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Division of Continuing Education records

Identifier: RG0016

Collection Scope and Content

Materials in this collection include materials relating to the continuing education for Women program and Women's educational equity Act project, video tapes of First Ladies Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton for "President's spouse," seminars and program guides. Also included is adult education, continuing education for women, pamphlets, syllabi, reports, Abbie Smith correspondence, manuals, biographical files and photographs of Distinguished Alumni Award Winners and those nominated, faculty files, and course descriptions. The collection also contains documents related to the Telecommunications program that was offered through the Division of Continuing Education. The collection covers the years 1937 to 2003.


  • 1937-2003

Restrictions on Access

Some records may be restricted.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical Note

The Division of Continuing Education was the branch of the university dedicated to extended educational course and programs to the general population. These were not degree programs. Over the years there have been several nationally known programs such as Women's Studies.

This program grew from a highly successful Continuing Education for Women (CEW) project founded in 1965 and led by Professor Ruth Osborn. These CEW students, many of them college graduates influenced by the Women's Movement, wanted graduate work that would enable them to help other women. With demonstrated student demand, Dr. Osborn persuaded the administration to approve an interdisciplinary M.A. degree comparable to other Special Studies M.A. degrees in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Today this program is known as the College of Professional Studies.


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Collection includes video tapes of First Ladies Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton for "President's spouse," seminars and program guides, continuing education for women, pamphlets, syllabi, reports, manuals, biographical files, photographs and continuing education for telecommunications.

Collection Organization

Organized into four series: Continuing education for women, Videotapes, Continuing education files, Distinguished alumni awards.

Physical Location

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

Acquisition Information

Materials transfered to University Archives by Division of Continuing Education.

In 2017 Accession 2017.073 was added. This is from the Department of Telecommunications.
Guide to the Division of Continuing Education records, 1937-2003
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

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

2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America