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Robert L. Hampel University of Delaware College of Education oral history collection


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Delaware Library Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Created in 1945, the University of Delaware College of Education prepared aspiring elementary and secondary school teachers and also offered several masters degree programs. As school enrollments soared in the 1950s and 1960s, the College expanded rapidly, with more than one thousand students by 1970. As public schools contracted in the 1970s, budget cuts at the University of Delaware almost closed the College of Education in 1977. Programs for future high school teachers were dispersed across campus, and the College’s four departments consolidated in two units, the Department of Educational Studies and the Department of Educational Development.

Under Dean Frank B. Murray, the College not only survived but prospered. Graduate programs expanded, with a new Ed.D. for administrators especially popular. Relations with Delaware schools improved as more and more faculty connected their research with local school improvement initiatives. Promotion and tenure standards rose. The national visibility of the College was enhanced by the Dean’s leadership of the national Holmes Group and Project 30 reforms, two acclaimed efforts to revamp undergraduate teacher education. Enrollments returned to and then surpassed the highs of the late 1960s.

Historical information provided by Robert L. Hampel.

The Robert L. Hampel University of Delaware College of Education oral history collection has the transcripts of eighteen interviews with fourteen faculty, staff, and administrators from the College of Education, which became part of the College of Human Resources, Education, and Public Policy in 1997. All but one interview was conducted by Professor Robert Hampel, who joined UD in 1985 and twice served as Interim Director of the School of Education (1998-2000, 2010-2012). Six of the fourteen persons interviewed had retired before the interviews were conducted in early 2014; a seventh was employed elsewhere.

The topics discussed in the interviews include the undergraduate and graduate programs in the College; relations with Delaware schools; the leadership styles of various administrators; the connections between the College of Education and the central administration of UD; and the innovative projects of different faculty and staff. The transcripts range in length from four single spaced pages to nineteen pages.

For additional information on the College of Education, the University of Delaware Archives has the 1979 to 1995 “chronological files” of incoming and outgoing correspondence as well as faculty minutes, annual reports, and flyers that profiled faculty research.

Collection description information provided by Robert L. Hampel.

Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscripts boxes (1 inch)

Box 2: Shelved in SPEC VAULT MSS

Gift of Robert L. Hampel, April 2015.

Processed and encoded by Dustin Frohlich, August 2017.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2017 August 2
Access Restrictions

Permission for access to Frank B. Murray transcripts required from interviewee.

Access to Roberta M. Golinkoff transcripts restricted until 2050. See "Conditions Governing Use" note for additional information about access.

Use Restrictions

Use of this collection is limited to onsite access in the University of Delaware Special Collections.

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Collection Inventory

Joan Delfattore, 2015 June 28.
Box 1 Folder F1
Roberta Golinkoff, 2014 March 13.
Box 2 Folder F2
Robert Hampel, 2014 May 11.
Box 1 Folder F3
Scope and Contents

Interviewed by Walter Cavers.

James Hiebert, 2014 January 1.
Box 1 Folder F4
Patsy Howaniec, 2014 February 2.
Box 1 Folder F5
David Johns, 2014 March 18.
Box 1 Folder F6
Ludwig (Lou) Mosberg, 2014 February 25.
Box 1 Folder F7
Frank B. Murray, 2014 January 1.
Box 2 Folder F8
Frank B. Murray, 2014 January 10.
Box 2 Folder F9
Frank B. Murray, 2014 January 15.
Box 2 Folder F10
Frank B. Murray, 2014 January 23.
Box 2 Folder F11
Frank B. Murray, 2014 February 3.
Box 2 Folder F12
James Raths, 2014 May 6.
Box 1 Folder F13
Stuart J. Sharkey, 2014 March 20 - 2014 April 2.
Box 1 Folder F14
William B. Stanley, 2014 February 20.
Box 1 Folder F15
Robert Taggart, 2014 January 16.
Box 1 Folder F16
Primo Toccafondi, 2014 June 11.
Box 1 Folder F17
Barbara VanDornick and Gail Rys, 2014 January 1.
Box 1 Folder F18
Carol Vukelich, 2014 January 22.
Box 1 Folder F19

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