Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
John C. Hepler Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: John C. Hepler Papers
Creator: Hepler, John C., 1913-
Inclusive dates: 1923-1983, and undated
Extent: .25 cubic feet (in 1 box)
Essays by Hepler.

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# many

Access Restrictions:

John C. Hepler Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

John C. Hepler Papers, Folder #, Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is in alphabetical order.



John C. Hepler (1913-1993) earned a B.S. from Shippensburg State Teachers College, Pennsylvania, in 1935 and both a M.A. and Ph.D. from Peabody College in 1937 and 1944, respectively. He taught at Central Michigan University (CMU) from 1946 to 1976 and was chairman of the English Department from 1958 to 1968. After retiring from CMU with emeritus status, Hepler worked as a freelance writer. Copies of three books by Hepler including Muted Voices from the Past, are in the CMU libraries. (This information is from an old finding aid.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of fourteen essays written by Hepler between 1937 and 1980, as well as correspondence relating and reactions to the essays. These essays range in content and style from academic to newspaper feature articles. Topics including ROTC, educational philosophy, Michigan authors, nineteenth century periodicals, and Zimbabwe received serious attention from Hepler. Topics such as fairs in Saginaw (Michigan), the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Company, pioneer life in Leelanau (Michigan), the steamer Beeghly, as well as his own life, are well researched but less thorough. Photographs of Zimbabwe and research material are also included in the collection.

Subject Terms

    • Hepler, John C., 1913-
    • Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
    • Curwood, James Oliver, 1878-1927.
    • Briggs, Thomas Henry, b. 1877.
    • Central Michigan University--Faculty.
    • Zimbabwe African People's Union.
    • Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Company.
    • United States. Army. Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
    • Michigan authors.
    • Zimbabwe--Politics and government--1965-1979.
    • Zimbabwe--History.
    • Saginaw (Mich.)--History.
    • Leelanau (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    John C. Hepler Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Broadway Star Began Career in Mount Pleasant (Don Oliver), 1983
    Box   1 F   2
    Crippled Defeated, and Silenced (defense of the ROTC for Army includes correspondence), 1969-1970
    Box   1 F   3
    Deep Roots—Rich Fruit (Saginaw fairs), 1980
    Box   1 F   4
    Educational Philosophy of Thomas H. Briggs (M.A. thesis, includes correspondence), 1937-1938
    Box   1 F   5
    Farewell my Freshman (advice to parents), 1979-1980
    Box   1 F   6
    GR and I (Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad), 1980
    Box   1 F   7
    Michigan’s Forgotten Son---James Oliver Curwood (Michigan novelist), undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Mrs. Roosevelt Visits a College Campus, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Muted Voices from the Past (nineteenth century periodicals for Poole’s Index), 1957
    Box   1 F   10
    New Life in Leelanau (from the journal of Julia Hannaford, 1866-1867), undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Penman for the People: Justice Voelker (Michigan novelist Robert Traver), 1979
    Box   1 F   12
    (Steamer) Charles M. Beeghly, Essay, newspaper articles, research materials, 1979
    Box   1 F   13
    Those were the Days – Harrisburg, 1923-1928; The Carefree Years- Harrisburg (Autobiography), 1928-1931, 1923-1931
    Box   1 F   14
    Zimbabwe, Essays, 1977
    Box   1 F   15
    Zimbabwe, Photographs, circa 1977?