Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Van Lieu Minor Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Van Lieu Minor Papers,
Creator: Minor, Van Lieu.
Inclusive dates: 1907, 1946, and undated
Extent: 2 cubic feet (in 4 boxes)
Abstract:
Papers document Minor's academic career, tests, syllabi for his many classes, and some Central Michigan University committee meeting minutes, lists of members, constitutions, and related correspondence, as well as some biographical and family materials.

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# none

Access Restrictions:

Van Lieu Minor Papers are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Van Lieu Minor Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following series: Personal Materials and Academic Materials, both in alphabetical and chronological order.


History

Biography:

Van Lieu Minor was born in July 1880, the son of D. William (born in 1860), a farmer, and his wife, F. Marie Minor (born in 1859). Van Lieu was the eldest of five children. His siblings were: G. Eva, (born in 1883), L. Inez (born in 1885), E. Bert (born in 1888), and I. Vorrhies C. (born in 1895). The family lived in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1900, according to the census. They apparently favored the use of an initial followed by a first name. The origination or significance, if any, of the name “Van Lieu” is unknown. It is possible that Van Lieu was a related family surname.

By the age of thirty, Van Lieu had married Ettie M. [surname unknown] (February 5, 1879-April 15, 1972). Together, Van Lieu and Ettie had two daughters, Doris E., (born in 1907) and Frances (born in 1912).

In 1910, Van Lieu, Ettie, and Doris lived in Louisville, Kentucky, where he taught public school. Between 1910 and 1922 he taught at University High School in Chicago, Illinois, while he attended graduate level classes at the University of Chicago.

In 1920, Van Lieu also attended classes at the University of Michigan, where he earned both an A.B. and an A.M. His wife and children are not recorded in the 1920 census as living with him. Also during the early 1920s, Van Lieu taught a variety of history, civics, and government classes at Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Central State Teachers College, later Central Michigan University (CMU), hired Van Lieu as a professor in the History Department by 1924. There, he taught a wide variety of history, civics, government, economics, and “teaching history” courses for student teachers. He was a CMU professor from 1924 through 1939. When Professor Claude S. Larzelere retired as Head of the Departments of History and Social Sciences in 1939, Professor Minor was promoted to fill the position. He then served as Head of the departments until at least 1946.

The Minor family lived at 906 South Main Street in Mount Pleasant from the 1920s through the 1940s. In 1934, both Frances and Doris were listed in the local phone directories as teachers. They both graduated from CMU with a B.A., Doris in 1927 and Frances in 1934. The girls probably lived with their parents until they married. Professor and Mrs. Minor are listed in the Mount Pleasant directories for the last time in 1945/1946.

Mrs. Minor died on April 15, 1972 in Yavapai [Prescott], Arizona. Frances Minor, later Mrs. Donald Street, also lived in Prescott after she retired from teaching. Ettie probably lived with Frances there after Professor Minor died. [This information is from the 1993 CMU Alumni Director.] There is no obituary on Professor Minor, but it appears that he may have died during or shortly after 1946. (This information is from the collection, CMU yearbooks, Mount Pleasant city directories, and AncestryPlus.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The majority of the collection documents Professor Minor’s academic career at University High School, Chicago, 1907, 1912-1917, and 1921-1922; Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo, 1921-1924; and CMU, at least 1924 through 1946. The Kalamazoo and Chicago materials are mainly tests and some syllabi for the many classes he taught, and a few pieces of correspondence. Among the CMU academic materials in this collection are tests for many courses, meeting minutes and related materials of the Curriculum Committee, departmental correspondence and correspondence to Professor Larzelere, as well as other related materials. Also included are lists of members, constitutions, and related correspondence, 1927-1942, of the CMU. Cliophiles Club, a student history organization. Some History 201/English 416 student papers from an extension course Professor Minor taught in Bad Axe, Michigan, in 1945 are also included. One of the paper researched Ora Labora, a German communal settlement that existed in Huron County, Michigan, from 1862 to 1871.

