Albert Kahn papers   1896-2011
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Alumnae Council Files [series]:

Alumnae Council Files (Boxes 114-117, 131-133) include general material on the council which was formed to keep up to date with the needs and life of women at the University of Michigan and to report those activities to alumnae. Records reflect the early distinction made between alumni and alumnae and detail the operation of the council and efforts to aid women students with financial needs as well as the operation of the Michigan League. (See also the Michigan League Building Fund Campaign Files in boxes 105-108, the 1924 Alumnae Council Survey Questionnaire in boxes 109-110, and the Alumnae Club File in boxes 111-113). Information on Henderson House, a women's cooperative dormitory sponsored by the Alumnae Council is also present. Later records reflect efforts to integrate the separate alumnae activities into the larger operation of the Alumni Association. Of particular note are several files relating to women students and alumnae involved in World War II military service and war work (located in boxes 114-115). These files include accounts of military service, articles about work in locations such as the Willow Run Bomber Plant, and photographs of alumnae in service (WACS, WAVES, Red Cross). An index card file compiles information on alumnae involved in military service.

Related to the Alumnae Council files are the Marjorie Williams Papers (.5 linear feet; 1958-1962) which consist of administrative records pertaining to the work of the Alumnae Council during the latter part of the 1950s and the early 1960s. The folders are arranged alphabetically by topic with the items in each folder arranged chronologically. The majority of the records are minutes and reports of workshops, functions and special committees of the council. The largest folder, "Correspondence", contains letters to and from the Alumni Association and the Alumnae Secretary, Allison Myers, as well as other groups and organizations. The letters give information about the day-to-day workings of the organization not seen in the minutes and reports. Of interest is the folder containing information on the Alice Freeman Palmer Professor Committee. Dr. George H. Palmer gave an endowment to the Alumnae Council to establish a chair in the history department in the name of his wife. The full time position was approved in 1958, with Dr. Sylvia L. Thrupp as the first appointee. The folder contains a newsletter about Dr. Thrupp and the endowment.

Connected with the work of the Alumnae Council is the 1924 Alumnae Council Survey Questionnaire. As part of the effort to establish the Michigan League surveys were sent to every woman that had attended the university up to 1924. The survey questionnaires asked for biographical information as well as occupations, leadership positions, and queried alumnae to consider who were the ten most influential alumnae. Returned questionnaires are located in boxes 109-110. An index, including cross references to maiden names is contained in a separate volume. Additional biographical and genealogical information on alumnae is available in the separate University of Michigan. Alumni Records. Necrology File record group. This record groups includes an extensive name index of former students and graduates.

A similar alumni survey was contemplated in 1927. The 1927 Alumni Survey (located in Box 130) contains the partial results of this effort to contact every graduate and former student that had attended the university. To test the feasibility of such a vast undertaking surveys were sent to all alumni with surnames beginning with the letters "A" and "B." Approximately 60% of the surveys were completed and returned. Realizing how costly it would be to complete the rest of the survey, the undertaking was abandoned. Among the biographical information asked in the survey was occupation, activities, community work, and sources of income. An index to the extant surveys is contained in a separate volume along with the 1924 alumnae survey index. Additional biographical and genealogical information on alumni is available in the separate University of Michigan. Alumni Records. Necrology File record group. This record groups includes an extensive name index of former students and graduates.

 
Michigan League Building Fund Campaign File,  1921-1926 [subseries]:
Box   105-108  
 1921-1926
 
Responses to Alumnae Council Questionnaires,  1924
Box   109-110  
Responses to Alumnae Council Questionnaires,  1924     [see separately bound index] 
 
