Lynn M. Bartlett papers: 1925-1970 (bulk 1955-1969)
Summary Information
Title: Lynn M. Bartlett papers
Creator: Bartlett, Lynn M. (Lynn Mahlon), 1904-1970
Inclusive dates: 1925-1970
Bulk dates: 1955-1969
Extent: 4 linear feet
Extent: 4 microfilms
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Location: Portions located in offsite storage; prior notification required for access.
Abstract:
Educational administrator, Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1957-1965, and official with the Johnson administration. Correspondence, reports, and newspaper clippings concerning his public career, political campaigns for state office, work in the constitutional convention, and interest in educational topics.
Call number: 85809 Aa 2; UAm
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
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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 donated by Josephine Bartlett (donor no. 5167) and came to the library in several accessions beginning in 1971.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Copyright:

Donor(s) have not transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Lynn M. Bartlett papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Lynn M. Bartlett was born July 12, 1904 in Portland, New York. He earned his A.B. (1927), M.A. (1930), and Ph.D. (1954) degrees at the University of Michigan. In 1960, Northern Michigan University awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

Bartlett began his career in the field of education as a rural school teacher in Cherry Creek, New York. From 1927 to 1929 he was a psychologist in the Detroit Public Schools. On July 24, 1937 he married the former Josephine Katherine Kriser, an elementary school teacher who shared his interest in education.

Over the period from 1930 to 1957, Bartlett taught briefly in turn at Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University, while also serving in a series of administrative positions for the Grosse Pointe Public Schools. On July 1, 1957, following his successful election campaign, Bartlett left the post of Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel for the Grosse Pointe Public Schools to assume office as State Superintendent of Public Instruction for Michigan.

Bartlett served as State Superintendent for eight years until July 1, 1965, at which time he became Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Education in the Johnson Administration, a role that made him the director of the school system responsible for educating the children of armed forces personnel. In June of 1968, he was nominated by President Johnson as Assistant Secretary for Education in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He assumed the post in early July and held it until his death on November 28, 1970.

Bartlett was a member of the National Education Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Psychological Association, the International Council on Exceptional Children, the Michigan Education Association, Michigan Psychological Association, and other organizations.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Lynn M. Bartlett papers have been arranged into five series. The first three series were accumulated in his capacity as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Education, and Assistant Secretary for Education within the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. The researcher should note that although these series have been designated with the title of the office that Bartlett held, these series do not include the official files from those agencies. Records for the state office will be found in the Michigan State Archives; and records for the two federal positions held either reside within the agency itself or have been transferred to the National Archives. These three series consist of personal materials, such as speeches, personal letters (e.g., letters of congratulation, and thanks yous), and other files not deemed to be part of the agency's files.

The final two series consist of Biographical/Personal and Pre-1957 Activities and papers of his wife, an East Lansing, Michigan school teacher, Josephine K. Bartlett.

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.
  • Educational law and legislation -- Michigan.
  • Educational law and legislation -- United States.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1957.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1958.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1960.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1961.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1963.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1946-1960.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1961-1970.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1951-
  • Banquet halls.
  • Churches -- Michigan -- Houghton.
  • Houghton (Mich.) -- Churches.
  • Photographs.
  • Bartlett, Lynn M. (Lynn Mahlon), 1904-1970.
  • Democratic Party (Mich.)
  • Michigan. Constitutional Convention (1961-1962)
  • Michigan. Dept. of Public Instruction.
  • Bartlett, Lynn M. (Lynn Mahlon), 1904-1970.
  • Michigan School for the Deaf.
  • St. Ignatius Loyola Church (Houghton, Mich.)
  • Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-1988.
  • Bartlett, Josephine K.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Michigan Superintendent Of Public Instruction 1957-1965 [series]

The largest series - Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction (2.0 linear ft.; 1957-1965) - relates more to the politics of the office than it does to the issues faced by the superintendent. At this time, the office was an elective one, and thus much of Bartlett's files relate to his campaigns for office. Types of documents include correspondence, newspaper clippings, and campaign materials. The remainder of the series consists of speeches given by Bartlett and subject files accumulated by the superintendent on such educational issues as federal aid to education.

