Margaret Wooster Curti papers
Scope and Contents
Dates of Materials
- Curti, Margaret Wooster, b. 1891 (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
NB: Mother Felicitas requests that scholars respect "the privacy of persons still living."
Biographical / Historical
Curti taught briefly at Mesa High School in Mesa, Arizona and then at Beloit College prior to her appointment in 1922 as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Smith College. While at Beloit, she met historian Merle Eugene Curti; they married in Paris in 1925 while he was studying under a fellowship at The Sorbonne. The couple had two daughters, Nancy Alice, born 3 March 1927, and Martha, born 7 January 1932.
Curti taught at Smith until 1937, during which time she was promoted to Associate Professor. She went on to work as Research Associate in the Teachers' College at Columbia University from 1937 to 1942, and lectured at the University of Wisconsin during the 1943-44 academic year. In 1930, Curti published the book Child Psychology, which was a widely used college textbook for many years. She also wrote for professional journals and lectured at national conferences. Liberal in her politics, Curti was a member of the national Socialist Party and of the Hampshire County Progressive Club in Northampton, Massachusetts. She was also involved in The People's Institute in Northampton and in 1935, in response to the needs of the city's working mothers, she created a successful pre-school program for two- to five-year-olds at the People's Institute, which quickly evolved into a lab for Smith College's child psychology classes as well.
Margaret Wooster Curti died of breast cancer in Madison, Wisconsin on 18 September 1961.
6 boxes (2 linear feet)
- I. Biographical Materials
- II. Correspondence
- III. Writings
- Oversize Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Child development -- Study and teaching
- Child psychology
- Children -- Intelligence testing
- Curti, Margaret Wooster, b. 1891
- Curti, Merle Eugene, 1897-1996
- Curti, OSB, Mother Felicitas
- Family -- United States -- 20th century
- Greeting cards
- Nebraska -- 20th century
- Sheet music
- Significant others
- Smith College--Faculty
- Women in higher education
- Works of art
- Margaret Wooster Curti papers
- Finding Aid
- Burd Schlessinger
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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