Lindeman, Eduard C. (Eduard Christian), 1885-1953

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Eduard C. Lindeman (May 9, 1885 – April 13, 1953) was an American educator, notable for his pioneering contributions in adult education. He introduced many concepts of modern adult education in his book, The Meaning of Adult Education.

Eduard Christian Lindeman was born in St. Clair, Michigan, one of ten children of German immigrant parents, Frederick and Frederika (von Piper) Lindemann. Orphaned at an early age, Lindeman gained work experience through jobs as stable cleaner, nurseryman, gravedigger, brickyard worker, and deliverer of groceries while attending formal schooling only intermittently. At age 22, he gained admittance to Michigan State College with academic skills well below average in the areas of reading and writing abilities. Despite this, as an undergraduate he authored essays, poetry, editorials, and a four-act play. Lindeman also wrote one of the first books on community development, was an early explorer of group work, and worked to extend popular education. He was a pioneer on many interlocking fronts- a pioneer social scientist with an allegiance to both science and to society and its processes and also a pioneer in adult education and social philosophy.

Following college, Lindeman worked as an educator in a variety of settings with young people and adults including the Chicago YMCA and 4-H clubs, served on various commissions, filled the capacity of advisory editor, and was Chair of the American Civil Liberties Union Commission of Academic Freedom. He began on a 'sub-freshman' program (what we now call an "access course" and then joined the main program. His work transcended traditional subject borders and disciplines, labeling Lindeman as primarily a social worker turned philosopher. Soon after joining the New York School of Social Work in 1926, he published his major work on adult education, The Meaning of Adult Education. Between this accomplishment and his retirement in 1950, Lindeman published approximately 204 articles, 107 book reviews, five books, 16 monographs, and 17 chapters in other works. He edited four books, shared joint authorship of another, and gave at least 44 lectures of which some written record remains.

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creatorOf Charles Christopher Adams Papers, 1888-1955, 1888-1955 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Workers' Education Bureau of America records, 1921-1951. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
referencedIn David W. Stewart Papers, 1980-1987 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Smith, Margaret Earhart, 1902-1960. Papers, 1940-1978 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Betty Leonard papers, 1922-1975 University of Minnesota Libraries. Social Welfare History Archives
referencedIn Welles mss., 1930-1950, (Bulk 1936-1947) Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Konopka, Gisela. Gisela Konopka records, 1945-1994. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Baldwin, Roger N. (Roger Nash), 1884-1981. Reminiscences of Roger Nash Baldwin : oral history, 1975. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Eduard Lindeman papers, 1932-1945 University of Minnesota Libraries. Social Welfare History Archives
creatorOf Lindeman, Eduard. Excerpt from address delivered at the Rural Life Conference [manuscript], 1921 May 17 and 18. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf National Sharecroppers Week. Correspondence with Wanda Gág, 1942-1943. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Lindeman, Eduard. An institute on present social problems : held under the auspices of the Indianapolis Council of Social Agencies, April 26, 27, and 28, 1933, Severin Hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana. Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, IUPUI
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Leonard, Elizabeth Lindeman, 1918-. Eduard Lindeman collection, 1922-1975. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Papers, 1925-1972 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Lindeman, Eduard. Excerpt from address delivered : at the Rural Life Conference held in Richmond, 1921 May 17 and 18. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Papers, 1940-1978 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Lindeman, Eduard. Eduard Lindeman papers, 1911-1953. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Workers' Education Bureau of America. Workers' Education Bureau of America records, 1921-1951. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Adams, Charles C. Papers, 1888-1955. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Lindeman, Eduard. Eduard Lindeman papers, 1932-1945. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
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associatedWith Adams, Charles C. person
associatedWith Adams, Charles C., (Charles Christopher), 1873-1955 person
correspondedWith Adelaide Schulkind Frank person
associatedWith American Country Life Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Baldwin, Roger N. (Roger Nash), 1884-1981. person
associatedWith Columbia University. School of Social Work corporateBody
associatedWith Conklin, Edwin Grant, 1863-1952 person
associatedWith Co-operative Education Association of Virginia. corporateBody
associatedWith Cooperative Education Association of Virginia. corporateBody
associatedWith Craig, Wallace person
associatedWith Dewey, John, 1859-1952 person
associatedWith Elrod, Morton J., (Morton John), 1863-1953 person
associatedWith Flathead Lake Biological Station. corporateBody
associatedWith Harper, Roland M., (Roland McMillan), 1878-1966 person
associatedWith Indianapolis Council of Social Agencies. corporateBody
associatedWith Institute on Present Social Problems (1933 : Indianapolis, Ind.) corporateBody
associatedWith Konopka, Gisela. person
associatedWith Krogman, Wilton Marion, 1903- person
associatedWith Leonard, Elizabeth Lindeman, 1918- person
associatedWith Mackenzie, Wilda P. person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990 person
associatedWith National Sharecroppers Week. corporateBody
correspondedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University. Roosevelt Wild Life Forest Experiment Station. corporateBody
associatedWith Pike, F. H., (Frank Henry) person
associatedWith Rural Life Conference (1921 : Richmond, Va.) corporateBody
associatedWith Rural Life Conference (1921 : Richmond, Va.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sarton, George, 1884-1956 person
associatedWith Smith, Margaret Earhart, 1902-1960 person
associatedWith Stefansson, Vilhjalmur, 1879-1962 person
associatedWith Stewart, David Wood, 1929- person
associatedWith Thomas, Wilfried person
associatedWith Welles, Orson, 1915-1985 person
associatedWith Western Michigan University. C.C. Adams Center for Ecological Studies. corporateBody
associatedWith Wilson, Edwin Bidwell, 1879-1964 person
associatedWith Wissler, Clark, 1870-1947 person
associatedWith Workers' Education Bureau of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Workers' Education Bureau of America. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Chicago IL US
Virginia VA US
New York City NY US
Saint Clair MI US
Subject
Social workers--Training of
Biology
Social problems--Congresses
Education, Cooperative
Social problems
Social workers--Congresses
Social service--Congresses
Rural development
Social work education
Community organization
Social action--History--Sources
Occupation
Authors, American
Professor
Laborers
College teachers
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Birth 1885-05-09

Death 1953-04-13

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Americans

English

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