Carl E. Pray papers
010.CP

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Creator
Pray, Carl E.
Title
Carl E. Pray papers
ID
010.CP
Date [inclusive]
1919-1971
Extent
0.4 Linear feet 1 archive box
Language
English
Abstract
Carl E. Pray was a Professor and head of the Department of History and Social Science at Michigan State Normal College from 1913 to 1937. His papers consist primarily of writing, correspondence, and obituaries.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Biographical note

Professor Carl Esak Pray was the Head of the Department of History and Social Science at Michigan State Normal College from 1913 to 1937.

Pray was born near Dimondable, Eaton County, Michigan, on 30 March 1870. After completing eighth grade, Pray began teaching at a district school while simultaneously working his way through Olivet College; upon his graduation he became the principal of Olivet High School. In 1902 Pray moved to Milwaukee and accepted the position as head of the History Department of the Milwaukee Normal College. His cousin, Charles McKenny, was a fellow faculty member, and later became president of Michigan State Normal College. Pray earned his M.A. at the University of Wisconsin in 1913, and became head of the Department of History at Michigan State Normal College the same year.

While teaching in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan at the end of the century, Pray met and married Miss Ruth Ellen Crim, and they had four children. In 1944, Pray was voted "Outstanding Citizen of Ypsilanti," by the American Legion and was a charter member of the Ypsilanti Kiwanis, serving as their president as well.

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Scope and Contents

Carl E. Pray was a Professor and head of the Department of History and Social Science at Michigan State Normal College from 1913 to 1937.

The Carl E. Pray papers have been divided into two series:  Legacy and  Writing and Publishing. The Legacy series includes memorial programs, obituaries and tributes, photographs, and newspaper clippings. The Writing and Publishing series includes articles by Pray, as well as his teaching materials and correspondence.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 September 24

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-0020

Conditions Governing Access note

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • McKenny, Charles, President Eastern Michigan College

Subject(s)

  • Education--History
  • History.
  • Michigan State Normal College
  • University of Wisconsin

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Collection Inventory

Legacy 1931-1971 

Clippings 1931-1949 


    Box Folder
Text (32307023988422)   1 1

Memorials 1949 


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Mixed materials (32307023988422)   1 2

Obituaries 1951-1971 


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Text (32307023988422)   1 3

Photographs 1922 


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Graphic materials (32307023988422)   1 4

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Writing and Publishing 1919-1957 

Correspondence 1937-1957 


    Box Folder
Text (32307023988422)   1 5

"Some phases of German Kultur," Bay View Magazine, vol.25 1919-1920 


    Box Folder
Books (32307023988422)   1 6

"Phenomena of Migrations," Bay View Magazine 1926 


    Box Folder
Books (32307023988422)   1 7

"The Chicago Road," American Schoolmaters 1927 


    Box Folder
Text (32307023988422)   1 8

Teaching materials 


    Box Folder
Text (32307023988422)   1 9

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