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Guide to the Nellie L. Griffiths Collection University Archives Overview of the Collection Nellie L. Griffiths Collection 1926-1969 01/UG.0004 3.00 University Archives This collection contains professional writings of Nellie L. Griffiths, Professor of Early Education, including publications and their manuscript drafts/copies; her reading copies of speeches and presentations; correspondence; materials relating to her work at NT, including working with the Reading Laboratory; and other items. Publications include: Now We Read; Manuscript Writing; Metropolitan Readiness Test; and various periodical articles. Administrative History:

Nellie L. Griffiths was born in Missouri on September 16, 1983. In 1927, she was hired by North Texas State Teachers College to teach Elementary Education. She would go on to be Professor of Education, Supervisor in Laboratory School, Supervisor of Student Teachers, and after her retirement in 1962, she was recognized with the status of Emeritus Faculty. While teaching, she helped to develop an advance course in the psychology and teaching of reading with an emphasis on the psychology of the reading process. She also established the Reading Laboratory. Throughout her career she was a prolific author of articles and booklets, and contributed to many publications. She also gave many speeches and presentations on elementary education. She was also one of the creators of the Metropolitan Readiness Test. Professor Griffiths passed away December 23, 1977.

Administrative Information Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This colllection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Nellie L. Griffiths Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

Scope and Contents

Publications; Publications with manuscript copy; Essays on Education, MSS; Speeches; "Manuscript Writing" -a booklet with correspondence and data; Children's Handwriting Guides with copy of publications; The North Texas State University Reading Laboratory; Now We Read; Metropolitan Readiness Test.

Detailed List of Contents id25850 460 Nellie L. Griffiths Collection 2727 Scope and Contents

Autobiography; Publications (1931-1949); Publications with Manuscript Copy (1930-1936); Manuscript of Essays on Education; Speeches (1930-1934); Booklet "Manuscript Writing" with Related Data; NTSU Reading Laboratory Materials; Booklets Now We Read and Related Date. There are two items in the oversized box.

id25854 460 1 Brief Autobiographical Account of Nellie Griffiths Career 1966 Scope and Contents

This folder contains a letter to Blythe Mitchell from Nellie Griffiths about her own career.

id25868 460 2 Publications with Manuscript Copy 1930-1936 Scope and Contents

This folder contains a pamphlet for the Regional Conferences for the American National Red Cross in 1933, an article and the manuscript copy for "Drill" by Nellie Griffiths, an article and manuscript copy (which was titled The Junior Red Cross and the School Objective) of the article "The Junior Red Cross Is a Way of Living" by Nellie Griffiths, which was published in the January 1934 issue of The Red Cross Courier. This folder also contains an article and the manuscript copy (which was titled Criteria for a Report, News, or Discussion Period) of the article "Criteria for Discussion Period" by Nellie Griffiths, which was published in the December 1933 issue of The Texas Outlook. This folder also contains the article titled "The Right Teacher for the Right Place" by Nellie Griffiths which was published in the Elementary Principals and Supervisors, two letters from the Rand McNally and Company Publishers requesting an article to be written by Griffiths for the Child Life Magazine, the January 1937 issue of Child Life Magazine, which contains the article "Teaching Attitudes" by Griffiths, and a manuscript for the "Readiness to Read ---What?" that was published in Texas Outlook.

id25875 460 3 Publications, 1931-1949 Scope and Contents

This folder contains a cutout of an article titled "One Method of Wasting School Funds," a pamphlet by Nellie Griffiths titled "A Suggested Order for Presenting and Teaching The Multiplication and Divison Combinations Together with A Summary of Points to Stress in Learning," and a letter from Warwick and York Incorporated.

id25890 460 4 Essays on Education, MSS Scope and Contents

This folder contains the following: three essay written by Nellie Griffiths titled "Some Psychological Principles on Which to Base the Teaching of Beginning Writing," "How Does Student-Teaching Help Prospective Teachers to Realize Their Professional Objective?" and "Social Studies in the Elementary Grades" This folder also contains children's practice sheets for writing and research on schooling.

