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Syracuse University Library, United States

Special Collections Research

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Library counts among its archival holdings more than fifty collections of personal papers and organizational records pertaining to the field of adult education. The collections were largely assembled by Dr. Alexander N. Charters and are known collectively as the Alexander N. Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults.

Today, the archival collections, which also include the personal papers of other leaders in the field, occupy more than 900 linear feet. Over the years support for managing and processing the collections has come from the Fund for Adult Education, the U.S. government, and the Kellogg Foundation, as well as from individuals and corporate sponsors.

For a description of the Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults and a listing of collections, see: http://charterslibrary.syr.edu.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Culture, Gender issues, Information and communication technologies, Lifelong learning, Media education

User Profile:

National and international researchers; graduate and undergraduate students; university faculty and staff

Contact Information


Syracuse University Library
Special Collections Research Center (SCRC)
Alexander N. Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

(+1-315) 443 2697
(+1-315) 443 2671
Contact person:
Nicolette A. Dobrowolski

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Parent Organisation:
Syracuse University, founded 1870
Information staff:
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Books and Documents:
100.000+ rare books; 2.300+ manuscript collections. Adult education-related material incluides 50+ collections of personal papers and organizational records in adult education, 90 linear feet of pamphlets and 10.000 photographs. The general (circulating)
Multimedia materials:
Some archival collections include photographs, audiotapes, videotapes, slides, and films.
Annual growth of Collection:
Approximately 5-10 linear feet of material is received annually that pertains to adult and continuing education

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
Classification System
Library of Congress
Methods of Data Processing
Indexing Tool
Library of Congress Subject Headings, Art and Architecture Thesaurus
Database Software

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Research library facilities; providing access to rare and original materials

Publications Produced

"The Alexander N. Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults" (online brochure of information): http://library.syr.edu/digital/guides/a/AlexanderNCharters/chartersbooklet.htm


UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), Hamburg; ERIC; ArchiveGrid

Other material

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Conversion of finding aids to Encoded Archival Description (EAD) format; detailed search interface for EAD guides; resource sharing and linking databases.

The library offers annual grants-in-aid to scholars wishing to undertake research in our adult education collections; for more information see http://library.syr.edu/digital/guides/a/AlexanderNCharters/grants.htm.

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

Documentation of principal investigators and organizations concerned with the development of adult and continuing education research and programs and professional history of the field.