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Task Force on the Prevention and Investigation of Abuse in State Institutions 1977-1979 [series]

The collection of papers from Wilbur J. Cohen's Task Force on the Prevention and Investigation of Abuse in State Institutions are comprised of correspondence, testimonies, drafts and reports, state departmental documents, legal briefs, and press clippings. The bulk of these documents serve to provide insight into the Task Force's investigatory processes. In addition, the inclusion of early material serves to illustrate the impetus for its formation, while later material documents its after-effect.

The roughly chronological arrangement of the records provides a coherent history of the short-lived (March-July, 1978) Task Force. The first subseries, Pre-Task Force, contains material dating from 1977 through the early days of the Task Force. Included here are the Detroit Free Press articles concerning abuse at the Plymouth Center for Human Development. These articles set in motion the public demand for accountability in the abuse found at Plymouth. Governor Milliken's response is also found here, and his subsequent appointment of the Task Force. Other early documents are the two reports (Bishop and Davis), which offered preliminary information to the members of the Task Force.

The second subseries contains material created or gathered by the Task Force. The series includes meeting minutes, a plethora of solicited information from sources both inside and outside the state, and documents regarding the two special panels created out of the Task Force (i.e., Special Oakdale Review Panel, and Special Panel on Care in Nursing Homes, Homes for the Aged, and Adult Foster Care Facilities). Particularly poignant are the nine folders of correspondence and testimonies, written by current and former institutionalized citizens and their family members. This series also contains the drafts and reports of the Task Force and its special panels, including responses to these documents.

The Post-Task Force subseries contains several items postdating the Task Force's period of existence. Here are found "follow-up" documents from the Department of Mental Health and the Plymouth Center for Human Development, the draft of the "Hollister Bill", and the text of a presentation made by Wilbur J. Cohen before the Michigan Legislature. Also included is a copy of Gary Bass's PhD. dissertation (1979), for which Cohen was faculty advisor. Bass played an important role in the Task Force, particularly in his involvement with the Special Oakdale Review Panel; his dissertation contains loosely-veiled references to the findings of the Task Force.

The Miscellaneous subseries contains an exhaustive and informative "scrapbook" of original and photocopied newspaper articles. These press clippings document events at the Oakdale Center for Developmental Disabilities, from March through June, 1978, much of which implies the effect of the Task Force's Special Panel. The two folders containing press clippings on the Plymouth Center for Human Development cover the period of February through December, 1978. These articles includes references to the staffing upheaval at Plymouth, from the director on down to the caregivers, which resulted from the investigations of the Task Force and its precursor, the Davis Panel. The series also contains 20 audiocassette tapes of Task Force meetings.

 
Pre-Task Force [subseries]
Box   1  
Detroit Free Press Investigation of Plymouth Center for Human Development
Box   1  
Detroit Free Press Articles February 19-April 4, 1978
 
Responses to Detroit Free Press Articles
Box   1  
Donald Smith, Director of Dept. of Mental Health
Box   1  
William Womack, Director of Plymouth Center for Human Development
 
Select Panel on Abuse 1977-1978
Box   1  
Select Panel on Abuse-(L. Ray) Bishop Panel
Box   1  
Bishop Report
Box   1  
Response of the Mich. Dept. of Mental Health
 
Plymouth Center for Human Development
Box   1  
Miscellaneous information (including accident reports) 1977-1978
Box   1  
Task Force Investigating Unit at Plymouth Center Report-(John Paul) Davis Report
Box   1  
Response to Davis Report by William Womack
Box   1  
Suit against Task Force Investigating Unit by Local 1837 and Council 25, AFSCME
 
Governor William G. Milliken
Box   1  
Special Report to the Legislature 03/09/1978
 
Responses to Governor's request for information
Box   1  
Michigan Department of Corrections
Box   1  
Michigan Department of Education
Box   1  
Michigan Department of Public Health
Box   1  
Michigan Department of Social Services
 
The Task Force [subseries]
Box   1  
Task Force begins-miscellaneous documents
 
Meetings and Public Hearings
Box   1  
Agendas and Minutes, 3/15/78-5/30/78
Box   1  
Meeting of 4/17/78-Text of statement by William Womack
 
