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Collection Details


Collection Name: Spencer Foundation Project
Repository Name: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office [Repository Details]
Repository Location: New York, New York, United States
URL: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/oral/guides/spencer.html
Dates Spanned: 1981-1985
Description: In 1989 we completed a project on the history of the Spencer Foundation. Located in Chicago, Spencer has devoted its resources to support of the behavioral sciences as they apply to education. In addition to interviews with staff and trustees of the Foundation and grantees, we interviewed a number of members of the family or associates of Lily Spencer, who established the Foundation, as well as members of the firm of Science Research Associates (SRA) also founded by Spencer. SRA was a highly successful enterprise whose staff developed and perfected testing and intelligence measurement instruments. The interviews offer a wealth of information on the history of philanthropy, the history of the social sciences, and the history of educational reform. In addition, they provide fascinating insight into the intersection of funding and educational philosophy and detail on the life and career of Spencer and his entrepreneurship. With few exceptions, all of the interviews located here in our Collection and at the Regensberg Library of the University of Chicago are open to researchers.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 25
Interviews: [97 interview(s) listed in this collection]
Broad Subjects: Sociology; Health
ASP Subjects: Chicago, IL; History; Illinois; Oral history; Psychology; Research; Research institutes; Social sciences; United States
Other Subjects: Development; Leadership
Collection Code: OHC0000912