The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Betty A. Reardon Papers, MSS-226

MSS-226

Size: 9 linear feet

Provenance: Betty A. Reardon, October, 2007

Access: Open

Related Collections: Mike Ferner Papers MSS-241

Collection Summary: College professor from Rye, New York (b. 1929).  Contains various materials, including correspondence, manuscripts, publications, and organizational papers relevant to her work and activism for peace, disarmament, and gender equality. 

Subject(s): Civic Interests ; Education and Schools ; Politics and Government , Social Welfare , Women

Processing Note: None

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by: Dale T. Snauwaert, Fuad Al-Daraweesh, David Ragland, Michelene McGreevy, and Gui Lin; Supported by a grant from the Biosophical Institute, Cleveland, OH

Reprocessed and Revised by:Sara Mouch, October 2012

Biographical Sketch

            Betty A. Reardon, internationally acknowledged as a founder of peace education, was born on June 12, 1929.  She was brought up in Rye, New York, near New York City. She attended Rye Grammar School and then Rye High School. She has spent her adult life as a resident of New York City, but is a citizen of the world.  She holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a master’s degree in history from New York University, and a B.A. in history from Wheaton College, Norton, MA.
World War II, and then later, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and the Feminist movement were formative in the development of her world view. In the face of the horrors of world war, she believed in the fifth grade that there must be an alternative to war, and in the face of racism and sexism she pondered early on the limits and possibilities of justice.  In these formative experiences were the seeds of her fundamental approach to peace, as both the elimination of violence and the establishment of justice.  As she articulates it: “The conceptual core of peace education is violence, it’s [sic] control, reduction, and elimination. The conceptual core of human rights education is human dignity, its recognition, fulfillment, and universalization. As I have argued elsewhere, human rights are most readily adaptable to the study of positive peace, the social, political and economic conditions most likely to provide the environment and process for social cohesion and non-violent conflict resolution.”  
            She chose to be a teacher, believing that education was the key.  In 1963, she began her work in peace education as Director of the Schools Program with the Institute of World Order. What intrigued and drove her was an interest in war, not as an isolated eruption in human affairs, but as a social system justified by particular ways of thinking. She had a hunch that not only the structures of society, but the structures of consciousness as well, could, and should be, transformed through a comprehensive education for and about peace.  
            Betty Reardon’s life-long endeavor has been informed and shaped by this perspective and these formative experiences, which led her to prominent roles in the establishment and work of key institutions that define the field of peace studies and peace education.  This work includes being:

           
            In addition to her long time teaching in the Peace Education Program at Teachers College, Dr. Reardon has held a number of prestigious visiting professorships.  She has been:

            Dr. Reardon has a distinguished record of service in professional and scholarly associations that define the field of peace studies and peace education. She has served as:

Research, Education and Development,

            In addition, to work as educator, activist, and consultant, Dr. Reardon is an accomplished scholar of peace and peace education.  She has published numerous articles, books, book chapters, and reports, and has presented scholarly papers at numerous scholarly meetings. Her essential works include:

            In recognition of work and scholarship, Dr. Reardon has received a number of prestigious nominations and awards including:

            Betty Reardon has been a tireless student, exponent, and practitioner of peace and peace education. She has mentored and inspired generations of educators, scholars, and activists through her teaching and scholarship. Betty continues to teach about peace education worldwide. She has been instrumental in the establishment of peace education institutions and programs around the world.  Her work has defined the fields of peace studies and peace education. She has published numerous articles, books, book chapters, and reports, and has presented scholarly papers at numerous scholarly meetings. Her scholarly work includes such areas of inquiry as peace studies, peace education, human rights, gender studies, and ecology.

 

Scope and Content Note

The Collective Papers of Betty A. Reardon (referred to as BAR later in this finding aid) were donated to the Canady Center, October 2007.  They include published and unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, curricula, policy documents, reports, presentations, projects, and notes.  The Papers are organized by Type of Document, and are primarily chronologically organized.  Topics within the collection include gender, environmentalism, disarmament, peace education, human rights, and faith. Each of these areas has a very specific and distinct focus, but serves as a component and or building blocks for peace education.

Biographical Materials consists of materials relevant to BAR’s personal and professional life, such as a list of her publications and resume.  Correspondence includes mainly professional correspondence, which in many cases contains substantive scholarly and educational commentary. Educational Materials include curricula, lesson plans, and classroom activities.  Events has papers delivered at scholarly and professional associations as well as those delivered to various institutions and organizations.  Press releases, financial and legal documents, and organizational documents make up Miscellaneous Materials.  Notes & Drafts consists of annotated drafts and class notes and outlines, as well as informal written recordings of ideas, insights, thoughts, manuscript preparation, curricula, projects, reports, and presentations.  Papers & Publications include articles, book chapters, books, and editorials.  Various peace, human rights, gender, ecology, and peace education initiativesmake up Proposals & Projects.  Finally, Reports & Studies include a variety of reports concerning institutional and grant activity and initiatives.   The contents range in date from the 1960s to the present.

