Mortimer B. Smith Papers, 1949-81
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Brief Description: Papers of Mortimer B. Smith (1906-81), co-founder, editor (1957-74) and executive director (1960-74) of the Council for Basic Education (CBE) including correspondence, minutes and documents relating to the founding of CBE; correspondence relating to the publication of The Public Schools in Crisis (1953-56); correspondence with CBE directors and supporters (1950-81); retirement letters (1974); books, articles, book reviews and manuscripts speeches by Smith (1949-74, 1979); articles about CBE and Smith (1966, 1971, 1979) and articles by others (1961-74). The series includes Smith's And Madly Teach (1949), The Diminished Mind (1954) and The Public Schools in Crisis (1956) and correspondence with Arthur Bestor, Mrs. Barry Bingham, Harold Clapp, Gordon Chalmers, James J. Kirkpatrick, Henry Regnery, Kenneth S. Templeton of the Volker Fund and others. Writings and letters relate to basic intellectual disciplines, John Dewey, educators, "life adjustment," moral education, progressive education, public schools, publishing, reading, schools, teacher education and related topics.
Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 15/13/72
Created by: Smith, Mortimer Brewster (1906-1981)
Volume: 1.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 10/15/1982
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Arrangement: by type of material and chronological or alphabetical thereunder
Subject Index
Afghanistan - Education
Council for Basic Education
Dewey, John
Life Adjustment
Progressive Education
Public Schools
Regnery, Henry
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]