John M. Munson papers
02.JM

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Creator
Munson, John M.
Title
John M. Munson papers
ID
02.JM
Date [inclusive]
1904-1950
Extent
8.4 Linear feet 8 record center cartons, 1 archive box
Language
English
Abstract
John M. Munson was the thirteenth president of Michigan State Normal College, serving from 1933 through 1948. The John M. Munson papers include both personal materials, as well as files from the Office of the President, from approximately 1904 through 1950.

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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Biographical Note

John Maurice Munson was born on February 19, 1878 in Kane, Pennsylvania. At age 13, Munson left home for Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where he worked as a millhand and lumberjack; he also attended night school and eventually taught in village schools. Munson attended the Ferris Institute in Big Rapids, Michigan, and received his B.A. from Michigan State Normal College in 1903. He received his Ph.B. from the University of Chicago via correspondence, completing his degree in 1911.

Between 1903 and 1933, Munson served as a public school teacher, public school superintendent, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, Director of the Training School of the Central Michigan State Normal College in Mount Pleasant (1919-1923), and President of the Northern Michigan State Normal College in Marquette (1923-1933). While a student at the Ferris Institute, he drew the attention of W.N. Ferris, later the Governor of Michigan, who nominated Munson for many of these appointments and supported him throughout his career.

On May 8, 1933, Munson was named president of Michigan State Normal College by the State Board of Education, a position he held for fifteen years until 1948. Munson died on June 22, 1950.

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Scope and Contents

John M. Munson was the thirteenth president of Michigan State Normal College, serving from 1933 through 1948. His papers include both personal materials, as well as files from the Office of the President, from approximately 1904 through 1950.

The John M. Munson papers have been divided into the following series:  Correspondence,  Subject Files,  Publishing and Writing, and  Personal Materials. The Correspondence series has been subdivided into subseries that reflect arrangement, by date and by subject and/or correspondent. The Subject Files series have been arranged alphabetically. Publishing and Writing includes books, articles, and course notes. The Personal Materials series is composed largely of materials donated separately from the Office of the President files, including clippings, awards and honors, coursework, and biographical materials.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2013 February 14

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 John M. Munson, please see the Biographical and Photograph files in the University Archives; see also the Presidential Correspondence records.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Administration
  • Administrations
  • College administrators
  • College presidents
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Michigan State Normal College

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence 1904-1950 

By Date 1904-1950 

Box Folder

 1904-1912 

1 1

 1913 

1 2

 1914 

1 3

 1915 

1 4

 1916 

1 5

 1917 

1 6

 1918 

1 7

 1919 

1 8

 1920 

1 9

 1921 

1 10

 1922 

1 11

 1923 

1 12

 1924 

Box
1
Folder
13

 1925 

1 14

 1926 

1 15

 1927 

1 16

 1928 

1 17

 1929 

1 18

 1930 

1 19

 1931 

1 20

 1932 

1 21

 1933 

1 22

 1934 

1 23

 1935 

1 24

 1936 

1 25

 1937 

1 26

 1938 

1 27

 1939 

1 28

 1940 

1 29

 1941 

1 30

 1942 

1 31

 1943 

1 32

 1944 

1 33

 1945 

1 34

 1946 

1 35

 1947 

1 36

 1948 

1 37

 1949 

1 38

 1950 

1 39

By Subject/Correspondent 1923-1948 

Box Folder

Inspection of State Teachers Colleges at Moorhead, River Falls, St. Cloud, Aberdeen 

2 1

President J. H. Ames, State Teachers College, River Falls, WI 

2 2

President D.A. Anderson, State Teachers College, Aberdeen, SD 

2 3

President R.B. MacLean, State Teachers College, Moorhead, MN 

2 4

H.D. Lee 

2 5

Materials for a paper on Salaries 

2 6

Statistics and Materials on Administration 

2 7

Enrollment Statistics for MSNC 

2 8

Materials for Central Normal's budget in the Michigan Legislature 

2 9

Ypsilanti Training Center 

2 10

Essays, Articles, and Speeches 

2 11

University of Chicago Correspondence Course 1930 

2 12

Moderator Topics 

2 13

Moderator Topics, Michigan Education Journal 

2 14

President G.A. Selke, State Teachers College, St. Cloud, MN 

2 15

James H. Kaye, former President of Northern State Teachers College, Marquette, MI 

