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Adele Bildersee

Adele Bildersee distinguished herself as a founding dean of Brooklyn College both for her skills as an educator and for her concern with supporting the social and emotional lives of students on campus through clubs, dances, and counseling services. Bildersee graduated with the first class of Hunter College in 1903 before earning a PhD from Columbia. She taught public school while working towards her degree, and by 1921 she had joined the faculty of the English department at Hunter. When Hunter established Brooklyn College in 1926, Bildersee was named dean of women, and she became dean of students in 1938, simultaneously serving as director of admissions from 1944 until her retirement in 1954. She continued to teach English and to write throughout her administration—her 1927 book Imaginative Writing: An Illustrated Course for Students, was widely used by educators and after retiring she published The Hidden Books: Selections from the Apocrypha. Beyond her responsibilities to Brooklyn College, she also served as the principal for the religious school of Manhattan’s Temple Beth-El for many years and wrote textbooks for Jewish children on biblical history.

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From contributing to the establishment of Brooklyn College to writing Bible textbooks for Jewish children, Adele Bildersee (1883-1971) was always committed to the education of the young.

Institution: Private collection.

Date of Birth
September 4, 1883
Place of Birth
New York, New York
Date of Death
November 19, 1971

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Adele Bildersee." (Viewed on November 14, 2018) <>.


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