Jessica L. Langworthy worked at Perkins from 1892 until 1936. During that time she served as a teacher, principal, and taught “Special Methods,” a course that was part of the teacher training courses at Harvard taught by Perkins director Edward E. Allen. This collection documents Dr. Jessica Langworthy’s work with the Perkins Harvard Teacher Training program. It includes essays, notes, lectures, and reading notes covering topics such as education of children who are blind, teaching methods, curriculum topics, and the role of the teacher.
Susanna Coit, 2020
Following Jessica L. Langworthy’s graduation from Smith College in 1892, she worked at Perkins until 1936. During that time, she served as a teacher of English in the Boys’ School (1892-1917), a principal of the Boys’ Department (1918-1925), and taught a course at Harvard starting in February of 1926. The course, “Special Methods” of teaching blind youth, was part of the teacher training courses taught by Perkins director, Edward E. Allen.
Langworthy became the assistant of Dr. Edward E. Allen in his Harvard course on the Education of the Blind in 1925. In February of 1926 she developed a course in "special methods" of teaching the blind, supplementing the Harvard course and supplying the practice to match its theory and background. Langworthy served as Harvard Class Tutorial Guide and Head of the Special Methods course from 1925-1936. She is also credited with helping Director Allen get his Harvard course started. Langworthy received a Doctor of Education from Harvard in 1928. (Fish, 3)
Fish, Anna G. "Jessica L. Langworthy." The Lantern, 15 June 1938, p. 3. https://archive.org/details/lantern00perk/page/n86
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This collection documents Dr. Jessica Langworthy’s work with the Perkins Harvard Teacher Training program. The collection includes her essays, lectures, and reading notes between 1920 and 1934. Topics include education of children who are blind, the role of the teacher of the blind, her own teaching methods and experiences, and specific curriculum topics.
B1:F1 = Box 1: Folder 1
The collection is arranged in five series. The contents of each series represents the content of one binder. The order of the essays in the series is the order that they were arranged in the binder.
5 Series, 1 box
Series 1: Original housing
Series 2: Book V - Various essays, 1920-1926, bulk 1920-1922
Series 3: Book VI - Various essays, 1925-1933, bulk 1925-1926
Series 4: Book VII - Notes of reading and lectures, undated
Series 5: Book VII - Harvard class, 1925, 1934
Series 1: Original Housing
B1:F1: Original housing
Series 2: Book V, 1920-1926
B1:F2: Book V - Original housing and front matter
B1:F3: “School Efficiency”, 1922
B1:F4: “Grading in the Boys’ Department”, 1922
B1:F5: “Some Elements of Success”, 1920
B1:F6: “The Teacher”, 1921
B1:F7: [Essay about writing methods, 1921]
B1:F8: “Studying”, 1921
B1:F9: “Further Thoughts on Studying”, 1922
B1:F10: “The Study of Latin”, undated
B1:F11: “Special Methods, 1925-1926”, 1926
Series 3: Book VI, 1925-1933
B1:F12: Book VI - Original housing
B1:F13: “Blindness in Fiction”, 1925, 1929
B1:F14: “Early Education of Blind Children”, 1925
B1:F15: “The Education and Social Needs of the Blind Child”, 1925
B1:F16: “Planning Our Lives”, 1925
B1:F17: “Problems to be met in obtaining a world of freedom…”, 1926
B1:F18: “Course for the training of teachers of the blind...1925-1936”, 1926
B1:F19: “Prospectus: Special Methods, 1926-1927”, 1926
B1:F20: “Play in the Education of a Blind Child”, 1926
B1:F21: “The Pre-School Blind Child”, 1926
B1:F22: “An Appreciation”, undated
B1:F23: “Definitions”, undated
B1:F24: “The Changing School”, 1933
Series 4: Book VII, undated
B1:F25: Book VII - Original housing
B1:F26: “Introduction to the Study of Education”, undated
Series 5: Book VII, 1925, 1934
B1:F27: Book VII - Harvard Class - original housing
B1:F28: “The Aims of Education”, undated
B1:F29: “The Field of Social Understanding”, undated
B1:F30: “The Training of Teachers”, 1930
B1:F31: “Notes on the Child Centered School…”, undated
B1:F32: “Some Suggestions to Teachers of Blind Children”, 1925, 1934
B1:F33: “An Experiment in Teaching Astronomy”, undated
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