Alexander Albert Liveright Papers, 1934-1969 (with text)

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The Adult Education History Project

Based on Information in the Syracuse University Library Archives

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Liveright, Alexander Albert, 1907-1969.


Papers, 1934-1969, 1956-1969 (bulk)



8.5 linear ft.


See also the following collection(s) at Syracuse University:

Association of University Evening Colleges [AUEC].

Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults [CSLEA].

Charters, Alexander N.

Commission of Professors of Adult Education [CPAE].

Fund for Adult Education (U.S.) [FAE].

Galaxy Conference.

International Congress of University Adult Education [ICUAE].

National University Extension Association [NUEA].

Sheats, Paul H.

Syracuse University Publications in Continuing Education [SUPCE].




Alexander Liveright received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  He was executive director of the War Manpower Commission during World War II, executive director of the American Council on Race Relations (1945-1947) and director of labor education at the University of Chicago (1947-1953).  He was active in many worldwide seminars, and in 1966 he participated in a worldwide study sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation.  He was professor at the schools of education at Boston University [BU] and Syracuse University [SU], and from 1956-1968 was director of the Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults [CSLEA].


The papers (primarily correspondence, minutes and reports) highlight Liveright's professional interests and affiliations.  Included are papers generated while professor in the schools of education at Boston University [BU] and Syracuse University [SU], as director of the Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults [CSLEA], and as founding member and Secretary of the International Congress of University Adult Education [ICUAE].  Sagamore Conference papers and those of the New Institutional Forms Project, a research project begun by Liveright to study the development of comprehensive adult education programs, also appear in the collection.  International adult education is the focus of records from trips to Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Philippines, and Thailand.  Miscellaneous material includes newspaper clippings, War Manpower Commission documents, and material from the Highlander Folk School..


Boston University [BU].

Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults [CSLEA].

Commission of Professors of Adult Education [CPAE].

Galaxy Conference on Adult Education.


New Institutional Forms Project.

Syracuse University [SU].

Syracuse University Publications in Continuing Education [SUPCE].



















Adult education.

Educators -- United States.



Boston University [BU] -- School of Education.

Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults [CSLEA].

Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.)

International Congress of University Adult Education [ICUAE].

Syracuse University [SU] -- School of Education.

United States. -- War Manpower Commission.


International Conference on University Adult Education (1960: Sagamore. N.Y.).

New Institutional Forms Project.





George Arents Research Library for Special Collections at Syracuse University,

Manuscript Collections,

Bird Library,

Room 600,

Syracuse, N.Y.  13244-2010.




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{7:38:131:I:339,414:1968,1680} LIVERIGHT, ALEXANDER A., 1907-1969 PAPERS, 1934-1969 7 boxes (3.5 linear feet)  Background Sketch Alexander A. Liveright was director of the Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults from 1956 until its dissolution in 1968. The Center was independently located in Chicago from 1951 until 1965, and then was affiliated with Boston University. From 1967 until his death in 1969, Liveright was Associate Professor of Adult Education at Syracuse University. As director of CSLEA, and in his own right, he was involved in a wide range of adult and continuing education programs in the United States, had many contacts with adult education in other countries, and was a leader in international activities, such as the International Congress of University Adult Education. These facts explain the range of the Liveright papers, most of which are for the period 1956-69 (although Box 3 contains a few clippings for 1934-35, Box 7 contains one War Manpower Commission document for 1943, and another WMC document dated 1942 makes up Box 8)  In the collections, see also Association of University Evening Colleges (AUEC); Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults (CSLEA); Charters, Alexander N.; Commission of Professors of Adult Education; Fund for Adult Education; International Congress of University Adult Education; National University Extension Association (NUEA); and Sheats, Paul.


{7:38:132:I:360,300:1968,2646} Shelf List  Box l BOSTON UNIVERSITY  Problems in Adult Education, 1965-1968 Problems in Adult Education, course outlines and student papers, 1965-1968 (4 folders)  Seminar in Comparative and International Adult Education, 1968  Seminar on Comparative Adult Education, 1967-1968  Student Papers, 1967-1968  CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF LIBERAL EDUCATION FOR ADULTS Academy Study, draft of chapters 3,4 and 5, n.d. Board Meetings, minutes  1956-1957 Box 2 1957  Board Minutes, 1956 Core Programs, 1960-1961  Correspondence  Australia, 1966  Hawaii, 1966-1967 India, 1967  Israel, 1965 Malaysia and Singapore, 1967 Nepal, 1966-1967  New Zealand, 1966-1967 Philippines, 1967 Thailand, 1967 Grants and Submissions, 1963 Impact Study and Supplement, 1958-1959  Program Goals Study, 1964-1965, NEW INSTITUTIONAL FORMS PROJECT  Consultant Panel, 1969 Project #1  Box 3 Project #2  Contract and Proposal, 1968  Correspondence, Ivan Lappin, 1968-1969  Draft Proposals  Comments, 1968 Correspondence Re, 1966-1968 (Folder 1) Correspondence Re, 1966-1968 (Folder 2) National Focus Activity, 1969 National Forms, 1969  Box 4 Panel Meetings, 1968-1969  Program Budget, 1968 Proposal and Background Material, 1966-1969


