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Donald R. McNeil Papers

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Abstract

Title:
Donald R. McNeil Papers
Author/Creator:
McNeil, Donald R.
Collection number:
NPBA 91-215
Size:
41.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1980-1987
Inclusive dates:
1930-1988 and undated
Collection Area:
Mass Media and Culture
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

Donald R. McNeil worked much of his life in academia. From 1965 to 1968, McNeil was Chancellor of the University Extension Program in Madison, Wiscsonsin, during which time he lobbied for the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities. In 1968, McNeil received the first Emmy given to a public television station (WHA-TV) for his series "Pretty Soon Runs Out" - a forum on integration and race relations. From 1969 to 1975, McNeil served as Chancellor of the University of Maine System. During that time, he participated in the creation of the Public Broadcasting Service and was elected to the board in 1973. In 1978, McNeil became the president of the University of Mid-America (UMA) which used electronic media to produce long distance learning courses marketed in eleven mid-west universities. Later, using the British Open University as a guideline, McNeil began to design and research an American Open University which would give credit and degrees based upon its own curriculum using technology as a classroom. After the New York Institute of Technology agreed to consider the American Open University as a long distance arm of its college, McNeil served as Provost from 1983 to 1987. Donald R. McNeil began work on the National Public Broadcasting Archives in 1988, and served as its director from 1990 to 1993. The collection concentrates on McNeil's involvement in the University of Mid-America and the American Open University.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Donald R. McNeil Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials page for more information.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Donald R. McNeil was born on July 5, 1923 in Spokane, Washington. He served as a field staff member of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (1951-1957) and as its director (1957-1958). His administrative career in higher education included chancellorships of the University Extension Program at the University of Wisconsin (1965-1969) and of the University of Maine System (1969-1975). He also directed the California Postsecondary Education Commission (1975-1978) and served as President of the University of Mid-America (1979-1983) and as Provost of the American Open University at the New York Institute of Technology (1983-1987). McNeil served on the Board of the Public Broadcasting Service in 1973 and began work on establishing the National Public Broadcasting Archives (NPBA) in 1988. Finally, he served as NPBA's director from 1990-1993. Donald R. McNeil died on March 8, 1996.

Donald R. McNeil was born on July 5, 1923 in Spokane, Washington. His family moved to Portalnd, Oregon in 1927. McNeil attended Lents grade school and Commerce High School. After graduation, in 1940, McNeil joined the National Guard Medical Corps which was placed on active duty during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and the Purple Heart for service in the Pacific Theater.

After his discharge in 1945, McNeil went to the University of Oregon on the GI Bill. He received his BA in history and journalism in 1949. McNeil earned his M.S.(1950) and Ph.D.(1956) in American history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

McNeil started his professional career as a field staff member of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin--a national repository for historical manuscripts--in 1951. He was appointed assistant director and, in 1957, acting director.

In 1958, McNeil left the SHSW and moved to Arizona to be a free lance writer. Between 1959 and 1963, McNeil received a $100,000 grant from the Carnegie Foundation to study adult education in America. He published articles on adult education in several popular and scholarly journals.

McNeil returned to academia in 1963 as the Special Assistant to Fred Harrington, the President of University of Wisconsin-Madison. He implemented exchange programs between Madison and several southern colleges. That year, McNeil was the Chairman of the Big Ten Conference on "The Negro in Higher Education".

After two years as Special Assistant to the President, McNeil was made Chancellor of the University Extension Program at the University of Wisconsin--the first ever in the United States without an agricultural background. During his four year tenure in that position (1965-1968), McNeil: wrote Title I of the Higher Education Act of 1965, lobbied for creation of the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, and worked on racial integration of the University of Wisconsin. In 1968, McNeil received the first Emmy given to a public television station (WHA-TV) for his series, Pretty Soon Runs Out--a forum on integration and race relations.

From 1969 to 1975, Don McNeil served as Chancellor of the University of Maine System, in Portland, Maine. There he worked with the governor, legislature, and community in developing long term plans for the seven campus system.

During his Maine Years, McNeil participated in the early years of the Public Broadcasting Service and was elected to the board in 1973. He was also a member of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

The California legislature created the California Postsecondary Education Commission to oversee the administration of the state's nine University of California campuses, nineteen state colleges and universities, 104 community colleges and twelve-hundred private higher education institutions. Don McNeil left the University of Maine in 1975 to become its first director. He served in that capacity until 1978.

In 1979, McNeil left California to become the president of the University of Mid-America. UMA used electronic media to produce long distance learning courses marketed in eleven mid-west universities. McNeil administrated the institution and spent four years lobbying for grants with which to fund new projects. While working at UMA, McNeil envisioned the creation of a self supporting, fully accredited university for adults unable to attend classes in the "typical" university setting. Using the British Open University as a guideline, McNeil began to design and research an American Open University. Unlike the University of Mid-America, which issued no credit on its own and produced material as a supplement to regular university curricula, the American Open University would give credit and degrees based upon its own curriculum using technology as a classroom. When it became clear that the National Institute of Education, which had been supporting the University of Mid-America, would cut its funding in 1982, McNeil went in search of support for his new venture. When no industry would support the beginning phases of the American Open University, the New York Institute of Technology agreed to bring it on as a long distance arm of its college. AOU began enrolling students in 1983. From 1983 to 1987, Don McNeil served as the Provost of the American Open University at the New York Institute of Technology. As Provost, McNeil designed the programs at AOU, selected the faculty to teach the courses, and created policy to govern the institution.

McNeil began work on the National Public Broadcasting Archives in 1988. A committee of prominent members within the public broadcasting community chose the University of Maryland at College Park to house the facility which opened in 1990. McNeil served as its director until his retirement in 1993.

