History and Traditions of the University Committee (University of Michigan) records: 1991-2010
Summary Information
Title: History and Traditions of the University Committee (University of Michigan) records
Creator: University of Michigan. History and Traditions of the University Committee.
Dates: 1991-2010
Extent: 6 linear feet (in 7 boxes)
Abstract:
The University of Michigan committee appointed by president James Duderstadt to facilitate the preservation, promotion, and appreciation of the history and traditions. Material includes oral history interviews with university presidents and their wives, administrative and academic officers, regents and faculty members, as well as administrative records.
Call number: 93817 Bimu 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Bentley Historical Library staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The interviews and other materials were donated by the Committee (donor no. 8075) in multiple accessions. Materials contained in the Committee Secretary series were received from Julie Truettner in January 2015.

Access Restrictions:

The records are open for research except for interviews for which releases were not obtained -- Box 6.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Processing Information:

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Alternate Format:

Digitization: A number of sound recordings within this collection have been digitized. The resulting audio files are available for playback only in the Bentley Library Reading Room. Links to item images and additional information are available within this finding aid. Original sound recordings are only available for staff use.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, History and Traditions of the University Committee (University of Michigan) interviews, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


History

The University Committee on History and Traditions was appointed by University of Michigan President James J. Duderstadt in 1991 to facilitate the preservation, promotion, and appreciation of the history and traditions of the University of Michigan as a leading institution of higher learning and education. Some of the activities the committee has undertaken in order to promote aspects of the university's history include a marker program, an oral history program, and the presentation of certificates of recognition to persons and units for their contributions to the celebration of the university's history.

The committee also worked with university schools, colleges, departments, and units in activities to promote their history, as well as facilitated a variety of activities related to the preservation of historic artifacts, and providing advice and guidance to the university administration and the university community in general on many issues related to history and traditions. The Committee sponsored the publication of the 175th anniversary edition of The Making of the University of Michigan, 1817-1992 by Howard Peckham (University of Michigan Press, 1992). Reappointed by President Lee Bollinger in 1998, the History and Traditions Committee continued its work under the guidance of President Mary Sue Coleman. The Committee was later disbanded and the University of Michigan President's Advisory Committee was established "to advise the President on matters relating to the history and traditions of the University that require historical interpretation, sensitivity, and expertise"-- President's Advisory Committee on University History website. .


Collection Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the History and Traditions Committee records consists of interviews (recordings and transcripts) with University of Michigan presidents, wives of presidents, regents, and administrators. Also included materials pertaining to the University of Michigan history, and administrative records.

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.


  • Oral histories.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Afternoon with the presidents.
  • University of Michigan scrapbook.
  • Oral histories.
  • Videotapes.
  • University of Michigan -- Administration.
  • University of Michigan -- History -- 20th century.
  • University of Michigan. President.
  • University of Michigan -- Presidents.
  • University of Michigan -- Administration.
  • University of Michigan -- History -- 20th century.
  • University of Michigan -- Presidents.
  • University of Michigan. President.
  • University of Michigan -- Administration.
  • University of Michigan -- History -- 20th century.
  • University of Michigan. President.
  • University of Michigan -- Presidents.
  • Duderstadt, James J., 1942-
  • Fleming, R. W. (Robben Wright), 1916-2010.
  • Hatcher, Harlan, 1898-1998.
  • Shapiro, Harold T., 1935-
  • Smith, Allan Frederick, 1911-
  • Warner, Robert M. (Robert Mark), 1927-2007.
  • Brinkerhoff, James F.
  • Duderstadt, James J., 1942-
  • Fleming, R. W. (Robben Wright), 1916-2010.
  • Fleming, Sally.
  • Forman, Robert G.
  • Hatcher, Anne.
  • Hatcher, Harlan, 1898-1998.
  • Huebner, Gertrude, 1915-
  • Kennedy, Richard L.
  • Pierpont, Wilbur K., 1914-
  • Roach, Thomas A., 1929-
  • Shapiro, Harold T., 1935-
  • Shapiro, Vivian.
  • Smith, Allan Frederick, 1911-
  • Smith, Alene.
  • Steiner, Peter Otto, 1922-
  • Truettner, Julia M.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Interviews with University of Michigan Presidents and wives, administrators, and regents [series]

