Phi Alpha Kappa (University of Michigan) records: 1929-2008
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Container / Location Title
 
Personal / Family [series]

The Personal/Family series contains biographical materials and items pertaining to the Potts family. These include obituaries, newspaper clippings, family photographs, and correspondence. Also of note is an oversize scrapbook that features Potts's handling of the racial strife experienced in the Ann Arbor Public Schools during the 1970's.

Box   1  
Biographical Materials 1984, undated
Box   1  
Diplomas
Box   1  
Military Records 1946, 1947
Box   1  
Awards, Certificates, and Recognitions 1976-2005 (scattered)

(see also oversize folder)

Box   1  
Vital Records 1923-2004 (scattered)
Box   1  
Clippings 1968, 1986
Box   1  
Telegram from Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanaugh 1967
Box   1  
Obituaries 2004, 2005
Box   1  
Texas College 2004
Box   1  
Correspondence 1982-1995 (scattered), undated
 
Family
 
Ronald K. Potts (son)
Box   1  
Vital Records 1960-1993 (scattered)
Box   1  
School 1984, undated
Box   1  
Work 1983-1991 (scattered), undated
Box   1  
Letters 1979-1992 (scattered), undated
 
Randolph Potts (son)
Box   1  
School 1980-1994 (scattered) (4 folders)
Box   1  
Professional 1981-1999 (scattered)
Box   1  
Letters 1990, 1992
 
Robert O. Potts
Box   1  
School 1989, 1994
Box   1  
Ann Arbor Transportation Authority 1980-1995 (scattered), undated
Box   1  
Manuscripts 1988
Box   1  
Card undated
Box   1  
Ethel K. Potts
Box   1  
Family Photographs
Oversize Volume   1  
Scrapbook 1970-1987

(include clippings, awards and miscellaneous)

 
Civic Organizations [series]

The Civic Organizations series is subdivided between Potts' activities in Detroit and in Ann Arbor. The former reflects records of the Metropolitan Detroit Citizens Development Authority, of which Potts was an Executive Committee member, and the Mayor's Youth Opportunity Council, which Potts chaired as a direct response to the Detroit riots of 1967. A considerable proportion of the files pertaining to the Youth Opportunity Council contain photographs of Detroit youth engaged in an array of educational and social activities. The second subdivision holds materials that focus primarily on his concern for affordable housing in Ann Arbor, as demonstrated by his being a founding board member of Avalon Housing, Inc.

 
Detroit
 
Metropolitan Detroit Citizens Development Authority
 
Administrative
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Articles of Incorporation 1966
Box   1  
By-Laws 1968
Box   1  
Board of Directors undated
 
Executive Committee Meetings
Box   1  
1967
Box   1  
1968 (4 folders)
Box   1  
1969 (4 folders)
Box   2  
1970 (3 folders)
Box   2  
1971 (2 folders)
Box   2  
1972 (3 folders)
Box   2  
Annual Meetings 1969, 1972 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Chairman's Report to the Board of Directors 1967, 1971
Box   2  
Executive Director's Report 1970
Box   2  
Vice President's Report 1972
Box   2  
Executive Director's Presentation at Wayne State University 1968
Box   2  
Letter to Executive Director 1969
Box   2  
Administrative & Operating Committee Meetings 1969, 1970
Box   2  
Memos 1971, 1972
Box   2  
Procedure for Project Ratification undated
Box   2  
Nominating Committee 1968
 
Financial
Box   2  
Statement of Revenues, Expenditures, and Financial Conditions 1967
Box   2  
Financial Report 1968
Box   2  
Financial Forecast 1968
Box   2  
Audited Financial Statements 1967-1971 (scattered)
Box   2  
Projection of Cash Requirements 1970
Box   2  
Cash Forecast 1971
Box   2  
Balance Sheet 1972
 
Projects
Box   2  
Project Status Sheets 1970
Box   2  
Inventory 1970
Box   2  
Summary Report of the Ad Hoc Housing Committee 1971
Box   2  
Novi, Michigan Project 1968-1971 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Proposal for Elmwood II undated
Box   2  
Report on Low-Cost Housing Technology in Elmwood II Park 1967
Box   2  
Elmwood's People Rebuild 1968
Box   2  
Elmwood Park 2, Draft Report 1967
Box   3  
Nagel Housing Files 1969-1975 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Community Projects Information Center 1968, 1970
Box   3  
Industrialized Housing Competition 1968
 
Publications
Box   3  
Brochure undated
Box   3  
Newsletter 1972
 
Mayor's Youth Opportunity Council, City of Detroit
Box   3  
"The Detroit Happening," 1968
 
Index to Proposals and Programs Screened and Granted by Youth Opportunity Council 1968
Box   3  
Publishing and Distributing Brochures
Box   3  
Girls Physical Education
Box   3  
Pilot House-Teen Center
Box   3  
Afro-American Culture, Arts, Recreation
Box   3  
Community Safety Patrols
 
"Earn and Learn"
Box   3  
Accounts (2 folders)
Box   3  
Photographs
Box   3  
Inner City-Suburban Youth Study Project
 
