Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Central Michigan University. Park Library, Head, Library Department, Organizational Records

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Central Michigan University. Park Library, Head, Library Department, Organizational Records,
Creator: Eaton, Orville L., 1912-1974.
Inclusive dates: 1931, 1982 (Scattered), and undated
Extent: 1 cubic feet (in 2 boxes)
The papers include committee minutes, reports, statistics, surveys, photographs, expansion plans, policies, manuals, etc.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

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Access Restrictions:

Central Michigan University. Park Library, Head, Library Department, Organizational Records are open for research.


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Preferred Citation:

Central Michigan University. Park Library, Head, Library Department, Organizational Records, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.



Two men served as Head of the Park Library at Central Michigan University (CMU), Charles V. Park and Orville L. Eaton.

Charles V. Park was born on January 19, 1885, in Kansas. He served as the Assistant Librarian at Stanford University, 1910-1930, and Librarian at Central State Teachers College, later CMU, from 1930 until he retired in 1957. He married Frances Odenheimer on September 1, 1917 in California, where he nationally ranked fifth in tennis. Park laid the foundation to increase the size of the library book collection, assembled professional staff, established a library science department, and built a new library in 1957. During his tenure he had the title “Librarian of the Library.” In 1931 the library was housed in the east wing of Warriner hall. In 1956 a two-story building was built, which is now Ronan Hall. Mr. Park died at age 97 on September 12, 1982 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He was survived by his children James “Ted” and Persis Rynberg, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. (This information is from his obituary and other Park Library collections.)

Orville L. Eaton was born in either June or July of 1912, in Iowa, the son of William O. and Sophia Eaton. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from Kansas State Teachers College (KSTC), his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas (UK) (1946), and his Bachelor of Library Science from the University of Chicago (1946). In Kansas, Eaton worked as an elementary and secondary school teacher, and as an instructor at UK, 1940-1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in September of 1943. After the war, Eaton served as Director of libraries at the UK, 1946-1950, and Librarian and Head of the Department of Library Science at KTSC, 1950-1958. He served as Chairman and Professor of Library Science at CMU, and Head of the Library Department, from 1958 through at least 1968. As Head of the CMU Library Department, he presided over the building of the Park Library, 1963-1968. The Park Library was completed in 1969. An addition and remodeling of the Park Library occurred from 1999 through 2001. Eaton died on June 19, 1974 and was survived by his wife, Alta Moynihan Eaton. (This information is from his obituaries, and biographical information found on viewed in 2005.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Organizational Records include: committee minutes, reports, statistics, surveys, photographs expansion plans, policies, manuals, etc.

The records dated from 1958 through 1970 are mostly those of Eaton, who either created or collected them while he was the Head of the Library Department at CMU. Pre-1958 records were either created or collected by Charles V. Park.

Subject Terms

    • Park, Charles V., 1885-1982
    • Central Michigan University--History.
    • Central Michigan University. Park Library.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--History--20th century.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Central Michigan University. Park Library, Head, Library Department, Organizational Records. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Information: Park, Charles V. (Obituary, 1982); Eaton, Orville L. (Obituaries, 1974, and Related Materials), 1982; 1974
    Box   1 F   2
    Alpha Beta Alpha, Correspondence and Meeting Minutes (Eaton was the advisor), 1962-1968
    Box   1 F   3
    Annual Reports of the University Library, 1962/1964-1969/1970
    Box   1 F   4
    Building Fund, Correspondence, 1966
    Box   1 F   5
    Central Michigan College Library Dedication Program, and Related Correspondence, April 27, 1956
    Box   1 F   6
    Charles V. Park Dedication, Program, Photograph, and Invitation, June 6, 1965
    Box   1 F   7
    Contractual Procedures, 1972
    Box   1 F   8
    Departmental Budget Report, 1964-1965
    Box   1 F   9
    Departmental Budget Report, 1966
    Box   1 F   10
    Economic Opportunity Act, 1964
    Box   1 F   11
    Equipment, Correspondence and Receipts, 1953-1955
    Box   1 F   12
    Equipment, Inventory Lists, 1950-1953
    Box   1 F   13
    Equipment, Inventory Lists, 1954
    Box   1 F   14
    Equipment, Inventory Lists, 1955-1959
    Box   2 F   1
    Equipment, Lists and Correspondence, 1956
    Box   2 F   2
    Expansion Committee, Correspondence with N.C. Bovee, 1963-1966
    Box   2 F   3
    Expansion Committee, Newspaper Clippings (copies), 1965
    Box   2 F   4
    Expansion Committee, Dr. G. Flint Purdy's Consultation, Correspondence, 1962, 1965-1966
    Box   2 F   5
    Expansion Committee, Suggestions, Questionnaire, Statistics, 1965
    Box   2 F   6
    Library Committee, Meeting Minutes, 1967-1968
    Box   2 F   7
    Manuals, 1957
    Box   2 F   8
    New Building, Correspondence re: Plans, Equipment, Space, and the Clarke Historical Library, 1965-1967
    Box   2 F   9
    New Building, Open House / Dedication of the 100,000th Volume, January 20, 1960, Correspondence, 1959-1960, and Program, 1959-1960
    Box   2 F   10
    Photograph, Christmas Display and Student, December 20,1966
    Box   2 F   11
    Photographs, Park Library Interior Views, by Steelcase, circa 1968-1969
    Box   2 F   11
    Policy on Book Fines, 1956-1959
    Box   2 F   12
    Policies, 1957-1966
    Box   2 F   13
    Program for the Proposed Central Michigan University Library (Draft), August 20, 1965
    Box   2 F   14
    Proposed Program of Converting the Classroom Wing of the Library to Library Use, Correspondence and Notes, 1966
    Box   2 F   15
    Statistics, 1931-1939
    Box   2 F   16
    Statistics, 1940-1951, undated
    Box   2 F   17
    Survey Report of the Sub-Committee on the Library for North Central Association, circa 1961