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Elaine Margolis Wickens

July 31, 2014

Elaine Wickens in her School for Children classroom, c1961

Elaine Margolis Wickens, photographer, author, educator, and activist, died on July 19, 2014. A talented documentarian, Wickens’ photographs from Kirt’s New House and What I Like to Do are currently on display in the library lobby.

During her forty-year tenure at Bank Street, Elaine Wickens served in a number of roles. An avid interest in photography led her to serve as Bank Street’s unofficial documentarian. For much of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Elaine travelled around the country as a field representative and curriculum developer for Project Follow Through.

Her time in Macon County, Alabama inspired her to document the life of children outside of school. Kirt’s New House and What I Like to Do, her two collaborations with Calvin Cannon, demonstrate Elaine’s commitment as an educator to the importance of home and school in the life of a child.

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The Elaine Wickens Papers are housed in the Bank Street College Archives.

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  1. January 3, 2015 9:22 pm

    I realized today I hadn’t heard from Elaine in a long time. As one of the former Bank Street/Parson students, I really treasured knowing her. For years after graduating I came back to see the Central Park hawks with her each summer.
    So I decided to search for her online, and found out that she passed away last summer.
    It saddens me to know I won’t ever see her again.

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