One of the more interesting topics documented in Professor Minor’s CMU academic papers is the League of Nations Association assemblies. Related correspondence, notes, and other materials on the assemblies exist for 1929 through 1935 and 1939. Participating Michigan students and professors attended an annual meeting at the University of Michigan, where they represented various countries they had studied and about which the participants had accumulated data. For international peace advocates, like CMU President Anspach, this was an important event for both students and professors to attend.

Also of interest are Naturalization Educational Record Cards, 1916-1924. These mainly blank form cards document twelve immigrant men who took night courses from Professor Minor while he taught in Kalamazoo. Basically names and addresses are given, as well as some notation of their attendance in classes. One card notes that the man documented is a German mechanic. Additional biographical notes on six of the men as found on AncestryPlus are included.

Professor Minor is personally documented in the Biographical Materials, 1924, 1927, 1934 [2005] (copies); a few of his Publications; and some generic Correspondence with the Boys Brotherhood Republic in Chicago, an organization which helped juvenile delinquents find satisfying and honest employment, 1914, 1916. The only material of a somewhat personal nature is that Professor Minor’s family Budgets for 1921 and 1923.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Minor, Van Lieu.
    • Larzelere, Claude S., 1866-1946.
    • German Christian Agricultural and Benevolent Society of Ora Labora.
    • Boys Brotherhood Republic (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Central Michigan University--Faculty.
    • Central Michigan University. History Dept.
    • Central Michigan University. Cliophiles Club.
    • Kalamazoo High School (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
    • University High School (Chicago, Ill.)
    • History teachers--United States.
    • Immigrants--Education--United States.
    • Huron County (Mich.)--History.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Van Lieu Minor Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Personal Materials: Biographical Materials, 1924, 1927, 1934 [2005]
    Box   1 F   2
    Personal Materials: Articles by Minor, 1917-1918, circa 1930, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Personal Materials: Book Reviews by Minor, 1912-1914
    Box   1 F   4
    Personal Materials: Budgets (Personal), 1921, 1923
    Box   1 F   5
    Personal Materials: Correspondence with Boys Brotherhood Republic (in Chicago), 1914, 1916
    Box   1 F   6
    Personal Materials: Publications, 1921, 1937
    Box   1 F   7
    Academic Materials: Bibliography of Jones’ Intro. To Hispanic American History, undated [after 1936]
    Box   1 F   8
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, Annual Academic Contest Tests, 2nd-4th, 1927-1929
    Box   1 F   9
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, Cliophiles Club, Constitutions, Lists of Members, and Related Correspondence, 1927-1942
    Box   1 F   10
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, Committee on Grades, Honor Points Amendments, July 1, 1924
    Box   1 F   11
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, Curriculum Committee, Meeting Minutes, 1929, 1940 (very scattered)-1946, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, Curriculum Committee, Survey-Questionnaire for the Student-Faculty Commission, circa 1940s
    Box   1 F   13
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, Economics, 108 Extension Class, Owosso (Michigan), Exams, 1926, undated
    Box   1 F   14
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, Economics, 208-209, 301, Extension Class, Exams, 1930-1931, undated
    Box   1 F   15
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, Entrance Exams (various History topics, undated
    Box   1 F   16
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, Government 302 (American), Exams, undated
    Box   1 F   17
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, Government 402 (American), Exams, undated
    Box   1 F   18
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 034 (Teaching History), Syllabus, undated [circa 1920s]
    Box   1 F   19
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 101 (early English History), Exams, 1923-1924, 1926, undated
    Box   1 F   20
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 102 (later English History), Exams and Notes, 1927-1928, undated
    Box   1 F   21
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 103 (American History), Exams, Notes, and Correspondence, 1923-1927, undated
    Box   1 F   22
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 104 (Teaching History), Exam, 1926; Syllabus, undated, 1926; undated
