The Benson Latin American Collection

Paula Kline Collection

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kline, Paula, 1955-
Title: Paula Kline Collection
Dates: 1983-2000
Abstract: Collected materials related to pre-school education in Nicaragua and a sister city project established between León, Nicaragua and New Haven, Connecticut by educator and social activist Paula Kline.
Call No.: BENSON-MS Kline, Paula
OCLC Record No.: 972774376
Extent: 2.5 linear feet
Language: English and Spanish
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

While Paula Kline was finishing her doctoral program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she grew concerned about US policy in Central America and joined a Witness for Peace delegation observing the 1984 general elections in Nicaragua. During this trip, Paula and her husband, Alan Wright, were inspired to begin a sister-city project between León, Nicaragua and New Haven, Connecticut. The New Haven/León Sister City Project was founded in 1984, at the front end of a movement of sister-city relationships that sprung up between Nicaraguan cities and North American or European cities throughout the 1980’s. The goals of the sister city project were to raise awareness among US citizens about the effects the US-funded Contra War (1979-1990) was having on the people of Nicaragua, and supporting Nicaraguans in their vision of creating a more just society. The sister city project was committed to relationship-building between US citizens and Nicaraguans. During her involvement in the sister-city project, Paula Kline focused on preschool education pedagogy and training community preschool teachers.

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains documents, surveys, correspondence and photographs related to daycare centers and preschool education in León, Nicaragua. It also contains material collected by Paula Kline such as clippings, reports, photo slides, and audiovisual material documenting the establishment of the New Haven-León Sister City Project and the work of this organization throughout the 1980s. Of particular note are drawings by Nicaraguan children completed as part of a sister school project documenting their lived experience during the Contra War. Organized into two series: 1) Daycare Centers in León, Nicaragua and 2) New Haven-León Sister City Project and Instituto de Educación Pre-escolar de León.


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Index Terms

The Paula Kline Collection is classified under the following Subject Headings:
Subjects (Persons)
Kline, Paula, 1955- --Archives.
Preschool children--Education.
Sister cities.
Nicaragua--Foreign relations--United States.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Paula Kline Collection, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory

Daycare Centers in León, Nicaragua, 1983-1993

box folder
1 1 Documents relating to the public consultation to create the “new” education, English Translation, 1983 March
2 Asociación de Mujeres Nicaragüenses “Luisa Amanda Espinoza” (AMNLAE) - Proposals for daycare centers; Survey of the Comisión Coordinadora Atención a la Niñez, undated
Sponsor Material
3 Correspondence, 1993
4 Photographs of pre-escolares and talleres para maestras, circa 1980s
5 Lists of pre-escolares comunales y formales, undated

New Haven-León Sister City Project and Instituto de Educación Pre-escolar de León, 1984-2000

box folder
1 6 Clippings, flyers, statements, reports, correspondence and collected materials relating to the sister city project, 1984-1995
7 Correspondence, 1992-1994
Contains invitations to workshops about pre-school education methodology, Montessori education and teacher training in Nicaragua
8 Survey about pre-escolares communales distributed by the institute, circa 1990s
9 Ministerio de Educación Dirección de Educación Preescolar Memo about the Guia de aprendizaje “Sobre el Cuerpo” by Paula Kline, 1993
10 Instituto para la Promoción de Educación Pre-escolar (IPEP) schedules and invitations to workshops, photographs of talleres, circa 1994
11 Collected material related to children’s rights, 1992-2000
Pamphlets, newsletters, clippings relating to physical violence against children, child workers, Montessori education and community organization initiatives
Photo Slides
12 Lee Cruz, New Haven-León Sister City Director, in León at various meetings and donations, 1983-1997
Contains incomplete list describing photos of Lee’s trip; Material aid from New Haven to León; General photos of León
13 1984 National Election; Election delegation from New Haven to León and Managua as election observers; Witness for Peace in León; Sixto Ulloa visit to New Haven, 1984-1992
14 Healthcare slideshows, circa 1980s-1992
15 Labor slideshows; Education slideshows; Pre-school Block Maker; Girls from La Recollección orphanage/internado León; Clínica La Recollección León and others; Ojochal, circa 1980s-1992
box folder
2 1 Unlabeled photo slides of trips to Nicaragua, 1983-1994
2 FSLN anti-imperialism poster; poems by Emilio César Zambrana and Victoria McEvoy, undated
3 New Haven/León Sister City Project Children's Artwork, age range: 6-14, 1985-1986
Prompts for Drawing Exercises
1 Dibuja lo que piensas cuando oyes la palabra “guerra”
2 Si tienes tres deseos mágicos escríbelos y dibuja uno de ellos
3 Dibuja lo que más te gusta jugar o hacer
4 Drawings of homes, villages, crop cultivation, vaccination campaigns and landscapes of Nicaragua
5 Drawings and writings sent from elementary schools in New Haven to Nicaragua
6 Miscellaneous drawings by Nicaraguan children
7 Drawings, paintings, pastels mostly of landscapes and portraits by Nicaraguan children
4 VHS Tapes, circa 1980s-1990s
1 CPC Original Video, undated
2 A Circle of Friends: The Sister City Movement, undated
Cassette Tapes, circa 1980s-1990s
3 Alan Wright, Grabaciones “Leo”, undated
4 Art in the New Nicaragua, undated
5 Canto Epico FSLN, undated
6 Flor de Caña demo, undated
7 Guardabarranco, Si Buscabas; Sobre Viento, Libertad, undated
8 Mancotal part 1, 1989 October 15
9 Mancotal part 2, 1989 October 15
10 Nicaragua Libre Voices, undated
11 Nicaragua: Where Everybody’s Learning, Narration, undated
12 Noam Chomsky Necan Conference, 1989 December 9
13 Press Conference, Mayor’s Speeches, León, N icaragua, undated
14 Sounds/Songs of Nicaragua, Beth Davis, 1992
15 Thomas Walker at Yale, 10 Years of Sandinista Revolution, 1990 February 16


OV Posters
1 Central American Political Organizations, 1980s-2000s
Partial listing of posters--set of sketches; FSLN campaigns; Anti-US intervention posters; CEPA; FSLN Sandino 50th Anniversary posters; Daniel Ortega FSLN political campaign posters; FMLN El Salvador
2 International Organization Posters about conflicts in Central America, circa 1980s
Winning Democracy, Religious Task Force on C.A.; National Central American Health Rights Network (NCAHRN); National Network in Solidarity with the Nicaraguan People (NNSNP);Witness for Peace; World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY); International Youth Solidarity Brigade; Nicaragua Komitee Nederland; Drawing by J Michael Walker, “The Assassination of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador"
3 Education organizations and literacy campaigns, 1980s-2000s
Ministerio de Educación, Nicaragua (MED); Asociación de Mujeres Nicaragüenses Luisa Amanda Espinoza (AMNLAE); jornada contra la impunidad
4 Cultural, Film and Religious Posters, 1980s
Dirección Política del MINT, Ministerio de Cultura; "Nunca Nos Rendiremos" and "Esbozo de Daniel", Instituto Nicaragüense de Cine; Actoteatro,Teatro Gadem Guatemala—El Zoológico de Cristal, Tennessee Williams; VIII Aniversario del Martirio de Monseñor Romero; Centro Ecumenico Antonio Valdivieso; Grupos Cristianos Solidarios Mexicanos y Salvadoreños.; Jornada de la Independencia Cultural