Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Floyd L. Haight Family Papers

Finding aid created by
KYle Garver, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Floyd L. Haight Family Papers,
Creator: Haight, Floyd L., b. 1897.
Inclusive dates: 1900-1984, and undated
Extent: .75 cubic ft. (in 1 box)
The collection contains correspondence, minutes, notes and reports of the MIchigan Civil War Centennial Observance Commission; bulletins and miscellaneous, programs, directories, of Delta Kappa Gamma Society; newspaper clippings, photographs, and unpublished materials

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 13489

Access Restrictions:

Floyd L. Haight Family Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Floyd L. Haight Family Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is organized by size and alphabetically.



Mary Esther (Dietrich) Haight was born in Wisconsin on April 28, 1899, the youngest of eight children born to Rev. John and Sarah Dietrich.

She graduated from the University of Michigan where she earned a B.A. and M.A. While working on her master’s degree, Mary met Floyd L. Haight, who she married in 1937.

Mary taught in Dearborn High School for thirty-one years. She served as the heard of the Business Education Department and placed students in part-time jobs. She was also a member of various organizations including Delta Kappa Gamma- Kappa Chapter (Detroit).

The Haights lived in Dearborn, Michigan, but often traveled worldwide. Mary became a popular speaker; illustrating her talks with slides. Mary and Floyd were also active members of the First United Methodist Church of Dearborn, as well as other organizations.

On January 17, 1969, Mary died suddenly while in Ford Hospital. Her husband, a brother, several nieces and nephews, and many friends survived her.

Floyd L. Haight was born on March 23, 1897, the only child of William E. (April 1, 1870-) and Mary Belle Sherer (June 29, 1872-).

He earned his A.B. from Western Michigan University and his M.A. from the University of Michigan. Floyd taught history for forty-two years, thirty-two of those in Dearborn public schools. He retired in 1961.

He was a former board member of Board of Trustees of the Michigan Historical Society, past president of the Detroit Metropolitan Social Studies Club, and the Michigan Council of the Social Studies. He also served on the National Council for the Social Studies.

For over 20 years Floyd served as chair of the Dearborn Historical Commission. Also, he served as chair of the Michigan Civil War Centennial Observance Commission from 1958-1966. Floyd was also a member of several history associations and related organizations, as well as Pi Gamma Mu, the International Honor Society of Social Science.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War I, Floyd joined the American Legion, where he served as the chair of the Dept. of Education during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Floyd wrote a number of books and histories. Some of these are in the Clarke, including: A Genealogy of the Scherer-Scherer Family; A History of Fort Dearborn Post # 364, American Legion, Dearborn, Michigan; Mexican Odyssey: A Trip Made By Three Adventurous Souls, Jane Hicks, Floyd and Mary Haight.; A Modern Study Guide for American History; Report of the Michigan Civil War Centennial Observance Commission.

Floyd died in November 1986 in Dearborn. (This information is from the collection, A Genealogy of the Scherer-Scherer family, and the Social Security Death Index).

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of Floyd’s publications; writings (unpublished); correspondence; minutes, notes and reports of the Michigan Civil War Centennial Observance Commission; bulletins and miscellaneous he created for the American Legion; a Pi Gamma Mu directory, 1930; and miscellaneous.

Mary’s materials include programs, directories and miscellaneous of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, and its Kappa Chapter (Detroit).

Both Floyd and Mary are documented in newspaper clippings, photographs and some of the writings.

Subject Terms

    • Haight, Floyd L., b. 1897.
    • Haight, Mary, 1899-1969.
    • Pi Gamma Mu.
    • Delta Kappa Gamma Society.
    • Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Kappa Chapter (Detroit, Mich.)
    • Michigan Civil War Centennial Observance Commission.
    • American Legion. Fort Dearborn Post No. 364 (Dearborn, Mich.)
    • World War, 1914-1918--Societies, etc.
    • Women teachers--Michigan--Societies, etc.
    • Women teachers--Michigan--Dearborn.
    • Women teachers--Michigan--Wayne County.
    • Teachers--Michigan--Dearborn.
    • Dearborn (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Dearborn (Mich.)--Biography.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Floyd L. Haight Family Papers [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials 1920, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Bulletins, American Legion, November 29, 1946- May 10, 1951
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence, 1924- 1984, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Directories, "Who's Who in Pi Gama Mu?," 1930
    Box   1 F   4
    Invitations, 1918-1984
    Box   1 F   5
    Minutes, Notes, and Reports, Michigan Civil War Centennial Commission, February 7, 1959- June 30, 1966
    Box   1 F   6
    Miscellaneous, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, 1938- 1964, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Newspaper Clippings (copies): American Legion, January 31, 1936- August 30, 1956; Delta Kappa Gamma Society, September 1952- October 1963; Floyd Haight, January 7, 1954- October 23, 1975, undated; Michigan Civil War, January 8, 1966- August 1977, undated 1936- 1977
    Box   1 F   8
    Paper, American Legion, November 1956- March 1949, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Photographs, Floyd Haight, 1900-1948, undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Programs and Directories: Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Kappa Chapter/Detroit, 1948- 1968
    Box   1 F   11
    Writings: A genealogy of the Haight family, 1969(edited); A questionnaire on the Constitution of the United States, undated; A questionnaire on the Declaration of Independence, 1937; A Term paper submitted for the fulfillment of the requirement in the course B227a-B227b of the School of Education of the University of Michigan, May 18, 1931; Experiences and Impressions in an Indian School by Mary Deitrich Haight, 1915-1935; Greece and Agean Islands, February 26- March 23, 1962; Stephen A. Douglas and the Democratic Party by Mary Deitrich Haight, 1850-1860; and the Intellectual life of the Second Century contrasted with that of the Seventh Century, undated 1850- 1969, undated