Alpha Phi Alpha House Party

Members of the Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi
Alpha and their dates at a house party. From the
Alpha Phi Alpha, Epsilon Chapter records.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Epsilon Chapter (University of Michigan)

History, administrative records, topical files, and photographs largely relating to activities of African American students at the University of Michigan.

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Alston, Christopher

Organizer of the Inventory of Negro Manuscripts project of the Michigan Historical Records Survey and United Auto Workers official.

Photographs and sound recordings of Alston remarks at the dedication of the Robert Hayden Lounge in the University of Michigan Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (1988) and interview conducted by William McAdoo (1900, includes transcript) relating to the Inventory of Negro Manuscripts project; also miscellanea.

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Bagley Family

The family of David M. Bagley of Lansing, Mich., and later Old Mission, Mich., law student at the University of Michigan (1861-1862), chairman of the Ingham County Republican Committee; his wife Bennette (Mabbs) Bagley; and their son William D. Bagley, a farmer in Old Mission, Mich.

Letters addressed to Bennette Bagley, 1858-1874, including letters from David M. Bagley while a student at the University of Michigan and letters from Louis Kelsey, African American soldier with the 54th Massachusetts Infantry.

Letter book, 1846-1851, of Bagley family members containing copies of letters; University of Michigan student notebook, 1861, on law lectures by James V. Campbell; precinct record book, of Lansing, Michigan, 1858, containing lists of voters with annotations of their party affiliation (later used in 1883 and 1919-1922 as account book by William D. Bagley).

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Chavis, John

Historian and administrator at University of Michigan and Tuskegee Institute.

Minutes, reports and correspondence relating primarily to enrollment of black students at University of Michigan, including material concerning his work with the Steering Committee for the Development of Academic Opportunities, the Opportunity Award Program, and the Exchange Program with Tuskegee Institute.

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Douglass, Esther W.

Aunt of Ephraim Douglass Adams and Henry Carter Adams, who served as missionary-teacher in the South after the Civil War.

Reminiscences, diaries, 1866-1868, essays, personal miscellanea, and correspondence, including letters from Booker T. Washington, June 23, 1909 and Billy Sunday, Oct. 29, 1909.

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Ellison, W. James

Law student at the University of Michigan.

Research paper prepared for the law course entitled, "Race and the American legal process."

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Feingold, Eugene

Professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health; also active in various civil liberties and social justice causes.

The collection primarily relates to his interest in, and activities with, civil liberties and social justice causes and organizations; other files relate to minority relations at the University of Michigan and to his activities with Faculty Against Institutional Racism organization; also files pertaining to his chairmanship of the department of medical care organization.

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Fields children. From Box 1 of the

Fields Family papers.

Fields Family

Ann Arbor, Michigan African American family.

Scrapbooks on African American history compiled by an Ann Arbor High School class, 1934-1935; and photographs.

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Holmes, Wilbur Floyd

African American resident of Houston, Texas; engineering student at the University of Michigan beginning 1955.

Writings describing his life in Houston and his activities at the University of Michigan, particularly focusing on faculty and staff who were helpful to him.

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Johnson, Lemuel

A Sierra Leonian, Johnson was a poet, literary critic, and professor. He was born in Maiduguri, Nigeria on December 15, 1941. He was educated at Oberlin College and Penn State University. In 1969 he received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan. He taught English at Forah Bay College of the University of Sierra Leone from 1970-1974. In 1974 he returned to the University of Michigan as an associate professor in the Dept. of English Language and Literature. He was promoted to full professor in 1980. Johnson authored a three volume work of poetry entitled the Sierra Leone Trilogy (1995). The individual titles are High Life for Caliban (1974), Hand on the Naval (1978), and Carnival of the Old Coast (1984). An expert in African literature and the African Diaspora, Johnson also published several works of literary criticism including The Devil, the Gargoyle, and the Buffoon: Western Literature and the Idea of Blackness in Human Form (1970) and Shakespeare in Africa (and Other Venues): Import and the Appropriation of Culture (1998). Johnson died on March 12, 2002.

Papers include biographical information and correspondence with colleagues and family. Also contains information about his work at the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies and the Dept. of English Language and Literature. Also includes notes and drafts of Johnson's literary criticism and his poetry and other writings.

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Knuth, Clarence Paul Edward

Residents of St. Joseph, Michigan

Questionnaires completed by Black rural residents of Cass and Van Buren Counties, Michigan, and photographs.

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Leslie, Elizabeth A.

Assistant Dean of Women at the University of Michigan (1958-1963), later Associate Director of Student Activities and Organizations in the Office of Student Affairs, with responsibility in part for non-dormitory housing for women. As assistant dean, Leslie reported to Deborah Bacon.

Collection concerns various University of Michigan responsibilities mainly in the area of housing and oversight of student organizations; files concern League Housing with descriptions of different houses, landladies/landlords, rules and procedures, etc.; includes file pertaining to case of Sigma Kappa sorority chapter which had admitted African American members contrary to national sorority policy; and photographs.

