Charles McKenny Union records
015.CMKU

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Title
Charles McKenny Union records
ID
015.CMKU
Date [inclusive]
1930-2012
Extent
29.0 Linear feet 3 record center cartons, 15 archive boxes, 5 oversize boxes, 1 object, and 3 oversize folders
Language
English
Abstract
Originally built in the early 1930s as a student union through funds raised by alumni, the Charles McKenny building now houses various administrative offices, student services, and classrooms on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. Construction began in 1930 and the building was dedicated in 1931. The Charles McKenny Union records pertain largely to the original planning and construction of the building and the several renovation projects that took place in the 1960s and 1990s to modernized the building, but also contains information on events and conferences that have taken place in the building, publicity and student organizations. Materials in the collection date from 1930 to 2013.

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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Administrative History

The idea for a student union on the campus of Michigan State Normal College was proposed in 1924 by then University President Charles McKenny. The Alumni Association raised $500,000 for the project, and by 1928 the school had secured additional pledges of $350,000. However, because of the 1929 Stock Market Crash, the construction plan was adjusted to decrease overall costs. Construction began in 1931 and due to difficulties in paying bonds on the building lead the state to take control in 1937, drawing the cost of the debts from the student programming fees. The building was named for Charles M. McKenny, President of EMU 1912-1933.

The building was designed by architect Frank Eurich, Jr. of Burrough and Eurich, based in Detroit, Michigan, and the style of the building combines the Art Deco influences popular in the 1920s and 1930s with the Collegiate Gothic style, seen across many college campuses at the time.

During the 1950s, the third floor and basement of the Union were used as student housing because of a lack of appropriate student housing on campus. In 1963, the building was renovated and modernized, and was reponed in 1966. Another renovation followed in 1992. Charles McKenny Union was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. In 2007 the buildings purpose changed from a student union to office building when the new student union was built on the north side of campus.

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Scope and Contents

Charles McKenny Union is a building on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. Construction began in 1930 and the building was dedicated in 1931. Today the building continues to serve a social function, as well as serve as the home to University offices, classrooms, special events, and meetings.

The Charles McKenny Union records have been arranged into seven series that includes  Administration, History and Programs, Building and Renovations, Conferences and Training, Events, Publicity and Outreach, Student Organizations and lastly  Visual Materials. Materials within each series are arranged alphabetically by record type and administrative function.

The Administration, History and Programs series documents the administration of the building as a place for special events, meetings, presentations and other special events. Included in this series are the administrative documents collection through the course of typical business, including contract information, employee and volunteer schedules, evaluations, reports and planning documents. The  Building and Renovations series contains materials related to the construction and facilities maintenance with a subseries dedicated to documenting Renovations and Expansions of the buildings in the 1960s and 1990s. ; this series includes materials pertaining to the planning, construction, and renovation of the building over the years. Also included in the records are news releases, correspondence, clippings, brochures, and event materials.

The Conferences and Training and  Events series are arranged alphabetically by the title of the conferences, training and special events that have taken place in McKenny over the years. Included in the Events series of materials are subseries specific to Logistics and Planning, FUNTRUST, Homecoming, LeaderShape and the Student Leadership Institute. The materials traditionally found in a  Publicity and Outreach series can be found in the files of the previous two series, but the files in this series pertain to more general topics related to student support. The  Student Organizations series includes some files of specific student groups, as well as general information and forms for student groups. Included in this series are two subseries dedicated to Revoked Organizations and Student Government. They are not complete records of either.

The final series Visual Materials includes original drawings, photographs, scrapbooks, and slides. This is a comprehensive collection of the McKenny building, but in no ways a compelete collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 November 14

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-2673
lib_archives@emich.edu

Revision Description

  2014 August 13

Conditions Governing Access note

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

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Additional building photographs of McKenny can be found in the Eastern Michigan University Building Photograph collection Call number 015.B

Numerous student groups have individual collections of materials that can be found in the 04 classification of call numbers. Others have subject files in the University Archives. Donated to the archives in 2013 were additional files of inactive student organizations that can be found in the Inactive Student Organizations records Call number 04.ISO

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • McKenny, Charles, President Eastern Michigan College

Subject(s)

  • Alumni and Alumnae
  • Building dedications.
  • Buildings
  • Buildings--Additions.
  • Buildings--Remodeling for other use.
  • Campus Life
  • College campuses
  • College student development programs
  • Conference proceedings
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Michigan State Normal College
  • Renovation (Architecture)
  • Student Council
  • Student Unions

