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Inventory of the William Van Til papers
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: William Van Til papers
    Dates: 1928-1997
    Collection Number: 89015
    Creator: Van Til, William.
    Collection Size: 59 manuscript boxes (23.6 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The William Van Til papers document the career of an important figure in the history of American education in the twentieth century. Identified with the progressive movement of John Dewey and William Heard Kilpatrick, Van Til was an early supporter of racial integration in American schools and a proponent of the use of a multicultural curriculum in the classroom. The bulk of the Van Til papers consist of his speeches and writings, along with correspondence between Van Til and his publishers.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: In English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William Van Til papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1989.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1911 Born, Corona, New York
    1933 Awarded B.A. degree, Columbia College
    1934-1943 Instructor and assistant professor, College of Education, Ohio State University
    1935 Awarded M. A. degree, Columbia University
    1946 Receives doctorate, Ohio State University
    1947-1951 Professor, University of Illinois
    1951-1957 Professor, George Peabody College
    1957-1967 Professor and administrator, New York University
    1961-1962 President, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
    1964-1966 President, John Dewey Society
    1967-1968 President, National Society of College Teachers of Education
    1967-1977 Professor, School of Education, Indiana State University
    2006 Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The William Van Til papers document the career of an important figure in the history of American education in the twentieth century. Identified with the progressive movement of John Dewey and William Heard Kilpatrick, Van Til was an early supporter of racial integration in American schools and a proponent of the use of a multicultural curriculum in the classroom. The bulk of the Van Til papers consist of his speeches and writings, along with correspondence between Van Til and his publishers. A prolific author, William Van Til outlined his views on education and society in numerous articles written for academic journals and magazines. Many of these articles are concerned with the response of the American educational system to the challenge of rapid social change, and of how schools address questions of diversity and inclusiveness. An advocate of a holistic approach to education, Van Til thought that the mission of schools included the transmission of democratic values and the preparation of students to participate as citizens in wider society. Van Til's books include ones devoted to secondary education and to the modernization of curriculum in American schools. Another of his books is addressed to writers and offers them advice on how to develop their skills in order to have their work published. Van Til also wrote an extensive autobiography, and drafts of the two editions of this work are part of the collection. Additionally, the papers contain a number of unpublished stories that Van Til wrote in his youth.
    The papers also include materials relating to a number of professional organizations that Van Til belonged to, as well as to writing workshops that he conducted. There are also some studies that Van Til collaborated on, including surveys of school systems in Iran, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Education--United States.
    School integration--United States.
    Teachers--Training of--United States.