The “Anglo-American Seminar in the Teaching of English,” funded by the Carnegie Corporation, brought almost 50 American and British English educators to the Dartmouth campus for almost 4 weeks in late summer 1966 to discuss what the study and curriculum of English was and should be. This gathering, often called the “Dartmouth Seminar” or “Dartmouth Conference” in the literature, has been documented by historians of Composition (Harris, Kynard, Medway, et al., Trimbur) and Education (Doecke, Applebee) and is often thought of as an origin point for the field of Composition, as well as a lasting influence on K-12 education in the Anglophone world. This online exhibit brings together primary and secondary materials on the Seminar, including correspondence of the organizers, reports on the Seminar, participant lists, interviews and notes from participants, and a bibliography of published work discussing the Seminar immediately and long afterward. Primary materials are shared from the Carnegie Corporation archives, with permission. This exhibit is designed to serve researchers in the fields of Composition and Education to teach and learn about this history in our fields, since "the issues that framed the meeting were generative then and remain so today" (Hesse). Although much has been published on the Dartmouth Seminar, the collection of materials here may facilitate new interpretations and uses.
[David Pierce Studio. "Anglo American Seminar on the Teaching and Learning of English." Dartmouth College Photographic Files, 1966. Dartmouth Digital Library Program, collections.dartmouth.edu/archive/object/PhotoFiles/PhotoFiles-icon1647-0067-0000001.]