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Collection Inventory

Administration, History and Programs 

Box Folder

Administration of college unions and campus activities by William Edwin Brattain 

1 1

Administrative Office Schedule 1996-1997 

1 2

Budget and Finance 

Box Folder

1938-1939 

1 3

Auxiliary Planning reports 1997-1998 

1 4

Budget Proposals 1996-1997 

1 4

Expense Codes 1997 

1 5

General Fee Budget 1995-1996 

1 6

Revenue Projections 1996-1997 

1 6

Tax Information 1990-1995 

1 7

Committees 

Box Folder

Committee Reports and Audits 1931-1954 

1 8-9

Constituent Services Committee 1999-2000 

1 10

Financial resource Development Committee 1995-1996 

1 11

Guidance and Counseling Program Advisory Committee 1992-1994 

1 12

Health for Learning Task Force 1998 

1 13

NCA 

Box
1
Folder
14
Box Folder

1999-2000 

1 14

Report 1989 

1 15

Staff Recognition Team 1992 

1 16

Student Affairs Committee 1996-2005 

1 17-19

Union Services Planning Committee 1963 

1 20

University Marketing Council 1995-1996 

1 21

Welch Hall Committee 1985 

1 22

Contracts and Leases 

Box Folder

1930 

1 23-24

Continental Vending Contract 1994-1995 

1 25

Leasing Agreements 

Box Folder

Dominos 1990 

1 26

Wendy's 2000-2003 

1 27

Correspondence 

Box Folder

1929-1932 

1 28

1985-2003 

1 29

Dominos 1990-1993 

1 30

Emails 

1997 

Box Folder

October 

1 31

November 

1 32

December 

1 33

1998 

Box Folder

January 

1 34

February 

1 35

March 

1 36

April 

1 37

May 

1 38

June 

1 39

July 

1 40

August 

1 41
Box Folder

Game Room Correspondence 1993 

1 42

Phone Log 1998 

1 43
Box Folder

Directory of Volunteer Consultants 1993 

1 44

Employees 

Faculty and Staff 

Box Folder

Administrative Professional and Confidential Clerical Merit Pay Program 1989 

1 45

Director of Campus Life Specification 1989 

1 46

Employee Files 1966 

1 47

Employee Recognition Proposal 1986 

1 48

Employee Relations Objectives 1989-1990 

1 49

Evaluation Information 1991 

1 50

General Employment Information 1996-1997 

2 1

Independent Contractors 1996 

2 2

McKenny Union and Campus Life Staff Directory 2002-2004 

2 3

McKenny Union and Campus Life Staff Handbook 2001-2002 

2 4

Organization Charts 1996 

2 5

Staff Lists 1995-1996 

2 6

Staff Training and Development 1985-1988 

2 7

Student Employees 

Handbook 

Box Folder

1996-1997 

2 8

1997-1998 

2 9

1999 

2 10

Evaluations and Surveys 

Box Folder

Campus Life Council Evaluation 1997 

2 11

McKenny Union Survey Results 1984 

2 12

New Student Center Vendor Survey Results 2003 

2 13

Student Interest Survey 1992 

2 14

History 

Box Folder

Grand Opening 1966 

2 15

McKenny Hall Story 1963 

2 16
Box Folder

Legal Issues 1993 

2 17

Meetings 

Box Folder

Brainstorming Meeting Notes 1992 

2 18

Presidential Meeting 2000 

2 19
Box Folder

Plilosophy of the Student Union 1956 

3 1

Presentations 

Box Folder

Above Base Proposal Presentation 1994 

3 2

City Council Presentation 1996 

3 3

Faculty Council Presentation 1997 

3 4

Maximizing the Arts Presentation and Co-Curriculum at EMU 1996 

3 5

VISION Board of Regents Presentation 2001 

3 6

Programs & Resources 

Box Folder

AmeriCorps 

3 7

Awards 

Box Folder

Gold Medallion 1995 

3 8

McKenny Union Student Leadership Awards 1993 

3 9

Banking 

Box Folder

General 1993-1998 

3 10-11

Lease 1992 

3 12
Box Folder

Bookstore 1994;1986 

3 13-14

Catalog of Programs 1996 

3 15

Faculty Center for Instructional Excellence (FCIE) 1995 

Box
3
Folder
16
Box Folder

Advisory Board 1996-1997 

3 17-19

Correspondence 1998 

3 20

General 1993-1995 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024762347)   3 21
    Box Folder
Text (32307024761877)   4 1