Donald McNeil died on March 8, 1996.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Donald R. McNeil Papers covers the years 1963 to 1988 and contains some undated material. The bulk of the collection ranges from 1980 to 1987. Memos, logs, press releases, newsletters and newspaper clippings concentrate on McNeil's involvement in the University of Mid-America and the American Open University.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Donald R. McNeil Papers were donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Libraries by Donald R. McNeil in five installments between October 1990 and August 1993.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Mark Walden, August 1995. Revised by Karen E. King, March 1997

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Karen E. King, April 2005.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: University of Mid-America, 1974-1982 and undated (1.50 linear feet)

This series contains the business papers of the University of Mid-America (UMA). Documentation concentrates on the administration of UMA via board minutes, reports and correspondence. UMA newsletters are included in this series. Files are arranged by topic: board material, correspondence, reports, publicity.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Board Executive Committee Minutes, September 17, 1982 series 1box 1folder 1
Board Meeting, June 9, 1982 series 1box 1folder 2
Board Correspondence, July 6, 1978 - September 3, 1982 series 1box 1folder 3
Organizational Charts, undated series 1box 1folder 4
Cast of Characters, June 9, 1982 series 1box 1folder 5
Articles of Incorporation and Dissolution, July 26, 1974; November 18, 1983 series 1box 1folder 6
Mission and Goals, undated series 1box 1folder 7
Organizational Reports, October 17, 1978 - November 3, 1978 series 1box 1folder 8
Correspondence -- Gene Gage, June 12-26, 1978 series 1box 1folder 9
Correspondence -- Thomas Johnson, May 30 - July 5, 1978 series 1box 1folder 10
Correspondence -- Jack McBride, June 30 - July 16, 1978 series 1box 1folder 11
Correspondence -- D.B. Varner, June 22-26, 1978 series 1box 1folder 12
Correspondence -- Milan Wall, June 22-27, 1978 series 1box 1folder 13
Correspondence -- General UMA, July 6, 1978 series 1box 1folder 14
Correspondence -- General NIE, July 17,. 1978 series 1box 1folder 15
Correspondence -- Lord (NIE), July 22. 1978 series 1box 1folder 16
Correspondence -- Stalford (NIE), July 17, 1978 series 1box 1folder 17
Miscellaneous UMA Memoranda, August 17-29, 1979 series 1box 1folder 18
Executive Council Evaluation, October 1, 1979 series 1box 1folder 19
Professional Staff Evaluation, October 1, 1979 series 1box 1folder 20
Fiscal 1980 Evaluation, 1980 series 1box 1folder 21
Evaluation Memoranda, January 16 - December 5, 1980 series 1box 1folder 22
Personal Evaluation, October 1, 1979 series 1box 1folder 23
Professional Evaluations, September 8 - October 2, 1980 series 1box 1folder 24
Miscellaneous Memoranda to Don McNeil, August 6, 1980 - May 26, 1981 series 1box 1folder 25
UMA Informational Video (Oversize only), 1982 series 1box 1folder 26
Educational Computer Demo (Oversize only), undated series 1box 1folder 27
Application for Administration Assistant, February 23 - March 3, 1981 series 1box 2folder 1
Miscellaneous Reports and Proposals, April 8, 1979 - September 15, 1980 series 1box 2folder 2
"Rural Society" - Sara Rosenburg, July 28, 1978 series 1box 2folder 3
Future Directions of the UMA, November 8, 1978 series 1box 2folder 4
JCET Report to Jack McBride, June 20, 1978 series 1box 2folder 5
Plan of Work and Budget, 1982 series 1box 2folder 6
Plan of Work and Budget, August 5, 1982 series 1box 2folder 7
Plan of Work and Budget, 1981 series 1box 2folder 8
Working Papers 1, 5-7 Office of Research and Evaluation, undated series 1box 2folder 9
Final Report on Viewership Study, March 10, 1978 series 1box 2folder 10
Final Report on the UMA Experience, 1974-1982 series 1box 2folder 11
"UMA an Open University View" -- David G. Hawkridge, January 1977 series 1box 2folder 12
UMA Described, 1985 series 1box 2folder 13
This Week's News, March 8, 1977 - June 6, 1978 series 1box 3folder 1
UMA Outlook, 1979-1981 series 1box 3folder 2
UMA Update, May 1978 - December 1981 series 1box 3folder 3
UMA Catalogs, 1981, undated series 1box 3folder 4
UMA Publicity, 1979-1982 series 1box 3folder 5
External Degree Programs, January 9, 1980 series 1box 3folder 6
UMA Mailing Lists, 1978 series 1box 3folder 7
UMA Fact Sheets, October 1976 - March 1978, undated series 1box 3folder 8
Holiday Party Program, 1980 series 1box 3folder 9

Series 2: American Open University, 1971-1988 and undated (6.00 linear feet)

This series documents Donald McNeil's work concerning American Open University. It is divided into two subseries.

Subseries 2.1: Planning Papers, 1979-1983 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

The first subseries documents Dr. McNeil's efforts to establish the American Open University through reports and studies. There is no arrangement.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Comments on Original Mission and Goals, September 19, 1980 - June 30, 1981series 2.1box 4folder 1
Development Task Force Materials, March 27, 1980 - May 18, 1982series 2.1box 4folder 2
A Dream Delayed, undatedseries 2.1box 4folder 3
AOU Board Resumes, undatedseries 2.1box 4folder 4
AOU Copyright Dispute, undatedseries 2.1box 4folder 5
Miscellaneous AOU/UMA, March 3, 1980 - December 4, 1980series 2.1box 4folder 6
Miscellaneous AOU Presentations, March 3, 1980 - December 4, 1980series 2.1box 4folder 7
AOU Report, November 6, 1981series 2.1box 4folder 8
A Plan for the Creation of an American Open University, February 1981series 2.1box 4folder 9
Plan for the American Open University, July 1981series 2.1box 4folder 10
Analysis of Alternative Computer Architectures for the AOU, February 8, 1982series 2.1box 4folder 11
Plan for the AOU (AIMS), undatedseries 2.1box 4folder 12
A Plan for Computer Based Education Techniques, 1981series 2.1box 4folder 13
Prospectus--Use of the Home Computer, 1982series 2.1box 4folder 14
AOU Conference Materials, September 10-12, 1980; February 12-13, 1982series 2.1box 5folder 1
Plan for the AOU, undatedseries 2.1box 5folder 2
AOU Prospectus, undatedseries 2.1box 5folder 3
Feasibility Study for an American Open University. Executive Summary, June 25, 1980series 2.1box 5folder 4
Feasibility Study of AOU, 1981series 2.1box 5folder 5
Miscellaneous AOU Reports, undatedseries 2.1box 5folder 6
Exon Dialogue from Congressional Quarterly, April 26 - December 29, 1981series 2.1box 5folder 7
Miscellaneous AOU/UMA Material, August 27, 1979 - December 12, 1983series 2.1box 5folder 8
Chronology of AOU History, March 21, 1980 - March 18, 1982series 2.1box 5folder 9
AOU Presentation Information Cards (Oversize only), undatedseries 2.1box 5folder 10

