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James B. Whipple Papers

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.

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Whipple, James B., 1913-
Title: James B. Whipple Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1953-1974
Quantity: 3 linear ft.
Abstract: Reports, drafts, correspondence, memoranda, outlines and proposals from the American educator and consultant. Most of the papers relate to Whipple’s position as senior partner of his consulting firm, New Directions for Education (1968-1973). In this capacity, Whipple became involved in major planning projects for higher education in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. There are also materials from his partners, Freda H. Goldman and Peter E. Siegle. In addition, there are some papers from Whipple’s tenure as assistant, later associate director of the Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

James B. Whipple was the assistant and associate director of the Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults (CSLEA) from 1953 until it ceased to exist in 1968. At that time he, along with Peter E. Siegle and Freda H. Goldman, formed a partnership for consulting called New Directions for Education (NDE), which existed from 1968-1973. In this capacity, Whipple became heavily involved in major planning projects for higher education, including state plans in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Later he became Assistant Professor of History at Bunker Hill Community College in Massachusetts.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection is predominantly reports, report drafts, working papers and other writings that resulted from Whipple's role as a consultant. In connection with these projects, there is also correspondence, memoranda, outlines and proposals. There is some material from his work with CSLEA as well as some from his other professional activities as speaker and educator. There is a picture of James Whipple in the NUEA Spectator, found in Box 3.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is divided into five parts:

CSLEA: Dated from 1953-1968, most of this portion is about the project, Liberal Education for Executives
New Directions for Education: This encompasses the bulk of the collection, 1968-75. Following business papers, the material is filed alphabetically by project. The state plans are filed chronologically
Other Professional Activities: A variety of activities from the 1950s to 1978 are represented
Personal: Few odd papers for Whipple's personal life are in the collection
Publications: These include a small sample of material for which Whipple wrote prefaces or to which he contributed.

Reports and papers authored by Whipple are tagged with the parenthetical (JBW).

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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.

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Related Material

Several monographs and pamphlets were removed from the archive and placed in the general collection of the Syracuse University Libraries:

Alter, Henry C. Of Messages and Media: Teaching and Learning by Public Television. Boston, Mass.: Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults, 1968.
Carey, James T. Forms and Forces in University Adult Education. Boston, Mass. : Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults, 1961.
Gordon, Morton. Daytime School for Adults. A New Program Dimension at University of California, Berkeley. Boston, Mass.: Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults, 1967.
Miller, Harry L. Participation of Adults in Education. Boston, Mass.: Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults, 1967.
Ohliger, John. Listening Groups: Mass Media in Adult Education. Boston, Mass.: Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults, 1967.
Cleon, Sally. Changing Patterns in Continuing Education for Business. Boston, Mass.: Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults, 1967.
Wedemeyer, Charles A. and Childs, Gayle B. New Perspectives in University Correspondence Study. Boston, Mass._ Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults, 1961.

The library also holds a considerable number of collections related to adult and continuing education. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing. Most closely related to the James B. Whipple Papers are the following:

Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults (CSLEA)
Fund for Adult Education (FAE)
University Council on Education for Public Responsibility (UCEPR)

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Subject Headings


Goldman, Freda H.
Siegle, Peter E.
Whipple, James B., Archives

Corporate Bodies

Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults
New Directions for Education


Adult education
Educational planning
Educators, United States

Genres and Forms

Drafts (documents)


Educational consultants.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

James B. Whipple Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of James B. Whipple, 1983.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: EEA
Date: Jul 1991
Revision history: 15 May 2006 - converted to EAD (MRR)

