The adult education holdings are collectively known as the
Alexander N. Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults.
Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 15 Jun 2009
|Jul 2009||additions (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Commission on Adult Basic Education (U.S.)|
|Title:||Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Records|
|Quantity:||4 linear ft..|
|Abstract:||Records and papers of the adult education and literacy organization. Collection includes conference planning and programs, minutes, published material, newsletters, membership directories, policies and procedures, bylaws, treasurer's reports, strategic planning files, historian reports, more.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
The purpose of the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) is to advance national and international adult education and literacy opportunities. It promotes, advocates for, and conducts literacy and lifelong education efforts. COABE was formed in 1971 to represent non-public adult education and literacy programs within the Adult Education Association (AEA) (public adult education and literacy programs were represented by the National Association for Public Continuing Adult Education, or NAPCAE). In 1982 NAPCAE and AEA merged to create the American Association for Adult Continuing Education (AAACE), and in 1999 COABE formally split from AAACE to become an independent organization.
The Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Records are subdivided into general files and financial files.
General files contains agenda and minutes from board meetings, correspondence, conference planning and programs, Historian's reports and essays, legislative reports, photographs, and other items relating to the functioning of the organization. Of particular interest here is the material preceding COABE's separation from AAACE ("AAACE/COABE relationship"), and material dating from 2008 in which COABE explored a merger with ProLiteracy Worldwide. The Historian folder also contains essays by Albert Campbell, COABE historian, including a brief history of the organization.
Financial files contains budget reports, scholarship and grant information, and paperwork relating to the establishment of an endowment.
Material are arranged roughly alphabetically with the two main series.
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.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Special Collections Research Center has numerous collections in the area of adult education; please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing. For COABE material in particular, see also the Adult Education Association/American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Records, Drew Allbritten Papers, William Langner Papers, and William S. Griffith Papers.
Commission on Adult Basic Education (U.S.)
Adult education -- United States.
Educators -- United States.
Elementary education of adults.
Genres and Forms
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Records,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Albert Campbell, COABE Historian, 2009.
|Box 1||AEA [Adult Education Association] Annual Reports 1979, 1980|
|Box 1||Awards 1989-2005|
|Box 2||AAACE/COABE relationships 1992-1998|
|Box 2||Conference planning and evaluation 1977, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008|
|Box 2||1976, 1980, 1985, 1987-1991|
|Box 4||Conference reports 1977-1979, 1985, 1987, 1992-2005 (2 folders)|
|Box 5||Conference site selection guidelines 1990, 1995, undated|
|Box 5||Conference miscellany 1990-1996, undated|
|Box 5||Correspondence 1988-2001|
|Box 5||Elections 1992-1998, undated|
|Box 5||Historian 1997-2005 - includes several essays by Albert Campbell, COABE Historian, such as "Where Have You Gone, Malcolm Knowles: Adult Education and Baseball" (1999) and "A Brief History of the National Commission on Adult Basic Education" (2002)|
|Box 5||Journal circa 1993-2008 - information on Adult Basic Education, published by COABE (2 folders)|
|Box 6||Leadership, officers 1979-2008 - includes a 3.5" floppy disk, unknown format|
|Box 6||Legislative reports 1995-1998|
|Box 6||Membership 1989-2003 (2 folders)|
|Box 6||Newsletter 1976, 1992-2008|
|Box 7||Planning and strategic plan 1979-1980, 1994, 1996-2005, undated (3 folders)|
|Box 7||Policies and procedures|
|Box 7||Pro-Literacy 2000-2008|
|Box 7||Publicity 1993 - for 1993 conference|
|Box 7||Technology reports 2005|
|Box 8||Budget 1995-1997|
|Box 8||Budget reports 1992-2005|
|Box 8||Endowment 1996-1998|
|Box 8||Scholarship, grants|
|Box 8||Treasurer's reports 1955-2006|