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Preliminary Inventory of the Willard Abraham Papers 1938-1994

1990-00373
1990-00375
1994-01311
1995-01536


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Abraham, Willard
Title: Preliminary Inventory of the Willard Abraham Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1938-1994
Quantity: 21 Boxes (27.9 Linear Feet)
Abstract:This collection houses manuscripts, correspondence, notes, drafts, and other materials documenting Abraham's newspaper column, dissertation (Reading Choices of College Students), and other writings regarding special education. This collection has not been processed in full and can be viewed only by appointment. Contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.
Identification: 1990-00373
1990-00375
1994-01311
1995-01536
Language: Material in English
Repository: Arizona State University Library. University Archives
Arizona State University Library
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
E-Mail: archives@asu.edu
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Biographical Note

Professor and special education expert Willard Bernard Abraham was born to Edward and Sadie (Rice) Abraham in Chicago, Illinois on May 18, 1916. He had two siblings, Alvin H. (1911-2008) and Rochelle (Abraham) Zuckerman (1921-2013). Willard Abraham earned his B.S. from the Illinois Institute of Technology (1940) and his M.Ed. from Chicago Teachers College (1942) before enlisting in the U.S. Army, where he earned the rank of Captain and worked in the Army Information Education Division in Washington, D.C. After World War II ended, Abraham returned to his education and earned his Ph.D from Northwestern University (1951).

In 1953, Abraham founded the Department of Special Education at Arizona State Teachers College (now Arizona State University), which he chaired for over 30 years. He was a widely recognized expert on special education and published several books on the topic, including A Guide for the Study of Exceptional Children (1956), A New Look at Reading (1957), Barbara: A Prologue (1958), Common Sense About Gifted Children (1958), The Slow Learner (1964), A Time for Teaching (1964), The Mentally Retarded Child and Educational Films (1966), The Preparation of BIA Teacher and Dormitory Aides (1968), A Study of the Devereux Foundation (1970), and Living with Pre-Schoolers (1976). He also wrote several books for the Army, among them Your Post War Career (1945) and Get the Job! (1946) as well as a nationally syndicated newspaper column titled "Parent Talk" that appeared until 1995.

Abraham married Dale [last name unknown] (1926-) and the couple had four children, Edward (1952-), Barbara (1954-1955), Andrew (1958-), and Amy (Abraham) Bacal (1962-). Willard Abraham died on January 23, 1999 at the age of 87 and is buried in Green Acres Memorial Park in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Scope and Content Note

This collection houses manuscripts, correspondence, notes, drafts, and other materials documenting Abraham's newspaper column, dissertation (Reading Choices of College Students), and other writings regarding special education. This collection has not been processed in full and can be viewed only by appointment. Contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.


Arrangement

This collection consists of twenty-one boxes divided into four series:
Series I: Accession #1990-00373
Series II: Accession #1990-00375
Series III: Accession #1994-01311
Series IV: Accession #1995-01536

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

To view this collection, make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932. Appointments in the Distinctive Collections Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Note: All library reading rooms are currently closed as part of the ASU Library's COVID-19 response. Ask an Archivist is available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., for reference assistance regarding collection materials.

This collection has not been processed in full and can be viewed only by appointment. Contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.

Copyright

The Arizona Board of Regents retains copyright to this collection for and on behalf of University Archives, Arizona State University Library. Requests for permissions to publish, display, or redistribute information from this collection must be submitted via our online application.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Abraham, Willard

Corporate Name(s)
Arizona State University. College of Education

Subject(s)
Children with disabilities -- Education
Gifted children -- Education
Parent and child -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Occupation(s)
College teachers -- Arizona -- Tempe


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Preliminary Inventory of the Willard Abraham Papers, [Accession Number]. Arizona State University Library: University Archives.

Provenance

Willard Abraham donated these materials to the University Archives between 1990 and 1995.