Box Folder

Presentation 1999 

4 2

First Year Student Guide 1993 

4 3

Game Room/ Gallery 1996 

4 4

Housing Tradition, Helping Students Succeed 1980 

4 5

Program Calender 1994 

4 6

Programming 1985 

4 7

Program Revision Requests 1990 

4 8

ROTC 1995 

4 9

Service Learning 1994 

4 10

Stress Room 

4 11

Student Experience 1998 

4 12

Women's Center 1993 

4 13

Proposals 

Box Folder

Student Leadership Institute Proposal 1998 

4 14

Ypsilanti Ordinance Proposal- Standard Printing 1997 

4 15

Reports, Reviews and Plans 

Box Folder

Admissions Enrollment Data 1986 

4 16

Annual Report 1989-1990 

4 17

Audit Report 1993-1997 

4 18

Campus Development Plan 1994 

5 1

External Review of McKenny Union and Campus Life 2000 

5 3

Entertainment Coordinator End of Year Report 1995-1996 

5 2

McKenny Union and Campus Life Business Plan 

Box Folder

1988-1989 

5 4

2000-2001 

5 5
Box Folder

McKenny Union Status Report 1984 

5 6

Program Analysis 1992-1995 

5 7

R.E.A.C.T Monthly Report 1991 

5 8

Student Profile 1993 

5 9

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Building and Renovations 

Box Folder

Building Report 1930-1931 

5 10

Dedication 1930-1931 

5 11

Floor Plans 


    Oversize
Graphic materials   1-2
    Box Folder
Text (32307024762123)   5 12

Box Folder

Fundraising materials 1920-1930 

5 13

Historic American Building Survey 1999 

5 14

New Union 2003 

5 15

Physical Plant 1997 

6 1

Preliminary Report 1959 

6 2

Proposed Union Building Program 1963 

6 3

Renovations and Expansions 

Box Folder

A Presentation for Union Renovation 2002 

6 4

Architects Engineers Planner 2002 

6 5

Articles on the Modern Student Union 1997 

6 6

Clippings 1992-1993 

6 7-8

College/University Experience 1993 

6 9

Correspondence 1993 

6 10

Design Concept 

Box

Graphic Package 2004 

7
Box Folder

Written Package 2003 

6 11-12
Box Folder

Dining Room Expansion 1992-1993 

6 13

Everything a Union Should Be 2003-2004 


    Box
Text (32307024761661)   7
    Box Folder
Text (32307024762370)   6 14

Facilities Plan 1990 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024761380)   8 1
    Box Folder
Text (32307024762370)   6 15

Box Folder

Increasing Seating 1994 

8 2

Interview with JM Olson/DSA Team June 24, 2003 

8 3
Box

Outstanding Achievement Award 1994 

9
Box Folder

Photographs 

8 4

Preliminary Program Document May 8, 2002 

8 5-6

Pre-Qualification Documents for the Team of SG Construction Services & Ghafari Associates 2003 

8 7

Program Document Executive Summary 2002 

8 8

Programmatic Statement for McKenny Union 2002 

10 1
Box

Proposal for McKenny Union 2003 

11
Box Folder

Proposed Mall Option 1987 

10 2

Reassignment Design Build Kick Off July 29,2003 

10 3

Renovation/Expansion Facts 1991 

10 4

Renovation/Expansion Needs Assessment April 8, 2002 

10 5

Renovation Seminars 1990 

10 6

Request for Qualifications- Design/Build Services New Student Union Facility, Mckenny Union Renovation 

10 7-8
Box Folder

Barton Malow Team 2003 

10 7

Burt Hill Kosar Rittleman Association 2003 

10 8

Christian Company Feb. 28, 2003 

10 9

Granger Construction Company 2003 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024761406)   12 1
    Box Folder
Text (32307024761398)   10 10

