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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 II: Student and Staff Life, 1949-2010Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 2: 25th Anniversary, 1974Save to your list.
Folder 3: 25th Anniversary, 1975Save to your list.
Folder 4: 50th Anniversary Sing and ReunionSave to your list.
Folder 5: All School ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 6: All School ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 7: All School ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 8: Alumni Reunion, 1974-1989Save to your list.
Folder 9: Alumni Reunion, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 10: Animal BookletSave to your list.
Folder 11: Anniversary Events, 1974-2009Save to your list.
Folder 12: Camp Westland, 2006Save to your list.
Folder 13: Camp Westland, 2006Save to your list.
Folder 14: Camp WestlandSave to your list.
Folder 15: Class Activities, ca. 1960-2004Save to your list.
Folder 16: Class Activities, 1976-1990Save to your list.
Folder 17: Class Activities, 1985-1993Save to your list.
Box 5Save to your list.
Folder 1: Class ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 2: Class ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 3: Class ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 4: Class and Outdoor Activities, 1980Save to your list.
Folder 5: Class and Outdoor ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 6: Class and Outdoor ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 7: Class PartiesSave to your list.
Folder 8: Creative Play, 1969-ca. 1989, 2003Save to your list.
Folder 9: Eating/Lunchtime, 1969-1976Save to your list.
Folder 10: Events, ca. 1950-1969, 1985-1986, 1999, 2003Save to your list.
Folder 11: Events, 1973-1986Save to your list.
Folder 12: Events, 1991-2010Save to your list.
Folder 13: EventsSave to your list.
Box 6Save to your list.
Folder 1: Events, 2002-2003Save to your list.
Folder 2: EventsSave to your list.
Folder 3: FairsSave to your list.
Folder 4: Family Camping Trip, McGrath State BeachSave to your list.
Folder 5: Field Trip to the Park and Santa Monica Municipal Bus CenterSave to your list.
Folder 6: Field Trips, ca. 1950-1959, ca. 1970-2004Save to your list.
Folder 7: Field Trips ca. 1950-1959, 1970-1999Save to your list.
Folder 8: Field TripsSave to your list.
Folder 9: Field TripsSave to your list.
Folder 10: Field TripsSave to your list.
Folder 11: Group 1, First Big Block Building, October 1976Save to your list.
Folder 12: Group 1, The Happy ChristmasSave to your list.
Folder 13: Group 1 Visits a Shopping Center, November 1983Save to your list.
Folder 14: Group 1 Went to the Dump, October 1976Save to your list.
Folder 15: Group 3, 1977-1978Save to your list.
Box 7Save to your list.
Folder 1: Group SnapshotsSave to your list.
Folder 2: Health, Staff GuidelinesSave to your list.
Folder 3: Indoor and Outdoor ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 4: Indoor and Outdoor ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 5: Indoor and Outdoor ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 6: Indoor Class ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 7: Indoor Class Activities, ca. 1969-ca. 1999, 2002-2003Save to your list.
Folder 8: Indoor Class ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 9: Indoor Class ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 10: Indoor Class ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 11: Indoor Science and Arts and Crafts, 1969-2003Save to your list.
Folder 12: Indoor Snapshots, ca. 1969-ca. 1979, 2002-2003Save to your list.
Box 8Save to your list.
Folder 1: Music, ca. 1960-2003Save to your list.
Folder 2: Outdoor Activities, ca. 1950-2007Save to your list.
Folder 3: Outdoor ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 4: Outdoor ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 5: Outdoor ActivitiesSave to your list.
Folder 6: Outdoor Arts and Crafts, ca. 1960-2003Save to your list.
Folder 7: Outdoor Block Build, 1949-ca. 1950Save to your list.
Folder 8: Outdoor Snapshots, ca. 1950, ca. 1980, 2003Save to your list.
Folder 9: Parent Participation, ca. 1960-2002Save to your list.
Folder 10: Parent ParticipationSave to your list.
Box 9Save to your list.
Folder 1: Parent ParticipationSave to your list.
Folder 2: Performances and Costume Play, ca. 1950-2004Save to your list.
Folder 3: Performances and Costume PlaySave to your list.
Folder 4: Sandplay, ca. 1970-2006Save to your list.
Folder 5: Slides, 1960-1968Save to your list.
Folder 6: Slides, 1969-1978Save to your list.
Folder 7: Slides, 1979-1981Save to your list.
Folder 8: Slides, 1981Save to your list.
Folder 9: Slides, 1982-1985Save to your list.
Folder 10: Slides, 1987-1989Save to your list.
Folder 11: Slides, 1989Save to your list.
Box 10Save to your list.
Folder 1: Slides, 1989-1990Save to your list.
Folder 2: Slides, 1990-1992Save to your list.
Folder 3: Slides, 1995-2003Save to your list.
Folder 4: SlidesSave to your list.
Folder 5: SlidesSave to your list.
Folder 6: SlidesSave to your list.
Folder 7: Sports, 1974-2003Save to your list.
Folder 8: Staff, Parents, and Visitors, 1965-1974Save to your list.
