Educational Reform Project and Free University collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
MSS 261 large

Dates

  • 1965-1975 (Creation)

Extents

  • 5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    5 boxes (78 folders)

Subjects

Notes

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Educational Reform Project and Free University Files, MSS 261, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession information unknown.

  • Processing Information

    MSU: The Educational Reform Project and Free University collection, 1965-1975 archive was organized, conserved, and inventoried with funds provided by the American Radicalism Collection endowment fund in honor & memory of Dr. Beth J. Shapiro (2005).

  • Processing Information

    The Educational Reform Project and Free University collection, 1965-1975 archive was organized, conserved, and inventoried with funds provided by the American Radicalism Collection endowment fund in honor and memory of Dr. Beth J. Shapiro (2005).

  • Biographical / Historical

    The history of this collection is unclear. The materials appear to have been collected and organized as part of the Free University, an alternative educational entity based at MSU in the late 1960s. As their Fall 1971 catalog of courses states, “free [sic] university functions as an alternative to what we feel is a rotten educational system. we [sic] offer classes which cost no money, which give no grades, and which anyone who feels qualified can teach and anyone who wants to can attend.” The materials, all or some may have resided as office files located in 329 Student Services, MSU.

    Additionally, some of the materials may have been gathered, organized, and used as part of a course, Interdepartmental University College 300, entitled “Educational Reform” and offered in 1970. According to a course statement written by W. Meyers and W. Martin, two Humanities professors, “Several faculty members of University College were recently approached by an ad hoc group of students who proposed what they regarded as an exciting innovation: an experimental course in which an interdisciplinary faculty would offer its resources of information and experience to a class which would study the subject of educational reform at the same time that it tried out new methods in the classroom. The focus was to be on higher education.”

    “Educational Reform,” February 10, 1970. Box 2, Folder 1

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection includes correspondence, pamphlets, flyers, newspapers, catalogs, and ephemera representing educational reform and alternative education in its widest possible form. The materials appear to have been collected and organized as part of the Free University, an alternative educational entity based at MSU in the late 1960s and as part of a course, Interdepartmental University College 300, entitled "Educational Reform" and offered in 1970. There are also materials related to progressive/radical politics, feminism, environment, co-ops/communes, and radio/television. The majority of materials are from the Lansing/East Lansing/MSU area, although some are from California, Ann Arbor, and elsewhere.

Components