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Personal papers of Edward L. Meyen

Call Number: PP 608


This collection of Edward L. Meyen's personal papers includes five series based on a larger set of series established by Meyen: Official communications, Project reports, Speeches and presentations, Teacher training and teaching materials, and Audiovisual materials. Meyen's papers are exclusively professional in nature and span almost the entirety of his career, from his time as a graduate student at the University of Iowa through the mid-1990s, when Meyen returned to a faculty position after serving in several central university administrative positions.


  • Creation: 1962 - 2018


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Edward L. Meyen

Edward L. Meyen is a Professor Emeritus of Special Education at the University of Kansas. He began his KU career in 1973 as a professor, then took on various administrative roles from 1978-1996, culminating in his role as Executive Vice Chancellor of the KU Lawrence Campus. He once again returned to the faculty as a professor and later Co-Director of the eLearning Design Lab from 1996 until his retirement in 2015.

Meyen was born in North Platte, Nebraska and raised in Sutherland, Nebraska, moving to Derby, Colorado after his sophomore year of high school. Meyen attended Colorado State College, receiving his BA in Education and MA in Special Education in 1958 and 1959, respectively. He then went on to earn his PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1968.

Meyen began his career as a special education classroom teacher, quickly moving into roles in the Iowa State Department of Education as project director and coordinator for a series of special projects between 1960-1966 that focused on the provision of education and services for people with disabilities. He then spent two years as an Assistant Professor and Director of Special Education at the University of Iowa before taking a position as an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri. Three years later, he moved to the University of Kansas as Chairman and Professor in the Department of Special Education. In 1978, Meyen began a career in central university administration at KU, beginning with a position as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies, and Public Service, moving through other roles that included Dean of the School of Education and finally Executive Vice Chancellor.

In 1997 Meyen returned to a teaching position and became Director of the Online Academy. In 2000, Meyen and his team from the Online Academy launched the eLearning Design Lab (EDL), a center focused on research and development of enhanced learning technology. Meyen remained Co-Director there until his retirement, and continues to work on EDL projects.


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Scope and Contents

Edward Meyen's personal papers include five series based on a larger set of series established by Meyen: Official communications, Project reports, Speeches and presentations, Teacher training and teaching materials, and Audiovisual materials.

The "Official communications" series includes professional correspondence as well as official reports and recommendations regarding the provision of education and services for individuals with disabilities. The "Project reports" series includes reports on special projects on special education with which Meyen was involved, particularly during his time in Iowa. The "Speeches and presentations" series contains printed examples of speeches and presentations given by Meyen, particularly during his career at KU. The "Teacher training and teaching materials" series includes guidelines, instruction manuals, professional development programs, and sample lesson plans for special education teachers and trainees, as well as learning materials for students with disabilities. The "Audiovisual materials" series contains cassettes, large video cassettes, CDs, and DVDs that pertain largely to training of special education teachers.

Please note that terms and language used in this collection are representative of when the records were created and have not been replicated in this finding aid, except when directly quoting.


Collection originally arranged by donor into seven series: Official communications, Speeches and presentations, Research project final reports, Publications, Multimedia resources, Teaching material, and Student communications. Due to overlap between series, the system of arrangement was streamlined into the five series described here:

  1. Official communications
  2. Project reports
  3. Speeches and presentations
  4. Teacher training and teaching materials
  5. Audiovisual materials

Physical Location

PP 608

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Edward L. Meyen, 2018.


Further accruals relating to eLearning Design Lab possible.

Related Materials

Oral history interview conducted by the Endacott Society available.

Consult reference staff for availability of related materials such as biographical files, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Separated Materials

Three-dimensional objects held in University Archives.

Publications have been removed from the collection to be individually cataloged.

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Preferred citation
Edward L. Meyen Collection, PP 608, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States