Guide to the Field Work Records
RG 3.4.4

Summary Information

Repository
Sarah Lawrence College Archives
Title
Field Work Records
ID
RG 3.4.4
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1938-1955
Date [inclusive]
undated, 1938-1998
Extent
1.0 linear feet 2 document boxes
Language

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Sarah Lawrence College Archives August 2004

Sarah Lawrence College Archives
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY, 10708
914-395-2480
archives@sarahlawrence.edu

Revision Description

 Finding Aid entered in Archivists' Toolkit by Elijah Black July 2012

Terms of Use

Student papers may not be photocopied without written permission from the author. Otherwise, the collection is open to researchers without restriction.

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Historical note

Field work at Sarah Lawrence College started in the 1930s with such projects as the housing surveys of the surrounding neighborhoods of Tuckahoe, Mount Vernon, and Yonkers. First described in the 1930-1931 catalog, field work offered students a way to interact with their surrounding communities. The catalog description read: “The nearness to New York makes it possible to use the city as an educational laboratory. Unusual community facilities are available also in Westchester County. In addition to sustained work in various libraries, museums, and other organizations, field trips are planned by which the students, with instructors, take advantage of the numberless opportunities which the vicinity affords for the enrichment of the education program.” Some of the first field trips were to the Alexander Smith Carpet Factory and the Otis Elevator Company in Yonkers as part of Jean Carroll Trepp’s economics class, so that students could see how a real business functioned. Field work soon became a standard part of most social science courses. During the depression, the Yonkers and Tuckahoe Housing Authorities asked Sarah Lawrence students to assist in four or five week housing surveys of the two communities to provide the authorities with information that meant to improve housing conditions. In addition to field work such as the surveys, students participated in field trips to Puerto Rico, Canada, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Costa Rica in order to experience different cultures. Details of each of these activities can be found in the papers written by students as well as the Director of Field Work’s reports contained in the records.

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Scope and Contents note

The records consist of correspondence, reports, and subject files on the various aspects of field work, mostly from the late 1930s through the 1950s. Most of the correspondence is with Edward Solomon, Director of Field Work. Although the files go through 1998, the bulk of the material is from the 1930s to the 1950s with an emphasis on the housing surveys of Tuckahoe, Mount Vernon, and Yonkers and the papers written by students and staff on the various field work projects. Also included are Field Work Committee meeting minutes and Director of Field Work Reports. Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Tennessee Valley Authority.
  • Textile Workers Union of America.

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Surveys (Documents)

Personal Name(s)

  • Blatt, Penny Rechtman
  • Franklin, Margery B.
  • Grant, Madeleine P., 1895-1981
  • Hill, Jean
  • Krauthoff, Terry Turner
  • Reik, Cynthia West
  • Solomon, Edward Crawford
  • Stackhouse, Patricia Lowrey
  • Thomas, Deborah Choate
  • Wasson, Jane Edmondson

Subject(s)

  • Fieldwork (Educational method)

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Collection Inventory

BoxFolder

Budgets 1967-1969 

11

Cottage Place Housing Project Study (Yonkers) 1943-1946 

12

Director of Field Work Reports 1946-1963 

13

Field Trips – Canada 1955-1962 

14

Field Trips – Costa Rica 1984 

15

Field Trips – Miscellaneous 1952-1959 

16

Field Trips – Puerto Rico 1957-1963, 1969 

17

Field Trips – Tennessee Valley Authority 1951-1955 

18

Field Work Committee on Forums 1945 

19

Field Work Committee Meetings 1945-1946 

110

Field Work Log 1945-1949 

111

Miscellaneous undated, 1945-1970 

112

Mount Vernon Housing Survey 1949-1950, 1954 

113

Papers – Report on a Housing Survey in Yonkers 1938 

114

Papers – A Survey of Housing in Tuckahoe by Terry Turner and Jean Hill 1939 

115

Papers – Tabulation of Housing Survey, Village of Tuckahoe Under Direction of Mrs. A. Glavin 1939 

21

Papers – Child Care Survey: Area Study Made for the Foster Day Care Committee of the Yonkers Family Service Society and Yonkers War Council 1943 

22

Papers – Industrial Problems in Wartime As Seen by Students in a Work-Study Course 1944 

23

Papers – Eligibility and Relocation Study of Cottage Place Gardens Area – Prepared by Students for the Municipal Housing Authority of Yonkers 1946 

24

Papers – Alexander Smith and Sons Carpet Company and Textile Workers Union of America – CIO – Study of Labor Relations 1946-1947 

25

Papers – Economics Contract – Business Practices by J. Walter 1946-1947 

26

Papers – Functions of the Individual Commercial Bank by J. Gridley 1946-1947 

27

Papers – Interview with Foreign Born – Mr. Mike Rizzolla (Italian) by Florence Martineau 1946-1947 

28

Papers – Interviews with Foreign Born – Kristen Kristensen, The Piano Tuner by Jane Edmondson 1946-1947 

29

Papers – Scandinavian Survey by Pat Firstenwald 1946-1947 

210

Papers – Study of the Scots of Yonkers 1946-1947 

211

Papers – Study of Some Aspects of Immigration to the U.S. and Their Implications by Deborah Choate 1946-1947 

212

Papers – Report on the Senior Evaluation of Field Work Study at Sarah Lawrence College by Penny Rechtman 1947 

213

Papers – Mount Vernon Housing Survey 1950 

214

Papers – A Study of Bronxville by Cynthia West 1950 

215

Papers – Cancer Education in Westchester County High Schools – Under Direction of Madeleine Grant 1951 

216

Papers – The Government of the City of Yonkers, New York by Patricia Stackhouse 1951 

217

Papers – The Schools of Yonkers by Patricia Stackhouse 1951 

218

Papers – Education in Context: Field Work Experience in a Service Learning Seminar – Margery Franklin, Teacher 1998 

219

Students and Labor circa 1945 

220

Sub-Committee on Field Work Abroad undated, 1949 

221

Summer Opportunities undated, 1948-1949 

221a

Survey of Hospital Facilities in Yonkers 1949 

222

Surveys 1961-1968 

223

Tuckahoe Housing Survey 1939 

224

Yonkers Housing Survey 1938 

225