Allison Beth Schmidt Papers

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Allison Beth Schmidt papers
Creator: Schmidt, Allison Beth, 1970-1995
Call Number: D.264
Dates: 1992-1995
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Master's degree work, September 1992-May 1993
Series II: Doctoral work, December 1992-May 1995
Series III: Professional teaching experiences work, December 1993-May 1995
Series IV: Material pertaining to Allison Schmidt's death and memorial services
Collection Overview
Title: Allison Beth Schmidt papers
Creator: Schmidt, Allison Beth, 1970-1995
Call Number: D.264
Dates: 1992-1995
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Allison Beth Schmidt (1970-1995), the daughter of Howard and Sheryl Schmidt, was born in Livingston, New Jersey on January 6, 1970. Allison lived with her parents and her sister Mindy in East Brunswick, New Jersey until 1988, when she entered the University of Delaware. During her four years at the University of Delaware, Allison was a volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation and President of the Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority from 1991-1992. She graduated in 1992 with a BA in English Literature and was awarded a scholarship to pursue graduate work at the University of Rochester. Allison received her MA in English Literature in May 1993.

In the summer of 1993, Allison began taking courses at the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. During the fall 1993 semester, she was a teaching assistant at Edison Technical and Occupational High School in Rochester as part of her graduate course work, and in the spring of 1994, she was a student teacher at Canandaigua Academy in Canandaigua, New York.

After her successful student teaching experiences at Canandaigua Academy, Allison sought and obtained a permanent teaching position in the English Department of Canandaigua Academy in the fall of 1994. During this time, she continued her graduate course work as a matriculated student in the Ph.D. program in the Warner School. Her research interests focused primarily on gender equality in educational contexts and critical teaching. When she died on June 23, 1995, Allison had successfully passed the first in a series of doctoral exams.

Scope and Content
This collection consists of the following: papers written for university courses, handwritten notes taken during courses, application materials for teaching positions, letters of recommendation from university professors, handwritten notes taken in preparation for writing a paper on feminist pedagogy, examples of Allison's high school students' writing, teaching handouts Allison prepared for her high school students, and personal correspondence.

Organization of documents

Allison Schmidt's documents are divided into four groups: documents pertaining to her master's degree work in English, her doctoral degree work at the Warner School, and her professional teaching experiences. The documents are arranged chronologically within each group. Where no date appears on the document, the approximate date of the writing was determined through Allison's transcripts, her dated documents, and the subject matter of the undated documents. The Appendix contains newspaper articles reporting her death, a photograph taken in 1994, and programs from memorial services held at the University of Rochester.

This register includes an introductory essay about Allison Schmidt, her work, and the contents of this collection by Nancy Niemi, Allison's friend and fellow graduate student in the Warner School.

Subject(s):
College students
Schmidt, Allison Beth, 1970-1995
University of Rochester -- Students
Teachers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Howard and Sheryl Schmidt, May 4, 2000.Access
The Allison Beth Schmidt papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Allison Beth Schmidt papers, D.264, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
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Content List
Series I: Master's degree work, September 1992-May 1993
Box 1, Folder 1A Comparison of the Individual in Wordsworth and Browning, January 30, 1991
Course paper (Bachelor's degree paper)

Box 1, Folder 1Emma Courtney: A Feminist Perspective, May 27, 1991
Course paper (Bachelor's degree paper)

Box 1, Folder 1Tennyson: Ideas of "Mask"ulinity and Femininity in "The Princess", December 11, 1992
Course paper, ENG 419

Box 1, Folder 1Wallace Stevens: A Study of Imperfection and Imagination, December 14, 1992
Course paper, ENG 437

Box 1, Folder 1A Quaker Mythology: Slavery, Mysticism, and the Value of Rhetoric, December 18, 1992
Course paper, ENG 539

