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National Service Secretariat Records

An inventory of its records at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: National Service Secretariat (U.S.)
Title: National Service Secretariat (US) Records
Inclusive Dates: 1959-1991
Quantity: 49 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the private non-profit organization founded in 1966 which promotes national service and acts as a clearinghouse for information about it. Director: Donald J. Eberly. Collection includes organization records, including correspondence, legislative files, conference and project proposals; and printed material, including books, clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, proceedings, reports, and videocassettes pertaining to community service, military draft, the Peace Corps, service learning, youth employment, and voluntarism.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

The National Service Secretariat is a private non-profit organization whose purpose is to act as a clearinghouse for information regarding national service and to promote the idea that young Americans can serve their country and humankind as effectively in civilian service as in military service. The organization was founded in 1966 by Donald J. Eberly, who served as its Executive Director from 1966-1994. His National Service for Peace proposal of 1958 was one of the sources of Senator Hubert Humphrey's Peace Corps legislation, and his convening of the first National Service Conference in 1966 launched a nationwide debate on the issue.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The National Service Secretariat Records span nearly forty years of the American non-profit organization and provide a comprehensive picture of its activities. The collection includes office files, material relating to national service conferences and legislation, files on various projects, and a considerable amount of resource material, some audiovisual but the majority printed.

Office files include individuals (Bill Clinton, Eli Ginzberg, Gary Hart, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Nixon, John D. Rockefeller), organizations (Atlanta Urban Corps, California Conservation Corps, Ford Foundation, Junior League, Kellogg Foundation, National Council of Churches), publishers (Pergamon Press, Penguin), and general topics (conscientious objectors, draft options, minorities, surveys).

Conferences includes material from National Service Conferences from 1966-1993 (not all years are represented). National service legislation contains material related to proposed laws and legislative bodies. Projects comprises material relating to specific projects undertaken by the National Service Secretariat.

Resource material (by subject) consists of nearly thirty boxes of material on ACTION, education, community service, conscientious objectors, international service, military, Peace Corps, poverty, tutoring, voluntarism, and other topics. Resource material (by format) includes books, newsletters, and audio- and videotapes.

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Arrangement of the Collection

All series are arranged alphabetically.

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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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Subject Headings


Eberly, Donald J.

Corporate Bodies

Coalition for National Service.
National Service Secretariat (U.S.), Archives.
Peace Corps (U.S.)


Military service, Voluntary.
National service -- Law and legislation.
National service -- United States.
National service.
Service -- Compulsory non-military -- United States.
Volunteer workers in social service -- Training of.
Young volunteers in community development -- United States.
Youth -- Employment -- United States.
Youth -- Government policy -- United States.
Youth -- Services for -- United States.

Genres and Forms


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

National Service Secretariat (US) Records,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of the National Service Secretariat and Donald J. Eberly, 1993.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: PRB
Date: 1994
Revision history: 13 Dec 2007 - converted to EAD (MRC); 11 Jun 2010 - tapes from Belfer (MRC)

