Organizational records,   1949-2012, and undated
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Collection Scope and Content Note

The Organizational Records of MAEA document the entire history of the organization, 1949-present. The collection has been organized alphabetically by topic. Within each topic, materials are filed chronologically. Particularly well documented aspects of MAEA are its Awards, the Executive Council, Conferences, the President’s Correspondence, and the [Michigan] Youth Arts Festival.

There is a complete run of Conference Materials, 1949-2006 (approximately 1 cubic foot). The general Conference Materials folders may include: conference agendas, invitations, public relations materials, correspondence, hotel contracts, notes, suggestions, proposals, statistics, reports of committees and individuals, and the general conference report, budgets, and meeting minutes. For later years there are also Conference Bags, Photographs, Negatives, and a Guest Book for the 50th Anniversary Conference in 1999. Conference programs are cataloged separately.

MAEA’s Art Educator of the Year Award and Public Service Award, and other awards processes, nominees, and recipients are well documented with various materials, including photographs, newspaper clippings, dossiers, letters of recommendation, and announcements of award winners (12 folders).

Originally called the Executive Board, the current Executive Council is documented mostly by Meeting Minutes with Attachments, which may include agendas, proposed and accepted budgets, statistics, reports from committees, officers, and conferences, notes, and correspondence, 1949-2003, 2006-2007. There are also unpublished Executive Council Directories/Lists, 1990-1994, and Executive Council and Liaison Workshops/Retreats Materials. (approximately 1 cubic foot).

The President’s Correspondence, 1950-1960, 1962-1983, 1988-1995 (approximately .5 cubic feet) documents each President’s interactions with MAEA officers and members, legislators, and members of other organizations interested in the arts and/or education, issues of interest to MAEA, conference planning, and related arts and education events.

The [Michigan] Youth Arts Festival, Materials, 1963-1995 (Scattered) and undated, include papers, photographs, newspaper clippings, a constitution and bylaws, publicity materials, planning materials, and information about student artists. Slides in Box 5 also document the Youth Arts Festival. (Youth Arts Festival materials total approximately .75 cubic ft.) Youth Arts Festival publications are cataloged separately.

Also documented are various drafts of the MAEA Constitutions and Bylaws, materials of various committees and officers, including the Presidents, Membership Lists/Directories, 1949-1970 (Scattered), Organizational Histories, 1969-1989 (Scattered), Photographs, Policies, Publicity Materials, and various Reports, as well as more miscellaneous materials. The collection is ongoing.

Processing Notes: MAEA publications, including the newsletters, ARTeacher, convention programs, Youth Arts Festival and Art Exhibit materials, brochures, directories, and other publications, as well as publications of other Michigan organizations that were originally part of this collection are separately cataloged. The collection is ongoing.

Newspaper clippings and other extremely fragile, acidic materials were photocopied. The photocopies are in the collection and the originals were returned to MAEA.

All duplicate materials, fragile materials, non-MAEA or non-Michigan publications, miscellaneous notes, (canceled) checks and checkbooks, receipts, and other materials of peripheral value to the collection were removed from the collection.

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