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RG5639.AM:  Adult and Continuing Education Association of Nebraska (ACEAN)

Records:  ca. 1984-2008

Nebraska:  Educators’ association

Size:  2.0 cu.ft.; 2 boxes


Due to the rising role of adult education in the 1930’s, there was increasing interest in creating a strong regional association, expanding beyond the boundaries of Nebraska. The first Missouri Valley Adult Education Conference was held in the fall of 1938 at the University of Omaha (now known as UNO). A second conference was held in 1941, and then the Missouri Valley conferences were discontinued until after World War II. As the Missouri Valley Adult Education Association continued to grow in the 1950’s, interest in the creation of a state association for adult educators in Nebraska grew as well.

In October of 1959, Emory Austin of Scottsbluff and John Dalton of Chadron established the first state conference on adult education in Scottsbluff. There were 41 people in attendance at this conference. It was at this conference that a statewide association was established with Chet Gausman of Lincoln as president and Emory Austin as secretary. Other board members included K.O. Broady (University of Nebraska), Don Emory (University of Omaha), John Dalton (Chadron State College) and O.J. Weymouth (Superintendent of Schools in Sidney).  This new organization was called the Adult Education Association of Nebraska, and in April of 1960 the first constitution was drafted.  Membership in the early 1960’s was estimated to be in the low 40’s, but it continued to grow throughout the decade.

In April of 1970, the constitution was revised at the conference, again held in Scottsbluff. This new constitution approved changing the name its current form, Adult and Continuing Education Association of Nebraska (ACEAN).

Note:  The information contained in the Background Note above came from a document entitled, “Historical Summary of the Adult and Continuing Education Association of Nebraska”. It was prepared by Bill Lutes, Bernard Gyger and Jim Lightbody and presented to the membership at the 1983 annual conference.  The information was condensed and edited by ACEAN President, Ron Kluck.


The collection consists of two boxes of administrative records for ACEAN.  The records date from 1984-2008 and include minutes of meetings, officers’ reports, membership materials, financial information, newsletters, etc.  The collection is unprocessed, but the following box inventory is available.


Box 1

Treasurer’s Reports, 1984-2002

Certificates of Deposit records

Officer and Board Member history

Annual Budgets

Annual Officer Reports

                Finance Chair

                Government Relations


                Presidents/Past presidents/ president elect/letters from the president

                Public relations




AAACE information

National Community Education Association Information

Press Releases


Membership Brochures

Job Descriptions

Constitution/By Laws

Scholarship and Development Fund

                Development Fund Winners

                Development Origination Summary

                Development Fund Guidelines

                ACEAN student scholarships

ACEAN award winners

ACEAN award-history of recipients

Historical Summary

IRS information

The Communicator (ACEAN newsletters)

Development Fund Bank Statements

12/2008 Dissolution of ACEAN documents

Bank Statements-operational fund

Check registers

Box 2

Board Minutes, 2005-2008

Membership rosters, 1980-2006

MVAEA-Missouri Valley Adult Education Association

Conference folders:  1983-2007

Minutes, 1985-2006

Certificate of Deposit Statements