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Ruth K. Graves papers, 1972-2007

1.4 linear feet

Ruth K. Graves is a Quaker and high school chemistry teacher from Ypsilanti, Michigan. In 1969, Graves and her husband Bruce began withholding taxes contributing to the military, before being taken to the Supreme Court by the IRS in 1975. Ruth Graves has been active in a number of organizations involved with social causes, as well as presented on public access television. The collection consists of newsletters and reports from the World Peace Tax Fund and local organizations and correspondence between the Graves and Michigan Senators, Carl Levin and Donald Riegle. Audio and video recordings of the public access show, Peace InSight and other programs about social issues are also found within the collection.

The Ruth K. Graves papers document Graves' objection to military taxation during the 1970s. The collection primarily contains reports and meeting minutes of the National Council for the World Peace Tax Fund, as well as newspaper clippings and journal articles about Ruth and her husband Bruce, Graves' involvement with the organization. Also included is personal correspondence, most notably between the Graves and Michigan Senators Carl Levin and Donald Riegle, discussing a World Peace Tax Fund. Organizational records of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Ann Arbor Friends, and other local organizations can be found within the collection.

A substantial portion of the collection includes video and audio programs from the public access series, Peace InSight, amongst other television programs covering social issues.


School of Music, Theatre & Dance (University of Michigan) publications, 1885-2015 (majority within 1970-2000)

6 linear feet — 57.3 GB (online) — 1 oversize box — 1 archived website

Includes miscellaneous newsletters, bulletins, programs, brochures, articles, calendars, histories, sound recordings, video recordings, and posters produced by or for the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance Publications (8 linear feet, 57.3 GB, 1 oversize boxes, and 1 archived website) contains newsletters, bulletins, programs, sound recordings, video recordings, and other materials produced by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.


School of Music, Theatre & Dance (University of Michigan) records, 1880-2021 (majority within 1940-2010)

43.5 linear feet — 7 oversize volumes — 688.97 GB (online) — 2 oversize boxes — 1 archived website

Music, theatre, and dance education unit of the University of Michigan. Also represented in this collection are its predecessor organizations, the Ann Arbor School of Music and the University School of Music, and its departments. Includes records of students and instructors, correspondence, topical files, and materials related to student and faculty performance groups. Archived versions of the School's websites provide additional documentation of academic programs, research, events, people, and policies.

The School of Music, Theatre, & Dance (University of Michigan) records document music education in Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan and student and faculty musical production beginning in 1885. The records include student ledgers listing names, tuition, and instructors; correspondence and clippings, 1924-1953, concerning the University Band, including correspondence of William D. Revelli; files relating to musical programs, particularly the Michigan Singers' Spring Tour, the Union Opera, and Musket productions; minutes of the executive committee and faculty; and digitized audio and video recordings of performances, including performances at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, by the Michigan Youth Ensembles, and other groups associated with the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Also included are files associated the Department of Dance and Department of Theatre and Drama.

  1. Topical Files -- Boxes 1-5, 25-30, 35-41, online
  2. Student Ledgers -- Volumes 1-7
  3. Dean's Files -- Boxes 6-8, 30-31
  4. Faculty Records -- Boxes 9-24
  5. Donor Files -- Box 31
  6. Executive Committee -- Boxes 32, 34
  7. Department of Dance -- Boxes 44-46, online
  8. Department of Theatre and Dance -- Box 33
  9. Archived Website -- online
  10. Audio recordings (original audiotapes and digital recordings) -- Boxes 42-43, online
  11. Video recordings -- online

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, University of Michigan Chapter records, 1903-2002

6.3 linear feet — 1 oversize box

University of Michigan Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Records are dated from 1903 to 2002 and include audiovisual material, committee and chronological files, correspondence, membership records, minutes, programs of annual banquets, reports, topical files, and treasurer's records. The records primarily document the activities of the University of Michigan chapter and the involvement of Peggie J. Hollingsworth in Sigma Xi's national organization.

