Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Dale Case Papers

Finding aid created by
E. Brilinski, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Papers,
Creator: Case, Dale E., 1905-1982.
Inclusive dates: 1884, 1982, and undated
Extent: 1.5 cubic feet (in 2 boxes, 1 Oversized folder)
Abstract:
The collection consists of Case’s Biographical Materials; Correspondence; Diaries; Date Books (mostly addresses); his Degrees; Class Record Books; Publications and Thesi, an Account Book; and Photographs and Maps of topics he researched, such as Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Beaver Island, Michigan. Also included are his Genealogical Materials and Family Photographs. Most of collection except for his research materials and Genealogical Materials date from 1919 to 1982.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 1779, 2669

Access Restrictions:

Dale E. Case Papers, 1884, 1982, and undated, are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Dale E. Case Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

The collection is divided by size into regular and oversized materials, and then organized alphabetically by topic within each size.


History

Biography:

Dale Edward Case was born on July 17, 1905 in Comstock, Michigan, the son of Edward and Sarah (Gammet) Case. He was the brother of Hazel Simmons and Maggie (Mitchell) Salomon. He graduated from eighth grade at Kalamazoo Public Schools in June 1919 and the Commercial Course at Kalamazoo High School in 1923. From 1924 to 1927 he attended Western State Normal School, from which he earned a B.A. (1931). In 1927, Case taught in the public schools of Muskegon, Michigan. He attended the University of Chicago, 1932-1938, where he earned a M.S. His thesis was titled, Beaver Island: a study of insular land utilization (1938).

On August 17, 1942 Case was drafted into the U.S. Army. He earned the rank of Sergeant and functioned as a Cameraman and Motion Picture Technician. Case was honorably discharged on December 19, 1945.

In 1947, Case came to Nebraska Wesleyan University and reorganized the Department of Geography and Geology. He was hired without his doctorate based on his high quality teaching record at Muskegon Junior College and the universities of Wisconsin and Cincinnati. He also led students in a very active interest and study of international relations.

From 1951 to 1953, Professor Case attended the University of Tennessee where he earned a Ph.D. (1955). His Ph.D. thesis was titled, Oak Ridge, Tennessee: a geographic study.

Case studied Post Graduate classes at Clark University and the University of Southern California. He taught at Fresno State College. In 1956, Case taught in the Geography Department of State Teachers College, now West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He also taught as a professor of Geography at Central Michigan University, 1956-1959. Case resigned in 1959 because he had to have surgery.

In May 1958, Case wrote an article, titled, Supplementary reading material for high school geography courses, which was widely circulated. He then worked for Denoyer-Geppert as a cartographer, 1959-1968, helping teachers use maps and globes more effectively in classrooms. Case never married. He died on September 20, 1982 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. (This information is from the collection.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of Case’s Biographical Materials; Correspondence; Diaries; Date Books (mostly addresses); his Degrees; Class Record Books; Publications and Thesi, an Account Book; and Photographs and Maps of topics he researched, such as Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Beaver Island, Michigan. Also included are his Genealogical Materials and Family Photographs. Most of the collection except for his research materials and Genealogical Materials date from 1919 to 1982.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Central Michigan University--Faculty.
    • East Carolina University--History.
    • Central Connecticut State University--History.
    • West Chester University of Pennsylvania--History.
    • University of Chicago--History.
    • Denoyer-Geppert Company.
    • University of Tennessee at Knoxville--Students.
    • Nebraska Wesleyan University--History.
    • Central Missouri State University.
    • Case, Dale E., 1905-1982.
    • Geography--United States--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    • Geography--United States--Study and teaching (higher)
    • Comstock (Mich.)--History.
    • Kalamazoo County (Mich.)--History.
    • Oak Ridge (Tenn.)--History.
    • Oak Ridge (Tenn.)--Maps.
    • Beaver Island (Mich.)--History.
    • Beaver Island (Mich.)--Maps.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Dale E. Case Papers [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, 1919-1982, and undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Beaver Island: a study of insular land utilization, by Dale Edward Case (M.S. thesis) , 1938
    Box   1 F   3
    Class Record Books, 1952, 1964-1965, 1969-1970, and undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Comstock, Michigan, Information, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Comstock, Michigan, Information, Early Settlers, 1976, and undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Comstock, Michigan, Photographs (4 folders), undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Correspondence, 1975-1980
    Box   1 F   8
    Date Books, 1955, 1961
    Box   1 F   9
    Denoyer-Geppert Company, Publications by Case, 1960-1970, and undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Denoyer-Geppert Company, Work and Conference Reports, 1959-1968
    Box   1 F   11
    Diaries (Trips to New England, Germany, England), 1927, 1929, and undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Family Genealogical Charts, Information, Correspondence, undated
    Box   1 F   13
    My stretch in the service 1942 (Account Book), 1979-1981
    Box   1 F   14
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, maps, Photographs (copies), undated (circa 1955)
    Box   1 F   15
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee: a geographic study, by Dale Edward Case (Ph.D. Thesis), 1955
    Box   1 F   16
    Photograph Album, Family, early 20th century
    Box   2 F   1
    Photographic study of Sarah Gammet Mitchell, by Dale E. Case (a Photograph Album), 1950
    Box   2 F   2
    Photographs, Family, Comstock, Michigan, university (unidentified), 1892, 1934, 1949, and undated
    Box   2 F   3
    Photographs, Mostly Family, 1915, 1966, and undated
    Box   2 F   4
    Photographs, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Central Missouri State College (Oversized Kalamazoo Photographs), 1949, undated, early 20th century, respectively
    Folder   1  
    Certificates, Diplomas and Beaver Island, Michigan, Maps. Wedding Certificate, Edward Case and Sarah Gammet, Kalamazoo, August 26, 1884 (brittle); Kalamazoo High School Diploma, Maggie Mitchell, May 24, 1900 (brittle, torn); Western Michigan Teachers College, B.A. degree, Dale E. Case, June 22, 1931; University of Chicago, M.S. degree, Dale E. Case, August 26, 1938; University of Tennessee, Ph.D degree, Dale E. Case, August 20, 1955. Beaver Island, Michigan, Maps: Beaver Island Groups, U.S. Lake Survey Map, 1935; Logging, Railroad, 1902-1916, circa 1937; Farming Pattern, 1937; Forrest Map, 1937; Geological Map, 1937; Recreation Pattern, 1937; Soil Map, circa 1937; Township Map, 1936; Saint James, Cultural Pattern Map, circa 1937, 1884-1955, respectively