M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES

Finding Aid for the
ROBERT W. FREDERICK
PAPERS, 1927-1939, 1945-1947, 1956-1968, 1973

(UA-902.029)

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Finding Aid Compiled by
Marla Krauss
December 14, 1995







M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
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VOLUME: 3 cubic feet

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Biographical Sketch

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:

List of Robert W. Frederick's Publications


Robert W. Frederick Papers
Biographical Sketch

Robert W. Frederick (1899-1973) was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, to a family of steel mill workers.  His family suffered financially when his parents insisted on sending him to high school, a very unusual step at the time.  According to his son, Peter Frederick, Robert Frederick was deeply affected by the plight of poor and working children.  He dedicated his career to an egalitarian vision of public education, which he saw as serving the needs of every child no matter how disadvantaged.  He studied, lectured, and wrote about a wide range of topics dealing with education, including: the theory of education, the school's proper role in society, and the students' role in the educational process.

He received his Ph.B. in Philosophy from Denison University, Ohio, in 1921.  He went on to receive a Master's degree from Yale University in 1924.  In 1926, he earned a Ph.D. from New York University in the Philosophy of Education. He was working at William Jewel College, Liberty, Missouri, when he, in 1930, accepted the position of Assistant Principle and Assistant Professor of Education at the Milne School at SUNY Albany's precursor, the New York State College for Teachers.  He remained with Albany for the rest of his life, serving at various times as Principal of the Milne School, Director of Teacher Training and Placement, Chairman of the Department of Education, and Professor of Education.  He spent many summer sessions teaching at different colleges, including: University of Georgia, University of Hawaii, University of Buffalo, University of Aix Marseilles, Aix en Provence, France. Frederick returned to SUNY after retiring in 1966 as a visiting and part-time professor.**1

**1 Peter J. Frederick, "An American Character and Educator: Robert W. Frederick, 1899-1973," Intellect, V. 102, p. 154-157, December, 1973.


Robert W. Frederick Papers
Series Descriptions

Series 1: Biographical Information, .01 cubic ft.

This series consists of four folders of biographical information about Robert W. Frederick. One folder contains a list, written by Robert Frederick, of his publications and various professional activities.  The list is undated.  The other folder contains one issue of the magazine Intellect, (December, 1973) in which Peter J. Frederick, the son of Robert W. Frederick, wrote a life-history of his father in his memory.  Two folders each contain one scrapbook dealing with either legal or local and state educational issues.  "Miscellaneous" contains various supporting materials for Frederick's projects, including a possibly unpublished paper, two pieces of personal correspondence, surveys, and reprints of articles.

Series 2: Education Lectures, 1959-60, 1963-65, 1.5 cubic ft. Arranged chronologically.

This series consists predominantly of reel-to-reel tape recordings (with some transcriptions) of Robert W. Frederick's lectures while teaching at SUNY Albany as well as lecture notes, manuscripts, a syllabus for ED 327 (Educational Public Relations), and transcripts of what were presumably professional addresses.  All known typed and/or handwritten transcripts of the SUNY lectures have been filed with the relevant tapes.  The taped lectures, given in 1959-60 and 1963-65, cover a variety of issues dealing with educational theory and practice.  Frederick addresses philosophical issues relevant to education (relativism, dualism, absolutism, and philosophy of science) as well as practical classroom skills.  Topics relating to Concept Theory span all years, concentrating between 1963-65.  The lectures and transcripts are arranged chronologically by folder, each folder containing one or more lecture and transcript (when available.)  In addition to the recorded lectures, materials in "Educational Administration" and "Concept Theory" may have been professional addresses or unpublished manuscripts.  The dates of the manuscripts are unknown.

Series 3: Writings on Education, 1.5 cubic ft.

Contains some of the unpublished and published work of Robert Frederick dealing with various educational topics.  Included within the series are: two possibly unpublished manuscripts of books about Telic Philosophy and Power Philosophy, educational periodicals containing some of his published articles, and four of his books.  The topics covered by his published writings include: current educational problems, secondary education, and teaching methods.


