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Minnesota Council For Adult Education Collection M/A 2000.163.01-02

Minnesota Council For Adult Education Collection M/A 2000.163.01-02

Creator:Minnesota Council for Adult Education.
Creator:Minnesota Council of Americanization.
Title: Minnesota Council For Adult Education Collection
Quantity: 2.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library


The Minnesota Council for Adult Education was begun in 1919 as the Minnesota State Americanization Council. It was originally conceived to provide education to recent immigrants so they could better integrate. At first various educational, state, and religious leaders used it as a way to implement an organized state wide Americanization process. However, after the first decade, the council began to recognize the educational needs of all adults. In 1929 they voted to broaden their mission, and met for the first time as the Minnesota Council for Adult Education in May of 1930.

With the broadening of their constituency their educational mission also broadened. The issues of adult higher education, educational psychology, the use of radio in education, and other issues began to come to the fore. Things moved slowly during the first few years after the name change, but began to pick up in 1932. Due to the large number of unemployed people with leisure time, the council attempted to create an emergency program. Educators and leaders in other fields met to discuss ways to bring adult education to every corner of every county in Minnesota. A formation of community councils was proposed to school superintendents in 1933. These councils would represent various educational interests in their localities. However, this plan was scrapped in favor of a federal plan which provided money for work relief projects.

From 1934 on they became involved in a number of teaching endeavors across the state. This included a number of programs including adult education classes, reader’s advisory services, and free work instruction for the unemployed. Also in 1935 they became engaged in a plan to provide education work and recreation to 2,000,000 men between the ages of 18 and 24. As they moved forward they focused both on teaching career skills to adults as well as continuing education and recreational education. These programs included such things as creative writing, drama, and even home making.

During the Second World War the council became less active. There was still a feeling by many though that there should be some organization to support adult education. To this end they kept their name and merged with the Minneapolis Council for Adult Education in 1944. Combined the groups continued to be active for the cause of adult education throughout the state.

Collection Description

The Minnesota Council for Adult Education Collection consists of two boxes containing various records of the organization. These include:

The constitution and By-laws, general information files, history, a list of officers, meeting minutes, surveys, treasurer's reports, and financial records.

Related Material

Minneapolis Council for Adult Education Collection M/A 2000.162.01-02

Subject Headings


Adult education -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.
Education -- Societies -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.

Table of Contents

Constitution and Bylaws -- Box 1, Folder 1
General File 1919-1926 -- Box 1, Folder 2
General File 1925-1934 -- Box 1, Folder 3-5
General File 1933-1936 -- Box 1, Folder 6
General File 1936-1937 -- Box 1, Folder 7
General File 1931, 1937 -- Box 1, Folder 8
General File 1930, 1939, 1940, 1942 -- Box 1, Folder 9
History -- Box 1, Folder 10
Officers 1935-1938 -- Box 1, Folder 11
Minutes -- Box 1, Folder 12
Statewide Survey of Adult Education 1938-1939 -- Box 1, Folder 13
Programs 1919-1937, 1942 -- Box 1, Folder 14
Treasurer's Reports 1932-1935 -- Box 1, Folder 15
Financial Records 1930-1931 -- Box 2, Folder 1
General File 1930-1931 -- Box 2, Folder 2
General File 1930, 1934-1937, 1939, 1941-1942 -- Box 2, Folder 3-4
Minnesota Council of Americanization 1925-1929 -- Box 2, Folder 5

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