George Romney Papers  1920s-1973
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Container / Location Title
 
Personal and Biographical  1922-1982 [series]

This series contains enough information to write a good short professional biography of McClusky. The Curricula Vitae spans sixty years, and some include lists of selected speaking engagements as well as lists of positions held and of publications. The bibliography on gold paper is the most recent and complete, although even it is not exhaustive. The file titled Eulogies and Feature Biographical Articles contains a critical analysis of McClusky's contributions to the field of educational gerontology, as well as tributes from colleagues and students. The Clippings folders, most of which are dated, primarily reflect McClusky's extensive activities as a speaker but also his work with the Michigan Council of Churches, community councils, special commissions, and civic organizations. Clippings are sparse, however, for the 1970s, and are missing entirely for 1942-1946. While most of McClusky's diaries are still held by his family, entries for scattered dates are found in the collection. The folder of Memorabilia contains numerous awards and a brief eulogy for his mother.

Box   1  
Curricula Vitae, Autobiographical Sketches, Bibliographies
Box   1  
Eulogies and Feature Biographical Articles
 
Newspaper Clippings  1920s-1970s
Box   1  
 1920s-1930s
Box   1  
 1940-1941
Box   1  
 1947-1948
Box   1  
 1948-1949
Box   1  
 1950-1954
Box   1  
 1956-1958
Box   1  
 1959-1970s
Box   1  
 Undated
 
Miscellaneous
Box   1  
Diaries,  1922-1981,  undated (scattered)
Box   1  
Notebook: Diary Entries and Jottings  1938-1939
Box   1  
Logs of Daily Activities  1942,  1948,  1962
Box   1  
School Papers  1923,  undated
Box   1  
Memorabilia
 
Correspondence  1921-1982 [series]

The "Correspondence" series has both a Chronological and a Subject subseries. The subject folders are remnants of McClusky's own filing system; the folder headings do not necessarily indicate especially important subjects. As noted above, additional correspondence will be found in many folders throughout the collection. Most noteworthy is the correspondence in the "American Youth Commission" series, much of which is with colleagues at the University of Michigan. The Correspondence series contains the only material on McClusky's personal life, in the letters from the 1920s and 1930s. Included in this early correspondence are long letters to his parents during his stay in Europe, 1931-1933. Most of the letters from the late 1930s on are from colleagues and others with whom McClusky was professionally acquainted. There are many notes thanking McClusky for speeches delivered, workshops conducted, and courses taught (indeed, the number of glowing letters from students is perhaps unusual). The correspondence also includes substantive accounts of McClusky's activities and intellectual positions. There are many requests for information about McClusky's work in community development, educational gerontology, and other fields. Worth special note is the correspondence McClusky conducted with Professor Roger Hiemstra of Iowa State University from July through September, 1979. Hiemstra wished to write an extensive biography of McClusky, and McClusky conducted a brief "life review" through the mail.

 
Chronological [subseries]
Box   2  
 1921-1929
Box   2  
 1931-1934
Box   2  
 1936
Box   2  
 1937
Box   2  
 1940-1945

include letters to his wife, Helen

Box   2  
 1946-1949
Box   2  
 1950-1959
Box   2  
 1960-1969
Box   2  
 1970-1974
Box   2  
 1975-1979
Box   2  
 1980-1982
Box   2  
 1982

Letters to his wife, following Howard McClusky's death

 
Subject [subseries]
Box   2  
Adams, James P. (Provost)  1945-1950
Box   2  
Antioch College  1948
Box   2  
Cummings, Milton C. (HEW)  1964-1965
Box   2  
Detroit Committee for Rehabilitation of Narcotic Addicts  1951-1952
Box   2  
Detroit, Miscellaneous  1960-1961
Box   2  
Edmonson, J.B.  1946-1951
Box   2  
Handbook of Adult Education Series  1970-1976
Box   2  
Long, Huey  1969-1971
Box   2  
National Council for Churches of Christ  1950-1953
Box   2  
Nebraska, Miscellaneous  1949-1952,  1960
Box   2  
New York, miscellaneous  1950-1962 (2 folders)
Box   3  
New Mexico, Miscellaneous  1950-1953,  1956
Box   3  
New Jersey, Miscellaneous  1951-1952
 