Alumnae Club File,  1931-1956 [subseries]:
Box   111  
Akron, Ohio
Box   111  
Ann Arbor
Box   111  
Battle Creek
Box   111  
Bay City
Box   111  
Benton Harbor
Box   111  
Birmingham
Box   111  
Buffalo, New York
Box   111  
Chicago, Illinois
Box   111  
Cleveland, Ohio
Box   111  
Columbus, Ohio
Box   111  
Detroit
Box   111  
Flint
Box   112  
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Box   112  
Grand Rapids
Box   112  
Jackson
Box   112  
Kalamazoo
Box   112  
Lansing
Box   112  
Los Angeles, California
Box   112  
Marshall
Box   112  
Monroe
Box   112  
Muskegon
Box   112  
New York, New York
Box   112  
Owosso
Box   113  
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Box   113  
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Box   113  
Pontiac
Box   113  
Royal Oak
Box   113  
Saginaw
Box   113  
St. Louis, Missouri
Box   113  
San Francisco
Box   113  
Seattle, Washington
Box   113  
South Bend, Indiana
Box   113  
Toledo, Ohio
Box   113  
Trenton
Box   113  
Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul), Minnesota
Box   113  
Washington, DC
Box   113  
Wayne
Box   113  
Youngstown, Ohio
 
Correspondence and Miscellaneous Files
Box   114-115  
 1931-1946     (including World War II letters) 
Box   116  
 1947-1957
Box   117  
 1947-1957
Box   117  
Henderson House file,  1938-1957
Box   117  
Center for Continuing Education of Women,  1963-1967
 
Minutes and Govering Board Papers [subseries]:
Box   131  
Minutes,  1962-1974 (2 folders)
Box   132  
Governing Board papers,  1954-1965 (2 folders)
 
Committee Files [subseries]:     (includes special events) 
Box   132  
Alumnae Luncheon,  1959
Box   132  
Alumnae Secretary's reports,  1959-1961
Box   132  
Alumni Leadership Conference,  1972
Box   132  
Alumni Living Unit Pilot Committee,  1961
Box   132  
Ann Arbor Day,  1961-1963
Box   132  
Bookplates
Box   132  
Long Range Planning Committee,  1966-1967
Box   132  
Mary Markley House reunion,  1975 (2 folders)
Box   132  
Membership Committee,  1957-1968
Box   132  
Miscellaneous
Box   132  
Music School Alumni Association concerts,  1973-1974
Box   132  
Nominating Committee,  1961-1969
Box   132  
Program Committee,  1958-1968
Box   132  
Publicity Committee,  1960-1968 (2 folders)
 
Scholarship Committee (in-state and out-of-state)
Box   132  
Club Scholarships,  1962-1964
Box   132  
General,  1956-1970 (4 folders)
Box   132  
Honors Program,  1964-1965
Box   132  
Jackson student project
Box   132  
Manual,  ca. 1963-1964 and  1967-1968 (2 folders)
Box   132  
Recipients,  1931-1949,  1960-1970 (4 folders)
 
Marjorie Williams Papers [subseries]:     (1985 accession) 
Box   133  
Alice Freeman Palmer Professor (AFPP) Committee Reports,  1958-1962
Box   133  
Alumnae Clubs,  1960-1961
Box   133  
Alumni Association Meetings,  1959-1961
Box   133  
Correspondence,  1958-1962
Box   133  
Development Council Reports,  1961
Box   133  
Field Secretaries Bulletin,  1959-1961
Box   133  
Governing Board Meetings,  1958-1962 (bulk, 1960)
Box   133  
Henderson House Meetings,  1959-1962
Box   133  
Membership,  1959-1962
Box   133  
Michigan Constitutional Convention,  1960-1961
Box   133  
Newsletters,  1959-1961
Box   133  
Nominating Committee Reports,  1959-1962
Box   133  
Operation Friendship Meetings,  1958-1962
Box   133  
President's Workshops Minutes,  1960-1961
Box   133  
Program Committee Meeting Minutes,  1960-1961
Box   133  
Publicity Committee Meeting Minutes,  1960
Box   133  
Scholarship Committee Meetings,  1960-1962
Box   133  
Service Citation Committee Reports,  1959-1961
Box   133  
Student Governors Meetings,  1959-1962
Box   133  
Ways and Means Committee Meetings,  1959-1962
 
Local Club Files [subseries]:
Box   133  
Miscellaneous club rosters,  1960-1968 (3 folders)
Box   133  
Milwaukee
Box   133  
New York
Box   133  
Syracuse
Box   133  
Washington D.C.
Box   133  
Miscellaneous