{7:38:133:I:336,363:1959,2532} Box 4 (continued)  NEW INSTITUTIONAL FORMS PROJECT (continued)  Report, Inquiries Re, 1969   Reports to Committee of Adult Education Organizations (CAEO), 1968-1969  Staff Appointments, correspondence, 1969 Survey Form, City of Syracuse, 1969  SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY Adult Education  Course outline and student papers, 1968 Programs, 1967-1969 Related Programs, 1968  Appointment to Staff, correspondence, 1968-69 Continuing Education, publications list, 1969  Continuing Education Publications, correspondence, 1968  Faculty Interviews, drafts, ca.1968  Highlander Research and Education Center, 1969 International Seminar on Adult Education, 1969 TRIPS Australia, Canberra, 1967 Australia, Melbourne, 1967 Australia, New South Wales, 1966-1967 Australia, Perth, 1967 Australia, University of Sydney, 1967 Australia, Tasmania, 1967 Hong Kong, India (general), 1967  India, University of Rajasthan, 1967 Box 6 New Zealand, 1967 Philippines, 1967 Thailand, 1966-1967  MISCELLANEOUS Dissertation Proposals, 1966-1967  General Correspondence, 1963-1967  National Adult Education Resources Institute, confidential memoranda, 1967  Newspaper Clippings, 1934-1935 War Manpower Commission, 1942   Box 7 Notes on Various Topics, 1966-1968 Office of Emergency, Management, War Manpower Commission, 1943


{7:38:134:I:345,363:1980,717}  Box 7 (continued)  MISCELLANEOUS (continued) Photograph of Alexander A. Liveright, n.d.  Printed Papers and Newspaper Clippings, 1968-1969 South-East Asian Institute of Adult Education, 1966-1968  U.S.A. Before War Manpower Commission, 1943  War Manpower Commission, confidential study for, 1942  10/76 


LIVERIGHT, ALEXANDER A., 1907-1969: Part Two

     PAPERS, 1956-1969

     5 boxes  (5 linear feet)


Background Sketch


     Part Two of the Alexander A. Liveright Papers contains

additional papers from the last decade of Liveright's

career, including the Center for the Study of Liberal

Education for Adults (CSLEA), the International Congress of

University Adult Education (ICUAE), and the ERIC

Clearinghouse on Adult Education.  Notable in this portion

of the collection are papers from the Sagamore Conference

(September, 1960) marking the inception of the ICUAE.  The

CSLEA (with Liveright as its Director) was one of six adult

education organizations sponsoring the Conference; Liveright

became Secretary of the ICUAE.


     Papers reflecting Liveright's activity in both the

CSLEA and ICUAE, as well as his wide-ranging national and

international involvement in adult education, form the bulk

of the collection.  Subjects covered include travels

associated with the First World Conference and European

Study Tour, adult education in Africa, Latin America, and

Australia, as well as UNESCO meetings and conferences.  The

folders pertaining to the CSLEA International Comparative

Education Conference at Exeter, New Hampshire are of note,

since they form the basis of The Exeter Papers, published by

Liveright (1966). 


     The bulk of the remainder of the collection is from the

years 1968-1969, incorporating the phase-out of the CSLEA,

Liveright's move to Syracuse University, and Liveright's

ensuing illness.  At Syracuse University, Liveright became

associated with the ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Education,

plus numerous research and publication projects -- Liveright

had hoped to complete a book on leaders in adult education

before he died.  During his illness and at the time of his

death, some of Liveright's administrative duties were shared

by James Whipple and Robert Blakely; in addition, there were

John Ohliger, Robert Theobald and David Mosconi, who

completed publication projects in progress.


     Overall, the major divisions in this part of the

Liveright collection are: CSLEA (1956-1968), ICUAE (1960-

1969), Syracuse University (1968-1969), and Other Activities

(which includes Liveright's long-term involvement with the

Highlander Folk School). 


     For related material in the Arents Library adult

education collections, see also Center for the Study of

Liberal Education for Adults (CSLEA); Commission of

Professors of Adult Education; Galaxy Conference;

International Congress of University Adult Education

(ICUAE); Liveright, Alexander A.; Syracuse University

Publications in Continuing Education.




