Preliminary Inventory of the Chester E. Finn, Jr. Papers

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Preliminary Inventory of the Chester E. Finn, Jr. Papers

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Stanford University

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Chester E. Finn, Jr. papers,
Date (inclusive): 1966-2000
Collection number: 78089
Creator: Finn, Chester E., 1944-
Extent: 208 manuscript boxes (86.7 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Speeches and writings, memoranda, reports, correspondence, agenda, and printed matter, relating to education in the United States, and especially to educational policy during the presidential administrations of Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and to activities of the Educational Excellence Network and of the United States National Assessment Governing Board.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Language: English.

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Biographical Note

American educator; staff assistant to the president of the United States, 1969-1970; special assistant for education to the governor of Massachusetts, 1972-1973; United States assistant secretary of education for research and improvement, 1985-1988; director, Educational Excellence Network.

Scope and Content Note

Speeches and writings, memoranda, reports, correspondence, agenda, and printed matter, relating to education in the United States, and especially to educational policy during the presidential administrations of Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and to activities of the Educational Excellence Network and of the United States National Assessment Governing Board.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-
Reagan, Ronald.
United States. Dept. of Education.
Educational Excellence Network.
United States. National Assessment Governing Board.
Education.
Education--United States.
United States--Politics and government.


Contents

Box 1

Teacher training and Teacher Corps

 

Education in Massachusetts

Box 2

Educators, intellectuals, and ethnicity

 

Health

 

Population and family planning

Box 3

Council for Urban Affairs. Subcommittee on Education

 

Scranton Commission on campus unrest

Box 4

Higher education #1

 

Higher education #3

Box 5

Higher Education Working Group

 

James S. Coleman and school desegregation

 

Campus unrest #2

Box 6

Youth

 

"A Call for Cooperation," Presidential message to Congress, 1970

Box 7

Education in Massachusetts

 

Urban Schools, decentralization, and school politics

Box 8

Higher education #2

 

Higher education #4

Box 9

Harvard Graduate School of Education A-400 Project

 

Non-public schools and teachers' unions

Box 10

Writing by Daniel Patrick Moynihan

 

Education (general)

Box 11

Black colleges

 

Council for Urban Affairs. Subcommittee on Education

 

Miscellaneous writings by Chester E. Finn, Jr.

Box 12

Presidential higher education message and follow-up, 1970

 

Educational research and Presidential message

Box 13

Education (research, Title I, funding, etc.)

 

National Institute of Education #1

Box 14

National Institute of Education #2

 

Presidential elementary and secondary education message #2

Box 15

Presidential elementary and secondary education message #3

 

School finance

Box 16

Documents defining the project "The Improvement of High School Humanities Teaching"

 

Correspondence

 

Publicity

 

Invitations to attend conferences

Box 17-18

Proposals for the conference "Improving High School Humanities Teaching," 1983.

Scope and Content Note

Includes list of public school-participants
Box 18

Participant packets for above conference

 

Conference logistics/reservations

Box 19

Correspondence and memoranda to/from authors

 

Participants (schools, colleges, teams)

Box 20-21

Correspondence to/from authors

 

Participants

Box 22

Educational excellence network

 

Against Mediocrity: The Humanities in America's High School, New York, 1984

Box 23

Writings during world trip, n.d.

 

White House service, 1969-1970

 

Personal correspondence at Vanderbilt, 1982 October-December

 

Floor amendment to the Higher Education Reauthorization Bill, 1981 June 23

 

Educational reform in Tennessee

Box 24

Correspondence

 

Correspondence of Twenties Century Fund

 

Report of the Task Force on Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Policy, 1983

 

Service at UNESCO delegation

 

Assistance to Ernest L. Boyer with his Carnegie High School study

Box 25

Personal correspondence while working in the Senate, 1977-1981

 

Correspondence while working at Vanderbilt, 1984

Box 26

Correspondence while working at Vanderbilt, 1981-1983

 

Correspondence while working for the Governor of Massachusetts, 1972-1973

 

Overseers

 

Correspondence with Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 1975-1977

 

Old correspondence, 1970-1983

Box 27

Correspondence while working at Vanderbilt, 1981-1983

Box 28

Lecture notes, American Social History, 1962-1963

 

Correspondence, 1966-1981

Box 29

"An Education in Administration: A Study of Five Graduate Schools and Their Implications for a Sixth," 1969 March, submitted by Chester E. Finn, Jr.