Robert W. Frederick Papers
Box & Folder List

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Series 1: Biographical Information

Box
Folder

"An American Character and Educator: Robert W. Frederick," by Peter J. Frederick, in Intellect, Vol. 102, No. 2353,  December, 1973
List of Publications, Talks given, Meetings attended, Some of his graduate students, undated
Notes and Newspaper Clippings on legal issues, Hierarchies, "Laws and Man," 1962-68
Personal Scrapbook, local and state educational issues, 1945
Educational Correspondence
Letter to Walter D. Cacking re. Paper on Educational Administration, undated
Letter from Loyd Starrett re. term "educated", Aug. 17, 1965
Educational Readings--Annotated
Reprint: "The Use of Concepts in Teaching and Learning" by Asahel D. Woodruff, 1964
Welch School Administrator's Digest, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1961
"Suggestive List of Professional Books for Teachers and Supervisors," from Junior and Senior High Schools, undated
Book Reviews: Toward a Theory of Instruction, by Jerome Bruner (1966) The Teaching of Secondary Mathematics, by Charles Butler, undated


Robert W. Frederick Papers

Box & Folder List

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Series 2: Education Lectures, 1959-60, 1963-65

Box 1 (cont)
Folder

Miscellaneous

Amos Emory Johnson, "Limitations of the School as a Telic Instrument,"  (term paper) undated

ED 327: Educational Public Relations syllabus (includes lecture and teaching notes), 1953

Introduction to ED 404 (includes bibliography for ED 404A, Summer, 1962), undated

Reading List: Two Types of Character-Personality on the Social Milieu, undated

Opinions on International Questions, Form A [based partially on Frederick's Work], undated

Secondary Education: Education Survey Test, undated

Notes

Concept Theory

Believing and Knowing, undated

Concepts: Communication and Symbols, undated

Concept Identification in Concept Teaching, undated

Concept Understanding: An Emerging Educational Theory, undated

Notes on Concept Theory, undated

Outline: Concepts and Concept Teaching

Rationale for Concept Teaching, undated

Part IX, Conceptual Basis of Supervision on Concepts and Conceptual Teaching, undated