Public Hearing 04/20/1978
Box   1  
Testimonies
 
Special Panels
Box   1  
Special Oakdale Review Panel
Box   1  
Special Panel on Care in Nursing Homes, Homes for the Aged, and Adult Foster Care
 
Correspondence and Testimonies
Box   1  
Offers of assistance
 
Correspondence regarding specific institutions
Box   1  
Clinton-Aire
Box   1  
Hillcrest
Box   1  
Oakdale
 
Plymouth
Box   1  
A-J
Box   1  
K-Z
 
Correspondence and Testimonies
 
Miscellaneous correspondence and testimonies
Box   2  
A-J
Box   2  
K-Z
Box   2  
Forwarded from Governor's Office
 
Responses to Requests for Information
Box   2  
California Department of Health (Paul Smith)
Box   2  
Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (Charles Kimber)
Box   2  
MARC-Michigan Association for Retarded Citizens (Harvey D. Zuckerberg) (2 folders)
Box   2  
Michigan Department of Civil Service
Box   2  
Michigan Department of Mental Health (3 folders)
Box   2  
Michigan Department of Mental Health, Metropolitan Regional Office (Donald K. Worden)
Box   2  
Michigan Department of Public Health
Box   2  
Michigan Department of State Police
Box   2  
Michigan Office of the Governor
Box   2  
New York, Willowbrook Review Panel (2 folders)
Box   2  
President's Commission on Mental Retardation (Fred Krause)
Box   2  
University of Michigan School of Nursing
Box   3  
Miscellaneous
Box   3  
A-J
Box   3  
K-Z
 
Task Force Questionnaire for State Employees
Box   3  
Draft (includes legal counsel)
Box   3  
Name lists
Box   3  
Responses to questionnaire
 
Reports
 
Task Force on the Prevention and Investigation of Abuse in State Institutions
 
Interim Report
Box   3  
Draft and final? 05/04/1978
Box   3  
Responses to Interim Report
 
Final Report
Box   3  
Notes and Draft 06/20/1978
Box   3  
Final Report 07/18/1978
Box   3  
Responses to Final Report
 
Special Oakdale Review Panel
Box   3  
Draft
Box   3  
Final Report
Box   3  
Responses to Report
 
Special Panel on Care in Nursing Homes, Homes for the Aged, and Adult Foster Care
Box   3  
Draft
Box   3  
Final Report
Box   3  
Responses to Report
 
Post-Task Force [subseries]
Box   3  
Bass, Gary Douglas. "An exploratory study to evaluate the utilization of a resource exchange network in the implementation of policy to ameliorate abusive conditions at a residential institution for the developmentally disabled." PhD. Dissertation; Wilbur J. Cohen, Advisor December 18, 1979
Box   3  
Cohen, Wilbur J. Text of presentation before the Michigan House and Senate September 13, 1978
 
Effects of the Task Force
Box   3  
Hollister Bill, H&S 6404 (Rep. David C. Hollister)
Box   3  
Michigan Department of Mental Health Status Report August 30, 1978
Box   3  
Plymouth Center for Human Development Status Reports May 24-September 11, 1978
 
Miscellaneous [subseries]
 
Press Clippings
Box   3  
Oakdale Center for Developmental Disabilities March-June 1978
Box   3  
Plymouth Center for Human Development February-December 1978 (2 folders)
Box   4  
Audiocassetes of Task Force Meetings (20 audiocassettes)
 
Personal/Consultation/Later Public Service [series]
Box   5  
Reprints of articles, speeches, etc
Box   5  
National Commission on Unemployment Insurance Compensation 1978
Box   5  
Trip to China 1976
Box   5  
Trip to Korea 1984
Box   6  
Topical (includes articles, consultation and board of directors files, and miscellaneous U-Michigan materials; arranged alphabetically)
 
Public School Desegregation Files [series]

The Public School Desegregation Files consists primarily of reprints, reports, and unpublished speeches relating to efforts to desegregate public schools in Detroit and Kalamazoo, Michigan. The materials, which remain largely unprocessed, were received in 1990.

