Historical Documents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 over 40 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 fuller story of what we are.  The documents listed below are some of the college's primary texts and key secondary sources. We hope they 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 or contact Archivist Randy Stilson, ext. 6126.

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]







Other links and documents

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