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Robert C. Metcalf [subseries]
 
1970-1980

The initial accession of Metcalf files consists of a long-range master plan for the college during the years 1970-1980, and a draft of a 1976 memorandum of understanding between the college and the Office of Academic Affairs.

Box   4  
Long-range Master Plan 1970-1980
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Office of Academic Affairs (draft of memorandum of understanding with) 1976
 
1964-1986

The Administrative Files, 1964-1986 of Dean Metcalf (6.5 linear feet, received in the 1989-89 accession) cover a diverse range of topics. While the vast majority of the material dates from Metcalf's deanship, a few folders date from earlier periods when Metcalf was a faculty member or chairman of the Department of Architecture. In general, the administrative files relate to the internal organization of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning and to Dean Metcalf's participation in various professional organizations. Very little information exists here on Metcalf's private practice as an architect. The researcher should also note that post-1974 executive committee meeting minutes and faculty meeting minutes were not included in this accession.

Perhaps the best overviews of the college during the Metcalf years can be gleaned from the "College of Architecture and Design Review Committee Report" (April 11, 1974), the so-called Norman Report, and from subsequent accreditation plans and reports. Since the reorganization of the college, the move to North Campus, and the search for a new dean were all happening simultaneously in 1974, file folder titles indicating one of these subjects may contain some information on all three events.

For information on actual and proposed organizational changes in the college around 1974, the researcher should consult the Norman Report and "Environmental Programs - University of Michigan." Attempts to find a university-wide organizational scheme, which would consolidate environmental programs, led to new proposals after 1974 for a further restructuring of the college (see Administrative History). Although the College of Environmental Resources, Planning and Design never materialized it was seriously considered. As a consequence, thoughtful discussions on the overall direction of the architectural profession took place at that time and are documented in these files. The lengthy debates regarding reorganization of the college also led to a delay in the selection of a new dean which is documented in the "Dean, Search Committee" files. For those interested in interdisciplinary programs, which emerged especially after 1976, "Joint Ventures and Dual-Degree Programs" should be consulted.

The researcher who is interested in architectural education during the Metcalf era should study those files found under the heading, "Students: Education and Related Activities." Although there is no useful summary of curriculum changes for the period, the Educational Program Committee (E.P.C.) files contain correspondence on the merits of new course offerings and note yearly changes in the education program. Information on student internships can be found in the Intern Programs files. Material on Project GROW and the North Central Property Owners Association can be found among the Projects and Community Service files. "Minority Enrollment" files (separate topical heading) document efforts of the college to attract and hold minority students. Correspondence regarding faculty informational visits to Detroit public schools, meetings with black alumni, and annual statistical reports are included here.

The Annual Files under the heading "Research Activities" record the expanding volume and scope of research at the college during the 1974-1986 period. Architectural research projects predominate in these files, but scattered urban planning research projects are also included, especially during the 1980s. Perhaps the best general surveys of architectural research at the college can be obtained from the "Research Program Review, 1979" and from the reports, "Development Needs of the Architecture and Planning Research Laboratory" (November 1982) and "Functional and Space Needs of the Architecture and Planning Research Laboratory" (May 1983). While several projects undertaken by the Architecture and Planning Laboratory are documented under the heading "Research Activities," folders under "Energy Efficiency Programs" should also be consulted to study lab projects.

Information on certification for architects can be found under "Michigan Board of Registration for Architects." Dean Metcalf was a prominent member of the Board of Registration and actively involved in examination procedures and licensing requirements. His views on these subjects can be found in his correspondence as a board member and as a member of the Sunset Legislation Committee. His remarks to the "Michigan Society of Architects Panel on Registration" in 1977 also address the issue of certification

 
Accreditation of the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning
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National Architectural Accrediting Board
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Educational Development Plan 1976
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Survey 1978
Box   7  
Visits and Reports 1976-1979
Box   7  
North Central Accreditation Association
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Evaluation and Planning Project (phase I, II) 1976-1979 (2 folders)
 
