Mary E. Godfrey papers, 1940-1991

6447

Collection Overview

Title:
Mary E. Godfrey papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1940-1991
Creator:
Godfrey, Mary E.
Abstract:
Mary E. Godfrey, assistant professor of art education at Penn State University (1957-1979), taught courses in elementary and secondary art education, supervision, the history of art education, and introduction to crafts.
Abstract:
The collection documents Penn State assistant art education professor Mary Godfrey's career. Materials include artwork, classroom blueprints, course materials, photographs, and drawing manuals.
Collection Number:
6447
Size:
2 Cubic feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

Mary E. Godfrey received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Pratt Institute and a master's degree from Columbia University. She was a high school teacher and supervisor of art in Virginia and then assistant state supervisor of art education for the Virginia Department of Education (1947-1957). In 1957, Dr. Viktor Lowenfeld, head of the newly formed Department of Art Education, College of Education, at The Pennsylvania State University, hired Godfrey as assistant professor of art education. At that time, she was the first full-time African American faculty member hired at Penn State. She served for 22 years, teaching courses in elementary and secondary art education, supervision, the history of art education, and introduction to crafts. She researched the design of art classrooms, studying Pennsylvania art education laboratories, art rooms, and facilities for junior high schools. Her artwork was exhibited in both Pennsylvania and Virginia. Godfrey retired 1 July 1979, and died 30 April 2007.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mary E. Godfrey Papers (6447), Penn State University Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographic
  • Graphic

Personal Name(s)

  • Godfrey, Mary E.

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