Nebraska Authors

Grace Esther Munson

Born 1883 Near Orleans, NE (USA)

Died 1980

Munson taught in rural Nebraska schools and obtained degrees from the University of Nebraska and Wellesley College. Her 1916 PhD thesis at the University of Nebraska was Rousseau's "Emile" restated in the light of modern pedagogy. She was an instructor in education at the University of Nebraska from 1912 to 1918. She then moved to Chicago and embarked on an influential career with the Chicago public schools, as a teacher and psychologist (1918-1935), as Director of the Chicago public schools pioneering Bureau of Child Study (1935-1946) and as Assistant Superintendent in charge of Special Education (1946-1949).

See her profile in the Encyclopedia of Special Education , Cecil R. Reynolds and Elaine Fletcher-Janzen eds., 2007.

Places Lived

rural Orleans, NE
Geneva, NE
Harlan County, NE
Lincoln, NE
Chicago, IL

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Education; Psychologists; Educational Psychology; Special Needs Children


Attended the Nebraska State Normal School at Peru, NE, ca. 1905
BA, (Phi Beta Kappa) University of Nebraska, 1911
MA, Wellesley College, 1912
PhD, University of Nebraska, 1916


Educational Psychologist
Educational Administrator in the Chicago Public Schools


Corresponded with Olivia Pound


Course in self-appraisal and careers in the high schools ... student work sheets prepared by High School Committee of the Bureau of Child Study. 1941.
High school course in self-appraisal and careers, teacher's manual. (with Lester J. Schloerb) 1941.
Bureau of Child Study and the Chicago Plan of Adjustment Service. 1947.

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