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Donald P. Ely Papers

An inventory of his papers at the Syracuse University Archives

Summary

Creator: Ely, Donald P.
Title: Donald P. Ely Papers
Dates: 1954-2007
Size: 14 boxes (7.5 linear feet)
Abstract: The Donald P. Ely Papers consist of his published writings, awards, and other materials related to both his time at Syracuse University and his involvement with the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources.
Language: Dutch, English, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
http://archives.syr.edu

Biography

Photograph of Donald P. Ely

Donald Paul Ely (1930-2014) was a professor in the School of Education and director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology at Syracuse University. He was born in Buffalo, New York on September 3, 1930. Ely received his bachelor’s degree in English literature and speech and drama from the State University of New York at Albany in 1951. After graduating, he pursued a master’s degree in audiovisual communication at Syracuse University, completing the program in 1953. While getting his education, Ely served as a member of the Army Reserve engineers’ division from 1951 to 1954. Ely then studied at the Teachers’ College at Columbia University from 1954 to 1956 before returning to Syracuse University as the associate director of the Audiovisual Center. He would go on to serve as director of the Center of Instructional Communications from 1959 to 1970 and to earn his doctorate in audiovisual communications and psychology from the University in 1961.

In addition to his initial duties as associate director and, later, director of these centers, Ely served as a professor in the School of Education. His focus as an educator was on instructional technologies. In 1972, Ely proposed the creation of the Center for the Study of Information and Education, of which he served as director until the creation of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources at Syracuse University. The latter was founded by Ely in 1977, and he would serve as its director until 1990. Ely was also a part of the Syracuse University Board of Graduate Studies, as well as the Fulbright Selection Committee. He was also a Fulbright Award recipient, which took him to places such as Chile.

When he was not attending to his various responsibilities at the University, Ely would travel to other institutions as a guest instructor or lecturer, having taught previously at the University of Buffalo and SUNY New Paltz. Among these institutions were the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Arizona State University. He also traveled to Indonesia, where he helped to develop the Center for Communications Technology in Jakarta, and Twente University of Technology in the Netherlands. Ely served as a consultant in the field of information technologies and instructional communications. He worked with Harvard University, the United States Naval Academy, and the United States Office of Education, as well as smaller organizations. Ely was a member of a number of boards and committees within his field. He sat on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Educational Technology and the Revista de Tecnologia Educativa, among others. He was also a member of the National Education Association, the American Association of School Librarians, and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

Outside of his life at the University, Ely was very involved in his surrounding community. He was past-president and trustee of the Dewitt Community Library Association, past-president and trustee of Film Forum, Inc., and on the Board of Trustees for the Onondaga Public Library. Ely was also an elder at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church. He retired from Syracuse University in 1995 with a plethora of seminal publications under his name. Ely died on September 24, 2014.

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Scope and Content Note

The Donald P. Ely Papers contain materials related to his work as a Syracuse University faculty member and educational technologies specialist. The collection is divided into nine series:

The Awards and Degrees series contains certificates, plaques, diplomas, and medals awarded to Ely by various institutions and organizations.

The Conference Materials series is composed of materials created for professional conferences and symposia, including lecture scripts and event programs.

The ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources series is devoted to the Syracuse University institution and contains relevant publications, photographs, and research materials.

The Lecture Materials series contains clippings, correspondence, and presentation scripts related to the J. Richard Street Lecture for the Centennial Year of Syracuse University and the James P. Curtis Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Alabama, both at which Ely spoke.

The Photographs series contains images of Ely and his associates in South Africa, Indonesia, Colorado, and at Syracuse University.

The Professional Materials series contains his annual reports to the School of Education and miscellaneous materials related to Ely's various positions at and outside of the University. These materials include his Curriculum Vitae, faculty profile, and handwritten notes.

The Publications series comprises Ely's published books, book chapters, book reviews, journal and magazine articles, and reports.

The Teaching Materials series contains audiocassettes, games, images, and literature pertaining to Ely's curriculum.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Please also note that the Reading Room does not have the proper equipment to play or read the audiovisual and disk storage materials.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Selected Search Terms

Names

Ely, Donald P.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.

Subjects

Education.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources.
College teachers.
Higher education.

Types of material

Floppy disks.
Microfiche.
Photographs.
Plaques (flat objects)
Slides (photographs)
Audiocassettes.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Donald P. Ely Papers,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Donald P. Ely Papers were donated to the Archives by his family in 2015.

Processing Information

Materials are housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Accessible files were printed from floppy disks for researcher use.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Erin Carter and Anna Smallwood
Date: 2015
Revision history:

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Arrangement

Materials are arranged by series and in alphabetical order.