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Office files (general correspondence)
Box 1 A
Box 8 ACTION 1970, 1983, undated (21 folders)
See also Resource material (by subject): ACTION (Boxes 15, 16)
Box 1 American Veterans Committee
Box 1 Amnesty 1973
Box 1 Assumptions for National Service
Box 1 Atlanta Urban Corps
Box 1 Atlantic Council
Box 1 Azaro, Stanley R.
Box 1 B (3 folders)
Box 1 Barbados
Box 1 Boston - City Year
Box 1 Bramson, Leo
Box 1 Bureau of the Budget
Box 1 C (2 folders)
Box 1 California Conservation Corps
Box 1 California Group NSF (3 folders)
Box 1 Cambodia
Box 1 Canada
Campus Compact
See Projects (Miscellaneous): Campus Compact (Box 13)
Box 1 Carnegie Corporation of New York
Box 1 Carnegie Council Kerr
Box 1 Center for Strategic and International Studies
Box 1 Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
Box 1 Chickering, Sherman
Box 1 China
Civilian Conservation Corps
See Projects (Miscellaneous): Civilian Conservation Corps (Box 13)
Box 1 Clinton, William 1992
Coalition for National Service
See Projects (Miscellaneous): Coalition for National Service (Box 13)
Box 1 Committee for the Study of National Service
Box 2 Conscientious Objectors (3 folders)
See Projects (Miscellaneous): COOL (Box 13)
Box 2 Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service
Box 2 Costa Rica
Box 2 Council on Youth Opportunity
Box 2 Cuba Dec. 1977
Box 2 Cullinan, Terrence
Box 2 Current History
Box 2 D
Box 2 [Arthur Vining] Davis Foundations
Box 2 Debate Survey Jan. 1969
Box 2 Debates (miscellaneous)
Box 2 Dickson, Alec
Box 2 D.C. Service Corps
Box 2 Draft Options 1966
Box 2 E (2 folders)
Box 2 Eames, Earl W.
Box 2 Eberly, Donald J. (2 folders)
Box 2 Education for Action
Box 2 Ellingson, M. (3 folders)
Box 2 Encampment for Citizenship
Box 2 EPIC Los Angeles
Box 2 Everett Foundation
Box 2 Education and World Affairs/Overseas Educational Service
Box 2 F
Box 2 Fetzer Foundation
Box 2 Ford Foundation
Box 2 Ford Group
Box 2 Forensic Quarterly
Box 2 Foundations 1984
Box 2 Foundations 1992
Box 3 Foundations: No Formal Grant Submission
Box 3 Foxfire 1969
Box 3 France
Box 3 G (2 folders)
Box 3 General
Box 3 Ginzberg, Eli
Box 3 Global, mixed
Box 3 Great Britain
Box 3 H (3 folders)
Box 3 Hall, Edward
Box 3 Hart, Gary
Box 3 Hatfield, Bill
Box 3 Hatfield, Mark
Box 3 Hazen Foundation
Box 3 Hoover Institute
Human Environment Center
See Projects (Miscellaneous): Human Environment Center (Box 13)
Box 3 Humphrey, Hubert
Box 3 I/J
Box 3 India
Box 3 Institute for Local Self Reliance
Box 3 Interface
Box 3 International 1965 1966
Box 3 International Youth Foundation
Box 3 International Youth Year
Box 3 Jackson Foundation
Box 3 Johnson Foundation
Box 3 Joint Committee on Mental Health of Children
Box 3 Jossey Bass Inc., Publishers
Box 3 Junior League
Box 3 K
Box 3 Katz, Michael B.
Box 3 [W. K.] Kellogg Foundation (2 folders)
Box 3 Knoell, Dorothy
Box 3 L
Box 3A Lessinger, Leon
Box 3A Little, Roger
Box 3A M (3 folders)
Box 3A [John D. and Catherine T.] MacArthur Foundation
Box 3A McCloskey, Paul W. (2 folders)
Box 3A Manitou Foundation
Box 3A Marmion, Harry
Box 3A Martin, Reed
Box 3A Mead, Margaret
Box 3A Michigan
Box 3A Minnesota
Box 3A Minorities
Box 3A Moskos, Charles C.
Box 3A Multnomah County
Box 3A N (2 folders)
Box 3A National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders
National Advisory Commission on Selective Service
See Projects (Miscellaneous): National Advisory Commission on Selective Service (Box 13)
Box 3A National Commission on Resources for Youth, Inc (NCRY) (3 folders)
Box 3A National Commission on Youth
Box 3A National Council for the Social Studies
Box 3A National Council of Churches
Box 3A National Council of Women
Box 3A National Service Clippings 1979
National Service Organization
See Projects (Miscellaneous): National Service Organization (Box 14)
National Service Secretariat
Box 3A Advisory Board (4 folders)
Box 4 Board of Trustees (5 folders)
See Incorporation
Box 4 Evaluation matrix 1984
Box 4 Federal
Box 4 Fundraising (2 folders)
Box 4 Incoming
Box 4 Tax exemption
Box 4 Incorporation
Box 4 Milestones