Subseries 2.2: AOU/NYIT, 1971-1988 and undated (5.00 linear feet)

The second subseries records the activities of the AOU under the auspices of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). The majority of these documents are correspondence, interoffice memos and email. The materials are arranged by topics: board material, correspondence, reports, publicity.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
AOU Articles of Incorporation, May 24,1982series 2.2box 6folder 1
AOU Bylaws, September 16, 1982series 2.2box 6folder 2
AOU Constituency Letters, October 1984series 2.2box 6folder 3
AOU Board Membership Memoranda, January 24, 1985 - May 20, 1986series 2.2box 6folder 4
AOU Board Meeting - Minutes and Materials, November 19, 1987series 2.2box 6folder 5
AOU Board Meeting - Minutes and Materials, June 12, 1986series 2.2box 6folder 6
AOU Board Meeting - Minutes and Materials, January 9, 1985series 2.2box 6folder 7
AOU Board Meeting - Minutes and Materials, October 21, 1983series 2.2box 6folder 8
AOU Board Meeting - Minutes and Materials, February 5, 1983series 2.2box 6folder 9
AOU Board Meeting - Minutes and Materials, March 20, 1983series 2.2box 6folder 10
AOU Board Meeting - Minutes and Materials, November 2, 1982series 2.2box 6folder 11
AOU Board Meeting - Minutes and Materials, September 21, 1982series 2.2box 6folder 12
AOU Board Meeting - Minutes and Materials, August 19, 1982series 2.2box 6folder 13
AOU Logo Correspondence, September 24, 1982 - February 17, 1986series 2.2box 6folder 14
Dow, Lohnes, and Albertson -- Correspondence, July 18, 1978 - February 21, 1981series 2.2box 7folder 1
Dow, Lohnes, and Albertson -- Correspondence, January 7 - November 30, 1982series 2.2box 7folder 2
Dow, Lohnes, and Albertson -- Correspondence, December 31, 1982 - December 21, 1983series 2.2box 7folder 3
Dow, Lohnes, and Albertson -- Correspondence, January 9, 1984 - June 28, 1986series 2.2box 7folder 4
Dow, Lohnes, and Albertson -- Correspondence -- Milan Wall, April 12, 1983 - March 23, 1987series 2.2box 7folder 5
AOU/NYIT Foundation Correspondence, April 18, 1983 - March 23, 1987series 2.2box 8folder 1
MSISS Steering Committee Correspondence, April 29, 1987series 2.2box 8folder 2
AOU/NYIT Licensure Issue Correspondence, February 28 - April 18, 1985series 2.2box 8folder 3
Elman and Associates Legal Correspondence, February 5, 1986 - May 18, 1987series 2.2box 8folder 4
AOU/NYIT Opening Correspondence, September 30 - November 29, 1984series 2.2box 8folder 5
AOU Foundation Correspondence, October 22, 1982 - October 27, 1987series 2.2box 8folder 6
Separation Negotiations with NYIT, October 1986 - October 1987series 2.2box 8folder 7
Correspondence on Leaving AOU!NYIT, undatedseries 2.2box 8folder 8
E-mail Conferencing, 1985series 2.2box 8folder 9
E-mail Conferencing -- Correspondence, 1985series 2.2box 9folder 1
E-mail Conferencing -- Correspondence, 1985series 2.2box 9folder 2
E-mail Conferencing -- Correspondence, 1985series 2.2box 9folder 3
E-mail Conferencing -- Correspondence, 1984series 2.2box 9folder 4
E-mail Conferencing -- Correspondence, 1986series 2.2box 10folder 1
E-mail Conferencing -- Correspondence, 1986series 2.2box 10folder 2
E-mail Conferencing -- Correspondence, 1986series 2.2box 10folder 3
NETI Correspondence, 1986-1987series 2.2box 10folder 4
Updated Marketing Plan, January 23, 1986series 2.2box 11folder 1
AOU/NYIT Operational Plan, April 5, 1984series 2.2box 11folder 2
AOU/NYIT Reports, March 5, 1985 - March 6, 1987series 2.2box 11folder 3
AOU Foundation President's Reports, January 24, 1985 - August 19, 1987series 2.2box 11folder 4
AOU Reports, February 1982, undatedseries 2.2box 11folder 5
AOU Student Path, October 28, 1983series 2.2box 11folder 6
Business Plans for AOU, 1982series 2.2box 11folder 7
Computer Development Reports, December 7, 1981 - June 10, 1986series 2.2box 11folder 8
Relations with NYIT Memoranda, September 6, 1983 - March 20, 1986series 2.2box 12folder 1
AOU Task Outlines, 1983-1984series 2.2box 12folder 2
Updated Marketing Plan, January 20, 1986 - May 13, 1985series 2.2box 12folder 3
AOU Steering Committee Paper, May 29, 1987series 2.2box 12folder 4
Policy Issues to be Resolved, May 14, 1984series 2.2box 12folder 5
AOU/NYIT/SED, May 30 - August 31, 1986series 2.2box 12folder 6
Resource Book -- Volume One, October 10, 1985series 2.2box 12folder 7
Resource Book -- Volume Three, undatedseries 2.2box 12folder 8
Milan Wall Reports, May 4, 1984 - November 5, 1986series 2.2box 13folder 1
Milan Wall Reports -- (Academic Year), 1984-1985series 2.2box 13folder 2
Milan Wall Reports, August 15, 1983 - April 5, 1984series 2.2box 13folder 3
Milan Wall Reports, April - December 1983series 2.2box 13folder 4
Milan Wall Reports, March 10, 1978series 2.2box 13folder 5
AOU Newsletter, December 1982series 2.2box 13folder 6
AOU/NYIT New Releases, November 4, 1982 - February 5, 1986series 2.2box 13folder 7
AOU Publicity, Summer 1983 - August 1987series 2.2box 13folder 8
Great Plains Licensing Agreement, January 1, 1983 - July 21, 1987series 2.2box 13folder 9
NOVA Material, November 3, 1980 - January 30, 1985series 2.2box 13folder 10
Ohio Vocational Education Material, Spring 1987series 2.2box 13folder 11
Real Estate Education Magazines, 1984-1985series 2.2box 14folder 1
National Association of Realtors, December 1981 - January 7, 1986series 2.2box 14folder 2
National Association of Realtors, October 1984 - February 1985series 2.2box 14folder 3
National Association of Realtors, August 22, 1984 - December 12, 1984series 2.2box 14folder 4
NYIT Handbook Draft, undatedseries 2.2box 14folder 5
AOU Catalogs, 1985-1986series 2.2box 14folder 6
"Earning College Credit for What You Know", January 9, 1983series 2.2box 14folder 7
Self Assessment and Planning Manual, October 9, 1983series 2.2box 14folder 8
Behavioral Science Course Learning Package, undatedseries 2.2box 14folder 9
Communication and Interviewing Techniques Learning Package, undatedseries 2.2box 14folder 10
AOU Computer Conferencing, undatedseries 2.2box 14folder 11
AOU Registration Packet, 1985-1986series 2.2box 14folder 12
AOU/NYIT Catalogs, 1985-1988series 2.2box 14folder 13
AOU Diploma (Oversize only), undatedseries 2.2box 14folder 14
British Open University -- Catalogs, 1971, 1976, 1979, undatedseries 2.2box 15folder 1
British Open University -- Catalogs, 1971-1979series 2.2box 15folder 2
British Open University -- Material, February 17, 1981 - April 21, 1982series 2.2box 15folder 3
British Open University -- Material, February 1980 - January 1981series 2.2box 15folder 4
British Open University -- Material, August 27, 1975 - December 17, 1979series 2.2box 15folder 5
British Open University -- Conference Material, February 6 - November 21, 1979series 2.2box 15folder 6
British Open University -- Conference Correspondence, November 1979 - February 1980series 2.2box 15folder 7
CEAD Newsletter, undatedseries 2.2box 15folder 8

