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California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) Collection at the California Adult Education Archives
OTAN FA 011  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Administrative History
  • Indexing Terms
  • Scope and Content of the Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Title: California Council for Adult Education
    Date (inclusive): 1944-2008
    Identifier/Call Number: OTAN FA 011
    Creator: California Council for Adult Education
    Physical Description: Twenty-six file storage boxes + twenty-eight binders
    Repository: Sacramento County Office of Education. Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.
    P.O. Box 269003
    Sacramento, CA 95826-9003
    Abstract: The California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) has been an important adult education professional organization since the 1940s, representing administrators, teachers, support staff, students, and friends of California adult education. The collection includes print and photographic records of the State Office and managers, the State Board and officers, and the regional Sections, and it covers a fifty-four year period from 1944-2008. The archival files, especially those related to legislation, are potentially significant to researchers.
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Location: The materials are in the California Adult Education Archives maintained by the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network at the Sacramento County Office of Education. For current information on the location of the materials, please consult the OTAN Web site at http://www.otan.us.

    Access

    The collection is open for research by appointment. Please call the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.

    Publication Rights

    The materials in the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) Collection have been donated to the California Adult Education Archives and are not subject to copyright restrictions. Publications should properly reference the Archives and CCAE. See Preferred Citation.

    Preferred Citation

    Guide to the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) Collection at the California Adult Education Archives. OTAN FA 011. Outreach and Technical Assistance Network, Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento, CA

    Acquisition Information

    The CCAE State Office had been paying for storage space for its archival boxes and files in the basement of the building at 1006 Fourth Street, Sacramento. A flood in the basement in 2006 demonstrated that the storage space was inadequate as well as expensive. Unfortunately, there was significant damage and many boxes could not be saved. The remaining boxes and file drawers were transferred to the second floor office. Beginning in mid-2006, the Board contracted with an Archives Consultant, Linda L. West, to begin the task of restoring, organizing, and indexing the materials. The consultant provided 170 hours of services during an eighteen month period from mid-2006 through 2008. The consultant determined the arrangement of the archives, prepared a working outline of containers, transferred archival files from the damaged containers to standard archival storage boxes, established priorities for file review and processing, and began the systematic processing of files, the flood damaged files having highest priority. Cleaning, preservation, and detailed description was completed on materials in fifteen of the twenty boxes, and sets of other items such as photo albums, handbook notebooks, and newsletters were identified. Detailed processing was suspended due to lack of funds. In June 2010, CCAE was no longer able to maintain a rented office in Sacramento, and the processed and unprocessed archives were transferred to the California State Archives at the Sacramento County Office of Education. In addition to the twenty boxes and supplemental items originally identified as the CCAE Archives, five boxes of State Office records from 1992-2007 were also included in the transfer.

    Administrative History

    The California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) was formed in the 1940s with the leadership of George C. Mann, Chief of the Bureau of Adult Education, then California State Department of Education (SDE). The organization has six sections, geographic regions that have been adjusted over the years with population changes. Membership includes administrators, teachers, support staff, students, and friends of California adult education. There are some institutional members and some local chapters sponsored by large school districts. CCAE sponsors annual state and section conferences for professional development and networking. The outstanding contributions of adult educators, support staff, and supporters of adult education are recognized at the conferences. Legislative advocacy is an important part of CCAE's mission. CCAE employs a lobbyist and has been effective in initiating and sponsoring legislation that advances adult education and in fighting legislation that threatens to have a negative impact. A significant staff development initiative, the GED Academy, has been sponsored by CCAE for over twenty years. State management has varied over the history of the organization. During the first twenty years the Adult Education Chief of the California State Department of Education was also the Executive Director of CCAE. During succeeding years, management at the state level varied from a part-time Executive Secretary working from home to full time office personnel maintaining a state office in Sacramento with a part-time Executive Director, typically a retired adult education administrator. The organization gave up its state office in Sacramento in June 2010, but maintains a Web site, a large statewide membership, an energetic legislative effort, and state and section conferences.

    Indexing Terms

    Corporate Names

    California Council for Adult Education
    California GED Academy

    Personal Names

    Linda L. West
    Trudy Hawkins
    Angie Knott
    Catherine Leps
    Joyce Moore
    Walt Norling
    Charles O. Peterson
    Lee Powers
    Patricia Reed
    Margaret Rogers
    Don Roth
    William Stitt
    Camille Wickland

    Subject (ERIC Thesaurus)

    Adult Education
    Organizations (Groups)
    Conferences
    Professional Education
    High School Equivalency Programs

    Scope and Content of the Collection

    The CCAE Collection contains a wide range of materials spanning the years 1944 through 2008. The archival files, especially those related to legislation, are potentially significant to researchers. The State Office records from 1944-1993 include: correspondence, newsletters, and reports related to California legislative activity; records of state conferences; state office fiscal records including tax forms, receipts, and audit files; agendas and minutes of state board meetings and membership reports; constitutions, bylaws, officer lists, committees, and project samples and reports. Section information includes rosters, bylaws, salary surveys, and reports. State membership card files, predating the electronic membership database, cover the period 1949-1984. State Board records covering 1976-1995 include minutes, and presidents' and secretaries' files. There are detailed records from the annual state conferences of 1992-1994, 1996, 1998, 2000-2001, and 2002-2006. The GED Academy series covers 1985-2008 and includes historical files, sample materials, and management and fiscal records. Unprocessed files include: Northern Section records from 1975-1995; historians' albums from 1951-1991 from the Adult Education Association of Los Angeles (AEALA), an organization that predated the CCAE Los Angeles Metro Section, along with a carousel slide show and unmounted slides and photos; twenty-eight binders containing photo albums and handbooks; and a container of miscellaneous files covering the period 1995-2000 donated by members. Also unprocessed are four containers of State Office Records from 1992-2007, including office manager files, institutional membership and payroll deduction membership records and reports, and PayCHEX records and reports.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The collection is organized into ten sub-groups. Materials in the following sub-groups have been organized with detailed listings: State Office Records, 1944-1993, State Membership Files, 1949-1984, State Board Records, 1976-1995, State Conferences, 1992-1994, 1996, 1998, 2000-2001, 2002-2006, GED Teacher Academy, 1985-2008. Unprocessed sub-groups of materials include: Northern Section Records, 1975-1995, Adult Education Association of Los Angeles, 1951-1991, Files in Process, 1995-2000, State Office Records, 1992-2007. Additional unprocessed materials are 28 notebooks, including photo albums and various handbooks.