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Inventory

Awards and Degrees
Certificates
Box 1 Association for Educational Communications and Technology - Outstanding Leadership 1965
Box 1 Association for Educational Communications and Technology Conference at Florida State University - Certificate of Participation 2003
Box 1 Committee for Education and Human Resources - Certificate of Achievement 1993
Box 1 Council on Mass Media, United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. - Certificate of Appreciation undated
FC 2-1 Departemen Pendidikan Dan Kebudayaan, Universitas Terbuka (Indonesia) - Trends on Distance Education Seminar 1991
Box 1 National Advisory Panel, Results-Based Staff Development for the Middle Grades - Certificate of Appreciation 1998
FC 2-1 National Education Association - Member for Life 1956
Box 1 National Library of Education Advisory Task Force - Membership 1995
Box 1 National Science Foundation - Program Management Seminar 1992
Box 1 Onondaga County Public Library - Certificate of Appreciation undated
Box 1 People-to-People Program - Photographic Committee 1957
Box 1 United States Marine Corps, Education Branch - Certificate of Commendation 1991
FC 2-1 Universidad Nacional Tecnica de Piura (Peru) - Primer Seminario Regional de Tecnologia Educativa 1975
Box 1 University of Colorado, Boulder - Cum Laude Professor 1962
Box 1 White House Conference on Library and Information Services - Delegate 1991
Degrees
Box 3 Monte Corona College - Honorary Degree 1971
FC 2-1 Syracuse University - Doctorate Degree 1961
Medals and Plaques
Box 2 Association for Educational Communications and Technology - Distinguished Service Award 1987 Plaque
Box 2 Association for Educational Communications and Technology - Exemplary International Contribution Award 1986 Plaque
Box 2 Association for Educational Communications and Technology, International Council - International Contributions Award 2000 Plaque
Box 1 Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Division of Instructional Development - Lifetime Achievement Award 1997 Plaque
Box 1 Department of Audio-Visual Instruction - Past President 1965-1966 Gavel with Engraved Plate
Box 1 Departemen Pendidikan Dan Kebudayaan, Universitas Terbuka (Indonesia) - Appreciation 1979 Plaque
Box 1 Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC Clearinghouse) - Dedication to Excellence 1995 Plaque
Box 2 National Audio-Visual Education Association of China - Certificate of Recognition 1992 Plaque
Box 3 New York State Audio Visual Council - Past President 1956 Plaque
Box 3 Northeast Regional Audiovisual Leadership Conference - Founder 1971 Plaque
Box 3 School of Education, Syracuse University - Retirement Plaque 1995 Plaque
Box 3 State University of New York at Albany - Distinguished Alumnus 1974 Medal
Box 3 Phi Beta Delta - International Scholars undated Medal
Box 3 Workshop on the Management of Educational Technology for Higher Education - Jakarta 1979 Plaque
Conference Materials
Box 4 "Communication Technology and Techniques of the 70s" by Donald P. Ely, Christian Education Leadership Seminar, Ohio 1969
Box 4 "The Contemporary College Library: Change by Evolution or Revolution?" by Donald P. Ely, New York Library Association Annual Convention 1969
Box 4 "Creating the Conditions for Change" by Donald P. Ely, Changing Times: Changing Libraries, Allerton Park Institute, Illinois 1976
Box 4 "The Current Status of Audiovisual Definitions and Terminology: An International Perspective" by Donald P. Ely, International Symposium on the Cataloguing, Coding, and Statistics of Audio-Visual Materials, Strasbourg 1976
Box 4 "Current Trends in AV Technology" by Donald P. Ely, Library Association of Australia Biennial Conference, Tasmania 1977
Box 4 "Determining Trends and Issues in Educational Technology Through Content Analysis" by Donald P. Ely, Association for Educational Communications and Technology, California 1990
Box 4 Educational Science and Technology: Perspectives for the Future, edited by Donald P. Ely, Linda E. Odenthal, and Tjeerd Plomp, University of Twente, Netherlands 1999
Box 4 Forum on Technology in Education - Envisioning the Future, Georgetown University 1999
Box 4 "Instructional Design and the Library Media Specialist" by Donald P. Ely and Margaret E. Chisholm, American Library Association, Chicago 1979
