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Teachers Encouraging a Love for Literature



  • Existence: 1989 - 2000s

Historical Information

Teachers Encouraging a Love for Literature (TELL) began in 1989 as a collaboration between Lauralee Foerster from the Lafayette (Indiana) School Corporation and Jill P. May, professor of children's literature at Purdue University. It was governed by an elected board of active members who were classroom teachers, librarians, and Purdue faculty and graduate students. TELL encouraged professionals to collaborate with others in the field of children's literature and share stories that could increase literacy and cultural understanding for their students. The organization was active until the late 2000s.


MSF 555, Jill P. May papers, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Jill P. May papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 555
Scope and Contents The Jill P. May papers document the life and career of Professor of Emerita of the College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Education, Jill P. May. The majority of the papers date from the mid-1970s to May’s retirement in 2011. The collection documents the private and professional life of May, particularly her professional activities during her tenure at Purdue University. Some personal papers include May’s early life and education, in addition to correspondence with family members...
Dates: 1923 - 2018; Majority of material found within mid-1970s - 2011

Professional Career, 1923 - 2018

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 555, Series 3
Scope and Contents The Professional Career series holds materials related to May's extensive career at Purdue University and is categorized under three sub-series: Teaching, Writing and Research, and Professional Activities. A large portion of this series includes writings and research May conducted in addition to her teaching duties, and also her participation in many professional organizations such as the Children's Literature Association. Types of materials include teaching materials, manuscripts, research...
Dates: 1923 - 2018; Majority of material found within 1975 - 2018

Teaching, 1969 - 2011

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 555, Series 3, Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents This sub-series includes papers related to May's teaching career such as course notes and research, student papers, and electronic media from courses taught at Purdue University, Hollins University summer programs in Roanoke, Virginia, and other special courses. Of note are newsletters and documents from TELL (Teachers Encouraging a Love for Literature). Some coursework from EDCI courses are restricted with redacted copies in their place. Other documents containing personal contact information...
Dates: 1969 - 2011

TELL Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 11