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Central Michigan University. Office of the President, President Eugene C. Warriner Papers

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Summary Information
Title: Central Michigan University. Office of the President, President Eugene C. Warriner Papers,
Creator: Central Michigan University. Office of the President.
Inclusive dates: 1882, 2002, and undated
Extent: 3.5 cubic feet (in 5 boxes)
The collection includes the following series, biographical information, photographs, correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, speeches, and subject files documenting Eugene C. Warriner's tenure as Central Michigan University's president, 1970, 1989.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu

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Central Michigan University. Office of the President, President Eugene C. Warriner Papers are open for research.


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Central Michigan University. Office of the President, President Eugene C. Warriner Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological within each series.



Eugene Clarence Warriner was born in the village of Earlville (Dixon County, Ill.) in 1866. He graduated from high school in 1884 and then taught in rural schools there for three years.

Warriner earned an A.B., with honors, from the University of Michigan in 1891. He continued graduate studies in Greek and Latin for one year. Later, Dr. Warriner Pursued graduate degrees at Clarke, Harvard, and Columbia universities.

In 1892 he became the principal of Battle Creek High School. Three years later, Dr. Warriner became the principal of East Saginaw High School. In 1899, he became superintendent of the Saginaw school system, a position in which he served for 18 years.

Dr. Warriner was licensed to preach as a Methodist Episcopal minister in 1913.

While an educator and superintendent of Saginaw Public Schools, 1896-1918, Warriner became a firm believer in the peace through law movement and the integration of its principles into public education. He was a strong advocate of and involved with international peace organizations in the period before World War I, including the peace through law movement and the American School Peace League. The League worked to incorporate a peace studies curriculum into K-12 American schools. The curriculum was designed to re-orient public education to encourage the study of “peace heroes” and provide a comprehensive program in the areas of moral, social and intellectual development. The movement also proposed an annual “Peace day” on May 18, the date that the first Hague Peace Conference was convened in 1899. The day was widely recognized throughout the U.S. and promoted by the Department of the Interior (where the then Bureau of Education was located). Warriner directed Saginaw teachers to teach peace through law to children in multiple grade levels. He was also involved in the organizations’ state affiliate and served as president of the organization in 1910. World War I split the membership of the peace through law movement. Warriner sided with those who decided to support the American war effort. Although WWI ended the peace movement in the U.S., many of the education ideas the movement endorsed continued to exist in American educational curriculum as aspects of “good citizenship.” (This information is from “Professor Hope May: CMU President Warriner and WWI Peace Movement,” Clarke blog, March 2, 2013, her research and publications on the topic.) For more information see the finding aid.

During the summer of 1908, Dr. Warriner traveled in Germany, studying its industrial schools. In the same year he became associated with Central State Normal College, later Central Michigan University (CMU), as a Summer Session instructor. Following President Charles T. Grawn’s resignation, Dr. Warriner was elected President of CMU, by the State Board of Education in 1918. He served in the position for 21 years, until he retired in 1939.

While Dr. Warriner was president at CMU, the college grew from fewer than five hundred students to nearly a thousand. He led the college through the difficult years of World War I, the 1918 flu epidemic, the Great Depression, and two disastrous fires. He retired in June of 1939.

Among his honorary degrees, Dr. Warriner received an honorary M.A. degree was conferred by the University of Michigan in 1912, and a LL.D. by Alma College in 1938. He also received a varsity letter “C” at the 1937 CMU football banquet. Members of the football and basketball teams presented him with gold trophies.

Dr. Warriner married Ellen, with whom he had two sons, John E. and Paul (d. 1917), and a daughter, Mrs. Harold Bohn.

On July 20, 1945, Dr. Warriner died at Bayview Hospital. His summer home was in Bayview. He had been in ill health for several years. He was survived by his wife, son, John E., and daughter.

Dr. Warriner is remembered as a great educator who had a powerful influence on a generation of Saginaw men and women, and hundreds of CMU students. A special memorial service was held for him in Warriner Hall, CMU’s administration building, which was named in his honor, on February 17, 1946. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection is organized by the following series: Biographical Materials, Correspondence, Meeting Minutes, Photographs, Reports, Speeches, and Subject Files. Dr. Warriner’s personal papers, 1885, 2002, including Biographical Information, such as his Obituary, 1945, and Memorial Service Materials, 1946; a Scrapbook, undated, ca. 1890; Photographs, undated; his Diaries and Date Books, 1885, 1903, 1905-1906, 1929-1937; his License to Preach, 1913; and related newspaper articles (copies). Other series in the collection include Correspondence, which includes personal correspondence, such as about the death of his son Paul Warriner, 1917, and professional correspondence, 1902-1939, undated; Meeting Minutes of various CMU organizations and committees, 1932-1940; Reports of CMU and educational organizations, 1919,1939; Speeches Dr. Warriner gave, 1906, 1942, undated; Subject Files, 1907-1948 and two student papers about him, 1952, and undated; and his Writings and Speeches, 1900-1935, undated. Lastly, there is a box of 3 x 5 inch index cards, indexing his correspondence, 1992-1939, undated.