Ohio, Miscellaneous
Box   3  
 1947-1952
Box   3  
 1953-1961
Box   3  
U.S. War Department  1946-1947
Box   3  
University of the State of New York  1961-1962
Box   3  
Zinn, Roger  1940-1941
 
Writings  1935-1982 [series]

This series is composed primarily of addresses --mostly the speaking notes for the addresses--delivered by McClusky from the 1930s to 1982. A few typed transcripts and summaries are included. Most of the notes are handwritten, with date and place noted. Also included in the series are copies of a few published Articles--either not included on the gold bibliography or published in relatively obscure journals. Notes and Jottings are primarily typescript fragments of ideas and ruminations. The Reports include consultant analyses of adult education projects, a handbook chapter on community development, and an analysis of youth centers for the Governors Youth Guidance Committee. The Miscellaneous folders hold short pieces which seem to have been neither commissioned nor published. There are many pieces on community and adult education. Among the other miscellaneous pieces are "Ways of Knowing the High School Pupil," "The Relative Prestige of U of M Alumni Will Decline," "Some Reflections on Being a College Trustee," "The Role of the Local Church," and "What Kind of Community Do We Want?" The most important of these miscellaneous writings, however, are those on the Theory of Margin, one of McClusky's most important contributions to the theoretical context of adult education. (McClusky also published several articles on the theory.)

 
Addresses [subseries]
Box   3  
 1930s
Box   3  
 1940-1941
Box   3  
 1942-1943
Box   3  
 1944-1945
Box   3  
 1946
Box   3  
 1947-1949
Box   3  
 1950-1954
Box   3  
 1955-1956
Box   3  
 1957-1958
Box   3  
 1959
Box   3  
 1960-1961
Box   4  
 1962-1965
Box   4  
 1966-1969
Box   4  
 1970-1971
Box   4  
 1972-1973
Box   4  
 1974-1975
Box   4  
 1976-1979
Box   4  
 1980-1982
Box   4  
 Undated
 
Articles [subseries]
Box   4  
A-T and untitled (3 folders)
 
Notes and Jottings [subseries]
Box   5  
Typescript
Box   5  
Handwritten
 
Reports [subseries]
Box   5  
Adult Education
Box   5  
Miscellaneous
 
Miscellaneous [subseries]
Box   5  
Adult and Community Education
Box   5  
Theory of Margin
Box   5  
Miscellaneous
 
Teaching materials (mostly notes)  1930s-1982 [series]

Along with McClusky's teaching notes, this series includes scattered handouts, exams, and bibliographies. His courses, descriptions of which may be found in the School of Education Bulletin, cover the mental hygiene of adolescence, adult education, and educational gerontology. Although these handwritten, often fragmentary, notes may not appear substantive or worthwhile, it remains true that McClusky was first and foremost a teacher, and that his students continuously testified to the compelling way in which he could translate these notes into a stimulating intellectual structure. At least a glance through this material is necessary for a thorough study of McClusky. The 1982 folder for H652 contains McClusky's thoughts on what he knew was the last class he would ever teach.

