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Finding Aid for the W.N. Hailmann Kindergarten collection, 1880-1932
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Description
William Nicholas Hailmann (1836-1920) was a leading exponent of the doctrine of Froebel in early childhood education. He was the director of the German-American Academies (1865-73) and Milwaukee (1873-78) and the German-American Seminary in Detroit (1878-83), served as superintendent of schools in Dayton, Ohio (1898-1903), was the head of the department of psychology at the Chicago Normal School (1904-08), and professor of history and education at the Cleveland Normal Training School (1909-14). He relocated to California to teach at Broadoaks Kindergarten Normal School (1914-20), and later served as the first chairman of the kindergarten section of the National Educational Association. He also organized the Kindergarten-Primary Council of the West. Hailmann's books include Outlines of a system of objective teaching (1867) and Kindergarten culture in the family and kindergarten (1872). He also translated, with a commentary, Froebel's education of man (1887), and edited Erziehungsblätter (1870-73) and Kindergarten messenger and new education (1876-83). The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks, workbooks, pamphlets, books, other printed materials, memorabilia, photographs, and educational materials and projects by and about William Nicholas Hailmann and/or related to Froebel-method schools, or kindergartens.
Background
William Nicholas Hailmann was born on October 20, 1836 at Glarus, Switzerland; at 13 he entered the polytechnic division of the Cantonal College at Zurich; moved in 1852 to Louisville, Kentucky, where he taught modern languages at Henry College, and modern languages and natural sciences at Louisville high schools (1856-65); visited Zurich in 1860 to study kindergartens and primary education; directed the German-American Academies in Louisville (1865-73) and Milwaukee (1873-78) and the German-American Seminary in Detroit (1878-83); served as superintendent of schools in Dayton, Ohio (1898-1903), head of the department of psychology at the Chicago Normal School (1904-08), and professor of history and education at the Cleveland Normal Training School (1909-14); professor at Broadoaks Kindergarten Normal School in Pasadena, California (1914-20); was a leading exponent of the doctrine of Froebel, and translated with a commentary Froebel's education of man (1887); Hailmann's other books include Outlines of a system of objective teaching (1867) and Kindergarten culture in the family and kindergarten (1872); edited Erziehungsblätter (1870-73) and Kindergarten messenger and new education (1876-83); served as the first chairman of the kindergarten section of the National Educational Association, and organized the Kindergarten-Primary Council of the West; he died on May 13, 1920 in Pasadena, California.
Extent
17 linear ft. (24 boxes. 5 cartons. 8 oversize boxes.)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.