Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Floyd R. Dain Collection

Finding aid created by
KYle Garver, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Floyd R. Dain Collection,
Creator: Dain, Floyd R. (Floyd Russell)
Inclusive dates: 1910, 2002, and undated
Extent: 1.25 cubic ft. (in 2 box)
The collection contains mostly his research about the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi versus the Regents of the University of Michigan, county history, biographical materials, maps, and papers of students.

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:

Acc# 2648-2649, 41318

Access Restrictions:

Floyd R. Dain Collection are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Floyd R. Dain Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is organized alphabetically.



Floyd Russell Dain was born on November 20, 1910. He earned an A.B. and a M.A., both in history and both from Wayne State University (WSU).

During World War II, Dain served as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy.

For 29 years, Dain taught as a Detroit Public Schools teacher. He also taught as a special instructor at WSU for 15 years.

On September 5, 1966 Dain was hired as an administrative assistant at the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University. He later took a part-time assistant professor position at CMU. In March 1970 he was promoted in rank to associate professor, and in 1973, to full professor. Remembered as a fascinating lecturer, Dain was very popular with students. He retired from CMU in 1981. In 1996 Dain received an honorary doctorate from CMU in recognition for his many contributions to CMU.

Dain testified in the Children of the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Pottawatomie versus the Regents of the University of Michigan (UM) trial in 1979 because he was an expert on the history of early Michigan educational efforts and agreements with the Chippewa. After the trial and before the case went to Circuit Court, the UM agreed to give scholarships to members of the Chippewa tribe. The tribe had wanted the UM to provide education free of charge to its members.

Dain wrote a number of books, many of which are in the CMU libraries. He received an Award of Merit from the American Association of Local History for his book entitled, “Every house a frontier,” and an American History Teacher Award in 1980 for his book entitled, “Daughters of colonial wars.”

He was a member of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the American Association for State and Local History, the Detroit Historical Society, and the Michigan Historical Society.

Floyd Dain died on October 24, 1996 in Fayetteville, New York, where he had lived for a few years with his daughter, Kathleen Dain. He was survived by his daughter, brothers-in-law, and several nieces and nephews. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mostly of Dain’s materials relating to the Children of the Chippewa… versus the Regents of the UM trial, 1971-1980, including briefs, transcripts, orders, exhibits, depositions, his sworn statement, 1978, other legal documents, and newspaper clippings (copies); materials for county or city events he collected or helped create; papers of students or other people related to Michigan history; biographical materials; and some miscellaneous maps (copies). Other materials relating to the trial may be found in the Elmer White papers and in cataloged materials.

Subject Terms

    • Dain, Floyd R. (Floyd Russell)
    • Leatherbury, John M.
    • Central Michigan University--Faculty.
    • University of Michigan --Trials, litigation, etc.
    • Michigan. Supreme Court.
    • Michigan authors.
    • Indians of North America--Michigan--Treaties.
    • Indians of North America--Education--Michigan.
    • Isabella County (Mich.)--History.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Floyd R. Dain Collection. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, 1996, 2002
    Box   1 F   2
    Affidavit, 1979
    Box   1 F   3
    Answers to Defendant's Interrogatories, 1971
    Box   1 F   4
    Answers to Defendant's Interrogatories, 1971
    Box   1 F   5
    Appellant's Brief, 1980
    Box   1 F   6
    Application and Brief for Leave to Appeal, 1981
    Box   1 F   7
    Beginnings of Local Methodism, by Mabel and Robert Adams, 1934-1935, 1940
    Box   1 F   8
    Constructive Trust Brief, 1978
    Box   1 F   9
    Defendant's Trial Brief, 1978
    Box   1 F   10
    Express Trial Brief, 1978
    Box   1 F   11
    History of Events Culminating in the Removal of the Nottawa-Sippe Band of Pottawatomie (sic) Indians, by John M. Leatherbury 1977
    Box   1 F   12
    History of Isabella County, by Mrs. Stephen Potter, 1910
    Box   1 F   13
    Maps, undated
    Box   1 F   14
    Miscellaneous Pioneer Materials, 1916, 1923, undated
    Box   1 F   15
    Newspaper Clippings (about the trial) (copies), 1974, 1978- 1981
    Box   1 F   16
    New York to Michigan: The All Water Route of the 1840's, by James D. Bries, 1974
    Box   1 F   17
    Notice of Deposition to Roderick Daane, 1977
    Box   1 F   18
    Order Permitting Payment of Expert Witness Fees, 1979
    Box   1 F   19
    Pageant: Michigan My Michigan, undated
    Box   1 F   20
    Pageant: Progress of Isabella County, 1934
    Box   1 F   21
    Per Curiam, Court of Appeals, 1981
    Box   1 F   22
    Plaintiff's Exhibit A, 1978
    Box   1 F   23
    Plaintiff's Exhibit D, 1978
    Box   1 F   24
    Princess in Blue, by Floyd Dain, Chapters 1- 7, undated
    Box   1 F   25
    Princess in Blue, by Floyd Dain, Chapter 8- 16, undated
    Box   1 F   26
    Princess in Blue, by Floyd Dain, Chapter 17-end, undated
    Box   1 F   27
    Suggestion to the Researcher for Beginning the Review of this Lawsuit, 1978
    Box   1 F   28
    Sworn Statement of Floyd Dain, 1978
    Box   1 F   29
    Syllabus of Evidence, 1978
    Box   1 F   30
    Trial Deposition of Donald Chaput, 1977
    Box   1 F   31
    Trial Deposition of Floyd Dain, 1978
    Box   1 F   32
    Trial Opinion, 1979
    Box   1 F   33
    Trial Transcripts, Volume I, 1978
    Box   1 F   34
    Trial Transcripts, Volume II, 1978
    Box   1 F   35
    Trial Transcripts, Volume III, 1978
    Box   1 F   36
    Trial Transcripts, Volume IIIa- IV, 1978
    Box   2 F   1
    University Defense's Brief, 1978
    Box   2 F   2
    Unpublished Manuscripts, Mosher- Albright, 1928- 1929
    Box   2 F   3
    Vernon Township Records, by Harriet E. Morton, 1941- 1942
    Box   2 F   4
    Writings, untitled, undated