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At a Glance
The records are arranged in one series. Folders are in the order in which they arrived at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Scope and Contents
A small collection of the records of the Institute of Philosophy and Politics of Education. Materials date from 1965, when the Institute was created by the Trustees of Teachers College, Columbia University, until 1994. They include correspondence with the Institute's directors and affiliated faculty, Teachers College administrators, and grantmaking organizations such as the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford Foundation, which funded the Institute's work. There are also Institute meeting minutes, memorandums, copies of the Institute's newsletter, records related to the Institute's budget, and a series of occasional papers published by the Institute between 1973 and 1988. Brochures and letterhead, as well as curriculum vitae of affiliated faculty and reprints and preprints related to the Institute's interests are also present in the collection.
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Conditions Governing Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
Conditions Governing Use
Single reproductions may be made for research purposes. It is the responsibility of the user to secure permission for publication or use from the appropriate copyright holder.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Institute of Philosophy and Politics of Education Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.
Lawrence A. Cremin Papers, 1932-2007, bulk 1939-1990: Professional and personal papers of Lawrence A. Cremin, founding director of the Institute of Philosophy and Politics in Education and seventh president of Teachers College, Columbia University. At the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.
Existence and Location of Copies
Institute of Philosophy and Politics of Education records: Scanned version of these records, available online in Teachers College Libraries' Pocket Knowledge platform.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library from the Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, Columbia University, in October 2022.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Collection processed by Celeste Brewer in November 2022. Materials arrived in a large transfile in hanging folders. The transfile was replaced with two record storage cartons, and hanging folders were replaced with acid-free folders.
The collection was digitized in its entirety by staff members at the The Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, before being transferred to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. At some point prior to digitization, Grace Roosevelt arranged the folders in chronological order, wrote a summary of significant contents in the collection, and selected and photocopied documents to be scanned; her work is in the first two folders in the collection. Also at the Gottesman Libraries, the decision was made to describe these materials as part of the Lawrence A. Cremin papers. However, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library chose to describe the materials as a separate collection of the Institute's own records because, while Cremin was its founding director and an influential figure in its history, the Institute was a formal entity within Teachers College, established by the Board of Trustees.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Institute of Philosophy and Politics of Education (IPPE) of Teachers College, Columbia University, was a small, grant-funded education research entity founded by Lawrence A. Cremin in 1965. The Institute sponsored interdisciplinary research in history, philosophy, and the social sciences with applications for educational theory and policy. Its projects were funded by entities including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the John Weinberg Fund.
Cremin served as director of the institute from 1965 until 1974, when he was appointed to the presidency of Teachers College. Harold J. Noah succeeded Cremin as director, serving in that post until at least 1978. Ellen Condliffe Lagemann directed the Institute from 1988 until 1994. Other scholars associated with the Institute included Martin S. Dworkin, Max Eckstein, Robert D. "Robbie" McClintock, Douglas P. Sloan, and James R. Sheffield. While the Institute does not appear to have formally dissolved, it is no longer extant as of 2022.