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SILVER, Harold (b 1928) and Pamela (fl 1960-1983)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 SV
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: SILVER, Harold (b 1928) and Pamela (fl 1960-1983)
Date(s): 1950s-1980s
Level of description: collection
Extent: 24 boxes
Name of creator(s): Silver | Harold | b 1928 | educationist
Silver | Pamela | fl 1960-1983 | educationist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Harold Silver (b.1928) has written researched and written extensively on educational history and policy. He and his wife, Pamela, have also collaborated on research projects and co-authored articles, reports and books. Between 1980 and 1983 Harold Silver, then Principal of Bulmershe College Reading, and Pamela Silver undertook a research project funded by the Social Science Research Council entitled 'British and American educational strategies against poverty in the 1960s and 1970s'. This work was expanded in subsequent years and the results were eventually published as An Educational War on Poverty: American and British Policy-making, 1960-1980 (Cambridge University Press, 1991). This book analysed the role of education in the American 'war on poverty' from 1964, and in Britain from the appointment of the Plowden Committee on primary schools. It examined attempts in the two countries to use education to break the 'cycle of disadvantage'. During the course of their research, the Silvers not only drew on a large number of written sources, but also conducted taped interviews with a wide range of individuals, such as educationists and policy-makers, in both the United States and Britain.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Harold and Pamela Silver, mainly research material for An Educational War on Poverty including: audio-cassettes of 41 taped interviews and some manuscript interview notes, 1981-1982; published and unpublished reports, articles and research papers relating to educational programmes and initiatives in the United States and Britain, 1950s-1980s; correspondence and papers (mainly photocopies) of A.H. Halsey and Michael Young relating to the National Educational Priority Area Projects, 1967-1972; articles, reports and correspondence relating to the report of the Central Advisory Council for Education (England) Committee of Enquiry into Primary Education, Children and Their Primary Schools (The Plowden Report), including some papers of Maurice Kogan, 1963-1987.

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A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Librarian or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

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Draft list available.

Collection level description available on-line at the Institute of Education website

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This material was received in 1999 from the Economic and Social Research Council Qualitative Data Archival Resource Centre (Qualidata), University of Essex.

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Created 12/2/1999, modified 12/5/2000

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