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Pittsfield Township records, 1830-1980

7 linear feet (in 8 boxes) — 121 oversize volumes — 1.98 GB

The Pittsfield Township (Washtenaw County, Mich.) records contain school district records for districts 1 through 8 and 8 fractional from 1860-1930, with occasional records dating back to 1830. The collection also contains a wide range of types of township records dealing with assessments, elections, finance, and legal activities, dating from 1832 to 1980. Township Board proceedings (1834-1965, with some gaps) and road records (1835-1887) are also available in digitized versions.

The collection consists of the following series: Pittsfield School Districts records, Miscellaneous Township Responsibilities, Township Administration, Treasurer's records, Assessment Rolls, Tax Rolls, Rolls of Lands Upon Which Taxes Were Unpaid, and Other Assessments.


Ralph W. Muncy papers, circa 1830-1992

15.5 linear feet (in 16 boxes)

Socialist Labor Party member, later member of the League for Socialist Reconstruction. Correspondence, campaign files, audio-tapes, and other materials largely concerning his work with the State Central Committee of the Socialist Labor Party and Socialist Reconstruction, 1928-1992; and collected family materials including letters and memoirs of Levi Muncy, soldier during the Civil War; also photographs.

The Ralph Muncy collection consists primarily of papers relating to his interest in socialist political activities. A smaller portion of the collection documents the involvement of his wife, Lydia B. Muncy, in the socialist cause. Together they also collected materials relating to the history of their families (Muncy-Baird). Included is much original family material dating back into the nineteenth century. The Ralph Muncy papers have been arranged into the following series: Correspondence; Topical Files; and Ralph Muncy and Lydia Baird Muncy Personal.


Rolland G. Billings photographic slide collection, ca. 1969- ca. 1989

0.5 linear feet (approximately 600 slides)

Photographic slides used in classroom presentation on the history of Blacks in Michigan; slides with views of classrooms, schools, and city views used in various instructional programs; and miscellaneous slides showing activities at Cobblestone Farm, collected historical images of Ann Arbor streets and structures, the University of Michigan, and the Huron River.


Student Advocacy Center of Michigan records, 1975-2004

6 linear feet

The Students Advocacy Center of Michigan (SAC), established in 1975 in Ann Arbor, was the only organization in Michigan, providing non-legal advocacy to students and their parents who were eligible for general and special public education programs. SAC was involved in numerous controversies involving public school policies and practices. Ruth Zweifler, founding member and director, led SAC and built a statewide presence through activism for students and parents. The record group includes administrative files and other subject files of executive director Ruth Zweifler documenting the Center's advocacy programs, its management and funding sources; includes clippings relating to the Center's support in 1979 of Ann Arbor teachers having training in Black English.

The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan records include administrative files and other subject files of executive director Ruth Zweifler documenting the Center’s advocacy programs, its management and funding sources. Also included are clippings relating to the Center’s support in 1979 of Ann Arbor teachers having training in Black English. The records are arranged into six series: Administration; Ruth Zweifler, Executive Director, 1975-2004; Program; Grants and Fundraising, Digital Materials, and Audiovisual Materials


Ted Heusel Papers, 1968-1974

4 linear feet

Ann Arbor, Michigan, radio personality and member of the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Board of Education, 1968-1973. Materials relating to his service on the school board; subjects covered include disruptions in the schools, teacher strikes, alleged racial and sexual bias in the school system, and the searches for school superintendents.

The papers of Ted Heusel relate to his tenure on the Ann Arbor Board of Education. While the dates of the collection are 1968-1974, the bulk of the material is from 1972-1973. The collection has been arranged into six series: Correspondence, Memoranda, Minutes and Notes, Topical Files, Reports, and Sound Recordings.

The Correspondence and Memoranda series consist basically of communications between board members and school administrators, but including also some communications with teachers and parents. These files are in chronological order.

Minutes and Notes have been arranged chronologically by type of meeting: briefing session, executive session, or regular meeting. There are no minutes and notes for 1971.

