Spring Hill School collection, 1926-1939
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Brief Description:

The Spring Hill School collection (1951-30-0, .83 linear feet) documents a private school modelled on a philosophy of progressive education. Founded by Dorothy Bull and Mabel Foster Spinney in Litchfield, Conn., the school operated from 1926 to 1939. The collection includes correspondence, financial records, minutes, institutional records, brochures, and published editions of student work. The collection also contains tributes to co-founders Bull from 1934 and Spinney from 1951 and a compilation of Spring Hill School remembrances collected in 1999.

Brochures and pamphlets promoting the Spring Hill School provide an excellent overview of the philosophy of the founders and describe in detail the programs of study, recreation, and home life. They also provide information on faculty and staff, academic schedules, and tuition, room, and board costs. Some of these publications are illustrated with photographs and offer scenes of students at school and at play. The administrative records date from 1930, when the school was incorporated, and include incorporation and association records, minutes of trustees meetings, correspondence, and financial reports. Most of these administrative records relate to financial matters. There is no documentation regarding curricular matters. There are also two issues of the student newspaper and editions of student work, including poetry, plays, and essays illustrated with bold block prints, that span the 1930s. In some of these publications are works by a student named Peter Seeger, who would later find fame as a folk singer, song writer, and activist, better known as Pete Seeger.

Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at] litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Created by: Bull, Dorothy, Spinney, Mabel Foster, Spring Hill School (Litchfield, Conn.)
Volume: 0.82 Linear Feet
Acquired: 01/01/1951. Most of the collection was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Kingsbury Bull. Litchfield Historical Society staff added other smaller gifts to the collection.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Bull, Dorothy
Education - Philosophy
Private schools - Connecticut - Litchfield
Progressive education
Spinney, Mabel Foster
Spring Hill School (Litchfield, Conn.)
Genres/Forms of Material
Drawings
Ephemera
Financial records
Legal documents
Manuscripts
Photographs
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Frederick Kingsbury Bull  Gift
Related Materials:

Dorothy Bull collection, 1913-1934

Spring Hill School photographs, circa 1930

The Greenwich House Records TAM 139 (R-7088) held by the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York University Libraries includes papers related to Margaret F. Spinney.

PreferredCitation: Spring Hill School collection (1951-30-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759