Resources and References

Paul Avrich’s book, The Modern School Movement is an invaluable source of information on Modern Schools in the US. Much of the information on this website, including the map data, is sourced from Avrich. (Princeton University Press, 1980)

The Stelton Colony school, as the longest-running Modern School in the United States, has several history projects devoted to it, including Friends of the Modern School and the Rutgers University Modern School Collection.

Laurence R. Veysey’s book The Communal Experience: Anarchist and Mystical Communities in Twentieth-century America contains a section on the Stelton colony. (University of Chicago Press, 1978)

Paul Avrich also published a work based on a series of interviews with anarchist figures and those who knew them, including people involved in the Modern School Movement:
Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America.

Alternative Education Resource Organization has a video interview with Modern School administrator and instructor Nellie Dick.

The creator of this Modern School Digital History Website later traveled to the grounds of the Stelton Colony with a graduate of the school. Head First Video: The Modern School of Stelton.

The header image is from the Rutgers University collection, and a description can be found on the Rutgers University Libraries website:

Sherwood Trask was a Dartmouth graduate who taught history, geography, and basketry. He frequently went hiking and camping with the children. Below, he can be seen teaching a reading class (1922).(photo by O. Steckbardt)

This digital history project was created by Darian Worden, a graduate student at The City College of New York. He can be reached at darianworden(at)gmail(dot)com. There is an intention to make updates and improvements to the project, and input is welcome.