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SUB-GROUP Identifier: UAV 350.127.xx

Records of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Center for Field Studies

Overview

The Harvard University Graduate School of Education Center for Field Studies existed from 1950 to 1968 and engaged in analysis of educational problems made at the request of state and local boards of education, legislative committees and other educational agencies. The records consist of research results for publication and raw research files for a number of studies.

Dates

  • 1950-1968

Creator

Researcher Access

Open for research for research with the following exception: files containing information on individual research subjects. Specific restrictions, when available, are noted at the folder level. Requires review by archivist.

Extent

9.5 cubic feet (26 boxes; 1 portfolio folder)

The Records of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Center for Field Studies consist of research results for publication and raw research files for a number of studies.

Biographical / Historical

The Harvard University Graduate School of Education Center for Field Studies (1949-1968) engaged in analyses of educational problems and planning for improvement of educational practices. Studies were made at the request of state and local boards of education, legislative committees, and educational agencies.

Professor Alfred Dexter Simpson (1891-1955) began planning for the Center in 1940; however, the Second World War curtailed the development of the Center, and it was not established until the 1949/1950 academic year. Assistant Professor Cyril G. Sargent was the first administrator for the Center. (The Director of the Center from 1955 to 1962 could not be identified through online resources in April 2021, when, due to the COVID19 pandemic, the archivist writing this finding aid was working from home.) In 1962, Vincent Faulkner Conroy became the Director. His term ceased when he was killed in a plane crash in Vietman on March 23, 1967 while studying teacher training in South Vietnam. The Center ceased operations in 1968. In 1969 the Office of Field Activities was formed with a broader mandate to coordinate the School's external relationships and field activities, including field studies. However, the Office of Field Activities is not mentioned in Harvard Annual Reports after 1969.

Arrangement

  1. Working papers (UAV 350.127)
  2. Bancroft Office of Economic Opportunity project, Wilmington, Delaware (UAV 350.127.4)
  3. Records relating to the Englewood Study (UAV 350.127.5)
  4. Correspondence and data from the Hartford Study (UAV 350.127.6)
  5. Correspondence and data from the Pittsburg Study (UAV 350.127.8)

Acquisition information

Records were likely transferred from the Graduate School of Education to the Harvard University Archives prior to 1975.

Related Materials

  1. Approximately 60 publications resulting from research at Center for Field Studies are cataloged in HOLLIS, the Harvard Library online catalog https://hollis.harvard.edu/. These are held chiefly, but not exclusively, at the Gutman Library of the Graduate School of Education. Many of the published reports focus on building needs. Some reports are also held in libraries outside of Harvard, particularly the Library of Congress and in the local public libraries in the municipalities of the school systems studied. Several reports have been digitized and are accessible via Hathi Trust.
  2. Five year report of the Center for Field Studies, 1954 http://id.lib.harvard.edu/alma/990031664190203941/catalog
  3. Center for Field Studies clippings, circa 1950-1968. HUF 270.400. http://id.lib.harvard.edu/alma/99154208008203941/catalog
  4. A report on the Center for Field Studies, December 1956 (Harvard Graduate School of Education. Bulletin, vol. 1:2, Dec. 1956, pp. 8-14.)
  5. Harvard University Archives accession 14045 contains records of the Center for Field studies, the nature of which could not be determined as of April 2021 due to constraints on access and work-from-home during COVID19. http://id.lib.harvard.edu/alma/990083356540203941/catalog

Inventory update

This document last updated 2022 May 02.

Processing Information

This finding was written by Kate Bowers in April 2021, due to work-from-home during COVID19, most of the records were not examined and information for the finding aid was gleaned from the Harvard University Archives container management system and existing HOLLIS records. However, files in the series Correspondence and data from the Pittsburg Study were examined in person. Erin Clauss reviewed and rehoused these records and created a folder list in 2018.

Title
Harvard University. Graduate School of Education. Center for Field Studies. Records of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Center for Field Studies : an inventory
Status
completed
Author
Kate Bowers
Date
2021-04-16
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
und
EAD ID
hua30021

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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