 

"Community Participation in Title III Programs: The Newton and Boston Experiences," 1968 June, by Chester E. Finn, Jr.

 

"A New Deal for Old Harbor: Public Housing in Boston, 1933-1937," prepared by Chester E. Finn, Jr.

 

"Citizen Participation, School Planning and the Humboldt Avenue Experience," 1967 August 15, submitted by Chester E. Finn and Florence Shelton

 

Schools, Health Care, and the Community: Final report of the Mission Hill-Parker Summer Study, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1968 March, by John D. Herzog and Chester E. Finn, Jr.

 

"The American High School: Educating for Tomorrow," Brown University, 1984 March 5-8

 

Clippings

Box 30

Correspondence files - Hanna collection

Box 31

Correspondence - World trip, 1971

 

"Up Against the Wall, Brooks House!" Harvard University, 1968 August, by Chester E. Finn, Jr.

 

"The Irish and the Boston Schools," 1870-1930, by Chester E. Finn, Jr.

 

Correspondence while working at Vanderbilt, 1983-1985

Box 32

Educational excellence network, 1985 July

Box 33

Revised draft paper on "Television for Children," 1986 October

 

United States. Department of Education - Memoranda, 1986-1987

Box 34

Briefing material and background information for site visitors for the School Recognition Program Meeting, 1988 February

 

CLEI's involvement in adult literacy

 

TOPS (Targeting Outstanding Programs and Schools)

 

CLEAR (Center for Language Education and Research)

 

Vocational Education Reauthorization Proposal

 

Trade Bill

 

ECIA working group

Box 35

United States. Department of Education. Office of Educational Research and Improvement, 1985-1988

Box 36

United States. Department of Education - National Institute of education, 1985

 

United States. Department of Education - Centers competition, 1984-1987

 

United States. Department of Education - Center on State and Local Policy Development and Leadership, 1985-1987

Box 37

United States. Department of Education - Leadership Center, 1987

 

United States. Department of Education - Center on Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning, 1985-1986

 

United States. Department of Education - Information Service, 1985-1986

 

National Library of Education, 1985

 

United States. Department of Education - Association meetings, 1986-1988

 

United States. Department of Education - ECIA Reauthorization, 1986-1987

Box 38

United States. Department of Education - Library Studies, 1985-1987

 

United States. Department of Education - MIS (Management Improvement Service), 1987

 

Correspondence, Vanderbilt, 1981-1984

 

United States. Department of Education - Publications policy, 1986

 

United States. Department of Education - OERI Fellows Program, 1986-1987

 

White House Working Group on Human Capital and Competitiveness, 1985-1986

 

What Works II, 1986-1987

 

USIA, Japan, etc., 1985

Box 39

United States. Department of Education - Public high schools, 1987

 

United States. Department of Education - Summary of the third Quarterly Report for the Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast and Islands, 1986

 

United States. Department of Education - Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), 1985

 

United States. Department of Education - Quarterly reports of the labs

 

Programs for the improvement of practice, 1985-1986

 

Secondary school recognition program, 1985-1988

Box 40

Youth-2000 Project, 1986

 

Youth indicators

 

Zorinsky project, 1986

 

Year of Elementary School, 1985

 

Leadership in Educational Administration Development (LEAD) program, 1987

 

National Council on Educational Research

 

Correspondence

 

A

Box 41

B-C

Box 42

C-G

Box 43

G-H

Box 44

I-M

Box 45

M-R

Box 46

R-W

Box 47

W-Y

 

A

Box 48

A-B

 

B-C

Box 50

C-E

Box 51

E-M

Box 52

M-P

Box 53

P-S

Box 54

S-T

Box 55

T-Z

Box 56

F-G

Box 57

G-H

Box 58

H-K

Box 59

K-L

Box 60

FY Budget

 

1987

 

1988

 

1989

 

1990

Box 61

FY Budget 1987

Box 62

FY Budget

 

1988

 

1989

 

1990

Box 63

FY Budget

 

1987

 

1989

Box 64

Chronological file, 1986

 

January-May

 

June-August

 

September-November

Box 65

Chronological file

 

1986 December - 1987 February

 

1987 March-April

Box 66

Chronological file, 1987

 

May-July

 

August-October

 

November-December

Box 67

Chronological file, 1988 January-February

 

OERI - Reauthorization

Box 68

OERI - Overview materials

 