Box Folder

Harley Ellis Feb. 28, 2003 

12 2

Jickiling, Lyman, Powell Associates Feb. 28, 2003 

12 3

Jim Olson Corporation with DSA Architects Planners Feb. 28, 2003 

12 4

Turner Construction Company June 24, 2003 

12 5

Revitalization Monthly Report August 1991 

12 6

Room Finishes 1993 

12 7

Schematic Design Phase 

Box Folder

August 1988 

12 8-9

Estimate July 1, 1991 

13 1

Supplement April 30, 1991 

13 2-3

TMP Associates 

Box Folder

August 1988 

13 4

October 30, 1995 

13 5

 1988 

13 6
Box Folder

Selection Committee, Barton Malow Design Team February 11, 2002 

13 7

1996 

15 2-3

Space Utilization and Condition Study 1986 

13 8

Student Union Facility and Site Evaluation 

Box Folder

Harely Ellis January 22,2002 

13 9

Integrated Design Solutions January 22, 2002  

13 10

MHTN Architects/Hamilton Anderson January 22, 2002  

14 1

WTW Architects January 22, 2002 

14 2
Box Folder

Windows March 2, 1992 

14 3

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Conferences and Trainings 

Box Folder

Campus Conference on Academic Assessment December 3, 1993 

14 4

Conferences Annual Report 1981 

14 5

Conference Held in the Building 1933-1988 

14 6

Dealing with Difficult Issues at Freshman Orientation- NODA Conference 1990 

14 7

DSA Programming Workshop 1990 

14 8

Girls and Women Conference March 26, 1997 

14 9

Leadership Conference 

Box Folder

1985 

14 10

1992 

14 1.132307024761422E15

1994 

14 12

1995 

15 1

1997 

15 4

1998 

15 5

1999 

15 6
Box Folder

Leadership Development Workshop Series 1995 

15 7

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators 1993 

15 8

National Conference on Student Retention 1990 

15 9

Parent Workshop 

15 10

Personality Type Training 1994 

15 11

Promoting Sexual Health in Campus Communities February 25, 1992 

16 1

Red Cross Training 2000 

16 2

Residence Assistant Seminar 1987 

16 3

Young African American Professional Leadership Conference February 24, 1995 

16 4

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Events 

Box Folder

ACUI Annual Regional Concert September 1993 

16 5

AmeriCorps Dinner and Basketball Game February 1995  

16 6

Annual Student Art Show 2005 

16 7

Annual Thanksgiving Buffet 2004 

16 8

Campus Life Council Orientation and Training 1996 

16 9

Campus Life Council Retreat January 2003 

16 10

Computer Center Grand Opening 2002 

16 11

Costumer Service Awareness Week 1999 

16 12

Drama/Theatre Performance Studies Retreat May 1987 

16 13

Earth Day 1990 

16 14

EMU Leadership Day 1988 

16 15

Event Logistics and Planning 

Box Folder

Annual Revenue Reports 1996 

16 16

Billing Procedures for University Conferences and Events March 10, 1995 

16 17

Calendar of Events June 20, 1995 

16 18

Catering Menus September 2000 

16 19

Conference and Event Information January 20, 1997 

16 20

Custodial 1996-1997 

17 1

Customer Confirmation Policies and Procedures March 3, 1998 

17 2

Event Planning Office Space Confirmation Forms April 2005 

17 3

Hoyt/McKenny Room Rental and Catering 1990-1991 

17 4

McKenny Space Usage January 1995 

17 5

Rental Space Information December 1991 

17 6

Reservations May 1995 

17 7

Wedding Reports April 1996 

17 8

Weekly Events Calender September 9, 1996 

17 9
Box Folder

Faculty Orientation July 19, 1993 

17 10

Fall Start Up 

Box Folder

1993 

17 11

Reports 1993-1994 

17 12
Box Folder

First Week Fling 1989-1992 

17 13

Founders Day Breakfast and Awards Program March 30, 2000 

17 14

Freshman Year Decisions for Life August 31, 1991 

17 15

FUNTRUST 

Box Folder

1992 

17 16

1993 

17 17

1994 

17 18

Orientation, Group Leader Handbook 1992 

17 19
Box Folder

Graduation Fair 1998 

17 20

Group Leader Training 

Box Folder

1996 

17 21

1999 

17 22
Box Folder

Higher Education Week 1990-1991 

17 23

Hispanic Heritage Month 1991 

18 1

Homecoming 

Box Folder

1992 

18 2

1996 

18 3

1999 

18 4

2000 

18 5
Box Folder

IMAGES in the Human Experience 1992-1993 

18 6

Intercollegiate Believers Ball 2002 

