Edwin Atson Strong papers
010.EAS

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Creator
Strong, Edwin Atson
Title
Edwin Atson Strong papers
ID
010.EAS
Date [inclusive]
1861-1919
Extent
0.8 Linear feet 2 archive boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Dr. Edwin Atson Strong was the head of the Physics Department at Michigan State Normal College from 1885 to 1916. His papers include research materials and notes, course materials, photographs, and materials regarding his legacy on campus. The materials are dated approximately 1885 to 1919.

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Biographical note

Dr. Edwin Aston Strong was born in Ostico, New York on January 3, 1834. After completing an A.B. in 1858 and an A.M. in 1862 at Union College, Dr. Strong relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where in 1861 he was appointed principal of the "Stone High School," on the present site of the Junior High School. From 1862 to 1872 he held the position of superintendent of the Grand Rapids schools. In 1872 he was named head of the department of science in the Oswego Normal School in New York, a post he held for two years. He returned to Grand Rapids in 1873 as the principal of the high school, where he remained until 1885, when he became the head of the Physics Department of the Michigan State Normal College.

In addition to his teaching career, Dr. Strong served as curator of the Kent Museum for 18 years and explored the Indian mounds of the Grand River Valley area; he was a member of the state board of health in 1880. Dr. Strong was a charter member of the Michigan Academy of Science, and served as vice president of the National Educational Association for three terms, and served as president of the Michigan State Teachers Association and the Schoolmasters club of the Michigan Association of High School principals.

In 1916 Dr. Strong tendered his resignation due to poor health and was made Professor Emeritus of Physical Sciences.

Dr. Strong passed away in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 3, 1920.

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Scope and Contents

Dr. Edwin Atson Strong was the head of the Physics Department at Michigan State Normal College from 1885 to 1916. His papers include research materials and notes, course materials, photographs, and materials regarding his legacy on campus. The  Edwin Atson Strong papers have been divided into two series:  Writing and Speeches and  Legacy.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 September 12

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

Revision Description

 Addition of Class Notes from 1861-1891 2017 December 21

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

Corporate Name(s)

  • Atwater Kent Museum.
  • Michigan Academy of Science.
  • Michigan Education Association.
  • National Educational Association (U.S.).
  • Union College (Cranford, N.J.).

Subject(s)

  • Astronomy
  • Grand Rapids (Mich.)
  • Michigan State Normal College
  • Physics
  • Professor

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Collection Inventory

Writing and Speeches 1885-1908 

Box Folder

"Arithmetical Teaching" essay 1885 

1 1

Correspondence 1886-1905 

1 2

Astronomy notes, no.3 1893 

1 3

Transit Book, no.6 1895 

1 4

Transit Book, no.7 1905 

1 5

Transit Book, no.8 1906 

1 6

Notes for an Elementary Course in Astronomy 1908 

1 7

Teaching materials 

1 8

Class Notes 1861-1891 

2 1-8

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Legacy 1904-1962 

Box Folder

Obituary 1904 

1 9

Memorials and Dedications 1913-1962 

1 10

"In Memoriam" book 1920 

1 11

Photos 

1 12

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