Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Edna Heilbronn Papers

Finding aid created by
KYle Garver, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Edna Heilbronn papers
Creator: Heilbronn, Edna.
Inclusive dates: 1943, 1968, and undated
Extent: .5 cubic foot (in 1 box)
Biographical, Educational, and InterInstitutional Affiliation papers of Edna Heilbronn, professor at Central Michigan University.

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:

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Access Restrictions:

Edna Heilbronn Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Edna Heilbronn Papers Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Collection is organized alphabetically.



Edna M. Heilbronn was born on July 27, 1892, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Heilbronn. She graduated from Saginaw High School and Saginaw Normal School in Saginaw, Michigan. Edna received her life certificate from Central Normal School, later Central Michigan University (CMU), in 1916, and her B.A., also from CMU, in 1921. She earned her master's degree at Columbia University, and did advanced work at the universities of Harvard, Chicago, Southern California, and Northwestern.

Before coming to Central to teach in 1924, Professor Heilbronn taught in six different elementary and grade schools in Saginaw. In 1924 she joined CMU's Training School, later called the College Elementary School. Professor Heilbronn taught sixth grade and many courses for the Education Department. During her years at CMU, she trained over 200 student teachers and taught over a thousand children.

Professionally, Professor Heilbronn was active in many organizations and societies. She was a member of the Michigan Education Association, the National Education Association, the Association for Childhood Education, and the Association for Student Teaching. Professor Heilbronn helped organize the Michigan Chapter of the Association for Student Teaching, and served as its first president, 1946-1947. She also served for many years as a member of the Executive Board of the National Association for Student Teaching, and served as president in 1952. Also, Professor Heilbronn was appointed by the Department of Public Instruction as a member of the State Curriculum Committee, a position in which she served for several years.

From 1958 through January 1966 she served as CMU's Coordinator for the InterInstitutional Affiliation Project. Constance Stenenga assisted Professor Heilbronn with her Project work. The Project was sponsored by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, a department of the National Education Association. The Project was funded by the U.S. Information Agency and, beginning in 1962, the U.S. State Department. The goals of the Project were to encourage people-to-people diplomacy and increased communication and friendship among American and international teachers and student teachers. CMU worked in conjunction with the College of Education, Prasarn Mitr (now Burapha University), Bangkok, Thailand. By 1960, twelve American colleges and various universities in Asia, Europe and Latin America were involved in the Project. The colleges exchanged publications, student papers, documentaries, tapes of musical and cultural events, instructional materials, including children's art, learning materials, and books, and encouraged American and international student teachers to become penpals. Exchange students between the colleges were also encouraged. One Thai student, Mr. Kitti Chanyanada, completed his M.A. at CMU during the 1964-1965 academic year. Arrangements were being made for a second student to come to CMU when funding for CMU's Project work was discontinued in 1966. Professor Heilbronn continued to lead CMU continued Projects efforts for some time after 1966.

In June of 1953, Professor Heilbronn retired from CMU with the status of professor emeritus. She resided at 1315 Ridge Road in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

A member of the Presbyterian Church, she was a devoted worker, first at Washington Avenue Presbyterian Church, Saginaw, and later at First Presbyterian Church, Mount Pleasant.

After a long illness, Professor Heilbronn died at Saginaw General Hospital on March 5, 1968. She was survived by a sister, Miss Bessie Heilbronn, a brother, Marvin Heilbronn, both of Saginaw, six nieces and nephews, and 19 great-nieces and nephews. A memorial fund was established in her honor at CMU. (This information is from her obituary, a copy of which is in the collection, and other collection materials.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection is organized into the following series: Biographical, Educational Materials, and InterInstitutional Affiliation Project at CMU, and alphabetically within each series.

The collection includes some Biographical Information, such as Professor Heilbronn's Obituary (copy), 1968, and Photographs (and copies), 1952, 1965, undated. One photograph shows her speaking at the dedication of CMU's Woldt and Emmons Halls, May 9, 1965. Other photographs document her teaching career and involvement with the Project.

Her career and professional activities are documented by Educational Materials, including her syllabi and related materials for various education related and student teaching courses she taught, ca. 1944, 1955, undated; materials for the Teacher Education Project, 1959-1962, undated; information about the Association for Student Teaching, circa 1957; a few General Education Committee, Meeting Minutes, 1962-1963; and College of Education, Miscellaneous, 1944, 1963, undated. Also included is a paper she wrote entitled "Professional Year," a draft of the paper, and related correspondence, 1951.

Correspondence, Meeting Minutes, Reports, Published Materials, some of the above mentioned Photographs, 1957-1966, document her work with the InterInstitutional Affiliation Project at CMU, the organization in general, and the national meetings that Prof. Heilbronn attended as the coordinator for Project at CMU.

Subject Terms

    • Heilbronn, Edna.
    • Central Michigan University. InterInstitutional Affiliation Project.
    • Central Michigan University--Faculty.
    • Central Michigan University. College of Education and Human Services.
    • Central Michigan University. Woldt Hall.
    • Central Michigan University. Emmons Hall.
    • Central Michigan University--History.
    • Students, Foreign.
    • Universities and colleges--Thailand.
    • Student teachers--Training of--United States.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Edna Heilbronn Papers [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, Obituary (copy) 1968
    Box   1 F   2
    Biographical Materials, Photographs (some copies), 1952, 1965, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Biographical Materials, Teacher's Certificates, Contracts, 1912-1924
    Box   1 F   4
    Educational Materials, Association for Student Teaching, Constitution, Handbook, Related Materials,  1957
    Box   1 F   5
    Educational Materials, Central Michigan University College of Education, Miscellaneous, 1944,1963, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Educational Materials, Central Michigan University Education Courses, 316 (public Education in Michigan), Syllabi, 1943?
    Box   1 F   7
    Educational Materials, Central Michigan University Education Courses, 471d (Public Education in Michigan), Syllabi, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Educational Materials, Central Michigan University Education Courses, 550,551, General Reading Lists, after 1955
    Box   1 F   9
    Educational Materials, Central Michigan University General Education Committee, Meeting Minutes, 1962-1963
    Box   1 F   10
    Educational Materials, "Professional Year", Paper, Draft, Related Correspondence, 1951
    Box   1 F   11
    Educational Materials, Student Teaching Materials, circa 1948, 1963, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Educational Materials, Teacher Education Project, Materials, 1959-1962, undated
    Box   1 F   13
    InterInstitutional Affiliation Project, Annual National Conference, Materials, 1959
    Box   1 F   14
    InterInstitutional Affiliation Project, Cards from Students, 1960-1961
    Box   1 F   15
    InterInstitutional Affiliation Project,CMLife Pictorial Supplement ( in Thai and English, 2 Copies), 1961
    Box   1 F   16
    InterInstitutional Affiliation Project, Committee Meeting Minutes, 1958-1960, 1964
    Box   1 F   17
    InterInstitutional Affiliation Project, Correspondence, 1957-1962
    Box   1 F   18
    InterInstitutional Affiliation Project, Correspondence, 1963-1966
    Box   1 F   19
    InterInstitutional Affiliation Project, Progress Reports (includes a few financial and other reports), 1958-1966
    Box   1 F   20
    InterInstitutional Affiliation Project, U.S. Sate Department Publication, Educational and Cultural Exchange Opportunities, 1963