The Interviews series includes interviews with Allan and Alene Smith, Anne and Harlan Hatcher, Robben and Sally Fleming, Harold and Vivian Shapiro, Robert Forman, Richard Kennedy, Gertrude E. Huebner, Thomas Roach, James F. Brinkerhoff, Peter O. Steiner, and Wilber Pierpont; also videocassettes of conversation with University of Michigan presidents Harlan Hatcher, Robben Fleming, Allan Smith, Harold Shapiro, and James Duderstadt.

Recordings and transcripts of an interview with Paul Spradlin may be found in Enid H. Galler interviews collection.

 
Transcripts of interviews
Box   1  
Brinkerhoff, James 2003
Box   1  
Fleming, Robben W. 1992
Box   1  
Fleming, Sally 1992
Box   1  
Forman, Robert G. 1995-1996
Box   1  
Hatcher, Anne 1991
Box   1  
Hatcher, Harlan H. 1991-1992
Box   1  
Huebner, Gertrude E. 2003
Box   1  
Kennedy, Richard L. 1995
Box   2  
Pierpont, Wilbur K. 1996
Box   2  
Roach, Thomas A. 2004
Box   6  
Shapiro, Harold 1993 [Interview temporarily closed pending return of release form.]
Box   2  
Shapiro, Vivian 1993
Box   2  
Smith, Alene 1992
Box   2  
Smith, Allan F. 1992
Box   2  
Steiner, Peter 1994
 
Visual materials [series]

The Videotapes series includes two videocassettes entitled, "An Afternoon with the Presidents" (U-matic) consisting of a joint interview conducted by Robert Warner with presidents and acting presidents of the University of Michigan; and "University of Michigan Scrapbook," (VHS) consisting of a historical sketch of the university.

 
Videotapes
Box   2  
"An Afternoon with the Presidents" November 10, 1992 (2 videotapes (U-matic))

(Part of the celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the University. Past presidents talk about the University of Michigan. Overview of 175th Anniversary projects. Robert Warner (University Historian). Features the following University of Michigan presidents: Harlon Hatcher (1951 - 1967), Robben W. Fleming (1968 - 1979, 1988), Allan F. Smith (1979), Harold Shapiro (1980 - 1987), James J. Duderstadt (1988 - 1996))

  Online  
Part 1 ([93817-201]) [access item]
  Online  
Part 2 ([93817-202]) [access item]
Box   2  
"The University of Michigan Scrapbook" circa 1994-1995 (3 videotapes (VHS (TM)))
 
Duplicates of transcripts; audiotapes and compact discs of interviews [series]
Box   3  
Transcripts (duplicate copies)
Box   4  
Audiotapes and compact discs of interviews
Box   5  
Duplicate copies of audiotapes and compact discs
Box   6  
Interviews temporarily closed pending return of release form
 
Committee Secretary 1993-2010 [series] (0.5 linear feet)

The Committee Secretary series are the files of Julia M. Truettner. These include meeting agendas and minutes, Committee membership, annual reports, information about and images of faculty portraits and commemorative plaques on campus, and other material.

Box   7  
Agenda and minutes of meeting 1996-2010
Box   7  
Annual reports 1993-2005
Box   7  
Certificates of recognition 1993-2006
Box   7  
Charge 2001, 2008
Box   7  
Committee membership 1998-2008
Box   7  
Events 2006
Box   7  
Faculty portraits 2004-2007
Box   7  
Frieze name transfer 2005-2006
Box   7  
Frost, Robert 2006
Box   7  
Marker tour brochure 2010
Box   7  
Miscellaneous 1998-2002
Box   7  
LSA building Regents' Room plaque 2004-2006
Box   7  
LSA building Dream plaques 2003-2006
Additional Descriptive Data
Related Materials

Recordings and transcripts of an interview with Paul Spradlin may be found in Enid H. Galler interviews collection.