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ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Education (ERIC/AE) Records

An inventory of its records at Syracuse University

The adult education holdings are collectively known as the
Alexander N. Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults.

Finding aid created by: -
Date: 1988?

Biographical History

The ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Education (ERIC/AE) at Syracuse University was an outgrowth of the Library of Continuing Education (LCE). LCE provided a storehouse for information in the area of adult education. During the term of the LCE contract the need arose for a different type of work than that done under the LCE contract. In the meantime the ERIC Clearinghouse network became available. ERIC Clearinghouse provided "research and research related documents to which access cannot be readily attained through any presently existing bibliographic tool". The working papers of LCE's final report indicate that the "Library of Continuing Education at Syracuse University will operate as an ERIC Clearinghouse for the period of the present contract." (Statement of Work, Library of Continuing Education, working papers)

"The ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Education (ERIC/AE) was sponsored by the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) of the United States Office of Education and Syracuse University to provide information services to the adult education and training profession." (Continuing Education For Adults. No. 147, April 1970. p. 1) ERIC/AE gathered together information that would be of help "to adult education agencies in business and industry, churches, the military and other governmental and community organizations as well as schools and universities." (Ibid.) A National Advisory Board was established to determine what information needs were and to maintain contact with the field of adult education.

A primary function of ERIC/AE was the printing of various materials, including bibliographies, analytical reviews, Basic Literature Sources, Current Literature Sources and newsletters.

The Syracuse University contract for ERIC/AE was not renewed in 1972. At that time the Clearinghouse moved to Illinois. The Clearinghouse then moved to Ohio State where it is part of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career and Vocational Education.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Education (ERIC/AE) Records is divided into five series. Association contains material related to the development of ERIC/AE and its relationship to LCE (Library of Continuing Education). Material includes proposals and visitor lists and is arranged chronologically. Correspondence, arranged alphabetically by type of correspondence, includes letters, memos, individuals and organization and is arranged chronologically within each folder. Financial comprises budget information (1964-1973). Printed matter contains series, filed in numerical order by series number; literary reviews, in alphabetical order by title; and articles which appeared in journals, arranged in chronological order. Reports includes various reports on ERIC/AE arranged alphabetically by report title, for example "National Advisory Board, Quarterly Reports," and chronologically within each folder.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The library holds a considerable number of collections related to adult and continuing education. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

In particular, see also the following:

Adult Education Association of the USA (AEA/USA) Records
Alexander N. Charters Papers
John Niemi Papers
Coolie Verner Papers
James B. Whipple Papers

Subject Headings


Charters, Alexander N.
Charters, Margaret A.
DeCrow, Roger.
Grabowski, Stanley M.
Hoover, Charles.
Long, Huey B.
Niemi, John A.
Ohliger, John.
Steele, Sara M.
Verner, Coolie.

Corporate Bodies

ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Education -- Records and correspondence.
Syracuse University -- ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Education -- Records and correspondence.
Syracuse University -- Library of Continuing Education.


Adult education -- United States.
Adult education of women.
Continuing education.
Older people -- Education.

Genres and Forms

Papers (document genres)


Adult education teachers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Education (ERIC/AE) Records,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Education.

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