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Department of History (University of Michigan) student papers, 1930-1987

7 linear feet (263 papers)

Student papers, 1930-1987 prepared for classes in history at the University of Michigan (primarily Michigan history class taught by Lewis G. VanderVelde, but also including research papers for classes taught by Sidney Fine and others); topics concern Michigan social and political history; Michigan biography and bibliography; and local community history.

The student papers are organized alphabetically by author in two series, which are similar in date range and topics covered. Topics of papers concern Michigan social and political history; Michigan biography and bibliography; local community history and University of Michigan history. A topical index to the papers is available in the first box of the collection.


Edward Henry Kraus Papers, 1904-1970

4.25 linear feet

Edward H. Kraus (1875-1973) was a Professor of Mineralogy at the University of Michigan and also served as Dean of the Summer Session, 1915-1933, Dean of the College of Pharmacy, 1923-1933, and Dean of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, 1933-1945. The collection consists of correspondence, as well as speeches and other files related to his academic career and his association with the Ann Arbor First Methodist Church, the University Research Club, and Phi Kappa Phi fraternal organization.

The Edward Kraus papers document his career as professor of mineralogy and administrator at the University of Michigan; his activities in professional organizations, including g the University Research Club and the Mineralogical Society of America; and his involvement with the Ann Arbor First Methodist Episcopal Church and the Wesley Society. The collection is divided into two series, Correspondence and Other Activities and Interests.


Edward W. Blakeman Papers, 1909-1963

3 linear feet

Counselor in religious education at the University of Michigan. Correspondence and biographical material; official reports; radio scripts; articles on the religious education of college students; scrapbook, 1933-1943; preliminary reports of a survey of college religious life published in 1942; materials relating to a survey of University alumni who entered religious vocations; and materials relating to Japanese-Americans in Ann Arbor, Michigan during World War II; also correspondence of several of Blakeman's predecessors as counselor in religious education; materials on the Student Christian Association, the Spring Parley, 1930-1942, the Michigan School of Religion, the Michigan Pastors' Conference, 1940-1947, the Michigan Child Guidance Institute and the Conference on Religion, 1940-1941; and photographs.

First Presbyterian Church (Ann Arbor, Mich.) records, 1872-1972

2.5 linear feet — 1 oversize folder — 2 microfilms

Presbyterian church established in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1826; session minutes, correspondence, miscellaneous other record books.

The record group consists of session minutes, 1872-1972; records of University of Michigan student organization named the Presbyterian Corporation of the University of Michigan (formerly the Tappan Presbyterian Hall Association); records of other church groups, including the First Presbyterian Society, the Christian Endeavor Society, the Women's Foreign Missionary Society and the Westminster Guild; and photographs.


French family papers, circa 1908-1966

1 linear foot

Files of J. Leslie French, Presbyterian clergyman, and first campus minister at the University of Michigan Tappan Hall Presbyterian Association; and papers of his wife, Edna Cumming French, largely concerning her involvement in the Alumnae Council's fundraising for the construction of the Women's League.

The French family collection consists primarily of the papers of J. Leslie French with a scattering of other materials of his wife Edna Cumming French. The J. Leslie French materials relate to the period when he was University Pastor for Presbyterian Students at the University of Michigan. The Edna French papers pertain to University of Michigan alumnae activities, notably her involvement in fund raising for the construction of the Women's League building.


Guild House records, 1924-2005 (majority within 1940-1990)

10 linear feet — 6 oversize volumes — 10.1 GB (online)

Ecumenical Christian campus ministry at the University of Michigan. Records include correspondence, minutes, financial reports, annual reports, newsletters, photographs, audio-tapes; materials concerning University of Michigan religious organizations, including Office of Religious Affairs, the Association of Religious Counselors, Student Religious Association, the Interfaith Center, and the Protestant Foundation for International Students; also files on other religious organizations, especially the Ann Arbor Bible Chair, the Michigan Christian Foundation of the Disciples of Christ; and papers concerning Ann Arbor churches, particularly the Bethlehem Evangelical Church, the First Congregational Church, and the Memorial Christian Church.

The records of Guild House have come to the library in different accessions dating from the 1970s. Covering the period from the 1920s to the 2000s, the records document the different roots of the modern Guild House. Besides correspondence, financial reports and annual reports, the record group includes the student newsletter The Microphone, as well as various reports of retreats, banquets, luncheons, and discussion sessions.

Because the members of the Guild House were so active, the record group includes materials on social issues such as civil rights, disarmament, diplomatic recognition of China, apartheid, and social and political issues in Central America. For a view of the Vietnam War peace movement and other political issues the collection of J. Edgar Edwards, director and campus minister of the Guild House from 1957 to 1973, should be consulted. This collection has been separately cataloged.

