• on loan from the 'Marge Simpson' collection. - scottnj

Bird Stein Gans (1868-1944)

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Description: Born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, Bird Stein Gans (1868-1944) received her education at Columbia University, the New School for Social Research, and New York University. At the age of twenty, Gans joined several women in the formation of the Society for the Study of Child Nature, the first organization in the United States to focus on the field of parent education. In 1897, Gans served as president of the Society and continued her involvement throughout her life and the organization’s various name changes, including the Federation for Child Study in 1898 and the Child Study Association of America in 1924. Gans traveled around the world to further parent education, organizing parent education associations in Japan (1924) and England (1929).

Creator/Photographer: Unidentified photographer

Medium: Black and white photographic print

Persistent URL: photography.si.edu/SearchImage.aspx?id=5844

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives

Collection: Accession 90-105: Science Service Records, 1920s – 1970s - Science Service, now the Society for Science & the Public, was a news organization founded in 1921 to promote the dissemination of scientific and technical information. Although initially intended as a news service, Science Service produced an extensive array of news features, radio programs, motion pictures, phonograph records, and demonstration kits and it also engaged in various educational, translation, and research activities.

Accession number: SIA2008-1845

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  1. Smithsonian Institution 72 months ago | reply

    This photo is part of an ongoing digitization and research project at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Please help us research this photo. View a related blog post here - blog.photography.si.edu/2009/03/30/who-are-you/

  2. vintagepix 72 months ago | reply

    Is there any possibility that the surname is a typo or a misreading of a handwritten label? I have found a Bird (or Birdie) Stein Gans (1868-1944), wife of Howard S. Gans. She was one of the founders of the Society for the Study of Child Nature.


    Formerly married to Louis Sternberger, but divorced him to marry Gans in 1908

    Bird (Stein) Gans was a cousin of Gertrude Stein.

  3. vintagepix 72 months ago | reply

    Right is the 1924 passport photo for Bird Stein Gans - is this the same woman?

    Source: U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, NARA film series #M1490, Roll 2419, certificate #367137 signed 24 January 1924.

  4. Eric Hunt. 72 months ago | reply

    Does a scan of the handwriting on the archive item exist?

  5. vintagepix 72 months ago | reply

    Bird Stein Gans' passport photo overlaid on Mrs. Howard S. Gaus:
    Bird Stein Gans overlaid on Mrs. Howard S. Gaus
    Not very scientific - I tried to line the faces up on the eyes. I really need to stop thinking about this and go do some real work!

  6. Smithsonian Institution 72 months ago | reply

    I just consulted the original image and you are indeed correct, Vintagepix! The handwriting was misread as Gaus rather than Gans. Thanks!

  7. vintagepix 72 months ago | reply

    Yay! Glad you could confirm that! (It's a very common transcription error.)

  8. Yamila 72 months ago | reply

    Yeah! mystery solved thanks to vintagepix

  9. Lulybelle 70 months ago | reply

    An impressive woman..fascinating life!

  10. paul.barfoot 69 months ago | reply

    It is perhaps worth mentioning that she was a cousin of Gertrude Stein.

  11. rosewithoutathorn84 66 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Historic Heroines, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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