Container List

Series I: Accession #1990-00373
Box
1-7 Newspaper Column Manuscripts, Clippings, and Correspondence, 1942-1990
Series II: Accession #1990-00375
BoxFolder
11 Column, 1983 September
12 Column, 1983 October
13 Column, 1983 November
13 [Untitled], 1981 December 17-1983 December 30
14 Column, 1983 December
14 Copley, 1978 June 8-1980 August 28
15 Column, 1984 January
16 Column, 1984 February
16 [Untitled], 1976 February 12-September 16
17 Column, 1984 March
18 Column, 1984 April
110 Column, 1984 June
111 Column, 1984 July
112 Column, 1984 August
113 Column, 1984 September
114 Column, 1984 October
115 Criteria for Fiction, 1938-1949 (Dissertation Notes)
116 Magazines and Comic Strips, 1938-1949 (Dissertation Notes)
117 Studying Readers, 1938-1949 (Dissertation Notes)
118 Attitudes of Adults Towards Reading, 1938-1949 (Dissertation Notes)
119 A Study of the Devereux Foundation Appendixes, 1970
120 A Study of the Devereux Foundation, 1970
121 A Study of the Devereux Schools in California, 1971
122 The Practice of Vocational Guidance in Education, 1942
123-24 Reading Choices of College Students, 1950
BoxFolder
21 [Untitled], 1983 January 6-August 25
22 Copley (Submitted), 1980 June 5-1981 February 10
25 [Untitled], 1976 September 13-1978 June 1
BoxFolder
31 Column, 1976 January
32 Column, 1976 December
33 Column, 1975 November
34 Column, 1975 October
35 Column, 1975 September
36 Column, 1975 August
37 Column, 1975 July
38 Column, 1975 June
39 Column, 1975 May
310 Column, 1975 April
311 Column, 1975 March
312 Column, 1975 February
313 Column, 1975 January
314 Column, 1974 December
315 Column, 1974 November
316 Column, 1974 October
317 Column, 1974 September
318 Column, 1974 August
319 Column, 1974 July
320 Column, 1974 June
321 Column, 1974 May
322 Column, 1974 April
323 Column, 1974 March
324 Column, 1974 February
325 Column, 1974 January
326 Column, 1973 December
327 Column, 1973 November
328 Column, 1973 October
329 Column, 1972 November 16-1973 August 2
330 Copley, 1972 March 15-November 9
331 The Slow Learner, 1968 (Publication)
BoxFolder
41 PHD Notes, 1950-1955
42 Sociometry and Discipline, 1950-1955
43 Effective Teacher, 1950-1955
44 Childrens Publications, 1950-1955
45 Purposes of Reading, 1950-1955
46 Purposes of this Study, 1950-1955
47 History and Father of the Man, 1950-1955
48 Nature Nurture, 1950-1955
49 Intelligence, 1950-1955
410 Reading, 1950-1955
411 General Education, 1950-1955
412 Column, 1984
413 Column, 1985
414 Column, 1986
415 Column, 1987
416 Column, 1988
417 Column, 1989
418 Newspaper Clippings, 1986-1988
419 Pamphlets, 1986-1989
Series III: Accession #1994-01311
Box
1-8 Newspaper Column Manuscripts, Clippings, and Correspondence, 1984-1994
Series IV: Accession #1995-01536
BoxFolder
11 Parent Talk, Undated
12 Parent Talk, Undated
13 Parent Talk: Journal Article and Newsclipping, 1984, 1989, Undated
14 Parent Pre-School Partnership: Research Materials and Draft Notes, 1987, 1989, Undated
15 What Kind of Parent Am I?, 1978, 1989, Undated
16 Getting Ready for Reading, 1973, 1986, Undated
17 Diet and Nutrition, 1984, 1988, Undated
18 Discipline, 1974-1989
19 Single Parent Family, 1981, 1985, 1988, Undated
110 Creativity, 1974, Undated
111 Brothers and Sisters, 1988-1989, Undated
112 Help Your Children Talk Better, 1955, 1972, 1985, Undated
113 The Man in Your Young Child's Family, 1973, 1986, Undated
114 Learning Disabilities -- Young Children Can Have Them, 1975, 1989, Undated
115 Accident Prevention, 1971-1974, Undated
116 Sex and the Young Child, 1973-1991
117 Number Concepts, 1974-1977, 1986-1987
118 Children's Fears, 1977, 1989, 1991-1994
119 The Young Gifted Child, 1977, 1981-1987
120 Kindergarten Comes Next, 1965, 1974, 1987-1989
121 Television: Good or Bad for Young Children?, 1972-1988
122 Your Young Child's Playmates, 1989, Undated
123 Independence - Your Child Needs It, Undated
124 Reading With Your Young Child, 1985-1988
125 The Wonderful World of Toys, 1972-1991
126 The Young Hyperactive Child, 1975-1988
127 Telling the Truth, 1983-1987
128 What Will You Be When You Grow Up?, 1974-1976
129 Traveling With Your Young Children, 1975, 1990
130 Changing the Behavior of Young Children: Can It Be Done?, 1974-1981
131 The Large Muscles in Little Children, 1971-1975
132 The Only Child, 1981-1988
133 Your Infant in a Day Care Program, 1976-1989
134 Do Young Children Worry? Yes!, Undated
135 Are You a Working Mother?, 1975-1989
136 Boys and Girls … and What to Expect, 1955-1974
137 Money … Money … Money, 1981-1987