Series 3: Higher Education, 1963-1986 and undated (1.50 linear feet)

Series three documents Dr. McNeil's work in higher education. It is divided into three subseries.

Subseries 3.1: University of Wisconsin, 1963-1984 (2 folders)

This subseries documents McNeil's correspondence while working at the University of Wisconsin. There is no arrangement.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Personal Correspondence, January 8, 1965 - December 11, 1967series 3.1box 16folder 1
Correspondence, 1963, 1980, 1984series 3.1box 16folder 2

Subseries 3.2: University of Maine, 1968-1986 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

This subseries documents McNeil's work at the Univrsity of Maine. Materials include correspondence, speeches, articles and clippings and is arranged by document type.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence -- "Warm Letters", December 30, 1974 - January 3, 1975series 3.2box 17folder 1
Correspondence -- "Warm Letters", December 1974 - January 3, 1975series 3.2box 17folder 2
Correspondence -- Congratulatory Letters, January 22 - April 15, 1969series 3.2box 17folder 3
Correspondence -- Congratulatory Letters, December 26, 1968 - January 22, 1969series 3.2box 17folder 4
Correspondence -- Congratulatory Letters, January 7 - December 26, 1968series 3.2box 17folder 5
Robert H. Davidson Internship Journal, undatedseries 3.2box 17folder 6
State Education Department Speech, May 1974series 3.2box 18folder 1
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems / Information Exchange Procedures (NCHEMS/IEP), September 1972series 3.2box 18folder 2
Honorary Degree Colby College, June 4, 1972series 3.2box 18folder 3
Faculty Breakfast/Orono, September 16, 1971series 3.2box 18folder 4
Honorary Degree Bowdoin, June 5, 1971series 3.2box 18folder 5
Orono Commencement Materials, June 5, 1970series 3.2box 18folder 6
Rutgers Dedication of Continuing Education Center, June 1, 1970series 3.2box 18folder 7
Guest Commentator at University of Wisconsin Green Bay, September 12, 1969series 3.2box 18folder 8
Article: Caldwell, January 31, 1971series 3.2box 18folder 9
Chancellor's Comments, November 9, 1970 - April 28, 1971series 3.2box 18folder 10
Nursing Article, September 27, 1968 - July 1970series 3.2box 18folder 11
Scripps Howard Article, September 9, 1970series 3.2box 18folder 12
"The Maine Way", June 15, 1970series 3.2box 18folder 13
Encyclopedia of Education Materials, May 1970series 3.2box 18folder 14
"Extension--A Risk Taker"", Fall 1970series 3.2box 18folder 15
Maine and California Clippings, May 7, 1967 - June 8, 1980series 3.2box 18folder 16
University of Maine Clippings, May 20, 1965 - August 28, 1986series 3.2box 18folder 17
University of Maine Miscellaneous Material, October 8, 1970 - January 30, 1978series 3.2box 18folder 18