Accrediting and Jurying Visits of Robert C. Metcalf
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Saudi Arabia 1983
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Southern University 1972
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Southern University 1984
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State University of New York at Buffalo 1985
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University of Utah 1977
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute 1982
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Admissions and Enrollment 1981-1986
 
Chairman, Department of Architecture
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Correspondence
Box   8  
Search Committee 1964-1965
 
College of Architecture and Design Review Committee
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Minutes and Memoranda 1973-1974
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Report (Norman Report) (see also Box 46) April 11, 1974
Box   8  
Commencements (awards and speeches) 1981-1986
Box   8  
Continuing Education Programs 1975-1983 (4 folders)
 
Dean, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Selection Process
Box   8  
Search Committee 1973-1974
Box   8  
Search Committee 1975-1976
 
Energy Efficiency Programs
Box   8  
Computer Based Building Cost Information System 1972-1974
Box   8  
Energy Conservation, correspondence 1972-1980
 
Energy Cost Avoidance Project, University of Michigan (ECAP)
Box   8  
General 1982-1986
Box   8  
Pilot Study and Recommendations October, 1983
 
Reports on Specific Buildings
Box   9  
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
Box   9  
Modern Languages Building
Box   9  
Physics and Astronomy Building
Box   9  
Power Center Building
Box   9  
School of Music Building
Box   9  
Space Research Building
Box   9  
Federal Office Building, Saginaw, Michigan (solar energy systems) 1975-1978
Box   9  
Michigan Energy and Resource Research Association (MERRA) (includes correspondence and proposals) 1975-1977
Box   9  
Mid-American Solar Energy Complex (correspondence and newsletters) 1977-1979
 
Re-Design of the Art and Architecture Building (REAAB Project) (re: energy cost reduction) 1977-1983
Box   9  
Preliminary Plans and Studies 1977-1978
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Progress and Final Reports 1979-1983
 
Environmental Programs, University of Michigan
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Center for Environmental Studies (proposed, ) 1960-1961
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College Committee on Environmental Studies 1969-1971
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College of Environmental Resources, Planning, and Design (proposed, ) 1974-1975
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Council for Environmental Planning 1975-1979 (2 folders)
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Institute for Environmental Quality 1971
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School of Environmental Science and Design (proposed, 1970)
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Job Placement Activities 1984-1985
 
Joint Ventures and Dual-Degree Programs
Box   9  
College of Engineering 1975-1976
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Department of Psychology (adulthood and aging) 1969
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Master of Science Degree Program 1986
Box   9  
Rome Program 1976
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School of Art (interior design) 1977-1984
Box   9  
School of Business Administration 1976-1979
 
School of Natural Resources
Box   9  
Integrative Studies Center 1978-1980
Box   9  
Landscape Architecture 1981-1984
Box   9  
Miscellaneous programs
Box   9  
School of Nursing 1977
Box   9  
Vienna Program 1986
 
Michigan Board of Registration for Architects
Box   10  
Correspondence 1975-1982
Box   10  
Design Exam Workshops 1981-1984 (4 folders)
Box   10  
Licensing Requirements and Legislation 1979-1983
Box   10  
Sunset Legislation Committee (correspondence, minutes and reports) 1976-1978
 
Michigan Society of Architects
Box   10  
Committee on Architects in Government, Education, and Industry 1979
Box   10  
Continuing Education Consortium 1976-1979
Box   10  
Panel on Registration 1977
Box   10  
Region / Urban Design Assistance Teams, (includes "Huron Valley Inter-Urban Growth Analysis," June, 1978)
Box   10  
Task Force on Education 1981
 
Minority Enrollment
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Annual Reports and Statistics 1968-1986 (18 folders)  [PR RESTRICTED until July 1, 2026]
Box   10  
Black Alumni (correspondence and meetings)
Box   10  
Martin Luther King Commemoration 1985
 
National Policy Center on Housing and Living Arrangements for Older Americans (N.H.C.)
Box   10  
General 1979-1983 (2 folders)

(includes correspondence, newsletters, reports, and surveys)

