Elizabeth Sarah Kite

Elizabeth Sarah Kite (1864-1954) was a teacher, social scientist, historian and archivist. Born in Philadelphia to Quaker parents, Kite undertook advanced studies in Europe for six years. While studying in England in 1906, Kite was baptized a Catholic. Upon her return, she taught in a number of private schools in Pennsylvania, California, and Massachusetts.

Kite worked at the Vineland Training School for Mental Defectives, 1909-1918, and conducted research there (and later under the auspices of the New Jersey Commissioner of Charities and Corrections) pertaining to residents of the Pine Barrens. She translated The Intelligence of the Feeble-Minded by Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon (translation published 1916). She also researched various historical topics, especially the influence of French participation during the American Revolution, and served as the archivist for American Catholic Historical Society. Kite became the first laywoman to receive the degree of doctor of literature at Villanova College later University.

The collection mostly contains correspondence, including Kite family letters, as well as ephemera, clippings, and drafts. 1.2 linear ft., 3 boxes.

These materials are owned by the American Catholic Historical Society and maintained at the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center, 100 E. Wynnewood Rd. Wynnewood, PA 19096. For more information please see: http://www.pahrc.net/

Digitization status: ongoing.

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