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Marilyn Church Collection

 Collection 0074-MDHC

Marilyn Church was a professor in the Department of Early Childhood-Elementary Education and served as director of the Center for Young Children at the University of Maryland at College Park. Her papers relate to various aspects of early childhood education and concern primarily the teaching career of Esther G. Cristy and the film collaboration projects of James L. Hymes.


  • 1909-1960

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


1.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The items in the Marilyn Church Collection date from 1909 to approximately 1960. The collection consists of scrapbooks, notebooks, and a toy from Esther G. Cristy and a photograph of a kindergarten class. Also included are five 16mm educational films which were made with the collabortion of James L. Hymes, Jr., who was a professor of education at the University of Maryland.


Marilyn Church was born and raised in Iowa, and between 1945 and 1954, she taught at several kindergartens and public schools in Iowa and Nebraska. She then served as Head Teacher at a nursery in Mason City, Iowa, until she entered Indiana University in 1959. She received her B.S. in elementary education in 1962, and continued her studies, taking her M.S. the next year and becoming a member of the Pi Lambda Theta Honorary Society for women in education. In 1969, she received her Ed. D. in educational psychology, also from Indiana University. Throughout her graduate studies, she continued teaching, serving as an instructor at both Indiana University and Central Missouri State University. In 1969 she came to the University of Maryland and taught as an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Head Start Regional Office, the Department of Early Childhood-Elementary Education, and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She has also served as the Director of the Center for Young Children of the University of Maryland at College Park.


The collection has been divided into two series.

  1. Series 1: Esther Cristy
  2. Series 2: Films

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Marilyn Church Collection was donated to the University of Maryland College Park Libraries by Marilyn Church in 1988.

Related Material

Materials relating to early childhood education may also be found in the archives of the Association for Childhood Education International in the holdings of the Historical Manuscripts and Archives Department.

Separated Material

Books Transferred from the Marilyn Church Collection to the ACEI Book Collection

  1. Dolch, Edward W., Marguerite P. Dolch, and Beulah F. Jackson. Famous Stories for Pleasure Reading. Champaign, IL: Garrard Press, 1955.
  2. Dressel, Herman, M. Madilene Verenka, and May Robbins. The Laidlaw Readers Primer. Chicago: Laidlaw Brothers, 1916.
  3. Eliot, Henrietta R. and Susan E. Blow. The Mottoes and Commentaries of Friedrich Froebel's Mother Play. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1899.
  4. Blow, Susan E., ed. The Songs and Music of Friedrich Froebel's Mother Play. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1901.
  5. Jarvis, Josephine, trans. Friedrich Froebel's Education by Development. New York: D. Appleton and Compnay, 1900.
  6. Jarvis, Josephine, trans. Friedrich Froebels' Pedagogies of the Kindergarten. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1900.
  7. Hale, Edward Everett. The Hale Literary Readers, Book One. Yonkers-on-Hudson, New York: World Book Company, 1925.
  8. International Kindergarten Union. The Kindergarten: Reports of the Committee of Nineteen on the Theory and Practice of the Kindergarten. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1913.
  9. Mitchell, Lucy Sprague. Another Here and Now Story Book. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1937.
  10. Mitchell, Lucy Sprague. Here and Now Story Book: Two-through Seven-year olds. New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1948.
  11. Rickoff, Rebecca D. Appletons' Chart-Primer. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1885.
  12. Riley, James Whitcomb. Riley Child-Rhymes. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1905.
  13. Wiltse, Sara E. Kindergarten Stories and Morning Talks. Boston: Ginn & Company, 1890.

Processing Information

The materials in the collection have been divided into two series. Metal paper clips have been removed. Acid-free paper has been placed between the leaves of the scrapbooks to prevent acid migration. The scrapbooks and notebooks have been placed in acid-free folders in an acid-free box. The photograph has been transferred to the Photograph Collection. Childrens' books and reference sources on early childhood education originally included in the collection have been transferred to the Rare Books and Literary Manuscripts Department as part of the Association for Childhood Education International book collection (ACEI book numbers 675-687); a listing of these materials is appended to this guide. All films have been transferred to the Film Collection.

Guide to the Marilyn Church collection
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Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742