Charles McKenny papers
02.CM

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Creator
McKenny, Charles, President Eastern Michigan College
Title
Charles McKenny papers
ID
02.CM
Date [inclusive]
1912-1933
Extent
0.8 Linear feet 2 archive boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The Charles McKenny papers document the 12th president of Michigan State Normal College, who served from 1912 to 1933. McKenny Hall, named in honor of Charles McKenny, was dedicated in 1931 as the student union, and while it still bears the name it is now used for classroom instruction and administrative and program offices. The Charles McKenny papers include McKenny building dedication programs, press clippings, letters of condolence following McKenny's death, correspondence, CVs, genealogy papers, materials regarding McKenny's changes to the housing rules, office files, and copies of the MSNC songbook dedicated to McKenny.

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Biographical Note

Charles McKenny was born on September 15, 1860 in Dimondale, Michigan; he was educated at Michigan Agricultural College, receiving his B.S. in 1881, and also received a B.A. and Masters from Olivet College in 1889 and 1892, respectively. McKenny taught throughout Michigan from 1882 through 1887, and served as a professor at Olivet College 1895-6. He served as the principal of Central State Normal School (later Central Michigan University) in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, from 1896-1900, and president of State Normal School Milwaukee from 1900 through 1912. Finally, McKenny was appointed President of Michigan State Normal College in 1912, a position he held through 1933. McKenny died on September 23, 1933 at his home in Ypsilanti.

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Scope and Contents

Charles McKenny was the 12th president of Michigan State Normal College, serving from 1912 to 1933. McKenny Hall, named in honor of Charles McKenny, was dedicated in 1931 as the student union and while it still bears the name it is now used for classroom instruction and administrative and program offices.

The Charles McKenny papers include the following files: researcher biographies, building dedication programs, materials regarding a bust of McKenny, press clippings, letters of condolence following McKenny's death, correspondence, CVs, genealogy papers, materials regarding McKenny's changes to the housing rules, office files, publications, including books and poetry, and copies of the MSNC songbook, dedicated to McKenny.

It does not include extensive documentation from the office of the president, e.g. correspondence, meeting minutes, memorandum, or major policy documents.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2013 March 1

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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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

For more information on Charles McKenny, please see the Biographical and Photograph files in the University Archives; see also the Presidential Correspondence records. For more information regarding the Charles McKenny Union building, please see the  Charles McKenny Union records.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • College presidents
  • Michigan State Normal College

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Biographies 

1 1

Building Dedication Program 1931 October 24 

1 2

Bust of McKenny 1934 

1 3

Clippings 1899-1990 

1 4

Condolences 1933 

1 5

Correspondence 1922-1957 

1 6

Curriculum Vitae 

1 7

Genealogy 

1 8

Housing Rules 1912 

1 9

Office Files 

1 10-11

The Personality of the Teacher 1910 

1 12

Programs, Booklets, Membership cards 

2 1

Poetry 

2 2-5

Songs of Michigan State Normal College, dedicated to McKenny 1925 

2 6-7