Houle, Cyril Orvin, 1913-.


Papers, 1929-1986, 1959-1980 (bulk).


13.25 linear ft.


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

Knowles, Malcolm Sheperd.


Educator, Ohio State University.


Cyril Houle received his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Florida at Gainesville and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago (1940).  He was on the faculty at the University of Chicago from 1939 to 1979, serving as the Dean of University College from 1944 to 1952.  He has served as guest lecturer and visiting professor, and consultant to universities, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Educational Testing Service.  His research has led him to the United Kingdom, where he held a Fulbright Scholarship in 1950-51, to Denmark, Africa, India and the Caribbean.  He was twice appointed to the National Advisory Council on Extension and Continuing Education by Lyndon B. Johnson.  In 1966 Houle received the first William Pearson Tolley Medal for Distinguished Leadership in Adult Education.  Subsequently, he has received numerous honorary doctorates.


The collection consists of manuscripts, drafts, reports, interview tapes and transcripts, speeches, correspondence, reviews, films, memorabilia and publications that Houle collected.  Included in the collection are many of the research materials for his book, The Inquiring Mind, and the essays and related materials which evolved into his book, Patterns of Learning.  Several other manuscripts and other projects in which he took part are represented.  There are a great many publications that Houle collected including his own writings, material in which he was cited, international publications and others on a wide array of topics.  Memorabilia include plaques, photographs, certificates and awards, and his many honorary degrees.


Advisory Committee on Education.




The Inquiring Mind.




Patterns of Learning.











Drafts (preliminary versions).









Adult education.

Educators -- United States.






The Inquiring mind.


Patterns of learning.



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HOULE, CYRIL O., 1913-

     PAPERS, 1929-1986

     14 Boxes, 1 Tube and 4 Film Canisters (13.25 linear ft.)


Background Sketch


     Cyril Houle has been a major figure in the history of

continuing education as a teacher, writer and researcher.  He

received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University

of Florida at Gainesville (1934) and his Ph.D. from the

University of Chicago (1940).  He was the recipient of numerous

honorary doctorates and the first recipient of the William

Pearson Tolley Medal for Distinguished Leadership in Adult

Education (1966).


     From 1939 to 1979, Houle served on the faculty of the

University of Chicago, from 1944-1952 as the Dean of University

College.  In 1953 he devoted himself full time to graduate

training and research, particularly to the master's and doctoral

programs in adult and higher education.  He has served as

visiting instructor, professor and lecturer at the University of

California at Berkeley (1940), the University of Wisconsin-

Milwaukee (1960), and the University of Washington (1961).  He

held a Fulbright Scholarship in the United Kingdom (1950-1951),

was director of a Unesco workshop in Sweden (1950), served as

consultant to the universities of Liberia and Nigeria (1966), and

as senior consultant to the Educational Testing Service (1972).

He was twice appointed to the National Advisory Council of

Extension and Continuing Education by Lyndon B.Johnson.


     Houle's research took him abroad to England (1954), to study

university extra-mural work in Africa and the Caribbean (1958-

1959), to folk schools in Denmark and to Oxford University where

he was Visiting Senior Research Specialist in Extra-Mural



     Houle is a member of many organizations.  He served as

centennial president of the Chicago Literary Club, for which he

also gave several addresses.  Houle has been awarded the 1966

Citation from the Association of University Evening Colleges

(AUEC), the 1967 Award of Merit of the National Association of

Public School Adult Education (NAPSAE) and the 1981 Imogene Okes

Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education from the Adult

Education Association (AEA).


     Houle has authored and co-authored numerous articles and

chapters, as well as the following books:


          Adult Education (with Floyd W. Reeves and Thomas


          The Armed Services and Adult Education (with Elbert W.

               Burr, Thomas H. Hamilton, and John R. Yale)

          Continuing Learning in the Professions

          Continuing Your Education

          The Design of Education

          The Effective Board

          The External Degree

          The Inquiring Mind

          Libraries in Adult and Fundamental Education

          Patterns of Learning

          Residential Continuing Education

          The University, the Citizen and World Affairs (with

               Charles A. Nelson)





     The collection consists of reports, manuscripts, drafts,

interview tapes and transcripts, speeches, correspondence,

reviews, research materials, films, memorabilia and publications

that Houle considered valuable.  The bulk of the collection is

dated 1959-1980.


     In most cases, Houle's arrangement of materials and folder

headings has been preserved.  Notebooks and large folders have

been disassembled into more manageable units, but kept ordered as

found.  Specific comments concerning the series follow.


     There are five major series (capitalized) and several

smaller series (lower case), arranged alphabetically.

Miscellaneous materials are found before the publications; large

bound materials and those of unique size and shape have been

placed at the end of the shelf list.  The series are:


     Advisory Committee on Education (1937):

          These are daily reports of Houle's observations, and

          activities for the committee, arranged by state.


