Kate Baldwin Kindergarten Alumnae Association papers
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Kate Baldwin Kindergarten Alumnae Association papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Kate Baldwin Kindergarten Alumnae Association (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: Kate Baldwin Kindergarten Alumnae Association papers
Dates: 1900-1943
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (1 box)
Identification: MS 0453

Biographical/Historical Note

The Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten was founded in Savannah by the children of Kate A. Baldwin. It was incorporated in 1899 as a "benevolent and charitable institution for the free training, instruction, and education of young children under the kindergarten system of education, so as to inculcate in them habits of industry and morality and fit them for entrance into institutions of higher education" as a memorial to Kate A. Baldwin. It operated kindergartens (as many as five at one time) and a training school (also referred to as the Normal Department) for kindergarten teachers. The Kate Baldwin Kindergarten Alumnae Association is composed of the graduates of the training school and teachers.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the minutes, reports, lists of members, programs, clippings, miscellaneous papers, and printed materials relative to the kindergartens of the Kate Baldwin Kindergarten Alumnae Association, 1900-1943.

Index Terms

Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten (Savannah, Ga.)
Kate Baldwin Kindergarten Alumnae Association (Savannah, Ga.)
Minutes (administrative records)
Programs (documents)
Public schools--Georgia--Savannah.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Kate Baldwin Kindergarten Alumnae Association papers, MS 453, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of The Kate Baldwin Kindergarten Alumnae Association, through Mrs. A.L. Alexander and Edith L. West, 1949, 1950.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Items 1-3: Minutes, 1913 November-1924 November; 1925 November-1939; 1940 November-1943 February


2Items 4-20: Lists of graduates of the Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten training school and of members of the Kate Baldwin Kindergarten Alumnae Association, including resident and non-resident members, and special students, 1901-1936


3Items 21-43: Miscellaneous papers, 1899-1938
What is a Kindergarten?, printed for Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten, November 1899; program for All the Comforts of Home, a drama put on by the Dramatic Association for the benefit of the free kindergartens, Savannah, March 31, 1902 (contains the history of the Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten); extract from the Annual Report of Kate Baldwin Kindergarten Alumnae Association, December 31, 1909; invitations to graduation exercises of the Training School of Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten, 1902-1903, 1904; programs of Kate Baldwin Kindergarten Association Annual Banquet, 1926, 1930; invitations to graduations from Normal Department (Training School), 1930, 1934; record of Sallie M. McAlpin; notes on the history of the Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten (2); Rules of the Kate Baldwin Kindergarten Alumnae Association (2); list of stories, songs and verses used in the free kindergartens; program and bibliography of The Short Story in England and America: a series of free public lectures and discussions given under the auspices of the Savannah Public Library, January 28-April 22, 1918; George H. Wells to Miss Martha Morrison, Secretary, December 18, 1935, regarding an address by him; resolutions on the death of Hortense may Orcutt, 1936; Martha G. Waring to Margaret Mustin, November 19, 1937, regarding a history of the kindergarten in preparation; resolutions on the death of George Hull Baldwin, 1938; certificate of the Normal Department of Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten Association showing hours of class work required in each course, undated; Is the Kindergarten Expensive?, by Horense M. Orcutt (Savannah, Braid & Hutton, Inc., undated).


4Items 44-94: Clippings, 1900-1943
obituaries of George J. Baldwin and Martha G. Waring (Mrs. T.P. Waring); articles re meetings of the Association, graduation exercises, Kate Baldwin Free Kindergarten, etc., most of them undated.



The Kindergarten Guide, by M. Kraus-Boelte and John Kraus, vol. 1, The Gifts (1906); The History of the Kindergarten in the New York Public Schools (1907); Food Thrift Series - No.4, by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (1917); Imagination and Children's Reading, by G.H. Conkling (1921); Annual Report of the Georgia Division of the Association for Childhood Education, 1934-35; The 2 Little Kittens, (undated); The Kindergarten, issued by the New York Kindergarten Association (undated); A Superintendent Looks at the Kindergarten, by W.A. Sutton (undated); Ready for Kindergarten, by Angelo Patri (n.d.); It Pays [by F.J. Owen] (undated); How the Kindergarten Helps the Grade Teacher, by Carol P. Oppenheimer, Savannah, Ga. (undated); Manual for State Associations and Local Branches of the Association for Childhood Education (undated); More Reasons for the Kindergarten, by Angelo Patri.

"Number and Percentage of Children of Kindergarten Age (Four to Six) Who Were in Kindergarten in 1934 and 1946," by national Kindergarten Association (mimeographed, 1938); "Short list representative of the best stories to tell to Children," by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Children's Department (typed, undated); "Regarding the Kindergarten Bills - S.2510 and H.R.6574," by National Kindergarten Association (mimeographed, undated), with printed copy of S.2510 attached.

Items 95-114: Clippings
"The Free Kindergarten," by H.W. Mabie, from Harper's Monthly Magazine, October 1905; two stories re the flag from unidentified magazine; "The Gold Fish," by Julian Street, from Everybody's Magazine, December 1911.