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Personal Papers of Betty Hart

Call Number: PP 566


From 1983-1985, Betty Hart conducted two longitudinal studies funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development through the Bureau of Child Research and the Department of Human Development and Family Life at the University of Kansas. This collection contains the transcripts of parent-child interactions collected during these studies for the 56 participants, 45 of whom were typically developing and 11 of whom were diagnosed with Down syndrome.


  • 1983 - 1985


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent of the physical condition of manuscript materials.


9.5 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the Kansas corpus of transcripts of parent-child interaction collected during two longitudinal studies, the purpose of which was to find out what families varying in size, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status do in the course of daily living to support children learning to speak.

The transcripts come from tape-recorded unstructured interactions for an hour on a monthly basis, recorded by an observer at the family's home. Typically developing children were followed from the ages of 7-36 months; children with Down syndrome were followed from ages 12-60 months old.

Folders are titled by child's first name only; transcripts are de-identified and coded. Documentation about the project and codes used is available in the first box of the collection.

Physical Location

PP 566

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Betty Hart, 2012.

Guide to the Betty Hart collection
Personal Papers of Betty Hart
Finding aid written by jrw, encoded by mwh.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Betty Hart Collection, University Archives, PP 566, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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