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California Adult Education Archives
OTAN FA 012  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Administrative History
  • Indexing Terms
  • Scope and Content of the Collection
  • Related Material
  • Separated Material

  • Collection Summary

    Title: California Adult Education Archives
    Date (inclusive): 1935-2014
    Identifier/Call Number: OTAN FA 012
    Creator: Outreach and Technical Assistance Network
    Physical Description: 2,055 cataloged items and 11 special collections
    Repository: 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: English
    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.

    Access

    The collection is open for research by appointment. Please call the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    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

    Acquisition Information

    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.

    Administrative History

    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 continued.

    Indexing Terms

    Corporate Names

    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

    Personal Names

    Brady-Herndon, Dianne
    Corley, Mary Ann
    Fleischman, John
    Gaer, Susan
    Knight-Mendelson, Marilyn
    Miller, Cuba
    Pedroza, Hugh
    Polster, Joan Dailey
    Porter, Dennis
    Savage, K. Lynn
    Stiles, Richard L.
    Stocker, Charles F.
    Taylor, Aryola
    Tibbetts, John W
    West, Linda L.
    Zinner, Jane

    Subject (ERIC Thesaurus)

    Adult Basic Education
    Adult Education
    Adult Vocational Education
    Citizenship Education
    Community Colleges
    Correctional Education
    Distance Education
    Educational Assessment
    Educational Technology
    English (Second Language)
    Older Adults
    Parent Education
    Staff Development

    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.

    Related Material

    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.

    Separated Material

    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.