id25891 460 5 Speeches, 1930-1934 Scope and Contents

This folder contains the following: seven speeches: three of which are untitled, "Trends in Modern Education - 1930," "The Place of the Kindergarten in the Modern Educational Movement," "The Function of the Teacher in the Activity Room," and "The Depression as the Primary School's Opportunity," three programs: "The Texas Society of College Teachers of Education," Kindergarten - Primary Sectional Meetings," and "The Fourth Annual Teacher-Training Conference," a newspaper clipping, a note, and a letter from Texarkana, TX, Public Schools.

id26014 460 6 "Manuscript Writing" a booklet with correspondence and data Scope and Contents

This folder contains two drafts of Nellie Griffiths' booklet "Manuscript Writing, Its Advantages, How to Teach It," four letters from Hall and McCreary Company to Miss Griffiths about her booklet, a sample of a children's writing practice sheets, and a letter from International House.

id26015 460 7 Children's Handwriting Guides with copy of publication Scope and Contents

This folder contains the following a newspaper clipping of the article "Professor Designs New Manuscript Alphabet in Handwriting Guides," the Children's Handwriting Guides, Guide one Manuscript, the Brief Children's Handwriting Guides Manuscript, and the Brief Children's Handwriting Guide.

id26017 460 8 NTSU Reading Laboratory Correspondence and Data Relating to Origin Scope and Contents

This folder contains the following: a letter from President McConnell of NTSU to Miss Griffiths, a letter from Miss Griffiths to the Committee on Research Problems at NTSU, two letters to the students from Imogene Bentley, a letter to Dr. Snow from Miss Griffiths, Requisition form, research, a questionnaire, testing results for freshman, and hand-drawn graphs.

id26019 460 9 The NTSU Reading Laboratory Essay Explaining Lab Scope and Contents

This folder contains an explanation of the Activities of the Reading Laboratory for the Spring Semester in 1945 and the results of the students who participated.

id26023 460 10 NTSU Reading Laboratory Research Data and Essay on NearPoint Vision Scope and Contents

This folder contains an essay titled "The Development of the Near Point Vision of Twenty-Five Children," a draft of an untitled essay, a letter to Dr. Gray from Miss Griffiths, reports one, two, and three, an essay titled "An Inquiry into the Reading Abilities of the Freshman Fall 1944," two questionnaires, two summaries to the questionnaire, an outline of the "Activities of the Reading Laboratory - Spring Semester, 1945, a draft for "Some Results of the Freshman Testing Program Fall 1945, an untitled report, notes, an essay "Some Results of the Freshman Testing Program," hand-drawn graphs, and an essay 'A Study of the Reading Scores for Freshman 1945-1946."

id26026 460 11 Now We Read Materials Used to Prepare Booklet and Revisions Scope and Contents

This folder contains a mock up for Nellie Griffiths' booklet Now We Read, two drafts for the book, notes, and a letter from the Economy Company to Miss Griffiths.

id26027 460 12 Now We Read (copies of booklet) 1941 Copyrights Scope and Contents

This folder contains two copies of the student's edition of Now We Read, a copy of the teacher's edition of Now We Read, a brief on Now We Read, and two newspaper clippings about Now We Read.

id26030 461 Nellie L. Griffiths Collection 2726 Scope and Contents

Booklets Now We Read; Metropolitan Readiness Test with Related Correspondence and Materials; Article. There is one item in the oversized box.

id26031 461 1 Now We Read (copies of booklet) 1941 Teacher's Edition 1941 Revision Working Copy Scope and Contents

This folder contains a revision working copy of Now We Read with edits glued in, and a teacher's edition of Now We Read.

id26032 461 2 Metropolitan Readiness Test 1933 Edition, 1940s Edition with correspondence and test related data Scope and Contents

This folder contains a letter from Gertrude Hildreth to Nellie Griffiths, four Metropolitan Readiness Tests, a memorandum, four letters from Gwedolyn Haskell to Nellie Griffiths, a memorandum titled "Report to Communities in the Item Analysis Experiment of the New Metropolitan Readiness Tests", Metropolitan Readiness Test Item Analysis Experiment, a memorandum titled "Standardization and Other Subsidiary Experiments of Metropolitan Readiness Test", a letter from Roger T. Lennon, and The Readiness Status of First Grade Pupils.

