UW–Madison’s Apple donates archival collection of his writings to Rowan University

UW–Madison’s Michael W. Apple, the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, has donated an extensive collection of his published writings, including more than 50 books, to the Rowan University Archives and Special Collections.


Apple completed his undergraduate degree at Rowan University in 1967, when it was then known as Glassboro State College.

He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the college in 2017, as well as a Rowan University honorary doctorate, and served in 2018-19 as the first visiting distinguished professor in the College of Education.

Apple said he hopes the vast collection of scholarly materials he donated this year “will inspire generations of scholars and educators who, like him, feel a burning passion to teach.”

Sara Borden, who heads the Rowan University Archives and Special Collections, said Apple’s gift “includes every publication he’s written, in every language, and a lot of what he’s published is in different languages.”

A virtual Lunch and Learn is planned for March 4 to celebrate Apple’s gift.

Apple said he’s thrilled to return something to the institution that taught him to teach. “I come from a poor family but at Rowan I was respected in ways that were quite powerful,” he said.

“Rowan treated me as someone who could make a truly serious contribution.”

Learn more about Apple’s career, his writings, and the collection he donated to Rowan University, here.