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AMS Archives

Dodd Center, U of Conn

The American Montessori Society Archives document the professional and administrative history of our organization, from its earliest days to the present. The Archives also include information about the Montessori system of education.

Housed at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, the collection is open to the public. Researchers wishing support with travel expenses are invited to apply for a travel grant.

The AMS Archives include:

  • historical AMS articles, papers, and correspondence,
  • information and audio recordings from AMS conferences,
  • recordings of presentations by AMS founder Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch and other Montessori “notables,” and
  • materials of individuals closely associated with the early years of AMS education in the U.S.

A detailed “finding aid” (itemization of the collection) can be accessed on the Dodd Center website. All of the records can be viewed in person at the Dodd Center. In addition, some of these holdings are now available digitally.

The AMS Archives Committee maintains close contact with the Dodd Center to ensure that the collection is continually updated with the latest Society information.

If you would like to donate an item to the AMS Archives, please e-mail us at

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