id26033 461 3 Metropolitan Readiness Test 1948 Edition, Correspondence regarding Use Scope and Contents

This folder contains a letter from Gwendolyn Haskell to Nellie Griffiths, a letter from Nellie Griffiths to Gwendolyn Haskell, a General Plan for Completing the Metropolitan Readiness Test, a memorandum to Committees Cooperating in the Item Analysis Experiment of the New Metropolitan Readiness Test, three Metropolitan Readiness Tests forms R, S, and T, three Metropolitan Readiness Tests Directions for Administering forms R, S, and T, an Experimental Edition of the Metropolitan Readiness Test form S, a letter from Roger T. Lennon to Gertude Hildreth and Nellie Griffiths, and a letter from Nellie Griffiths to Roger T. Lennon.

id26034 461 4 Metropolitan Readiness Test 1948, 49, 50 Editions, Preliminary Copies and Research Data Scope and Contents

This folder contains a mock-up of the Metropolitan Readiness Tests Directions for Administering and Key for Scoring form R, a draft for the Metropolitan Readiness Tests Directions for Administering and Key for Scoring form R, a final draft of the Metropolitan Readiness Tests form R, two Metropolitan Readiness Tests form R, a draft for Metropolitan Readiness Tests Directions for Administering and Key for Scoring form S, a final draft of the Metropolitan Readiness Tests form S, a Metropolitan Readiness Tests Directions for Administering and Key for Scoring form S, two Metropolitan Readiness Tests Record Forms, and a Metropolitan Readiness Tests Kindergarten Norms Report.

id26035 461 5 Metropolitan Readiness Test Correspondence with enclosures regarding Test, 1964 edition, 1962-1964 Scope and Contents

This folder contains six letters to Nellie Griffiths from Roger T. Lennon, a draft to Roger T. Lennon from Nellie Griffiths, four letters to Roger T. Lennon from Nellie Griffiths, a letter to Gertrude Hildreth, Mary E. McGauvran, and Nellie Griffiths from Roger T. Lennon, a letter to Gertrude Hildreth from Roger T. Lennon, a letter to Roger T. Lennon from Mary McGauvran, two letters to Nellie Griffiths from Paul J. Barnes, two Metropolitan Readiness Tests form A, a letter to Paul J. Barnes from Nellie Griffiths, and a photocopy of a letter to Roger T. Lennon.

id26036 461 6 Metropolitan Readiness Test Correspondence with enclosures regarding Test, 1964 edition, 1965 Scope and Contents

This folder contains a letter to Roger T. Lennon from Nellie Griffiths, a letter to Paul Barnes, six letters to Nellie Griffiths from Blythe C. Mitchell, a memorandum to Nellie Griffiths from K. Payton, four letters to Blythe C. Mitchell from Nellie Griffiths, a letter to Nellie Griffiths from Roger T. Lennon, notes an pricing, proposed statistics for Metropolitan Readiness Test, memorandum to Nellie Griffiths, Gertrude Hildreth, and Mary McGauvran from Blythe C. Mitchel, a memorandum to Nellie Griffiths from Blythe C. Mitchell, three documents for Test 5 Numbers forms A, B, and C, three Test 5 Numbers forms A, B, and C, two manuals of Directions for Metropolitan Readiness Tests for form A, two documents titled "Some Number Concepts we May have a Right to Expect", order of pasted layout, form one, form two, Metropolitan Readiness Tests form B-1, Metropolitan Readiness Tests Directions to Examiners notes for B1, B2, B3, and sessions one and two, mock-up of Metropolitan Readiness Tests Directions for forms B1, B2, and B3, and Readiness Inventory.

id26037 461 7 Metropolitan Readiness Test 1964 edition, Test Related Data Scope and Contents

