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Abstract of Title [John Allen property, Ann Arbor], 1956, 1981 and 1986 (majority within 1956)

0.2 linear feet

Abstract of Title describing property at 700 Madison Place in Ann Arbor, Mich. and surrounding area in West Ann Arbor, prepared by Fred Burton Abstract and Title Company.

The Abstract of Title documents the history of property ownership and contains transdcripts of mortgages, warranty deeds, claims, and other documentation, dated from 1824 to 1956. According to the Abstract, the property's first owner was John Allen, co-founder of Ann Arbor. Also included a copy of 1986 Mortgage Report and a letter from Great Lakes Federal Savings addressed to one of the previous owners, dated 1981.


Abstracts of mortgages, 1825-1954

The Abstract of Mortgages series (volumes numbered for storage vol. 24-42) contains abstracts of mortgages from 1825 through 1954. This series covers Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, the villages in the county, and the townships, with the exception of Salem and Superior Townships. These volumes seem to have been first compiled in the early 1880s. They were kept up-to-date with later mortgages until 1954.


Academic Affiliations, 1945-1969

The Academic Affiliations series (1945-1969; .3 lin. ft.) consists of three subseries: Detroit Institute of Arts (1945-1963), Richmond Museum of Fine Arts (1963-1965) and University of Michigan Museum of Art (1965-1969). The three subseries contain materials related to Grigaut's tenure at these institutions. The Detroit Institute of Arts subseries consists of four folders and contains typed and written correspondence, materials published by the Institute during Grigaut's tenure, memoranda regarding Grigaut's position as acting director and miscellaneous items. The Richmond Museum of Fine Arts subseries consists of four folders and contains typed and written correspondence, memoranda, an annual report and a few miscellaneous items. The University of Michigan Museum of Art subseries consists of three folders and contains memoranda, typed and written correspondence and miscellaneous items.


Academic and Professional Files (mainly correspondence)

The Academic and Professional Files series is the largest portion of the collection and offers the richest source of material from which to document Oksenberg's extensive and varied career. This series, consisting mainly of correspondence, but also including memoranda, reports, and other documentation, has been maintained by broad chronological subseries. Because of Oksenberg's many responsibilities and academic commitments and because these files came into the library in several different accessions, there is much overlapping between the several subseries. The researcher is therefore encouraged to examine the container listing carefully for related (though separated) files of interest to his/her research.

Some of the subseries are arranged by name of individuals. Included in these are prominent sinologists such as A. Doak Barnett and John K. Fairbanks; policy makers W. Michael Blumenthal and Zbigniew Brzezinski; and presidents Nixon, Carter, and Bush. Other subseries are arranged by name of organization. Here the researcher will find Oksenberg's files from his activities with the Committee on Scholarly Communications with the PRC (CSCPRC); the Joint Committee on Contemporary China (JCCS); the National Committee on US-China Relations (NCUSCR); the Social Science Research Council (SSRC); and several other Chinese studies organizations. This series provides a sense of the changing concerns and priorities of American sinologists during the 1970s and 1980s.


Academic Career, 1958-2015 (with gaps)

The Academic Career series (1.5 linear feet) is divided into two subseries, University of Michigan (1.2 linear feet) and Other Universities (0.3 linear feet). Material is dated from 1958-2015 (with gaps) and includes correspondence, clippings, minutes, notes, publications, reports, and teaching materials.

The series primarily documents Johnson's teaching efforts, particularly at the University of Michigan and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Also included is some material related to his time as dean of the School of Natural Resources and involvement in different university accreditation processes.


Academic Freedom Lecture Fund (University of Michigan), Records, 2000-2002

0.5 linear feet — 4 GB (online)

In 1955, the University of Michigan suspended three professors (H. Chandler Davis, Mark Nickerson and Clement Markert) for their refusal to give testimony before a U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities group. In 1990, the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund (AFLF) was established to honor those professors. Since 1991, AFLF has organized the annual University of Michigan Senate's Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom. Documentation begins with the 2000 symposium and includes programs, transcripts, and videotaped lectures. Also included is an upgraded videotape of the documentary Keeping in Mind.

The records of the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund (AFLF) begin in 2000, and mainly consist of videotapes of lectures from the University of Michigan Senate's annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom. There is no documentation of the fund itself.

The annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lectures on Academic and Intellectual Freedom are organized chronologically. In addition to the videotapes, documentation includes some transcripts of the lectures, and event programs. The printed program contains background on the lectures, including the resolution establishing the lecture and biographies of the three professors. The 2000 lecture folder also contains a memorial for Clement L. Markert which appeared in The Journal of Heredity.

Adam Kulakow's undergraduate documentary Keeping in Mind, focusing on the University of Michigan's handling of the Davis, Markert, Nickerson cases in the 1950s during the McCarthy era, contributed greatly to the development of the AFLF and the annual lectures. The video was shown publicly for the first time on April 9, 1989. An upgraded 2001 copy of this video is included in these records. For more information about the documentary, and the interviews conducted in support of the project, researchers may consult the Adam Kulakow Papers. The Kulakow collection consists of interview transcripts and videos, and notes which Kulakow generated while producing the documentary. It also includes a copy of the original documentary. Note: The 1989 conditions governing access to "Keeping in Mind" are presumed to remain in force. Please see the finding aid for the Adam Kulakow papers for access and use conditions.

In 2000, the University of Michigan Press published Unfettered Expression: Freedom in American Intellectual Life. The book, edited by Peggie J. Hollingsworth, contained essays originally given as lectures in the annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom series at the University of Michigan from 1991 to 1999.



The Academics series contains materials related to the Honors program, the course pack for the course on student activism at Michigan taught by Goodspeed in winter 2004, and the final draft of his honors thesis "Urban Renewal in Postwar Detroit: The Gratiot Area Redevelopment Project" and related background materials.