    Box   1 F   23
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 105 (Ancient History), Exams and Notes, 1923, undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 106 (early European History), Exams and Notes, undated [circa 1927]
    Box   1 F   25
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 110 (International Relations), Exams and Notes, 1927, undated
    Box   1 F   26
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 115 (American Foreign Relations), Exams and Notes, 1923-1925, undated
    Box   1 F   27
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 116 (later 216) (Governments of Europe), Exams, 1924-1926, undated
    Box   1 F   28
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 118 (European Expansion), Exams, 1924-1928, undated
    Box   1 F   29
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 119/219 (International History), Exams, 1924, 1926-1927, undated
    Box   1 F   30
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 121 (World War [I]), Exams, 1925, 1927
    Box   1 F   31
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 125 (American History), Exams, 1928-1929, undated
    Box   1 F   32
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 127 (American History Post-1850), Exams, 1929, undated
    Box   2 F   1
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 201 / English 416, Bad Axe, Michigan, Extension Course, Student Papers, (one paper on Ora Labora), Fall 1945
    Box   2 F   2
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 203/204 (Teaching History), Exams, 1927-1928, 1931, 1941, undated
    Box   2 F   3
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 204/English 416, Bad Axe (Michigan), Extension Course, taught by Professors Beck and Maybee, Class List, Fall 1945
    Box   2 F   4
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 205 (Teaching History), Syllabus, undated
    Box   2 F   5
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 211 (American Colonial History), Exams, 1930-1931, 1945-1946
    Box   2 F   6
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 211 (American Colonial History), Exams, undated
    Box   2 F   7
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 212 (American Colonial History), Exams and Bibliography, 1932, 1934, 1936, undated
    Box   2 F   8
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 213 (American History, 1865-1898), Exam, undated [circa 1920-1930s]
    Box   2 F   9
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 215 (Teaching History), Exam, Student Opinion Questions, undated
    Box   2 F   10
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 216 (Governments of Europe [previously Government 201, 402-403]), Exams, 1929, undated
    Box   2 F   11
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 219 (European Expansion), Exam, 1930
    Box   2 F   12
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 222 (American Colonial History), Exams, 1928, undated
    Box   2 F   13
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 226/227 (English History), Exams and Notes, undated
    Box   2 F   14
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 233 (American Colonial History, Exam, 1928
    Box   2 F   15
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 245 (American Colonial History to 1917), Exams, 1928
    Box   2 F   16
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 250 (Teaching American History to 1840), Syllabus, undated
    Box   2 F   17
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 301 (Renaissance), Exams, 1928, 1930, 1933, undated
    Box   2 F   18
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 302 (Political Science) (Teaching American Government), Exams, Syllabi, 1931, 1941, undated
    Box   2 F   19
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 303 (World War [I])/ Expansion since 1750), Exams, 1931-1932, 1934
    Box   2 F   20
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 304 (Teaching History), Exam, 1930
    Box   2 F   21
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 308 (Hispanic America), Exams, undated
    Box   2 F   22
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 311 (American Government Post-Revolution), Exam, undated
    Box   2 F   23
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 311 (Founding of the republic), Exams, undated
    Box   2 F   24
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 312 (International History), Exams, Syllabus, 1931-1932, undated
    Box   2 F   25
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 312 (North American), Exams, 1941, undated
    Box   2 F   26
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 314 (American Foreign Relations), Exams, 1928, 1931, 1934, 1940, undated
    Box   2 F   27
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 322 (Teaching History), Exam, undated