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Louis Tendler Elementary School

Detroit, Michigan elementary school.

Scrapbooks, class photo albums, and miscellaneous reports relating to the school.

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Mazrui, Ali

A Kenyan born scholar who came to the United States in 1974, Mazrui began his academic career at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda before he was forced to leave by Ugandan President Idi Amin. Mazrui joined the University of Michigan faculty and was affiliated with the Center for Afro-American and African Studies.

Papers include writings by and about Mazrui professional and personal correspondence, and scholarly and teaching materials. The material covers the mid-1960s until Mazrui's departure from Michigan in 1989. Also material on television series "The Africans."

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Meyer Family

Henry J. Meyer was a social worker and University of Michigan professor of sociology. Suzanne M. Meyer was secretary of the Ann Arbor Human Relations Commission, also assistant to the director of student activities and organizations at the University of Michigan who was involved both in the Tutorial and Cultural Relations Project and the Opportunity Awards Program.

The collection includes separate series for Henry Meyer and Suzanne Meyer, and a separate series for their joint Travels and Foreign Activities. The Henry Meyer series includes files, 1935-1936, relating to his work with, and dismissal from, the Washtenaw County Welfare Agency. The Travels and Foreign Activities series largely consists of letters and a photograph album accumulated during Henry's (later Suzanne's) stay in Darmstadt, Germany while conducting a community survey, 1949-1952.

The series also includes letters written to family members while visiting England and the Far East in 1972. The Suzanne Meyer series relates to her civic and university responsibilities relating in part to developing support programs for the university's African American students, also to the investigation of cases of campus housing discrimination cases.

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Michigan-Ohio Regional Educational Laboratory

Organization concerned largely with educational programs for Blacks.

Minutes of board of directors, office files, tapes of educational programs and talks, and reports and publications.

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Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Sigma Rho Chapter (Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti, Mich.)

Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti chapter of African American social/community service fraternity of graduate and undergraduate area students.

Administrative records include minutes, bylaws, and financial records; topical files detailing activities, events, and related matters.

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Students reading

Students studying on the UM Dearborn Campus.
From the News and Information Services
(University of Michigan) photograph series.

Palmer, George E.

University of Michigan Law School professor regarded as an international authority on restitution.

Lecture notes, teaching materials, and exams from his classes (primarily Trusts and Estates and Restitution); journal articles and book reviews; correspondence, notes, and materials from various law school and university committees; topical files including miscellaneous correspondence; newspaper articles and other information about African American law students and the Clardy Investigating Committee during the McCarthy era; eulogies he wrote for four university law professors.

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Patrick Jr., Lawrence C.

Attorney, member and president of the Detroit Board of Education (1989-1995), educational reformer active in his support of local school control through empowerment agreements, charters, and other related management options.

Files relating to his involvement in Group of Organized Detroiters for Quality Education (GOOD), 1987-1989, his campaign to the Detroit Board of Education in 1988, his efforts to implement reforms and school empowerment through local control of budget, personnel, curriculum, etc.; also speeches, clippings, and collected reports and studies relating to issues within the Detroit Public School system.

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Saturday Academy for African American Students

Non-profit organization established to promote academic achievement, inspire a love of learning, and close the achievement gap of African American students in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. William D. Ratcliff was founder and executive director of the Academy.

The record group includes reports, board minutes, background information, book lists, photographs, and related materials; also included are miscellaneous files documenting Ratcliff's association with other education and African American organizations.

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University of Michigan, Opportunity Award Program

Correspondence, reports, and charts relating to the enrollment and support of minority students at the University of Michigan.

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University of Michigan, Programs for Educational Opportunity

A race desegregation assistance center based at the University of Michigan, the Program for Educational Opportunity was established by funding through the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The program was expanded to encompass race, gender, and national origin equity in public schools in the Great Lakes region.

Administrative files, topical files, workshop and task force material, handbooks, and material pertaining to desegregation and equality in public schools in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and elsewhere in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Includes reports from school districts and histories of desegregation.

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University of Michigan, Student Government Council

The names of predecessor student government bodies were the Student Council, the Student Legislature, and the Student Senate.

Minutes, clippings and topical files concerning in part black studies and black student organizations; also papers of Laing Student Committee, University group concerned with the study and evaluation of student government; and photographs.

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University of Michigan, Vice Provost for Academic and Multicultural Affairs

Position established as Vice Provost for Minority Affairs to develop programs to aid the University of Michigan in the recruitment and retention of minority students, faculty, and staff, and to create and staff an Office of Minority Affairs to assist in these goals. Name of unit changed in 1993 to Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives; title of administrative head changed to Vice Provost for Academic and Multicultural Affairs.

Records of Vice Provost Charles D. Moody, Sr. and Lester Monts relating to work of the Office; series concern relations of office with outside organizations as well as activities within the university; also includes administrative files, chronological files, and files on units reporting to the Office such as Military Officer Education Programs and Undergraduate Admissions.

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