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Archives of Special Interest to Comparativists of Education

CIES Archive at Kent State University

The Kent State University Archives became the official depository of the records of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) by action of the Society's Board of Directors in October 1980. Professor George Z. F. Bereday, Editor of the Comparative Education Review (1957-1966), made the first donation to the collection in January 1981. Since then, records from the Secretariat, various Presidents of the Society, and the Review have been placed in the collection. Officers of the Society should follow Guidelines for Collection Development and take note of Materials the CIES Archive Does Not Want.

Information on the CIES Archive

Finding Aid for the Comparative and International Education Society records
Erwin H. Epstein, “An Archival Retrospective

The Kent State Archives include information on the following Presidents and CER Editors:

CIES Presidents:

William W. Brickman, Claude Eggertsen, Harold J. Noah, Ronald Paulston, Susanne Shafer, Matthew Zachariah, Thomas LaBelle, Erwin Epstein, Barbara A. Yates, Gail Kelly, Vandra Masemann, Mark Ginsburg, Stephen Heyneman, and Nelly Stromquist.
CER Editors:

George Bereday, Harold Noah, Andreas Kazamias, Philip Altbach, Erwin Epstein, John Hawkins.

Hoover Institution Archives

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University contains the collections of many individuals and institutions having done prominent work in Comparative Education. The Hoover collections contain documents on education in many parts of the world and are particularly rich on educational reconstruction in Japan and Germany after World War II.

For an article by Erwin H. Epstein based on research in the Hoover Institution archives on the pioneering work of comparativists Isaac L. Kandel and William W. Brickman, see

The following collections are of individuals and institutions commonly recognized by comparativists of education:

Academy for Educational Development (records for 1956-1986)
American Forum for Global Education (records for 1969-1989)
Anderson, Ronald Stone (papers for 1929-1980)
Brickman, William W. (papers for 1928-1986)
Brindley, Thomas A. (transcript for 1997)
Butts, Robert Freeman (papers for 1923-2004)
Coombs, Philip Hall (papers for 1955-1976)
DeWitt, Nicholas (papers for 1945-1987)
Eggertsen, Claude A. (papers for 1910-1995)
Fry, Gerald W. (papers for 1980-2009)
George Peabody College for Teachers (records for 1958-1962)
Gu, Mingyuan (transcript for 1989)
Hanna, Paul Robert (papers for 1920-1997)
Inkeles, Alex (papers for 1941-2003)
Int’l. Assn. for Evaluation of Ed. Achievement (records for 1959-1992)
International Council for Educational Development (records for 1969-1994)
International Institute for Educational Planning (records for 1966-1993)
Kandel, I. L. (papers for 1915-1966)
MSU Non-formal Education Center (records for 1977-1984)
Spaulding, Seth Joseph (papers for 1936-1983)
Thomas, R. Murray (papers for 1958-1995)
Vaizey, John (papers for 1926-1985)
Weiler, Hans N. (papers for 1956-1991)
Woody, Thomas (papers for 1919-1959)

Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago contains papers and records of individuals and institutions prominent in Comparative Education. Among the most notable are:

Anderson, C. Arnold (papers for 1937-1990)
Bowman, Mary Jean (papers for 1916-1998)
Council on Anthropology and Education (founding records for 1968)
Havighurst, Robert J. (papers for 1932-1984)
University of Chicago Comparative Education Center (records for 1959-1970)

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