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Scope and Contents

From the Collection: The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Records are divided into five series: Association of Alumnae Secretaries, American Alumni Council (AAC), American College Public Relations Association (ACPRA), AAC/ACPRA Merger, and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). This collection documents the history of CASE beginning with its predecessor organizations and continuing through the present.

Association of Alumnae Secretaries Records, 1913-1938, consist of correspondence and handbooks. Much of the correspondence deals specifically with the organization and development of the association.

American Alumni Council (AAC) Records, 1922-1974, consist of minutes, programs, reports, conference information, publications, and photographs. The board minutes are an excellent resource for information about the internal operations of the organization. Further information about the organization and education in general can be found in the conference reports. The papers given at the conferences are included in the reports and provide insight into the educational trends of the period. The records are arranged consistent with the arrangement of the CASE Records.

American College Public Relations Association (ACPRA) Records, 1915-1974, consist of minutes, reports, conference information, correspondence, publications, and photographs. The Board of Trustees records provide useful information on the later years of the organization, but are incomplete during its earlier years. The best place to find further information is the annual conference files and the president's files. The publications files also contain beneficial information about the organization and include annual reports, newsletters, and membership directories. The records are arranged consistent with the arrangement of the CASE Records.

AAC/ACPRA Merger Records, 1959-1997, include information about the merger of AAC and ACPRA. These materials consist of minutes from the joint study committee, records on the merger from both AAC and ACPRA, and interviews with different people involved in the merger. Further information about the merger and the decisions leading to the merger can be found in the AAC and ACPRA records

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Records, 1973-2002, include information about the organization formed after the merger of AAC and ACPRA. These records are divided into ten sections based on the structure of the organization.

Board of Trustee Records, 1975-1998, contain the articles of incorporation, records of the Board of Trustees, committees of the board, and CASE Annual Assemblies. This is the best place to look for information about the organization as a whole. The Board of Trustees files include meeting minutes, correspondence, trustee handbooks, and the Highlights newsletter. The board minutes contain handouts and other pertinent items distributed for the meeting. The collection contains most of the board minutes with the exception of some of the minutes between 1980 and 1984. The president's reports to the board help fill in these gaps in the minutes and provide, in some cases, more detailed explanations of activities at board meetings. The committee records are arranged alphabetically by the committee name and contain meeting minutes and correspondence related to the committee. The Annual Assemblies serve as the annual meeting of the organization's membership. Information about the assemblies includes programs and agendas from the meetings. Further information about the Annual Assemblies is located in the Board of Trustees minute files.

President's Files, 1970-1997, contain correspondence, speeches, articles, and reports to the Board of Trustees. These files include the records of James Fisher, Gary Quehl, Virginia Carter Smith (Interim President), and Peter Buchanan. With the exception of Virginia Carter Smith all the presidents' files contain reports to the board. These reports contain detailed information about the activities of the president and the organization during the periods between meetings and are also useful sources for information about board meetings. The files of James Fisher, Gary Quehl, and Peter Buchanan contain correspondence, reports to the Board, and speeches. Since Virginia Carter Smith was president a few months, most of her records are in the staff files. Some of her correspondence as president, however, is located in this series. Administrative files and Board Records will also contain information about activities of a president for that particular year.

Administrative Files, 1969-2000, contain audits, reports, non-presidential speeches, correspondence, staff records, strategic planning, and legislative records. These records deal with the internal operations of the organization. The staff records document staff meetings and the activities of department chairs. This series also includes the records from the Student Alumni Association. This group's organizational structure is similar to that of CASE. Its files include minutes, district records, conference information, membership directories, and a newsletter.

Surveys, 1984-1998, contain the records of surveys conducted by CASE. Most of the surveys involve the status of higher education. The major survey, conducted by Gary Quehl, consisted of a number of campus visits to interview students, faculty, presidents, and chief academic officers. The results of this survey were sent to a special task force to be compiled and set forth as a report on the status of higher education in the United States. Other surveys include campus visits made by Virginia Carter Smith, statistical summaries and reports, and presidential polls. This series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the survey.

Award Records, 1974-1998, include programs, requirements, and lists of award winners. The Circle of Excellence and Recognition Awards are the major awards documented by this series.

Conference Records, 1975-1997, contain documents related to the annual and training conferences sponsored by CASE. Within the conference files are agendas, issues discussed, handouts from the conference, and correspondence related to the meeting. This is a good place to find information about topics of concern to educators and to CASE as an organization.

Publications, 1964-2002, contain books and newsletters published by CASE and include annual reports, membership directories, brochures, and handbooks. They are arranged alphabetically by the title of the publication. More of CASE=s publications collection can be located in the Payton Philanthropic Studies Library at IUPUI using the library's online catalog, IUCAT, available at:

District Records, 1974-1995, contain conference proceedings, meeting minutes, and newsletters from each of the eight districts. District records are arranged chronologically by district under the headings of conference, minutes, and newsletters.

Photographs, 1929-1996, include photographs from AAC and ACPRA prior to the merger and some photographs from CASE. The photographs from both AAC and ACPRA include awards and photographs of individuals involved in the organizations. The CASE photographs are mainly of awards programs during the 1970s and 1980s and conference photographs.

Audio Visual Materials, 1978-1992, contain video and audio cassettes from conferences, publications, and historic interviews. The audio cassettes include tapes from the Columbus Colloquium and the Greenbriar II Conference. Also included are cassettes related to CASE publications. The videos include interviews with Virginia Carter Smith and a set of Recollections of the AAC/ACPRA merger.


  • 1978 - 1992

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction.


From the Collection: 43.0 Cubic Feet (39 cartons, 4 cassette boxes, 2 flat boxes, 13 video cassettes, and 64 audio cassettes)


Repository Details

Part of the Philanthropic Studies Archives Repository

IUPUI University Library
755 W. Michigan St.
Room 0133
Indianapolis IN 46202 USA