OERI - Reorganization highlights

 

OERI - Reorganization, final version

 

Advisory Council on Education Statistics

Box 69

Advisory Council on Education Statistics

 

EL/SEC Redesign

 

Reorganization - 1985 and beyond

Box 70

Advisory Council on Education Statistics

 

Visclosky amendment

 

Elementary/Secondary Redesign (working papers)

Box 71

National Assessment Planning Project, 1988

 

Elementary/Secondary Education Project

Box 72

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Box 73

NAEP material

 

The Nation's Report Card: Improving the Assessment of Student Achievement

Box 74

NAEP material

 

Hawkins-Stafford implementation

 

Co-op program

 

NAD evaluation of NCES

 

Correspondence with Albert Shanker

 

Standards

Box 75

Orientation Book for Participants in NAEP Conference, 1998 May

 

President's Commission on Americans Outdoors, 1986

 

Curricula vitae - A-H

Box 76

Curricula vitae - H-W

Box 77

Budget history

 

Ipeds

 

The Nation's Report Card: Improving the Assessment of Student Achievement

 

Second Conference of the Study Group on National Assessment, 1986 September 30

 

Third Conference of the Study Group on National Assessment, 1986 December 4

Box 78

Nation's Report Card press material, 1987

 

NAEP files

 

Advisory Council of Education Statistics

Box 79

Plan for the Redesign of the Elementary and Secondary Data Collection Program

 

NAEP files

 

NAEP reading project

Box 80

OERI - Reauthorization

 

OERI - Reorganization

Box 81

NCES plans

 

NAEP plans

 

OERI press kit

Box 82

NCES Renaissance

 

OERI Reauthorization hearing - House of Representatives, 1986 February

 

Data gaps

 

CS - Council of Chief State Schools Officers

 

Electronic mail

Box 83-88

Electronic mail

Box 89

Chronological file, 1988

 

February 29-April 28

 

April 29-May

 

July-September

Box 90

Chronological file

 

June-September

 

October-December

Box 91

America 2000 - Candidate sites to illustrate proposed reports

 

America 2000 - An education strategy

Box 92

America 2000 - An education strategy - A proposal for the President

 

Briefing papers for Secretary Designate Alexander, 1991

Box 93-94

National Assessment Governing Board

Box 95

America 2000 - An education strategy

Box 96

America 2000

 

Alexander, Lamar

Box 97-107

National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB)

Box 108

Correspondence

 

A-C

Box 109

D-J

Box 110

K-Q

Box 111

R-Z

Box 112

Correspondence - Individuals

 

A-B

Box 113

B

Box 114

B-C

Box 115

C-E

Box 116

E-H

 

H-I

Box 118

K-M

Box 119

M-O

Box 120

O-R

Box 121

R-S

Box 122

S-Z

Box 123-124

Conferences and meetings on school reform

 

1989-1990

Box 125

1990-1991

Box 126

1991-1992

Box 127

VITZ report

 

Textbooks

 

Correspondence

 

Teacher education competition

 

Vanderbilt University - Courses, 1989-1990

Box 128

Vanderbilt University - Interns, 1990

 

Democracy Reader

 

Education for Democracy project

 

Bradley Commission project

 

Clippings

Box 129

Clippings

 

National Academy of Education (NAE) project

Box 130

Meeting material, 1991

Box 131

National Education Goals Panel, 1991-1992

 

NCEST

 

Standards Task Force

 

Origins and membership

 

USIA Democracy project

Box 132

NGA - Aid project

 

Civil rights

 

Madison Center-College guide

 

Radio America

 

Twentieth century fund project

 

Wisconsin project

 

Williamsburg Charter - (John Seel) project

Box 133

Speeches on different educational issues

Box 134

Miscellaneous speeches

 

Cedar

 

Character

 

Community colleges

 

Curriculum

 

Delivery system

 

Educational choice

 

Educational reform

 

Handouts

 

Higher education

 

Reform, five fronts (variations before "six fronts")

 

Social Studies

 

Teaching, AACTE

Box 135

Bingaman (Senator)

 

Testimonies

 

Bill of rights "Free Country"

 

AID Learning technologies project advisory panel

 

Academic freedom

 

American Council on Education - Higher education financing seminar

 

California RUSH project

 

NCSL project

 

California summer reading list

 

Advisory panel on children's issues

Box 136

Chicago school reform

 

Chicago school reform project

 

Choice

 

