Continuing Education Records, 1947-1980

Overview of the Collection

Continuing Education Records
1947-1980 (inclusive)
2 linear feet, ( 3 containers)
Collection Number
Archives 241
Includes correspondence, reports, research & publications, brochures, meeting notes, personnel files. Also includes scrapbook pages related to WSU/WSC program in Spokane, the Spokane Art Center and continuing education at various Washington cities and Portland, Oregon.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

The Collection is open for research use.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Continuing education has been defined variously. As a specific effort, aside from content, continuing education takes the form of off-campus classes, correspondence course, recorded instructional materials, special short courses or workshops, and so on. In one form or another Washington State University has been involved in continuing education since its inception. Early efforts were chiefly concerned with agriculture. The nature of these programs changed considerably after the establishment of the Agr icultural Extension Service in 1915. In later years an engineering extension program was added, along with general extension, the last dating from 1921. General Extension's effort mostly nearly resembled continuing education as commonly defined.

In the late 1940s, the State College initiated various efforts at off-campus classes, taught chiefly at night. These "branches" were informally known as "Little WSCs." The program at Spokane was the most extensive. It survived in limited form following fiscal cutbacks in 1951 that basically cancelled the larger effort, with a program of night classes that lasted until 1968.

In the years following 1970, distance classes, video-tape instruction and similar programs led to the re-establishment of off-campus classes in various cities around Washington, and even one in an out-of-state location. These classes all involved spe cial subjects, mainly technical, and often were presented at the request of employers. In the years 1977-80, these programs became involved in complex state wide educational planning effort and in so-called "turf wars" that arose as schools with low enrollment sought to deploy their excess faculty members in extended campus programs.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The records of the Office of Continuing Education consist of correspondence, reports, project research and implementation, publications, brochures and pamphlets, meeting notes, and personnel files. The earlier records come from disassembled scrapbook s, and scrapbook material that had not been mounted. Records from the years after 1970 are from the files of John Cronland, Director of Continuing Education.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Records of the Continuing Education Office were transferred to the Washington State University Libraries in 1989 (Accession Number UA89-03).

Processing Note

The papers were processed by James A. Nazzal in June, 2000.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1-4 Oversize. Scrapbook pages; Newspaper clippings and photos Chiefly related to WSC/WSU program in Spokane, including Little WSC, the Spokane Art Center, nursing education, and night classes 1953-1969
2 5 Scrapbook pages with newspaper clippings and photos, relative to the Little WSC program and the Spokane Art Center 1947-1953
2 6-8 Scrapbook pages of newspaper clippings, photos, brochures, all relative to program at Spokane, including the Spokane Art Center, night classes, development of nursing education program, a proposed graduate study center and the acquisi tion of the former Public Library 1961-1969
2 9 Correspondence and enclosures regarding use of television and videotape for education; matters at Richland 1974
2 10 General correspondence regarding classes at Wenatchee and Walla Walla; also professional organizations for those working in continuing education 1974-1980
3 11 Correspondence and enclosures regarding activities at the Tri Cities; also matters of statewide planning by Council on Post-Secondary Education (CPE) 1974-1976
3 12 Correspondence regarding activities of several univer- sities at Tri Cities, demand for classes at Tri Cities 1974-1980
3 13 General correspondence regarding programs at Tri Cities 1975-1980
3 14 Correspondence regarding videotape continuing education courses, statewide planning, the role of community colleges, and the use of telecommunication facilities 1974-1977
3 15 Correspondence and related materials regarding offering of graduate degrees through the Continuing Education, video engineering classes in Portland, OR. and the Oregon educational planning office 1977-1980

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Continuing education--Washington (State)--Records and correspondence

Personal Names

  • Cronland, John, Director of Continuing Education

Corporate Names

  • Spokane Art Center--History--Archives
  • Washington State University. Office of Continuing Education--Archives (creator)
  • Washington State University. Office of Continuing Education--Records and correspondence

Geographical Names

  • Pullman (Wash.)--Study and teaching (Continuing education)--Archives
  • Tri-Cities (Wash.)--Study and teaching (Continuing education)--Archives
  • Washington (State)--Study and teaching (Continuing education)--Archives

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • State College of Washington. Continuing Education Office. (creator)
    • Washington State University. Continuing Education Office. (creator)