The collection provides good documentation on Warriner, his interests, ideas, and education and CMU related issues of interest during his tenure as CMU’s president.

Items of note specifically related to Warriner’s interest, views and work related to peace and related issues include: (all in Box 2 folders): in Correspondence: Peace, 1911-1916, 1919: numerous correspondence related to peace, most notably the American School Peace League Letterhead letter about the Celebration Peace Day, April 12, 1915; in Speeches, Miscellaneous-Peace Papers, 1912-1913: the rare newspaper-style undated facsimile about Kellogg-Briand Pact “Si Vis Pacem, Para Pacem;” and in Subject file: American Association of Teacher College, Standards, 1926-1927: his handwritten draft, Essay on Socrates.

Subject Terms

    • Warriner, Eugene C.
    • Central Michigan University. Office of the President.
    • Central Michigan University--History.
    • Central Michigan University--Administration.
    • Central Michigan University--Football.
    • Central Michigan University--Presidents.
    • American School Peace League.
    • Prohibition.
    • Temperance.
    • Women--Suffrage--United States.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--History.
    • Warriner, Eugene C.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Central Michigan University. Office of the President, President Eugene C. Warriner Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, Biographical Information, includes Obituary, July 27, 1945; Memorial Service Materials), 1927, 2002 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   2
    Biographical Materials, Diaries (2 volumes), 1885, 1903
    Box   1 F   3
    Biographical Materials, Diaries (3 volumes), 1905-1906
    Box   1 F   4
    Biographical Materials, Diaries / Date Books (2 volumes), 1929-1930
    Box   1 F   5
    Biographical Materials, Diaries / Date Books (2 volumes), 1931-1932
    Box   1 F   6
    Biographical Materials, Diaries / Date Books (2 volumes), 1934-1935
    Box   1 F   7
    Biographical Materials, Diaries / Date Books (2 volumes), 1935-1936
    Box   1 F   7
    Biographical Materials, Diary / Date Book (1 volume), 1937
    Box   1 F   8
    Biographical Materials, Preaching License, 1913
    Box   1 F   9
    Biographical Materials, Scrapbook, undated, circa 1890
    Box   1 F   10
    Biographical Materials, Trip to Germany, 1907
    Box   1 F   11
    Budget Expenditures, 1931-1933, 1936-1940
    Box   1 F   12
    Correspondence, Assemblies, 1935-1936
    Box   1 F   13
    Correspondence, Barnes, Charles C., 1940
    Box   1 F   14
    Correspondence, Capital Punishment, 1923, 1926, 1938
    Box   1 F   15
    Correspondence, CMU Personnel, 1917
    Box   1 F   16
    Correspondence, Congratulations, 1917
    Box   1 F   17
    Correspondence, Death of Paul Warriner (President Warriner’s son), 1917
    Box   1 F   18
    Correspondence, General, 1902, 1907, 1910-1915
    Box   1 F   19
    Correspondence, General, 1917-1920
    Box   1 F   20
    Correspondence, General, 1921-1927
    Box   1 F   21
    Correspondence, General, 1928
    Box   1 F   22
    Correspondence, General, 1929-1936
    Box   1 F   23
    Correspondence, General, 1937-1939, undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Correspondence, Immigration and Naturalization, 1915-1918
    Box   1 F   25
    Correspondence, Kennedy, James, 1938-1939
    Box   2 F   1
    Correspondence, North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, 1931-1938
    Box   2 F   2
    Correspondence, Peace, 1911-1916, 1919
    Box   2 F   3
    Correspondence, Pearce, Webster, 1927, 1931-1933
    Box   2 F   4
    Correspondence, Religion, 1935, 1937
    Box   2 F   5
    Correspondence, Smith, M.L., 1936
    Box   2 F   6
    Correspondence, Sunday Tennis Debate, 1931
    Box   2 F   8
    Correspondence, Taxation, 1927-1928
    Box   2 F   9
    Correspondence, Teacher’s Training School, 1913-1917
