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SUB-GROUP Identifier: UAV 350.30

Harvard University Graduate School of Education: Deans' records

Overview

The records of the Deans of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education document the administration of research and teaching in the field of education at Harvard chiefly from the founding of the Graduate School of Education in 1920 through 1972. Some records pre-date the Graduate School Education.

Dates

  • 1892-1972 (inclusive)
  • Majority of material found within 1920-1972

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Harvard University Graduate School of Education Deans' records are closed to research for at least 50 years from the date of the file. Some records are closed for 80 years.

Extent

80 cubic feet (241 boxes)
This group of records documents the administratoin of research and teaching in the field of education at Harvard chiefly from the founding of the Graduate School of Education in 1920 through 1972. Some records pre-date the Graduate School Education.

Biographical / Historical

The Harvard University Graduate School of Education was established in 1920. From 1891 to 1920, the study of education at Harvard took place within two different divisions of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Until 1906, education faculty were appointed to the Division of Philosophy. In 1906, a separate Division of Education was established.

Paul Henry Hanus held Harvard’s first faculty appointment in the field of education. Hanus was chair of the Division of Education from 1906 to 1912. Henry Wyman Holmes succeeded Hanus, serving as chair from 1912 to 1920 when he became the first Dean of the newly formed Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Holmes was Dean of the Graduate School of Education from 1920 to 1940. Francis Trow Spaulding was Dean from 1940 to 1945, although, due to war service, he was effectively Dean only from 1940 to 1942. Acting Dean Phillip J. Rulon served from 1942 to 1948. Francis Keppel was Dean from 1948 to 1962, followed by Theodore Sizer from 1964 to 1972. Succeeding Sizer, Paul N. Ylvisaker served as Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education from 1972 to 1982, Patricia Albjerg Graham from 1982 to 1991, Jerome T. Murphy from 1992 to 2001, Ellen Condliffe Lagemann from 2002 to 2005, and Kathleen McCartney from 2005 to 2013. James Ryan became Dean in 2013.

Arrangement

The records are grouped by deanship.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records transferred to the Harvard University Archives from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Records of Deans Holmes, Spaulding, Rulon, and Keppel were received in unnumbered accessions, records of Dean Sizer were accession 08755.

Processing Information

This inventory was encoded by Kate Bowers in January 2018 from information on box labels, with only cursory examination of selected materials to confirm the overall accuracy of the labels. Call number, box number, and content ranges match the box labels, but series and sub-series titles were supplied by the archivist may not match other text on the box label..
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Title
Harvard University. Graduate School of Education. Harvard University Graduate School of Education: Deans' records, 1892-1972 : an inventory
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
EAD ID
hua24017

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.

Contact:
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