Papers of Anna Spicer Gladding and Miriam Van Waters, 1855-1992
Series I documents Gladding's work at the reformatory, largely in the nursery. There are also printed materials collected by Gladding, most of which pertain to to the accusations, hearings, dismissal, and reinstatement of Van Waters. There are many letters between Gladding and Van Waters, but little other personal material. Series II comprises the bulk of the collection. Personal materials consist mainly of family letters, diaries, and correspondence with Hans Weiss, a suitor, and Geraldine Thompson, a close friend who was active in social causes in New Jersey. There is also business correspondence and exchanges between Van Waters and prisoners at the reformatory and elsewhere. There are also drafts of speeches given by Van Waters and notes and drafts of articles and other writings. Much of the material relating to the reformatory documents student activities, especially the plays staged by the students and directed by Van Waters. Also included are printed materials pertaining to prison reform, juvenile delinquency, and the death penalty. Series III consists of photographs of scenes and activities at the reformatory, particularly students performing plays. There are also photographs of Van Waters, her friends, and family
Archival Material, English, 1855
5 linear feet. (12 file boxes) plus 4 folio+ folders, 57 photograph folders, 1 folio photograph folder, 1 folio+ folder, 1 audiotape.
Materials in English