    Box   2 F   10
    Correspondence, Trout, A.L., 1926-1927
    Box   2 F   11
    Correspondence, Warriner, Mrs., 1907
    Box   2 F   12
    Correspondence, Women’s Suffrage, 1913-1914, 1918
    Box   2 F   13
    Meeting Minutes, Administrative Council, 1932
    Box   2 F   14
    Meeting Minutes, Alumni Association, CSTC (Central State Teacher’s College), 1939-1940
    Box   2 F   15
    Meeting Minutes, Faculty Information Commission, 1936
    Box   2 F   16
    Meeting Minutes, Student Faculty Commission of Student Conduct, 1932
    Box   2 F   17
    Photographs, undated
    Box   2 F   18
    Reports, American Association of Teacher’s Colleges, 1928
    Box   2 F   19
    Reports, American School Peace League, 1919
    Box   2 F   20
    Reports, Appointment Office, 1926-1927, 1930-1934
    Box   2 F   21
    Reports, Financial, Alumni Association, 1933-1939
    Box   2 F   22
    Reports, Normal School Standards and Surveys, undated
    Box   2 F   23
    Reports, North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, 1929-1937
    Box   2 F   24
    Reports, North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, 1937-1939
    Box   2 F   25
    Speeches, Baccalaureate, 1918, 1920-1924, 1927, 1929, 1931-1933, 1936, 1938
    Box   2 F   26
    Speeches, Baccalaureate, undated
    Box   2 F   27
    Speeches, First as President, 1918
    Box   2 F   28
    Speeches, Holidays, 1935-1936, undated
    Box   2 F   29
    Speeches, Miscellaneous, 1906, 1919, 1926-1928, 1934, 1942
    Box   2 F   30
    Subject Files, American Association of Teacher’s Colleges, Standards, 1926-1927
    Box   2 F   31
    Subject Files, Beddow, I.A., Retirement Letter, 1939
    Box   2 F   32
    Subject Files, Bible Study Activities, 1922-1925
    Box   2 F   33
    Subject Files, Commencement Program, 1928
    Box   2 F   34
    Subject Files, Committee of Rural-Urban Acquaintance, Notes, 1931
    Box   2 F   36
    Subject Files, Constitution of the CSTC Alumni Association, 1931
    Box   2 F   37
    Subject Files, Copeland Experiment Materials, 1934-1935
    Box   3 F   38
    Subject Files, Copeland Group, Senior Banquet Program, 1939
    Box   2 F   39
    Subject Files, Cosmopolitan Club, Constitution, undated
    Box   2 F   40
    Subject Files, Council of State Board College Presidents, 1922-1936
    Box   2 F   41
    Subject Files, Curriculum, 1930
    Box   2 F   42
    Subject Files, Curriculum, Pre-Professional Courses, 1934
    Box   2 F   43
    Subject Files, Curriculum Revision, 1934
    Box   2 F   44
    Subject Files, Dedication Expenses, 1928
    Box   2 F   45
    Subject Files, Enrollment, 1918
    Box   2 F   46
    Subject Files, Enrollment, 1931
    Box   2 F   47
    Subject Files, Entrance Requirement, Teacher’s College, 1930
    Box   2 F   48
    Subject Files, Extra-Curricular Activities, circa 1934
    Box   2 F   49
    Subject Files, Faculty Play, Finances, pre-1930
    Box   2 F   50
    Subject Files, Financial Notes, circa 1932
    Box   2 F   51
    Subject Files, Football History Summaries (record of scores and teams played on 3 x 5 inch index cards), 1896-1939
    Box   2 F   52
    Subject Files, Freshmen Enrollment by Curricula, 1935
    Box   2 F   53
    Subject Files, Freshmen Personnel Report, 1932-1933
    Box   2 F   54
    Subject Files, Gage, Eleanor R., Prizes, 1927
    Box   2 F   55
    Subject Files, Graduate List, 1916
    Box   2 F   56
    Subject Files, Institutional Pattern Maps, 1935, undated
    Box   2 F   57
    Subject Files, Instructions to Instructors, 1930
    Box   2 F   58
    Subject Files, Interview with Mrs. Taylor (mentions President Grawn), undated
    Box   2 F   59
    Subject Files, Interview with Mrs. Warriner, 1944
    Box   2 F   60
    Subject Files, Laying of the Cornerstone of the New Administration Building, 1927
    Box   2 F   61
    Subject Files, League of Women Voters, 1927, 1930
