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Prepared for the Web by Barbara Bass, March 26, 1997
9 record storage boxes, 9 cubic feet
This collection is housed in a climate-controlled environment off site and requires at least up to three weeks for retrieval. Please call or email the department with requests for this material prior to planning your visit.
Edna Rickey Oswalt was born in Albany, Ohio, near Athens, on April 22, 1897.
She graduated in 1917 with a bachelor of arts degree in English and foreign languages from Ohio University. She taught for a few years at her parents' request at Beverly and Jackson, Ohio, high schools. She earned a doctorate in psychology in 1924.
She did thyroid injection experiments on rats to experiment on the intelligence of rats which upset the Animal Protective League. After a year's worth of visits from a woman who worked at the league and seeing the humane way Dr. Oswalt treated the rats, she was satisfied and quit going.
Oswalt also worked at the Bureau of Juvenile Research as house mother for 80 boys. She then worked at Columbus Normal School helping to train teachers for exceptional students in the Columbus school system. In Kalamazoo, Michigan, Oswalt taught and supervised a psychological-educational clinic. She started a clinic and experimental work with exceptional children at Kent State and was made head of the Department of Special Education in 1947. In 1943, she married Dr. Glen Oswalt. She was a faculty member at Kent State University until 1959, at age 62, when she left to teach psychology at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.
This collection contains Oswalt's professional papers including correspondence, class files, research materials, and publications, as well as a small group of personal material including biographical information.