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   Lawrence A. Cremin Papers, 1932-2007 [Bulk Dates: 1939-1990]

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Lawrence A. Cremin Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1761
Bib ID:11502746 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Cremin, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1990
Title:Lawrence A. Cremin Papers, 1932-2007 [Bulk Dates: 1939-1990]
Physical description:11 linear ft. (8 record cartons and 1 flat box)
Language(s):In English
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Arrangement

Arrangement

The collection is organized in three series. Materials within each series are arranged in roughly chronological order. Box 6 contains oversize materials, and box 9 contains books, both of which were separated due to their format. However, notes and clippings found tucked between the covers and text blocks of the books in Box 9 can be found in sequence in boxes 4 and 5.

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Description

Scope and Content

The Lawrence A. Cremin Papers document the personal life and career of Lawrence Arthur Cremin, educational historian and seventh president of Teachers College, Columbia University (1974-1984). Much of Series I is made up of personal and family correspondence dating from approximately 1940 to 1990. Cremin’s coursework and other materials from the City College of New York and Teachers College, Columbia University, and records of Cremin’s service in the Army Air Forces during World War II, are also included in the series. Series II contains journals documenting Cremin’s research and professional activities between 1951 and 1989. Cremin’s professional activities are more extensively documented in Series III of the collection, primarily through published articles and printed ephemera. A few typescripts of Cremin's speeches and lectures, and a small number of books with particular significance to Cremin, are also included. Though Cremin was an acclaimed educational historian whose books received honors including the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes, the collection does not contain manuscripts of his books. Incomplete typescripts for Cremin’s last book, Popular Education and its Discontents, are the only unpublished works present.

Some correspondence belonging to Charlotte Raup Cremin, Lawrence Cremin’s wife, is included in the collection. In addition, the collection includes two items belonging to R. Bruce Raup, Charlotte's father and Lawrence's colleague: Raup's copy of John Dewey's Experience and Nature, and a scrapbook presented to Raup on the occasion of his retirement from Teachers College in 1953.

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This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Lawrence A. Cremin Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed by Celeste Brewer, January 2016.

Finding aid written by Celeste Brewer, January 2016.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion January 11, 2017 Finding aid written in English.
    2017-01-11 xml document instance created by Celeste Brewer.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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BooksPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
ClippingsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
CorrespondencePortalCLIOArchiveGRID
DiariesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Publications (documents)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
ScrapbooksPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Cochran Field (Ga.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
College presidents.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University--Teachers College--Faculty.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cremin, ArthurPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cremin, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1990PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cremin, TilliePortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Education--United States--History.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Immerman, June CreminPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Raup, R. Bruce (Robert Bruce), 1888-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Lawrence A. Cremin was an educational historian and the seventh president of Teachers College, Columbia University. He was born in New York City on October 31, 1925, and graduated from Townsend Harris High School. He then enrolled in the City College of New York, though he was called to active military duty before completing his degree. Cremin served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1944-1945. He was stationed at Cochran Field, Georgia, for the duration of his service. After the war, Cremin completed his undergraduate work at the City College of New York in 1946, and an MA (1947) and PhD (1949) at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Upon graduating, Lawrence Cremin joined the faculty of Teachers College, where he remained employed until his death. His work on the history of American education won several honors, including the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes. Cremin was appointed president of Teachers College from 1974 to 1984. After his tenure as president, he returned to teaching and writing.

Lawrence Cremin grew up in a close-knit family. His parents, Arthur and Tillie Cremin, ran the New York Schools of Music. He had one sister, June Cremin Immerman. The Cremin family exchanged letters daily while Lawrence was on active military duty during World War II. Arthur and Tillie Cremin also wrote to Lawrence frequently in later years.

Cremin married Charlotte Raup in 1956. Charlotte was the daughter of R. Bruce Raup, philosophy of education professor at Teachers College, and Clara Eliot Raup, a professor of economics and statistics at Barnard College. Charlotte and Lawrence Cremin had two children, David and Joanne.

Lawrence Cremin died in New York City on September 4, 1990.

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