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Inventory of the Nell Eurich papers 1922-2000
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  • Arrangement
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Alternate Forms Available
  • Related Collections
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Nell Eurich papers
    Date (inclusive): 1922-2000
    Collection Number: 2000C82
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 135 manuscript boxes (54.0 linear feet)
    Abstract: The collection includes speeches and writings, correspondence, memoranda, studies, reports, and printed matter related to international and comparative education, higher education in the United States, adult education and literacy, career and job training, and corporate involvement in education. Digital copies of select records also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Eurich, Nell.


    Description is based on a detailed container list provided by Nell Eurich and found in box 111, folder 4. Since the collection has not been physically arranged, the order of materials differs from Eurich's container list. The index of major groups can serve as a guide to the collection. Most folder headings are original.

    Index of Major Groups

    Box Nos. Groups
    111 Collection overview and biographical file, undated. Includes detailed container list of the Nell Eurich papers and curriculum vitae of Eurich. Includes one floppy disk.
    87-89, 111-114, 124-127 Speeches and writings, 1937-1995. Includes monographs, typescripts, and printed matter related to education. See International Council for Educational Development for files on Systems of Higher Education in 12 Countries.
    17-20, 84-87, 89-95, 115-119, 121-125 Professional positions and activities file, 1966-2000. Includes correspondence, meeting minutes, printed matter, research material, course materials, and awards related to Eurich's various professional positions, including materials for New College, Vassar College, and the International Council for Educational Development.
    120-121 Other activities file, 1941-1992. Includes correspondence, clippings, and photographs related to community service and the Campobello Summer Student Leadership Institute. Includes photographs of Eleanor Roosevelt.
    108-110 Correspondence, 1964-1997. Consists of two subseries: noteworthy correspondents and general.
    85-98, 105-108, 110-111, 127-130 Corporate Classrooms file, 1928-1999. Includes research material, drafts, correspondence, and printed matter for the Corporate Classrooms study funded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
    4-17, 20-32, 36-55, 59-64, 66-68, 71-74, 77-84, 98-105 The Learning Industry and Adult Learning Project file, 1922-1999. Includes correspondence, memoranda, research material, drafts, notes, printed matter, brochures, and clippings related to the project and publication.
    1-3, 33-36, 56-58, 65, 68-71, 74-77 Education, training, and technology file, 1963-1996. Includes correspondence, memoranda, clippings, and printed matter related to various topics in education, including innovative education.


    Collection is open for research. Collection stored off site; a minimum of two days notice is required for use. Boxes may be requested through Stanford's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ 
    Digital copies of select records also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible. The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Nell Eurich papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.


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

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital copies of select records also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 

