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Wayne J. Urban Papers

Identifier: MSS-4264

Content Description

The Wayne J. Urban Papers are divided into two series. The Professional and Organizational Materials Series contains correspondence, professional evaluations of Urban and others, grant applications, employment contracts, and other files documenting Urban's projects and work with organizations and colleagues as well as his career as an educator at Georgia State University and The University of Alabama. This series also contains his PhD dissertation and examinations, along with annotated calendars spanning almost thirty years. The Writings and Research Series contains notes, drafts, manuscripts, and research materials, including photocopies of primary sources and some photographs, for five books Urban wrote and a collection of essays he edited, all published between 1982 and 2010. The series contains some audiovisual materials and electronic records. Both series are restricted due to format, privacy concerns, , or the presence of personally identifiable information.

For more detailed information, see the Scope and Contents notes for each series.


  • 1913-2016

Conditions Governing Access

Access to portions of this collection has been restricted by Archives and Special Collections in order to preserve the original materials. Contact University Libraries Special Collections at or 205.348.0500 for information on access to the restricted portions of this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are responsible for using the materials in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claimants in collection materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical ownership of many manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights. Please contact Special Collections ( with questions regarding specific manuscript collections.For more information about copyright policy, please visit: Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal implications, for which the University of Alabama assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

Education scholar Wayne J. Urban is professor emeritus of Georgia State University and The University of Alabama. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio (1963), and a master's degree and PhD in higher education from Ohio State University (1965, 1968). Urban taught at institutions including the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, Kent State University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then spent nearly thirty years teaching at Georgia State University, where he was Regents Professor of Educational Policy Studies and professor of history. During his career, Urban served with a number of organizations in the field of education; he was a president of the History of Education Society and the American Educational Studies Association, and was editor of the journal Educational Studies. From 2006-[2016?], Urban taught at The University of Alabama, where he was also associate director of the Education Policy Center and was named the 2009-2010 Paul W. Bryant Professor of Education. Urban has been author or coauthor of numerous articles and at least a dozen books about education. He was also the recipient of two Fulbright scholarships, allowing him to teach in Krakow, Poland (1998-1999) and Toronto, Canada (2004).


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This collection contains research and professional materials documenting the career of education professor and scholar Wayne J. Urban, who taught at Georgia State University and The University of Alabama and wrote many books on the history of education.


The Wayne J. Urban Papers are arranged into two series: Professional and Organizational Materials, and Writings and Research. The date spans given for each series are based on dates visible in the donor's original folder titles.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Wayne J. Urban, 2019.

Related Materials

Wayne Urban Papers, G2005-40, Georgia State University Archives (

Separated Materials

Published copies of six of Urban's books were separated from this collection and cataloged as part of the Alabama Collection of published materials within The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections. The six books are: Why Teachers Organized (Wayne State University Press, 1982), Black Scholar: Horace Mann Bond, 1904-1972 (University of Georgia Press, 1992), More Than the Facts: the Research Division of the National Education Association, 1922-1997 (University Press of America, 1998), Essays in Twentieth-Century Southern Education: Exceptionalism and Its Limits (editor, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1999), Gender, Race, and the National Education Association: Professionalism and Its Limitations (RoutledgeFalmer, 2000), and More Than Science and Sputnik: The National Defense Education Act of 1958 (The University of Alabama Press, 2010).

Floppy disks and cassette tapes were also separated from the materials with which they were originally housed and are stored in boxes designated by format.

Processing Information

Processed by Erin Ryan, February 2021.
Guide to the Wayne J. Urban Papers
Erin Ryan
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266