Helen Wise Papers, 1946-1995

735

Collection Overview

Title:
Helen Wise papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1946-1995
Creator:
Wise, Helen D. (Helen Dickerson)
Abstract:
Penn State graduate Helen Wise taught in State College schools for twenty years, and served as president of the Pennsylvania and Delaware State and National Education Associations, as well as in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives. She was elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees in 1969.
Abstract:
This collection of Helen Wise papers documents her work as an educator and legislator. Items include scrapbooks, ten photographs, speeches, articles, five audio recordings, thirteen film and video recordings, publications, correspondence, newsletters, and materials from education and political organizations.
Collection Number:
735
Size:
27 Cubic feet
Size:
14 moving images, 5 audiotapes, 3 artifacts
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Helen Wise earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education, and Doctor of Education degrees at Penn State University with a focus on secondary education. She was employed by the State College School District for twenty years beginning in 1958, teaching at all levels and even instructing secondary education classes at Penn State, where in 1969 alumni elected her to her first term on the Board of Trustees. She served her alma mater as a trustee for twenty-one years, chairing in turn committees on educational policy and affirmative action. She became the president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association in 1969, and then president of the National Education Association in 1973. She later headed the Delaware State Education Association as executive director from 1979 to 1985, and was a member of the steering committee of the governor's Task Force on Education for Economic Growth in Delaware. Recognizing her impact on the quality of education in Delaware, the DSEA established an award to be given annually in her name for distinguished contributions to education.Dr. Wise served in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives from 1976 to 1978, where she chaired the subcommittee on human resources and served on the education, conservation and federal/state relations committees. She was also a member of the educational committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and sat on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency board. Dr. Wise retired in 1984 from the Delaware post but not from educational leadership, continuing to serve as consultant and advisor to several local and national organizations and continuing to serve her alma mater as trustee emerita. In 1982, the All-Pennsylvania College Alumni Association named Helen Wise an Outstanding Alumna. Penn State recognized her as an Alumni Fellow of the College of Education in 1987, and in 1990 the Lion's Paw Alumni Association awarded her its coveted Lion's Paw Medal for promoting the welfare of her alma mater and perpetuating its traditions. Wise retired in 1995 after serving eight years on Governor Robert P. Casey's staff as secretary for legislative affairs, secretary to the Cabinet , and deputy chief of staff for programs

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Collection Overview

This collection contains primarily published and promotional materials from her work in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives and work with educational organizations such as the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Delaware State Education Association, and the National Education Association. It also includes subject files and correspondence from her work with Pennsylvania Governor William Casey. In addition, there are some materials which document her civic and personal life.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Helen Wise Papers (735), Penn State University Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Scrapbooks
  • Audio
  • Artifacts
  • Photographic
  • Moving Image

Personal Name(s)

  • Wise, Helen D. (Helen Dickerson)

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Collection Inventory

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2 1

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5 9

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5 13

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5 03-08

5 12

3 01-03

4 01-02

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