|Creator:||Blake, Kathryn A.|
|Title:||Aspinwall family collection|
|Quantity:||1.1 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 half box, 1 oversized folder B)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of genealogies, family trees, pedigrees, newspaper clippings, articles, pictures, and other materials related to the Aspinwall family. These include copies of Peter Aspinwall and his Descendants, by Algernon Aikin Aspinwall, 1901; The Aspinwall and Aspinall Families of Lancashire. A. D. 1189-1923, by Henry Oswald Aspinwall, 1923; and The Aspinwall Story, by Willie Mae Aspinwall Youmans. There are also two unfinished manuscripts by Dr. Kathryn Blake, a descendant of the family: 1.) The Handbook of Research, Development and Evaluation in Special Education; and 2.) The Law and the Handicapped. There are numerous writings by Dr. Blake in the collection, as well as some other material, such a charts and a poster.|
The Aspinwall family came from Liverpool, England, about 1630. The original Aspinwall was Peter Aspinwall, who had eleven children. His eighth son, Joseph, was the one who had descendents who then went to Georgia in the 1800s. Sometime between 1824 and 1830, Elijah Aspinwall and his wife came to Pierce County, Georgia. They had five children, four of whom would marry and have children in the same county. Since then, descendents have continued to live and reside in the South.
One such descendent, Kathryn A. Blake, is a remarkable example of the Aspinwall family. She came to the University of Georgia in 1959 as a young assistant professor of special education from Syracuse University. In fall 1961, she received a grant of nearly $40,000 to study efficient learning conditions for children of those same three levels of intelligence. Several publications and other grants developed out of this work, and her research was widely recognized as some of the most important work of its time. In 1965, Blake and Marion Rice secured a contract for the federally funded Research and Development Center in Educational Stimulation. Its annual budget was $400,000. The funds that came to the center allowed the hiring of a considerable number of new faculty members and provided support for many graduate assistants. Blake became a Distinguished Alumni Professor, head of the Division of Exceptional Children. She was one of the most successful grant writers in the history of the College.
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Aspinwall family collection. MS 2813. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.