 
C120 (later C530): Mental Hygiene of (Childhood and) Adolescence
 
Notes
Box   5  
 1930s,  1940s
Box   5  
 1950s
Box   5  
 1960s
Box   5  
Handouts
Box   5  
Material Compiled by Students  1930-1931
Box   5  
H282: Seminar in Community and Adult Education  1956,  1960,  1961
 
H501: Survey of Adult and Continuing Education
Box   5  
 1978 and scattered earlier dates
Box   5  
 1979
 
H510: Educational Gerontology
Box   6  
 1971-1978 (scattered)
Box   6  
 1979
 
H652: Current Issues in Educational Gerontology
Box   6  
 1980,  1981
Box   6  
 1982 include thoughts on teaching last class

include thoughts on teaching last class

Box   6  
K680 (?): Individual Research in Education  1970
Box   6  
Miscellaneous Courses
 
Department of Community And Adult Education  1938-1969 [series]

The curriculum of community and adult education at the University of Michigan was the direct outgrowth of the "Program of Adult Education" established in 1938 by the Board of Regents and attached to the office of the vice-president in charge of university relations. In 1947 the program was expanded and assigned by the Regents to function as an integrated educational unit through the Bureau of Studies and Training in Adult Education the School of Education and the Community Adult Education Department of the Extension Service. In 1949 the Bureau of Studies and Training became Department H, Community and Adult Education, of the School of Education.

The folder entitled "History and Purpose" contains extensive descriptions of the origins, development, programs, and philosophy of the department. The annual reports are also valuable in researching the history of the program. The memos, reports, proposals, and meetings folder contains some accounts of departmental activities during the 1940s and 1950s. Among the "Sound Tapes" at the end of the collection is a discussion of the department's problems and priorities.

Most important of all the department's activities were the community councils; much information about them is contained in this series, with some additional material located in the "Photographs" and "Sound Tapes" series. The area conferences were used to stimulate interest in the expertise of community councils. Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Centreville, Ida, Mason, Otsego, Sherwood, Vermontville, and Benzie County were subjects of the community surveys included here. The Michigan Community News permitted communities to share their development activities, and also reported on area conferences and the annual meetings of the community councils. The radio broadcasts are mostly transcripts of "The Awakening Community," broadcast over WJR and written by department staffers. Among the course material, the curriculum workshop was a week-long program "designed for mature workers in some phase of secondary education who are seeking something that is definite and helpful for improving the curriculum and instruction."

 
History and Administration [subseries]
Box   6  
History and Purpose
Box   6  
Annual Reports  1938-1969 (2 folders)
Box   6  
Memos, Reports, Proposals, and Meetings
Box   6  
Staff Meetings and Staff Activities
Box   6  
Academic Programs and Course Descriptions
Box   6  
Miscellaneous
 
Community Programs [subseries]
Box   6  
Area Conferences for Community Self-Help
 
Community Councils
Box   6  
Descriptions, Histories, Bibliographies
Box   6  
Handbooks
Box   6  
Constitutions  1935-1947
Box   7  
Conferences  1940-1955
Box   7  
Directories  1944-1950
Box   7  
Reports by Cynthia Jones  1948 (2 folders)
Box   7  
Community Forums  1939-1940
Box   7  
Community Studies  1939-1942
Box   7  
Community Survey Forms  1950-1957
 
Michigan Community News
Box   7  
Typescript Articles
Box   7  
Newsletter  1939-1964
 
Radio Broadcasts
Box   7  
 1939-1940
Box   7  
 1941
Box   7  
 1942
Box   7  
 1943
Box   7  
 1944
Box   7  
 1945-1946
Box   7  
Youth Centers
Box   7  
Robinson, William G.: Reports (Area Conferences, Community Council Conferences, Summer Institutes)  1947-1952
 
Courses [subseries]
Box   8  
Community Development Discussion Course
 
Curriculum Workshop
Box   8  
 1940
Box   8  
 1941
Box   8  
 1942
Box   8  
 1943
Box   8  
Experimental Correspondence Course, "The Community Looks at Itself,"  1940
Box   8  
Wednesday Night Discussion Group on Curriculum of Department (Students of H501)  1967-1968
 
Adult Education Association  1951-1982 [series]

The Adult Education Association was founded by McClusky in 1951 to unify efforts in the field. Its purpose was "to further the concept of education as a process continuing through life" by educating adult educators and encouraging the development of adult education programs. The material in this series is primarily correspondence, although memos, reports, minutes, newsletters, speeches, and brochures also appear. The "First Annual Report" is a good introduction to the origins, purpose, and early activities of the association. McClusky, though president only for the AEA's first year, remained an important force in the organization.

