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Name of Creator: Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Division of Cooperative Education.
Title:Division of Cooperative Education records
Date:n.d., 1914–2007
Reference Code:A16
Location Code:24/2, 33/4, 34/3–4, FF1/D9
Extent:29.05 cubic feet (47 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records of the Division of Cooperative Education consist of just under twenty–nine cubic feet of material and spanning the years 1914–2007.  These records document the early stages of the cooperative education program as well as the Division's administrative, research, and programming activities, particularly from the 1970s into the early 2000s.  Included are annual reports, correspondence, meeting minutes, memoranda, publications, and subject files document the activities of the Division and its various departments through the administrations of Roy Wooldridge, Jane Scarborough, Robert Vozzella, and Richard Porter.
Historical Abstract:Northeastern University has been a leader in national and international cooperative education from the inception of its cooperative education program in 1909. The program was initially confined to the college of engineering, yet the concept expanded to other departments including Business, Liberal Arts, and Education. In 1928 a separate Department of Cooperative Work was established with Winthrop E. Nightingale as director. In 1959 the department was renamed the Department of Cooperative Education, and by 1965 it was transformed into the Division of Cooperative Education. The Division was comprised of three units: the Department of Cooperative Education, the Department of Graduate Placement, and the Center for Cooperative Education. Over the years, the Division's role expanded as other programs were added, such as the Cooperative Education Research Center and the International Cooperative Education program.The Division of Cooperative Education was dissolved in 2007 and replaced by an organizational structure in which Cooperative Education placements are handled by each of the individual Colleges with some functions carried on by Central Cooperative Education Services (“Central Co–op”).
Language and Scripts:Materials almost entirely in English with a handful of documents containing multilingual words and/or phrases.
System of Arrangement:Organized into 6 series: 1. Early History and Development; 2. Office of the Vice President; 3. Office of the Dean; 4. Department of Cooperative Education; 5. Research and Special Programs, and 6. Office of the Diversity Coordinator
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Porter, Richard D.
  • Pratt, Paul M.
  • Kane, Stephen M.
  • Nightingale, Winthrop E.
  • Scarborough, Jane
  • Venter, Patricia
  • Vozzella, Robert

  • Madison Park High School (Boston, Mass.)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Dept. of Cooperative Education
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Division of Cooperative Education.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Center for Cooperative Education
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Cooperative Education Research Center
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Coop in Israel Program
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Dept. of Cooperative Education.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). International Cooperative Education Program.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of the Diversity Coordinator
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of the Vice President for Cooperative Education

  • Education, Cooperative –– Israel
  • Education, Cooperative –– United States.
  • School integration –– Massachusetts –– Boston.
  • Industry and education.

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from their date of creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Personnel records (boxes 6–8, folders 71–98) and student records (box 14, folders 241–247) are closed for 75 years from their date of creation.
Technical Access:One 5 ¼ floppy disk in box 37, folder 16 will not open.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:Division of Cooperative Education.
Related Archival Materials:

Division of Cooperative Education Records (A86)

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Kelcy Shepherd (March 1997), Ellen Lassiter (January 2006), and Anna J. Cook (November 2010)., March 1997, January 2006 and November 2010