Guide to the Joe Park (1913-1993) Papers

Collection Title: Joe Park (1913-1993) Papers
Dates: 1941-1987
Identification: 14/13
Creator: Park, Joe
Extent: 3 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Joe Park Papers include biographical materials, general correspondence, course materials, articles and addresses, and notes on Park's history of the Northwestern University School of Education. The biographical materials include vitae, clippings, press releases, and bibliographies. General correspondence is arranged chronologically within one folder and mainly concerns Park's research on the history of Northwestern's School of Education. Course materials include syllabi as well a copy of as Park's “A Brief Guide to the Study of Philosophy of Education” (1972). Park's notes on the history of Northwestern's School of Education are foldered at the end of the series.
Acquisition Information: Joe Park donated this series to the University Archives on March 14, 1978 (Accession #78-11).
Accruals: The addition was donated to the University Archives by Charles Park donated on February 2, 2007. (Accession #07-26)
Processing Information: Deborah K. Wright; July 27, 1983. Addition processed by Veronica A. House, February 16, 2007.
Separated Materials: Approximately one linear inch of university publications and related materials have been separated to the University Archives' general reference files. A small amount of correspondence has been transferred to the Ernest O. Melby Papers (Series 14/7).
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Joe Park was born on January 15, 1913 in Scott Township, Indiana, the son of Joseph and Florence (Whitehead) Park. In 1944 he joined the faculty of Northwestern University and became Director of the Curriculum Laboratory. Parks major research interests centered on values and education and the philosophy of education.

Park graduated from the Grimwood Elementary School and Central High School in Evansville and entered Evansville College in September, 1931. By the end of his junior year there, Park was forced to drop out of college for financial reasons. He then taught for a year at the one room Oak Dam School (Scott Township) before returning to Evansville to teach social studies at Baker Elementary School and attend Evansville College at night. He completed his B.S. degree at Evansville in June, 1937 majoring in history and afterwards began graduate studies at the University of Michigan. Park took an M.A. degree in education from Michigan in the spring of 1939. In 1940 Michigan named him a William H. Payne Scholar.

In June 1942 Park was appointed assistant professor of education at Evansville College. By June 1944 he had attained the rank of full professor and received his doctorate from Michigan.

In September 1944 Park accepted an appointment as assistant professor of education and director of the Curriculum Laboratory at Northwestern University. Northwestern promoted Park to associate professor in 1948 and to professor in 1953. Also in 1953 he was awarded a Ford Foundation fellowship to study philosophy of education and to investigate programs of general education at several universities.

Although Park's research interests were varied, his major contributions to his field centered on values and education and the philosophy of education. In 1953, he and Professor Douglas Morgan of Northwestern's Philosophy Department designed the University's joint doctoral program in philosophy and education.

In addition to his teaching duties at Northwestern, Park held summer appointments at the Johns Hopkins University (1959) and the University of Colorado (1964 and 1966). Park retired from Northwestern on August 31, 1978 and was named emeritus professor of education.

Park was a member of several honorary and professional societies including Phi Delta Kappa (University of Michigan chapter president. 1941-1942), the John Dewey Society (Executive Board, 1971-1974), and the Philosophy of Education Society (numerous offices held between 1961 and 1972). He authored several books and numerous articles on the history, theory, and philosophy of education.

Park married Bertha Florence Born on May 4, 1935. They had two children: Joe Charles Park, born May 13, 1938 and Diane Born Park (Mrs. Diane Hammond), born February 21, 1940.

Joe Park died on October 31, 1993.

Scope and Content

The Joe Park Papers, comprising one half-size box and spanning the years from 1941 to 1977, include biographical materials, general correspondence, course materials, articles and addresses, and notes on Park's history of the Northwestern University School of Education.

The biographical materials, arranged in one folder and dating from 1953 to 1976, include vitae, clippings, press releases, and bibliographies.

General correspondence, dating from 1966 to 1977, is arranged chronologically within one folder and mainly concerns Park's research on the history of Northwestern's School of Education.

Course materials, arranged in one folder and dating from 1971-1975, include syllabi as well a copy of as Park's “A Brief Guide to the Study of Philosophy of Education” (1972).

Articles and addresses, spanning the period 1941-1976, are scattered and are arranged chronologically within one folder.

Park's notes on the history of Northwestern's School of Education are foldered at the end of the series. The general correspondence subseries should be consulted for further information pertaining to Park's history.

The addition to the Joe Park Papers, comprising one box and one half box, spanning the years 1933 to 1987, includes biographical materials, awards and certificates, class evaluations, general correspondence, correspondence from the International Teaching Development Program, notes from the class “History of Education, research notes, unidentified notes, speeches and papers, general publications, correspondence on the book Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Education, and notes from the book. See the Description included in the series titled Addition below for more information.

Addition, Boxes 2-3

The addition to the Joe Park Papers, comprising one box and one half box, spanning the years 1933 to 1987, includes biographical materials, awards and certificates, class evaluations, general correspondence, correspondence from the International Teaching Development Program, notes from the class “History of Education, research notes, unidentified notes, speeches and papers, general publications, correspondence on the book Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Education, and notes from the book.