Box   10  
Annual Files 1971-1987 (15 folders)
Box   10  
Architectural Design Research Symposium November, 1981
Box   10  
Demise of N.H.C. 1983
Box   10  
"Developmental Needs of the Architecture and Planning Research Laboratory" November, 1982
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Fremont, Michigan, Elderly Housing Study 1981-1982
Box   10  
"Housing for the Elderly in Midland, Michigan" (N.H.C. report) 1982
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Research Activities, College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Box   11  
"Functional and Space Needs of the Architecture and Planning Research Laboratory" May 1983
Box   11  
Health Services Research 1983
Box   11  
Monroe County Library (wind energy proposal) 1977
Box   11  
Passive Solar Design Curriculum (proposed) 1980
Box   11  
Replacement Hospital Project (room mock-ups and evaluation) 1981-1983
Box   11  
Research Program Review 1979 (2 folders)
Box   11  
Workshop on Court House Design 1974
Box   11  
School of Natural Resources, Review Committee (Metcalf's notes) 1969-1970
Box   11  
Space Allocation: Problems and Solutions 1968-1986 (3 folders)
 
Students: Education and Related Activities
 
American Institute of Architects, Association of Student Chapters
Box   12  
Committee on Student Affairs 1969
Box   12  
Correspondence 1981-1986
 
National Forums
Box   12  
"Expanding Horizons in Architecture," 1984
Box   12  
" Turmoil, Education, Evolution," 1968
Box   12  
"Architecture: Education and the Profession," (conference at the University of Michigan) 1969
Box   12  
Concentration Requirements 1976-1977
Box   12  
Counseling 1969-1984
Box   12  
Course Problems 1973-1984
Box   12  
Design Curriculum (forums on) 1977-1980
Box   12  
Educational Program Committee (E.P.C.) 1972-1986 (9 folders)
Box   12  
Grading and Course Evaluation Policy 1971-1980
 
Intern Programs
Box   12  
Intern Development Program (AIA) 1981-1986
Box   12  
Preceptorship Program 1972-1974
Box   13  
Progressive Exposure Program for the Progressive Education of Post Graduates (PEP II) (2 folders)
 
Projects and Community Service
Box   13  
Brookview Project (Fenton, Michigan youth home) 1977-1980
Box   13  
Climbing Tree (alternative school) 1975-1976
Box   13  
Community Design Centers 1970
Box   13  
Cooperative Area Manpower Planning System (CAMPS) 1969-1972
Box   13  
Grass Roots Organization of Workers (Project GROW) (Detroit) 1969-1980
Box   13  
North Central Property Owners Association (Ann Arbor) 1972-1976
Box   13  
Professional Skills Alliance 1970-1971
Box   13  
Requests for Student Projects 1976-1986
Box   13  
Questionnaires 1972-1977
Box   13  
Rethink Committee (re: curriculum changes) 1972
Box   13  
Teaching Assignments 1960-1980
Box   13  
Subcommittee on the Future Environment of the University 1973-1974

(includes surveys and correspondence)

Box   13  
Urban Planning Program 1979-1986

(includes reports and faculty meeting minutes)

Box   13  
Visual Information Materials Laboratory (VIM Lab) 1972-1974
 
1967-1988

Although the majority of the 1967-1988 files (received in the 1993 accession) date from the deanship of Robert C. Metcalf, there are also materials from the tenure of Dean Reginald F. Malcomson (1964-1974). The file is arranged alphabetically by topic, and documents activities, goals and objectives, research, and faculty life of the college, particularly relating to Architecture. Informative background is provided in the essay "History of Architecture and Design, 1952-1974." The essay was later edited by Ferol Brinkman and published in the University of Michigan, An Encyclopedic Survey, Volume V (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1977).

Activities occurring within the college are best documented in the "Annual Report Files" and the "Letter From the Dean" file found under the heading "Alumni." The "Annual Report Files" include drafts of yearly reports to the university president, in addition to background materials collected for preparation of the report. Background materials consist of news releases (announcing guest speakers, award recipients and special events), inter-office memos and clippings. The "Letter From the Dean" is an annual letter sent to the alumni highlighting major events and activities, memorial funds, financial gifts, and enrollment figures. There is not a complete run of these letters. The "Vice President for Academic Affairs Correspondence," which is primarily outgoing, provides information on budgets, academic and appointment policies, faculty listings and program development.

