Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
State Aid Equalization Study Group Organizational records

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: State Aid Equalization Study Group Organizational records,
Creator: State Aid Equalization Study Group.
Inclusive dates: 1954, 1995, and undated
Extent: 1 cubic foot (in 2 boxes)
Organizational records include correspondence, lists of members, reports, clippings, and other related 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# 41492

Access Restrictions:

State Aid Equalization Study Group Organizational records are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

State Aid Equalization Study Group Organizational records, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is organized alphabetically and chronologically.


Organizational History:

Robert Gray Hall was born in Thessolon (Ontario, Canada). He grew up in Mancelona, Michigan. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Mancelona. After graduating from high school, Hall attended Central Michigan Teacher’s College, now Central Michigan University (CMU), from which he graduated in 1941. At CMU he was a member of the YMCA, the Masquers, and the Alchymist Club. Hall later earned a M.A. in School Administration from the University of Arkansas (1951), and took advanced graduate courses at Michigan State University, 1951-1959.

Hall taught one year each at Comstock Park and Alba, Michigan, schools. In between, he served four years in the U.S. Army during World War II.

After teaching, Hall became a Michigan school administrator. He served as the high school principal in Kalkaska for three years, as a superintendent for three years at Fife Lake, five years at Cement City, one year at Almont, and eight years at St. Charles, Michigan.

Except for a one year break in 1960-1961, Hall served continuously as a member of the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) since 1952. He was also active on the MASA Legislative Committee, Cost Quality Committee, and numerous other state and regional school finance study committees. From 1963 to 1971, Hall also served as a member of the MASA Board of Directors.

Hall was involved with the State Aid Equalization Study Group (SAESG) from 1953 to 1975. According to his letter of 1995 to then Clarke Archivist Craig Wright, the SAESG was more a concept title than organizational title. There were no defined membership lists or formal officers. When a particular effort was needed, to try to get more money for the public schools, Hall contacted known sympathetic superintendents and discussed courses of action. He issued reports and bulletins under the organization’s name as needed.

On September 23, 1975, Hall retired after a thirty-three year career in education.

Hall was married to Della, with whom he had a daughter, Vickie, and two sons, Hank, and Bobby, Jr. The couple lived in Fife Lake, Michigan, in 1995. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes the organizational records of SAESG, including Correspondence; Lists of Members; Reports; and related materials including, Reports and Newspapers Clippings (copies), 1954, 1987, undated. The collection includes MASA Committee Materials and Correspondence, 1954, 1995, undated, and MASA general Correspondence, 1961, 1975, undated. Robert Hall’s Personal and Professional Correspondence, 1953, 1972, undated; Speeches, 1960, 1971, undated; and Biographical Information, 1971, 1995, undated, complete the collection.

Subject Terms

    • Hall, Robert Gray.
    • State Aid Equalization Study Group.
    • Michigan Association of School Administrators.
    • Education--Michigan--Finance.
    • Government aid to education--Michigan.
    • Education equalization--Michigan.
    • School districts--Michigan--Finance.
    • School superintendents--Michigan.
    • School administrators--Michigan.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    State Aid Equalization Study Group Organizational records. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Information on Robert Hall, 1971, 1995, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Brake Proposal on State Aid, Materials, 1962-1964, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence, 1956
    Box   1 F   4
    Correspondence, 1957-1959
    Box   1 F   5
    Correspondence, 1960-1969, 1971
    Box   1 F   6
    Correspondence, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Correspondence, Personal and Professional of Robert Hall, 1953, 1972, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Correspondence, re: Educational Council, 1962, 1968
    Box   1 F   9
    Correspondence, with MASA (Michigan Association of School Administration), 1961, 1969
    Box   1 F   10
    Correspondence, with MASA (Michigan Association of School Administration), 1970, 1975, undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Letters to the Editor, by Robert Hall, 1959-1960
    Box   1 F   11
    Lists of Members, circa 1956, undated
    Box   2 F   1
    MASA Common Cause Committee, Correspondence, October-December 1973, undated
    Box   2 F   2
    MASA Cost-Cutting Committee, Correspondence, Figures, Graphs, 1962-1963, undated
    Box   2 F   3
    MASA Cost-Cutting Committee, Publications, 1960, 1963
    Box   2 F   4
    Newspaper Clippings (Copies), 1956, 1963, undated
    Box   2 F   5
    Proposed State Aid School Bill, Materials, 1961, 1973, undated
    Box   2 F   6
    Report of the Committee of 26 School Superintendents and Correspondence, 1973
    Box   2 F   7
    Reports, 1954-1955, 1986-1987
    Box   2 F   8
    Speeches by Robert Hall, 1960, 1971, undated
    Box   2 F   9
    Talk Notes on “State Aid Formula-Present and Proposed,” and transparencies, by Robert Hall, 1964
    Box   2 F   10
    TV Program Notes, by Robert Hall, undated