The Commission of Professors of Adult Education, a semi-autonomous unit of the AEA, was evidence of McClusky's continued involvement after his presidency. The Commission was initially funded by a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, and was charged with considering problems and issues associated with the development of graduate curricula in adult education. The Commission produced several important works, including the 1970 Handbook of Adult Education. The material here includes statements of purpose and objectives, proceedings of and reports to the annual meetings, memos, outlines, and notes.

 
National [subseries]
Box   8  
 1951 (2 folders)
Box   8  
 1952 (2 folders)
Box   8  
 1953-1959
Box   8  
 1960-1982
Box   8  
 1971 Report by McClusky
 
Commission of Professors of Adult Education [subseries]
Box   9  
 1957-1959,  Undated
Box   9  
 1960 4th Annual Conference (2 folders)
Box   9  
 1961
Box   9  
 1962
Box   9  
 1965-1966
 
Michigan  1952-1969 [subseries]
Box   9  
Miscellaneous
 
American Youth Commission  1940-1942 [series]

Established in 1935 as a unit of the American Council on Education, the commission was "concerned with the over-all organization of services for youth: private, local, governmental, state, and Federal." The commission investigated areas of need and the activities of extant agencies, then published reports and recommendations. As associate director for two years, McClusky was most intimately involved with the Rural Youth Project. The project conducted studies in Iowa, Virginia, and Michigan during McClusky's tenure. Material in this series includes reports, minutes, correspondence, notes, surveys, and memos relating to the activities of the commission as a whole and to-the Rural Youth Project in particular. (As noted elsewhere, much of the correspondence in this series is from McClusky's colleagues at the University of Michigan, discussing developments in the adult education program there.)

 
General (includes correspondence relating to U of M) [subseries]
Box   9  
 1940
Box   9  
 1941 (2 folders)
 
Advisory Committee of the Rural Youth Project [subseries]
Box   9  
 1939-1940
Box   9  
 1941 (2 folders)
Box   9  
 1942
Box   9  
Allegan County, Michigan, Project  1941
 
Iowa
Box   9  
Dissemination Project  1940
Box   9  
General Information, lists, etc.  1940-1942
 
Topical Files  circa 1938-1978 [series]

The headings are mostly names of organizations, but include some general subjects as well. The folders contain scattered correspondence, reports, notes, memos, minutes, brochures, and mass mailings. One document worth mentioning is in the Detroit Public Schools folder: a 1958 consultant's report by McClusky for the School-Community Relations Subcommittee of the Citizens Advisory Committee on School Needs. Also noteworthy, under the heading Adult Education, Michigan, is McClusky's 1959 workpaper on adult education, used to brief G. Mennen Williams at the Haven Hill Conference.

 
Adult Education
 
Michigan
Box   10  
Surveys and Reports  1944-1976 (2 folders)
Box   10  
McClusky Workpaper for Governor Williams  December 1959
Box   10  
National  1958-1968
 
General
Box   10  
 1938-1944
Box   10  
 1948-1949
Box   10  
 1950-1962
Box   10  
American Association for Adult Education  1939-1950
Box   10  
American Educational Research Association  1958-1959
Box   10  
American Psychological Association  1947,  1960
Box   10  
Appalachian Adult Basic Education  1969
Box   10  
Citizenship Programs  1940
Box   10  
Committee on Rural Education  1942
Box   10  
Community Action Newsletter  1945-1946
 