Subseries 3.3: California Commission on Higher Education, 1970-1978 (6 folders)

This subseries documents McNeil's work for the California Commission on Higher Education. Types of documents include speeches, reports and correspondence and is arranged by document type.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Final Speech and Publicity from CPSEC, May 10, 1976 - October 13, 1977series 3.3box 19folder 1
Control Data Corporation Material, September 16 - December 5, 1977series 3.3box 19folder 2
CPSEC Five Year Plan and Draft, 1976series 3.3box 19folder 3
Correspondence -- Steve Teale, December 16, 1977 - January 30, 1978series 3.3box 19folder 4
Correspondence -- Elizabeth Steadman, December 9, 1977 - December 1978series 3.3box 19folder 5
Correspondence -- Betty Deedy, December 20, 1970series 3.3box 19folder 6

Series 4: Consulting Files, 1974-1992, undated (1.50 linear feet)

This series documents McNeil's consulting work. It is divided into three subseries.

Subseries 4.1: McNeil and Associates, 1977-1988 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

This series is primarily concerned with proposals and materials from the companies which employed Dr. McNeil. The materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
USDA Project, January 22 - February 24, 1988series 4.1box 20folder 1
Kendrick and Co. History Project, 1988series 4.1box 20folder 2
Nebraska Historical Society Material, May 18 - September 30, 1987series 4.1box 20folder 3
"Syllabus for Improving Teaching Skills", September 18, 1987 - January 13, 1988series 4.1box 20folder 4
"Syllabus for Improving Teaching Skills" Draft, undatedseries 4.1box 20folder 5
Intellicorps Program Material, November 17, 1986 - July 17, 1987series 4.1box 20folder 6
Ohio Vocational Education Meeting, June 26 - September 10, 1987series 4.1box 20folder 7
Electric Industry Training Series, May 1987series 4.1box 20folder 8
National Academy for Vocational Education Resources Directory, 1987series 4.1box 20folder 9
Vocational Education Information, 1987series 4.1box 20folder 10
Zambian Proposal, December 28, 1977 - May 7, 1978series 4.1box 20folder 11
National Association of Home Builders -- Questionnaire, January 19, 1988series 4.1box 21folder 1
National Association of Home Builders -- Housing Backgrounder, January 1987series 4.1box 21folder 2
National Association of Home Builders -- Magazines and Bulletins, 1987series 4.1box 21folder 3
National Association of Home Builders -- Magazines and Bulletins, 1987series 4.1box 21folder 4
National Association of Home Builders -- Magazines and Bulletins, November 1986 - November 1987series 4.1box 21folder 5
National Association of Home Builders -- Reports, April - December 1986series 4.1box 21folder 6
National Association of Home Builders -- Catalogs, undatedseries 4.1box 21folder 7
Insgroup Survey for the CPSEC, December 13, 1987series 4.1box 21folder 8
Chronicle of Higher Education Correspondence , June 3, 1987series 4.1box 21folder 9
Pevalin Associates Correspondence, June 3, 1987series 4.1box 21folder 10
ACCE Guidelines for Self Evaluation and Annual Report, 1986series 4.1box 21folder 11
Insgroup Proposal, December 15, 1977series 4.1box 21folder 12
Bruce Monroe Correspondence, October 5, 1977 - March 21, 1978series 4.1box 21folder 13

Subseries 4.2: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1979-1992, undated (8 folders)

This subseries contains documents related to Dr. McNeil's involvement with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). It is arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
PBS Online Materials, 1992series 4.2box 22folder 1
PBS Expense Forms, March 30, 1987series 4.2box 22folder 2
Cerych File, 1985series 4.2box 22folder 3
Cerych File, January 1980 - March 7, 1986series 4.2box 22folder 4
"Public Broadcasting's Uncertain Future", 1981series 4.2box 22folder 5
Chicago Meeting, August 9-10, 1979series 4.2box 22folder 6
PBS Education Services, undatedseries 4.2box 22folder 7
Apps Book Outline, undatedseries 4.2box 22folder 8

Subseries 4.3: Other, 1974-1983, undated (4 folders)

This subseries contains legislative materials. It is arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Higher Education Act, 1983series 4.3box 22folder 9
McNeil Legislative Papers, March 1980series 4.3box 22folder 10
Five Year Mental Health Planning Committee, 1974series 4.3box 22folder 11
Vita and References, undatedseries 4.3box 22folder 12

Series 5: Daybooks and Logs, 1978-1988 (5.25 linear feet)

