Subgroup I. Administrative Files of the Department of Education,
1909-14, 1959-79 4.4 l.f.
Records consist almost exclusively of administrative correspondence created and received by Department of Education staff in the course of conducting daily business. Records are divided into five series: 1. Early Correspondence, 2. General Correspondence, 3. Inter-Office Correspondence, 4. Minutes of Department Meetings, and 5. Budgetary Records.
Series 1. Early Correspondence, 1909-14 .8 l.f.
Series 1 consists of professional correspondence from the files of Edward A. Miller (1866-1958), Professor of Pedagogy, 1903-07, Professor of Education, 1907-31, and Dean of Men, 1903-14. Key correspondents include Horace L. Brittain of the Ohio State School Survey Commission (1874-?)and Oberlin President Henry Churchill King (1858-1934). Correspondence is arranged chronologically and thereunder alphabetically; additional correspondence is filed alphabetically by subject. Topics treated include referrals for those seeking teaching positions; the beginning of practice teaching at Oberlin; disciplinary and other student matters; and the Kyrias Girls School of Kortcha, Albania (Miller was treasurer of the school's Board of Trustees).
Series 2. General Correspondence, 1958-79 1.4 l.f.
Consists of correspondence alphabetically arranged, dating from two time periods (1958-69 and 1970-79), that is combined into a single series. Files include both incoming correspondence and file copies of outgoing correspondence. Correspondents include Frank Laycock, Andreas M. Kazamias, and Ira S. Steinberg.Faculty correspondence is mainly devoted to student academic progress.
Series 3. Inter-Office Correspondence, 1959-79 2 l.f.
Correspondence is divided into the following subseries:1. Education Department Correspondence, 2. Correspondence with Academic Departments and Faculty Committees, and 3. Correspondence with Administrative Offices. Education Department Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by faculty member and includes several files on faculty recruitment. Correspondence with Academic Departments and Faculty Committees includes reviews of the department by the Educational Plans and Policies Committee. Correspondence with Administrative Offices is alphabetically arranged by office; it is preceded by correspondence with the offices of the President, Provost, and Deans of the College of Arts and Science.
Series 4. Minutes of Departmental Meetings, 1960-67, 1969-73 .1 l.f.
Consists of minutes chronologically arranged. Files are incomplete.
Series 5. Budgetary Records, 1963-68, 1973, 1979 .1 l.f.
Includes three ledgers showing departmental expenses and a file of 1963 and 1973-74 budgetary allowances. Records are alphabetically arranged by type of material.
Subgroup II. Teacher Education Files, 1933-78 12.8 l.f.
Records document the teacher-training programs administered by the Department of Education and are divided into five series:1. M.A.T. Program Administrative Files, 2. Student Records, 3. Student-Teaching Records, 4. State Certification Files, and5. State Evaluation Visits.
Series 1. M.A.T. Program Administrative Files, 1958-78 2.4 l.f.
Includes annual reports submitted by the Department Chairman to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; minutes of the M.A.T. Board of Advisors and Faculty Committee; budgetary records, course requirements, files on student recruitment, and textbook orders. Files are alphabetically arranged by type of material.
Series 2. Student Records, 1954-55, 1961-75 4.8 l.f.
Includes applications from those intending to major in Kindergarten-Primary education as well as files of students who were admitted to the M.A.T. program but withdrew prior toenrolling. The bulk of the series consists of dossiers of M.A.T. graduates and non-graduates arranged by year and thereunder alphabetically. These dossiers include undergraduate transcripts, applications for admissions, and correspondence with the department.
Series 3. Student-Teaching Records, 1933-78 4.4 l.f.
Records are divided into three subseries: 1. Evaluations of student-teachers, 2. Kits for Educational Testing, and 3. Participant School Files. Kindergarten-Primary evaluations are written by Professors J. Marie Rankin (1896-) and Mary Yocom (1894-1968). Other evaluations are for undergraduate studentteachers in secondary schools and M.A.T. intern teachers. Identical educational testing kits are boxed separately. Participant School Files, alphabetically arranged by school district, include correspondence relating to student-teacher placement and performance.
Series 4. State Certification Files, 1950-79 .6 l.f.
Includes correspondence chronologically arranged between the State Department of Education and faculty members regarding teacher certification procedures. Correspondents include Paul W. Hailey, Director of Teacher Education and Certification for Ohio, Frank Laycock, and Ira S. Steinberg. Records include reports prepared by Ira Steinberg for the state's review. Files are alphabetically arranged by type of material.
Series 5. State Evaluation Visits, 1972-87 .6 l.f.
Consists of records created by the Department of Education in preparation for, during, and in the aftermath of visits to the college by the State team evaluating teacher education at Oberlin. Includes two reel-to-reel recordings, separately housed, of the March 1977 evaluation visit and related documentation. Also filed here are two reports prepared by the Conservatory of Music's Department of Music Education in compliance with state requirements.
Subgroup III. Professional Organizations, 1956-77 1.2 l.f.
Records are divided into two series: 1. National Organizations, and 2. State and Regional Organizations. These files include printed materials and correspondence relating to various organizations with which Department of Education staff were affiliated.
Series 1. National Organizations, 1959-75 .4 l.f.
Records are alphabetically arranged by organization and include files for such groups as the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the National EducationAssociation.
Series 2. State and Regional Organizations, 1956-77 .8 l.f.
State and regional organization records are interfiled and alphabetically arranged. Numerous files exist for the OhioTeacher Education Redesign Project and the regional body of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.