Toward a Definition of Concept, undated

Values of Concept Understanding Theory, undated

Educational Administration

The Chief School Administrator: Questions of his Training, undated

An Enquiry into Laws Governing the Administration of Human Enterprises, undated

Notes on Laws of Administration, undated

Some Thoughts on the Education of Educational Administrators, undated

Educational Theory

A Challenge to the Intermediate Grades, undated

First Principles of Educational Theory, undated

A New Deal for Education, undated

Objectives of Education, undated

Part III: Implications for Education: Diversity, Change, Anxiety, Truth, undated

A Plan For Curriculum Construction, undated

Outlines

Outline of Lecture, May 5, 1965

Outline: Advantages of Concept Teaching, 1965

Outline: Causes of the Educational Dilemma, 1965

Outline: Concepts and Concept Teaching, 1965

Outline: Concept Teaching, 1965

Outline: The Educational Dilemma and the Concept Theory, 1965

Outline: Helps Solve the Transfer of Learning/Caring Problem, 1965

Outline: Historical Development, 1965

Outline: Historic Theories, 1965

Outline: Makes Independent Study Possible Faster Originality Interviews, 1965

Outline: Provides Way to Solve Curriculum Problem, 1965

Outline: The Rationale of the Concept Understanding Theory, 1965

Outline: Relief from Drudgery, 1965

Outline: Tried Schema, 1965

Outline: Understanding Concepts, 1965

Outline: Understanding the Key Concepts in a Discipline, 1965

Tapes & Transcripts

ED 301B: Advanced Philosophy of Education

ED 301B: Concept Teaching (tape), 1964

ED 301B: Concept Teaching and Analytical Philosophy (tape), 1964

ED 301B: Concept Theory (tape), 1964

ED 301B: Concepts (tape), 1964

ED 301B: Concepts (tape), 1964

ED 301B: Educational Philosophy (two tapes), 1964

ED 301B: Population Control (two tapes), 1964

ED 301B: Skills (tape), 1964

ED 301B: Skills, Muscles, and Wheels (tape, transcript), 1964

ED 301B: Concept Theory (tape), 1965

ED 301B: Concept Theory Outline (tape, notes), 1965

ED 301B: Concept Understanding (two tapes), 1965

ED 301B: Concepts (two lectures) (tape, transcript), 1965

ED 301B: Concepts (tape), 1965

ED 301B: Concepts Defined (tape, transcript), 1965

ED 301B: Concepts, Definitions, and Nature (tape, transcript), 1965

ED 301B: Values of Concept Teaching (tape), 1965

Box 2
Folder

Education 404A: Concepts in Educational Administration

ED 404A: Concepts and Concept Teaching (tape), 1963

ED 404A: Introduction to 404A (tape), 1963

ED 404A: Concept Identification (tape), 1964

Subjects

Concepts (tape), 1964

Concepts by Subjects, (tape), undated

Concepts, Proportion (tape, transcript), 1959

Concepts to Understand Life Better, (tape), 1960

Concepts, What they Are, (tape), 1959

Concept Analysis (tape, transcript), undated

Continuum in Life and Education, CBS Broadcast: Most Influential Americans, (tape, transcript),    1960

Dualisms, (tape, transcript), 1960

Dualistic Thinking, (tape, transcript), 1960

Education and Relativity, (tape, transcript), 1959

Involvement and Education, (tape, transcript), 1959

Love vs. Violence, (tape), undated

Love vs. Violence, Part III, (tape), undated

The Modern Mind, Philosophy of Science, Part II, (tape, transcript), 1959

Pragmatism, the Unconscious, (tape), undated

Procedural vs. Substantive (tape), 1959

Science, Part II, (tape), 1959

Science as a Vision of the Truth, (tape, transcript), 1959


Robert W. Frederick Papers

Box & Folder List

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Box 3
Folder

Series 3: Writings on Education

Unpublished Works

Notes on Power Philosophy

Arguments for the Philosophy of Intellectual Power Positive Arguments for Power Philosophy, undated

Benefits of the Power Philosophy General Application of the Power Philosophy, undated

Educational Cure-Alls, undated

Education for Power, undated

The False Notion of Content, undated

General Thinking or Problem Solving, undated

Implementation of the Power Philosophy, undated

Indoctrination, Dewey and Childs State the Philosophy of Power, Traditional Curriculum--Not Social, Ultimate Ideal of the Philosophy of Power, undated

Objections to the Power Theory, undated

The Philosophy of Intellectual Power: A Confused World Behind the Educational Smoke Screen,   undated

A Philosophy of Power The Present Day Educational Puzzle, undated

The Power Philosophy and How to Study, undated

The Power Philosophy: A Way Out of Educational Confusion The Telling System of Education,    undated

Procedure Values Versus Facts, undated

The School is not a Catholicon, undated

Science, Thinking, Intellectual Power, undated

Specific Applications of the Power Philosophy, undated

Statement of Power Philosophy as Point of Leverage, undated

Summaries of Power Philosophy, undated

Values of Power Philosophy, undated

Practice Teaching

The Relation of Home Town Size and Success in Practice Teaching by Robert W. Frederick, undated

Notes on Science and Philosophy

Individuality, Socialism, Preaching and Moral Exhortation, The Rule of the Majority, Eugenics and Birth Control, Area of Educational Aims in General Education, undated

Science, Political Ideology, Religion (Significance of Political Ideology, Types I and II), undated

Science, Scientists, and the Scientific Teacher, undated

XX Ultimate Criteria, undated

Telic Philosophy

Table of Contents, Part A: The Telic Philosophy Preface, Prologue, undated

I First Principles, undated

II Conduct Philosophy Application to the Work of the School, undated

III The Telic Philosophy of Life and Education Ideas for a Better World: A Telic Philosophy in a    Troubled World, undated

IV Why is Education the Chief Telic Instrument of Society, undated

V Certain Social Remedies and Their Limitations, undated

VI Complexity of the Telic Task, undated

VII Limitations of the School as a Telic Agency, undated

VIII Hindrances to the School's Success as a Telic Force, undated

IX Evidences of the School's Success as a Telic Force, undated

XI Contemporary Educational Theories, Continued, undated

XII Step One: What are the Great Common Human Interests, undated

XIII Step Two: What is the Relative Importance of These Great Common Human Interests, undated

XIV The Residual Principle, undated

XV Step Four, Part A: How to Make the General Social Objectives of Education More Specific,    undated

XVI Step Four, Part B: How May Changes be Accomplished, undated  How Complex is the Telic Task of the School, undated

Published Works

Articles

"An Orientation Course," The High School Teacher, Vol. III, No. 1, January, 1927, p. 4. (two copies)

"An Investigation into Some Social Attitudes of High-School Pupils," School and Society. Vol. XXV, No. 640, April 2, 1927, p. 410.

