Caliver, Ambrose, 1894-1962

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African American educator and administrator at Fisk University, and civil servant at the U.S. Office of Education.

From the description of Papers, 1915-1959. (Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center). WorldCat record id: 70941368

African American educator and administrator at Fisk University; civil servant at the U.S. Office of Education.

From the description of Ambrose Caliver collection, 1912-1938. (Fisk University). WorldCat record id: 231347377

  • 1894 February 25: Born in Saltville, Virginia to Ambrose and Cora Saunders Caliver.
  • 1915: Received B.A. from Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • 1916: Married Rosalie Evelyn Rucker; one daughter, Jewel.
  • 1916: Received diploma in cabinet making from Tuskegee Institute.
  • 1916: Employed as high school principal, Rockwood, Tennessee.
  • 1917: Instructor and assistant principal, Douglass High School, El Paso, Texas.
  • 1917 - 30 : Progressed from teacher to director of summer school to dean, Fisk University.
  • 1919 - 22 : Organizer and director of Tennessee Anti-Tuberculosis Society for Negroes.
  • 1920: Received M.A. from University of Wisconsin.
  • 1930: Received Ph.D. from Columbia University.
  • 1930 - 46 : Senior Specialist in the Education of Negroes, U.S. Office of Education.
  • 1930 - 40 : Initiated and conducted annual radio broadcasts about education of Negroes for the U.S. Office of Education.
  • 1933 - 34 : Directed FERA and WPA emergency education programs for Negroes.
  • 1934: Director, National Conference on Fundamental Problems in the Education of Negroes.
  • 1935 - 38 : Director, National Survey of Vocational Education and Guidance of Negroes.
  • 1937 - 40 : Founded and published the National Educational Outlook Among Negroes.
  • 1938 - 48 : Lecturer in graduate department, Howard University.
  • 1939 - 42 : Associate Director, National Survey of Higher Education of Negroes.
  • 1941 - 42 : Initiated and directed “Freedom's People,” national radio broadcasts.
  • 1946 - 50 : Specialist for Higher Education of Negroes and Adviser on Related Problems, U.S. Office of Education.
  • 1946 - 50 : Director, Literacy Education Project, U.S. Office of Education.
  • 1950: Promoted to Assistant to Commissioner, U.S. Office of Education.
  • 1955: Promoted to Chief, Adult Education Section, U.S. Office of Education.
  • 1955 - 62 : Founded and directed the National Commission for Adult Literacy of the Adult Education Association of the U.S.A.
  • 1961 - 62 : Elected to the presidency of the Adult Education Association of the U.S.A.
  • 1962 January 29: Died in Washington, D.C. Buried in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Suitland, MD.

From the guide to the Ambrose Caliver Papers, 1915-1959, (Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Scott, Emmett J. (Emmett Jay), 1873-1957. Emmett J. Scott collection, 1916-1951. Morgan State University
creatorOf Caliver, Ambrose, 1894-1962. Papers, 1915-1959. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
creatorOf Ambrose Caliver Papers, 1915-1959 Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
referencedIn Whiting, Helen Adele Johnson, 1885-1929. Helen Adele Johnson Whiting papers, 1929-1982 (bulk 1929-1950). Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Central Library
creatorOf Curtis, Austin W., 1911-. Austin W. Curtis papers, 1896-1971. Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Horace Mann Bond Papers, 1830-1979, 1926-1972 Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries
referencedIn Austin W. Curtis Papers, 1896-1971 Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Caliver, Ambrose, 1894-1962. Ambrose Caliver collection, 1912-1938. John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library. Special Collections & Archives
referencedIn Proctor, Henry Hugh, 1868-1933. Papers. 1881-1971. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Adult Education Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Alexander Hamilton Institute (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith American Association for Adult Education. corporateBody
associatedWith Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Association of American Universities. corporateBody
associatedWith Bass, C. J. person
associatedWith Bethune, Mary McLeod, 1875-1955. person
associatedWith Bond, Horace Mann, 1904-1972 person
correspondedWith Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946 person
associatedWith Curtis, Austin W., 1911- person
correspondedWith Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963 person
associatedWith East Tennessee Association of Teachers in Colored Schools. corporateBody
associatedWith Fisk Memorial Chapel (Fisk University) corporateBody
associatedWith Fisk University. corporateBody
associatedWith Fisk University. Dept. of Publicity. corporateBody
associatedWith Fisk University. Office of the Registrar. corporateBody
associatedWith Forde, W. E. A., d. 1939. person
associatedWith Frazier, J. M. person
associatedWith Gates, George Augustus, 1851-1912. person
associatedWith Graham, James L. (James Larmour), 1888-1965. person
associatedWith Harvard University. corporateBody
associatedWith Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977. person
associatedWith Henry Holt and Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Howard University. corporateBody
correspondedWith Johnson, Charles Spurgeon, 1893-1956 person
associatedWith Jubilee Singers. corporateBody
associatedWith Locke, Alain LeRoy, 1886-1954. person
associatedWith Looby, Z. Alexander (Zephaniah Alexander), 1899-1972. person
associatedWith Meharry Medical College. corporateBody
associatedWith Mitchell, Arthur Wergs, 1883-1968. person
associatedWith National Association of Collegiate Deans and Registrars in Negro Schools (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Conference on Fundamental Problems in the Education of Negroes (1934 : Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Education Association of the United States. corporateBody
associatedWith National Urban League. corporateBody
associatedWith New Deal Progressive League (Nashville, Tenn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Medical School. corporateBody
associatedWith Ortman, Elmer John, 1878-1969. person
associatedWith Proctor, Henry Hugh, 1868-1933. person
associatedWith Ronald Press Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, Tenn.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Scott, Emmett J. (Emmett Jay), 1873-1957. person
associatedWith Shaw, Augustus F. (Augustus Farnham), 1866-1939. person
associatedWith Tennessee Colored Anti-Tuberculosis Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Tennessee Colored State Fair. corporateBody
associatedWith Tennessee. Dept. of Education. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of the Interior. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Office of Education. corporateBody
associatedWith University Society of Educational Publishers. corporateBody
associatedWith West Virginia. State Dept. of Education. corporateBody
associatedWith Whiting, Helen Adele Johnson, 1885-1929. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Adult education
African American college students
African Americans
African Americans
Harlem Renaissance
High school
Minority deans (Education)
New Deal, 1933-1939
Student activities
World War, 1914-1918
African American college administrators
African American college adminstrators
African American college teachers


Birth 1894

Death 1962



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