Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Gerald L. Poor Collection

Finding aid created by
M. Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Gerald L. Poor Collection,
Creator: Poor, Gerald L., 1907-1975.
Inclusive dates: 1864, 1975, and undated
Extent: .5 cubic feet (in 1 box)
Papers include biographical materials, correspondence, a diary, term papers, professional writing, a plaque, and other 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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 1974, 3035

Access Restrictions:

Gerald L. Poor Collection is open for research.


Copyright has been transferred to the Clarke.

Preferred Citation:

Gerald L. Poor Collection, Folder #, Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and then chronological.



Gerald L. Poor was born in Waldron, Michigan, on March 17, 1907. He earned an A.B. degree from Olivet College and both a Master of Arts degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Michigan. Poor served as a faculty member at Central Michigan University (CMU), 1943-1973. He was considered one of CMU’s most esteemed educators.

Poor served as a visiting lecturer at Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Northern Michigan University, the University of Colorado, and Edge College, in England. In 1965 he was honored as Olivet College’s distinguished alumnus and received the Phi Delta Kappa service award.

Dr. Poor was a former president of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Delta Kappa and was also the author of several books and numerous professional articles. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant and was a local civic leader.

He was twice honored with CMU’s senior thanks award and served as grand marshal of CMU’s 1973 homecoming parade. He was awarded Professor Emeritus status from CMU when he retired in 1973. At that time, a scholarship was begun at CMU in his name. In November 1973, the CMU Board of Trustees named the one-room schoolhouse, located just off campus, after him.

On May 17, 1975, Dr. Poor died in Mount Pleasant. He was survived by his wife Inez; his mother, Mrs. Blanch Poor; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth; two brothers; Charles and Gordon; and a sister, Mrs. Marge Griffin, the wife of Senator Robert P. Griffin. A copy of Poor’s obituary from the Mt. Pleasant Daily Times-News, May 19, 1975 is included in the Biographical Materials folder. His books are listed in CMU’s Catalog.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection basically provides biographical information, correspondence, and his research involving different Michigan topics.

Subject Terms

    • Poor, Gerald L., 1907-1975.
    • Berlin, Carl, circa 1907-1975.
    • Olivet College.
    • Central Michigan University--Faculty.
    • Teaching--Handbooks, manuals, etc.--Aids and devices.
    • Education--History--Michigan.
    • Alaska--Description and travel.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Gerald L. Poor Collection [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, 1975
    Box   1 F   2
    Certificates, 1968, 1971; Photograph, undated, 1968, 1971, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence from Carl Berlin, 1942-1944
    Box   1 F   4
    Correspondence from Carl Berlin, 1945-1949
    Box   1 F   5
    Correspondence from Carl Berlin, 1950-1975
    Box   1 F   6
    About Carl Berlin, by Poor, 1975
    Box   1 F   7
    Correspondence re: Poor's Retirement, September 1973-April 1974
    Box   1 F   8
    Correspondence re: Poor's Retirement, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Diary (Documents his Sophomore Year at Olivet College), 1927-1928
    Box   1 F   10
    Michigan Railroad Companies’ Stock Certificates and Ticket Stub (Miniatures), 1864, 1880s, undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Retirement Dinner, Cassette Tape, 1973
    Box   1 F   12
    Retirement Plaque Noting the Establishment of a Scholarship in Poor’s Name at CMU (Note: The Plaque is found in the rear of the box because of its size.), 1973
    Box   1 F   13
    Term Papers, A Study of Abraham Lincoln for Education C120, undated
    Box   1 F   14
    Term Papers, School and Society Through the Eyes of Juvenal (For the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts at the University of Michigan.), undated
    Box   1 F   15
    Term Papers, A Follow-up Survey of High School Graduates of Grayling, Michigan, for the Years 1930-1937, 1939
    Box   1 F   16
    Term Papers, Sociological Implications Involved in a Study of 25 Selected Garbage Cans, undated
    Box   1 F   17
    Term Papers, A Study of the Extent and Causes of Teacher-Turnover..., 1943
    Box   1 F   18
    Writing, Professional, Dedicated to a Classroom, 1960
    Box   1 F   19
    Writing, Professional, Dedicated to Fathers, 1956
    Box   1 F   20
    Writing, Professional, Education in Michigan in Days Gone By (by Ithaca Extension Class), 1945
    Box   1 F   21
    Writing, Professional, George Wheeler’s Michigan: Historical and Personal, 1974
    Box   1 F   22
    Writing, Professional, Of Nations, Schools, and Pedagogues, Education in Western Civilization, 1968
    Box   1 F   23
    Writing, Professional, Off to School: A Manual for Teachers of Beginning School in Midland County Schools, undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Writing, Professional, Sabbatical Leave Report, 1968
    Box   1 F   25
    Writing, Professional, This is the Way They Went to School West and Northwest of Saginaw Bay Around the Turn of the Century (For Au Gres Extension Course), undated