2 16

Geneva Anderson 

2 17

Ethel Carey 1934-1938 

2 18

Eldora Anderson 1934 

2 19

Edna B. Menerey 1923-1929 

2 20

Lauretta and Madeline Anderson 1928-1933 

2 21

Samuel Welch 1926-1932 

2 22

M.T. Young 1929-1932 

2 23

Mildred and Ward Bonnell 1934-1942 

2 24

Emma Erickson 1934-1935 

2 25

Lauretta Miller 1934-1944 

2 26

R. Clyde Ford 1933 

2 27

Freda Quayle 

2 28

Mrs. Homer Davison 1941-1945 

2 29

Oliver Magnuson 1928-1943 

2 30

Madeline Davis 1934-1938 

2 31

Marion Andreen 1934-1938 

2 32

Joseph Schnitzler 1922-1941 

2 33-35

Miscellaneous 

2 36-37

Personal 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009261661)   8 42
    Box Folder
Text (32307024757214)   9 3

Box Folder

Letters of Congratulations 

8 43

Retirement Letters 1948 

9 4

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Subject Files 1923-1942 

Box Folder

Adult Education 

2 38

Advisors 

2 39

Advisors - Freshmen 

2 40

Agriculture 

2 41

Alexander, Frederick 

2 42

Allison, Clara Janet 

2 43

Alumni Association 

2 44

Alumni Day 

2 45

American Schoolmaster 

2 46

Ann Arbor Trust Company 

2 47

Andrews, Elsie 

Box
2
Folder
48

Anspach, Charles 

2 49

Athletic Department 

2 50

Athletics 

2 51

Athletics, Intramural 

2 52

Barnes, Ruth 

2 53

Barnhill, John F. 

2 54

Bauch, Estelle 

3 1

Beal, Fannie 

3 2

Best, Martha 

3 3

Better Teaching 

3 4

Blackboards 

3 5

Blackenburg, Howard 

3 6

Blough, Helen Dolman 

3 7

Board of Control of Athletics 1933-1942 

3 8-10

Board of Commerce 1935-1942 

3 11

Botany and Zoology 

3 12

Boyce, David R. 

3 13

Briggs Field House 

3 14

Brown, James M. Bingo 

3 15

Brucker, Wilbur M. 

3 16

Buell, Bertha G. 

3 17

Buildings 

3 18-19

Burton, Fannie 

3 20

Campus Series 

3 21

Catalog 

3 22

Central State Teachers College reports 

3 23

Chairs 

3 24

Chemistry 

3 25

China and Kitchen Ware 

3 26

Cigarettes 

3 27

Civil Aeronautic Authority 

3 28

Civil Aeronautic Program 

3 29

Civil Service 1936-1940 

3 30

Classification Day Material 

3 31

Cleary College 

3 32

Cody, Frank - Superintendent of Schools 

3 33

Coffey, Wilford L. 

3 34

Commencement 

3 35

Commercial 

3 36

Commercial Curriculum 

3 37

Committee Assignments 

3 38

Community Fund 

3 39

Community Resources 

3 40

Comstock, W.A. - Governor of Michigan 

3 41

Conservation Course at Pigeon River Camp 

3 42

Co-Operative Book Store 

3 43

Council of State Institutions of Higher Education 

3 44

Critic 

3 45-46

Croll, Henry - Budget Director State of Michigan 

3 47

Dean of Administration 

3 48

Dean of Women 

3 49

Dean of Women and Assistant Deans 

3 50

Dietitian - Applicants for Position 

3 51

Director of Teacher Training 

3 52

Dormitories 

Box Folder

Dormitories and Resident Houses 

3 53

Dormitories - Building of 

3 54

Dormitory 

3 55

Dormitory Furniture 

3 56

Dormitory - Kitchen and Dining 

3 57

Dormitory - Miscellaneous A-H 

3 58

Dormitory - Miscellaneous H-Z 

3 59
Box Folder

Economics 

4 1

Education 

Box Folder

Education Department 

4 2

Health 

4 3

Physical 

4 4

Special 

4 5

Visual 

4 6
Box Folder

Elevators 

4 7

Elliott, Charles M. 

