and other professional papers from Dr. Alice Meckley. The bulk of the materials are from 1990-1994.

Biographical Note

Alice Meckley, PhD, is a Professor Emerita of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania. She has been in the early educational field for more than three decades.

Meckley received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 under the mentorship of Brian Sutton-Smith. She worked at Millersville University for 30 years, where she served as an academic advisor, supervised student field experiences, and made valuable contributions to the Millersville community. Meckley retired in 2010 but remains active as a teacher, scholar, and consultant on play and children. She has been a committed member of the International Council for Children’s Play (ICCP), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and The Association for the Study of Play (TASP).

System of Arrangement

Series I: Dissertation research and data, 1990-1994

Series II: Organizations and other professional materials, 1987-2004 and n.d.

Custodial History

The Alice Meckley papers were donated to The Strong in November 2018 as a gift of Alice Meckley. The papers were accessioned by The Strong under Object ID 118.10130 and were received from Meckley in 3 boxes and 1 bin.

Processed by

Julia Novakovic, April 2023
Finding Aid to the Alice Meckley Papers, 1987-2004
Julia Novakovic
27 April 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository

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