18 7

Kwanza 

18 8

LeaderShape 

Box
18
Folder
9
Box Folder

General 2001 

18 9

Photographs 2001-2002 

18 10-11

Leadership Summit 1997 

18 12

Learn and Serve 1997 

18 13

Lectures 1999 

18 14

Major Concerts on Campus 1978 

18 15

McKenny Union Grand Opening 

19 1

Native American Pow Wow 1991 

19 2

Orientation 2003 

19 3

President Clinton Visits 1996 

19 4

Q-Summit 2000 

19 5

Spectrum Lecture Series 1997 

19 6

Student Leadership Institute 

Box
19
Folder
7
Box Folder

1992 

19 8

1994 

19 9

Student Organization Center Grand Opening 2000 

19 10

Summere Institute 1996 

19 11

Swooper Weekends 1995 

19 12

Tome Yamaj 1994 

19 13

Tri-Pride 1997-1998 

19 14

Volunteer Appreciate Reception 1996 

19 15

Writers Living and Alive Series 

19 16

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Publicity and Outreach 

Box Folder

Advocacy Brochures 1927 

19 17

Brochures and Flyers 1995-1996 

20 1-2

Clippings 1930-2010 

20 3-5

Department Newsletter 1994 

20 6

Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations Plan 1989 

20 7

Marketing Programs 1994 

20 8

New Releases 1987-1996 

20 9

Parent Handbook 1994-1995 

20 10

Programs 1982 

20 11-12

Staff Handbook 1999-2000 

20 13

Surveys 1997 

20 14

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Student Organizations 

Box Folder

Admission Procedures for Student Organizations Oct. 8,1991 

20 15

Allocation Application for Student Organizations 2004 

20 16

Campus Life Council 1993-1994 

20 17

Campus Peer Program 1994 

20 18

EMU Volunteers 1990 

20 19

Hillel 1991 

20 20

NAACP EMU Chapter 1998 

20 21

Policy Governing University Recognition and Conduct of Greek Letter Social Organization July 24, 1991 

20 23

Revoked Organizations 

Box Folder

Academic Digital Designers 2002 

20 24

African Student Association 2001 

20 25

Campus Crusade for Christ 2000 

20 26

Campus Life Liaison 2001 

20 27

Circle K International 2003 

20 28

Japanese Student Association 2000 

20 29

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity 2000 

20 30

Kappa Delta Pi 2000 

20 31

One Day Events 2000-2001 

20 32

Organization for African Cultural Diaspora in Children 2000 

20 33

Out Standing Keys 2002 

20 34

Pi Psi Fraternity 2002 

20 35

Psi Chi (Psychology Honors Program) March 12, 2002 

20 36

Queer Summit Planning Comm. April 14, 2000 

20 37

Showtime Marching Band 2000 

20 38

Student Ambassadors August 15,2000 

20 39
Box Folder

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority 2004 

20 40

Student Government 

Box Folder

Agendas July 20, 2002 

20 41

Agendas and Minutes 2000 

20 42-43

Bills and Resolutions 2002 

20 45-46

Budget 2001-2002 

20 47-48

Business and Finance Committee 2001 

20 49

Bylaws 2001 

20 50

Committees 2002 

20 51

Correspondence July 17, 1992 

20 51

Documents 1997-2001 

21 1-2

Eastern Echo Articles about Student Government 1993-1994 

21 3

Election Commission April 10, 2001 

21 4

Election Tabulation 2003 

21 5

Financial Reports 2000-2001 

21 6

General 2002-2004 

21 7

Meeting Minutes 2002-2003 

21 8

President 2002 

21 9

President's Book 1984 

21 10

Resignations 2002 

21 11

Webpage 

21 12

Winter Term 2004 

21 13
Box Folder

Student Organization Center Office Selection Guidelines 

21 14

Student Organization Handbook 1999-2000 

21 15

Student Organization Mandatory Meetings 2001 

21 16

Student Organization Office Space 1998 

21 17

Student Organization Resource Center 

21 18

United States Student Association March 1990 

21 19

VISION 1993 

21 20

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Visual Materials 

Object

Drawings 

1
Oversize Folder

Drawings 

3 1

Photographs 

Box Folder

Campus Life Student and Staff mid 1990's 

21 22

Orientation late 1990's 

21 23

Unidentified 

21 24

Scrapbooks 1931-1992 


    Box
Text (32307024761646)   23
    Box
Text (32307024761638)   22

Box Folder

Slides 1991-1993 

21 25

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