     The files are arranged under four large subject headings:



     Syracuse University

     Other Activities


Within the major headings, the files are arranged alphabetically. 


     Correspondence dominates this collection. Documents in

the collection encompass those associated with the

incorporation of the ICUAE, in addition to other material

such as minutes, agendas, and the many monographs and

reports interspersed in the collection.  Three photographs

of Liveright are included.


     Two audio tapes by Dr. Manet Fowler are included with

the collection.  The tapes record her interview with C. B.

Ratchford, and refer to Liveright in two brief interchanges

on Tape 1: on Side A of (after about 5 mm of tape), and on

Side B (after about 10 mm of tape).


KW / June 1991

Shelf List


Box 8   CSLEA

           4th Leadership Conference for University Adult

                 Education - 1956

           Anglo-American Conference, 1963-1965            

           Conference on Comparative Adult Education/Exeter,

                    New Hampshire:

              Correspondence, 1966

              Reports & info., 1966

              Roster, 1966

              Discussion papers, 1966

              Working papers, 1966

                 Canada (English)

                 Canada (French)



                 Hong Kong


                 Puerto Rico




           CSLEA Phase-out:

              James Whipple, 1968-1969

              Correspondence, 1968

              Syracuse University, 1968


              Carnegie Corp., 1964-1969

              Ford Foundation 1959-1968

              Standard Oil of New Jersey, 1966-1967

              United States Steel, 1964-1967

              Western Electric, 1965-1969

              Miscellaneous, 1964-1965 


              Audience Education proposal, [nd]

              Correspondence Ed. Research Proj., 1964-1965

              Directory for Independent Study, 1964-1968

              Research & Development Center,  1966

           State University of New York (SUNY)/Albany,


           University Council on Education for Public      

                 Responsibility, 1967-1968

           U.S. Dept. of Health, Ed., Welfare (DHEW)       

                 /Office of Education(USOE)                

              Bureau of Research, 1965-1966                

              Correspondence, 1965-1968

              Follow-up, 1966-1968

              Research & Development Center, 1966-1967


              Vernon Drew, 1964-1968

              Tom Kelly, 1967-1968

              Borivoj Samolovcev, 1964-1969

              Amrik Singh, 1967-1968

              Dulcie Stretton, 1967-1968

              Miscellaneous, 1962-1968





              Desmond Crowley, 1965-1969

              James Dakin, 1965-1969

              John Friesen, 1965-1969

              Campbell Howard, 1966-1969

              Ieuan Hughes, 1967-1968

              Frank Jessup, 1966-1969

              James Roby Kidd, 1964-1969

                 Convergence, 1968-1969

              John Melling, 1965-1967

              Seiichi Okamura, 1965-1968

              Canadian Assoc. Adult Ed. (CAE), 1966-1967

              Canadian Assoc. Depts. of Ext. & Summer

                    Schools, CADESS, 1966-1967

              India-Rajasthan, 1965-199

              Uganda-Makerere Univ. College, 1965-1966


Box 9      Executive Committee, Members (alphabetical):

              Fritz Borinski, correspondence, 1965-1969

              E.K. Townsend Coles, correspondence, 1963-1969

              Amad Abd al-Halim, 1966-1967

              T.C. Lai, 1964-1969

              W.J. McCallion (chair), 1963-1968

              Sidney Raybould, 1965-1969

              Bertrand Schwartz, 1966-1968

              Dusan Savicevic, 1966-1969

           Executive Committee, Minutes:

              Minutes,  1960-1963

           Minutes, Correspondence, July-Nov., 1965

              Minutes, Agenda, Corres., Boston-Buffalo, 1966

              Minutes, Correspondence, Syracuse-NYC, 1967

                 Education Permanente Seminar, Speeches,


                 Education Permanente Seminar, Corres. &

                    Speeches, 1967

              Minutes, Correspondence, Leeds-Syracuse, 1968

           Legal Affairs; Geo. Overton 1962-1967

              Legal/Financial Affairs, 1964-1968

              UNESCO Affiliation, 1962-1963

           Membership Affairs:

              Ballots, institutional & individual, [nd]

              Correspondence & misc., 1963-1966

              Dues, 1963-1968

              Dues, 1967-1968

              Information, 1965-1968

              Invoices, individual memberships, 1967-1970

              Invoices, institutional memberships, 1967-1969

              Lifetime membership, Seiichi Okamura, 1966

              List-Individuals, 1966

              List-Institutional, 1966                     

              Prospective members, 1966-1967



                 First issue, 1961

                 Mailing list, 1965

                 Subscriptions, 1965-1967

                 Correspondence, 1967-1968

                 Diana Ironside, Newsletter & personal     

                         correspondence, 1965-1969

              Adult Ed publications, 1966-1968

              ICUAE Adult Ed. Directory [1966?]



