Historical Documents

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The Evergreen State College is often noted for what it isn't, perhaps most famously by the "Four Nos" first articulated almost 50 years ago by founding president Charlie McCann. Before Evergreen opened its doors, direction for the new college was as much about what it shouldn't be as what it should. State Senator Gordon Sandison said the Legislature did not want "just another four year college" bound by rigid structures of tradition, and Governor Dan Evans expressed the need to "unshackle our educational thinking from traditional patterns" to create a "flexible and sophisticated educational instrument" (Clabaugh 1970). 

Knowing what we aren't helps define us, but it doesn't tell the bigger story of what we are.  The documents listed below are some of the college's primary texts and key secondary sources, arranged by decade. Some examine the college from a broad perspective. Others focus more tightly on particular elements of Evergreen's history, organization, and educational approach. We hope these materials shed light on how Evergreen became the college it did and how it continues to define and redefine itself.

If you don't see something that you think should be here, contact John McLain, ext. 6045. To learn more about Evergreen's history, visit the Archives in Library 0426.

Forethoughts and early models

  • Horace Mann. Horace Mann on the Crisis in Education. Louis Filler, ed. Yellow Springs, Ohio: Antioch Press. 1965. [in library]
  • Alexander Meiklejohn. The Experimental College. New York: Arno Press. 1971 (c1932). [in library]
  • _____. Education between Two Worlds. New York, Harper & Brothers. 1942.
  • _____. The Liberal College. New York: Arno Press. 1969.
  • Joseph Tussman. Experiment at Berkeley. London: Oxford. 1969. [in library]
  • Martin Duberman. Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community. New York: Dutton. 1972. [in library]

1960s 

1970s

1980s

 1990s

2000s

 2010s

Other links and documents

If you have corrections or suggestions for this page, contact John McLain, ext. 6045.