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Guide to the John William Gardner Papers, 1961-1992
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gardner, John William, 1912 - . Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1961-1992
    Collection number: M0659
    Creator: Gardner, John William, 1912-
    Extent: 7 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Gift of John William Gardner, 1992 and 1993.

    Preferred Citation:

    John William Gardner Papers. M0659. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Served as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1965 to 1968, and subsequently became chairman of the National Urban Coalition. He founded the organizations Common Cause and Independent Sector. He is the author of several books on education and leadership. In 1964, Professor Gardner was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is currently a professor in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

    Scope and Content

    The papers include original manuscripts and notes of many publications, 1961-1975, as well as files from the major task forces and commissions on which Gardner served, 1962-1982. There is considerable material from the National Urban Coalition including correspondence with national statesmen and political and economic leaders, board meeting files, reports and publications, 1968-1970.

    Access Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    National Urban Coalition.
    United States. President's Commission for a National Agenda for.
    United States. President's Task Force on Private Sector.
    United States. White House Task Force on Education.
    United States. White House Conference on Education.
    United States. Commission on International Education and.
    Excellence in a free society. The Godkin lectures. In common cause. Know or listen to those who know. No easy victories. Recovery of confidence. Self-renewal.