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Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults (CSLEA)
Conference Reports
Box 1 Nov. 10-13, 1955
Box 1 Progress Report 1958
Box 1 Second Progress Report 1958-1959
Liberal Education For Executives
Box 1 Annual Report, Sect. III undated
Box 1 Misc. materials 1953-1968
Box 1 Memos, misc. undated
Box 1 Papers 1955-1958
Box 1 Notes, drafts undated
Box 1 Proposal 1957
Box 1 Papers 1967
Box 1 Press releases 1967-1968
University of Rhode Island
Box 1 Correspondence 1965-1971
Box 1 Miscellaneous 1965-1971
Box 1 Correspondence 1964-1968
Box 1 CSLEA in Retrospect: A Final Report (Liveright, Alexander) 1968?
Box 1 Proposal -- Continuing Education for Ministry undated
Box 1 Proposed Program for Master of Liberal Studies 1968
New Directions for Education
Box 1 Correspondence 1969-1970
Box 1 Income and expenses 1969-1972
Box 1 Invoices 1968-1970
Box 1 Partnership papers 1968-1969
Box 1 Taxes 1968-1973
Academy for Educational Development (AED)
Box 1 Correspondence 1968-1970
Box 1 Outlines and overviews -- Continuing Education undated
Box 1 Questionnaire, forms undated
Reports (and drafts) undated
Box 1 Chapter 10, Engineering and Science
Box 1 Chapter 12, Private Industry
Box 1 Chapter 13, Federal Activity and Finance
Box 1 Summary and Conclusions, Education for Women, Sources
Cooperative Extension (Mass.)
Box 1 Case Studies undated
Box 1 Correspondence 1966-1968
Box 1 Proposals, memos, notes 1967
Box 1 Misc. undated
Box 1 Misc. -- Kansas City, Mo. undated
Box 1 First National Bank, Boston, Mass., Training Program 1969
Goddard College
Box 1 Clippings 1972
Box 1 Correspondence 1972
Box 1 Course listings 1972
Box 1 Notes undated
Box 1 Outline, position paper 1972
Box 1 Papers and articles 1962, 1966, 1972
Box 1 Pilot program undated
Box 1 Proposal 1972
Box 1 Proposal 1972 - drafts
Box 1 Misc. undated
Box 1 Lesley College 1970
Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
Box 1 Report, Special Commission 1965
Box 1 Title I, Chap. 572 1965
Higher Education Facilities Commission
Box 1 State Plan for Community Service and Continuing Education 1966-1967
Box 1 Haygood Report 1968
Box 1 Urban Institute undated
Box 1 Urban Observatories 1968-1970
Box 1 A Revised State Plan for Community Service and Continuing Education 1969
Box 1 Evaluation of Present Program and Recommendations for the Future (JBW) 1969
Advisory Council for Title I
Box 1 1969-1970
Box 1 Memos 1969-1970
Box 1 Bibliographies 1969-1970
Box 1 Correspondence 1969-1970
Box 1 People -- Title I Agency 1970
Box 1 Levin Report -- Continuing Education in Mass. 1970
Master Plan 1970-1972
Study Committees 1970-1971
Working papers
Box 1 Educational Support Services
Box 1 Financing Higher Education
Box 1 Organization of Higher Education
Box 1 Quality of Faculty
Box 1 Space Needs
Box 2 Student Rights and Obligations
Box 2 Preliminary Reports, Sect. I and II
Master Plan for Public Higher Education
Drafts 1971
Box 2 Human Needs and Social Purposes
Box 2 VI. Organization, Faculty, Students
Box 2 VII. Educational Support Services
Box 2 VIII. Financial Needs
Box 2 Correspondence 1971
Box 2 Citizen's Advisory Committees, Recorder's Reports, 1971
Box 2 Report draft (JBW), supporting materials 1971?
Box 2 IMPACT, proposals 1971-1972 - forms
Annual amendments
Box 2 1969
Box 2 1970-1971
Box 2 1972
Box 2 1972 , IMPACT
Box 2 New Hampshire, Title I 1971
Community service and continuing education
Box 2 Vol I-III, incomplete 1969-1972
Box 2 Notes, June issue 1971
Box 2 Notes, December issue 1971
New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)
Box 2 Student interns 1968-1972
Rhode Island Department of Education
Master plan 1967-1974
Box 2 Sabatino report 1967
Box 2 Consultation pamphlets undated