Box 4 Prospectus 1969
Box 4 Flyer
Box 4 Press releases
Box 4 Miscellaneous 1950s
Box 4 National Service Survey 1966, 1967
Box 4 New Orleans Service Learning Program, Inc.
Box 4 New World
Box 4 New York Affairs (NYA)
Box 4 New York City Talk 23 Feb. 1989
Box 4 Newsletter Items 1968, 1969 (2 folders)
Box 4 Nigeria/American Friends Service Committee Inc.
Box 4 Nigeria National Youth Service Corps
Box 4 Nixon (2 folders)
Box 4 North Carolina Internship Office
Box 4 O
Box 4 Office of Economic Opportunity
Box 4 Ogilvy Group
Box 4 Ohio
Box 4 Organization :: Response
Box 4 Organizations (miscellaneous) 1968, 1969
Box 5 P/Q
Box 5 Papers 1966
Box 5 Papers, Speeches, etc. on National Service 1966
Box 5 Pergamon Press, Inc. Book Contributors
Box 5 Pergamon Press, Inc. Book Promotion
Box 5 Pergamon Press, Inc. Endorsements and Reviews
Box 5 Pergamon Press, Inc. Sherraden, Michael
Box 5 Personnel
Box 5 Point Four Youth Corps
Box 5 Pre Publication Correspondence
Box 5 Presidential Committee on Manpower
Box 5 Press (miscellaneous)
Box 5 Public Relations: News Releases, Speeches & DJE Letters to Editors 1966, 1967
Box 5 Public Relations: Replies to News & Magazine Articles 1966, 1967
Box 5 R
Box 5 Requests Persons Wishing to Serve 1968
Box 5 Research bibliography general
Box 5 Research: Education 1966, 1967
Box 5 Research: International
Box 5 Research: National Service Pilot Programs
Box 5 Riesman, David
Box 5 Rimberg, Felix
Box 5 Rockefeller, John D. III
Box 5 Roosevelt Centennial Youth Project
Box 5 Rotary International
Box 5 Russell Sage Foundation (3 folders)
Box 5 S (3 folders)
Box 5 Saltonstall, William
Box 5 Service curriculum
Box 5 Service Opportunities System
Box 5 Seventeen Survey
Box 5 [Alfred P.] Sloan Foundation
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
See Projects (Miscellaneous): Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) (Box 14)
Box 5 Southwestern Bell
Box 5 SRI International
Stanford Research Institute (SRI
See Projects (Miscellaneous): Stanford Research Institute (SRI) (Box 14)
Box 5 Statement
Box 5 [W. Clement & Jessie V.] Stone Foundation
Box 5 Survey of Corporations' Employment Policies 1966
Box 6 Syracuse University
Box 6 T
Box 6 Teacher Corps
Box 6 U/V
Box 6 University of Minnesota Living Learning Center
Box 6 Urban Corps (5 folders)
Box 6 Volt Technical Corporation
Box 6 Volunteer Community Activities Clearing House
Box 6 Volunteers for International Technical Assistance
Box 6 W (2 folders)
Box 6 World Future Society
Box 6 Youth Engaged in Service to America (YES to America)
Box 6 "Early correspondence" 1959, 1960
Box 6 1965, 1967 (7 folders)
Box 7 1967, 1985 (33 folders)
Box 8 1986, 1994 (9 folders)
Box 9 May 7 National Service Conference (4 folders)
Box 9 Sept. 23-25 National Service Workshop
Box 9 Nov. 11-12 National Conference on the Draft
Box 9 Nov. 17-20 National Collegiate Conference on Selective Service Reform
Box 9 Nov. 28 Dec. 2 Draft Week Conference
Box 9 Dec. 4-7 Conference on the Draft (2 folders)
Box 9 Dec. 10 United World Federalists
Box 9 Mar. 14-16 National Council of Women
Box 9 Apr. 2-4 National Service Conference (11 folders)
Box 9 May 17-19 - Conference on the training of Young People for Rescue, Relief and Service
Box 9 Oct. 22-24 - Youth's Better Way: Youth, UNESCO, and Fresh Approaches to World Problems
Box 10 Mar. 14-17 26th National Conference of Higher Education
Box 10 Sept. 7-11 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association
Box 10 Apr. 9-10 In the Matter of the Universal Youth Service Conference (7 folders)
Box 10 June 16-18 Senior Conference on National Compulsory Service
Box 10 June 19-21 Symposium on Military Manpower and National Public Service (2 folders)
Box 10 July 7-9 National Service: An Action Agenda for the 1990s (5 folders)
See also Resource material (by format): Miscellaneous audiocassettes: An Action Agenda for the 1990's (Box 50)
Box 11 June 14-16 National Service Conference
Box 11 July 19-21 Youth Service and Democracy in the 21st Century: Creating a New Institution (5 folders)