Neighborhood Improvement and Employment Project
Box   3  
Reports
Box   3  
Photographs
 
Photography Project
Box   3  
Reports
Box   3  
Photographs
 
Teen Program, Employment, and Recreation
Box   3  
Photographs
Box   3  
Youth Village-Teen Program
Box   3  
Arts, Crafts, Library
Box   3  
Teen Activity Center
 
Outdoor Recreational Supervision -- 12th Street
Box   3  
Reports
Box   3  
Photographs
Box   3  
Moore School Summer Project
Box   3  
Store Front Recreation Center
Box   3  
Friendship House-Youth Program
Box   3  
Vest Pocket Parks
Box   3  
Multi-Service Centers: Employment and Recreation
Box   3  
Eastside Committee on Youth Behavior
Box   3  
Student Volunteer Corps
Box   3  
Supplement-Project #8
Box   3  
Summer Science Research Program
Box   3  
Festival of Arts
Box   3  
Cultural Arts Workshops (2 folders)
Box   3  
Transportation
Box   3  
Teen Drop-In Center Staff
Box   3  
Neighborhood Clean-Up, Arts and Crafts
Box   3  
Boys and Girls Club
 
Neighborhood Improvement Project
Box   3  
Accounts
Box   3  
Photograph
Box   3  
Community Recreation and Education Project
Box   3  
Children and Youth Safety Program
 
Ann Arbor
 
Model Cities Program
Box   4  
Progress Report 1969
Box   4  
Mid-Planning Report 1969
Box   4  
First Year Action Plan 1970-1971
 
Avalon Housing
Box   4  
Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws 1992
Box   4  
Shelter Association and Avalon Housing Committee 1992
 
Board of Trustees Meetings
Box   4  
1992
Box   4  
1993
Box   4  
1994
Box   4  
1995
Box   4  
1996
Box   4  
1997
Box   4  
1998
Box   4  
Special Board Meeting on Arbordale 1998
Box   4  
Notes for Presentation on Avalon Housing 1997
Box   4  
Financial Records 1993-1998 (scattered)
Box   4  
Events 1995-1998 (scattered)
Box   4  
Federal Awards Supplemental Information 1994, 1995
Box   4  
Correspondence 1992-1999 (scattered)
Box   4  
Clippings 1992, 1995
Box   4  
Publications 1994-2004 (scattered), undated
Box   4  
Compensation Committee 1997, 1998
Box   4  
Agency Strategy 1999
Box   4  
Hiring 1993-1995
Box   4  
Personnel Manual undated
Box   4  
Ann Arbor Advisory Planning Council 1979, 1983
 
Ombudsman [series]

Three large sections compose the Ombudsman series: Assistant Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools, publications, and the University of Michigan. The first section has official reports from Potts's office. The agency was responsible for addressing citizens' grievances to the school district. Recurring issues are race, class, and gender. This section also has a wealth of text speeches that Potts delivered during his tenure. The second section contains two of Potts's publications on the topic of Ombudsmanship. The third section is an assortment of items from his time as a University of Michigan graduate student, including a bound copy of his dissertation.

 
Assistant Superintendent for Human Relations and Community Services, Ann Arbor Public Schools
 
Reports
 
Annual Reports, Office of Ombudsman
Box   4  
1971-1975
Box   4  
1975-1978
Box   4  
1978-1981
Box   4  
1981-1984
Box   4  
Recommendations for Combating Racism 1971
Box   4  
Recommendations for Implementation of the Report on Humanness in Education 1971
Box   5  
An Over-View Activities of the Office of Human Relations Ombudsman Ann Arbor Public Schools School Year 1970-71 1971
Box   5  
Summary Types of Grievances Through the Office of Human Relations Ombudsman School Year 1970-71 1971
Box   5  
Recommendations for Implementation of a Comprehensive Affirmative Action Program in the District 1972
Box   5  
The Impact of Planning Decisions Upon Schools and Educational Policy 1972
Box   5  
Functions and Programs, (scattered and undated)
Box   5  
Humanness in Education 1974-1975
Box   5  
Title IX: Self Evaluation 1976
Box   5  
A Discussion Document on a Rationale and Planning Guide for Desegregation in the Ann Arbor Public School District 1976
Box   5  
Affirmative Action Policy & Procedures for Contractors and Vendors 1976
Box   5  
International Bar Association Ombudsman Committee 1976
Box   5  
Desegregation Data and Analysis: Options for Educational Change 1978
Box   5  
EEO Policy Analysis Ann Arbor Public Schools 1978
Box   5  
New and Planned Housing Developments within the Ann Arbor School District 1979
Box   5  
Report of the Citizens' Advisory Committee on Racial Balance & Educational Opportunity 1979 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Black English -- A Current Educational Issue: The Ann Arbor Experience 1979
Box   5  
A Preliminary Draft of a Plan for Improving Educational Opportunity and Improving Racial Balance in the Ann Arbor Michigan School District 1980
Box   5  
"Remember the Ladies!" A Handbook of Women in American History 1980
Box   5  
Progress Report Office of Assistant Superintendent -- Human Relations & Community Services 1980-81 School Year 1981
Box   5  
Summary Types of Grievances Through the Office of Human Relations & Ombudsman 1982
Box   5  
Gender and Ethnic Equity Goals and Plans for Implementation 1982
Box   5  
An Administration Perspective on Suspensions in the Ann Arbor Schools 1982
Box   5  
Ann Arbor Public Schools Year End Report 1983
Box   5  
District Gender and Ethnic Equity Assessment 1982-1983 School Year: A Progress Report on the Implementation of the 1981-82 Assessment 1983 1982-1983
Box   5  
District Gender and Ethnic Equity Assessment 1983-84 School Year 1984
Box   5  
Community Services in the Ann Arbor Public Schools 1985
Box   5  
Two-Year Operational Plan 1985
Box   5  
Progress Report on Action Plans 1986
Box   5  
Action Plan 1986
Box   5  
Race/Ethnic/Gender Composition Study in Special Education 1986
 