Box 2 Correspondence 1969
Box 2 Outline, notes undated
Box 2 Progress reports undated
Box 2 Proposals, Title I, recommendations undated
Box 2 Report -- Readiness for Change (JBW) undated
Title I
Box 2 Program status report, meeting, 7 May 1970
Box 2 Proposal guidelines 1970-1971
Box 2 Proposal and amendment 1972
Box 2 Report drafts, notes 1971-1973?
Freda Goldman 1971-1972
Box 2 Working paper 1972
Box 2 Coordinating Council 1972-1973
Box 2 Report drafts, meetings, memos 1973
Box 2 Coordinating Council 1972
Box 2 Report on process 1972
Box 2 Invoices 1972-1973
Subcommittees 1972-1973
Box 2 Current Capabilities
Box 2 Experimental Models
Box 2 Systems of Coordination
Box 2 Correspondence, memos, meetings 1972-1973
Box 2 Misc. 1972-1973
Box 2 Toward a Master Plan Feb 1973 - appendices
Box 2 Highlights 1973
Box 2 Phase I report, misc. Mar 1973
Box 2 Status study, report undated
Box 2 Misc., outlines, notes 1973
Box 2 Technical Training Council, proposal 1973
Box 2 Misc. 1974
Community Welfare and Human Services
Box 2 Notes undated
Box 2 Planning Task Force 1973
Box 2, 3 Reports 1973, 1974
Box 3 Workshop II 1974 - draft report
Box 3 Interim report II Apr 1974
Box 3 Task Force 1974
Box 3 Workshop III, background
Box 3 Workshop III 1974 - paper, drafts
Box 3 Links in Education, A Partial Study 1974
Box 3 Draft Proposal -- An Integrated System of Continuing Education (JBW) 1974
Box 3 Correspondence, Univ. of Maine 1975
Fundamental Adult Education Project
Box 3 Notes undated
Box 3 Purposes 1974?
Box 3 Working paper, issues and prospects 1974?
UNI-Center, Client Study 1974-1975
Box 3 Assessment 1975
Box 3 Correspondence 1975
Box 3 Plan, Vol. II and III 1975
Box 3 Position paper 1975
Box 3 Reports, drafts 1975
Box 3 Working paper (JBW) -- Client Study Data as a Basis for Program Development in Fundamental Adult Education 1975
Box 3 Memos, meetings 1972
Box 3 Proposal, name change 1972
Box 3 Publications, sources 1972
University of Massachusetts, Boston
Box 3 Metrocenter 1965, 1968-1970 - proposals, drafts
University Council on Education for Public Responsibility (UCEPR)
Box 3 Background material 1968
Box 3 Higher Continuing Education for Public Responsibility (JBW) 1969? - draft
Box 3 Higher Continuing Education in a Changing World 1969
Box 3 Correspondence 1969
Other professional activities
Bunker Hill Community College
Box 3 Proposal 1974
Box 3 Ad Hoc Humanities Committee 1976 - memos
Box 3 Alternative Liberal Studies undated
Box 3 Course proposal 1976? - Humanism, drafts
Humanism, notes undated - Fromm
Box 3 Notes, background materials undated
Box 3 Proposal to Toyota Fund 1978?
Knox Symposium
Box 3 1972
Box 3 Notes, drafts 1972
Box 3 Continuing Professional Education, Technical and General Objectives (JBW) 1972
Box 3 Background materials, program 1972
Box 3 Correspondence 1972
Box 3 University of Maine, Human Services Development Institute 1974, 1974? - notes
Box 3 Address Notes -- Unitarian Layman's League 1968
Box 3 Bright idea file undated
Box 3 Book idea -- Presidential Bee undated
Box 3 Correspondence 1963, 1972
Box 3 History based on success motif -- ideas undated
Box 3 Notes for papers undated
Box 3 NUEA Spectator, Vol. 27, No. 5 1962
Box 3 Quest for Security in America (JBW) 1950s - clippings
Box 3 Theory and Curriculum 1966-1971
Box 3 Univ. of Illinois, correspondence 1972
Box 3 Misc. 1971
Box 3 Correspondence, Florence Whipple 1959-1962 - will
Box 3 Real Estate Exam 1972
Box 3 American Association of University Professors Bulletin 1952-1953
JBW contributions
Box 3 1953
Box 3 1963
Box 3 1968
Syracuse University
Box 3 1969
NDE partners
Box 3 A Turning to Take Next -- Freda Goldman 1965
Box 3 Beyond the Campus, Mass. B.H.E. 1971

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