Topical Files are in alphabetical order. Included in these files are clippings, minutes and recommendations of various committees, curriculum guides data sheets, and surveys. many of the concerns of the Board at this time, such as discipline policy, a humaneness in education policy, multi-ethnic curriculum, and the formulation of goals and objectives for the school system, are documented in this series of the collection.

The Reports relate to both the educational program and to physical facilities of the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

The Sound Recordings were prepared in the early 1970's in conjunction with Heusel's radio program, and are not directly related to the Board of Education. They do, however, include the opinions of listeners who called in to express their views during the teachers' strike as well as news, interviews, and comments on other local events and personalities.


University School (University of Michigan) records, 1920-1975 (majority within 1930-1960)

8 linear feet

Demonstration school operated by the University of Michigan School of Education, 1924-1969. Records include annual reports, staff bulletins, publicity, photographs, faculty minutes, building plans, and curriculum material; also records pertaining to the closing of the schools, and a historical file on the founding of the schools including correspondence of Allen S. Whitney.

The records of the University Schools operated by the University of Michigan School of Education document the activities of the schools (elementary and high school), students, parents, alumni as well as the physical facilities of the schools. The records date from 1920 to 1975 although the bulk of the records cover the period from 1930 to 1966. The last vestiges of the schools closed after the 1969/70 academic year, but records relating to the renovation and remodeling of the school buildings are present through 1975.

The records were received in three accessions resulting in the creation of several series. Thus researchers will find some overlap within the various series, particularly the topical files and administrative files. The records are divided into eight series: Topical Files; University Elementary School Files; University High School Files; Administrative Files; Classroom Activities; Photographs; Historical Files; and Renovations and Architectural Drawings.


Wallace Frost papers, circa 1939-1962

0.1 linear feet — 16 blueprints — 1 microfilm

Detroit area architect. Blueprints of selected buildings, biographical materials, advertising and financial material relating to Pittsfield Village, Ann Arbor, Mich., and photographs.

The collection consists of original blueprints and microfilm of photographs of buildings designed by Frost largely from the period after 1939. Most of the earlier plans and papers were destroyed by fire in California in 1939. There are also a few folders relating to his interest in Pittsfield Village.


Warren Lounsbury Smith papers, 1940-1972

13 linear feet

Professor of economics at University of Michigan, member of the President's Council of Economic Advisors, 1968-1969. Professional files, manuscripts of writings, notebooks of lecture notes, and other materials relating to the Council of Economic Advisors; and photographs.

The Smith papers consist of professional files, manuscripts of writings, notebooks of lecture notes, and other materials relating to the Council of Economic Advisors; and photographs. The papers are organized in ten series of material covering the period of his education and professional career, approximately 1940-1972. These series are: Personal / Biographical; Student notebooks and papers, 1940-1952; Teaching Materials; Printed writings; Unpublished papers; Student files; Correspondence; Papers and Conferences, circa 1952-1972; Council of Economic Advisors, 1961-1969; and Committees, conferences, and study groups.


William L. Mills Papers, 1920-1988 (majority within 1950-1957)

1.3 linear feet (in 2 boxes)

Dearborn, Michigan newspaper publisher; candidate for mayor of Dearborn in 1957. Papers relating to the Dearborn Independent newspaper; collected materials detailing the career of Dearborn mayor Orville Hubbard; campaign files documenting Mills' unsuccessful bid to unseat Hubbard in 1957; and photographs.

The Mills collection, approximately 1.3 linear feet of correspondence, clippings, photographs, and related materials, covers the period of 1920 to 1988. The great bulk of the collection dates from the years of the late 1940s to 1957.

Although Mills was a newspaper publisher for a long period, the Mills collection relates only in part to this phase of his life. The great majority of materials concern his unsuccessful campaign against Orville Hubbard in 1957. Of interest are the series of articles that Mills wrote, titled "How Dearborn got a dictator mayor."

A series of photographs that Mills collected are of especial importance. Many of these do relate to the activities and operation of the Dearborn Independent, to the cities of Dearborn and Fordson, and to Mills' extensive ties with the Ford Motor Company and the Ford family.