Series List

S1

Biographical Materials (1970s-1999) – 4 folders

An account of BAR’s personal life and of her professional career. Contents include curriculum vitae, publications list, and honors.

 S2

Correspondence (1969-2001) – 1.25 linear feet

The letters, memos, and emails in this series have been divided into three subseries: To BAR, From BAR, and Other, either when the sender or recipient was unidentifiable or the correspondence occurred between parties other than BAR.  The materials are arranged chronologically within each subseries.

 S3

 Educational Materials (1960s-2002) – 1.25 linear feet

Because BAR is a teacher, much of the material in this collection has an educational intent.  However, the files in this series seem to have been specifically geared towards the classroom.  They are broken down into four subseries.  Bibliographical Materials consists of various suggested reading lists.  Handouts and activities booklets make up Course Activities and Exercises.  Course Guides, Degree Programs, and Syllabi includes course descriptions, class offerings by semester, proposed and new degree programs, and syllabi.  Finally, the fourth subseries is Curriculum Planning and Teaching Guides/Kits, which has materials that are intended to help teachers prepare lesson plans in peace education.  Arranged alphabetically by material type within each subseries.

 S4

 Events (1969-2008) – 1.25 linear feet

 BAR is/was an active member of several organizations and participated in many conferences, forums, and meetings.  Contents in this series include event schedules, flyers, participant lists, presentations, speeches, and reports, divided into three subseries and arranged alphabetically by material type within each subseries.  

S5

Miscellaneous Materials (1972-2001) – 5 folders

The files in this series are those that fail to fit in the other series of the collection, such as press releases, financial and legal files, and organizational materials.  Arranged alphabetically by material type.

 S6

 Notes & Drafts (1967-1996) – 1 linear foot

Divided into two subseries, the first includes completed drafts of papers and articles that have been annotated.  While many of the drafts are authored by BAR, some are the work of others.  The second subseries included extensive notes, notebooks, and outlines of papers, presentations, and lessons.  Arranged chronologically.

S7

Papers & Publications (1963-2002) – 2.25 linear feet

This series consists of the various articles, papers, and books authored by BAR over the course of her career, as well as those by other scholars in the field and journalists.  It is arranged into four subseries of unpublished work by BAR that includes final, unannotated drafts of work submitted for publication, published work by BAR, and unpublished and published work by others, including newspaper clippings.  Arranged alphabetically by material type, such as books, reviews, journals, and newsletters, within each subseries. 

S8

Projects & Proposals (1968-2001) – .5 linear foot

Primarily containing grant proposals, this series also has project summaries and program initiatives.  Arranged alphabetically by material type.

S9

Reports & Studies (1969-1999) – .75 linear foot

This final series includes progress reports, annual reports, studies, and survey results.  Arranged alphabetically by material type. 

Folder List

Box

Folder

Description

S1. Biographical Materials

1

1

Biographical Information, 1984, n.d.

1

2

Curriculum Vitae, 1975-1994, n.d.

1

3

Honors, 1998-1999

1

4

Lists of BAR’s Papers and Publications, 1970s-1991, n.d.

S2. Correspondence

Subseries A. From BAR

1

5

1969-1972

1

6

1973-1975

1

7

1976-1977

1

8

1978-1979

1

9

1980

1

10

January to April, 1981

1

11

May and June, 1981

1

12

July 1981

1

13

August to October, 1981

1

14

1982

1

15

1983

1

16

1984

1

17

January to May, 1985

1

18

June to December, 1985

1

19

1986

1

20

1987

1

21

1988

1

22

1989

1

23

1990

1

24

1991-1992

1

25

1993-1995

1

26

1996-1997

1

27

1998-2001, n.d.

Subseries B. To BAR

2

1

1970-1973

2

2

1974-1975

2

3

1976-1978

2

4

1979-1981

2

5

1982-1984

2

6

1985

2

7

1986

2

8

1987-1988

2

9

1989

2

10

1990

2

11

1991-1994

2

12

1995-April, 1996

2

13

1997-1999, n.d.

Subseries C. Other Correspondence

2

14

1969-1970, 1973-1974

2

15

1975

2

16

1976

2

17

1977-1979

2

18

1980-1981

2

19

1982-1984

2

20

1985-1986

2

21

1987-1988

2

22

1989-1990, 1992-1994

2

23

1995-1998, n.d.