Box 4 International Conference on Audio Visuals in the Church, Wisconsin 1961
Box 4 "No Two Days the Same: Confessions of a Practicing Educational Technologist" by Donald P. Ely, Association for Educational Communications and Technology Presidential Session, New Orleans 1988
Box 4 "Personnel: A Competency Approach" by Donald P. Ely, University of Evansville, Indiana 1976
Box 4 "Projections, Probes, and Problems of Instructional Technology in the Future" by Donald P. Ely, Lake Okoboji Educational Media Leadership Conference, Iowa 1973
Box 4 Recording of Donald P. Ely, Lake Okoboji Educational Media Leadership Conference, Iowa 1973 Audiocassette
Box 4 "Reflections from a Crystal Ball: The Future of the Library" by Donald P. Ely, North Carolina Library Association Biennial Conference 1977
Box 4 "Some Prior Questions" by Donald P. Ely, Conference on Instructional Technology and the Planning of School Plants, University of Southern California 1971
Box 4 "The World of Audio-Visual Education: Its Impact on Libraries and Librarians," Donald P. Ely, Library Association of Australia Biennial Conference, Tasmania 1977
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources
Box 5 Oversight Hearing on the ERIC System Before the United States House Committee on Education and Labor 1987
Box 5 Photograph Album circa 1995
Box 5 Photographs 1977-1995
Publications
Box 5 Assessing the Competencies of Media Professionals: A Model for Determining Costs and Effectiveness by Donald P. Ely and Evelyn H. Daniel 1979
Box 5 "Competence-Based Education for Media Professionals" by Donald P. Ely undated
Box 5 "Computers in Schools and Universities in the United States" by Donald P. Ely undated
Box 5 "The Dynamics of an Information System for Educational Technology" by Donald P. Ely circa 1979 (2 copies)
Box 5 "Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)" by Donald P. Ely undated
Box 5 "ERIC: Multidisciplinary/Multinational" by Donald P. Ely 1985
Box 5 The ERIC Review 1993 (2 copies)
Box 5 A Guide to Audiovisual Resources About ERIC by Donald P. Ely 1979
Box 5 "Information: How to Cope with the Deluge" by Donald P. Ely undated
Box 5 Information Technology in Education: The Best of ERIC by Donald P. Ely 1982
Box 5 Microfiche - Publications by Donald P. Ely 1979-1999
Box 5 A Process for Developing a Competency Based Educational Program for Media Professionals by Donald P. Ely and Evelyn H. Daniel, Annotated Bibliography by Faith Stein 1977
Box 5 Semiannual Bulletin 1999 (2 copies)
Box 5 "Technology, Information, and Society: The Road Ahead" by Donald P. Ely 1979
Box 5 Trends and Issues in Educational Technology by Donald P. Ely, with Alan Januszewski and Glenn Le Blanc 1988
Box 5 Trends and Issues in Educational Technology by Donald P. Ely, Glenn Le Blanc, and Crystal Yancey 1989
Box 5 Trends in Educational Technology by Donald P. Ely 1992
Box 5 Trends in Educational Technology by Donald P. Ely 1995
Box 5 Trends in Educational Technology by Donald P. Ely 2002
Lecture Materials
Box 5 "Facts and Fallacies About the Future of Technology in Education of the Deaf" by Donald P. Ely 2001 floppy disk and printed copies of files
The J. Richard Street Lecture for the Centennial Year of Syracuse University
Box 5 Clippings 1970
Box Correspondence 1970
Box 5 "The Most Important Number is One: The Potential of Individualized Instruction in Higher Education" by Donald P. Ely 1970
The James P. Curtis Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Alabama
Box 5 Clippings 1995
Box 5 "Technology is the Answer! But What Was the Question?" by Donald P. Ely 1995
Box 5 "Our Field in the 1960s" by Donald P. Ely circa 1970
Photographs
Box 6 College of Education, South Africa undated
Box 6 Commencement undated
Box 6 Keynote Speaker, University of Colorado 1974
Box 6 Salatiga, Indonesia - Photograph Album 1979
Box 6 Semarang, Indonesia 1979
Professional Materials
Box 6 Annual Reports to School of Education 1973-1986
Box 6 Association for Educational Communications and Technology Reviewer's Criteria 2004
Box 6 Association for Educational Communications and Technology Files 1997 floppy disk and printed copies of files
FC 2-1 Center for Communications Technology for Education and Culture - Workshop 1979
Box 6 Curriculum Vitae circa 1996
Box 6 Curriculum Vitae Update Forms 1987, 1989-1991
Box 6 DID Interview circa 1981