          Programs, clippings, and correspondence related to the

          honorary doctorates Houle received.



          Included here are the research materials which formed

          the basis for Houle's book.  Tapes have been placed in

          a separate series.


          Arranged alphabetically, this series does not include

          related correspondence, drafts, and background

          materials.  These materials are found in the "Inquiring

          Mind," "Patterns of Learning" and "Projects" series.


          This book brought together several separately

          constructed essays, dating over a period of years.

          These essays are arranged as in the book.


          Houle was involved in numerous projects and with

          several books others wrote.  This series reflects many

          of these projects, and includes correspondence and

          other materials related to his publishers.  Each

          project was found in a separate folder in no particular

          order.  Where projects included a bulk of materials,

          these have been separated into several folders by type

          (e.g. Correspondence).


          The few materials here that did not fit into any of the

          other categories, includes correspondence from Paul

          Sheats, Thurman White and Malcolm Knowles. 


          Publications have been divided into three distinct

          sections: Cyril O.Houle (COH), International and U.S.

          publications.  The Houle section includes articles,

          pamphlets and books in which Houle made a significant

          contribution and are arranged by contribution type,

          then alphabetically.  International pamphlets are

          arranged alphabetically by country; U.S. pamphlets are

          arranged alphabetically by subject.


          Dissertations with special notations or dedications

          follow the Publications series.


          Here are located several plaques, certificates, the

          honorary doctorates and two photographs.


          Besides the interview tapes from The Inquiring Mind,

          there are a number of others, some not identified.




     Bracketed abbreviations indicate those used on folders.

Bracketed numbers indicated the number of folders similarly

labeled. The word "[copy]" indicates that the folder title reads

the same as the heading.  Explanatory notes about the contents of

a series or folders are also bracketed.     





EEA / July 1991
Shelf List


Box 1   Advisory Committee on Education

           Daily Field Trip Reports, Summer 1937

           --Alabama - Colorado

           --Idaho - Kansas

           --Kentucky - Minnesota

           --Mississippi - North Carolina

           --Ohio - South Dakota

           --Tennessee - Wyoming


        Awards (chron.)

           (see also Memorabilia, Box 10-11)

           DePaul University: Program, Clippings, 1975

           New York University: NYU Report, April 9, 1975

           Roosevelt University: Clippings, Invitation, Telegram,


           American Association for Adult and Continuing

                    Education, 1982

           Suffolk University: Program, Clipping, Correspondence,

                    1984 [see also Box 10 for photographs]

           Empire State College: Program, Oct. 20, 1985

           Northern Illinois University: Program, May 10, 1986





           (see also audio tapes, Box 12-13)

           Interview Procedure

           Transcripts: Interviews [Interviewees are anonymous]

              A - n.d.

              B - n.d

              C - May 6, 1959

              D - May 9, 1959

              E - May 13, 1959

              F - May 23, 1959

              G - May 23, 1959

              H - June 6, 1959

              I - June 22, 1959

              J - June 23, 1959

              K - June 29, 1959

              L - June 30, 1059

              M - July 2, 1959

              N - July 6, 1959

              O - July 7, 1959

              P - July 10, 1959

              Q - July 13, 1959

              R - July 14, 1959

              S - July 23, 1959

              T - July 24, 1959

              U - Aug. 1, 1959

              V - n.d.

              W - March 2, 1960

           Basic Sheets

              [Subjects Data]

Box 1 (continued)

        Inquiring Mind: Background Materials (continued)

           Basic Sheets (continued)


              Highlights and Implications


              Selections from Interviews

              Tally - How Viewed by Society

              Tally - Self Concept

              Tally - Why Self Educating?

           Notes from Tape Box entitled "Selections"


        MANUSCRIPTS   [MS.]


           Continuing Learning in the Professions  c.1980

              Print Specifications; Front Matter

              Chapters 1 - 3

              Chapters 4 - 5


Box 2         Chapters 6 - 8

              Chapters 9 - 10



           Continuing Your Education (Final)  c.1964

              Front Matter

              Chapters 1 - 5

              Chapters 6 - 10

              References, Index

           The Design of Education  c.1972

              Chapters 1 - 3

              Chapters 4 - 5

              Chapters 6 - Glossary

              Bibliographic Essay [1st page missing]

           The External Degree  c.1973

              Front Matter, Chapters 1 - 3

              Chapters 4 -6


           The Inquiring Mind  c.1961

           Patterns of Learning  c.1984

              Print Specifications, Front Matter

              Chapters 1 - 3

              Chapters 4 - 6

              Chapters 7 - 10





           "What Do I Know?" - The Founder



              Reading Copy

              Background materials

           "He" [about Alexander Pope]