S3. Educational Materials

Subseries A. Bibliographies and Resource Lists

3

1

Bibliographies, general, 1960s, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1986, 1992, 1996, n.d.

3

2

Bibliographies, Guide to Collection of Commercially Available Published Peace Education Curricula, 1987

3

3

Bibliographies, Women and Peace, 1987, n.d.

3

4

Other Educational Resources, 1975, 1982, n.d.

Subseries B. Course Activities and Exercises

3

5

Discussion questions, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1985, 1992, 1996, n.d.

3

6

Exercises, Earthship activity book, 1974 (2)

3

7

Exercises, handouts, 1970-1976, 1980, 1988, 1993

3

8

Exercises, handouts, n.d.

3

9

Scenarios, 1969-1974, 1982, 1990

3

10

Scenarios, n.d.

Subseries C. Course Guides, Degree Programs, and Syllabi

3

11

Course descriptions and guides, 1971-1972, 1975, 1980-1983, 1985-1993, 1996, 1998-2002, n.d.

3

12

Course offerings, mid-80s, 1983, 1985-1986, 1988, 1991, 1996-1997, n.d.

3

13

Degree programs, 1973, 1981, 1985-1986, early 90s, n.d.

3

14

Schedules and syllabi, 1976, 1983, 1987, 1989-1992, 1994, 1996-1998, n.d.

Subseries D. Curriculum Planning and Teaching Guides/Kits

3

15

Curriculum guides and planning, 1976, 1980, 1986-1992, n.d.

3

16

INTERdependence Curriculum Aid, n.d.

3

17

Peace Education: A K-12 Curriculum Guide, 1986

3

18

Learning objectives and lesson plans, 1970-1972, 1974, early 80s, 1988-1989, 1996

3

19

Learning objectives and lesson plans, n.d.

3

20

Miscellaneous teaching resources, 1968-1969, 1973, 1989, n.d.

3

21

Education for Global Responsibility: A Sampler Guide to Teacher Designed K-12 Curricula for Peace Education, n.d.

4

1

Study guides and teaching kits, 1971, 1973-1975, 1978, 1981, 1986-1987, 1989-1990, 1993

4

2

Study guides and teaching kits, n.d.

4

3

Ways and Means, 1969-1978

4

4

Women and Peace: Development Education Kit #4, n.d.

S4. Events

Subseries A. Agendas, Descriptions, and Promotions

4

5

Agendas and schedules, 1969, 1974-1976, 1978-1982, 1986

4

6

Agendas and schedules, 1987-1991, 1995-1999, n.d.

4

7

Flyers and programs, 1969, 1972-1978, 1980-1982

4

8

Flyers and programs, 1983-1990

4

9

Flyers and programs, 1993, 1995, 1997-1999, 2001, 2008, n.d.

4

10

List of participants, 1975-1976, 1978, 1980-1981, 1983, 1986, n.d.

4

11

Miscellaneous event materials, 1969, 1976, 1980, 1982-1983, 1986, 1992, n.d.

Subseries B. Presentations and Speeches

4

12

Addresses, remarks, and speeches, 1973-1977, 1981, 1983-1984, 1986-1988, n.d.

4

13

Declarations, objectives, and statements, 1975, 1980, 1983, 1994, 1997, n.d.

4

14

Papers and presentations, 1969, 1971, 1973-1974

4

15

Papers and presentations, 1975-1976, 1978-1979

4

16

Papers and presentations, 1980-1982

4

17

Papers and presentations, 1983

4

18

Papers and presentations, 1984-1985, 1987

4

19

Papers and presentations, 1987-1989

4

20

Papers and presentations, 1990, 1997-1998, n.d.

Subseries C. Reports

5

1

Final conference reports, 1974, 1977-1978

5

2

Final conference reports, 1980-1981

5

3

Final conference reports, 1983

5

4

Final conference reports, 1985, 1987, 1996-1997, n.d.

5

5

Final conference reports, Teaching Human Rights, October 6-7, 1978

5

6

Meeting minutes and summaries, 1975-1981, 1983

5

7

Meeting minutes and summaries, 1985-1988, 1990, 1994-1995, 2000, n.d.

5

8

Partial reports and recommendations, 1973-1975, 1977-1979

5

9

Partial reports and recommendations, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1997, n.d.

S5. Miscellaneous Materials

5

10

Announcements and Press Releases, 1974-1977, 1980, 1986-1988, n.d.

5

11

Award information and notifications, 1981, 1987, 1989, n.d.

5

12

Financial, 1975-1976, 1983-1989, 1991-1992, 1997, n.d.

5

13

Legal, 1980, 1983-1988, 1990, 1992, n.d.

5

14

Organizations, 1974-1976, 1980-1982, 1984, 1986-1997, n.d.