Duc-le-to Fracas

Box 137

Disadvantaged Center

 

Gagnon book - Publicity

 

United States. Department of Education - History

 

SSATB

 

Correspondence (miscellaneous)

 

England

Box 138

Current research

 

Gramm/Rudman

 

GAO

 

First program

 

First lessons reaction

Box 139

Fipse

 

Finn - General

 

Finn - Publications requested

 

Finn - Invitations/Publications declined

 

Facing history

 

Heritage Foundation

 

Globaloney

Box 140

Higher education - Assessment

 

Excepted service

 

IEA

 

Globaloney

Box 141

Cedar

 

Cannell, John

 

Carnegie

Box 142

Book correspondence

 

Book reviews

 

Bilingual - GAO

 

Blue ribbon panel

 

The "Lake Woebegone" report

Box 143

Bilingual education

 

Bartlett file

 

American Council of Education - General

 

Bennett - General

 

Bennett speeches

 

AERA speech

Box 144

AERA

 

Review of the Department of Education's Institutional Eligibility and Accrediting Agency Recognition System, 1985

 

Achievement - International comparisons

 

Accreditation

Box 145

Institute for Educational Affairs

 

Institute for Better Schools

 

Humanities

 

International Baccalaureate Office

 

Information Services

 

Illinois

 

Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL)

 

Library programs

 

State Assistance Compacts/Labs

Box 146

Labs - Post-Lab Initiative

 

Japan trip

 

Japan - Correspondence

 

Math and Science - Mathematical Sciences Education Board (MSEB)

 

Mini-Centers Project

 

NCES plans

 

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

 

Joe Nathan/NCA

Box 147

NEH project - Conceptions of leadership

 

N.D.N.

 

NCES

 

Pavac

 

OERI personnel

Box 148

OECD

 

NSF-ED cooperation

 

NIE - The Bell years

 

New book

 

Polls

 

OERI progress

Box 149

Peer Review Policy

 

Principals (handbook)

 

Secretary's Discretionary Fund

 

Secretary's Research panel

 

Sewall, Gil

 

Son of what works

 

Resumes

Box 150

State Education Statistics

 

State Accountability

 

Year-round education

 

What works

Box 151

NAGB - History consensus

 

NAGB Board Nominations, 1991

Box 152

National Assessment of Educational Progress in Geography, 1994

 

NAGB - Charter, FASA, Bylaws

 

NAGB - Geography consensus

Box 153

NAGP materials

Box 154-155

NAGP Meetings, Conferences, Congresses

Box 156

Correspondence (miscellaneous)

 

Waterford Institute

 

PEPAC

 

Charlottesville Education Summit

Box 157

National testing

 

Achievement levels policy

 

PEPAC (President's Education Policy Advisory Committee)

Box 158

Achievement levels - Printed matter

 

NAGB - Board meetings

Box 159

NAGB - Board meetings

Box 160

National Education Goals Panel

 

Walburg

 

NAGB - Civics

Box 161

NAGB - NAEP Reauthorization

 

Wurtz, Emily

 

General

 

Panel on criteria

Box 162-165

NAGB materials

Box 166

NAGB - Printed matter

Box 167

NAGB - Printed matter

 

Math Results, 1992

Box 168

NAGB materials

Box 169

MDSH (Modern Red Schoolhouse)

 

Hudson Institute

Box 170

Hudson Institute (MDSH)

Box 171

NAGB meetings

 

Danzansky, Stephen I.

Box 172

NAGB meetings

 

1993

Box 173

1992

Box 174

America 2000 - An education strategy

 

NAGB handbook

 

National Assessment Covering Board - Policy book

Box 175

NAGB - Board meetings

 

1994 November 17, 19

 

1995 May 11-13

Box 176

1995

 

March 3-4

 

August 3-5

Box 177

NAGB

 

General

 

New future

 

Applications, 1996

 

History standards

Box 178

NAGB

 

Reauthorization, 1994

 

Members, 1995

 

Marwick, Peat

 

Reading report, 1994

 

Washington Court House, 1996 January 24

 

Standard setting

 

AALE (American Academy for Liberal Education)

Box 179

NAGB

 

History/Geography Reports, 1994

 

Inclusion

 

New NAEP

 

Achievement levels

 

Nominees

 

1995

 

1996

 

Civics

 

Finn membership

 

Congressional Intent and Legislative History

Box 180-208

Incremental Materials

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