Inventory of the Hubert Coslet Armstrong papers

Finding aid prepared by Tess McCarthy
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Hubert Coslet Armstrong papers,
Date (inclusive): 1918-1976
Collection Number: 92027
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 10 manuscript boxes (4.0 linear feet)
Abstract: Writings, correspondence, memoranda, photographs, illustrations, reports, curricular materials, and printed matter relating to education in the United States, educational programs in Japanese-American internment camps during World War II, and post-war education in Japan. Includes Armstrong's doctoral dissertation.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Armstrong, Hubert Coslet, 1900-1978


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Hubert Coslet Armstrong papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1992.


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Biographical Note

1900 June 22 Born, Lincoln, Nebraska
1921-1926 Member of United States National Guard
1926 Married first wife, Olive Dexter
1926-1929 Teacher, Pribiloff Islands, Alaska
1929-1931 Psychology teaching fellow, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
1930-1931 BS and MS, University of Washington
1931-1934 Administrator and counselor, Oakland Public Schools, Oakland, California
1933 Summer lecturer, Mills College, Oakland, California
1933-1938 Researcher, Institute of Child Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
1935-1939 Broadcaster for the program Mindways, National Broadcasting Company, San Francisco, California
1941-1942 Teacher and specialist, Indian Service School, United States Office of Indian Services, Stewart, Nevada
1942 Specialist, Japanese War Relocation Center, Poston, Arizona
1944-1945 Research consultant, California State Reconstruction and Redevelopment Commission
1947-1948 Director of Research, Civil Information and Education Section, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, Japan
1948 Advisor to the Minister of Education of the government in Korea, United States Department of the Army
1949 Research consultant, California State Assembly Commission on Public Education, California State Legislature
1949 Married second wife, Masago Shibuya
1949-1951 Professor, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1951-1953 Director, Public Education Association, New York, New York
1953 PhD, Stanford University, Stanford, California
1956-1957 Consultant, Department of Rehabilitation, Stanford University, Hawaii
1960-1961 Consultant and research fellow, University of Tokyo, Japan
1966-1971 Wrote "Charlie Russell's Montana" (unpublished)
1978 Died, Los Angeles County, California

Scope and Content of Collection

Writings, correspondence, memoranda, reports, curricular materials, and printed matter relating to various aspects of education in the United States, educational programs and correspondence at the War Relocation Center at Poston, Arizona during World War II, articles about Japanese and Japanese-Americans at internment camps, and research on post-war education in Japan, as well as Armstrong's doctoral dissertation.

Arrangement Statement

Armstrong's original order and folder titles (where available) have been maintained. Where there was no prior arrangement, materials were alphabetized and arranged chronologically. Folder titles created by archivist are in brackets.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers. Civil Information and Education Section.
Education--United States.
Japan--History--Allied occupation, 1945-1952.
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
Military government.
World War, 1939-1945--Education and the war.
World War, 1939-1945--United States.

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Course materials: Language Development, 1940-1965

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Course materials: Guidance, 1950-1956

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Course materials: Case Method, 1940-1953

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Case study: Selection of administrative candidates, Covina CA 1959, 1958-1959

Scope and Contents note

A case study analysis and review for the Covina School District's Principal Selection Committee. Includes handbook for school officials, printed matter, and correspondence with the committee and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) of Princeton, New Jersey.
Box/Folder 1 : 5

Course materials: Research Design and Methodology, circa 1958-1964

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Course materials: Brain Damage and Neurological Disorders, 1954-1955

Box/Folder 1 : 7

California Governor's Conference on Education, 1955

Box/Folder 2 : 1-5

Research Project on Post-War Education in Japan, U of Tokyo 1960-1, 1945-1961

Scope and Contents note

Includes translation of "Onna Daigaku," notes, letters, final report to Mr. Coladarci on Japan, and materials on the Ikeda-Robertson issue.
Box/Folder 3 : 1

Micellaneous materials to 1929, 1926-1930

Scope and Contents note

Includes papers, graded tests, and illustrations of the human brain.
Box/Folder 3 : 2

Ancedotes, writings, thoughts, 1933-1976

Box/Folder 3 : 3

Biographical materials, 1938-1965

Scope and Contents note

Includes: American Men of Science: The Social and Behavioral Sciences, 10th ed., 1962; Who's Who in American Education, Vol. 16, 1953-1954; and Who's Who in the West, 9th ed., 1965-1966.
Box/Folder 3 : 4