    Box   2 F   28
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, 403 (International Relations), Exams, undated
    Box   2 F   29
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, N3 (Naval History), Exams, undated
    Box   2 F   30
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History, History of Michigan, Exams, undated
    Box   3 F   1
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History Department, Correspondence (includes Correspondence to Prof. Larzelere, 1937-1939), 1926, 1929-1939
    Box   3 F   2
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History Department, Correspondence, 1940-1945
    Box   3 F   3
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History Department, Correspondence, January-June 1946, undated
    Box   3 F   4
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History Department, Curriculum Circulars, Reports, Committee Information, 1913, 1915, 1928-1939
    Box   3 F   5
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History Department, Curriculum Circulars, Reports, Committee Information, 1940-1946
    Box   3 F   5
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History Department, Curriculum Information (folder 1 of 3), undated
    Box   3 F   6
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History Department, Curriculum Information (folder 2 of 3), undated
    Box   3 F   7
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, History Department, Curriculum Information (folder 3 of 3), undated
    Box   4 F   1
    Academic Materials: Central Michigan University Materials, In-Service and Field Program, Meeting Minutes and Materials), 1942-1945
    Box   4 F   2
    Academic Materials: College Entrance Board Comprehensive Exam (History), 1916
    Box   4 F   3
    Academic Materials: Conditional / Special Exams, including University of Chicago Scholarships, 1914-1917, undated
    Box   4 F   4
    Academic Materials: Economics Class, Exams, 1919, 1923, undated
    Box   4 F   5
    Academic Materials: Huron County (Michigan) Research, Cards (Alphabetical by township and city name), undated
    Box   4 F   6
    Academic Materials: Huron County (Michigan) Research, Notes, Newspaper Clippings (copies), undated
    Box   4 F   7
    Academic Materials: International Conciliation Notes, after September 1916
    Box   4 F   8
    Academic Materials: Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo (Michigan), Correspondence, January 1923
    Box   4 F   9
    Academic Materials: Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo (Michigan), Daily Report, 1921
    Box   4 F   10
    Academic Materials: Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo (Michigan), European Expansion, Exams, 1923-1924
    Box   4 F   11
    Academic Materials: League of Nations Model Assembly, Correspondence, Bulletins, and Related Materials, 1929-1933
    Box   4 F   12
    Academic Materials: League of Nations Model Assembly, Correspondence, Bulletins, and Related Materials, 1934-1935, 1939
    Box   4 F   13
    Academic Materials: Naturalization Educational Record Cards (12) [from Kalamazoo], 1916-1924
    Box   4 F   14
    Academic Materials: Practice Teaching-Outlines of Work at University of Chicago High School, 1916, undated
    Box   4 F   15
    Academic Materials: State Examinations, Various History Topics, 1917-1919, 1923
    Box   4 F   16
    Academic Materials: Tennessee State Teachers’ Exam, November 1917
    Box   4 F   17
    Academic Materials: University High School, Chicago (Illinois), American History, Exams; 1913-1917; Exams for Kalamazoo Central High School (filed together by Minor), 1921-1922, undated, 1913-1917; 1921-1922, undated
    Box   4 F   18
    Academic Materials: University High School, Chicago (Illinois), Ancient History, Exam, 1916-1917
    Box   4 F   19
    Academic Materials: University High School, Chicago (Illinois), Civics, Exams, 1913-1917
    Box   4 F   20
    Academic Materials: University High School, Chicago (Illinois), Committee on Organizing Practice Teaching, Materials, 1917, 1922
    Box   4 F   21
    Academic Materials: University High School, Chicago (Illinois), English History, Exams, 1907, 1913; Pupils’ Outline for Home Study (Book), 1907, 1907, 1913; 1907
    Box   4 F   22
    Academic Materials: University High School, Chicago (Illinois), Entrance Exams (American History), 1915, undated
    Box   4 F   23
    Academic Materials: University High School, Chicago (Illinois), Greek History, Exams, 1913-1914
    Box   4 F   24
    Academic Materials: University High School, Chicago (Illinois), Medieval History, Outline and Exams, 1912-1916/1917
    Box   4 F   25
    Academic Materials: University High School, Chicago (Illinois), Modern History, Exams, 1912-1916/1917, undated
    Box   4 F   26
    Academic Materials: University High School, Chicago (Illinois), Roman History, Exam, 1914