              [copy with introductory notes]

              Address, May 25, 1970

Box 2 (continued)

        Patterns of Learning (continued)

           "He" (continued)



              Draft [2]

              Background materials, Notes

           "The Uncommon School"


              Address - Chicago Literary Club, Jan. 18, 1965



              Reading Copy

              Typist's Copy

              William Pearson Tolley Award


                 Program, Oct. 12, 1966

                 Reading Copy

              Background materials [2]


Box 3      Billy Graham

              Address, Feb. 28, 1972


              Newspaper Clippings


              "Renewal" - Draft

              Background materials

           Foreign Travel

              "Foreign Travel As Education"

              Background materials

           "A Dimmed Radiance"



              Background materials

           "A Firstling of His Heart and Hand"



              Background materials, Notes


        PROJECTS (alphabetical)


           Carnegie Corporation

              Correspondence, 1966-73

              Final Report, 1960-65

              Final Report, 1965-73

              Proposal, 1964

           Case Study Book - Laurence Hall: Drafts,

                    Correspondence, 1973

           Cook County School of Nursing

              Report, 1968

              Reports, Board of Directors, 1968-72

              Grant, 1973

           The Design of Education

              Correspondence, 1971-72

              Reviews, 1972-73

Box 3 (continued)

        Projects (continued)


           The External Degree

              Correspondence, 1973


              Reviews, 1973?

           Fiction About Higher Education


              Correspondence, 1961-73

              General Information, Notes, [1963-65]

           Harrington book: Correspondence, Notes, 1976

           How to Write a Thesis

           Jossey-Bass: Correspondence, Reviews, 1971-79

           W.K. Kellogg: Conference Proposal, 1957

           Knox book: Drafts, Correspondence, 1976-77

           Levi Report on Extension, 1973

           McGraw Hill

              Contract, 1963

              Correspondence, 1963-76


              Reviews, 1964-65

              Royalty Statements, 1964-75

              Stylebooks, 1955-56

           NEH Project: Correspondence, 1973

           NEH Report - "A Proposed Program of Sequential

              Education in the Humanities in Public

              Libraries," 1973

           NSF Project

              "The Education of Older Adults"                   

              Correspondence, 1973-74

           Patterns for Lifelong Learning [Hesburgh, Miller

                                             and Wharton]

              Continuing Education Study, 1973

              Correspondence, 1971-73

              Correspondence, 1973-74

              Michigan State University Task Force,


              Miller's Final Corrections, 1972?

              Review, 1974


Box 4      Peterson and Carp Study I, 1973


              Appendix I and II

              Data and Analysis [2]

              Description, Background material

              Draft, 1972

           The Public Library's Role in Non-Traditional Study


              Correspondence, 1974

           Tulane Report, 1966

           University of Missouri Study

              Correspondence, 1967-68

              Correspondence, Report, Misc., 1971-73


Box 4 (continued)



           Audio Tape Notes [Tape Box "From Apathy to Action"]


              James Robinson, 1955-57

                 [Included are letters from Paul Sheats and

                 Thurman White.  Robinson was a student at the

                 University of Chicago.]

              Malcolm Knowles, 1967

              1979 [Related to retirement]

           Personal Correspondence, 1981




           Folder #1    

                 (works authored by Houle)

              Adult Discussion: An Essay and A Guide for the Use

                 of Three Films: Room for Discussion, Organizing

                 Discussion Groups, How to Conduct a Discussion,

                 Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, n.d.  [These

                 films are in the collection, identified at the

                 end of the shelf list.]

              A Firstling of His Heart and Hand

              He  [2 copies]

              Residential Continuing Education

              The Uncommon School


           Folders #2-4

                 (articles or chapters authored by Houle)

              "Adult Education and Family Life - Part II in

                 Journal of Cooperative Extension, Vol. 1, No. 4,

                 Winter 1963.

              "The Comparative Study of Continuing Professional

                 Education," in Comparative Studies in Adult

                 Education: An Anthology, ed. by Clif Bennett,

                 J.Roby Kidd, and Jindra Kulich, 1975.

              "Continuing Professional Education: Overview" in

                 Education for the Professions: Quis

                 custodiet...?, ed. by Sinclair Goodlad, 1984.

              "The Continuity of Life" in Lifelong Education:

                 Report of the Meeting of Experts held at New

                 Dehli, 1970. [authored with Bettie Houle]

              "Education for the Professions" in Theory Into

                 Practice, Vol. 26, No. 2, Spring 1987.

              "From Craft Toward Profession," in The Continuing

                 Task: Reflections on Purpose in Higher

                 Continuing Education, 1967.