This series contains an extensive collection of day logs and itineraries kept by Dr. McNeil. These logs detail the day to day details of administrating McNeil and Associates. Daybooks and logs are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Day Logs, October 1987 - April 1988 series 5box 23folder 1
Day Logs, June - August 1987 series 5box 23folder 2
Day Logs, March - May 1987 series 5box 23folder 3
Day Logs, December 1986 - February 1987 series 5box 23folder 4
Day Logs, September - November 1986 series 5box 23folder 5
Day Logs, July - August 1986 series 5box 24folder 1
Day Logs, April - June 1986 series 5box 24folder 2
Day Logs, January - April 1986 series 5box 24folder 3
Day Logs, October - December 1985 series 5box 24folder 4
Day Logs, August - September 1985 series 5box 25folder 1
Day Logs, June - July 1985 series 5box 25folder 2
Day Logs, March - May 1985 series 5box 25folder 3
Day Logs, January - February 1985 series 5box 25folder 4
Day Logs, June - September 1984 series 5box 26folder 1
Day Logs, March - May 1984 series 5box 26folder 2
Day Logs, November 1983 - February 1984 series 5box 26folder 3
Day Logs, September - October 1983 series 5box 26folder 4
Day Logs, April - July 1983 series 5box 27folder 1
Day Logs, February - March 1983 series 5box 27folder 2
Day Logs, January 1983 series 5box 27folder 3
Day Logs, July - November 1982 series 5box 27folder 4
Day Logs, May - June 1982 series 5box 27folder 5
Day Logs, March - April 1982 series 5box 28folder 1
Day Logs, January - February 1982 series 5box 28folder 2
Day Logs, November - December 1981 series 5box 28folder 3
Day Logs, September - October 1981 series 5box 28folder 4
Day Logs, July - August 1981 series 5box 28folder 5
Day Logs, May - June 1981 series 5box 28folder 6
Day Logs, March - April 1981 series 5box 29folder 1
Day Logs, January - February 1981 series 5box 29folder 2
Day Logs, October - December 1980 series 5box 29folder 3
Day Logs, July - September 1980 series 5box 29folder 4
Day Logs, January - June 1980 series 5box 29folder 5
Day Logs, August 1978 - December 1979 series 5box 30folder 1
Field Trip Reports, April 1982 - April 1984 series 5box 30folder 2
Field Trip Reports, September 1981 - March 1982 series 5box 30folder 3
Field Trip Reports, December 1980 - August 1981 series 5box 30folder 4
Field Trip Reports, May - November 1980 series 5box 30folder 5
Field Trip Reports, September 1979 - April 1986 series 5box 31folder 1
Field Trip Reports, July 1978 - August 1979 series 5box 31folder 2
Insgroup, October 1977 - May 1978 series 5box 31folder 3
Itinerary, June 1978 - February 1985 series 5box 31folder 4
Appointment Books, 1983-1986 series 5box 32folder 1
Appointment Books, 1983-1986 series 5box 32folder 2
Appointment Books, 1983-1986 series 5box 32folder 3
Appointment Books, 1983-1986 series 5box 32folder 4

Series 6: Clippings, 1930-1985 (3.50 linear feet)