"A Socio-Educational Philosophy of the Curriculum," The Journal of Educational Sociology. Vol. II, No. 6, February, 1929, p. 334.

"The Term Report as a College Teaching Device," School and Society. Vol. XXIX, No. 739, February 23, 1929, p. 256. (two copies)

"The Junior High School," Alumni Quarterly. Vol. 13, No. 3, January, 1932, p. 1.

"Conflicting Attitudes Toward Supervision," Educational Administration and Supervision. Vol.XIX, No. 4, April, 1933, p. 307.

"The Basis of a Reading Guidance Program," The Vocational Guidance Magazine. Vol. XI, No. 8, May, 1933, p. 357.

"A Survey of Junior High Schools," New York State Education. Vol. XX, No. 9, June 1933, p. 705.(two copies)

"Directed Study--A New Definition for a New Program," Education. Vol. LIV, No. 1, September, 1933, p. 34.

"A Study of the Effects of Concentrated and Scattered Professional Training on Success in Teaching," School and Society. Vol. 38, No. 986, November 18, 1933, p. 683.

"Are the Schools Worth Their Keep?" Education Bulletin. Vol. 2, No. 26, April, 1934, p. 101. (two copies)

"The Relationship Between the Academic Success of Pupils and the Practice Teaching Grade Received by Their Teachers," Vol. XX, No. 6, September, 1934, p. 468.

"Future Trends of the High School," New York State Education. Vol. XXII, No. 7, April, 1935, p. 513.

"A Survey of Junior-High-School Practices in New York State," Junior-Senior High School Clearing House. Vol. X, No. 1, September, 1935, p. 41. (two copies)

"Opportunities for Social Science Instruction in the Central Rural Schools," Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Academic Principals of the State of New York. Syracuse, NY, December 27, 28, 29, 1937, p. 67.

"The Central Study Hall," New York State Education. Vol. XXV, No. 6, March, 1938, p. 445.

"Throttling the Great Investment," New York State Education. Vol. XXXIII, No. 1, October, 1945, p. 43.

"Education and/or the Regents Examinations," New York State Education. Vol. XXXIII, No. 3, December, 1945, p. 219.

"A Call for Leadership," New York State Education. Vol. XXXIII, No. 4, January, 1946, p. 317.

"The Seven R's for Educating Administrators," The School Executive. Vol. 76, No. 2, October, 1956, p. 50.

"And Leaves a Lonesome Place Against the Sky" [tribute to John M. Sayles] Alumni Quarterly. Vol. 38, No. 3, January, 1957, p. 4. (two copies)

Books

Citizenship Education Through the Social Studies: A Philsophy and a Program. Frederick and Sheats, Paul H. (New York City: Row, Peterson and Company, 1936).

Directing Learning. Frederick, Ragsdale, Clarence E., and Salisbury, Rachel. (New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc., 1938).

How to Study Handbook. (New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc., 1938).

A Guide to College Study. Frederick, Kitchen, Paul circa, and McElwee, Agnes R. (New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc., 1947).


Robert W. Frederick Papers

List of Robert W. Frederick Publications

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Books (incomplete?)

Methods of Teaching in Junior and Senior High School. Frederick and Gabler, Earl. NY: Inor, 1932.

Principles and Techniques of Teaching: A Guidebook. Frederick and Gahler, Earl R. NY: Anor Publishing Co., 1933.

"A Listeners Guide Chart," Frederick and Winkler(?), Pauline. in Yearbook of the National Advisory Council in Radio Education. 1934, p. 349.

Frederick and . Educational Monograph No. 3, New York State Teacher's Association, May, 1935. (Frederick was member of the committee)

Social Languages. Frederick and Smith, Virginia Boswell. NY: Inor, 1935.

Citizenship Education Through the Social Studies. Frederick and Sheats, Paul H. New York: Row,Peterson & Company, 1936.

Directing Learning. Frederick and Ragsdale, Clarence E., Salisbury, Rachel. NY: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1938.

Live and Learn: Social Education in the Elementary School. Frederick and Donnal V. Smith

How to Study Handbook. NY: Appleton-Century Company, 1938.

