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Council of Writing Program Administrators records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 75

Scope and Contents

The Council of Writing Program Administrators records (1977-2009; 16.35 cubic feet) documents the activities of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Materials include papers related to WPA, MLA and CCCC conferences, executive committee meetings, services provided by WPA, general financial papers, correspondence, newsletters and journal. Types of materials include: papers, brochures, notes, agendas, minutes, reports, articles, rough drafts, newsletters, journals, correspondence, floppy discs and DVDs. The records are organized into seven series.


  • 1977 - 2009
  • Majority of material found within 1974 - 2007
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/05/2009


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


16.35 Cubic Feet (28 manuscript boxes, one shoe box, and one flat box)

Arrangement Note

1. Conferences, 1984-2009 (3.5 cubic feet). This series includes information created for and related to conferences and workshops hosted by the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Materials include agendas, notes, pamphlets, travel accommodations and city maps. It also includes information related to conferences that the WPA attended such as the Modern Languages Association (MLA) conferences and the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Materials are arranged chronologically.

2. Executive committee, 1977-2008 (4 cubic feet). Materials include agendas, notes, and correspondence regarding WPA executive board meetings. Materials are arranged chronologically.

3. Services, 1979-2008 (0.5 cubic feet). WPA services include maintaining affiliations with other universities, assessments, consultant-evaluator services, the Network for Media Action (NMA), statements and resolutions, and the WPA game. Materials in this series include papers, brochures, reports, articles and artifacts such as the WPA board game. Materials are arranged chronologically.

4. General business papers, 1977-2007 (3 cubic feet). This series includes financial papers, correspondence, by-laws, grant proposals, brochures, contracts and newsletters. The materials are arranged chronologically.

Subseries 1: Correspondence, 1985-2007 (0.5 cubic feet)

Subseries 2: Newsletters, 1977-2007 (0.5 cubic feet)

5. Membership, 1980-2007 (3 cubic feet). This series includes papers dealing with WPA membership such as directories, committee papers, voting and election ballots and mailing lists. Materials are arranged chronologically.

6. Journal, 1978-2002 (4.15 cubic feet). The Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators is produced by WPA. Papers include author articles and contact information, journal rough drafts, correspondence, financial papers and advertisements. Very few final copies of the Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators are included in the collection. Materials are arranged chronologically.

1 Subseries: Articles included in the WPA Journal

7. Artifacts and audio visual, 1999-2007 (1.2 cubic feet). Artifacts include floppy discs, WPA conference hats and bags, WPA board game and DVDs.

8. Audio visual materials, 1999-2007 (0.2 cubic feet) Audio-visual items include floppy discs, CDs and DVDs.

Custodial History

Shirley K. Rose

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Linda Adler-Kassner, President of Council of Writing Program Administrators, 12/7/2009

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained. Some materials have been housed in acid-free folders and all have been housed in acid-free boxes. Artifacts have been separated and grouped into individual series for preservation purposes.
Council of Writing Program Administrators records
In Progress
Shauna Borger
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States