This series contains newspaper and magazine articles covering many aspects of education and technology collected by Dr. McNeil during his administrative career. Series six is arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Annenberg Publications, November 14-15, 1985 series 6box 33folder 1
IBM, 1984 series 6box 33folder 2
Miscellaneous Articles on Funding Higher Education, May 25, 1983 - October 1, 1984 series 6box 33folder 3
Telecomputing, April 15, 1984 series 6box 33folder 4
Daycare, February 15, 1984 series 6box 33folder 5
College Gifts, January 25, 1984 series 6box 33folder 6
Advice on Academic Advising, January 18, 1984 series 6box 33folder 7
Telelearning, 1983 series 6box 33folder 8
Ford Foundation Responses, 1983 series 6box 33folder 9
Ford Foundation and Community Colleges, 1983 series 6box 33folder 10
Individual Responses, 1983 series 6box 33folder 11
SECA Information, 1983 series 6box 33folder 12
College Cable Channel, Fall 1983 series 6box 33folder 13
Education Record, Summer 1983 series 6box 33folder 14
Discover, Summer 1983 series 6box 33folder 15
Financial Aid Services, Summer 1983 series 6box 33folder 16
Community College Data, Summer 1983 series 6box 33folder 17
On Line Education, 1983 series 6box 33folder 18
Education Reform, 1983 series 6box 33folder 19
State Support for Higher Education, October 26, 1983 series 6box 33folder 20
GM Pact, October 26, 1983 series 6box 33folder 21
Pell Grants, undated series 6box 33folder 22
Teaching Corporate Students, October 19, 1983 series 6box 33folder 23
Census Fact Finder, October 1983 series 6box 33folder 24
Federal Barriers, October 17, 1983 series 6box 33folder 25
CLEO, October 1983 series 6box 33folder 26
Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings, October - November 1983 series 6box 33folder 27
The Open University, Summer 1983 series 6box 33folder 28
Higher Education and National Affairs, October 7, 1983 series 6box 33folder 29
Adult Labor Force Education, undated series 6box 33folder 30
National Endowment for the Humanities, September 7, 1983 series 6box 33folder 31
UNL Computers, September 26, 1983 series 6box 33folder 32
"Is Education Really a Federal Problem?", December 9, 1982 - September 21, 1983 series 6box 33folder 33
State Legislation and Community Colleges, September 21, 1983 series 6box 33folder 34
Tenured Professors, September 21, 1983 series 6box 33folder 35
Graduate School USDA Schedule of Classes, September 8, 1983 series 6box 33folder 36
Personal Computers, September 1983, July 28, 1982, October 1982 series 6box 33folder 37
Education Bills, September 7, 1983 series 6box 33folder 38
Computers and "Have Not's", September 6, 1983 series 6box 33folder 39
Institutional Roles and Questions, September 1983 - February 1, 1984 series 6box 33folder 40
Student Loan Articles, September 3, 1983 series 6box 33folder 41
Book Outlines, August 25, 1983 series 6box 33folder 42
AAHE Publications, August 1983 series 6box 33folder 43
Proposal to the Federal Government, August 13, 1983 series 6box 33folder 44
ALLTEL Information, August 1983 series 6box 33folder 45
Restraint of Trade in Education, August 1983 series 6box 33folder 46
Tuition and Student Fees, August 3, 1983 series 6box 33folder 47
AMCEE Catalog, July 29, 1983 series 6box 34folder 1
NUCEA Membership Information, July 27, 1983 series 6box 34folder 2
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, July 27, 1983 series 6box 34folder 3
Student Services, July 27, 1983 series 6box 34folder 4
Misuse of Computers, July 26, 1983 series 6box 34folder 5
Diversity by Design, July 21, 1983 series 6box 34folder 6
Student Aid, July 20, 1983 - August 31, 1983 series 6box 34folder 7
Faculty Attitudes, July 20, 1983, undated series 6box 34folder 8
AACRAO Press Release, July 19, 1983 series 6box 34folder 9
Quentin Gessner, July 13, 1983 series 6box 34folder 10
ALLTEL Update, July 1, 1983 series 6box 34folder 11
NFISC Material, June 30, 1983 series 6box 34folder 12
Microsystem vs. Timeshare System, June 28, 1983 series 6box 34folder 13
Higher Education and National Affairs, June 17, 1983 series 6box 34folder 14
Miscellaneous Education Reports, June 15, 1983 series 6box 34folder 15
Short Circuiting Reference Books, June 13, 1983 series 6box 34folder 16
Bell, June 5, 1983 series 6box 34folder 17
Federal Role In Fostering University/Industrial Cooperation, May 25, 1983 series 6box 34folder 18
College Board Reports, May 18, 1983 series 6box 34folder 19
Computer Competency, May 18, 1983 series 6box 34folder 20
Adult Education--Funded Projects, May 1983 series 6box 34folder 21
Recruiting Costs, May 4, 1983 series 6box 34folder 22
America's Competitive Challenge, April 1983 series 6box 34folder 23
Communications Policy, April 27, 1983 series 6box 34folder 24
Colleges and the Computer Age, March 30, 1983 series 6box 34folder 25
Faculty and Computers, March - April 1983 series 6box 34folder 26
NCES Bulletin --"Student Financial Aid", January 1983 series 6box 34folder 27
Student Aid--Work Study, March 25 - April 29, 1983 series 6box 34folder 28
University as a Business, March 21 - July 15, 1983 series 6box 34folder 29
Impact Alert, March 1983 series 6box 34folder 30
Veteran's Administration Brochures, March 1983 series 6box 34folder 31
Federally Funded Programs for Adult University Students; Clearinghouse on Adult Education, February 1983; March 1983 series 6box 34folder 32
Job Training, February 21 - October 6, 1983 series 6box 34folder 33
Control Data Contribution, February 16, 1983 series 6box 34folder 34
ACE Commission on Higher Education and Adult Learners, January 28, 1983 series 6box 34folder 35
Higher Education Advertising, January 28, 1983 series 6box 34folder 36
A Directory of Education Associations, January 19, 1983 series 6box 34folder 37
Computer Mania, January 9 - March 30, 1983 series 6box 34folder 38
US Department of Labor, 1982 series 6box 35folder 1
NCHEMS Publications, 1982 series 6box 35folder 2
Learning Times, Fall 1982 series 6box 35folder 3
CPB Annenberg Project, December 18, 1982 - October 26, 1983 series 6box 35folder 4
Satellite Education, December 8, 1982 - February 18, 1984 series 6box 35folder 5
Opportunity for Women, 1982-1983 series 6box 35folder 6
Adult Learning Service PBS, December 8, 1982 series 6box 35folder 7
An Opportunity for Cooperation; . Thoughts on Developing America's Human Resources, November 30, 1982; November 12, 1982 series 6box 35folder 8
Plato, November 1982 series 6box 35folder 9
Problems with TV Instruction, November 17, 1982, June 8, 1983 series 6box 35folder 10
Rethinking the Federal Role in Education, November 1982 series 6box 35folder 11
Communication Memoranda, November 9, 1982 series 6box 35folder 12
Job Training, October 27, 1982, September 3, 1983 series 6box 35folder 13
Financial Aid Programs, October 19, 1982 - August 31, 1983 series 6box 35folder 14
Update of Learning Model, October 15, 1982 series 6box 35folder 15
Electronic Journals, October 6, 1982 series 6box 35folder 16
ACSN Material, October 1, 1982, September 20, 1983 series 6box 35folder 17
SHEEO, October 1, 1982 - May 31, 1984 series 6box 35folder 18
Minorities in Education, September 1982 - October 1983 series 6box 35folder 19
Change, September 1982 series 6box 35folder 20
Education Under Siege, July 9, 1983 series 6box 35folder 21
Minority Financial Aid, September 17, 1983 series 6box 35folder 22
Cost of Computers, September 1, 1982 series 6box 35folder 23
Education in the Job Market, July 2, 1982 - April 22, 1983 series 6box 35folder 24
Campus Entertainment Network, July 7, 1982 series 6box 35folder 25
