Kresge Library

Historic Oakland University Documents 1956-1963.


Box 1

1. Matilda Wilson College of Michigan State University.  A rough draft of a proposal, author unknown, sent to  MSU President John Hannah, D.B. Varner, J.H. Denison.  Dec. 28, 1956. [The proposal envisions the establishment on the Meadowbrook Farms of the Matilda Wilson College of MSU. ]

2. House concurrent resolution  no. 5: A concurrent resolution of appreciation and acceptance of the gift of Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Wilson of Meadow Brook Farms, and a cash endowment to Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science.  January 24, 1957.

3. Selected Population Characteristics of Oakland and Macomb Counties, Michigan.   January 1957.  15 leaves.

4. Oakland Macomb County Advisory Committee - correspondence, minutes. March 1957.

5. Michigan State University Branch Survey: Oakland and Macomb Counties.  May-June 1957  [MSU, in close cooperation with local school systems is conducting a survey of needed community college and university programs in this area]  22 leaves'

6. Planning for future post-secondary educational needs in Oakland and McComb Counties: tentative draft of study outline. 1957?

7. Post secondary education in Oakland - Macomb Counties: Summary. 1957?

8. Adult Education Needs in Oakland-Macomb Counties.  June 1957. 12 leaves

9. A compilation of data concerning the need for post-secondary education in the Oakland-Macomb County Area.  September 1957. 3 folders.

10. Information on Michigan State University - Oakland.  1958. 3 leaves.

11. Minutes and correspondence of the University Community Planning and Development Study Committee.  October 8, 1958 - April 24, 1959

12. Information and Reconnaissance Survey: Area Development Study--Avon and Pontiac Townships and Michigan State University Oakland. October 1958.   Prepared by the Area Development Study Group, Institute for Community Development & Services, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. 

13. Development Plan for M.S.U - Oakland.  Harold W. Lautner, Campus Landscape Architect, Michigan State University, Dec. 8, 1958.  [Includes tentative development plan for the campus, Floor plans for Faculty Housing and a lot layout for the Faculty Subdivision]  2 added copies with some missing pages

14. Administrative Procedures for matters concerning the Planning and Development of the “University Community”, Avon and Pontiac Townships, Oakland County Michigan.  April, 1959.   Prepared by Avon-Pontiac Townships Regional Planning Commission and the Institute for Community Development and Service, Michigan State University. 

15. Minutes of the Avon Pontiac Townships Regional Planning Commission. 1959-1961.  [Includes occasional mentions of MSU-O and plans for the area near the university]

16. MSUO Purposes.

17. Building Needs.   Memos (3/7/1960, 3/26,1960) from D.B. Varner. 

18. Maps. [Meadowbrook Farms; Building areas;  Campus development plan]

19. Map.  Proposed layout plan: Intramural, dormitories & student center. Sept. 6, 1961 [11.5” x 11.5”]

20. Landscaping - Nursery at MSUO. Memo. Sept. 25, 1959.

21. University Development Analysis / developed and prepared by Swanson Associates, Inc. Architects and Planners. [18 leaves]`

Box 2

Meadow Brook Seminar materials. Agendas, notes, supplementary materials, reports.

Box 3

1. Correspondence from Dec. 4, 1956-Feb. 25, 1959 concerning the establishment of MSU - O. .

2. MSUO Administrative Group. Minutes 1959-1966.    Additional memos

3. Memos  to Varner -- MSU Board actions relating to MSUO.  1958-1960.

4. Memorandum relating to Michigan State University - Oakland. 1958?
  [The situation in higher education; Factual information about the program proposed at MSUO; Financial data]  5 leaves

5. Mailing address for MSU-O to be Rochester, Michigan. August 7, 1958

6. Michigan State University - Oakland  Budget request, 1958?.  6 leaves

7. RE: Application for a bank account for MSU-O. June 26, 1959.

8. MSUO Personnel:  Lists of faculty and staff and classified employees.   1959-60 and 1960-61

9. Organization of the University. 1960.

10. University Committees. 1960

11. New faculty memo from Robert Hoopes, Dean of the Faculty. April 26, 1960.

12. Name changed to Oakland University, Feb. 1963. Press release and photocopies of newspaper clippings.

Box 4

1.  MSUO Curriculum Committee Report, December 1957.
 [1. Introduction: the Committee and its objectives. 2. Minimum degree requirements. 3.  Subcollegiate instruction. 4. General education curriculum. 5. Business administration curriculum. 6. Teacher education curriculum. 7. Engineering curriculum. 8. Science and arts curriculum.] 16 leaves.

