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Grace Anna Fry Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UA-90-74

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of Grace Anna Fry, Assistant Professor Emeritus of Education in the Teacher's College at the University of Cincinnati. The collection includes correspondence, course materials, and records of Pi Theta honorary fraternity for the kindergarten profession and childhood education, the Cincinnati Kindergarten Alumnae Association, and the University of Cincinnati Kindergarten Students Club.

Dates

  • 1914-1943

Creator

Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Biography of Grace Anna Fry

Grace Anna Fry was born in 1874 in Cincinnati. She was the daughter of I.D. Fry, who served as President of the Cincinnati Board of Education for twenty years. She attended a private kindergarten in the village of Clifton and then Clifton School. She graduated from the Bartholomew English and Classical School, attended Ohio Wesleyan University for one year, and then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University in 1920. She trained professionally at the Cincinnati Kindergarten Training School, New York University, and the Teacher's College at Columbia University where she earned a Graduate Diploma in Supervision.

In 1900, she was Director of the Jewish Settlement Kindergarten, and in 1902, Director of Bartholomew-Clifton School Kindergarten and Instructor at the Cincinnati Kindergarten Training School (C.K.T.S.). In 1905, as Principal, she organized the Clifton Kindergarten Primary School for experimental work with children of pre-school age, one of the first of its kind in Cincinnati. In 1907, she served as Assistant to the Superintendent of C.K.T.S., which included supervision in kindergartens of the Kindergarten Association and public schools. Between 1908 and 1924, Fry worked as a supervisor and instructor for the Kindergarten Association, and she began working as an instructor in the College for Teachers at the University of Cincinnati in 1914. She continued at the University of Cincinnati to become Assistant in Kindergarten Training and Instructor in Kindergarten - Primary Methods at the College of Teachers (1917); Assistant Professor of Education, College of Education (1924); and Assistant Professor Emerita of Education (1939).

Fry taught as an Instructor in Education at Emory University, Atlanta, for the 1926 and 1927 summer session. She also taught courses in Columbus, Dayton, Springfield, and Toledo, Ohio, and in Louisville, Kentucky. She served as President of the Ohio Kindergarten Association, 1923-1925, and in 1932, established the Cincinnati Kindergarten Alumnae Association of which she was later President. In 1926, honorary membership was conferred on her by the Theta Pi Fraternity. Anna Grace Fry retired in 1939 and died May 22, 1948.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet

Overview

This collection contains the papers of Grace Anna Fry, a former professor of education in the Teacher's College at the University of Cincinnati. The collection includes correspondence, course materials, and records of the Pi Theta honorary fraternity for the kindergarten profession and childhood education, the Cincinnati Kindergarten Alumnae Association, and the University of Cincinnati Kindergarten Students Club.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Physical Location

Archives and Rare Books Library
Title
Finding aid for the Grace Anna Fry Papers, 1914-1943
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Finding aid prepared by Archives and Rare Books Staff
Date
2014
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

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Rare Books Library Repository

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