Speeches from Ombudsman Office
Box   5  
1970
Box   5  
1971
Box   5  
1972
Box   5  
1973
Box   5  
1974
Box   5  
1975
Box   5  
1977
Box   5  
1978
Box   5  
1979
Box   5  
1980
Box   5  
1981
Box   5  
1983
Box   5  
1984
 
Topical
Box   5  
Thank You Letters 1971-1985 (scattered)
Box   5  
Harvard Graduate School of Education Training 1983
Box   5  
Miscellaneous 1980-1985 (scattered)
Box   5  
Minority Recruitment and Retention undated
Box   5  
Reorganization of Ann Arbor Schools 1984
Box   5  
Cleary College 1984-1987 (scattered)
Box   5  
Retirement 1986
Box   5  
Discussion with Transportation Personnel 1988
 
Publications
Box   5  
Robert L. Potts, "Educating the School Community About School Authority and Student Rights." In Student Behavior, Rights and Responsibilities and the Fair Administration of Discipline: Conference Proceedings April 1-2, 1974, Ed. Charles D. Moody et al. (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1974)
Box   5  
Robert L. Potts, "Where Will it Go From Here?" Chalkboard (February 1979) p. 1.
 
University of Michigan, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
Box   5  
Student Files 1974-1982 (scattered)
Box   5  
Robert L. Potts, "Ombudsmanship in Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts." Dissertation, University of Michigan, 1975.
 
Episcopal Priest [series]

The Episcopal Priest series is organized into three groups. The first consists of Potts's sermons delivered from 1977-1994, non-inclusive, and contains both text and audio files. The second grouping represents religious ceremonies from 1979-1996 that Potts officiated, the majority of which were eulogies and marriages. Included are the texts of speeches in addition to a sampling of the note cards he used. The final grouping in the series is a list of topical files. Particular highlights include the United Ministries in Higher Education (Eastern Michigan University chapter), Potts's installation as Archdeacon, records of the McGehee Fund, and a personal diary kept during the later years of his life. This grouping offers a unique insight into the role of the church as an agent of social and economic justice in Southeastern Michigan.

 
Sermons
 
Textual
Box   6  
Christmas 1977-1992 (scattered)
Box   6  
Easter 1982-1994 (scattered), undated
Box   6  
Epiphany 1983-1997 (scattered), undated
Box   6  
Lent 1983-1994 (scattered), undated
 
Occasional
Box   6  
1982
Box   6  
1986
Box   6  
1988
Box   6  
1989
Box   6  
1990
Box   6  
1991
Box   6  
1992
Box   6  
1994
Box   6  
1995
Box   6  
1996
Box   6  
Undated
 
Sound cassettes of sermons
Box   6  
1990-1991
Box   6  
1991-1992
Box   6  
Poems, Hymns, and Quotes undated
Box   6  
Eulogies, Marriages, and Ceremonies 1979-1996 (scattered), undated (2 folders)
 
Topical Files
Box   6  
Messages and Meanings of the Christian Life by Robert L. Potts 1987
Box   6  
Grace Episcopal Church Seventy-fifth Anniversary Celebration 1992
Box   6  
Carter Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Twenty-fifth Anniversary Celebration 1970
 
United Ministries in Higher Education, Eastern Michigan University
Box   6  
1988
Box   6  
1989
Box   6  
1990
Box   6  
1991
Box   6  
1992
Box   6  
Archdeacon Issues 1987-1989
Box   6  
Archdeacon Installation 1988
Box   7  
Log of Activities 1990-1991
Box   7  
Diary 1997-2002 (scattered)
Box   7  
Installation of Nathan Dwight Baxter 1992
Box   7  
Diocese of Michigan, A Sesquicentennial History 1983
Box   7  
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 1994
Box   7  
Vestry 1988-1990
Box   7  
The Ordering of Reverend Robert Lester Potts to the Sacred Order of Priests 1964
Box   7  
Invocations for public meetings, Board of Education (undated)
 
The McGehee Fund
Box   7  
1992
Box   7  
1995
Box   7  
1996
Box   7  
1997
Box   7  
1998
Box   7  
1999
Box   7  
2000
Box   7  
2001
Box   7  
2002
Box   7  
Undated
Box   7  
Correspondence 1970-1997