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Selection of 13 Documents from the Carnegie Archive

Read full original annotations on the context and content of the 13 documents here. Annotations written by Megan McIntyre. 

Kitzhaber and Caws discuss tensions between the MLA and NCTE as well as the possibility of inviting British teachers and professors of English to what will eventually become the Dartmouth Seminar in this telephone record dated December 2, 1964. [full annotation]

Albert Kitzhaber lays out the general parameters and importance of the meeting that will be become the 1966 Dartmouth Seminar in this letter to Peter Caws dated May 19, 1965. [full annotation]

NATE Chairman Frank Whitehead writes to Peter Caws to express his and NATE’s support for the planned Seminar in this letter dated June 14, 1965. [full annotation]

This full proposal (with its cover letter from November 1965) for the 1966 Dartmouth Seminar includes a proposal for the content of the Seminar as well as a list of tentative participants and a budget. [full annotation]

In his capacity as NCTE Executive Secretary, James Squire officially presents Carnegie with the grant proposal for the 1966 Seminar (officially called the “International Seminar on the Teaching and Learning of English”) in this letter accompanying the proposal, dated November 3, 1965. [full annotation]

Peter Caws encourages the funding of the 1966 Anglo-American Seminar on the Teaching of English in a memo dated November 16, 1965. [full annotation]

Peter Caws recounts his conversation with James Squire and Albert Kitzhaber (both of NCTE) regarding the planning session held in England in advance of the 1966 Dartmouth Seminar is this meeting record dated November 4, 1965. [full annotation]

Seminar director Albert Marckwardt discusses the importance of the Seminar, particularly its capacity to bring together representatives from NCTE and MLA, secondary and post-secondary school settings, and British and American educators and scholars in this record of his discussion with Peter Caws, dated November 17, 1965. [full annotation]

Peter Caws of Carnegie Corporation, after a brief visit to the in-progress Dartmouth Seminar, expresses his concern that the Seminar is not focused enough on concrete changes to the teaching of English in this letter dated September 7, 1966. [full annotation]

James Squire of NCTE, as follow-up to Caws’ (from Carnegie Corporation) visit and letter a few weeks earlier, sends this update about the ongoing conversations happening at the Seminar along with the following press release that publicizes the work of the seminar in this correspondence dated September 23, 1966. [full annotation]


James Squire of NCTE, as follow-up to Caws’ (from Carnegie Corporation) visit and letter a few weeks earlier, sends this press release that publicizes the work of the seminar dated September 26, 1966. [full annotation]

James Squire updates Carnegie Corporation about Seminar Organizers’ publication plans in this letter to Peter Caws, dated February 20, 1967. [full annotation]


 Merron Chorney, chair of the International Steering Committee (which grew out of the 1966 Seminar), reports on the establishment and subsequent work of his Committee, in this letter to E. Alden Dunham (Executive Associate, Carnegie Corporation) dated March 13, 1972. The letter is accompanied by an undated note from Dunham remarking that Chorney’s committee did significant work with very little money and reitierating the Carnegie Corporation’s inability to obtain a final report for the Seminar from NCTE. [full annotation]


Robert F. Hogan, Executive Secretary of NCTE, offers a final report on the 1966 Dartmouth Seminar in this letter to Fritz Mosher (program officer and policy analyst for Carnegie Corporation) received on June 24, 1977. [full annotation]