Records of the Association of Tutors in Adult Education, 1928-1968

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Minute book of the Leicester branch of the ATAE. 1931-1952 (MS 412/1);
  • Minutes of meetings of he ATAE's AGM, executive committee, finance and general purposescommittee, North Yorkshire branch, and joint conferences in which the ATAE was involved. 1937-1966(MS 412/2);
  • Copies of reports, constitutional documents and leaflets. 1928-1968 (MS 412/3);
  • Correspondence. Correspondents include the Workers Educational Association, Central JointAdvisory Committee on Tutorial Classes, the National Institute of Adult Education, and the ScottishTutors Association, as well as individual members and subscribers to the Tutor's Bulletin.1937-1963 (MS 412/4);
  • Lists of members and speakers. 1949-958 (MS 412/5);
  • Financial papers. 1947-1967 (MS 412/6);
  • Circular correspondence and agenda papers. 1938-1965 (MS 412/7).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association of Tutors in Adult Education (ATAE), founded in 1913, represented full orpart-time teaching in adult education of a non-vocational character. It aimed to protect theprofessional interests of tutors and was instrumental in rising salary scales and improvingallowances and working conditions. The ATAE represented the interests of any tutor involved indispute with their employing body. The association published a magazine, The Tutors'Bulletin, from 1922 until 1958 when it merged with Adult Education. Branch meetings and annual general meetings were organised to provide a forum for discussion of issues concerning the profession.

The ATAE was represented on a number of national bodies concerned with adult education includingthe Workers Educational Association's Central Council, the National Institute of Adult Education,the Central Joint Advisory Council for Tutorial Classes, and the UNESCO Committee on AdultEducation.

The association was based at the Blenheim Institute, Blackman Lane, Leeds in the 1950s. It wasdivided into regional areas. A separate body for Scotland, the Scottish Tutors Association, wasestablished in 1928 with affiliation to the ATAE but with greater autonomy. The ATAE was also knownas the 'Tutor's Association'.


The collection has been divided by document type into sections. Within these sections, items havebeen arranged chronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: The collection is accessible to all registeredreaders with advance notice and agreement and subject to the conditions of the Data ProtectionAct.


Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts andSpecial Collections in July 1987 through a member of the University's School of Adult Education.

Related Material

  • The University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Records of the Workers Educational Association, East Midlands Branch, 1919-1957. Reference: We