Homecoming collection

Summary Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives
Homecoming collection
Date [inclusive]
2.4 Linear feet 2 record center cartons, 1 archive box
The Homecoming collection documents the homecoming activities held at Eastern Michigan University. Materials are arranged chronologically beginning in 1930-2011, the collection includes programs, newspaper clippings, and realia from homecoming. There are no materials from the earliest homecomings, 1920-1929. The  Memorabilia/ Realia series in comprised of t-shirts, 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 2011. Files in the collection are arranged chronologically, with one series for  Memorabilia/Realia. This series includes t-shirts and cups from Homecoming. The  Memorabilia/Realia 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

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.


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

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder


1 1


1 2-12

Homecoming planing materials 1983-1989 

1 13


    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


Box Object

Green Homecoming T-Shirt 2007 

3 1

Cup "Flashback" 2007 

3 2

White T-shirt 2008 

General note

There are two t-shirts in sleve.

3 3

Cup, Magnet, sicker, and Hankerchif 2008 

3 4

"Motown" T-Shirt 2009 

3 5

Magnet, flag, and "United we Swoop!" sticker 2010 

3 6

Megaphone, Pom Pom, and "I am TurEMU" sunglasses 2011 

3 7

"I am TruEMU" T-Shirt 2011 

3 8

"Code Green" 95th Homecoming T-Shirt 2015 

3 8

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

3 9

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

3 10

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