2. Curriculum Development, 1957-1961. Memos and proposals

3. Suggested Curriculum for MSUO. (Draft of Curriculum - MSU-O, May 22, 1959?)

 4. Curriculum - Michigan State University - Oakland. May 22, 1959. 5 copies
 [Introductory comments; Purposes; The curriculum development process; Some general guidelines in the curriculum development;  From guidelines to specifics; The liberal studies program; Teacher education; Business administration; Engineering science;  The continuing education program. Also includes the synthesis and summary documents from the Meadow Brook Seminars on Higher Education and a list of member of the MSUO Foundation]

5. Degree requirements.  (Proposed) April 26, 1960.

6. Trimester information. [Proposed trimester plan for Oakland University, (no date); Newspaper clippings concerning the trimester proposal; Correspondence ]

7. Honors Program (proposed)  [No date]

8. Miscellaneous papers.

9. Michigan State University - Oakland : it's programs. 1963?

10. Educational Policy Committee Minutes and Memos. (Curriculum)


(see also Press releases and Newspaper clippings collections in the University Archives)

1. MSU Press Release: 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, 1957.  Wilson Gift of estate to MSU for branch college.  Dept. of Information Services, Michigan State University.  5 leaves

2. MSU Press Release: June 25, 1958. Establishment of the Michigan State University Oakland Foundation.

3. MSU Press Release: July 7, 1958. Establishment of the Michigan State University Oakland Continuing Education Center.

4. MSU Press Release: March 25, 1959.   Public relations program for MSU-O -- information plan.  6 leaves.

5. MSUO Press Release:  Sept. 20, 1961.  Meadow Brook Hall to host ball to raise scholarship funds.  2 leaves

6. Construction begins on Oakland Branch" ,The Quarterly Record of Michigan State University. Spring Quarter 1958. p. 1-2.

7. MSU Reporter.  Issues containing information about MSU-O:

A. "Michigan State University Oakland." June 1958,  cover, p. 4-5

B. "MSU-O - a report of progress."  October 1958. p. 16-17

C. "MSU-O on schedule for 1959 opening."  November 1958. p. 7

D. "Building curricula at MSU-O: Business administration." January 1959. p. 4-5

E. "Building curricula at MSU-O: Liberal arts." February 1959. p. 4-5.

F. "MSU-O: a new approach to higher education. September 1959. p. 2-3.

8. Introducing Michigan State University - Oakland.  [Promotional brochure, ca 1958] [1 page, folded in thirds]

9. Introducing MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY -- OAKLAND:  Engineering, Teacher education, Business administration, Liberal arts. 1958.   [To begin with a tradition, by John A. Hannah, Curriculum and facilities, An appraisal by the press, Location, A summary of facts about MSU--O]  6 leaves.

10. The story of a new kind of university as Time has told it: Michigan State University Oakland.  Reprint of Time article that appeared in the Sept. 28, 1959 issue.

11. This is Michigan State University Oakland: MSU’s new sister school.  A reprint from the Michigan State University Magazine.   November 1959.  [16 p. ] il.   6 copies

12. A gift . . . and a challenge to you and your community.  [Promotional brochure] 1959. 8 p. 

13. Facts about MSUO’s buildings and campus.  1960?  [2 leaves]

14. MSUO. [Promotional brochure. folded sheet. 1960?

15. Michigan State University Oakland Rochester   [Promotional brochure]  ca. 1960-1 [20 p.]  il. 3 copies

16. Michigan State University Oakland. [Promotional brochure] 1961  folded sheet.

17. Michigan State University Oakland Fact Sheets.  January 30, 1961 and September 15, 1961.

18.. Trimester--a richer future sooner at MSUO  [Promotional brochure] 1961.  folded sheet.

19. Emblems & Motto   (Various design prototypes) Folder contains information on the proposed motto and official seal. [no date]

20. On-to-College nights - Michigan State University Oakland.  Sponsored by the Community Relations Committee of the MSUO Foundation. [no date]

21. Facts about the Campus and Buildings. 1962. [16 p.] (prototype for a brochure?)

22. Guide to the Curriculum. [Promotional brochure] 1961? 8 p.

23. A gift -- and a challenge to you and your community. Michigan State University - Oakland Scholarship brochure prototype. Text for an 8 page, 2 color brochure. Summer, 1959. 11 leaves.

24. Memos concerning student publications & university communication needs.

25. Memos concerning publicity.

26. Speeches? Three envelopes containing note cards for speeches, possibly Chancellor Varner's notes.

27. George Matthew's (History) Brief history of Oakland University, 11/17/1977. Prepared for the University Planning Committee. 14 leaves.