    Box   2 F   62
    Subject Files, Materials concerning Public Health, 1922, 1929
    Box   2 F   63
    Subject Files, McDowell Club (CSTC Music Club), 1932
    Box   2 F   64
    Subject Files, Member’s Passes to House of Representatives and Senate Chamber Galleries, 1926
    Box   2 F   65
    Subject Files, Membership Certificate, Teacher’s Retirement Fund Board, 1948
    Box   2 F   66
    Subject Files, Memorial Services, 1936, 1938
    Box   2 F   67
    Subject Files, Miscellaneous Peace Papers, 1912-1933
    Box   2 F   68
    Subject Files, North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Standards, 1927-1934
    Box   2 F   69
    Subject Files, Policy Provisions and Premiums Recommended by the Faculty Commission on Group Insurance, 1929
    Box   2 F   70
    Subject Files, Principal’s Meeting Minutes, 1909-1911
    Box   2 F   71
    Subject Files, Principal’s Meeting Minutes, 1911-1913
    Box   2 F   72
    Subject Files, Program of Evaluation Activities, 1936
    Box   2 F   73
    Subject Files, Prohibition Questionnaire, 1926
    Box   2 F   74
    Subject Files, Publicity Fund, 1932-1933
    Box   2 F   75
    Subject Files, Reasons for Maintaining the State Teacher’s College in Michigan, 1935
    Box   2 F   76
    Subject Files, Reasons for Teaching, Questionnaire, 1920
    Box   2 F   77
    Subject Files, Retirement Letter re: President Warriner’s Retirement, 1939
    Box   2 F   78
    Subject Files, Saginaw East Side Public Schools, Lesson Plans, 1916-1917
    Box   2 F   79
    Subject Files, Salary Deductions and Reactions, undated
    Box   2 F   80
    Subject Files, “Should the Lecture Method of Instruction be Discontinued?”, 1929
    Box   2 F   81
    Subject Files, State Board of Education, Recommendations, 1937-1938
    Box   2 F   82
    Subject Files, State Board of Education, Salary Recommendations, 1937-1938
    Box   2 F   83
    Subject Files, Statement of Principals, 1933
    Box   2 F   84
    Subject Files, Statistics, 1928-1933, 1935-1940
    Box   2 F   85
    Subject Files, Student Paper- Dr. E.C. Warriner, 1866-1945, by Richard P. Balwinski, 1952
    Box   2 F   86
    Subject Files, Student Paper- Short Sketch of E.C. Warriner, by James Wheeler, undated
    Box   3 F   1
    Subject Files, Summary of Profits and Losses in Extension Classes, 1926-1932
    Box   3 F   2
    Subject Files, Table of Graduates, 1927-1934
    Box   3 F   3
    Subject Files, Teaching Hints, Saginaw Public Schools, undated
    Box   3 F   4
    Subject Files, Test Score Analysis, Freshmen Class, 1933
    Box   3 F   5
    Subject Files, Victory Loan Fund, 1929
    Box   3 F   6
    Subject Files, Views on Issues, undated
    Box   3 F   7
    Subject Files, War Time Required Courses, 1943
    Box   3 F   8
    Subject Files, Webster Scholarship Cup Notes, 1927
    Box   3 F   9
    Subject Files, Writings and Speeches, Miscellaneous, A-M, undated
    Box   3 F   10
    Subject Files, Writings and Speeches, Miscellaneous, R-S, undated
    Box   3 F   11
    Subject Files, Writings, Education (folder 1 of 2), 1923-1938 (scattered)
    Box   3 F   11
    Subject Files, Writings, Education (folder 2 of 2), 1923-1938 (scattered)
    Box   4 F   1
    Subject Files, Writings, Educational Organizations, undated
    Box   4 F   2
    Subject Files, Writings, Labor and Industry, 1908, undated
    Box   4 F   3
    Subject Files, Writings, The New Deal and the Depression, undated
    Box   4 F   4
    Subject Files, Writings, Prohibition, 1926-1932, undated
    Box   4 F   5
    Subject Files, Writings, The Role of the Teacher, 1921, undated
    Box   4 F   6
    Subject Files, Writings, Teaching, 1900-1935 (scattered), undated
    Box   4 F   5
    Subject Files, Writings, War and Peace, undated
    Box   4 F   6
    Subject Files, Writings, Women's Suffrages, undated
    Box   5 F   1
    3 x 5 inch Index Cards to Eugene C. Warriner’s Correspondence, 1882-1939, undated