Archival Resources

The HES Archives Committee has created these lists of archival resources from suggestions made by the HES membership. The Committee encourages members to continue to build on these resources by suggesting additional collections or archive sites. Please contact Mary Ann Dzuback, Archives Committee chair, at: with your additions or suggestions.

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Syracuse University

Charters Library at Syracuse University

The Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults is the world’s most comprehensive collection of English-language materials in the field of adult and continuing education. Among the resources available to researchers are more than 90 discrete manuscript collections, 2,100 books, 50 professional journals, 220 newsletters, 400 sound recordings, 100 video-recordings, 10,000 photographs, and some 2,800 master’s theses and dissertations in the field. Also included are the papers of individuals such as William Langner, Beverly Cassara, and (of course) its namesake Alexander Charters, as well as the records of such pivotal organizations as Laubach Literacy International, the National University Continuing Education Association, and the Adult Education Association/American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.

Please note: The Library invites applicants to its Grants-in-Aid Program to researchers and practitioners wishing to use these collections. For more information go to Online finding aids to the manuscript collections are available on the SCRC website:

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The Rockefeller Archive Center

This center includes a number of important archives and collections, including collections from the General Education Board, the International Education Board, the Arts, Education, and Americans Panel, Foundation for Child Development, and the Ford Foundation. 

The General Education Board was established in 1930 by John D. Rockefeller to aid education in the United States.  The collection includes correspondence, surveys, reports, studies, diaries, publications, minutes, and administrative records of the board from 1901 to about 1964.  For General Education Board collection:

The International Education Board was founded by John D. Rockefller in January 1923 for the "promotion and advancement of education throughout the world."  The IEB was most active between 1923 and 1928, before dissolving in December 1938.  The collection includes personnel and fellowship files, traveling professorship records, correspondence, memoranda, charts, clippings and surveys.  For International Education Board collection:

The Arts, Education, and American Panel “was the culmination of the work of the American Council for the Arts in Education (ACAE). Established in 1972 as the successor to the National Council for the Arts in Education (formed in 1958), the ACAE was designed to promote the arts as an integral part of school curricula at all levels of education.”  For Arts, Education, and Americans Panel collection:

The Foundation for Child Development collection includes documents from its origin in 1908 as the Association for the Aid of Crippled Children, when it focused on teaching handicapped children, to its late twentieth century focus on the prevention of child poverty.  For Foudnation for Child Development collection:

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Hofstra University: Long Island Studies Institute

The Nila Banton Smith Historical Collection in Reading contains primers, readers, textbooks, and teachers’ manuals related to the teaching of reading from the colonial times to the present. It forms a complement to the instructional materials on reading held in the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) in Hagedorn Hall. The collection was brought together by H. Alan Robinson; major contributors include Lenore Sandel, Melanie Freese, Vincent Faorone, and Julius Chodorow.

Long Island Studies Institute
032 Axinn Library
123 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1230

(516) 463-6411

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Cornell University Libraries, Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University

Human Sexuality Collection contains papers regarding the 1977 "Save Our Children" campaign in Miami-Dade County, Florida and the 1978 Briggs Initiative in California. Anti-gay activists targeted lesbian and gay teachers in these pivotal events in the gay rights movement.

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, 2B Carl A. Kroch Library

Ithaca, NY 14853

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Columbia University Manuscripts and Special Collections

Holds various collections, including the Carnegie Corporation of New York Records, 1900-1924; the Corporation has helped establish or endowed a variety of institutions, including thousands of Carnegie libraries, TIAA-CREF, the National Research Council, National Bureau of Economic Research, Brookings Institution, American Law Institute, American Association for Adult Education, Russian Research Center and other research institutes in Harvard University, Children's Defense Fund, National Assessment of Educational Progress, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Children's Television Workshop, and many others.

Also holds the Columbiana Manuscripts: correspondence, diaries, lecture notes, class work, essays, administrative documents, minutes, and other documents related to various aspects of Columbia University and people associated with Columbia over the years. The majority of this collection is comprised of primary documents written by or for students, alumni, faculty, administrators, staff, trustees, and honorary degree recipients.

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Buffalo State College

Has catalogued and collected over 5,000 pieces of Science Education Curricula that is mostly from the post-sputnik National Science Foundation funded “alphabet” materials.  The archive also has many antique science methods and science text books that go back to the early 1800’s.   Additionally, there are manipulatives and multi-media products that were part of the various science programs:

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