Guide to the Pauline Snedden Sears Papers

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Call Number: SC0501
Creator: Sears, Pauline Snedden.
Title: Pauline Snedden Sears papers
Dates: 1931-1990
Bulk Dates: 1953-1977
Physical Description: 2.5 Linear feet
Summary: Professional papers from her teaching career at Stanford University.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022

Administrative Information


Gift of the estate of Pauline Sears, 1993.

Information about Access

Collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.

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Cite As

Pauline Snedden Sears Papers (SC0501). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Associated Materials

Snedden Family Papers (SC1207)


Pauline (Pat) Sears earned her a.b. in psychology at Stanford in 1930, her M.A. in child guidance at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1931, and her Ph.D. in psychology at Yale University. Before joining the Stanford faculty in the School of Education in 1953, she taught at Yale and Harvard and was a research associate at the Child Welfare Research Station at the State University of Iowa. At Stanford she was promoted to assistant professor in 1955, associate professor in 1958, and full professor in 1966; she retired in 1973 with the rank of Emeritus Professor. While at Stanford, Prof. Sears was a research associate with the Stanford Center in Research and Development in Teaching. Her research subjects included the classroom effects of computer assisted instruction, development of creativity, and teaching strategies for effective reinforcement of culturally different children. In addition, she was administrator of the Elementary Teaching Training Program and organized the program in child development in the School of Education. Prof. Sears was the co-author of two books: In Pursuit of Self-Esteem and Intellectual Development.

Scope and Content of Collection

The papers of Pauline Sears primarily pertain to her career at Stanford, with only one folder of materials pertaining to her activities during the 1930s. Included are correspondence, memoranda, proposals, papers, and articles. Her research interests include achievement motivation and creativity. Correspondents include Nicholas Anastasiow, Susan Crockenberg, David H. Feldman, Lilian Katz, and Joanne Gamble Whitmore. The papers have been arranged in three sections: general files, works by Sears, and files on students and/or colleagues. The correspondence is generally both incoming and outgoing.

Access Terms

Anastasiow, Nicholas
Crockenberg, Susan
Feldman, David H.
Katz, Lilian
Stanford University. Graduate School of Education. Faculty.
Whitmore, Joanne Gamble
Education--Study and teaching
Motivation (Psychology)

Collection Contents


General Files 1931-1990

Box 1, Folder 1

Achievement motivation project - proposal, 1959

Box 1, Folder 2

Biographical materials

Box 1, Folder 3

Case study reports by students in psychology class, 1953

Box 1, Folder 4

Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1969

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence regarding death of friends, 1984-89

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence to the Gamble's, 1970 and undated

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence regarding professional matters, 1968-90

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence with students, 1967-72

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence with students, 1973-74

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence - Christmas cards and misc. notes

Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence, personal, 1970-85

Box 1, Folder 12


Box 1, Folder 13

Miscellaneous items (exams, notes, clipping), 1931-37

Box 1, Folder 14

Pursuit of Self-Esteem - comments on

Box 1, Folder 15

Professional papers (memoranda, correspondence, budgets, vita), 1957-75

Box 2, Folder 1

Professional papers (memoranda, correspondence, reports, vita), 1957-75

Box 2, Folder 2

Sears, David - articles

Box 2, Folder 3

Sears, David - articles

Box 2, Folder 4

Sears, Robert - death of


Works by Pauline Sears 1959-1972

Box 2, Folder 5

Book reviews

Box 2, Folder 6

Classroom work behavior of children, by Sears and Margaret H. Pintler, undated

Box 2, Folder 7

Effect of classroom conditions on the strength of achievement motive and work output on elementary school children; Cooperative research project no. 873; 1963

Physical Description: two mimeographed papers
Box 2, Folder 8

Effect of classroom conditions on the strength of achievement motive and work output on elementary school children; Cooperative research project no. 873; 1963

Physical Description: [bound volume]
Box 2, Folder 9

Effective reinforcement for achievement behaviors in disadvantaged children: the first year; Stanford Center for Research and Development in Teaching, 1972

Box 2, Folder 10

Effects of computer assisted instruction on children's behavior, by Sears and David H. Feldman; Educational Technology, March 1970

Box 2, Folder 11

Implications of motivation theory for independent learning; conference paper, 1965

Box 2, Folder 12

A look at measures of achievement motivation, symposium paper, 1959

Box 2, Folder 13

Pursuit of self-esteem: the middle childhood years, undated

Box 3, Folder 1

Self concept in the service of educational goals, 1964

Box 3, Folder 2

Study of development of creativity: research problems in parental antecedents, 1968

Box 3, Folder 3

Teachers' interactions with boys and with girls, 1966

Box 3, Folder 4

Teacher's role in the motivation of the learner, 1964

Box 3, Folder 5

What happens to pupils within the classroom in elementary schools?, 1960


Students and Colleagues Files 1956-1977

Box 3, Folder 6

Anastasiow, Nicholas - articles

Box 3, Folder 7

Anastasiow, Nicholas - articles

Box 3, Folder 8

Anastasiow, Nicholas - correspondence and poems, 1969-75

Box 3, Folder 9

Compton, Carolyn, 1967-70

Box 3, Folder 10

Crist, Janet, 1972-74

Box 3, Folder 11

Crockenberg, Susan - articles and papers, 1976-77

Box 4, Folder 1

Crockenberg, Susan - correspondence, 1970-76

Box 4, Folder 2

Feldman, David - correspondence, 1972-75

Box 4, Folder 3

Feldman, David - articles and papers

Box 4, Folder 4

Firme, Thereza Penna, 1969

Box 4, Folder 5

Katz, Lilian - reprints and published articles

Box 4, Folder 6

Katz, Lilian - articles from ERIC Clearinghouse

Box 4, Folder 7

Katz, Lilian - typescript articles

Box 4, Folder 8

Katz, Lilian - correspondence, 1968-73

Box 4, Folder 9

King, Donald, 1969-71

Box 4, Folder 10

Leler, Hazel, 1969-75

Box 5, Folder 1

Levin, Harry, 1956-57

Box 5, Folder 2

Lewittes, Hedva, 1971-73

Box 5, Folder 3

Mbilinyi, Marjorie, 1968, 1972

Box 5, Folder 4

McFee, June, 1972-75

Box 5, Folder 5

Mote, Florence, 1963, 1969

Box 5, Folder 6

Mwaniki, Mebo K., 1970-73

Box 5, Folder 7

Nichols, Sherry, 1972

Box 5, Folder 8

Nieman, Marianne, 1969, 1973

Box 5, Folder 9

Peters, Don, 1968-74

Box 5, Folder 10

Pirofski, Florence, 1969-76

Box 5, Folder 11

Reimanis, Gunars, 1967-68

Box 5, Folder 12

Schwartz, Pauline, 1972-74

Box 5, Folder 13

Smith, Helen, 1971-76

Box 5, Folder 14

Smith, Ian, 1970-71

Box 5, Folder 15

Trickett, Helen, 1968

Box 5, Folder 16

Vint, Virginia, 1963-74

Box 5, Folder 17

Whitmore, Joanne Gamble, 1969-73