Education Standard, June 30, 1982 - April 22, 1983 series 6box 35folder 26
Technology Based Course Development, June 9, 1982 series 6box 35folder 27
TV Courses, June 9 - August 3, 1982 series 6box 35folder 28
Financial Aid Articles, May 5, 1982 - August 31, 1983 series 6box 35folder 29
Lifelong Learning, April 1982 series 6box 35folder 30
Education Software, undated series 6box 35folder 31
Public TV and Higher Education, April 30, 1982 series 6box 35folder 32
Guaranteed Student Loans; The Adult, Education, and Public Policy, March 1982, October 26, 1983 series 6box 35folder 33
Tuition Increase Articles, March 31, 1982 - July 29, 1983 series 6box 35folder 34
Videodiscs, March 31, 1982 series 6box 35folder 35
College Responses to Aid Cuts, March 31, 1982 series 6box 35folder 36
Student Aid--Adult Students, March 17 - April 14, 1982 series 6box 35folder 37
National University Consortium, March 3, 1982 series 6box 35folder 38
Miscellaneous College News Clippings, March 3, 1982 - September 5, 1983 series 6box 35folder 39
TV Instruction, March 3, 1982 series 6box 35folder 40
Budget Articles, March 3, 1982 - September 28, 1983 series 6box 35folder 41
Survey of Prior Learning Assessment Programs, February 15, 1982 series 6box 35folder 42
"Learning and Shop" An Innovation in College Credit Programming, 1981 series 6box 36folder 1
Corporation Response, 1981 series 6box 36folder 2
Predicting Adult Academic Success, Spring 1981 series 6box 36folder 3
"How to Choose: A Consumer's Guide to Understanding Colleges", November 1981 series 6box 36folder 4
Business and Higher Education, September 1981 series 6box 36folder 5
State Licensure Regulation and IEP Information, June 1981, August 1983 series 6box 36folder 6
Accreditation., April 30, 1981 series 6box 36folder 7
Miscellaneous Tuition Articles, March 31, 1981 - April 7, 1982 series 6box 36folder 8
Annenberg Response, March 9, 1982 series 6box 36folder 9
Corporations and Interinstitutional Cooperation in Higher Education, March 1981 series 6box 36folder 10
Brokering, 1981 series 6box 36folder 11
New Directions for Continuing Education, 1980 series 6box 36folder 12
Program on Noncollegial Sponsored Instruction, 1980 series 6box 36folder 13
Adult Learning and the American Worker, 1980 series 6box 36folder 14
Serving Needs Through Adult Education, August 14, 1980 - March 10, 1982 series 6box 36folder 15
Miscellaneous Adult Education Articles, November 11, 1980 - January 25, 1984 series 6box 36folder 16
Coordination Higher Education, October 1980 series 6box 36folder 17
The Higher Education Amendments of 1980, 1980 series 6box 36folder 18
Rip-Off's in Extension Education, August 14, 1980 - March 10, 1982 series 6box 36folder 19
Terms, Definitions, Organizations, and Councils Associated with Adult Learning, July 1980 series 6box 36folder 20
Influences on Adult Education in the 1980's, June 1980 series 6box 36folder 21
Profiles of Nontraditional Institutions, May 6, 1980 series 6box 36folder 22
Old Myths and New Realities, March 6, 1980 series 6box 36folder 23
"Lifelong Learning in America", February 20, 1980 series 6box 36folder 24
Unresolved Issues, 1980 series 6box 36folder 25
CAEL News, October 1979 series 6box 37folder 1
Adult Learners and Traditional Age Freshmen, 1979 series 6box 37folder 2
Challenge of Technology--Quotes, March 12, 1979 series 6box 37folder 3
Potential of TV, March 5, 1979 series 6box 37folder 4
"External Degree: How Well Do They Serve Their Holders?", 1979 series 6box 37folder 5
College Board Review, Fall 1978 series 6box 37folder 6
"The State Legislative Process", October 1978 series 6box 37folder 7
External Degrees., June 14, 1978 series 6box 37folder 8
Miscellaneous Education Articles, April 9, 1978 - September 12, 1983 series 6box 37folder 9
Educational Uses of Television, January 1978 series 6box 37folder 10
Adult Education Pamphlets, 1977, 1981, 1983 series 6box 37folder 11
"Assessing Prior Learning", 1977 series 6box 37folder 12
"To Educate the People", 1977 series 6box 37folder 13
Foundation Decision-Making Process: Carnegie, October 1977 series 6box 37folder 14
Problems in Transition, 1975 series 6box 37folder 15
"A History of Baccalaureate Programs for Adults", October 31, 1974 series 6box 37folder 16
State Planning/Cable Vision, January 1974 series 6box 37folder 17
Promising Program Ventures, December 1973 series 6box 37folder 18
The Second Newman Report, 1973 series 6box 37folder 19
ACE Special Report, undated series 6box 37folder 20
Veteran's Aid., September 8, 1972 series 6box 37folder 21
"So That People Will Not Perish. . .", August 1972 series 6box 37folder 22
Miscellaneous Education Articles, July 1971 - January 1984 series 6box 37folder 23
Report on Higher Education, 1971 series 6box 38folder 1
First Newman Report, 1971 series 6box 38folder 2
Higher Adult Education Report, 1969 series 6box 38folder 3
Galaxy Conference Reports, 1969 series 6box 38folder 4
Leadership in University Adult Education, February 6-9, 1967 series 6box 38folder 5
Radio File, 1930-1951 series 6box 38folder 6
Physical Presence--Doing Business in a State, undated series 6box 38folder 7
Education Advising, undated series 6box 38folder 8
ERIC Reports -- Volume I, undated series 6box 38folder 9
ERIC Reports -- Volume II, undated series 6box 38folder 10
ERIC Reports -- Volume III, undated series 6box 38folder 11
"Foundations" Chapter Insert, undated series 6box 38folder 12
Telecommunications University, undated series 6box 38folder 13
Morrill Act, undated series 6box 38folder 14
Computer Testing, undated series 6box 38folder 15
Computer Phobia, undated series 6box 38folder 16
On Competence, undated series 6box 38folder 17
Innovations in Education, undated series 6box 38folder 18
Teleconferencing, undated series 6box 38folder 19
Technology and Continuing Education, undated series 6box 38folder 20
Nontraditional Study Assessment, undated series 6box 38folder 21
Faculty Development, undated series 6box 38folder 22
Modes of Educating, undated series 6box 38folder 23
McNeil Clippings, June 22 - November 2, 1977 series 6box 39folder 1
McNeil Clippings, April 1976 - May 31, 1977 series 6box 39folder 2
McNeil Clippings, February 11, 1975 - March 30, 1976 series 6box 39folder 3
McNeil Clippings, November 4, 1974 - January 30, 1975 series 6box 39folder 4
McNeil Clippings, February 15, 1972 - October 31, 1974 series 6box 39folder 5
McNeil Clippings, May 11, 1970 - February 3, 1972 series 6box 39folder 6
McNeil Clippings, February 12, 1969 - February 10, 1971 series 6box 39folder 7
McNeil Clippings, December 13, 1968 - February 9, 1969 series 6box 39folder 8

Series 7: Chron Files, 1983-1986 (1.00 linear foot)

Series seven contains correspondence to and from Dr. McNeil during his tenure at the American Open University. Legal correspondence and interoffice memos are included. The series is arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Chron Files, January - April 1986 series 7box 40folder 1
Chron Files, June - December 1985 series 7box 40folder 2
Chron Files, January - May 1985 series 7box 40folder 3
Chron Files, August - December 1984 series 7box 40folder 4
Chron Files, April - August 1984 series 7box 41folder 1
Chron Files, January - April 1984 series 7box 41folder 2
Chron Files, October - December 1983 series 7box 41folder 3
Chron Files, June - September 1983 series 7box 41folder 4
Chron Files, February - May 1983 series 7box 41folder 5
Chron Files, October 1982 - January 1983 series 7box 41folder 6

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