Margaret Mulberry Collection


Margaret Mulberry Collection


Mulberry, Margaret


The Margaret Mulberry Collection consists of the personal papers, professional papers, and photographs of pioneering teacher for mentally and physically handicapped children, Margaret Mulberry. Miss Mulberry may have been one of the first, if not the first, educators in the country to devise a plan for work with children with mental disabilities.
Margaret Mulberry was born in Carrollton, IL on December 17, 1886. She moved with her family to Granite City, IL in 1901 and she began her teaching career in 1907 after graduating from Granite City High School. She taught in Granite City for three years until joining the East St. Louis, IL School System in 1910. After serving as both a teacher and a principal at Emmerson School and also completing studies with Dr. John E. Wallace Wallin, director of the Psycho-Educational Clinic at Harris Teachers College, Miss Mulberry accepted an invitation to start her first class for mentally and physically handicapped children in 1919. This school, a first of its kind in the nation, was eventually located at Roosevelt School in East St. Louis at Fourth and Broadway.
Miss Mulberry worked with physically and mentally handicapped children developing her own “Course of Study of Roosevelt School for Use in the Retarded Classes of East St. Louis, Illinois,” which was a pioneering work. She taught physically and mentally handicapped children up until her retirement in 1957 at the age of 70 after a career which spanned 50 years. Margaret Mulberry was honored during the administration of John F. Kennedy when she was given a plaque during Exceptional Children’s Week for her work with and dedication to the handicapped children of Madison and St. Clair Counties.


Mulberry, Margaret


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Louisa H. Bowen University Archives and Special Collections




All requests to reproduce, publish, or use collection materials must be submitted to the University Archivist, Library and Information Services, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Permission is given on behalf of Library and Information Services as the owner of the physical items and does not automatically constitute permission from the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure permission from both LIS and the copyright holder before publication. Retrictions also apply to digital representations of original materials.

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1 hollinger, 1 large flat box, 1 small flat box; 2.5 cu. ft.






ACC. #M00:25


Mulberry, Margaret, “Margaret Mulberry Collection,” Digital Exhibits, accessed December 11, 2019,

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