The collection relates to higher education in the United States. It consists of minutes, conference and meeting materials,
correspondence, memoranda, reports, studies, publications, membership records, and video recordings.
The American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) originated as the department of higher education of the National Education
Association (NEA) in 1870. After almost a century of working under NEA leadership (with a hiatus from 1924 to 1942 when the
AAHE briefly disbanded), the association became an independent, non-profit agency in 1969. Members of the AAHE included faculty
members, administrators, graduate students, and trustees regardless of their affiliation or discipline. According to its own
publication, the association was "dedicated to the professional development of college and university educators, to the achievement
of their education objectives, and to the improvement of conditions of service" (Smith, 1970). The association ended in 2005
following a vote by the Board of Directors.
166 manuscript boxes
(69.2 linear feet)
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Collection is open for research.