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These Presidential historical materials are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (44 U.S.C. 2111 note), and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify private or personal as well as non-historical items. Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

Materials covered by this act have been archivally processed and are described in this finding aid. Items that are security classified or otherwise restricted under the act and regulations have been removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item. Employees of the National Archives will review periodically the unclassified portions of closed materials for the purpose of opening those which no longer require restrictions. Classified documents may be reviewed for declassification under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear measurement of materials:   7 in.
  • Number of pages:   1,727

Organization Information

The National Advisory Council on Continuing Education was originally established November 8, 1965, by P. L. 89-329, as the National Advisory Council on Extension and Continuing Education under the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; name changed and transferred to the Department of Education, October 3, 1980, by P. L. 96-374, the Education Amendments of 1980. It was a Presidential advisory council under the Department of Education and was terminated in 1987.

The Council examined all federally supported continuing education and training programs and recommended policies to eliminate duplication. The Council also coordinated programs under the Education Amendments of 1980 and other federally funded continuing education and training programs and service.

The Council consists of eight representatives of federal agencies with postsecondary continuing education and training responsibilities, including at least one representative from the Department of Education, Agriculture, Defense, and Labor, and the Veterans Administration; and twelve non-full-time government employees who were knowledgeable and experienced in continuing education (including state and local government officials, representatives of business, labor and community groups), and adults whose education needs have been inadequately served.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums and annual reports. Primary correspondents include the President, Daniel P. Moynihan, James Cavanaugh, William Timmons, Stephen Bull, Henry Cashen, William Casselman, John Ehrlichman, Robert Finch, Peter Flanigan, Edwin Harper and David Parker. There is correspondence with Peter P. Muirhead, Commissioner of Education and Robert F. Ray, Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Extension and Continuing Education.

The terms "Executive" [Ex] and "General" [Gen] are used before the code FG 160 to identify the source of the materials within a specific file. The files designated [Ex] are communications between national, foreign, state and local governments and their agencies, members of Congress and other prominent people. Files designated [Gen] are communications between government officials and private citizens, institutions and other private interests.

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