Box 6 "The Evolution of Distance Learning Technology and Practice" Chapter with Comments 2000 floppy disk and printed copy of file
Box 6 Faculty Profile undated
Box 6 Marshall McLuhan Materials undated
Box 6 Notes undated
Box 6 University of Twente - Report of Activities 1994
Publications
Books
Box 7 Audiovisual Facilities and Equipment for Churchmen by Donald P. Ely, Edward A. George, and James E. Alexander 1970
Box 7 Classic Writings on Instructional Technology by Donald P. Ely and Tjeerd Plomp 1996
Box 7 Classic Writings on Instructional Technology, Volume 2 by Donald P. Ely and Tjeerd Plomp 2001
Box 7 Educational Media and Technology Yearbook edited by Donald P. Ely and Barbara B. Minor 1988
Box 7 Educational Media and Technology Yearbook edited by Donald P. Ely and Barbara B. Minor 1992
Box 8 Educational Media and Technology Yearbook edited by Donald P. Ely and Barbara B. Minor 1993
Box 8 Educational Media and Technology Yearbook edited by Donald P. Ely and Barbara B. Minor 1994
Box 8 Educational Media and Technology Yearbook edited by Donald P. Ely and Barbara B. Minor 1995-1996
Box 8 An Evolution of Educational Technology: Celebrating the Syracuse Program at Fifty by Donald P. Ely 1998
Box 8 The Evolution of Instructional Design and Development: The Syracuse Program at Fifty by Donald P. Ely 1998
Box 9 Finding Your Online Voice: Stories Told by Experienced Online Educators, Foreword by Donald P. Ely 2007
Box 9 Internationalizing Library and Information Science Education: A Handbook of Policies and Procedures in Administration and Curriculum edited by John F. Harvey and Frances Laverne Carroll 1987
Box 9 International Encyclopedia of Educational Technology edited by Donald P. Ely and Tjeerd Plomp 1996
Box 9 Media Education edited by Zaghloul Morsy 1984
Box 10 Media Personnel in Education: A Competency Approach by Donald P. Ely and Margaret E. Chisholm 1976
Box 10 Reader in Media, Technology, and Libraries edited by Margaret Chisholm 1975
Box 10 Teaching and Media by Donald P. Ely and Vernon S. Gerlach 1971
Box 10 Teaching and Media: Teacher's Manual by Donald P. Ely and Vernon S. Gerlach 1971
Box 10 Tecnologia Didactica by Donald P. Ely and Vernon S. Gerlach 1979
Book and Encyclopedia Chapters
Box 11 1964 - 1978
Box 11 1979 - 1988
Box 11 Book Reviews 1971-1996
Journal and Magazine Articles
Box 12 1954 - 1969
Box 12 1970 - 1975
Box 12 1976 - 1977
Box 12 1978 - 1979
Box 12 1980 - 1981
Box 12 1982 - 1984
Box 12 1985 - 1989
Box 13 1990 - 2001
Box 13 Undated
Box 13 Lists of Publications undated
Reports
Box 13 "The Diffusion and Implementation of Educational Technology in Developing Nations: Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Indonesia, Chile, and Peru" by Donald P. Ely 1990
Box 13 "Educational Technology and the External Degree" by Donald P. Ely 1972
Box 13 "A General Information System for Educational Technology (ETGIS): A Conceptual Scheme" by Donald P. Ely and Margaret E. Chisholm 1974
Box 13 IPA Report by Donald P. Ely 1992-1993
Box 13 "Okoboji: A Twenty Year Review of Leadership, 1955-1974" edited by Lee W. Cochran 1977
Teaching Materials
Audiocassettes
Box 14 Diffusion Strategies - Mr. Implementer undated
Box 14 Diffusion Strategies - Intro. to Diff. Simulation Game undated
Box 14 Diffusion Strategies - Planning, Installation, Maintenance undated
Box 14 Includes: #1 - Basic Concepts in Eval., #2 Eval. for Revision, and #3 FORSUM undated
Box 14 Change Agent Game undated
Box 14 A Cultural Profile: Version 2.0 1992 floppy desk and printed list of files on disk
Box 14 "Developments in the Field of Educational Technology 1945-1980" circa 1980
Box 14 Distance Education - Unit Presentations undated floppy disk and printed copies of files
Box 14 "Educational Technology at Concordia University: A Philosophical Personal History" by Gary M. Boyd 1986
Box 14 EME 5457 - Final Project 1999 floppy disk and printed copies of files
Box 14 Instructional Materials for Teaching Audiovisual Courses by Syracuse University Audiovisual Center 1961
Box 14 On Course Game undated
Slides
Box 14 Diffusion Simulation Game undated
Box 14 Diffusion Strategies - Mr. Implementer undated
Box 14 Diffusion Strategies - Planning, Installation, Maintenance undated
Box 14 Evaluation undated
Box 14 Syllabus - Educational Technology: Definition of the Field 1981

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