See also Resource material (by format): Miscellaneous audiocassettes: Youth Service and Democracy in the 21st Century: Creating a New Institution (Box 50)
Box 11 April 21-23 - Building a Consensus on National Service
National Service legislation
Box 11 Armed Services Committees
Box 11 Bayh Bingham
Box 11 Congress (6 folders)
Box 12 Education and Labor 1979
Box 12 Legislation 1979, 1980 (3 folders)
Box 12 Miscellaneous (13 folders)
Box 13 Miscellaneous (3 folders of 16) (3 folders)
Projects (Miscellaneous)
Office files (general correspondence): Alphabetical: ACTION (Box 8)
Resource material (by subject): ACTION (Boxes 15, 16)
Box 13 Campus Compact (2 folders)
Box 13 Civilian Conservation Corps
Box 13 Coalition for National Service (3 folders)
Box 13 COOL
Box 13 Human Environment Center (2 folders)
Box 13 National Advisory Commission on Selective Service (NACSS) 1966, 1967 (5 folders)
Box 14 National Service Organization (4 folders)
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
Box 14 General (5 folders)
Box 14 Atlanta Service Learning Conference
Box 14 Labor Department Report
Box 14 Manpower Survey
Box 14 March 6 meeting
Stanford Research Institute (SRI)
Box 14 Alderson Broaddus
Box 14 Bridgeport
Box 14 Idaho State
Box 14 Introduction
Box 14 Iowa Wesleyan
Box 14 Keuka
Box 14 Oregon
Box 14 Pikeville
Box 14 South Colorado State
Box 14 Stanford Research Institute
Box 14 Vista Survey
Box 14 Wilmington
Box 14 Yale & Bridgeport
Resource material (by subject)
Box 15, 16 ACTION
See also Office files (general correspondence): Alphabetical: ACTION (Box 8)
Box 17 Community Service
Box 18 Conscientious Objectors & Alternative Service
Box 19 Conservation
Box 20 Eberly, Donald J./NSS Papers and Publicity
Box 21, 22 Education
Box 23 Employment
Box 24 Health/Arts/Energy
Box 25 International Secretariat for Volunteer Service/Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (ISVC/CCIVS)
Box 26 International Service
Box 27 International Service Programs (miscellaneous)
Box 28 Legislation
Box 29, 30 Military
Box 31 National Service in Canada
National Service in the United Kingdom
See International Service Programs (miscellaneous) (Box 27)
Box 32, 33 National Service Proposals
Box 34, 35 Peace Corps
Box 36 Poverty
Box 37 Service Learning
Box 38 Soviet American Youth Service (SAYS)
Box 39 Tutoring
Box 40 United Nations
Box 41 Voluntarism
Box 42 Women
Box 43, 44 Youth
Resource material (by format)
Box 45-47 Miscellaneous books
Box 48 Miscellaneous newsletters
Miscellaneous audio recordings
Tapes are stored in order by tape number. All are standard audiocassettes. Titles are given as written on the tape. All titles consist of a single cassette unless otherwise noted. "DJE" throughout refers to Donald James Eberly, director of the NSS.
Box 50 (1) D.J.E. on Karen Grace/Brian Simek program, WHAM radio
Box 50 (2) Eberly on Fred Fiske Show, WAMU-FM 19 Aug 1983
Box 50 (3) DJE radio talk show Aug 1983
Box 50 (4) Dan Eberly inteview Nov 1983
Box 50 (5, 6, 7) Eberly - Moskos 18 Oct 1983 (3 audiocasettes)
Box 50 (8, 9) Jim Bohannon Show McCurdy and Eberly 4 Mar 1989 (2 audiocassettes)
Box 50 (10, 11, 12, 13) An Action Agenda for the 1990's 7 Jul 1988 (4 audiocassettes)
Box 50 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18) National Youth Service: A Global Perspective 18 Jun 1992 (5 audiocassettes)
The sequence appears to have originally contained six tapes but only five were in the collection when donated.
Box 50 (19, 20, 21, 22) Youth Service and Democracy in the 21st Century: Creating a New Institution 18 Jun 1992 (4 audiocassettes)
The sequence appears to have originally contained five tapes but only four were in the collection when donated.
Box 50 (23) [untitled] 20 Jun 1992
Box 50 (24) Sunday early 21 Jun 1992 (#)
Miscellaneous video recordings
Titles are given as written on the tape.
Box 49 CCC/Soviet Work Exchange Sacramento Work (one VHS tape)
Box 49 Coalition for National Service (three 3/4" tapes, one VHS tape)
Box 49 Moving Around: National Service in Trinidad and Tobago (one VHS tape)
Box 49 National Service Alternative (one 3/4" tape; 6 1/2" tapes; one VHS tape)

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