Papers, correspondence and publications of the Association of Tutors in Adult Education and related organisations

Scope and Content

Includes: (i) 17 box files of paper and correspondence of the Association of Tutors in Adult Education, ca.1920-1995, together with a modern index; (ii) other miscellaneous papers; (iii) Bulletin of the World Association for Adult Education, nos 1-50, 1919-1931 (wanting no. 42), and 2nd series, nos 1-44, 1935-1946; (iv) Bulletin of the Tutors' Association (later, the Association of Tutors in Adult Education), nos 18-33, 1926-1931; new series, nos 1-22, 1931-1939; 22 unnumbered issues, June 1943-Spring 1951; nos 84-105 (1951-1956); and The tutors' bulletin for adult education, vols 1-7 (1978-1984); (v) miscellaneous publications of related bodies, including the Universities Extra-Mural Consultative Committee

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association of Tutors in Adult Education, which began in the early 1920s as the Tutors' Association, had links with the Co-operative Movement and the Workers' Educational Association. The World Association for Adult Education was founded in London in 1919, with the stated purpose "to dispel the melancholy belief that grown men and women have nothing left to learn". Its first chairman was Albert Mansbridge and the provisional committee included Margaret McMillan.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

The gift of Dr Janet Coles


In English

Other Finding Aids

The contents of the box files are listed in a ring-binder index, compiled by Dr Janet Coles

Custodial History

Originally from the library of Professor J.S. Marriott


The collection includes material used in research for "Adult education as a source of employment and vocation in England 1919-1939" by Janet Coles, Ph.D thesis, University of Leeds, 1999