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Alma Flor Ada Paulo Freire collection

Identifier: 2009-020-r-f

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials pertaining to Alma Flor Ada and her methods of teaching. Included are selected lesson plans, teaching materials, written works by Alma Flor Ada, a selection of papers by three of her students, photographs, misc. ephemera and two VHS tapes of her lectures. Also included are various works and education philosophies of Paulo Freire. Of particular interest is a stick puppet of Paulo Freire that was used as an instructional aide.


  • 1989 - 2003

Language of Materials

The materials in this collection are primarily in English. Some of Ada's papers and book reviews are in Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Alma Flor Ada, Professor Emerita at the University of San Francisco, devoted her life to advocacy for peace by promoting a pedagogy oriented to personal realization and social justice. A former Radcliffe Scholar at Harvard University and Fulbright Research Scholar, she is an internationally reknowned speaker and the author of numerous children’s books of poetry, narrative, folklore and nonfiction. She is also the author of a book of memoirs, two novels for adults, several professional books for educators and a wealth of educational materials. Alma Flor Ada was awarded the American Education Research Association [AERA] Hispanic Issues Award for Research in Elementary, Secondary and Post-secondary Education and the California Association for Bilingual Education [CABE] Life Long Award.

(information retrieved from on September, 7, 2010)


12 Linear Feet (10 boxes, 1 long box)


This collection is organized in series by material type.

SERIES 1, CV, Papers and manuscripts

SERIES 2, Teaching materials

SERIES 3, Binders, teaching

SERIES 4, Other faculty publications

SERIES 5, Ephemera

SERIES 6, Photographs

SERIES 7, Media, VHS

SERIES 8, Media, Cassette tapes and slides

SERIES 9, Puppet, Paulo Freire likeness

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alma Flor Ada.

Processing Information

First processed by Lauren Abel in 2012. Subsequent processing by Special Collections and Archives staff include, but are not limited to: Annie Tang. Last updated in November 2022.

The papers were previously titled the "Alma Flor Ada Paulo Freire collection." Collection title was renamed for clarity and DACS-compliance.

Finding Aid for the Alma Flor Ada papers
Part of the Paulo Freire Critical Pedagogy Archive
Lauren Abel
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange 92866 USA US