The materials in this collection primarily document Sidney J. Stern’s efforts to relocate family members and others living in Germany between 1936 and 1941 and, to a lesser degree, the Stern family’s life and activities in Greensboro (Guilford Co.), North Carolina. The approximately 245 letters related to the relocation of family members include requests for biographical information for visa applications and copies of affidavits of support sworn by Stern and other residents of Greensboro and North Carolina. Other materials in the collection include articles, newspaper clippings, and genealogical information on the Oettinger family of Kinston (Lenoir Co.), N.C.
Collection comprises research material gathered by Mrs. Luiggi for her book, "65 Valiants" (University of Florida Press, 1965) concerning American teachers who helped establish teacher education and public schools in Argentina during the 1870s and 1880s. The bulk of the collection consists of letters of various sources about each of the teachers, and notes taken in interviews, and from other sources. There are copies of letters of the 1870s and 1880s by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and Mary Tyler Peabody Mann. There is information on kindergartens in Boston, Saint Louis, and Washington, D.C.; and the Armstrong, Atkinson, Eccleston, and Stearns families. There is a diary of Sarah Eccleston, 1883-1886; along with pictures of Mrs. Mann and Sarmiento; and photographs of busts of Horace Mann and Abraham Lincoln. There are also 92 black-and-white photographs and 43 negatives providing images of the teachers, including several cartes-de-visite and one tin type.