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Administrative Files, 1909-1949, 1985-2011

10.5 linear feet, 8 oversize volumes, 309.3 MB


The Administrative Files series documents the decisions of high level administrators and committees regarding the planning and management of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. A large portion of the series consists of material from the Board of Directors, including a complete run of minutes from the mid to late 1980s, as well as minutes from their retreats and special meetings. Also included are annual, financial, and strategic planning meeting reports.

An area of note within the series includes records of past presidents and organization officers. Material related to Chad Audi can be found in the Chad Audi series.

Material from COO Barbara Willis document the DRMMs work with external organizations and development efforts. The series includes one file of material noting the recognition recieved by Donald DeVos for his work with the organization during the 1990s.


Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries records, 1909-2016 (majority within 1980s-2000s)

23 linear feet — 8 oversize volumes — 1 oversize folder — 12.4 GB (online)

The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries began in 1909 as an organization offering food, shelter, and church services to the homeless of Detroit. Since then it has grown in size and scope as it now offers treatment for addiction, mental health services, and more throughout the Detroit Metropolitan area. The bulk of the collection includes project reports, program meeting minutes, photographs, and audio and video recordings relating to the organization. The collection also includes files of the organization's leaders administrators: Chad Audi, Donald DeVos, Barbara Willis, among others.

The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries records primarily include materials dating from the 1980s up through the 2010s. A portion of the collection documents the early years, between the early and mid-1900s. The collection includes administrative records, project reports, as well as photographs and other publicity material.


Publicity, 1910-2016

9 linear feet, 1 oversize folder, 12.15 GB


The Publicity series contains material that was used to promote the organizations projects and programs to the community. News articles within the series offer stories on the organization's projects and goals, which were published by various newspapers and online. There are also certificates that were presented to the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries to celebrate some of their accomplishments. These certificates came from the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan, and political figures such as Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. A large portion of printed materials are arranged by the year (or in some cases by decade) and contain general flyers, brochures, newsletters, and other printed material.

Also included are video and audiocassettes with recordings of news stories promoting the projects of the organization, interviews with employees, and promotional videos used in programs. The audio recordings are largely topical, but also contain some examples radio advertising.

Photographs, slides, and negatives of the organization comprise the largest portion of the series. While some of the photographs are arranged by subject, most are unidentified. The latter depict various projects, programs, and locations. These images document the people who used the services of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, as well as the organization's buildings and housing facilities.