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Freeman, Stephen Albert, 1898-1999



Stephen Albert Freeman first came to Middlebury in 1925 to teach French and quickly became instrumental in the development of Middlebury's global focus. Between 1932 and 1970, Freeman organized or founded four summer langauge schools in Italian (1932), Russian (1945), Chinese (1966), and Japanese (1970). He also organized and headed the Middlebury Graduate Schools Abroad Program that began in 1949. By the early 1960s, programs in France, Spain, Germany, and Italy were all granting Master of Arts degrees. In Vermont, Freeman was vice president of the college from 1946 to 1966 and even acting president on several occasions.

Source: Stameshkin, David M. The Strength of the Hills: Middlebury College, 1915-1990. Hanover: Middlebury College, 1995. Print.

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Baer, Rosemary Faris (Class of 1934), June 3, 1994

Identifier: MOH88
Scope and Contents

1 interview with Rosemary Faris Baer, Middlebury College Class of 1934. During the interview, Baer discusses the French major; Professor Stephen Freeman; Depression; sororities and fraternities; Bread Loaf, student apathy; and the spiritual beauty of the country.

Dates: June 3, 1994

Bowker, John G. (faculty), October 15, 1975

Identifier: MOH28
Scope and Contents 1 interview with John G. Bowker, Professor of Mathematics, conducted by David Stameshkin at 14 Aidrondack View, Middlebury (Bowker's home). Bowker discusses President Thomas; Dwayne Robinson; President Stratton; fund raising; athletics; Hamlin Hall; Tea time tavern; President Hamlin; expanding the Fine Arts programs; mathematics courses; mathematics curriculum changes; Foreign Language Study; President Moody; Storrs Lee; Steve Freeman; Board of Trustees; military training on campus; draft...
Dates: October 15, 1975

Castiglione, Salvatore (faculty), May 7, 1986

Identifier: MOH46
Scope and Contents 1 interview with Salvatore J. Castiglione, Middlebury College Professor of Italian. Castiglione discusses when he started teaching at Middlebury; being director of the Italian school; Georgetown; Fullbright grant; his wife's teaching career; Yale; language schools; language pledge; Italian school in Florence; President Stratton; Mr. Freeman; the school in Mainz; faculty student relations; DML; dissertations; achievements of the Italian school; establishing the Italian major; commencement;...
Dates: May 7, 1986

Evans, Ruth Wheaton (Class of 1944), June 3, 1994

Identifier: MOH89
Scope and Contents 1 interview with Ruth Wheaton Evans, Middlebury College Class of 1944. During the interview, Evans discusses a scout leader who introduced her to Middlebury and encouraged her in her application to the College; the English major; teaching; restrictions on behavior as a student; her role as first woman editor of the Campus newspaper; women making up the majority of the student body during the war; World War II; Middlebury College presidents; Stephen Freeman; and the impact Middlebury has had...
Dates: June 3, 1994

Freeman Family archives

Identifier: C-79
Abstract Spanning 130 years in the history of four families, the Freeman Family Archives traces the ancestry, education and professional career of Dr. Stephen A. Freeman, culminating in his pivotal role at Middlebury College. Photographs, letters and documents illuminate Freeman’s ancestors as well as those of his wife, Ruth Hayden Freeman, and allow for a comparative study of four middle-class families (Freeman, Reed, Hayden, and Smith) from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. The archive also...
Dates: 1870 - 2000

Freeman, Stephen A.

Identifier: F
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of documents both personal and professional in nature having to do with Stephen A. Freeman's tenure at Middlebury, his military work, both as faculty in the Biarritz American University and as a reserve officer, and more.

Dates: 1800-

Freeman, Stephen (Director, Summer Language Schools), July 12, 1996

Identifier: MOH123
Scope and Contents 1 interview with Stephen Freeman, Director of the Language Schools and Clara Yu, Vice President for Languages. Freeman discusses how he got a job in the French department; how language schools started; the language pledge; development of SLS; Italian School; Breadloaf; World War II; President Moody; President Stratton; the origin of study abroad; trying to start new programs abroad; Masters programs at Middlebury; Language lab; designing sunderland; women at Middlebury; Eleanor Ross; growth...
Dates: July 12, 1996

Freeman, Stephen (President, faculty), August 12, 1987

Identifier: MOH53
Scope and Contents 1 interview with Stephen A. Freeman, Middlebury College Professor of French, Vice President, Acting President, and Director of the Language Schools, by David Stameshkin. The interview was conducted in the basement of the library. Freeman discusses Harvard; the French department; President Moody; Chateau; Brown University; salary; his publications; being President of the American Association of Teachers of French; qualifications of the faculty; sabbatical; life in the Chateau; French parties;...
Dates: August 12, 1987

Frieda Finklestein correspondence, 1938-06-18 - 1938-06-28

Identifier: 2023.003
Scope and Contents

Two letters regarding Frieda Finklestein's application to the French Summer School in 1938. One of the letters is from Stephen Freeman, Dean of the French School, to Yvonne Bauer, who recommended Finklestein.

Dates: 1938-06-18 - 1938-06-28

Records, 1948-1992

 Sub-Group — Box 1-11
Identifier: F5.I
Scope and Contents

The majority of the records for the schools abroad are from 1949 and 1977. Budget records, attendance records, and correspondence are included for the first four schools abroad in France, Spain, Germany, and Italy. Much of the correspondence involves Stephen Freeman, Roger Peel, or F. Andre Paquette.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1948-1992

Rikert, Carroll (trustee, administrator), July 1, 1975

Identifier: MOH27
Scope and Contents 1 interview with Carroll Rikert, Jr. conducted by David Stameshkin.Trustees Procter, Hadley, Allen take leading role (01:01); MIT treasurer (01:30); Dr. Stephen A. Freeman, acting president 1953, Hadley, Procter, Allen active roles (04:05) Ted Lang named treasurer, succeeds Allen (04:30) senior trustees: Lang was least recognized and most significant (05:00) Lang's influence on the college was great (05:45); Hadley, Procter, Allen relied upon Brigham's judgement; (06:01) National...
Dates: July 1, 1975

Additional filters:

Archival Object 10
Collection 1
Oral Histories 7
Middlebury College -- Faculty 5
College administrators 4
Language Education -- French 4
World War, 1939-1945 4