Scope and Content of the Collection
Title: California Adult Education Archives
Date (inclusive): 1935-2014
Identifier/Call Number: OTAN FA 012
Outreach and Technical Assistance Network
2,055 cataloged items and 11 special collections
Sacramento County Office of Education. Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.
P.O. Box 269003
Sacramento, CA 95826-9003
Abstract: The California Adult Education Archives includes over 2,000 cataloged items on 175 feet of shelf space and eleven special
collections in 57 boxes, dating from 1935 to the present. Resources include history, research, evaluation reports, curricula,
staff development and assessment materials, CDE handbooks, working notebooks of adult education leaders, sample products from
local education agencies, and newsletters. Formats include print, slides, sound cassettes, videocassettes, CDs, and DVDs.
An electronic catalog is available on the OTAN Web site. The finding aids for the special collections are posted on the Online
Archive of California (OAC) Web site. Tapes and transcripts of the twenty-nine oral histories are deposited in the California
State Archives. A significant component is the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) collection. The California Adult
Education Archives provide a record of adult education in California and are a valuable resource for staff development at
both the state and national level.
Language of Material:
Physical Location: The materials of 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.
The collection is open for research by appointment. Please call the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.
California Adult Education archival materials are publically funded and not subject to copyright restrictions. Publications
should properly reference the Archives and the specific collection that contains the quoted materials. See Preferred Citation.
Guide to the California Adult Education Archives. OTAN FA 012. Adult Education Archives, Outreach and Technical Assistance
Network, Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento, CA
The materials in the California Adult Education Archives were collected over a twenty-five year period beginning in 1990.
Donations were received from the California Department of Education, from federally funded California adult education leadership
projects, from professional organizations, and from individual adult educators.
Public adult education in California celebrated its sesquicentennial year in 2005. The memoirs of John Swett, California's
fourth Superintendent of Public Instruction, record that in 1856, he taught an evening class sponsored by the San Francisco
Board of Education in the basement of St. Mary's Cathedral. From that first classroom, a multiple-provider system grew to
meet the challenges and serve the needs of over two million adults every year. Early evening classes served the needs of immigrants
for citizenship and elementary subjects. Early years of the twentieth century saw dramatic growth in mandated continuation
education for minors and basic education classes for adults. In the 1920s, adult education progressed to meeting the educational
needs of all adults. During World War II, California workers were trained in defense classes. The 1950s saw the development
of modern adult education programs governed by Education Code provisions. In the 1960s the federal role in adult education
leadership expanded, and states received money to give educational opportunity to the disadvantaged. Also in the Sixties,
junior colleges were recognized as a third segment of postsecondary education with state colleges and universities. The Ed
Code gave school districts responsibility for "adult basic education," and gave colleges responsibility for post-secondary
courses. Governance issues continued into the twenty-first century. Events resulting in the growth of California adult education
in the last half of the twentieth century included the wave of Southeast Asian refugees needing educational services following
the end of the Vietnam War, the federal job training legislation, and the immigration reform (amnesty) legislation. California
continued to receive significant federal supplemental funding for communication systems, integration of technology into instruction,
distance learning, and student assessment. During the late nineties policymakers and the general public had concerns about
the quality and outcomes of educational programs. The interest in the comparison of programs and the return on public investment
Adult Education Institute for Research and Planning (California)
Adult Literacy Instructors' Training Institute (California)
Association of California School Administrators
California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project
California. Dept. of Education. Adult Education
California Distance Learning Project
California Staff Development Institute
Competency-Based Adult Education Staff Development (California)
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (Foundation for Educational Achievement)
Educational Telecommunications Network (Downey, California)
ESL Teacher Institute (California)
Intelligent Telecommunications (Firm)
Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (California)
Sacramento County Office of Education
San Diego Community College District
Corley, Mary Ann
Polster, Joan Dailey
Savage, K. Lynn
Stiles, Richard L.
Stocker, Charles F.
Tibbetts, John W
West, Linda L.
Subject (ERIC Thesaurus)
Adult Basic Education
Adult Vocational Education
English (Second Language)
Scope and Content of the Collection
The California Adult Education Archives contains a wealth of print and non-print materials. The materials date primarily from
the 1950s onward, and the focus is primarily the adult programs that are a part of the California public schools. There are
some materials related to non-credit adult programs in the California Community Colleges, to library literacy programs, and
to programs in correctional facilities and in community and faith-based organizations.
The California Adult Education Archives includes over 2,000 cataloged items and eleven special collections, dating from the
1940s to the present. Resources include history, research, evaluation reports, curricula, staff development and assessment
materials, CDE handbooks, working notebooks of adult education leaders, sample products from local education agencies, and
newsletters. Formats include print, slide-tapes, videos, CDs, DVDs, and oral histories. An electronic catalog is available
on the OTAN Web site.
Arrangement of the Collection
The cataloged materials are shelved in eighty-one categories alphabetically by topic. Within the topic, the items are arranged
by accession number.
OTAN maintains a Web site devoted to California Adult Education History http://www.caadultedhistory.org It contains a database
of the start dates of California adult schools, a video history, a print history published by the CA Department of Education,
and transcripts and audio excerpts of 29 oral history interviews.
The finding aids for the special collections are posted on the Online Archive of California (OAC) Web site. Tapes and transcripts
of the twenty-nine oral histories are deposited in the California State Archives.