Box   7  
Detroit Public Schools desegregation files 1975
Box   8  
Detroit Public Schools desegregation files 1975

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Box   9  
Detroit Public Schools desegregation files 1975

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Box   10  
Detroit Public Schools desegregation files 1975

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Box   11  
Kalamazoo Public School desegregation files 1979
Box   12  
Kalamazoo Public School desegregation files 1979

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Box   13  
Kalamazoo Public School desegregation files 1979

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Dean's Files 1967-1982 [series]

Cohen's tenure as Dean of the School of Education is partially documented in two separate but related Topical Files covering the years 1969-1979 and 1967-1982. The files consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, committee files and other material.

 
Topical File 1969-1979 [subseries]
Box   14  
Affirmative action (Jewell Cobb case)
Box   14  
American Association of College for Teacher Education
Box   14  
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges
Box   14  
American School Health Association
Box   14  
American Society for Ecological Education
 
Battelle
Box   14  
General
Box   14  
Child development
Box   14  
Dierkes, Meinolf
Box   14  
Bell, Terrel H.
Box   14  
Berry, Mary F.
Box   14  
Blau, Peter M.
Box   14  
Brandeis University
Box   14  
Bursley, Gilbert E.
Box   14  
Bush Foundation
Box   14  
Center for Child Development and Social Policy
Box   14  
Center for Study and Reduction of Violence
Box   14  
Choue, Young Seek
Box   14  
City-University Day Care Project
Box   14  
Community School Bill (testimony)
Box   14  
Council on Social Work Education
Box   14  
Cyphert, Frederick R.
Box   14  
Detroit Busing Panel
Box   14  
Education Appropriation Bill, H.R. 5901
Box   14  
Education Digest
Box   14  
Educational Facilities Corporation
Box   14  
Educational Testing Service
Box   14  
Egbert, Robert
Box   14  
Enrollment
Box   14  
Family Impact Seminar
Box   14  
Fellin, Philip A
Box   14  
Field, Liz
Box   14  
Fleming, Robben W
Box   14  
Ford Foundation
Box   14  
Foundation for Child Development
Box   15  
General
Box   15  
Goldhammer, Keith
Box   15  
Gorham, William
Box   15  
Governor's Commission on Higher Education
Box   15  
Graduation Requirements Commission
Box   15  
Graham, Richard A.
Box   15  
Gronvall, John A.
Box   15  
Halperin, Samuel
Box   15  
Harvard Graduate School of Education 1969-1978
Box   15  
Harvard (Board of Overseers) Visiting Committee 1970-1976
Box   15  
Higher Education Center
Box   15  
Highway Safety Research Institute
Box   15  
Howe, Harold, II
Box   15  
Imig, David G.
Box   15  
Institute for Social Research
Box   15  
Kalamazoo School Desegregation
Box   15  
Karsh, Norman
Box   15  
Kelley, Frank J.
Box   15  
Kembie, Eugenia
Box   15  
Keppel, Francis
Box   15  
Koff, Robert
Box   15  
Koob, C. Albert
Box   15  
Krathwohl, David R.
Box   15  
Kurland, Norman D.
 
Land Grant Colleges (Association of Colleges and Schools of Education in State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges)
Box   15  
1970-1973
Box   15  
January-June 1974
Box   15  
July-December 1974
 
January-March 1975
Box   15  
April-June 1975
Box   15  
July-December 1975
Box   16  
1975

(D.R. Krathwohl)

Box   16  
1976
Box   16  
1977
Box   16  
Lehigh University Visiting Committee
Box   16  
Loomis, Ralph
Box   16  
Merrill-Palmer Institute
Box   16  
Michigan State University
Box   16  
Morgan State University
Box   16  
Mott Foundation
Box   16  
Nova University
Box   16  
Pattullo, Andrew
Box   16  
Planning
Box   16  
Porter, John W.
Box   16  
President's Commission on School Finance
Box   16  
Retirement Policies for Faculty
Box   16  
Rhodes, Frank H.T.
Box   16  
School Review
Box   16  
Shanker, Albert
Box   16  
Sheppard, Harold L.
Box   16  
Spencer Foundation (Cleveland Conference)
Box   16  
Trotter, Virginia Y.
 
