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Silver Spring Cooperative Nursery School: Ruth Crawford-Seeger Remembered Project Collection

 Collection 0206-SCPA
The Silver Spring Nursery School was a cooperative nursery school in Silver Spring, Maryland started in 1941 by a group of mothers active in the Montgomery County League of Women Voters who expanded their children's play group into a nursery school. Ruth Crawford-Seeger, notable both as a composer and collector of American folksong, became affiliated with the school in 1941 when her daughter was a student. As part of her parental cooperative duties for the school, she taught music for that academic year, but returned to the school periodically in the 1940s. The collection contains materials created between 1975 and 1976. The interviews conducted for the Project start with the era of Crawford-Seeger's ancestors in 1854 and continue into 1975 when the interviews were conducted. The interviews are with four of the mothers from the school, and notable folk musician Mike Seeger, Crawford-Seeger's son. The collection consists of oral history transcripts, audio recordings, and a subsequent draft of the graduate seminar paper composed by Betty Claire Scott based on the oral histories she collected.

Dates

  • 1854-1975
  • Majority of material found within 1941-1975

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

There are no restricted files in this collection. Releases for the oral histories are available in control files of Special Collections in Performing Arts.

Extent

0.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Silver Spring Cooperative Nursery School: Ruth Crawford-Seeger Remembered Project Collection contains materials created between 1975 and 1976. The interviews conducted for the Project start with the era of Crawford-Seegerand#39;s ancestors in 1854 and continue into 1975 when the interviews were conducted. The interviews are with four mothers from the school, and Crawford-Seegerand#39;s son, notable folk musician, Mike Seeger. The collection consists of oral history transcripts, audio recordings, and a subsequent draft of the graduate seminar paper composed by Betty Claire Scott based on the oral histories she collected.

Biography

The Silver Spring Nursery School was a cooperative nursery school in Silver Spring, Maryland started in 1941 by a group of mothers active in the Montgomery County League of Women Voters who expanded their childrenand#39;s play group into a nursery school. Ruth Crawford-Seeger, notable both as a composer and collector of American folksong, became affiliated with the school in 1941 when her daughter was a student. As part of her parental cooperative duties for the school, she taught music for that academic year, but returned to the school periodically in the 1940s. Crawford-Seeger died in 1953, and the school continued until closing in 1993.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series:
  1. Series 1: Interviews
  2. Series 2: “Ruth Crawford Seeger Remembered”

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Betty Claire Scott in 1976 following the completion of her graduate studies at the University of Maryland.

Related Material

Silver Spring Nursery School archives, State of Maryland and Historical Collections, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Maryland (http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1442)

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

Processing Information

Originally processed by Bonnie Jo Dopp in February 2003; re-processed by Vincent Novara in April 2015. Archival enclosures were introduced during the reprocessing and a finding aid was composed. The seminar paper was transferred from Ruth Crawford-Seegerand's biography file in the Lowens Room for Special Collections into the collection in April 2015.
Title
Silver Spring Cooperative Nursery School: Ruth Crawford-Seeger Remembered Project Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Bonnie Jo Dopp, February 2003, and Vincent J. Novara, April 2015.
Date
2015-04-22
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States