"This study is based upon the Alcott collection of manuscripts and was written in the winter of 1935-1936, when it was submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of doctor of philosophy at Yale university ". Received the third research award of one thousand dollars offered by Kappa delta pi, an honor society in education, for the best study on a single phase of the history of American education. cf. Editorial introduction. "First printing".