A Guide to the National Council for the Social Studies Records, 1920-1976
Founded in 1921, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) was created to support educators by promoting social studies in education. NCSS includes geography, economics, political science, anthropology, sociology, psychology, religion, and law, from the elementary to university level, in its scope. In service of the field, NCSS publishes curricula, organizes conventions and training, supports legislation promoting social science education, and conducts research. The organization’s first president, Albert Edward McKinley (1870-1936), served as publisher and managing editor of the publication Historical Outlook, which by 1937, evolved into the NCSS official journal Social Education. Other prominent presidents have included social studies theorist and author Edgar Bruce Wesley (1891-1980). The organization launched its first annual meeting in 1935 and established official headquarters in Washington, D. C., in 1940.
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Correspondence, meeting files, resolutions, reports, and publications comprise the National Council for the Social Studies Records, 1920-1976, documenting the organization’s administrative functions in its work promoting the social studies in education. The actions of National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) leadership are chronicled in records of the Board of Directors (1927-1974), Executive Committee (1936-1974), Executive Director (1920-1974), and House of Delegates (1958-1974) as well as the Associate Executive Secretary’s correspondence (1965-1975). Committee Records (1940-1974) concern the activities of operational, advisory, and ad hoc committees such as Civic Education, Postwar Policy, and World History Bibliography. Meeting records (1921-1972) concern the planning and proceedings of annual, joint, and regional meetings of NCSS and affiliate organizations like the National Education Association. Additionally copies of the NCSS publications Yearbooks (1930-1976), Social Education (1930-1969) the How To Do It series (1951-1954), and Resource Units (1940-1954); their associated records; and special projects files discuss the organization’s research, membership, and educational outreach.
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National Council for the Social Studies Records, 1920-1976, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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