Scope and Content of the Collection
Title: California Council for Adult Education
Date (inclusive): 1944-2010
Identifier/Call Number: OTAN FA 011
California Council for Adult Education
Twenty-nine file storage boxes + seven photo album boxes
Sacramento County Office of Education. Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.
P.O. Box 269003
Sacramento, CA 95826-9003
Abstract: The California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) has been an important adult education professional organization since the
1940s, representing administrators, teachers, support staff, students, and friends of California adult education. The collection
includes print and photographic records of the State Office and managers, the State Board and officers, and the regional Sections,
and it covers a fifty-six year period from 1944-2010. The archival files, especially those related to legislation, are potentially
significant to researchers.
Language of Material:
Physical Location: The materials are in the California Adult Education Archives maintained by the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network at
the Sacramento County Office of Education. For current information on the location of the materials, please consult the OTAN
Web site at http://www.otan.us.
The collection is open for research by appointment. Please call the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.
The materials in the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) Collection have been donated to the California Adult Education
Archives and are not subject to copyright restrictions. Publications should properly reference the Archives and CCAE. See
Guide to the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) Collection at the California Adult Education Archives. OTAN FA
011. Outreach and Technical Assistance Network, Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento, CA
The CCAE State Office had been paying for storage space for its archival boxes and files in the basement of the building at
1006 Fourth Street, Sacramento. A flood in the basement in 2006 demonstrated that the storage space was inadequate as well
as expensive. Unfortunately, there was significant damage and many boxes could not be saved. The remaining boxes and file
drawers were transferred to the second floor office. Beginning in mid-2006, the Board contracted with an Archives Consultant,
Linda L. West, to begin the task of restoring, organizing, and indexing the materials. The consultant provided 170 hours of
services during an eighteen month period from mid-2006 through 2008. The consultant determined the arrangement of the archives,
prepared a working outline of containers, transferred archival files from the damaged containers to standard archival storage
boxes, established priorities for file review and processing, and began the systematic processing of files, the flood damaged
files having highest priority. Cleaning, preservation, and detailed description was completed on materials in fifteen of the
twenty boxes, and sets of other items such as photo albums, handbook notebooks, and newsletters were identified. Detailed
processing was suspended due to lack of funds. In June 2010, CCAE was no longer able to maintain a rented office in Sacramento,
and the processed and unprocessed archives were transferred to the California State Archives at the Sacramento County Office
of Education. In addition to the twenty boxes and supplemental items originally identified as the CCAE Archives, five boxes
of State Office records from 1992-2007 were also included in the transfer.
The California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) was formed in the 1940s with the leadership of George C. Mann, Chief of
the Bureau of Adult Education, then California State Department of Education (SDE). The organization has six sections, geographic
regions that have been adjusted over the years with population changes. Membership includes administrators, teachers, support
staff, students, and friends of California adult education. There are some institutional members and some local chapters sponsored
by large school districts. CCAE sponsors annual state and section conferences for professional development and networking.
The outstanding contributions of adult educators, support staff, and supporters of adult education are recognized at the conferences.
Legislative advocacy is an important part of CCAE's mission. CCAE employs a lobbyist and has been effective in initiating
and sponsoring legislation that advances adult education and in fighting legislation that threatens to have a negative impact.
A significant staff development initiative, the GED Academy, has been sponsored by CCAE for over twenty years. State management
has varied over the history of the organization. During the first twenty years the Adult Education Chief of the California
State Department of Education was also the Executive Director of CCAE. During succeeding years, management at the state level
varied from a part-time Executive Secretary working from home to full time office personnel maintaining a state office in
Sacramento with a part-time Executive Director, typically a retired adult education administrator. The organization gave up
its state office in Sacramento in June 2010, but maintains a Web site, a large statewide membership, an energetic legislative
effort, and state and section conferences.
California Council for Adult Education
California GED Academy
Linda L. West
Charles O. Peterson
Subject (ERIC Thesaurus)
High School Equivalency Programs
Scope and Content of the Collection
The CCAE Collection contains a wide range of materials spanning the years 1944 through 2010. The archival files, especially
those related to legislation, are potentially significant to researchers. The State Office records from 1944-1993 include:
correspondence, newsletters, and reports related to California legislative activity; records of state conferences; state office
fiscal records including tax forms, receipts, and audit files; agendas and minutes of state board meetings and membership
reports; constitutions, bylaws, officer lists, committees, and project samples and reports. Section information includes rosters,
bylaws, salary surveys, and reports. State membership card files, predating the electronic membership database, cover the
period 1949-1984. State Board records covering 1976-1995 include minutes, and presidents' and secretaries' files. There are
detailed records from the annual state conferences of 1992-1994, 1996, 1998, 2000-2001, and 2002-2006. The GED Academy series
covers 1985-2008 and includes historical files, sample materials, and management and fiscal records. Unprocessed files include:
Northern Section records from 1975-1995; historians' albums from 1951-1991 from the Adult Education Association of Los Angeles
(AEALA), an organization that predated the CCAE Los Angeles Metro Section, along with a carousel slide show and unmounted
slides and photos; twenty-eight binders containing photo albums and handbooks; and a container of miscellaneous files covering
the period 1995-2000 donated by members. Also unprocessed are four containers of State Office Records from 1992-2007, including
office manager files, institutional membership and payroll deduction membership records and reports, and PayCHEX records and
Arrangement of the Collection
The collection is organized into ten sub-groups. Materials in the following sub-groups have been organized with detailed listings:
State Office Records, 1944-1993, State Membership Files, 1949-1984, State Board Records, 1976-1995, State Conferences, 1992-1994,
1996, 1998, 2000-2001, 2002-2006, GED Teacher Academy, 1985-2008. Unprocessed sub-groups of materials include: Northern Section
Records, 1975-1995, Adult Education Association of Los Angeles, 1951-1991, Files in Process, 1995-2000, State Office Records,
1992-2007. Additional unprocessed materials are photo albums and handbooks.