A Guide to College Study. Frederick and Kitchen, Paul circa, McElwee, Agnes R. NY: Appleton-Century  Crofts, Inc. 1947.

The Third Curriculum. NY: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1959.

The Pre-Service Education of College Teachers. 1960

Student Activities in American Education. NY: Center for Applied Research in Education, 1965. (from Intellect, p. 155, footnote)

Articles (incomplete?)

"Seven R's for Administrations," The School Executives. Vol. 76, no. 2, October, 1956, p. 50.

"Conflicting Attitudes Toward Supervision," Frederick and Halter, Helen. Educational Administration and Supervision. Vol. XIX, no. 4, April, 1933, p. 307.

"A Study of the Effects of Concentrated and Scattered Professional Training on Success in Teaching," Frederick and Bookheim, Arnold. School and Society. Vol. 38, no. 986, November 18, 1933,  p. 683.

"The Term Report as a College Teaching Device," School and Society. Vol. XXIX, no. 739, February 23, 1929, p. 256.

"An Orientation Course," The High School Teacher. Vol. III, no. 1, January, 1927, p. 4.

"The Basis of a Reading Guidance Program," Frederick and Kellogg, Eleanor, F. Vocational Guidance Magazine. Vol. XI, no. 8, May, 1933, p. 357.

"An Investigation into Some Social Attitudes of High School Pupils," School and Society. Vol. XXV, no. 640, April 2, 1927, p. 410.

"Directed Study-A New Definition for a New Program," Education. Vol. LIV, no. 1, February, 1934, p. 34.

"A Survey of Extra Curricular Activities in the Junior High Schools of New York State," Frederick and Kindade, Ione.  Clearing House. Vol. VIII, no. 4, September, 1935, p. 224.

"What is Progressive?" Clearing House. Vol. IX, no. 8, April, 1935, p. 495.

"A Socio-Educational Philosophy of the Curriculum," Journal of Educational Sociology. Vol. 11,  no. 6, February, 1929, p. 334.

"A Survey of Junior High Schools," Frederick and Jarvis, Isabel. New York State Education. Vol. XX, no. 9, June, 1933, p. 705.

"Are the Schools Worth Their Keep?" American Scholar. Vol. III, no. 2, March, 1934, p. 240.

"Are the Schools Worth Their Keep?" Pennsylvania Education Association Bulletin. Vol. 2, no. 26, April 9, 1934, p. 101. (reprint from American Scholar)

"The Central Study Hall," New York State Education. Vol. XXV, no. 6, March, 1938, p. 445.

"Future Trends of the High School," New York State Education. Vol. XXII, no. 7, April, 1935, p. 513.

"Future Trends of the High School," The Curriculum Journal. Vol. 6, No. 5, May 22, 1935, p. 16. (reprint)

"The Junior High School," Alumni Quarterly. Vol. 13, No. 3, January, 1932, p. 1.

"The Secondary School Language Program," Frederick and Smith, Virginia. Modern Language Journal. Vol. 18, March, 1934, p. 372.

"The Junior High School Language Program," Frederick and Smith, Virginia. Junior Senior High School Clearing House. Vol.8, No. 3, November 1933, p. 154.

"The Relation of Behavior Changes and Methods in Ninth Grade General Science," The High School Teacher. Vol. 3, No. 1, April 1927, p. 125.

"The Relationship Between the Academic Success of Pupils and the Practice Teaching Grade Received by Their Teachers," Educational Administrators and Supervisors, Vol. XX, No. 6, September, 1934, p. 468.

"A Survey of Junior-High-School Practices in New York State," Junior-Senior High School Clearing House. Vol. X, No. 1, September, 1935, p. 41.

"Individual Pupil Adjustment Through Home Room Advisement," New York State Education. Vol. XXI, No. 5, February, 1934, p. 371.

"Opportunities for Social Studies Instruction in the Central Rural Schools," Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Principals of the State of New York, Syracuse, NY, December 27, 28, 28, 1937, p. 67.

"Throttling the Great Investment," New York State Education. Vol. XXXIII, No. 1, October, 1945,  p. 43.

"Education and/or the Regents Examinations," New York State Education. Vol. XXXIII, No. 3,  December, 1945, p. 219.

"A Call for Leadership," New York State Education. Vol. XXXIII, No. 4, January, 1946, p. 317.


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