Homecoming collection
04.H

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Title
Homecoming collection
ID
04.H
Date [inclusive]
1930-2016
Extent
11.4 Linear feet 2 record center cartons, 1 archive box, 2 oversize folders, 26 objects
Language
English
Abstract
The Homecoming collection documents the homecoming activities held at Eastern Michigan University. Materials are arranged chronologically beginning in 1930-2016, the collection includes programs, newspaper clippings, and realia from homecoming. There are no materials from the earliest homecomings, 1920-1929. The  Memorabilia series in comprised of t-shirts, buttons, cups, and stickers.

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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Historical Note

Homecoming, a major campus event in the fall at Eastern Michigan University dates back to around 1920. During the early years, Homecoming was called Gala Day, and was staged as the climax of a series of Men’s Union activities in connection with football. It featured a parade with floats, a bonfire, and a dance. By 1922, Gala Day had become an annual affair and was growing in importance. The title of homecoming was coined for these festivities starting in 1923. In 1927, a Campus Night was added to the festivities, where the football team and coaches held a dinner. Over the years alumni began to have class reunions during homecoming. In 1948 the first Homecoming King and Queen were elected.

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Scope and Contents note

The Homecoming collection contains programs, fliers, t-shirts, and newspaper clippings of the homecoming activities at Eastern Michigan University. Records span from 1930, when Eastern Michigan University was known as Michigan State Normal College, until 2016. Files in the collection are arranged chronologically, with one series for  Memorabilia. This series includes t-shirts and cups from Homecoming. The  Memorabilia series contains a “Flashback” homecoming cup, and a “Motown” cup, magnet, and t-shirt.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2011 December 9

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

Revision Description

 Addition of memorabilia. 2017 June 19

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 materials related to Homecoming can be found in the Eastern Echo photographic negative collection and the records of the Alumni Relations office.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Michigan State Normal College.

Subject(s)

  • Alumni and Alumnae
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Homecoming
  • Michigan State Normal College
  • Students

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Undated 

1 1

 1930-1982 

1 2-12

Homecoming planning materials 1983-1989 

1 13

 1983-2011 


    Box Folder
Text (32307023991798)   2 1-4
    Box Folder
Text (32307023991780)   1 14-38

Box Folder

95th Homecoming Guide to Events October 4-10, 2015 

2 5

Memorabilia   2.5 Linear feet

T-shirts 

Box Folder

Homecoming T-shirt September 26-28, 1986 

3 1

E-Motion! Homecoming T-shirt 1995 

3 2

"The Great Green Thing" Homecoming T-shirt October 26, 1996 

3 3

"A Family Affair" Homecoming T-shirt 1997 

3 4

"Ready, Set, GO Green!" Homecoming T-shirt 1998 

3 5

"Come Back to the Future" Homecoming T-shirt 1999 

3 6

"Ride the Tide" Homecoming T-shirt 2000 

3 7

"Flashback" Homecoming T-Shirt 2007 

3 8

"Ho-down" Homecoming T-shirt 2008 

General note

There are two t-shirts in sleve.

3 9

"Motown" T-Shirt 2009 

3 10

"I am TruEMU" T-Shirt 2011 

3 11

"Code Green" 95th Homecoming T-Shirt 2015 

3 12

"Paint the Town Green" 96th Homecoming T-Shirt 2016 

3 13

Buttons 

Object

"That Was The Time That Was" Button with White Ribbon October 11-17, 1964 

7

"Fantasy...Alive In '65" homecoming button October 17-23, 1965 

15

"The Nifty 50" homecoming button with ribbon October 16-22, 1966 

16

"May the Sound Be With You" homecoming button 1980 

17

"Jazz It Up" homecoming button 1984 

26

"Hurons" homecoming button October 19, 1991 

18

"EMU Homecoming" button 1992 

19

"EMU Homecoming" button No Date 

20

"E MOTION" homecoming button 1995 

21

"Ready, Set, GO Green!" homecoming button 1998 

22

"Ride the Tide" homecoming button 2000 

23

EMU "E GO Green" homecoming button 2001 

24

EMU "E GO Green" homecoming button 2003 

25
Box Folder

Passport to Worldfest 1985 

3 14

"Come back to the Future" homecoming and Family Day October 9, 1999 

3 15

"Flashback" homecoming magent 2007 

3 16

"Flashback" homecoming sticker 2007 

3 16

"Flashback" homecoming tattoo 2007 

3 16

"Ho-down" homecoming magnet 2008 

3 17

"Ho-down" homecoming sticker 2008 

3 17

"Ho-down" homecoming tattoo 2008 

3 17

"Ho-down" homecoming hankerchif 2008 

3 17

"Motown" homecoming magnet 2009 

3 18

Homecoming magnet 2010 

3 19

"United We Swoop!" homecoming window sticker 2010 

3 19

Homecoming magnet 2012 

3 20

Homecoming sticker 2012 

3 20
Object

Cup "Flashback" 2007 

1

"Ho-down" homecoming cup 2008 

2

"Motown" Homecoming cup 2009 

3

Homecoming cup 2010 

4

I am TRUEMU Sunglasses 2011 

5

Dark Green and White Pom-pom 2011 

6

Megaphone 2011 

8

"Flashback" homecoming megaphone October 27, 2007 

9

"Ho-down" megaphone September 27, 2008 

10

"Motown" megaphone 2009 

11

"Motown" megaphone 2009 

12

White "Motown" homecoming football 2009 

13

Green homecoming football 2010 

14
Oversize Object

Eastern Homecoming pennant 2010 

1 1

Eastern Homecoming pennant, Motown Theme 2009 

1 2-3

Homecoming Posters October 

2 1-11

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