5

15

Other miscellaneous, 1972-1976, 1980-1983, 1985, 1988-2001, n.d.

S6. Notes & Drafts

Subseries A. Drafts

5

16

1967, 1969-1971

5

17

1973-1976

5

18

1980, 1983-1984, 1987-1988

5

19

1990, 1996

6

1

No date

6

2

No date

Subseries B. Notes and Outlines

6

3

1964, 1966-1968, 1970-1973, 1975-1976

6

4

1980-1983, 1988-1989

6

5

1993, 1995, 1997, 2007, n.d.

6

6

No date

S7. Papers and Publications

Subseries A. By BAR, Published

6

7

Books, 1982, 1993

6

8

Books, Towards a Women’s Agenda for a Culture of Peace, 1999

6

9

Book chapters, 1970, 1973, 1978, 1980-1981, 1990s, n.d.

6

10

Book reviews, by and about BAR, 1977, 1980, 1984-1989, 1991, 1994-1995, 2002, n.d.

6

11

Journal articles, 1967-1969

6

12

Journal articles, 1970-1975

6

13

Journal articles, 1976-1979

6

14

Journal articles, 1980-1981, 1983-1984, 1986, 1988-1989

7

1

Journal articles, 1991-1992, 1996-1998, 2000, 2007, n.d.

7

2

Magazine and newsletter articles, 1969-1971, 1973-1977, 1979-1981, 1983, 1985, 1987-1988, 1990, 1998, n.d.

7

3

Miscellaneous publications, 1967, 1974-1975, 1980, 1988, 1990-1991, n.d.

Subseries B. By BAR, Unpublished

7

4

1967-1971

7

5

1972-1973, 1975-1976

7

6

1977-1979

7

7

1981-February 1984

7

8

1984, 1988-1989

7

9

Booklet, 1984

7

10

1990, 1992, 1995-1996, 2001

7

11

No date

7

12

No date

7

13

No date

7

14

Sexism and the War System, n.d.

7

15

Dissertation, 1985

Subseries C: By Others, Published

8

1

Book chapters, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1990s

8

2

Book reviews, 1963, 1974-1976, 1989, 1991, 1993, n.d.

8

3

Bulletins, clippings, magazines, and newsletters, 1968, 1970-1971, 1973-1974

8

4

Bulletins, clippings, magazines, and newsletters, 1975-1976

8

5

Bulletins, clippings, magazines, and newsletters, 1978, 1980-1983, 1986

8

6

Bulletins, clippings, magazines, and newsletters, 1987-1989, 1993-1995, 1997, 1999, n.d.

8

7

Flyers, 1973-1975, 1977, 1983, 1986, n.d.

8

8

Journal articles, 1970, 1972-1975, 1980, 1985-1987, 1991-1992, 1996, n.d.

8

9

Miscellaneous publications, 1973-1977, 1981-1982, 1989, n.d.

Subseries D: By Others, Unpublished

8

10

1968, 1970-1979

8

11

1982-1983, 1985, 1987, 1989-1990, 1996

8

12

No date

8

13

No date

S8. Projects & Proposals

8

14

Goals, initiatives, and policy proposals, 1972, 1974-1976, 1980, 1982, 1985-1988

8

15

Goals, initiatives, and policy proposals, 1995, 1997-1999, 2001, n.d.

8

16

Grant proposals, 1974-1975, 1978-1979, 1983, 1986-1987, 1989

8

17

Grant proposals, 1990-1993, n.d.

8

18

Program proposals, 1968, 1972, 1974-1978, 1980

9

1

Program proposals, 1981-1992

9

2

Program proposals, n.d.

9

3

Project summaries, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980-1981, 1985-1992, 1994, 1996, 1998-1999, 2001

9

4

Project summaries, n.d.

S9. Reports & Studies

9

5

Annual reports, 1973-1974, 1980-1981, 1983-1984, 1986-1992, 1995-1996, 1998

9

6

Financial reports, 1975, 1983-1984, 1986, 1988

9

7

Interim/Progress reports, 1969-1970, 1974, 1976, 1985

9

8

Interim/Progress reports, 1986-1992, 1995, n.d.

9

9

Miscellaneous reports, 1970, 1973-1975, 1984-1985, 1988, 1999, n.d.

9

10

Program/Project reports, 1974-1975, 1978-1980, 1982, 1984, 1986-1988, 1992, 1997, n.d.

9

11

Studies, 1976-1977

9

12

Studies, 1978, n.d.

9

13

Study, Obstacles to, the Status of, and the Potential for Education for the Promotion of Disarmament, March 1977

9

14

Study reports, 1980, 1986

9

15

Surveys, polls, and questionnaires, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1989, n.d.

 

Last Updated: 3/5/13