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Cincinnati Kindergarten Association Records

Identifier: UA-90-37

Scope and Content

This collection of the Cincinnati Kindergarten Association records includes correspondence between Annie Laws, a leader of the Cincinnati Kindergarten Association and the national kindergarten movement, and other prominent leaders in the national and international kindergarten movement including Maria Krau-Boelte and Patty Smith Hill. The collection also contains newspaper articles, programs, announcements, and lists of officers, and the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Kindergarten Alumnae Association. The date span of the collection is 1876-1959.


  • 1876-1959


Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

History of the Cincinnati Kindergarten Association

The kindergarten movement in Cincinnati began in privately with the establishment of separate German-language and English-language kindergartens. By 1879, a group of wealthy women became concerned that the children in Cincinnati in most need of a kindergarten education, the poor, were unable to access such an education. These women, who included Mrs. Alonzo Taft and Miss Annie Laws, formed the Cincinnati Free Kindergarten Association. The association opened the first free English-language kindergarten and a training school for kindergarten teachers in March of 1880. The association later organized three other kindergartens in various parts of the city and agreed to supervise kindergartens established by various organizations throughout Cincinnati.

In 1905, the Cincinnati School Board began supporting kindergartens with public funds. Then in 1906, he Cincinnati Kindergarten Training School began an affiliation with the University of Cincinnati and its College for Teachers. Graduates of the Cincinnati Kindergarten Training School's two year certification program could continue their education at the University of Cincinnati and earn a four-year degree. The training school later became part of the University of Cincinnati, College of Education.


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Correspondence, articles, announcements and files, 1876-1959, of an organization affiliated with the College of Education.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection is arranged into folders by topic.

Related Material

For more information on early childhood education and the training of kindergarten and pre-school teachers in Cincinnati see the following archival collections in the University of Cincinnati Archives and Rare Books Library: Annie Laws papers, UA-79-52 Ada Hart Arlitt papers, UA-90-78 College of Education records, UA-90-73 and UA-04-19

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Repository Details

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