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Research, 1924-2010

Identifier: Series 17

Scope and Contents

The Research series contains material created by or collected by the Research Division with an eye towards public policy concerning educators. The files include material from various studies, including copies of published reports and brochures, as well as draft material in preparation for reports and suggested policy positions based on research.

The series also includes material kept for research purposes, including evaluations of educators, legal analysis, departmental and organizational promotional material, records of the holdings of the library and the archives, statistics of educational expenses, transcripts of court rulings as well as administrative information on Division operations. In order to keep abreast of issues and trends among educators, questionnaires were sent to members. These and their responses are found in the papers, as well as the results of polls.

Before they were transferred to Gelman Library, the archives of the NEA were held by the Research Division, and materials related to the operations of the archives are included in this series, including policies and correspondence.

Among the papers are a memos to and/or from individuals working within the Division, such as Ray Maul and Hazel Davis. The Research Division ften served as the repository for other offices and commissions within the NEA.

A large number of loose papers were placed in folders titled "Essays, Memos, Reports, Correspondence, and Statistical Tables." Although these are not grouped by subject, they were kept in the order received and grouped by date. They contain analysis of legislation,


  • 1924-2010


Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research. Some files are restricted. Those files flagged as restricted are subject to review by Special Collections staff before being made available for research. As researchers request materials, a review of the documents will take place. Staff will remove any documents with social security numbers, employee numbers or other sensitive identifying information. Any document found including this information is closed for 90 years from date of creation, or until verifiable proof of a person’s death is given. After these documents are removed the folder will be available for research. In some cases, items may be photocopied and redacted. The redacted copy will then be placed in the publicly available folder. All other materials in a folder will be freely available for immediate use and will be marked as having been reviewed by Special Collections staff. After folders have been reviewed using these procedures and the confidential materials have been removed, the restriction shall be lifted.

Biographical Note

The Research Division was formed in 1922 to perform two functions for the NEA: 1) to provide information required currently and 2) to undertake longtime investigations in anticipation of future needs. It would grow over time to collect and analyze data and provide information and technical services for national, state and local programs. This included collecting, developing and disseminating data about issues and trends in education funding; analysis of national and state salary data; and provide data on the expressed needs of NEA support personnel constituency. The Research Division also maintained the Library and the Archives of the National office.


174 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement note

Series is arranged alphabetically by title and chronologically after that. Some of the material was given a number designation from the Research Division; however, only a few of the files had this number designation still attached. Where applicable, the number designation was merged with the title.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America