Strategic plans of action, and statements of goals and objectives can be found under "Annual Report Files," "Educational Development Plan," and "Futures." The latter is found under the heading "Committees." Research conducted in the college is documented under several different headings: "Architecture Research Laboratory/Architecture & Planning Research Laboratory," "Research," "Student Research Review," and "Funding Proposals." Files under these headings contain student and faculty research proposals and funded project listings that include sponsorship and funding amount. The researcher should also inspect the contents of the "Center for Architecture and Planning Studies" folder. There is information on the unsuccessful attempt to establish a research center that would have served as an advanced educational and consultative organization. The center would have combined research activities at the university with professional services of non-university architects to solve problems dealing with environmental planning and design. The researcher interested in faculty members of the college will find the "Promotions" files especially illuminating. For every Board of Regents approved faculty promotion, there is a profile containing academic and professional experience, publications, academic degrees and university appointments.

Box   17  
Adult Continuing Education 1967-1976
 
Alumni
 
Deceased
Box   17  
Lenhouts, Lillian Scott 1982-1990
Box   17  
Malbin, Lydia Kahn Winston,1989
Box   17  
Oberdick, Will 1982
Box   17  
Robinson, Richard M. 1988
Box   17  
Whitman, Bertha Yerex 1974-1985
Box   17  
Letter From the Dean (summary of year activities) 1969-1986
Box   17  
Luncheon 1968, 1975, 1977
 
Annual Report Files (background materials and drafts)
Box   17  
1961-1968
Box   17  
1969-1972
Box   17  
1973
Box   17  
1974
Box   17  
1975
Box   17  
1976
Box   17  
1977
Box   17  
1978
Box   17  
1979
Box   17  
1980
Box   17  
1981
Box   17  
1982
Box   17  
1983
Box   17  
1984
Box   17  
1985
Box   17  
1986
 
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Box   17  
Correspondence 1968-1981
Box   17  
School Medal and Book Award 1965-1967
Box   17  
University of Michigan Branch of Detroit Chapter (minute book) 1940-1951
Box   17  
Architecture Course/Curriculum Evaluation System (ACCESS) 1976-1978
 
Architecture Research Laboratory/Architecture & Planning Research Laboratory
Box   17  
General 1972-1982
Box   17  
Funded Research 1970-1986
 
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
 
East Central Regional Meeting
 
General
Box   17  
1975
Box   17  
1979
Box   17  
1982
Box   17  
Correspondence 1968-1981
Box   17  
ACSA/AIA Teachers Seminar 1962-1980
Box   17  
Capital Campaign 1974-1979
Box   17  
Centennial Weekend 1976
Box   17  
Center for Architecture and Planning Studies 1981-1982
Box   17  
Civil Defense, Office of 1960-1967
 
Committees
Box   17  
College of Architecture and Design Review (report) 1974
 
College Executive
Box   17  
Minutes 1961-1986 (2 folders)
Box   17  
Correspondence 1967-1981
 
Deanship Search Committee
Box   17  
1975
Box   17  
1980
Box   18  
Environmental Studies, College Committee on 1970
Box   18  
Futures 1983-1986

(self study and plan for the future)

Box   18  
GEO Advisory 1975-1982
Box   18  
Program Evaluation 1972, 1974
Box   18  
Student Research Review 1972-1973
Box   18  
Student/Faculty (includes minutes) 1958-1966
Box   18  
Computers in Architectural Education Conference 1969
Box   18  
Comprehensive Development Plans 1979
Box   18  
Continuing Education 1968
Box   18  
Correspondence 1968-1986
Box   18  
Detroit Public Schools Building Program 1978
Box   18  
Dual Degree (Architecture & Urban Planning) 1975-1981
Box   18  
Educational Development Plan 1976
Box   18  
Emery M. Suhrbier Scholarship 1970-1971
 