The material in the Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, University of Michigan Chapter records is dated from 1903 to 2002 and includes audiovisual material, committee and chronological files, correspondence, membership records, minutes, programs of annual banquets, reports, topical files, and treasurer's records. The records primarily document the activities of the University of Michigan chapter and the involvement of Peggie J. Hollingsworth in Sigma Xi's national organization.


Spectrum Center (University of Michigan) records, 1976-2012, 2019-2021 (majority within 1987-2012)

7 linear feet — 1 oversize folder — 50.42 GB (online)

University of Michigan office operating since 1971 that deals with human sexuality and gender identity support and advocacy for students, faculty, and staff. Records consist of administrative and topical files of the Spectrum Center and its predecessor offices and relate to the operation of the office; outreach programs; advocacy efforts; background on university housing issues; same sex benefits; as well as local, state, and national issues pertaining to LGBTQ rights. Documentation also includes posters; photos of rights marches, gay pride events, and celebration events; audio-visual material; and oral histories.

The records of the Spectrum Center document the activities of the center from 1976 to 2012, 2019-2021 (bulk 1987-2012). Materials in this record group consist of correspondence (including electronic mail printouts and memoranda), clippings, educational training manuals, minutes, reports, topical files, photographic materials, audio and visual materials, and oral histories.

For earlier records of the office, see the Lesbian-Gay Male-Bisexual Programs Office series within the James W. Toy papers, which is also held at the Bentley Library. Note that there is some overlap between the records in the James W. Toy papers and this record group.


Stanford R. Ovshinsky papers, 1922-2012 (majority within 1950-2012)

97.4 linear feet (in 108 boxes) — 22.6 GB (online)

Collection documents the personal and professional life of Stanford R. Ovshinsky, Michigan inventor and pioneer in the field of amorphous materials; his work emphasized photovoltaics and batteries, among other areas. Includes correspondence, business files, technical publications and presentations, and related records documenting Ovshinsky's life, activities, accomplishments, and interests.

The Stanford R. Ovshinsky papers comprise materials documenting his long scientific career. Though the collection includes some information about his personal life, the files primarily provide insight into Ovshinsky's professional activities and involvement in the field of amorphous materials.


Stanley B. Goldberg Papers, 1981-1993

0.5 linear feet (in 2 boxes)

Papers of Stanley B. Goldberg, president of the Wayne County, Mich., chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, and videotapes.

Collection includes 2 volumes and 7 VHS videotapes. Volume 1, the larger of two volumes, includes Goldberg's correspondence dated between 1981 and 1990, a collection of clippings from Michigan newspapers related to drunk driving, victims and families of drunk drivers, legal cases against drunk drivers, M.A.D.D. ads, etc.; programs and announcements of M.A.D.D. support groups meetings, public workshops, vigils, and other activities; also M.A.D.D. bumper stickers and a few photographs. Correspondence includes exchanges between Goldberg and Michigan's elected politicians and officers of M.A.D.D. chapters, among other correspondents. Volume 2 contains material related to the annual Wayne and Oakland Counties LifeRide project. The project was designed to provide free rides to overindulged motorists on New Year's Eve. This material includes 1989-1991 publicity articles, M.A.D.D correspondence to taxi companies, taxi roster, and worksheet form. Also, photographs from the 1993 LifeRide event. Video recordings dated between 1984 and 1993 of M.A.D.D. events and meetings, and Goldberg's TV interviews aired on local channels 50, 56, 62, including an interview with Phil Donahue.


Starr Commonwealth records, 1916-2015 (majority within 1950-2000)

150.4 linear feet (157 boxes) — 1.65 GB — 50 oversize boxes

Organization dedicated to outreach, education, and intervention for troubled youth located in Albion, Michigan. The collection includes materials related to Floyd Starr, Foundtaion's administrative and development records, historic and promotional photographs, analog and digital audio-visual recordings, marketing materials, as well as publications.