The biographical materials, arranged within the first five folders, include newspaper clippings, an article and citation about Joe Park, awards, certificates, and letters pertaining to appointments. In addition, the materials include Park's commencement programs, as well as booklets for Phi Kappa Phi fraternity, and three Indiana teaching licenses. Concluding the biographical materials is a collection of appreciative class evaluations put together by Park's “The School and Modern Society” class in 1951. These pages, originally compiled in a scrapbook, reveal the favorable impact of Park's teaching on his students.

General correspondence, arranged in one folder spanning 1941 to 1987, mainly includes letters from Northwestern faculty and correspondence from students.

International Teacher Development Program Correspondence, covering the years 1959 and 1964, includes a collection of letters, particularly Christmas cards from participants in the program, which are arranged chronologically in one folder. The International Teacher Development Program, of which Joe Park was the director, invited several teachers (ranging from Elementary school teacher to Superintendent or above) from all around the world to Northwestern University to take classes and seminars in the School of Education. The program was at least partially funded by the United States Congress.

“History of Education” notes are arranged as they were received, comprising two folders. Within the folders is a class outline and handwritten and typed notes.

Research notes and Unidentified notes are undated and separated into two folders. The research notes, typed onto index cards, mainly concern books on philosophy and education. The unidentified notes are handwritten and arranged as they were received.

Articles and Addresses comprise one folder of mostly undated papers and one known speech.

Publications are arranged within the last three folders. The first folder includes copies of Park's published papers along with the title page of the serial/journal. It has a date span ranging from 1938 to 1978. The next folder includes correspondence on the third edition of Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Education, a book Park edited. These letters span one year 1966 to 1967. The final folder includes information on proofreading Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Education, its table of contents, and its advertisement.

Subjects

Corporate Name

American Education Fellowship

Subjects

Education--United States

Teachers--Training of--United States


Container List / Contents

  • Addition
      Scope and Contents: The addition to the Joe Park Papers, comprising one box and one half box, spanning the years 1933 to 1987, includes biographical materials, awards and certificates, class evaluations, general correspondence, correspondence from the International Teaching Development Program, notes from the class “History of Education, research notes, unidentified notes, speeches and papers, general publications, correspondence on the book Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Education, and notes from the book. The biographical materials, arranged within the first five folders, include newspaper clippings, an article and citation about Joe Park, awards, certificates, and letters pertaining to appointments. In addition, the materials include Park's commencement programs, as well as booklets for Phi Kappa Phi fraternity, and three Indiana teaching licenses. Concluding the biographical materials is a collection of appreciative class evaluations put together by Park's “The School and Modern Society” class in 1951. These pages, originally compiled in a scrapbook, reveal the favorable impact of Park's teaching on his students. General correspondence, arranged in one folder spanning 1941 to 1987, mainly includes letters from Northwestern faculty and correspondence from students. International Teacher Development Program Correspondence, covering the years 1959 and 1964, includes a collection of letters, particularly Christmas cards from participants in the program, which are arranged chronologically in one folder. The International Teacher Development Program, of which Joe Park was the director, invited several teachers (ranging from Elementary school teacher to Superintendent or above) from all around the world to Northwestern University to take classes and seminars in the School of Education. The program was at least partially funded by the United States Congress. “History of Education” notes are arranged as they were received, comprising two folders. Within the folders is a class outline and handwritten and typed notes. Research notes and Unidentified notes are undated and separated into two folders. The research notes, typed onto index cards, mainly concern books on philosophy and education. The unidentified notes are handwritten and arranged as they were received. Articles and Addresses comprise one folder of mostly undated papers and one known speech. Publications are arranged within the last three folders. The first folder includes copies of Park's published papers along with the title page of the serial/journal. It has a date span ranging from 1938 to 1978. The next folder includes correspondence on the third edition of Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Education, a book Park edited. These letters span one year 1966 to 1967. The final folder includes information on proofreading Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Education, its table of contents, and its advertisement.
    • Biographical Materials, 1978, 1993, n.d.Box 2, Folder 1
    • Term Paper, University of Michigan, 1941Box 2, Folder 2
    • Awards, Degrees, Honors- University of Michigan, 1938-1941Box 2, Folder 3
    • Awards, Certificates, Appointments- Northwestern University, 1953-1979Box 2, Folder 4
    • Teaching Licenses, 1933-1938Box 2, Folder 5
    • “A Report to Dr. Joe Park from His Class”, 1951Box 2, Folder 6
    • General Correspondence, 1941-1987, n.d.Box 2, Folder 7
    • International Teacher Development Program-Correspondence, 1959-1964, n.d.Box 2, Folder 8
    • “History of Education”- Class Notes, 1969, n.d.Box 2, Folder 9
    • “History of Education”- Class Notes, n.d.Box 2, Folder 10
    • Research Notes (Index Cards), n.d.Box 3, Folder 1
    • Unidentified Notes, n.d.Box 3, Folder 2
    • Articles and Addresses, 1972. n.d.Box 3, Folder 3
    • Publications: Journal articles, 1938-1978Box 3, Folder 4
    • "Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Education" (3rd Edition)- Correspondence, 1966-1967Box 3, Folder 5
    • "Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Education" (3rd Edition), n.d.Box 3, Folder 6
  • Biographical Materials, 1955-1976, n.d.Box 1, Folder 1
  • General Correspondence, 1966-1977Box 1, Folder 2
  • Course Materials, 1971-1975Box 1, Folder 3
  • Articles and Addresses, 1941-1976, n.d.Box 1, Folder 4
  • School of Education History notes, ca. 1967Box 1, Folder 5