The Helen Prouty Papers document Prouty’s professional career as a professor of educational psychology at San Diego State University with focus on
both her professional career and private practice. The documents date from approximately 1927 to 2004 with the bulk of the
material from 1950 to 1989. The collection consists of correspondence, lecture materials, private research materials, and
documents about the organizations she was affiliated with during her lifetime. The papers are organized into three series:
Personal Records, Professional Records, and Photos.
Helen Lucia Prouty was born November 21, 1908 in Shelton, Nebraska to George and Martha (Bassett) Prouty. She was the third
of six children. After receiving her high school diploma in 1926, Helen’s mother encouraged her to continue her education.
She then enrolled at the Nebraska State Teacher’s College at Kearney where she received her junior college diploma and a teaching
credential in 1928. While teaching at schools in western and central Nebraska, Helen simultaneously took classes at the University
of Nebraska. She graduated in 1939 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.
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