    Related Collections

    Alvin C. Eurich papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Academy For Educational Development records, Hoover Institution Archives
    International Council For Educational Development records, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    1919 July 28 Born, Norwood, Ohio
    1939 A.A., Stephens College
    1941 B.A., Stanford University
    1941 Attended Campobello Summer Student Leadership Institute held at the summer house of Eleanor Roosevelt
    1942-1943 Director of the student union, University of Texas
    1943 M.A., Stanford University
    1944-1946 Resident counselor, Barnard College
    1947-1949 Assistant to president, Women's Foundation
    1949-1951 Assistant public relations officer, State University of New York
    1951-1952 Assistant for organizing the overseas division, Ford Foundation
    1952 Acting president, Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri
    1953 Married Alvin C. Eurich
    1953-1954 Director of development, Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri
    1959 Ph.D., Columbia University
    1959-1964 Assistant professor of English, New York University
    1962 Member of an advisory committee to design curriculum for New College, Sarasota, Florida
    1965 Academic dean and acting president, New College, Sarasota, Florida
    1965-1975 Trustee, New College, Sarasota, Florida
    1966 Director, Project to Reorganize Curriculum, Aspen Public High School, Colorado
    1966-1967 Member, National Selection Committee on Fellowships and Chairman, Rocky Mountain Committee, National Endowment for the Humanities
    1966-1970 Member, Special Committee on Liberal Studies, American Association of Colleges
    1967 Author, Science in Utopia
    1967 Author, "Learning in America," published in From Parnassus: A Volume of Essays for Jacques Barzun
    1967-1970 Dean of faculty, professor of English, academic director of the Vassar-Yale study and chairman of the Comprehensive Planning Committee, Vassar College, New York
    1967-1971 Member, Middle States Committee, Marshall Scholarships
    1968-1969 Member, U.S. Commission on Instructional Technology, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
    1969 Member, Panel of Judges, Federal Woman's Award
    1969 Honorary member, National Council of Women
    1969-1975 Member, Overseers Visiting Committee on Summer School and University Extension, Harvard University
    1970-1971 Consultant for Manhattanville grant application, National Endowment for the Humanities
    1971 Author, Great Britain's Open University: First Chance, Second Chance, or Last Chance? (co-authored with B. Schwenkmeyer)
    1971-1975 Provost and dean of faculty, professor of English, and vice president for academy affairs, Manhattanville College, New York
    1972 Member, Career Minister Review Board, U.S. Department of State
    1974 Contributing author, Learning for Tomorrow
    1975 Received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Manhattanville College, New York
    1975-1993 Senior consultant, board member and executive committee member, and director of the Comparative Study of Higher Education Systems in Twelve Countries, International Council for Educational Development
    1975-circa 2001 Trustee, New College Foundation
    1976 Member, Middle Atlantic Committee, Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee
    1977, 1979-1980 Moderator, Corporate Executive Seminar, Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies
    1977-1980 Member, Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education
    1977-1990 Trustee, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
    1978 Editor, Systems of Higher Education, International Council for Educational Development
    1979-1983 Trustee and chairman of admissions committee, Bennington College, Vermont
    1980-1988 Senior consultant, Academy for Educational Development
    1981 Author, Higher Education in Twelve Countries: A Comparative View
    1982-1985 Research grantee, Corporate Classrooms, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
    1985 Author, Corporate Classrooms
    1985-1986 Director, Consultant Team, Academy of Computer Science and Engineering, AT&T Bell Laboratories
    1986-1990 Research grantee, The Learning Industry (director of the Adult Learning Project), Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching
    1986-1990 Member of editorial board, Industry and Higher Education, published by Butterworth & Co. Publishers
    1987-1988 Advisor, Committee on Career-Long Education for Engineers (CLEFE), National Academy of Engineering
    1987-1990 Member, Advisory Board, Alliance for Learning
    1988 Married Maurice Lazarus
    1988-1990 Member, Board of Directors, International Council for Educational Development
    1990 Author, The Learning Industry: Education for Adult Workers
    1991- Academic Advisory Board, Cambridge College
    2008 Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Nell Eurich, also known as Nell Plopper, Nell P. Hutchinson, and Nell E. Lazarus, was an author, professor, dean, and education consultant. The collection includes materials on topics such as adult education, higher education in the United States, education administration, career training, distance education and delivery systems, coeducation, and literacy. For a detailed container list and curriculum vitae provided by Nell Eurich, see the Collection overview and biographical file.
    The Professional positions and activities file documents Eurich's career in education, including her role as a professor, education administrator, consultant, and member of various boards. Eurich was the dean of faculty and a professor of English at Vassar College from 1967 to 1970, a time when Vassar was transitioning to the coeducational model. This file includes information on the creation of the Black Studies Program, now known as the Africana Studies Program, and the Vassar-Yale Study. Additionally, the file includes documents related to New College in Sarasota, Florida, where Eurich served as a board member, and the Academy for Educational Development, where Eurich was a consultant.
    In 1985, Eurich published Corporate Classrooms, the result of a study funded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The book focused on training activities in large corporations, looking at the history, content, methodology, and means of delivery for corporate training. The Corporate Classrooms file contains drafts, notes, and research for the publication. As a result of that project, Eurich was asked to head the Adult Learning Project, a broader study to research adult education and training in the United States, focusing on economic productivity and the American work force. Funded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Adult Learners Project was directed by Eurich through the Academy for Educational Development (AED), where Eurich was a senior consultant. The aim of the study was to broaden the concept of adult education and training by looking at non-traditional means of education, such as corporations, proprietary schools, labor unions, trade associations, community colleges, the military, and the federal government. As a result of that study, The Learning Industry was published in 1990. The Learning Industry and Adult Learning Project file contains research, correspondence, and notes related to this project. The heading "missing persons," which became the title of a chapter in The Learning Industry, was used by Eurich to refer to people not employed in the work force or employed in part-time jobs without sufficient opportunities. Materials under the heading "other literature" consist of mainly printed matter, often in the form of flyers, brochures, or catalogs relating to a specific organization or event. Much of the correspondence and memoranda can be found in files with the heading "general."
    The Other activities file documents Eurich's community service and other various pursuits. In 1941, Eurich was a participant in the International Student Service Summer Leadership Institute at Campobello Island, a program in which Eleanor Roosevelt opened up her summer home to thirty student leaders for lectures and discussion. Photographs of Eleanor Roosevelt can be found in box 120, folder 5.
    The collection contains Eurich's Speeches and writings, including speeches discussing her book Corporate Classrooms and women in higher education. Also included are files on books and articles addressing topics in education.
    General subject files, which include topics such as innovative education, coeducation, business, and higher education, can be found in the Education, training, and technology file.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Adult education.
    Business and education.
    Career education.
    Education--United States.
    Employees--Training of.
    International education.
    Occupational training.
    Universities and colleges--United States.