Bess de Farber Collection on the Bilingual-Bicultural Program at Coral Way Elementary
Scope and Content
The collection includes photographs, progress reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, mementos, and other documents collected by Bess de Farber, a student at the Coral Way Elementary School in Miami-Dade County during the 1960s. Coral Way was the nation’s first public school with a program for both English and Spanish speakers.
It also includes group photos of students in the program, as well as individual photographs of De Farber's friends, De Farber's school progress reports from 1961-1971, school mementos such as certificates and picture books, project proposals and planning documents for the implementation of the Bilingual program, and letters and newspaper clippings noting the reception of the program amongst school's parents and community.
Later additions to the collection were acquired as part of a transfer from the University of Arizona in 2019; these materials include the Tina Piñero photograph album, two newspaper clippings, and six letters.
- 1960 - 2008
- Majority of material found within 1963 - 1971
- de Farber, Bess G., 1956- (Person)
Language of Materials
Includes materials written in English and Spanish.
The collection is open for research.
In the sixties, the dramatic shift in immigration from Cuba to Florida called for a shift in education practices that would address the needs of students. As a result, a dual language instruction curriculum was instituted in Coral Way Elementary school. The program was the nation’s first public school with a program for both English and Spanish speakers.
Shortly after the introduction of the first class in Coral Way Elementary, the Bilingual Education Act of 1968 was passed. The bill was the first federal legislation offering for Spanish-speakers to maintain their culture during their stay in the United States. Despite the program’s historic implications, very little is known about the school’s curriculum and organization under this program.
As a young child, Bess de Farber was (1956- ) one of the first children to experience the Bilingual-Bicultural education program established in Miami Dade County. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California and her Master of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University.
Since 2008, de Farber has been the Grants Manager at the University of Florida. She also previously served in the same position for the University of Arizona Libraries. De Farber has provided grantsmanship instruction to hundreds of nonprofit and academic professionals, artists, and university students in the past 27 years, and has led efforts to secure millions in grant funding for nonprofits and academic libraries. She is also a professional clarinetist. One of her most renowned performances is Composing A Heart and other Jewish Immigrant Stories, a program that combines original music and stories about her parents’ emigration to Florida from Argentina and Poland, plus stories form the UF Price library of Judaica Collection.
She is the author of
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Photographs, progress reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other documents collected by Bess de Farber, a student at the Coral Way Elementary School in Miami-Dade County during the 1960s. Coral Way was the nation’s first public school with a program for both English and Spanish speakers.
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Alternate Form of Finding Aid
This guide is available in Spanish at https://www.uflib.ufl.edu/findingaids/Spanish/mss0491.pdf.
Bess de Farber donated the collection in 2018. Later additions to the collection were acquired from the University of Arizona as a transfer in 2019.
Alternative Format Available
Digital reproductions of selected items in the Bess de Farber Collection on the Bilingual-Bicultural Program at Coral Way Elementary are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.
- A Guide to the Bess de Farber Collection on the Bilingual-Bicultural Program at Coral Way Elementary
- Finding aid created by Pía Molina.
- November 2018 (Updated February 2020)
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- Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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- Description is written in English.
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