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Lauren Gilfillan papers, 1921-1999 (majority within 1921-1938)

0.5 linear feet — 1 oversize volume

Author of I Went to Pit College; correspondence and other materials relating to her book and to her later struggle with mental illness.

The Gilfillan collection is arranged into two series: Correspondence and Other Materials. Most of the collection relates to the publication of her book I Went to Pit College, and to its reception by newspapers and literary periodicals. Some of the later materials in the collection concern Gilfillan's struggles with mental illness.


Macomb-Oakland Regional Center Records, 1972-2001 (majority within 1972-1989)

4 linear feet — 1 digital video file

Non-profit human services agency established in 1972 and concerned with the placement of people with developmental and psychiatric disabilities within the local community and the problems resulting from the closing of state institutions in Michigan. The record group includes administrative and publicity files; subject files relating to community placement and resistance to the placement of group homes in Michigan cities and towns; and videocassettes.

The record group includes administrative and publicity material, material documenting resistance to community placement in Michigan, community placement legislation, the closing of the Plymouth Center Developmental Disabilities, and videocassettes.


Mental Health Association in Michigan records, 1937-2004 (majority within 1970-1990)

12 linear feet

Advocacy organization started in 1937 to promote awareness of mental health issues and lobby for patient rights. The record group documents the evolution of mental health care and legislative and organizational efforts to improve the field.

Thee Mental Health Association in Michigan document the organization's efforts to promote and improve mental health care in the sate of Michigan. The record group includes correspondence, mailing, board and committee files, reports, files on annual meetings and regional meetings and workshops, MHAM publications and newsletters, and photographs. The records are arranged into the following series: Administrative Records, Conferences and Meetings, Newsletters, Reports, Site Visitation Program, Topical Files, Clippings, and Visual Materials.


NAMI Michigan records, 1977-2015 (majority within 1980s-1990s)

5 linear feet — 311.7 KB

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill is a grassroots support and advocacy group for the mentally ill and their families. This record group focuses on the NAMI Michigan and NAMI Lansing chapters of the national organization. Records in this collection include annual reports, bylaws, meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, event materials, educational and advocacy program materials, brochures, newspapers, newsletters, resource guides, and various other printed materials.

The records of NAMI Michigan and NAMI Lansing document the dedicated efforts of the two groups in providing support, education, advocacy, and research for the mentally ill and their families. The primary focus of their work has evolved into building a community for all those affected by mental illness. Materials include reports, board meeting minutes, correspondence, information about events and publications.

The series in the record group are: Administrative Files, Correspondence, Events, Programs, Publications, and Miscellaneous.