ERIC Number: ED311928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Strengthening Elementary and Secondary Curriculum and Textbook Resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Education and Social Science Library To Improve National Access. Final Report.
O'Brien, Nancy Patricia
A Federal Higher Education Act (HEA) Title II-C grant was awarded in 1987/1988 to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library to acquire, catalog, and make accessible through interlibrary loan the historical curriculum materials that chronicle the educational history of the United States from the 1800s to the present. In addition to an uncataloged collection of approximately 8,000 volumes of elementary and secondary classroom textbooks and curriculum guides, another estimated 4,000 volumes were available in faculty offices and collections. The project also gathered 9,000 volumes from donations by individuals and institutions, and purchased 3,000 volumes. Through extensive publicity, the project became widely known and researchers from across the nation began utilizing the collection or expressing interest in depositing copies of historical texts in the collection. The project confirmed the need for a national network of regional repositories of historical curriculum collections. In addition to the enthusiastic reception by researchers, the project identified the concerns of individuals having treasured collections of textbooks passed on as family keepsakes, but no longer having the space or ability to preserve these materials. In many instances, such private collections are the only remaining sources of these materials that were generally discarded upon the receipt of new editions. This report summarizes key aspects of the project. (Author/SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. University Library.