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Howard McClusky Collection

An inventory of his papers 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: MRC
Date: 3 Dec 2008

Biographical History

Howard Yale McClusky (1900-1982) was a prolific and influential scholar of adult education. Born in Whitesboro, New York, he attended Park College in Parkville, Missouri and earned a PhD from the University of Chicago. He was a member of the School of Education faculty at the University of Michigan for 60 years, where he established the Graduate Program in Adult Community Education and was the administrator of the University's educational gerontology program.

McClusky was generous with his ideas and enthusiasm: in addition to his courses at the University of Michigan he was a visiting professor at ten universities, served on more than a hundred doctoral committees, published in more than fifty different journals and periodicals, served in an advisory capacity to dozens of organizations, and gave more than 430 presentations in 30 states and three countries. He helped found the Adult Education Association (serving as its first president) and the Commission of Professors of Adult Education, and was chief consultant to the W.K. Kellogg and C.S. Mott Foundations' efforts in the community council, community school, and citizen's council movements. Over the course of his career he made substantial contributions to many fields including mental health, public health, community education, community development, psychology, youth work, educational psychology, gerontology, and educational gerontology.

McClusky received numerous accolades over his career, including the Delbert Clark Adult Education Award (1956), University of Michigan Faculty's Distinguished Achievement Award (1958), Michigan Legislature Concurrent Resolution of Tribute (1969), Board of Regents' Citation (1975), Adult Education Association's Pioneer Award (1975), and State of Michigan Legislature's Award for Special Service. In 2002 he was inducted into the International Adult Education Hall of Fame. The McClusky Symposium, which continues McClusky's research exploration, is held annually at the National Adult Education Conference.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Howard McClusky Collection consists of correspondence, writings, reports, speeches, notes, and other material by and about adult educator Howard McClusky. The material was collected by Professor Roger Hiemstra, a colleague and protege of McClusky.

The material has been physically rearranged but retains Hiemstra's intellectual organization, folder titles, and descriptions. There is some overlap between series; researchers would be wise to review the entire inventory to ensure locating all relevant material.

Material About McClusky consists of bibliographies, articles, essays, letters, Hiemstra's research notes, and other material about McClusky. Correspondence contains letters and correspondence, some to and from McClusky and some about him.

McClusky's writings are collected by type in five series: Book chapters, Journal articles, Monographs, Speeches, and Writings, miscellaneous. Outside reports contains reports by various organizations on McClusky, or on topics related to his research interests.

Tapes contains 51 audiocassettes. Topics include speeches and lectures by McClusky, interviews with him and about him, and reminiscences of family, students, and colleagues about McClusky.

Miscellaneous includes bibliographies, lists of various kinds, biographical information, a few photographs, and assorted other material.

Arrangement of the Collection

The material has been physically rearranged but retains the collector's intellectual organization, folder titles, and descriptions. There is some overlap between series; researchers would be wise to review the entire inventory to ensure locating all relevant material.


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

Special Collections Research Center has extensive holdings in the field of adult education. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing. For information about Syracuse University's complete range of adult education holdings, see the Alexander Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults website at

Subject Headings


Hiemstra, Roger.
McClusky, Howard Y.

Corporate Bodies

Adult Education Association.
University of Michigan -- School of Education.


Adolescent psychology.
Adult education -- United States.
Community education -- United States.
Educational psychology.
Gerontology -- Study and teaching.
Life skills.
Older people -- Education.
Older people -- Psychology.

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts (document genre)
Papers (document genres)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Howard McClusky Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Roger Hiemstra, 2008.

Table of Contents

About McClusky


Book chapters

Journal articles


Outside reports


Miscellaneous writings