Community Activities
Box   10  
Addison  1939-1942
Box   10  
Fenton  1939-1956 (2 folders)
Box   10  
Flint  1938-1943
Box   10  
Hartland  1936-1952
Box   10  
Upper Peninsula  1941
Box   10  
Other Communities  1941-1944
Box   10  
Community Organization  1938-1942
Box   10  
Council for Research in Education  1963
Box   10  
Detroit Public Schools  1950-1962
Box   11  
Gerontology  1973-1978
Box   11  
Group Dynamics  1952-1956
Box   11  
Home-School Workshop  1952
Box   11  
Kellogg Foundation  1938-1939
Box   11  
Kelly, Governor Harry F.  1945-1946
Box   11  
Leadership Training  1949-1959 (2 folders)
Box   11  
Mental Hygiene for High School Students  1948-1949
Box   11  
Mott Foundation, Flint  1942-1960 (scattered)
Box   11  
National Association of Manufacturers  1954-1956
Box   11  
National Association of Public School Educators  1958-1962
Box   11  
National Commission for Adult Literacy  1958-1959
Box   11  
National Community School Clinic  1959-1961
Box   11  
National Conference on Family Life  1946-1947
Box   11  
National Council for Community Improvement  1950-1956
Box   11  
National Council for the Panel of Americans  1954-1960
Box   11  
National Council on Religion in Higher Education  1947-1952,  1958
Box   11  
National Education Association  1948,  1950-1952,  1968
Box   11  
National Planning Association  1947-1949
Box   11  
National Social Welfare Assembly  1952-1953,  1960
Box   11  
National Training Laboratories  1957-1961
Box   11  
Navy Conference Research Project  1947-1948
Box   11  
Neighborhood War Clubs  1942-1944 (2 folders)
Box   11  
New York State Citizens Council  1947-1957
Box   12  
Rural Youth, Miscellaneous
Box   12  
Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs  1959-1961
Box   12  
Sexual Deviates, Governor's Study Commission on  1950
Box   12  
Teaching Learning Communities, the Institute of  1976-1980 (2 folders)
Box   12  
UNESCO, Michigan Council for  1949-1959 (scattered)
Box   12  
University of British Columbia  1973-1978
 
Youth
Box   12  
General
Box   12  
Michigan
Box   12  
War Problems  1942-1944
Box   12  
White House Conference on Aging  1971
 
Writings
Box   12  
By Others
Box   12  
Unidentified
Box   12  
Miscellaneous
 
Visual Materials [series]

Most of the photos are of McClusky, alone and in groups, formal and informal. Most are unlabeled. There are many pictures of him in the classroom and on the speaker's platform. The photos from the Conference of the organization for Community Self Help are fully and informatively captioned.

 
Photographs [subseries]
 
Of Howard McClusky
Box   12  
Portraits  undated
Box   12  
Family and candid  undated
Box   12  
In Classroom and with Students  undated (2 folders)
Box   12  
Speaking Engagements
 
In Groups
Box   12  
Identified (2 folders)
Box   12  
Unidentified
 
Scrapbook: Conference of Organization for Community Self-Help [subseries]
Box   12  
 April 1949 (2 folders)
 
Videotape [subseries]
Box   13  
Interviews on "lifelong learning" and "community development" (VHS tape)
 
Sound Tapes [series]

Some of the tapes are unidentifiable because of their fragility or the speed at which they were recorded. Arrangements can be made, however, to listen to these tapes if required by the researcher. Most of the identifiable tapes are addresses given by McClusky on adult education and community development. (Several tapes of McClusky family dinner conversation, hymn singing, and church sermons were returned to the family.)

Because there is not much manuscript material on the subject, the tape of McClusky's evaluation of the Upper Peninsula Committee on Area Progress (UPCAP) is most noteworthy. McClusky considered this effort at regional community development to be among his most important projects. Also interesting is the panel of students from Lebanon, India, and Holland, discussing their nations' adult education programs. The interview with George Romney, though not conducted by McClusky, pertains largely to Citizens for Michigan, for which McClusky was director of area 10.

