The Baby’s Mind: A Study For College Women. A paper presented to the Association of Collegiate Alumnæ...Oct. 27, 1894.

A child psychologist, Californian Millicent W. Shinn was the first woman to receive a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. At hand, a bibliographical essay on the literature and ideas of “Scientific child study” and the early education of children delivered by Shinn as a scholarly paper to the Association of Collegiate Alumnae.

The work is here offprinted, possibly as part of the association’s official journal. Includes references to and discussions of Swiss educational reformer Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi and his student Friedrich Froebel [Fröbel], English philosopher James Mill, and American physician, woman suffragist, and educator Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi.

In the part of this literature that is not only for children, but about them, one may find every now and then an exceedingly faithful study, unmistakably from life. The observation, for instance, that went into the “Little Prudy books” would have set up half a dozen scientific papers in these days. More liable to glamours of memory, but more penetrating, are the subjective studies of childhood in autobiography, fiction, and poetry, such as Miss [Harriet] Martineau’s recollections of her childhood, George Eliot’s “Maggie Tulliver,” or [Robert Louis] Stevenson’s child-poetry. ... I am not in the least undervaluing science as compared to common observation. The mass of mingled insight and superstition, unrecorded, unsifted, unrelated to other knowledge, that now constitutes our child-lore, is primitive indeed compared with the understanding of childhood that we look to science to give us in the end. (pp1–2)

Sara E. Wiltse’s c.1895 essay “A Preliminary Sketch of the History of Child Study in America” notes Shinn’s work in California: “Miss Shinn has printed several of her best papers in connection with her work as a member of the Collegiate Alumnae.” The essay speaks of her “genius” and that she had been the editor of the Overland Monthly, reporting that “...[she] has published a number of interesting articles on various aspects of child study, and has other significant work well under way.”¹

OCLC records one copy, at the Boston Public Library. See also Psychology’s Feminist Voices online profile of Shin.

Description: The Baby’s Mind: A Study For College Women. A paper presented to the Association of Collegiate Alumnæ...Oct. 27, 1894.

[Np: Association of Collegiate Alumnæ?, c.1894]. 11pp. Offprint Pamphlet, from “Series II., No. 52” of an unnamed serial. 8½ x 5¾ inches. Self-wrappers; staple-bound. Ownership inscription of “Ellen P. Carson.” Wear and soiling to outer leaves; some separation at tail of spine; two holes in gutter affecting a few words, but not sense; good.


Note. 1. Wiltse, “A Preliminary Sketch of the History of Child Study in America,” Reprinted from the Pedagogical Seminary, Vol. III, No. 2 within: Studies on Children : Albercht Nagel,  W. F . Southard,  George Washington Andrew Luckey ,  Herman T. Lukens ,  Sara Eliza Wiltse ,  Mary Whiton Calkins ,  Oscar Chrisman ,  Frank Drew,  John A . Hancock,  Edwin Diller Starbuck,  Earl Barnes : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive [sammelband] accessed online; see pp7–10 and 21.

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