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  • Louise Bates Ames papers,


  • Correspondence, diaries, speeches, lectures, manuscripts of articles and books, subject files, bibliography, biographical material on the Bates family, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other papers pertaining primarily to Ames's career as a child psychologist. Documents her work at the Yale Clinic of Child Development and the Yale Child Study Center, as cofounder and codirector of the Gesell Institute of Child Development, and as an author of books and newspaper columns on child behavior. Includes general correspondence of the Gesell Institute; correspondence of Ames's associate, Frances L. Ilg; reports; articles for and correspondence relating to Child Behavior and Parents Ask, the columns written by Ames and Ilg; the research files of Robert M. Zingg on "wolf-children"; and other papers relating to the institute. Also includes material on Ames's work (1970-1971) with the U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare and the White House Conference on Children.
  • Correspondents include Annie E. Bates, Joan Ames Chase, James T. Culbertson, Fitzhugh Dodson, Paul H. Elicker, Arnold Gesell, Gerhard Alden Gesell, Eric W. Johnson, Len Lye, Margaret Mead, Guy S. Métraux, Ruth W. Métraux, Daniel P. Moynihan, Vance Packard, Evelyn Goodenough Pitcher, Richard L. Slosson, and Benjamin Spock.


  • Ames, Louise Bates
  • Ilg, Frances L. (Frances Lillian), 1902-1981
  • Zingg, Robert M. (Robert Mowry), 1900-1957


  • -  Bates, Annie E.--Correspondence
  • -  Chase, Joan Ames--Correspondence
  • -  Culbertson, James T.--(James Thomas),--1911---Correspondence
  • -  Dodson, Fitzhugh,--1923---Correspondence
  • -  Elicker, Paul H.--Correspondence
  • -  Gesell, Arnold,--1880-1961--Correspondence
  • -  Gesell, Gerhard Alden,--1910-1993--Correspondence
  • -  Johnson, Eric W.--Correspondence
  • -  Lye, Len,--1901-1980--Correspondence
  • -  Mead, Margaret,--1901-1978--Correspondence
  • -  Métraux, Guy S.--(Guy Serge)--Correspondence
  • -  Métraux, Ruth W.--Correspondence
  • -  Moynihan, Daniel P.--(Daniel Patrick),--1927-2003--Correspondence
  • -  Packard, Vance,--1914-1996--Correspondence
  • -  Pitcher, Evelyn Goodenough--Correspondence
  • -  Slosson, Richard L.--Correspondence
  • -  Spock, Benjamin,--1903-1998--Correspondence
  • -  Bates family
  • -  United States.--Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
  • -  Gesell Institute of Child Development
  • -  Yale University.--Child Study Center
  • -  Yale University.--Clinic of Child Development
  • -  White House Conference on Children--(1970 :--Washington, D.C.)
  • -  Child development
  • -  Child psychology
  • -  Feral children
  • -  Mental health facilities--Connecticut--New Haven
  • -  Advice columns


  • -  Arranged in eleven series. Series 1: Family Correspondence, 1915-1975; Series 2: Special Correspondence, 1935-1975; Series 3: General Correspondence, 1941-1974; Series 4: "Parents Ask" Newspaper Column, 1954-1968; Series 5: Writings, 1947-1974; Series 6: Miscellany, 1922-1975; Series 7: 1977 Addition, 1937-1977; Series 8: 1984 Addition, 1940-1983; Series 9: 1987 Addition,1941-1986; Series 10: 1988 Addition, 1941-1988; and Series 11: 1996 Addition, circa 1945-1996.
  • -  Gift, Louise Bates Ames and Frances Lillian Ilg, 1964.
  • -  Gift, Louise Bates Ames, 1966-1996.
  • -  Some photographs transferred to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
  • -  Sound and video recordings transferred to Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
  • -  Child psychologist and educator. Born 1908; died 1996.
  • -  Collection material in English.
  • -  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at


  • 14,000 items.
  • 52 containers.
  • 20.4 linear feet.


  • Library of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

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  • mm79010868

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Chicago citation style:

Ames, Louise Bates, Frances L Ilg, and Robert M Zingg. Louise Bates Ames papers.

APA citation style:

Ames, L. B., Ilg, F. L. & Zingg, R. M. Louise Bates Ames papers.

MLA citation style:

Ames, Louise Bates, Frances L Ilg, and Robert M Zingg. Louise Bates Ames papers.