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

Identifier: MSS 0735

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 2014-2015


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Conditions Governing Use

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,

Biographical / Historical

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.


0.66 linear foot (2 boxes)


University of Delaware professor and historian of education Robert L. Hampel conducted the interviews in this collection with fourteen faculty, staff, and administrators of UD's College of Education to document the history of the college, which was founded in 1945. The collection comprises transcripts only, with attachments from several of the interviewees. Notable are transcripts of five sessions with Frank B. Murray, who joined the college in 1969 and served as its dean from 1979 until 1995.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robert L. Hampel, April 2015.

Shelving Summary

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

Box 2: Shelved in SPEC VAULT MSS

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Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Dustin Frohlich, August 2017.

Finding aid for Robert L. Hampel, University of Delaware College of Education oral history collection
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2017 August 2
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Delaware Library Special Collections Repository

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