There are also numerous sound tape recordings of Guild House programs and meetings, a microfilm copy of the record book of the Upper Room membership under H.L. Pickerill's predecessor Thomas Iden, photographs, and scrapbooks.

More specifically, the record group has been arranged into the following series: Church Campus Ministries; Guild House Organizational Records; Related Organizations; Publications and related; Directors; Photographs, Scrapbooks, and Sound Recordings. The strength of the collection is its documentation of Guild House's involvement in significant social and political issues of the 1950s-2000s.


J. Edgar Edwards Papers, 1938-1973

5 linear feet

Minister and director of the Guild House, Ann Arbor, Michigan, religious cooperative. Sermons, prayers, addresses, poetry, course notes from Union Theological Seminary, and marriage ceremonies; also papers concerning the 1965 and 1967 teach-ins at the University of Michigan on the war in Vietnam, draft counseling, conscientious objection, Students for a Democratic Society and other political groups, and miscellanea.

The collection contains sermons (1941-1973) which deal primarily with the church's and the individual's role in society. Also included are Edward's class notes and papers from the Union Theological Seminary, lecture notes for the various courses on non-violence and other subjects which Edwards taught, and marriage programs including the vows written by individual couples. The papers include pamphlets, newsletters, notebooks, and clippings designed to assist in counseling conscientious objectors. Edwards participated in the Vietnam War teach-ins of 1965 and 1967, addressing the meetings both times. Material of the Students for a Democratic Society and other radical political groups are included.


Leslie A. White Papers, 1921-1974

26 linear feet

Professor of anthropology at University of Michigan, student of the culture of the Pueblo Indians of the southwestern United States, and of the career of early American anthropologist, Lewis H. Morgan. Correspondence files, articles and reviews relating to all phases of his anthropological interests, research notes on Lewis H. Morgan, and field notes pertaining to his trips among the Pueblo Indians, and collection of scholarly publications.

The Leslie A. White papers document the fifty-year career of one of America's most distinguished and influential anthropologists. The collection documents through correspondence and other materials the development of modern anthropological theory and practice, particularly the concept of cultural evolution and his theory that the control of energy is basic to the evolution of culture. The collection has been arranged into the following series: Correspondence; Course Work; University Career; Biographical/Personal; Writings; Speeches and Lectures; Miscellaneous; Field Notes and Research Trips; and Published Materials.


Mark Foster Collection, 1967-1979

1 linear foot

Papers collected by Mark Foster of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Printed material relating to the founding and growth of the Catholic charismatic movement; also survey taken among Catholic students at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

The Mark Foster papers deal exclusively with the founding and growth of the Catholic charismatic movement. The material divides itself into two groups, a chronological sequence and opinion survey material. The chronological files, covering the years 1967 to 1979, consist primarily of printed material. While an occasional letter and a few obscure mimeographed publications can be found, most of the items are from available sources. The survey material consists of both summary data and individual questionnaires. The forms were circulated among students at the University of Michigan during the years 1967, 1968 and 1969, and to students at Michigan State University during 1969.


Office of Ethics and Religion (University of Michigan) records, 1860-1991

16.3 linear feet — 1 oversize volume

University of Michigan office established in 1973 to counsel students in matters of faith and morality, successor to several organizations concerned with student religious activity. Records are mainly of predecessor organizations, the Student Christian Association (1860-1937) and the Student Religious Association (1937- 1956), but does include some records of the Office of Religious Affairs (1956- 1973) and of successor organization, the Office of Ethics and Religion (1973- 1991); also records of component and related organizations, including the University of Michigan chapters of the Young Men's Christian Association and the Young Women's Christian Association and the Association of Religious Counselors.

Although the name given to this group of records is the University of Michigan Office of Ethics and Religion, the researcher should note that the records consist primarily of predecessor organizations, the Student Christian Association (SCA), the Student Religious Association (SRA), and the Office of Religious Affairs, as well as component and ancillary organizations such as the University of Michigan Young Men's Christian Association, the Young Women's Christian Association, the Association of Religious Counselors, and the Christian Federation Advisors.

The record group begins with a summary history of the organization written by C. Grey Austin and entitled A Century of Religion at the University of Michigan (1957). Covering the period up to the establishment of the Office of Religious Affairs, this history provides solid information about the role of religion at the university and the activities and restructuring of the SCA and the SRA. Written by the same individual who wrote the sections on the two organizations in The University of Michigan; An Encyclopedic Survey, this volume is more detailed than those summaries and should be consulted first for background information.