The Starr Commonwealth Records collection contains 150.4 linear feet (157 boxes), 1.65 GB, and 52 oversize boxes of the records from the main administrative office of the Starr Commonwealth organization. It also includes historical records from the Starr Commonwealth School for Boys and records from the organization's branch facilities located across Michigan and Ohio. The collection also contains a substantial amount of material related to Floyd Starr, the founder and first president of the organization. Materials include correspondence, records, publications, videocassettes, audiocassettes, digital files, photographs, scrapbooks. The collection highlights the life and work of Floyd Starr, the administrative work of Starr Commonwealth, and the impact of the organization on local communities in Michigan and Ohio.

The Starr Commonwealth records have been organized into seven series: the Floyd Starr series, the Visitors series, the Administrative records series, the Marketing records series, the Development records series, the Publications series, and the Visual materials and Artifacts series.

The Floyd Starr series contains correspondence, papers and audiovisual materials about the life of Starr Commonwealth's founder.

The Visitors series contains correspondence, speech transcripts, photographs, and clippings from the visits of influential individuals to Starr Commonwealth. The series highlights materials from the trips of George Washington Carver and Helen Keller to Starr Commonwealth to visit with the students and deliver inspiring speeches.

The Administrative records series contains records, notes, correspondence, clippings, audiovisual materials and photographs from the central administrative offices of Starr Commonwealth. The series also includes materials from the Starr Commonwealth Public Relations department and the Chapel-in-the-Woods religious facility on the Albion campus.

The Marketing records series contains records, photographs and audiovisual materials that illustrate publicity projects and strategies for the organization.

The Development records series contains records, publications, and photographs from fundraising and donor activities. These records highlight some of Starr Commonwealth's major fundraising strategies and activities.

The Publications series contains published materials produced by Starr's Albion, Van Wert and Columbus campuses. Publications include annual reports, student and faculty newsletters, student handbooks, and scholarly publications from Starr Commonwealth leadership.

The Visual Materials and Artifacts series contains a collection of scrapbooks, photographs, photograph albums, and slides. It also contains materials and artifacts from Bruecker Museum on the Albion campus. These materials provide a visual representation of the students, faculty, buildings and major events at Starr Commonwealth throughout its history.


St. Mary Student Parish (Ann Arbor, Mich.) Records, 1915-2011

14.5 linear feet (in 16 boxes)

Catholic chapel (later parish) ministering largely to University of Michigan students. Council minutes, correspondence, topical files, chapel bulletins, and financial records; also files relating to the Gabriel Richard Foundation, the Newman Club and the Newman Student Association; and photographs.

The records of St. Mary Student Parish are divided into seven series: (1) St. Mary Chapel administrative files; (2) Gabriel Richard Center records; (3) Newman Club records; (4) Topical files; (5) Newsletters; (6) Photographs, Scrapbooks, and Albums; and (7) 2011-2014 Accessions.


Sue Marx papers, 1978-2009

1 archived websites (online) — 58.4 GB (online) — 2 oversize film reels — 45.5 linear feet (in 56 boxes) — 1 digital video file

Audiovisual materials, archived web content, and other files pertaining to films produced by Sue Marx, a prolific documentary filmmaker who operated her own studio in Detroit between 1980 and 2011. Collection includes completed documentaries in analog and digital form, raw footage in various audiovisual formats, production background information, scripts, and transcripts, among other items.

Materials in the Sue Marx papers, which primarily consist of audiovisual formats, address Marx's career as a filmmaker after leaving network broadcasting, spanning more than two decades of documentaries and advertisements created by Marx's eponymous production company. While the collection includes polished versions of various films, including Marx's Academy Award-winning short subject "Young at Heart," the bulk of the analog and digital materials contain raw footage from which Marx later constructed her completed documentaries and promotional pieces. Also included are files containing background research materials, production releases, scripts, transcripts of interviews, and audio files.