Folder 9: Staff, Parents, and Visitors, 1980-1989Save to your list.
Folder 10: Staff, Parents, and Visitors, 1994-2003Save to your list.
Folder 11: Staff, Parents, and VisitorsSave to your list.
Folder 12: Staff, Parents, and VisitorsSave to your list.
Folder 13: Star Wars BookletSave to your list.
Box 11Save to your list.
Folder 1: Student Artwork, 2003-2004Save to your list.
Folder 2: Student ArtworkSave to your list.
Folder 3: Student Work, Extension, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 4: Student Work, Flame, 1964-1965Save to your list.
Folder 5: Student Work, Fourth Dimension, 1973Save to your list.
Folder 6: Student Work, The Graduate, 1973Save to your list.
Folder 7: Student Work, Lexicon, 1971-1972Save to your list.
Folder 8: Student Work, Sunbeam, 1965-1966Save to your list.
Folder 9: Student Work, West Press, 1970-1971Save to your list.
Folder 10: Student Work, Westlander, 1969Save to your list.
Folder 11: Sunday Picnic, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 12: Time Capsule, Group 5, Class of 2001-2002Save to your list.
Folder 13: Westland Headstart, 1989Save to your list.
Box 12Save to your list.
Folder 1: The Westland Museum of Art, 1986Save to your list.
Folder 2: Westland Pix Group 3, Livia WilsonSave to your list.
Folder 3: Westland School Exterior with Unnamed People, 1957-1958Save to your list.
Folder 4: The Westland Scribe, 1953Save to your list.
Folder 5: Workshops, ca. 1969-2003Save to your list.
Box 17Save to your list.
Folder 5: Group 1 Visits the Airport, 1977Save to your list.
Folder 6: Performances, ca. 1960-ca. 1969Save to your list.
Folder 7: Field Trip to Reagan Library, 2009 March 21Save to your list.
Folder 8: Outside Activities, ca. 1969-1970Save to your list.
Folder 9: Posters and Photo Art, ca. 1960-1985Save to your list.
Box 18Save to your list.
Item 5: Camp Westland, Volume ISave to your list.
Item 6: Camp Westland, Volume IISave to your list.
Item 7: Camp Westland, Volume IIISave to your list.
Item 8: Camp Westland, Volume IVSave to your list.
Item 9: Camp Westland, Volume VSave to your list.
Item 10: Camp Westland, Volume VISave to your list.
Item 11: Camp Westland, Volume VIISave to your list.
Item 12: Carina's Pix to Print, B & WSave to your list.
Item 13: Fair Photos from SharonSave to your list.
Item 14: Grad Photos, Group Photos, Gate with Son, 2007Save to your list.
Item 15: Graduation, 1982Save to your list.
Item 16: Group 1 Pics, JoanneSave to your list.
Item 17: Group 1 Tree People, Group 2 Farmers Market, Group 5 ScienceSave to your list.
Item 18: Group 3, City Hall Field Trip & Shallman Girls, 2004 January 22Save to your list.
Item 19: Group 3, Livia WilsonSave to your list.
Item 20: Group 4, TeshSave to your list.
Item 21: Group 6 Self-Portraits, Janice JonesSave to your list.
Item 22: Groups 1, 2, 3Save to your list.
Item 23: Groups 4, 5, 6Save to your list.
Item 24: Halloween PhotosSave to your list.
Item 25: Job# 03981, December 18Save to your list.
Item 26: Westland Camp Music, Volume ISave to your list.
Item 27: Westland Camp Music, Volume IISave to your list.
Item 28: Westland Camp Music, Volume IIISave to your list.
Item 29: Westland Cover, Job# 03981Save to your list.
Box 19Save to your list.
Item 3: Curtis's Westland Film, video recordingSave to your list.
Item 4: Dance Culmination, video recording, 2001 March 16Save to your list.
Item 5: Graduation, video recording, 1992-1993Save to your list.
Item 6: Graduation, video recording, 1993Save to your list.
Item 7: Graduation, video recording, 2001 June 15Save to your list.
Item 8: Graduation Part 1, video recordingSave to your list.
Item 9: Graduation Part 2, video recordingSave to your list.
Item 10: Graduation Part 3, video recordingSave to your list.
Box 20Save to your list.
Item 1: Group 1 Classroom Activities, video recordingSave to your list.
Item 2: Group 3 Library, video recordingSave to your list.
Item 3: Group 4 Culmination, Navaho, Hopi, video recording, June 1987Save to your list.
Item 4: Group 4 Culminations, Alaska (rehearsal), California, video recording, 1992, 1993Save to your list.
Item 5: Group 4 Town Meeting, Music, Wood Working, video recordingSave to your list.
Item 6: Group 6 Movie, video recordingSave to your list.
Item 7: Math Program, Staff Presentation, video recording, 1982Save to your list.
Item 8: School Play, video recordingSave to your list.
Item 9: Student Newscasters, video recordingSave to your list.
Item 10: Parent Education Meeting, audio recording, 1993 January 27Save to your list.
Item 11: Graduation, Tide is Risen, audio recording, 1964Save to your list.

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