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Dartmouth College, Public Affairs, Great Issues Course, Records

Identifier: DA-12


Records consist of memos, reports, correspondence, Basic Documents, reading lists, speaker’s texts, notebooks, position papers and reprints examinations, lecture schedules, General Information sheets, reading assignments, reading texts, a seating chart and student papers and journals, meeting minutes, articles, papers, bulletins and newspaper clippings, flexograph, open reel recordings and cassettes

The records document the formation and running of the Great Issues Course. Of particular note are the early memos describing the impetus for the formation of the course. The records also document the course curriculum including examples of papers written by students. There is also, sometimes extensive, correspondence with the speakers. The documentation on the speakers includes both written lectures as well as recording of their talks, seminars and forums. Also included are the records of the Great Issues Steering Committee and records of the Educational Policy Committee pertaining to the Great Issues course.


  • 1946 - 1967


Conditions Governing Access

Access to audio recording restricted. Consult College Archivist.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.


100.5 linear ft. (81 boxes)


The Great Issues course, whose purpose was to “relate undergraduate education to the responsibilities of adult living” through a series of lectures and discussions meant to “present issues confronting the public-minded man who is concerned with the maintenance of a just peace, the building of a second economic order, and the search for values which will enable our culture to survive” (Dartmouth College ORC, 1947) was discontinued following the 1965-66 academic year. Records contain administrative records, Steering Committee files, curricular materials, publicity files, speaker files and recordings of selected speakers.

Part of the Rauner Special Collections Library Repository

6065 Webster Hall
Hanover NH 03755 USA