Henry Romaine Pattengill papers: 1861-1939
Summary Information
Title: Henry Romaine Pattengill papers
Creator: Pattengill, Henry Romaine, 1852-1918
Inclusive dates: 1861-1939
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
School teacher, Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction; correspondence, subject files, photographs.
Call number: 852028 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
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Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was deposited by Mr. And Mrs. Theodore G. Foster (donor no. 1676) and came to the library in multiple accessions, 1945-1956.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Henry Romaine Pattengill papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Henry R. Pattengill was born in Mount Vision, Otsego County, New York, January 4, 1852. The family moved to Litchfield in Hillsdale County, Michigan in the mid-1860s. Pattengill graduated from the University of Michigan in 1874. For the next ten years, he was superintendent of schools in St. Louis and Ithaca, also serving as president of the Gratiot County Teachers' Association, as a member of the Board of School Inspectors, and later on the County Board of Examiners. In 1885, Pattengill became associate editor of the Michigan School Moderator; he later became sole owner and proprietor. From 1893 to 1897, Pattengill served two terms as Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction. He died November 26, 1918.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection is comprised of three series: Correspondence, Other Papers; and Photographs. Included in the collection are scrapbooks, diaries, autograph books, and other materials relating to his public life and various travels. The photographs include portraits of Pattengill and Pattengill family members; group portraits of reunions of students taught by Pattengill in Ithaca, Michigan; and a photo of the Pattengill home in Lansing, Michigan.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Education -- Michigan.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1914.
  • Progressivism (United States politics)
  • Temperance -- Michigan.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Dwellings.
  • Dwellings -- Michigan -- Lansing.
  • Ithaca (Mich.)
  • Lansing (Mich.) -- Dwellings.
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Michigan Education Association.
  • Progressive Party (1912)
  • Michigan. Dept. of Public Instruction.
  • Pattengill, Henry Romaine, 1852-1918.
  • Pattengill family.
  • Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
  • Ferris, Woodbridge N., 1853-1928.
  • Schermerhorn, James, 1865-1942.
  • Smith, William Alden, 1859-1932.
  • Woodruff, Roy Orchard, 1876-1953.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Correspondence [series]
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Other papers [series]
Box   1  
Essays written for the Websterian Society, Litchfield, Michigan 1864-1870, undated
Box   1  
Various documents (certificates, mortgages, letters of introduction) 1874-1918
Box   1  
Poetry 1880-1915
Box   1  
Poetry undated
Box   1  
Thesis entitled "What are we doing?" read before the State Board of Education and other essays July 7, 1882
Box   1  
Obituaries of Pattengill and material relating to dedication of Pattengill School 1918-1922
Box   1  
Newspaper clippings 1906-1932, undated
Box   1  
Reunions of Pattengill's students 1890-1939

(include group photographs)

Box   1  
Miscellaneous personal documents 1875-1918, undated (2 folders)
Box   2  
Travel journals of trip to Mexico in 1898 and to the Panama Canal in 1913 1898-1913
Box   2  
Autograph books diaries and notebooks of jottings
Box   2  
Scrapbook of programs largely of meetings of teachers associations
Box   2  
Scrapbook relating to Michigan Press Association trip to Canada 1898
Photographs [series]
Box   2  
Pattengill students reunions, family, and miscellaneous (5 envelopes)