RG10 Faculty & Staff Papers

Subgroup 9: Gordon J. Klopf papers (1939-2002)

Creator: Klopf, Gordon John, 1917-
Title: Gordon J. Klopf papers
Call #: RG10 SG9
Dates: 1937-2002

Abstract: The Gordon J. Klopf papers were generated by Klopf in the course of his graduate and doctoral studies and professional life, in the mid to late twentieth century. The materials related to his time at Bank Street College fall between the mid-1960s to mid-1980s. Klopf’s work was collected in course materials, reports, speeches, correspondence, administrative files, and other formats.

Language of Material: English
Location: Bank Street College Archives New York, NY
Preferred Citation: Gordon J. Klopf papers, Box #, Bank Street College Archives, New York, NY

Biographical Note

Gordon John Klopf received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD in education from the University of Wisconsin. Upon completing his doctoral degree, Klopf joined an American Council on Education project in Japan providing personnel and guidance training to Japanese schools and colleges. In 1952, he returned to the United States and accepted a position as Dean of Students at SUNY Buffalo.

Klopf joined the faculty of Columbia University Teachers College in 1959. He came to Bank Street College in 1964 and served in various capacities, including Dean, Provost and Associate to the President, until his retirement in 1986. In 1982 he was awarded the John H. Niemeyer Chair in Innovative Leadership. After his retirement, Klopf remained active at Bank Street College as Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Scholar.

In 1987 he began his work with UNICEF, serving as Chair of the NGO Committee Working Group, Action for Children, NGO Committee Working Group on Education and the Executive Committee of Non-governmental Organizations Associated with the UN Department of Public Information. He served as a consultant for numerous entities, including major educational institutes, universities, and foundations. Klopf was a prolific writer on topics in the fields of guidance and personnel.

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents Gordon Klopf’s work at Bank Street College from 1964 to 1986 as well as other personal and professional activities.

To search and read detailed descriptions of the series and lists of folder titles within each series, click the following link to access the guide for the entire subgroup.

Complete Guide to Subgroup 9 – Gordon J. Klopf papers (pdf)

The subgroup consists of the following series.

SERIES A – Correspondence (1939-2002)

SERIES B – Lectures, Conferences and Publications (1947-1993)

SERIES C – Faculty Affairs

SERIES D – Course Materials (1952-1999)

SERIES E – Personal and Biographical Materials (1941-1998)

SERIES F – Arts in Education Committee (1967-1973)

SERIES G – Principals Project (1970-1975)

SERIES H – Other Projects (1961-1980)

Controlled Access Headings

  • Corporate Name(s)
    • Bank Street College of Education
    • Long Island University
    • Parsons School of Design
    • UNICEF
    • University of Wisconsin
  • Genre(s)
    • Administrative records
    • Correspondence
    • Instructional and educational works
    • Notes
    • Publications
    • Reports
    • School Records
  • Geographic Name(s)
    • New York (N.Y.)
    • United States
  • Personal Name(s)
    • Bowman, Garda W.
    • Gilkeson, Elizabeth C.
    • Klopf, Gordon John, 1917-
  • Subject(s)
    • Child development — New York (State) — New York
    • Child development — United States — History — 20th century
    • Education — Study and teaching
    • Educators
    • School principals — United States
    • Teachers colleges — Curricula — New York (State)
    • Teachers colleges — New York (State)
    • Teachers — Training of — History
    • Teachers — Training of — New York (State) — New York
    • Universities and colleges — Curricula