Joseph Neef: The Americanization of Pestalozzianism

Joseph Neef: The Americanization of Pestalozzianism

Joseph Neef: The Americanization of Pestalozzianism

Joseph Neef: The Americanization of Pestalozzianism

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During the research and writing of this book on the educational theory and contributions of Joseph Neef, I have incurred many obligations. I am indebted to the Research Committee of Loyola University of Chicago for a grant that helped me in my initial investigation of the educational ideas of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. It was my work with Pestalozzianism that led me to Joseph Neef who was its first promoter in the United States.

A research grant from the American Philosophical Society in 1968 and a summer stipend from the National Foundation for the Humanities in 1970 gave the time and assistance that I needed to use the collections of the Illinois Historical Survey of the University of Illinois and the Workingmen's Institute and Library of New Harmony, Indiana. Dr. Robert Sutton and his associates at the Illinois Historical Survey were most helpful in locating material and in providing an atmosphere that was conducive to research. All who work with the New Harmony collection at the Library of the University of Illinois are indebted to Dr. Arthur Bestor who organized much of the materials.

My visits to New Harmony, Indiana, the scene of much of Neef's life, have always been delightful experiences. I am obligated to Mrs. Aline Cook and to the staff of the Workingmen's Institute and Library for their assistance in facilitating my research.

I appreciate the kindness of Matthew Creighton, S.J., of the Classics Department of Loyola University, who translated Neef's . . .

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