Box 1, Folder 2A New "Gender"ation of Women, undated
Course paper, ENG 447

Box 1, Folder 2Gates and Christian, undated
Course paper, ENG 447

Box 1, Folder 2Tannen, undated
Course paper, ENG 447

Box 1, Folder 2Woolf Commentary, undated
Course paper, ENG 447

Box 1, Folder 2Eliot Commentary, undated
Course paper, ENG 447

Box 1, Folder 2Science, undated
Course paper, ENG 447

Box 1, Folder 2Gender and Reading, undated
Course paper, ENG 447

Box 1, Folder 2Language and Gender: A Case Study, May 14, 1993
Course paper, ENG 447

Box 1, Folder 2The Later Ideologies of D. H. Lawrence in Aaron's Rod, Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious, and Fantasia of the Unconscious, May 14, 1993
Course paper, ENG 549

Box 1, Folder 2Regaining Subject Status in Shakespeare's Othello, May 14, 1993
Course paper, ENG 509

Series II: Doctoral work, December 1992-May 1995
Box 1, Folder 3Personal statement of Allison Schmidt for Allison's matriculation to the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, undated
Box 1, Folder 3Letter of recommendation from Daniel Albright for Ph.D. program at Rutgers University, December 14, 1992
Box 1, Folder 3Letter of recommendation from Frank Shuffleton (English Department, University of Rochester) for Allison Schmidt's admission to the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, January 7, 1993
Box 1, Folder 3Personal statement of Allison Schmidt, February 19, 1993
Box 1, Folder 3Letter of recommendation from David Bleich (English Department, University of Rochester) for Allison's matriculation to the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, undated
Box 1, Folder 3Letter of recommendation from David Hursh (Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development) for Allison's matriculation to the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, January 21, 1994
Box 1, Folder 3Letter from Warren Crichlow to Allison regarding her Warner School Doctoral Core Portfolio Exam, May 28, 1995
Box 1, Folder 3Transcript from the University of Delaware
Box 1, Folder 4ED 401 Introduction, September 1993
Course paper

Box 1, Folder 4Essay #1, October 12, 1993
Course paper ED 431

Box 1, Folder 4Essay #2, November 23, 1993
Course paper ED 431

Box 1, Folder 4Equality of Educational Opportunity in Rochester, 1993, November 29, 1993
Co-authored with Chris Murphy, Sarah Midgley, and John Lawrence. Course paper ED 415

Box 1, Folder 4ED 415 Final Exam, December 16, 1993
Course work ED 415- exam

Box 1, Folder 4Understanding Black Achievement in Secondary Schools, undated
Course work - final exam?

Box 1, Folder 4Reflections, May 10, 1994
Course paper

Box 1, Folder 4ENG 571, untitled, September 16, 1994
Course paper, ENG 571

Box 1, Folder 5Response to Richard Ohmann and Linda Brodkey, September 27, 1994
Course paper, EDU 508

Box 1, Folder 5Response to Madeleine Grumet's Bitter Milk, October 11, 1994
Course paper, EDU 508

Box 1, Folder 5Women Journalists in a Gilded Age: Divergent Voices for a Common Goal, October 13, 1994
Course paper, ED 488

Box 1, Folder 5Response #5 - Women, Native, Other, October 24, 1994
Course paper, ED 488

Box 1, Folder 5Response to Jill Stuart, November 1, 1994
Course paper, ED 488

Box 1, Folder 5Women Journalists in a Gilded Age: Divergent Voices for a Common Goal, November 3, 1994
Course paper (rewrite), ED 488

Box 1, Folder 5Response to Writing With and JAC, November 8, 1994
Course paper, EDU 508

Box 1, Folder 5Women Journalists of the 1920's-1950's, December 1, 1994
Course paper, ED 488

Box 1, Folder 5Women in Journalism: 1960-present, December 8, 1994
Course paper, ED 488

Box 1, Folder 6Syllabus for "Seminar in Critical Literacy", Spring 1995
EDU 582

Box 1, Folder 6Handwritten notes from "Critical Literacy", undated
EDU 582

Box 1, Folder 6Untitled paper for "Critical Literacy", February 8, 1995
Course paper, EDU 582