Topical File 1967-1982 [subseries]
Box   17  
Academy for Educational Development-Study 1969
 
Affirmative Action
Box   17  
1973
Box   17  
1974-1975 (3 folders)

(LSA Dean Search)

 
Annual Reports, SOE
Box   17  
1969-1970
Box   17  
1970-1971
Box   17  
1971-1972
Box   17  
1972-1973
Box   17  
1973-1974
Box   17  
1975-1976
Box   17  
1977-1978
Box   17  
1980-1981

(Stark, Joan)

Box   17  
Appointments to Staff 1971-1972
Box   17  
Black Caucus-School of Education 1971
Box   17  
Black Student Enrollment in Rackham School of Graduate Studies 1971
 
Budget
Box   17  
Budget Summary 1963-1968
Box   17  
1970-1971, Faculty Salaries
 
1971-1972
Box   17  
Budget Reductions
Box   17  
Faculty Salaries
Box   17  
Program Priorities
 
1972-1973
Box   17  
Budget Conference
Box   17  
Budget Request and 5 year projections
Box   17  
Faculty Salaries
Box   17  
Promotions
 
1973-1974
Box   17  
Appraisal Committee
Box   17  
Budget Conference
Box   17  
Faculty Salaries
Box   17  
General
 
Salary Comparisons
Box   17  
"Big 10" Institutions
Box   17  
Business Administration, LSA, Education
Box   17  
Peer Institutions
Box   17  
Student Credit Hours
 
1974-1975
Box   17  
Budget Conference
Box   17  
Budget Reductions (2 folders)
Box   17  
General
Box   17  
1975-1976-Budget Request
Box   17  
City/University EPSDT Day Care Project 1978-1979 (4 folders)
Box   17  
Class Enrollments 1972-1973
 
Class Notes
Box   17  
G804 1975, 1978, 1979
Box   17  
G805 1979
Box   17  
H613 1971
Box   17  
H652 1981
Box   17  
Social Policy 1978
Box   17  
Community Education Development Bill 1973
Box   18  
Compensatory Education (Education of all Handicapped Children Act) 1975-1976
Box   18  
Competency Based Teacher Education 1971-1972
Box   18  
Dean's Responsibilities 1972
Box   18  
Detroit Schools Desegregation Case 1975
Box   18  
Doctoral Review Committee 1975-1976
Box   18  
Early Childhood Development and Education, Center for 1967-1974
Box   18  
Education and Psychology, Combined Program in 1973-1975
Box   18  
Educational Research Policy Program Proposals 1971-1972
Box   18  
Executive Committee 1971-1973
Box   18  
Faculty Promotions 1969-1970
Box   18  
Finley-Carpenter Research Conference 1981-1982
Box   18  
Guidance and Counseling Program 1972-1973
Box   18  
Hampton-Michigan Program for Training Minority and Women Researchers 1980 (1 volume)
 
Higher Education, Center for the Study of
Box   18  
Community Colleges 1972-1973
Box   18  
General 1979-1980
Box   18  
Innovative Teacher Education, Task Force for 1972-1973
Box   18  
Instructional Television Course 1971-1972
Box   18  
Michigan Education Association Teacher Preparation Questionnaire 1973
Box   18  
Miscellaneous
Box   18  
National Study of Collective Negotiations in Education Program 1973
Box   18  
New Course Proposals (Curriculum Coordinating Committee) 1973
Box   18  
Personal
Box   18  
Service and Institutional Relations, Assistant Dean for 1970-1973
 
Speeches
Box   18  
1969
Box   18  
1977
Box   18  
State Board of Education-Committee of the Whole Meeting with Deans and Directors of Teacher Education Institutions March 16, 1976
 
Teacher Supply and Demand
Box   18  
1969-1973
Box   18  
1975

(10% Reduction Proposal)

Box   18  
"Young Faculty in Education"-Report 1974
Box   18  
Miscellaneous School of Education memoranda and reports
Box   18  
Summit Conference on Inflation,miscellaneous 1974
Box   18  
Miscellanea (2 folders)

(unprocessed)

 
Photographs [series]

(see also oversize folder, UAm)

The small Photographs series includes portraits of Wilbur Cohen, photos of Cohen with Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and other political figures and with Isador Lubin and others at a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Social Security. (also outsize photos, UAm)

Box   19  
Portraits; informal photos of WC
Box   19  
With Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and other political dignitaries
Box   19  
At Anchor Award dinner and other award celebrations
Box   19  
Retirement Party for WJC 1978
Box   19  
At miscellaneous meetings and other public functions

(1 folder and 2 small boxes)