Faculty
Box   18  
Luncheon Seminars 1981-1982
Box   18  
Retreat 1980
Box   18  
Specialty Listing 1985
Box   18  
Fleming, Robben (correspondence) 1968-1975
Box   18  
Funding Proposals 1971-1977
Box   18  
Historic Preservation 1971-1978
Box   18  
Historical Notes 1974
Box   18  
History of Architecture and Design, 1952-1974 1976
Box   18  
Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies 1973-1981

(CAUP candidates for executive and divisional boards)

Box   18  
Institute for Environmental Quality 1970-1981
Box   18  
Master of Science Degree Proposal 1986
Box   18  
National Architectural Accrediting Board 1981-1985
Box   18  
News Releases 1960-1971
Box   18  
Phonathon 1985
Box   18  
Professional Exposure Program 1974-1976
Box   18  
Promotion and Tenure Procedures 1966, 1975
 
Promotions
Box   18  
1964-1965
Box   18  
1965-1966
Box   18  
1966-1967
Box   18  
1967-1968
Box   18  
1968-1969
Box   18  
1969-1970
Box   18  
1970-1971
Box   18  
1970-1971
Box   18  
1972-1973
Box   18  
1973-1974
Box   18  
1974-1975
Box   22  
1975-1976 (2 folders)
Box   22  
1976-1977 (2 folders)
Box   22  
1977-1978 (2 folders)
Box   22  
1978-1979 (2 folders)
Box   22  
1979-1980 (2 folders)
 
Research
Box   18  
Annual Summary Activity 1970-1973
Box   18  
An Evaluation 1980
Box   19  
Sponsored 1968-1981
Box   19  
Student Projects 1973
Box   19  
Sabbatical Leave Reports 1973-1982
Box   19  
Scholarships 1965
Box   19  
School of Natural Resources (collaborative efforts) 1978-1984
Box   19  
Sesquicentennial Celebration 1965-1967
Box   19  
Solar Design Education Seminar 1978
Box   19  
Solar Energy Utilization Conference 1976
 
Teaching Position Advertisements
Box   19  
1972-1986
Box   19  
Tuskegee Institute Exchange 1969-1970
Box   19  
Urban Planning, Department of (establishment of) 1968
 
Vice President for Academic Affairs (Correspondence)
Box   19  
1965-1968

(Smith, Allan F.)

Box   19  
1974-1977

(Rhodes, Frank H. T.)

Box   19  
1977-1980

(Shapiro, Harold)

Box   19  
1980-1986

(Frye, Billy E.)

 
1969-1997

The Metcalf, 1969-1994 files will be particularly valued for the collection of speeches and presentations, which run from 1969 to 1994. Research files are equally illuminating when considering directions undertaken during Metcalf's leadership.

 
Articles and Reference
Box   33  
Architectural Education (2 folders)  [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
Box   33  
General [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
Box   34  
Beckley, Robert 1986-1987 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
Box   34  
Continuing Education 1984-1986 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
Box   34  
Dean's Notes / Report to the Faculty 1966-1974 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
Box   22  
Dean Search 1985
Box   34  
Eighty Percent Appointments 1966-1987 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
Box   34  
GROW and the UM Design Team 1980 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]

(includes photographs)

Box   34  
Historica Critica 1987 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
Box   90  
Masters in Architecture Program 1983-1996 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2035]
Box   34  
Miscellaneous [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
 
Research
Box   34  
General 1984 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
Box   34  
Development 1984-1985 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
Box   34  
Proposed Center for Architectural Planning and Development 1982 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
Box   34  
Swedish American Seminar 1985 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
Box   34  
Research Volume 1980-1981 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
Box   34  
Speeches, Presentations 1969-1994 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
Box   34  
Surveys and Responses 1977-1992 (2 folders)  [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
 
Wallenberg
Box   34  
Lecture 1991 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]
Box   34  
Memorial Dedication 1995 [ER RESTRICTED until July 1, 2022]