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History of Education Society collection

Identifier: MS2341

Scope and Contents

This collection contains meeting minutes, financial records, conference programs, reports, committee rosters, Board of Director rosters, correspondence and photographs related to the history of the organization. The material dates from 1960 through 2013.


  • 1960-2013


Conditions Governing Access

Within the records of the initial donation March 2015 and subsequent donation from October 2020 the “accepted and rejected manuscripts” submitted to the History of Education Quarterly are restricted from use for 50 years from date of donation. This is to protect the privacy of authors and peer reviewers.

All donations from HES to GW starting in May 2021, will arrive at GW with any personally identifiable information redacted. These redacted records will be available without restriction for use by the public following archival processing.

At the end of their tenure editing the History of Education Quarterly the editorial team will donate a spreadsheet that provides the list of authors, reviewers, manuscript titles, and manuscript numbers. Each spreadsheet will be restricted from use for 50 years from the date of donation.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that the donor owns copyright, the donor has retained copyright in the organization's works donated to The George Washington University. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For activities that the researcher determines fall under fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights, determining if the intended re-use falls under fair use, and obtaining approval from the copyright holder if the intended use does not fall under fair use. Researchers do not need anything further from The George Washington University Special Collections Research Center. Please contact Special Collections if the copyright status of the materials you wish to reuse is unclear. Staff will provide additional information.

Organizational history

In 1948, the National Society of College Teachers of Education began a History of Education Section. The Section published the History of Education Journal. Throughout the 1950s, scholars argued over the field's aims and in 1960 the History of Education Society was founded as an independent organization, succeeding the Section. The society influenced by revisionism in the 1970s encouraged its historians to debate American public education's societal and individual roles in the society's journal and annual meetings. In 1961, the History of Education Quarterly replaced the History of Education Journal and published the society's work. The journal operated out of the University of Pittsburgh, later moved to New York University, and has subsequently been affiliated with Indiana University, Slippery Rock University, the University of Illinois and the University of Washington. In 1988, the society affiliated with the International Standing Conference for the History of Education, which hosts annual meetings for the field around the world in conjunction with regional history of education societies. The History of Education Society holds an annual conference in October, in addition, the Society also hosts several awards for scholars. From its Website From its Website the HES describes its goals as: promoting and improving the teaching of the history of education in colleges and universities, encouraging scholarly research in the history of education and facilitating the publication and dissemination of the results of this research, working to interest education professionals and the public in the value of the historical perspective when making education policy, promoting libraries and museums to preserve source materials used in the study of the history of education, encouraging the collaboration of scholars throughout the world on studies and the exchange of documents and ideas and cooperating with organizations of professional historians and professional educators throughout the world.


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Language of Materials



The History of Education Society was founded in 1960 and works to promote the study of the history of education by scholars and by people who work for education policy and reform. The records in this collection tell the story of this organization through meeting minutes, financial records, conference programs, committee and Board of Trustees rosters, images, correspondence, the records of the History of Education Quarterly the HES journal. The records cover the founding in 1960 through 2013.


Organized into 5 series: Annual meetings, Governance and Society records, Journal History of Education Quarterly, Religious education, and History of Education Quarterly restricted content

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the History of Education Society, March 12, 2015 (acc. 2015.035). Subsequent donations were made in 2020 and 2021.

Processing Information

This collection is not fully processed. Specifically, series 4 is unprocessed at this time.

  • Education Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Guide to the History of Education Society collection, 1960-2013
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

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

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