Box 1, Folder 6Questions about readings in EDU 582 generated by students in the class dated 2.6.95, 2.15.95, 2.22.95, 2.23.95
Box 1, Folder 6Paper by Rachel Martin, 1995
Course reading, EDU 582

Box 1, Folder 6Draft of a letter to Rachel Martin, March 1995
Box 1, Folder 6Questions, March 1, 1995
Course work, EDU 582

Box 1, Folder 6Annotated bibliographic citations from ERIC regarding feminist pedagogy, undated
Box 1, Folder 7Invisible Privilege in a Middle School English Classroom: Struggling With Adolescents and the Art of Generative Themes, June 1995
Course paper, EDU 582

Box 1, Folder 7Bibliographical citations from ERIC and other sources
Box 1, Folder 7Bibliographies from untitled books about gender and education
Box 1, Folder 7Handwritten notes from Library Orientation with librarian Kathy McGowan
Series III: Professional teaching experiences work, December 1993-May 1995
Box 1, Folder 8Letter to James Lynch regarding a possible student teaching position at Canandaigua Academy, December 2, 1993
Box 1, Folder 8Letter of recommendation from Henry Allen (Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development) for Allison's application as an adjunct instructor (no institution named), March 24, 1994
Box 1, Folder 8Statement written by Allison Schmidt to accompany an application for a teaching position (?)
Box 1, Folder 8Lesson plan formats, Poetry Unit (Canandaigua Academy)
2 lesson plans

Box 1, Folder 8February, March, and April 1994 calendars indicating teaching plans; handwritten
Box 1, Folder 8Handwritten notes on Crime and Punishment
Box 1, Folder 8Character Doubling, Student handout (Canandaigua Academy)
Box 1, Folder 8"Holy Thursday"
Photocopy of two Blake poems with identical titles

Box 1, Folder 8"The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner"
Photocopy of poem by Randall Jarrell, handwritten notes on page

Box 1, Folder 8Canandaigua Academy students' writings about Crime and Punishment, dated late March 1994
Box 1, Folder 8Crime and Punishment lesson handouts and unit exams
Box 1, Folder 8Notes on Crime and Punishment papers, April 12, 1994
Handout to AP English students at Canandaigua Academy

Box 1, Folder 8Letter of recommendation from Kathleen H. Nacca (student teaching supervisor, Canandaigua Academy), April 18, 1994
Box 1, Folder 8Evaluative assessment of student evaluations (Canandaigua Academy)
Box 1, Folder 8Letter of recommendation by David Bleich (English Department, University of Rochester) for an undergraduate teaching appointment, May 5, 1994
Box 1, Folder 8Curriculum vitae of Allison Schmidt
Box 1, Folder 8Letter of application for a teaching position at Canandaigua Academy, October 20, 1994
Box 1, Folder 8Official transcript from the University of Rochester, October 27, 1994
Box 1, Folder 8Letter of application for a teaching position of Adjunct Instructor of English at Genesee Community College, October 2, 1994
Box 1, Folder 8Letter of application for a teaching position of Adjunct Instructor of English at Monroe Community College, March 24, 1995
Series IV: Material pertaining to Allison Schmidt's death and memorial services
Box 1, Folder 9Newspaper articles written at the time Allison's death
Photocopies

Box 1, Folder 9Program for memorial service held at the Interfaith Chapel, University of Rochester, September 23, 1995
Box 1, Folder 9Presentation of Allison's papers to the University of Rochester Library, May 4, 2000
Includes invitation, program, remarks by Lynn Gordon, poem composed and read by Jill E. Stevens

Box 1, Folder 9Photograph of Allison B. Schmidt
Box 1, Folder 10Videotape of presentation of Allison's Schmidt's papers to the University of Rochester Library, May 4, 2000
Presentation held at in the Plutzik Room, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections



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