This folder contains a report on Educational and Psychological Measurement, Metropolitan Readiness Tests directions to Examiners form B-1, a photocopy mock-up of Metropolitan Readiness Tests form B with notes, Metropolitan Readiness Tests experiments forms B-7, A-7, C-7, A-6, C-6, and B-6, notes on the Correlation between Predictions and Achievements, two letters to Mrs. Davis from Roger T. Lennon, comments on Use of Revised Metropolitan Readiness Tests in a Large Eastern City School System, The Norm Populations for 1965 Revisions, Metropolitan Readiness Tests score distributions by sex, Metropolitan Readiness Tests appropriate total - score equivalents. This folder also contains distributions of Scores made by norm group, October 1964 on Metropolitan Readiness Tests, a letter from the Test Department, Comparison of the Metropolitan Readiness Tests and the Murphy-Durrell Reading Readiness Analysis, Metropolitan Readiness Tests 1965 Revisions forms A and B, a memorandum to Miss Griffiths from Mrs. Mitchell, the norm population for 1965 Revision Metropolitan Readiness Tests, distribution of subtest scores for the standardization population fall 1964, two letters to Mrs. Blythe Mitchell from Dr. Harold Bixler, correlations between predictions and achievements on Stanford Primary I Reading Subtest, correlations between Metropolitan Readiness Tests Administered in late September of grade 1 and scores on the Stanford Achievement Test, evaluation report by teachers form, Metropolitan Readiness Tests Experimental Forms and Items Corresponding to Proposed Standardization Items, Metropolitan Readiness Tests Alternate form for three tests, Metropolitan Readiness Tests 1965 Revision, essay: "Metropolitan Readiness Tests When nay they be used," and the Metropolitan Readiness Tests Original (1963) data compared with 1965: Listening, Matching, and Word Meaning. This folder also contains Item directions for B-1, B-2, and B-3 Word Meaning Test, a photocopy of Metropolitan Readiness Tests draft key with notes for Matching B-1, B-2 and B-3, Word Meaning forms B-1, B-2 and B-3, and a photocopy of draft of Metropolitan Readiness Tests with notes for the Alphabet Original form A, statistics on Metropolitan Readiness Tests, documents from 1967 Annual Meeting, New York City, and four test department memorandums.

id26038 461 8 Metropolitan Readiness Test 1960s Publicity Miss Griffiths Correspondence Regarding Publicity Scope and Contents

This folder contains two letters to Nellie Griffiths from Blythe Mitchell, a letter to Blythe Mitchell from Nellie Griffiths, a letter to Nellie Griffiths from Kathleen Payton, a letter from Peter C. Scribner, a letter to Dr. George Far from Blythe Mitchell, two pamphlets titled "What Do They Bring To First Grade," four photocopies of Metropolitan Readiness Tests advertisements, a document explaining the Metropolitan Readiness Tests and the Murphy - Durrell Reading Analysis, and article in The Crucial Issues titled "A Test Editor Speaks Out," a document giving a general description of Metropolitan Readiness Tests, and a document of the statistics on Metropolitan Readiness Tests which was included in later packages of the test.

id26039 461 9 Metropolitan Readiness Test New York Edition, 1964 Scope and Contents

This folder contains a letter to Nellie Griffiths from Blythe C. Mitchell, a note, a special edition of the Metropolitan Readiness Test for New York State form A, and the direction manual for the special edition of the Metropolitan Readiness Test for New York State form A.

id26040 461 10 Metropolitan Readiness Tests 1964, 1965, 1969 copyrights Scope and Contents

This folder contains a Metropolitan Readiness Tests folder that contains a manual of directions for the Metropolitan Readiness Tests for forms A and B, a key to the Metropolitan Readiness Tests form A, the Metropolitan Readiness Tests forms A and B, a document showing the statistics on the Metropolitan Readiness Tests, and a class record form.

id26041 461 11 Miscellaneous from Texas Outlook Scope and Contents

This folder contains an article from the Texas Outlook titled "Convention Program Texas State Teachers Association Austin", November 30 - - December 2. 1933

id26972 460,461 Oversized box 458-466 2725 Scope and Contents

This oversized box contains two other collections the Campus Ephemra Papers and the College of Business Administration Papers. The following for the Nellie L. Griffiths Collection for box 460: a Purdue Reading Scores table and an Otis Reading Scores table. The following is for box 461: Table 00 Correlations of MRT subtests and total scores with Metropolitan Achievement tests.