The Elizabeth Thoman Media Literacy Collection dates from 1943 to 2010 and contains organizational as well as personal/professional records. The collection includes the records for the various iterations of the organization that Elizabeth Thoman founded, beginning with the Media Action Research Center, and continuing through the Media&Values magazine, the Center for Media and Values, and the Center for Media Literacy. Records include published curricula and educational tools, correspondence, and a complete run of Media&Values and the Connect newsletter; Thoman’s speeches, articles, conference materials, and reference and research files; founding documents and early archives of the Partnership for Media Education/Alliance for a Media Literate America/National Association for Media Literacy Education; the Center for Media Literacy’s resource library including publications, videos, and resource and project files; and other materials.
Researchers will find significant overlap between series—the magazine and the Center for Media Literacy were Thoman’s life’s work and the delineation between her personal and professional life, and that of the CML, in this collection is not clear-cut.
The collection provides documentation and a rich history of media literacy education in the United States and the development of pedagogy and theory of the field. Additionally, it documents the CML’s evolution from the publisher of a magazine and educational resources to an important player in the “movement” in media literacy during an explosion in media consumption among the youth of the country.
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