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Preliminary Inventory of the Diane Ravitch Papers
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  • Title: Diane Ravitch papers
    Date (inclusive): 1956-2007
    Collection Number: 2003C61
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 63 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 45 digital files (.002 GB) (28.1 linear feet)
    Abstract: The Diane Ravitch papers consist of speeches and writings, correspondence, printed matter, reports, and studies relating to education in the United States. She is a professor, prolific writer, and an advocate of improvements in American education. Collection includes research materials used by her for writing books
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Ravitch, Diane


    Collection is open for research. Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Diane Ravitch papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2003, with additions through 2008.


    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 Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Chronology

    1938 Born, Houston, Texas
    1960 B.A. from Wellesley College, Massachusetts
    1974 Author, The Great School Wars, New York City, 1805-1873
    1975 Received a Ph.D. in history of American education, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, New York
      Received a Delta Kappa Gamma Award for the Great School Wars: New York City, 1805-1973
    1978 Author, The Revisionists Revised
    1979 Member, National Academy of Education
    1980- Trustee, New York Public Library
      Author, The Troubled Crusade: American Education, 1945-1980
      Director, John Dewey Foundation
    1984 Member, Society of American Historians
    1984-1985 Selected as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar
    1985 Author, The Schools We Deserve
      Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    1986 Awarded, Henry Allen Moe Prize in Humanities by the American Philosophical Society
    1987 Author (with Chester E. Finn, Jr.), What Do Our 17-Year-Olds Know?
    1989 Advised Teachers Solidarity and the Ministry of Education in Poland
      Received the Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award
    1991 Editor, The American Reader
      Awarded a medal by the Polish Government for the work on behalf of Solidarity
    1991-1993 Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to the Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H. W. Bush
    1992 Edited (with Abigail Thernstrom), The Democracy Reader
    1993-1994 Visiting Fellow in Governmental Studies, Brookings Institution
      Author, National Standards in American Education: A Citizen's Guide
    1995-2005 Held the Brown Chair in Education Studies, Brookings Institution
    1996 Author (with Chester E. Finn, Jr.), Education Reform, 1995-1996
    1997 Author, A Tribute to Al Shanker
      Author (with Joseph P. Viteritti), New Schools for A New Century: The Redesign of Urban Education
    1997-2004 Member, National Assessment Government Board
    1998 Received the Horace Kidger Award of the New England History Teachers Association
    2000 Author, The American Reader: Words that Moved a Nation, and Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform
    2001 Author (with Joseph P. Viteritti), Making good Citizens: Education and Civil Society
    2002 Elected, Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences
    2003 Author, The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn
      Author (with Joseph P. Viteritti), City Schools: Lessons from New York
    2004 Author (with Chester E. Finn, Jr.), The Mad Mad World of Textbook Adoption
      Author, A Consumer Guide to High History Text Books
    2005 Author, Brookings Papers on Education Policy
      Received the John Dewey Award from the United Federation of Teachers of New York City
    2006 Author (with Michael Ravitch), The English Reader: What Every Literate Person Needs to Know
    2007 Author (with Chester E. Finn. Jr.), Beyond the Basics: Achieving a Liberal Education for All

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers of Diane Ravitch consist of correspondence, printed matter, reports, research materials, speeches and writings, and studies. They document her contributions to the cause of education in the United States. They reflect her efforts to set up standards for teaching and textbooks and deal with such issues as multiculturalism and bilingual education. They also bring to light the recognition she received outside the United States from European countries such as Poland.
    Her papers have been kept in their original order. The audio-visual materials such as audio cassettes, CD Rom, diskettes, photographic prints, and VHS tapes have been arranged alphabetically by date and presented at the end of this guide.
    The papers of Diane Ravitch were acquired by Hoover Institution Archives in 2003.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Education--United States.