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Carlisle, Ian Methven, 1912-1970 (Textbook Section, Education Branch, Control Commission for Germany)



  • Existence: 1912 - 1970


One of the most important tasks facing the Allied occupation authorities in Germany in 1945 was the rebuilding of the education system, a major aspect of which was the replacement of textbooks issued by the Nazis since 1933. In the British zone this involved the setting up of a Textbook Section within the Education Branch of the Control Commission, meetings with German educationists and other interested parties, the commissioning of new textbooks by approved authors, their vetting before publication, and their printing in large quantities by German publishers, as well as the establishment of ‘source libraries’, the largest at Buende near the Dutch frontier, where the Textbook Section had its headquarters. Ian Carlisle was working for the Textbook Section by July 1946 (and probably earlier). He seems to have returned to England in May or June 1947, where he married one of his colleagues in the Textbook Section, Patricia Aldred. The couple settled in the Suffolk village of Hargrave, near Bury St Edmunds. It is not clear from his papers what occupation Ian Carlisle then followed, but he continued to take an interest in the activities of the Textbook Section, receiving copies of various reports, memoranda and statistical digests.

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Letters and papers about provision of textbooks in Germany

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7985
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers of Ian Methven Carlisle, September 1945-December 1950 (mostly after his departure from Germany), comprising letters to him principally from his former colleagues H.W. Davis and T.J. Leonard; minutes of committees and working parties on textbook production, comprising British representatives and German, civil servants, academics and publishers; memoranda and reports on the activities of the Textbook Section and the progress of its work; official circulars to textbook...
Dates: 1945-1950
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