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Edwin T. Cornelius Collection

Identifier: MS 112

Content Description

Audiovisual language programs, scripts, correspondence, business files, research material, books, and artifacts document the life and work of English as a Second Language educator Edwin T. Cornelius from 1940-2012. Cornelius was a TCU grad and linguist who developed and wrote numerous ESL courses for Greek, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese audiences.


  • Creation: 1940-2012


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Edwin T. Cornelius was born March 18, 1924. After graduating from TCU and Yale he served in the U.S. Navy, and later was a missionary in Paraguay. He worked with the U.S. State Department in South America as a language teacher and consultant. He was an author, educator and pioneer in teaching English as a Second Language. Cornelius founded English Language Services, and published and produced many English teaching books and audiovisual teaching aids. He gained international recognition as author of "English 900" for McMillan. In 1975 he started Pace Group International in Portland, Oregon, where he developed more ESL courses primarily for Asian learners. He died in 2011.


34 Linear feet

Language of Materials



Arranged in four series: I. Instructional programs and material; II. Personal papers; III. Educational material; and IV. Pace Group International.

Physical Location

Wright Storage: 17C2-17E5

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of his wife Joanne Cornelius in 2013.

Guide to the Edwin Cornelius Collection
Mary Saffell and Special Collections Staff
June 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

TCU Box 298400
2800 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
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