Box   1  
Correspondence 1955-1964 (8 folders)
Box   1  
Michigan politics 1955-1965 (9 folders)
Box   1  
LMB campaign for reelection (newspaper clippings) 1961 (2 folders)
Box   1  
LMB campaign for reelection (newspaper clippings) 1963 (6 folders)
Box   2  
Speeches 1957-1958, 1960-1961, 1963-1965 (29 folders)
 
Topical files
Box   2  
Campaign Literature/Political Views 1961-1965
Box   2  
Constitutional Convention 1961-1962
 
Eastern Michigan University
Box   2  
Correspondence/Consultant Report 1962-1963
Box   2  
Newspaper Clippings/Romney caricature 1963
Box   2  
Education in Michigan: 1900-1965 Report, 1967 1900-1967
Box   2  
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965

(include Bartlett testimony before congressional committee)

Box   2  
Federal aid to education 1961-1962
 
Romney, George
Box   2  
Newspaper clippings relating to Bartlett's refusal to invite Romney to speak before the Citizen's Conference on Education 1963 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Russian trip 1964 (speeches, etc.), 1964-1965 1964-1965
Box   2  
University of Michigan newspaper clippings 1960
Box   2  
Wayne State University papers 1955-1964
Box   2  
Miscellaneous (largely concerning educational topics and issues) 1955-1965 (6 folders)
 
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense For Education, U.S. Dept. of Defense 1965-1968 [series]

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Education series (0.5 linear ft.; 1965-1968) consists of speeches, personal (rather than official) correspondence, and subject files relating to some of Bartlett's activities while in the U.S. Department of Defense.

Box   3  
Speeches 1965-1969
Box   3  
Correspondence 1965-1968 (3 folders)
 
Topical Files
Box   3  
Acceptance of position (press release and sampling of letters of congratulation)
Box   3  
Cater, Douglas (Special Assistant to the President)
Box   3  
Council of Chief State School Officers 1965-1968
Box   3  
Far East trip 1967
Box   3  
Job description (and other general information)
Box   3  
Overseas Dependents Schools
Box   3  
Overseas Schools Advisory Council
 
Assistant Secretary For Education, U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare 1968-1970 [series]

The series, Assistant Secretary for Education within the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (0.6 linear ft.; 1968-1970) includes speeches, correspondence, and scattered subject files.

Box   3  
Speeches
Box   3  
Correspondence mainly letters of congratulation, etc. 1968-1969
Box   3  
Correspondence A-Z 1968 (7 folders)

(separate folders for American Association of School Administrators and Michigan State University)

 
Topical files
Box   3  
Federal Interagency Committee on Education 1968
Box   3  
Higher education study 1968-1969
Box   3  
Job position (general information
Box   4  
Legislation 1968
Box   4  
Presidential election (education issues) 1968
 
Biographical/Personal and Pre-1957 Activities circa 1926-1970 [series]

The fourth series contains materials labeled Biographical/Personal and Pre-1957 Activities (0.4 linear ft.; ca. 1926-1970). The series includes informational clippings, articles written by or about Bartlett, a student paper he wrote while in college, and photographs. There is one subject file relating to his involvement with the Michigan Psychological Association.

Box   4  
Biographical information (2 folders)
Box   4  
Personal correspondence 1957-1965
Box   4  
Photographs (4 envelopes (in 1 folder))

(Portraits; photographs of Bartlett as part of various ceremonies and presentations; photographs from Citizens' Conference on Education held in 1958 aerial view of the Michigan School for the Deaf, Flint, Michigan; and interior of St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Houghton, Michigan, ca. 1893)

Oversize Folder   UAm  
Photographs

(Portraits; photographs of Bartlett as part of various ceremonies and presentations; photographs from Citizens' Conference on Education held in 1958 aerial view of the Michigan School for the Deaf, Flint, Michigan; and interior of St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Houghton, Michigan, ca. 1893)

Box   4  
Michigan Psychological Association 1935-1953 (scattered dates)
Microfilm   1  
Doctoral thesis (1 microfilms)
Microfilm   2  
Public addresses, appearances, and testimonies 1957-1963
Microfilm   3  
Public addresses, appearances, and testimonies 1957-1963

(continued)

Microfilm   4  
Press releases 1957-1963 (1 microfilms)
 
Josephine Kriser Bartlett 1929-1970 [series]

The last series (0.5 linear ft.; 1929-1970) consists of files of Josephine Bartlett, who was a career elementary school teacher in East Lansing, Michigan. This series is valuable for the notes that Bartlett took while a student at the University of Michigan. These notes are for English and history classes.

Box   4  
Biographical/personal information
Box   4  
Correspondence (miscellaneous)
Box   4  
Class notes taken (mainly in English and history classes) while a student at the University of Michigan 1929, 1932, 1935 (7 folders)
 
Teacher's files
Box   4  
Work plans and log
Box   4  
Annual report as a teacher 1938
 
Sixth grade class, Central School, East Lansing
Box   4  
Class on communism vs. democracy 1962
Box   4  
Class on creative writing 1961-1965
Box   4  
Political and community activities
Box   4  
Narrative account of trip to Europe 1961
Box   4  
Better Human Relations Committee 1963