28. George Matthew's (History) unfinished History of Oakland University, chapters 1-3. Handwritten and typed but still in draft format.

Box 6

1. Application for Admission, Acceptance.  1959-60.

2. Testing:   Entrance and Placement.  1959?

3. Fall Quarter Report on Student Affairs, 1959.  [Contents: Dean of Students, Counseling and testing, Physical education, recreation and intramural athletic, Report on land usage, Activities, Health Services, Student Center, Student publications, University Bookstore. ] 46 leaves. 2c.

4. Book list, spring term 1960.

5. Freshmen Conference,  April 28, 1960

6. MSUO Student Directory, 1961-1962.  Printed as a service by your Student Government, Bruce Plaxton chairman; Mickey McWilliams and Ron Miller.  [48 pages]

7. Student Recruitment 1961. (Folder with speeches & other information)

8. Student Information Bulletin. September 1, 1962.  12 p.

9. Student life at Oakland University.  1962?  2 leaves.

10. Constitution of the Student Body of Michigan State University Oakland (proposed) 6 leaves. Constitutional amendments (proposed) 2 leaves.

11. Charter Class job offers. Photocopies of newspaper articles. 1963. 10 leaves.

12. Master Number List from the Office of the Registrar. -- All students. From 0001 to 7499, 1959?-1965.

13. Student Identification cards. Samples.

14. ROTC and AFROTC. Correspondence dealing with the requirements of a ROTC program. 1958. 22 leaves.

15. Student Housing in a Congenial New Form. 1960? MSUO: a new pattern, 48 students in a house.  1961? [Promotional brochure]  (Anibal, Fitgerald, Pryale and Hill)

16. MSUO Reports. Press clippings from local newspapers profiling a number of OU students. 1960-1964. 21 leaves.

17. Charter Class graduates. Press clippings from local newspapers. 1963.

18. Michigan State University Oakland Freshman Bulletin. May, 1962. 52 p.

19. Proposed housing regulations. Memos 1961.

20. Student Scholarships - memos and contacts list.

21. University Christian Fellowship of MSU -O. Organization chart. 1 leaf.

22. Optimum size of student body for present campus: preliminary report, June 14, 1963. 4 leaves.

23. Lower Quartile Project, 1962. Report on academic performance of freshmen, by David Lowy. May, 1963. 4 leaves.

24. Michigan State University Oakland. Ground- Breaking Ceremonies, May 2, 1958. [8 p.]****

25 . Convocation of Charter Class.  Program, September 17, 1959.  28 p.  Speeches by Chancellor D.B. Varner, Thomas H. Hamilton, Robert Hoopes. Newspaper clipping. Also preliminary planning document. 10 typewritten leaves.

26.  Invitation to a convocation for the parents of the members of the charter class, Sept. 20, 1959.

27. Convocations of the Freshman Class of Michigan State University Oakland.  Sept. 15, 1960, Sept. 4, 1963.   Programs. Also newspaper clippings about convocations 1960-1964.

28. Campus Activities, 1959-1962.  Folder of invitations, programs available to students.

29. Scholarship Banquet.

30. Annual Recognition Dinner for the Continuing Education Faculty, MSUO.   “A new concern for an old problem,”  by Durward B. Varner, Chancellor. An address presented May 26, 1961. 12 p.

31. Promote Michigan Week.  April/May 1961

32. Detroit Horse Show June 20-25, 1961.  For the benefit of the Scholarship Fund of MSU-O.

33. Saturday Seminars: Intellectual Adventures for High School Students.  1961-1962.

34. Culture Internationale.   1962. (Folder contains Planning Committee memos and list of contributors.)

35. Annual Recognition Dinner:  Academic  Honors and Awards. Program.   March 8, 1962. March 14, 1963.

36. Commencement.  April 20, 1963. Charter Class. [Folder contains : 1) Invitation; 2) Order of procession of graduates; 3) Programs -7 copies; 4) Newspaper clipping from the Pontiac Press, Apr. 22, 1963.] 5). Commencement music informational leaflet.

37. Commencement. April 18, 1964. Program.

38, Convocation of the Clergy - Friends of MSUO. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1959. "A continuing education program."

39. Pontiac Centennial, 1961.

40. Correspondence concerning Mr. Dang Xich Lan, an international student from Laos. 1960.

41. Graduate Placement 1963 and 1964.

SEE ALSO: Meadowbrook Seminars. 1957-1958.


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