              "Motivation and Participation with Special

                 Reference to Non-Traditional Forms of Study," in

                 Learning Opportunities for Adults, Vol. III: The

                 Non-Participation Issue, 1979.

              "The Third Era of American Higher Education" in

                 The NUEA Spectator, Vol. 37, No. 13, December


Box 4 (continued)

        Publications /COH (continued)


           Folder #5

                 (conference participation - transcript)

              Proceedings of a National Conference on Special

                 Adult Degree Programs, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28-30,



           Folders #6-8

                 (works with citations to Houle)

                 These are arranged alphabetically, by title.


           Folders #9-13

              Mobius, Vol. 1 - Vol.5

                 [This serial, named after the Mobius strip, is

                 dedicated to continuing education in the health

                 sciences.  Houle, at the time a senior

                 consultant with the Kellogg Foundation, was a

                 member of its editorial board.]


Box 5      Folders #14-15

              Mobius, Vol. 6 - Vol.7, No.2



              Listed alphabetically by title or organization,

           there are 37 folders of publications published outside

           the United States, or which are about other countries.






              British Guiana

              Canada [5]


              Hong Kong


              India [2]

              International Congress of Unversity Adult Education







              Organization for Economic Cooperation and



              Unesco [3]

              United Kingdom [3]


Box 6         United Kingdom [5]

              West Indies

              The World Association

Box 6 (continued)



              These are listed alphabetically by subject or

           organization. Bracketed numbers indicate multiple

           folders on a topic.


              Administration and Finance

              Adult Education Associations

              Adult Education Research

                 (see also Surveys, Research)

              Agricultural Extension [2]

              Black Americans (see Dissertations series)

              Community Education [4]

              Cooperative Extension

              ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Education


              General Adult Education [3]

                 (see also Needs and Interests, Studies of;

                 Students, Characteristics of)


Box 7         General Adult Education [2]

              General Adult Education (prior to 1930)


              Higher Adult Education

                 (see also Postsecondary Alternatives; University

                 Adult Education; University Extension)

              Human Resources


                 (see also Worker's Education)

              Information Needs

              Libraries [5]

              Mass Media


              Needs and Interests, Studies of

                 (see also General Adult Education)

              Non-Traditional Study

                 (see also Postsecondary Alternatives)


              Part-time Students

              Philanthropy and Education



Box 8         Pope, Alexander

              Postsecondary Alternatives [5]

                 (see also Higher Adult Education; Non-

                 Traditional Study)

              Psychology [2]

              Public Schools


              Regional Materials [3]

                 (see also Surveys)

              Research [3]

                 (see also Adult Education Research; Statistics;


Box 8 (continued)

        Publications /U.S. (continued)


              Residential Adult Education


                 (see also Universities and Society)

              Sociological Perspectives

              Special Schools


                 (see also Research)

              Students, Characteristics of

                 (see also General Adult Education)


                 (see also Adult Education Research; Regional

                 Materials; Research)


Box 9         Surveys [7]


              Universities and Society

                 (see also Society)

              University Adult Education

                 (see also Higher Adult Education)

              University Extension [3]

                 (see also Higher Adult Education)

              U.S. Law [2]             



              Worker's Education

                 (see also Industry)


Box 9-  Dissertations [5]

    10        The dissertations included in the collection either

           have dedications within them or other notations which

           indicate their value to Houle.


Box 10- Memorabilia

    11           Included are several plaques, photographs,

Tube 1        certificates and honorary doctorates.  Other

              material related to the bestowing of the doctorates

              are in Box 1 (under Awards).  There are also

              certificates of recognition, among them two signed

              by Lyndon B. Johnson.


Box 12  Tapes

              Inquiring Mind,  Self Education Project,

                 Interviews: Subjects A-S


Box 13           Interviews: Subjects T-W

                 Selections: Subjects A-F

              Advanced Board Course #1-3

              Advanced Study Group Boards--Mr. Houle

              Age and Learning

              The Autonomous Learner

              Dusan Savecevic - 1st hour, Lecture               

              Dusan Savecevic - 2nd hour, Discussion

        Tapes (continued)


Box 14        From Apathy to Action

              The LAS and ALAS

              LAS and ALAS #2

              Lecture Tape

              Micro-environment and Macro-environment

              March 10 Seminar - Motivations and


              Robbins Seminar - 1st session, Aug.2, 1960

              Robbins Seminar, Meeting, University of

                 Chicago, Adult Education, July 25, 1967

              The Stages of Life


              #6 - Speech to Workshop on Federal Policy



Film       Films

Canisters     Four films are included in the collection:


                 Room for Discussion

                 Organizing Discussion Groups

                 How to Conduct a Discussion

                    All are Encyclopaedia Britannica Films. A

                 film guide is located in Box 4, Folder #1.


                 Profile C1-6 May 27 Dr. Corbett