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Westland School Collection

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Administrative Files and Publications

Student and Staff Life

Official Portraits



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Westland School Collection, 1949-2014 | Special Collections & Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Westland School Collection, 1949-2014Save to your list.

ID: SC/WSC

Primary Creator: Westland School

Extent: 11.73 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Administrative Files and Publications, 1949-2014

Series II: Student and Staff Life, 1949-2010

Series III: Official Portraits, 1990-2007

Date Acquired: 05/20/2016

Forms of Material: Audio recordings, Paper records, Photographic material, Publications, Scrapbooks, Video recordings

Languages: English

Abstract

The Westland School is a private elementary school founded in 1949 by Lory Titelman, and Marie H. Briehl. The guiding philosophy of the School is based on the concepts of John Dewey and Progressive education, a pedagogical movement that began in the late nineteenth century. The Westland School Collection broadly documents a re-emergence of the progressive education movement, focusing on its development between 1949 and 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The collection consists of documents, photographs, publications, scrapbooks, and video recordings that focus on the history and daily life of administrators, staff, and students.

Biographical Note

The Westland School is a private elementary school founded in 1949 by progressive education advocate, Lory Titelman, and Marie H. Briehl, pioneering specialist in the psychological development of the child. The Westland School opened in October, 1949, in a B’nai B’rith building on the corner of La Cienega and Olympic Boulevards in Los Angeles. Over the next sixteen years the school moved several times, finally settling on its current and permanent location in Bel-Air in 1965. Since its inception, the School has been owned by a non-profit corporation whose voting members are administrators, parents, and teachers.

The guiding philosophy of the School is based on the concepts of John Dewey and Progressive education, a pedagogical movement that began in the late nineteenth century. Curriculum is focused on programs that emphasize experiential learning, problem solving and critical thinking, collaboration and development of social skills, and social responsibility. The School currently has about 130 students that are distributed into groups rather than grades, which may comprise of students of varying ages. The Westland School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Westland School Collection broadly documents a re-emergence of the progressive education movement mid-century, focusing on its development over a seventy year period in Los Angeles California. The collection includes founding documents and internal records, as well as material which focuses on the daily activities of students and staff. The collection has been divided into three series, Administrative Files and Publications (1949-2014), Student and Staff Life (1949-2010), and Official Portraits (1990-2007).

Series I, Administrative Files and Publications, documents the organization's founding and daily activities through bylaws, meeting minutes, procedural documents, forms, and correspondence. Also included are documents and photographic materials which detail school history, curriculum and program planning, marketing and public outreach, facilities development, construction, and renovation. The series is arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series II, Student and Staff Life, documents important events such as anniversaries, reunions, graduations, fairs, student work, creative play and performances, music, science and math activities, field trips, parent participation and special visitors. The series includes both records and photographic materials, and is arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series III, Official Portraits, consists of professional photographs, slides, and negatives of students and staff. The series is arranged by name and date where possible.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Westland School

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Masud Helmandi, 2018

Finding Aid Revision History: Holli Teltoe, 2019


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series I: Administrative Files and Publications, 1949-2014]
[Series II: Student and Staff Life, 1949-2010]
[Series III: Official Portraits, 1990-2007],
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Series I: Administrative Files and Publications, 1949-2014Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: Anniversary Journal, ca. 1969Save to your list.
Folder 2: Anniversary Journals, 1980 March 21, ca. 1985Save to your list.
Folder 3: Articles on Education, 1961-1982Save to your list.
Folder 4: Articles on Education, 1984-1990Save to your list.
Folder 5: Articles on EducationSave to your list.
Folder 6: Articles on EducationSave to your list.
Folder 7: Bank Book, 1953Save to your list.
Folder 8: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, December 1949, September 1953-November 1954Save to your list.
Folder 9: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, January 1955-December 1957Save to your list.
Folder 10: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, January 1958-February 1959Save to your list.
Folder 11: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, March 1959-May 1959, June 1960, July 1961Save to your list.
Folder 12: Buildings and Grounds, 1960-1994Save to your list.
Folder 13: By-Laws, Procedures, and Forms, 1979Save to your list.
Folder 14: Certificates of Appreciation, 1995-2001Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Charles Chaplin, "City Lights" Benefit Show, 1949Save to your list.
Folder 2: Construction and Renovation Photo Album, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 3: Construction and Renovation Photo Album, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 4: Cookbook, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 5: Demolition and Construction, 1996-1997Save to your list.
Folder 6: Emergency ProceduresSave to your list.
Folder 7: Informational Brochures, Pamphlets, and Booklets, 1949-ca. 2005Save to your list.
Folder 8: Language Arts, 1986-1990Save to your list.
Folder 9: Lory Titelman Scholarship Fund, 1977-2007Save to your list.
Folder 10: Math Materials, 1987Save to your list.
Folder 11: Newspaper Clippings, 1985-2006Save to your list.
Folder 12: Oral Interview Transcriptions, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 13: Postcards, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 14: Pre-1996 Construction, 1965-1996Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: Reading Program, 1978-1979, 1984Save to your list.
Folder 2: Receipts, 1980Save to your list.
Folder 3: Scholarship Dinner Dance, 1963Save to your list.
Folder 4: Social Studies Curriculum and Notes, 1988-1990Save to your list.
Folder 5: Social Studies Slides, Indigenous CulturesSave to your list.
Folder 6: Staff and Director Job Descriptions, 1957, 1967Save to your list.
Folder 7: Staff Notes and Memoranda, 1949-1998Save to your list.
Folder 8: Teacher Evaluation GuidelinesSave to your list.
Folder 9: Westland Annual Giving, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 10: Westland School Evaluation and Comments, ca. 1999Save to your list.
Folder 11: Westland School HistorySave to your list.
Folder 12: Westland School Philosophy, 1949-1964Save to your list.
Folder 13: Westland School Yearbooks, 2000-2005Save to your list.
Folder 14: Westland School Yearbooks, 2006-2014Save to your list.
Folder 15: The Westland Way Newsletter, 1995-2000Save to your list.
Folder 16: The Westland Way Newsletter, 2005-2009Save to your list.
Folder 17: The Westland Way Newsletter, 2010-2012Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 1: West Press: The Westland Magazine, 1971-1972Save to your list.
Box 17Save to your list.
Folder 1: Aerial Map View of Westland SchoolSave to your list.
Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings, 1985-2006Save to your list.
Folder 3: Westland School Folder, 2005Save to your list.
Folder 4: Westland Way Newsletter, 2001-2004Save to your list.
Box 18Save to your list.
Item 1: Construction and Renovation, Pond Pix, Sequences 1-12, 13-23, 24-31Save to your list.
Item 2: Westland Way Photos, J. Crandell, 2005 October 7Save to your list.
Item 3: Westland Way, Spring 2008Save to your list.
Item 4: Westland Way, Volume 10Save to your list.
Box 19Save to your list.
Item 1: Welcome to Westland, video recording, 1999 November 1Save to your list.
Item 2: Westland School Presentation Reel, video recordingSave to your list.

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