 
McClusky [subseries]
 
Addresses
Box   13  
"Constructive Use of Change in a Changing World," (audience of public school teachers and administrators),  circa 1958

(audio tape no. 1)

(7"; 7-1/2 ips.)
Box   13  
"Approaches to Community Development" and panel discussion "Trends in Community Development," Community Development Seminar  September 1960

(audio tape nos. 2-3)

(7"; 3.75 ips.)
Box   13  
(?), Community School Conference ("Durant-Turri-Mott")  October 1961

(audio tape no. 4)

(7"; 3.75 ips.)
Box   13  
Evaluation of "UPCAP" Activities, Annual Meeting of Upper Peninsula Committee on Area Progress, Houghton, Michigan  June 1968

(audio tape no. 5)

(5"; 3.75 ips.)
Box   13  
Adult Education and the Community School, Phi Delta Kappa Conference, West Haven, Connecticut  October 1968

(audio tape no. 6)

(5"; 3.75 ips.)
Box   13  
Summer Adult Education Conference, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee  1970

(audio tape no. 7)

(6"; 3.75 ips.)
Box   13  
Community Education Workshop, n.p.  undated

(audio tape no. 8)

(7"; 3.75 ips.)
Box   13  
"Cooperative Community of Tomorrow," National Community School Clinic  undated

(audio tape no. 9)

(7" 3.75 ips.)
Box   13  
How to Start a Community Council (incomplete), n.p.  undated

(audio tape no. 10)

(7"; 7-1/2 ips.)
 
Classroom
Box   13  
H120: Adult Education Methods,  circa 1954

(audio tape no. 11)

(7"; fragile)
Box   13  
[untitled] re problem of non-participants in discussion

(audio tape no. 12)

(7"; 7-1/2 ips.)
Box   13  
[untitled]

(audio tape no. 13)

(7"; 7-1/2 ips.)
 
Others [subseries]
 
Adult Education
Box   13  
Robert Petrosky, Adult Education Meeting  undated

(audio tape nos. 14-15)

(7"; 7-1/2 ips.)
Box   13  
"The Good Look": script for filmstrip

(audio tape no. 16)

(7"; 7-1/2 ips.)
Box   13  
"Adult Education Around the World": panel discussion of U M students from Beirut, Bombay, and Amsterdam)

(audio tape no. 17)

(7"; 7-1/2 ips.)
 
Miscellaneous
Box   13  
Langsburg Community Council (?), panel presentation re school improvements  undated

(audio tape no. 18)

(7"; 7-1/2 ips.)
Box   13  
Glenford Mitchell, Secretary of National B'hai Spiritual Assembly, re Five Year Youth Program Conference  1968

(audio tape no. 19)

(5"; 3.75 ips.)
Box   13  
Junior Achievement and Conservation, interview on WHVR, Ann Arbor, with JA member  undated

(audio tape no. 20)

(5"; 7-1/2 ips.)
Box   13  
George Romney, interview re Citizens for Michigan, n.p.  undated

(audio tape no. 21)

(7"; 7-1/2 ips.)
Box   13  
"Some Facts About Aging," produced by P. Hobson and D. Zarlengo, n.p.  undated

(audio tape no. 22)

(cassette)
Box   13  
Michigan University Community and Adult Education Department, report (?), various unidentified speakers (incomplete)  undated

(audio tape no. 23)

(cassette)
Box   13  
Developing a Community Library, n.p.  undated

(audio tape no. 24)

(7"; 7-1/2 ips.)
 
Miscellaneous [series]

Miscellaneous is a small unprocessed grouping of McClusky materials that were accumulated by his colleague Larry Berlin. Much of this series is probably duplicated in other series of the collection.

Box   13  
McClusky materials accumulated by Larry Berlin (1 linear feet)

(include reports and published materials relating to community adult education)