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DC/SI Papers of Susan Isaacs

Identity Statement
Reference code: GB/366/DC/SI
Title: Papers of Susan Isaacs
Dates of creation: 1928-1979
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 7 boxes

Biographical history: Susan Isaacs (1885-1948) née Fairhurst, trained as a teacher and gained a degree in philosophy from Manchester University in 1912. Following a period as a research student at the Psychological Laboratory, Cambridge, she was Lecturer at Darlington Training College, 1913-1914 and then lecturer in logic, Manchester University, 1914-1915. Between 1924 and 1927 she was Head of Malting House School, Cambridge, an experimental school which fostered the individual development of children. Isaacs also trained and practised as a psychoanalyst. In 1933 she became the first Head of the Child Development Department at the Institute of Education, University of London, where she established an advanced course in child development for teachers of young children. Between 1929 and 1940 she was also an 'agony aunt' under the pseudonym of 'Ursula Wise', replying to readers' problems in child care journals. She married twice, firstly to William Brierley and secondly (in 1922) to Nathan Isaacs.

Content and Structure
Scope and content: Personalia; a little correspondence relating to students at the Institute of Education, University of London, 1933-1939; press cuttings relating to her writings as 'Ursula Wise' from the journals Nursery World and Home and School, 1929-1940; a few published papers and drafts.

Subject terms: Child development; Child rearing

Personal names: Isaacs, Susan Sutherland (1885-1948) née Fairhurst

Corporate names: University of London. Institute of Education, 1932-1948

Conditions of Access and Use
Access conditions: Available for study.
Finding aids: Available on the on-line catalogue.

Allied materials
Related units of description: Papers of Nathan Isaacs (DC/NI) are also held. There is material relating to Susan Isaacs' work in the Department of Child Development in the records of the Institute of Education and in the papers of Dorothy Gardner (DC/DG).