Original ["Charley Russall's Montana"], 1970-1971

Box/Folder 3 : 5

Montana ["Charlie Russell's Montana," typed manuscripts], circa 1971

Box/Folder 4 : 1-2

Oakland (CA) Public Schools 1931-1945, 1931-1953

Box/Folder 4 : 3-4, Box/Folder 5 : 1

Poston (AZ) War Relocation Authority 1942-3, 1941-1944

Scope and Contents note

Also includes United States Department of Interior, Office [Bureau] of Indian Affairs files.
Box/Folder 5 : 2

California State Department of Education 1945-6, 1944-1946

Box/Folder 5 : 3

Dir Res, CI&E, GHQ, SCAP, Tokyo, Japan, 1946-1947

Scope and Contents note

Director of Research files, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, Civil Information and Education Section.
Box/Folder 5 : 4

Harvard University School of Education, 1949-1951

Box/Folder 5 : 5

Dir., Public Education Association, New York City 1951-3, 1950-1953

Box/Folder 5 : 6

Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA, 1953-1965

Scope and Contents note

Includes materials on California Commission on Public School Administration.

Radio Broadcasts, 1936-1939

Scope and Contents note

Indices of broadcasts, with date aired, the title of the program, and the age of the case study on topic. Includes transcripts of radio broadcasts of Hubert R. Stolz, M.D. from 1932 to 1934 and later Hubert Coslet Armstrong from 1934 to 1939 on the National Broadcasting Company radio network broadcast over stations KGO and KLX. The radio show Mindways was written and produced by Armstrong, covering human behavior and featuring stories on parenting, education, child growth, and development issues. Some episodes cover topics such as thumb sucking, fighting, adolescence, left-handed children, and exceptional children.
Box/Folder 6 : 1

1932 October 25-1933 October 30

Box/Folder 6 : 2

1933 November 27-1934 June 14

Box/Folder 6 : 3

1934 July 28-1934 December 21

Box/Folder 6 : 4

1935 January 11-1935 June 21

Box/Folder 6 : 5

1935 July 19-1935 December 27

Box/Folder 6 : 6

1936 January 10-1936 June 12

Box/Folder 6 : 7

1936 July 3-1936 December 18

Box/Folder 6 : 8

1937 January 1-1937 June 18

Box/Folder 6 : 9

1937 July 2-1939 November 25

Box/Folder 7 : 1

[Radio broadcast research materials, correspondence, and transcripts], 1935-1939

Box/Folder 7 : 2

[Japanese Ministry of Education and other agency publications], 1949-1959

Box/Folder 7 : 3

[Armstrong article printed in Japanese], 1961

Box 7

[ Education in the New Japan, Vol. 1, General Headquarters, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, Civil Information & Education Section, Education Division], 1948 May

Box 7

[ Education in the New Japan, Vol. 2 and appendix, General Headquarters, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, Civil Information & Education Section, Education Division], 1948 May

Box/Folder 8 : 1

Miscellaneous writings, 1949-1953

Box/Folder 8 : 2

[Article drafts, and New York experiences], 1943-1959

Box/Folder 8 : 3

[Article drafts and hospital experiences], 1950-1966

Box/Folder 8 : 4

[Articles for publication with correspondence and printed matter], 1955-1971

Box/Folder 8 : 5

[Miscellaneous printed matter on Japan], 1942-1959

Box/Folder 8 : 6

[Clippings from Hawaii, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and New York publications], 1951-1962

Scope and Contents note

Includes articles by and about Armstrong.
Box 8

[Armstrong, Hubert Coslet, "The Relationship of the Auditory and Visual Vocabularies of Children," PhD dissertation, School of Education, Stanford University], 1953


[Correspondence], 1918-1967

Box/Folder 9 : 1

[Armstrong family], 1925-1946

Box/Folder 9 : 2-3

[Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Armstrong], 1918-1949

Box/Folder 9 : 4

[Mr. Hubert C. Armstrong, Jr.], 1930-1956

Box/Folder 9 : 5

[Mrs. Hubert C. (Olive) Armstrong], 1930-1955

Box/Folder 9 : 6

[Mr. and Mrs. Philip C. Armstrong], 1926-1967

Box/Folder 9 : 7

[Mr. and Mrs. Earl E. Hetrick], 1923-1949

Box/Folder 9 : 8

[Dexter family], 1929-1945

Box/Folder 10 : 1

[General], 1918-1945

Box/Folder 10 : 2

[Friends], 1920-1944

Box/Folder 10 : 3

[Miscellaneous notes from others], circa 1928

Box/Folder 10 : 4

[Professional], 1929-1954

Box/Folder 10 : 5

[University of Washington and Mills College], 1927-1942

Box/Folder 10 : 6

[California Teachers' Association and "Ham and Eggs" pension retirement], 1938-1939

Box/Folder 10 : 7

[Ephemera, memorabilia, and pamphlets], 1924-1954

Box/Folder 10 : 8

[Clippings and printed matter], 1940-1951