                 Cables, 1961

                 Correspondence, 1961-1962

Box 10           Visa information, 1961

                 African Adult Education Institute,



                    Correspondence, 1961

                    Memoranda & miscellaneous, 1961-1962

                    Reports , 1961-1962

                 Basutoland, 1962

                 African Trip, follow-up, 1962-1963

                 Africa, correspondence, 1962-1966

              AUSTRALIA, Conference, 1961-1964

                    Miscellaneous, 1963


                 Study tour, 1963-1965

                 Study tour, memos, 1964-1965

                 Study tour, questionnaires, 1964

                 Study tour, participants, 1964-1965

                 Study tour, cancellations, 1964-1965

                 Study tour, arrangements, 1965

                 Study tour-Oxford, 1965

                    Britain, correspondence, 1965-1968

                 Study tour-UNESCO, 1965

                 World Conference, Krogerup Denmark,

                    correspondence, 1963-1964

                 World Conference, 1963-1965

                 World Conference, business, 1963-1965

                 World Conference, Ford Grant, 1964-1965

                 World Conference, correspondence, 1964-1965

                 World Conference, correspondence/papers, 


                 World Conference, ICCE/correspondence,


                 World Conference, Secretary's report, 1965

                 World Conference, executive minutes, 1965

                 World Conference, resolution

                 World Conference, memoranda, 1965

                 World Conference, participants, 1965

                 World Conference, newsletter, 1965

                 World Conference, newsletter

                    /correspondence, 1965-1966


              LATIN AMERICA:

                 Correspondence, 1961-1963

                 Memoranda, 1961-1963

                 Correspondence & lists, 1962

                 Latin America/S. American Conference, 1962

                 Latin America, Correspondence, 1963

                 Inter-American Conference, 1964

                 Inter-American Conference, Correspondence,



Box 11           UNITED STATES:

                 Sagamore Conference:

                 Agenda, minutes, participants, 1960-1961

                 Correspondence, 1960

                 Speeches, September 1960              

        Other Conference Notifications, 1964-1968

        Other Conferences, information/reports,


        UNESCO, Research & Training Grant, 1967-1968

        UNESCO Conferences, 1968-1969

        2nd World Conference, 1968-1969



           Academy for Education Development, 1967-1969

           Academy for Education Development, report

           Academy for Education Development-Dave Mosconi,


           International Seminar/Galaxy Conference,


           Kellogg Foundation Proposal, 1968-1969

           National Institute for Independent Study,


           New Institutional Forms, 1969

              Paul A. Miller, 1968-1969

           Publication Activity:

              Adult Education Information, 1968-1969

              Continuing Education for Adults, 1968-1969

              ERIC, Advisory Committee, 1968

              ERIC, Correspondence, 1968-1969

              Sudarshan Kapoor, correspondence, 1966-1969

              Publications-Alexander Liveright, 1969

              Publications/John Ohliger, 1969

           UNESCO, Ruth Lazarus, 1968-1969



           American Association of Jr. Colleges, 1964-1969

           American Council on Education, 1968-1969


              Professional Standards Committee, 1967-1968

              Continuing Education, 1967-1968

              Commission of Professors of Adult Education,


                 Reports, 1967-1969                        

                 Correspondence, 1966-1969

           Cleveland State University, 1966-1969

           College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB):

              General, 1966-1969

              Correspondence, 1966-1969

              Directory, 1966-1969

           Delbert Clark Award, 1968-1969

           General Electric Seminar, 1968

           Harvard College, Board of Overseers, 1965-1968

              Correspondence, 1965-1969

              Reginald Phelps, 1968-1969

           Highlander Folk School, 1957-1962

           Highlander Folk School, 1968-1969

           Leaders in Adult Education, [1968]-1969

           National Educational TV, 1964-1968

           Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 1968

           Syracuse University:

              Archives, 1968-1969

              Planning Schedule, 1968

              School of Ed/Ph.D. Orals, 1968

                 Recruitment, etc., 1968-1969

              Alex Charters, memos

           Robert Theobald, 1966-1969

              Book contract & correspondence, 1966-1969    

           US Office of Education (USOE)/Region 2, 1968-1969

           University of Pittsburgh, Board of Visitor,


           WCOTP, mailing list [nd]

           Miscellaneous Correspondence:

              Robert Blakely, 1965-1969

              George Daigneualt, 1968

              Cyril Houle, 1968-1969

              Other Correspondence, 1962-1969

              Illness, 1969

           Miscellaneous Photos, 1951-[nd]

           Miscellaneous Collected Papers, 1966-1968

           Audio tapes:

              Interview of C.B. Ratchford by Dr. Manet

                 Fowler, [n.d.]





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