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Adult Student Personnel Association (ASPA) Records

An inventory of its records at Syracuse University

The adult education holdings are collectively known as the
Alexander N. Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults.

Finding aid created by: KW
Date: 1991

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Adult Student Personnel Association (ASPA) was originally founded as the Evening Student Personnel Association (ESPA). The name was officially changed to the ASPA in March, 1968. The activities of the ESPA are reflected in its newsletter, journal ( Journal of Student Personnel Work in Adult and Evening Education), and annual conventions. The newsletters and journal were published irregularly, but after 1963, a convention was held every year except 1972. In 1973, ASPA held its tenth annual convention and republished a collection of articles from its journal under the title A Decade of Development. Throughout most of its existence, ASPA maintained strong ties with the United States Associate of Evening Students (USAES) and the Coalition of Adult Education Organizations (CAEO).

Papers from the ASPA were collected by several individuals, but largely represent the contributions of Edward Phoenix and Robert A. Allen, both of whom were longstanding members, presidents, and executive board members. Consequently some files may overlap or duplicate one another; in other places, large gaps occur. The files in the ASPA collection are arranged by type and chronologically wherever possible. Files are labeled ESPA or ASPA to correspond with the name of the organization when the papers were produced. Some papers have no date.


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Related Material

The library holds a considerable number of collections related to adult and continuing education. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Allen, Robert A.
Phoenix, Edward

Corporate Bodies

Coalition of Adult Education Organizations
Evening Student Personnel Association
United States Association of Evening Students


Adult education
Continuing education

Genres and Forms

Programs (documents)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Adult Student Personnel Association (ASPA) Records,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Donated by Robert Allen, 1986.

Table of Contents

Executive Board


Annual conference


Organization status



Miscellaneous conferences and workshops