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College of Charleston Library
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Charleston, SC 29424

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Title: Mabel L. Pollitzer, Papers

Collection #: 0037

Dates: 1904-1974


2 boxes (.75 linear ft.).
5 sound cassettes : analog, 1 7/8 ips.

Biographical Note: Mabel L. Pollitzer was born in Charleston, S.C. She was the daughter of Gustave M. Pollitzer and Clara Guinzburg Pollitzer. Her sisters Carrie Teller Pollitzer (1881- 1974) and Anita Pollitzer (1894-1975) were both active in the women's rights movement. Mabel L. Pollitzer was a teacher, civic leader and women's rights activist. She attended Craft School, Memminger Normal School, the College of Charleston and Columbia University. She taught at Memminger High School for fifty years and was active in many community organizations. She served as South Carolina chair of the National Woman's Party.

Scope and Content Note: The papers consist of school notes, lectures, lab drawings, essays, exams and papers in education, literature, zoology, psychology, history, botany, fine arts and health. Other items include lectures on child welfare, guidance, and curriculum. Five duplicate cassette tapes of 7.5 hours of interviews with Mabel L. Pollitzer are from the Winthrop College Archives (Rock Hill, S.C.). These interviews are recollections of her work as a teacher, her participation on library and museum boards and her involvement with suffrage campaigning in Charleston.

Subject Headings:

Pollitzer, Mabel L. (Mabel Louise), 1885-1979 -- Interviews.
Memminger Normal School -- Faculty.
Teachers -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
Women in education -- South Carolina.
Women's rights -- South Carolina.


Box 1

1/1 Class Notes and syllabus for History of Education, 1905-1906
Includes topic paper "Comparison of Egyptian and Chinese Education in regard to Purpose, Organization, Curriculum, Method and Result", December 1905.

1/2 Class notes for Literature, 1905-1906

1/3 Class notes for Zoology, 1905-1906

1/4 Class notes for Zoology, 1905-1906
Includes lab drawings

Box 2

2/1 Examinations, 1904-1906
Includes Psychology, 1904-1905 and Zoology, 1906.

2/2 Class notes for Health, 1937
Includes lecture on child welfare, "The Three H’s- Health, Habits and Happiness"; a list of books recommended for the library and a chapel talk on guidance, June 30, 1937

2/3 Class notes for History, 1937
Includes Russia and Spain

2/4 Class notes for Botany, 1936-1938

2/5 Class notes for Health and Social Welfare, 1944

2/6 Tests and papers in Fine Arts, 1926-1927
Includes the following papers: "Velasquez, Rubens and Rembrandt- their contribution to the field of art", 1927; " The history of furniture with a special reference on the chairs and tables of the Elizabethan, and Jacobean and Georgian Periods", 1926-1927; and " My Favorites- The Astronomer by Vermeer and Man with a Pink by Jan Van Eyck"; and "Mural Painting", April 20, 1927

2/7 Lecture "The Curriculum and its Implications", July 4, 1939.

2/8 Miscellaneous notes nd- what to do in Daeton’s plan? ; Tiegs’ Tests and Measurements for teachers from the pupil- tabulated results as to causes of failure; and a tenth grade girl who should not be accelerated.

2/9 Five duplicate audio cassette tapes of 7.5 hours of interviews with Mabel Pollitzer. Interviewed by Constance Myers, 1973-1974, Charleston, S.C. Original tapes are at the Winthrop College Archives.