4 8

Employee Compensation 

4 9

English 

4 10

Enrollment 

4 11

Equipment 

4 12

Executive Council 

4 13-14

Extension Classes 

4 15

Extension Department 

4 16

Extra Legal Advisory Planning Committee - Data Statistics 

4 17-18

Faculty 

Box Folder

Certification 

4 19

Data - Terms of Service 

4 20

Exchange Positions 

4 21

Insurance For 

4 22

New Members of 

4 23

Notices to 

4 24

Organizations and Data Concerning 

4 25

Resignations 

4 26

Resolutions 

4 27

Taking Work Here or at U of M 

4 28

Teaching Load 

4 29

Vacancies 

4 30
Box Folder

Federal Arts Project 

4 31

Fees, Student Activity 

4 32

Ferris Institute 

4 33

Field, Anna 

4 34

Files- Steel 

4 35

Financial Advisory Service 

4 36

Financing Michigan Government - Proceedings of Conferences 

4 37

Fine Arts 

4 38-39

Ford, Clyde 

4 40

Ford, Richard 

4 41

Foreign Language Requirements 

4 42

Form Letters 

4 43

Fossenkemper, Marius E. material 

4 44

Freshmen College Credits 

4 45

Freshmen Composition 

4 46

Freshmen Days Program 

4 47

Garden Club 

4 48

Garrison, Noble - 303 Education - Principals of Teaching 

4 49

Gaylor, Leon 

4 50

Geography Position 

4 51

Geology 

4 52

Ginko Tree, Leaves of 

4 53

Girl Scouts - Transportation 

4 54

Grade Reports - Training School 

4 55

Graduate Council 

4 56

Graduate Work 

4 57

Graduate Work in Cooperation with U of M 

4 58

Graduation Blank - Application for 

4 59

Grand Rapids Teachers Club News 

4 60

Guidance Material 

4 61

Halls: McKenny, King, Goodison 

4 62

Harper, Henry 

4 63

Harrold, Charles F. 

4 64

Hartland Material 

5 1

Health Cottage 

5 2

Health Services 

5 3

Health Services Bulletin 

5 4

High School Graduate Lists 

5 5

High School Graduates (Selected) 

5 6

High School Seniors 1939 

5 7

Higher Education in Michigan 

5 8

Hillel Foundation 

5 9

Homecoming 

5 10

Home Economics 

5 11

Housing for Students 

5 12

Hughes Teachers Agency 

Box
5
Folder
13

Human Progress 

5 14

Huron Valley Improvement 

5 15

Industrial Arts 

5 16

Industrial Arts - Set-up 

5 17

Insurance, Department of - Lansing 

5 18

Insurance (Group and Hospitalization) 

5 19

Insurance -Vehicles 

5 20

Internship Plans 

5 21

Invitations- Social 

5 22

Janitor Applications 

5 23

J-Hop Committee 

5 24

Junior Colleges 

5 25

Kellogg Foundation 

5 26

Kellogg Material 

5 27

Keyworth Memorial Committee 

5 28

Kitchen Equipment Contracts 

5 29

Laboratory Schools 

5 30-31

Lambert, Fred 

5 32

Languages 

5 33-34

Laundry 

5 35

Leaves of Absence 

5 36

Legislation and Legislators 

5 37

Legislative Commission 

5 38

Legislature 1933 

5 39

Library 

5 40-41

Library Association of Michigan 

5 42

Library Service 

5 43

Light and Power, Cost of 

5 44

Light Boulevard 

5 45

Lighting, Classroom 

5 46

Lincoln School 

5 47

Linen 

5 48

Lists 

5 49

Literary Digest Poll 

5 50

Lithoprinters, University 

5 51

Locks, Locker and Steel Equipment 

5 52

McGuffey Societies 

5 53

McKenny Bust 

5 54

McKenny Hall 

5 55-56

Maintenance 

5 57

Majority Rule, History of 

5 58

Manifesto on Science 

5 59

Maps of Campus 

5 60

Mathematics 

6 1

Mechanical Workings of the Normal College 

Box Folder

Boiler, Steam Line, Heat Control Relation Equipment 

6 2-3

Buses and Trucks 

6 4

Sprinklers 

6 5

Transportation 

6 6

Trucks, Bid on 

6 7

Ventilating System - McKenny Hall 

6 8

Water Softeners - McKenny Hall 

6 9
Box Folder

Michigan Advisory Commission on Education, Minutes 

6 10

Michigan Association of North Central Colleges 

6 11

Michigan College of Mining and Technology Reports 

6 12

Michigan Constitution League 

6 13

Michigan Council on Education 

6 14-16

Michigan Country Life Association 

6 17

Michigan Curriculum Program 

6 18

Michigan Education Association 

Box Folder

Committee on Articulation 

6 19

Correspondence 

6 20-21

Meetings 1936 

6 22

Resolutions Committee and Miscellaneous 

6 23-24
Box Folder

Michigan Education Directory 

6 25

Michigan Education Journal 

6 26

Michigan Rural Teacher's Association 

6 27

Michigan Society for Crippled Children 

6 28

Michigan Society for Mental Hygiene 

6 29

Michigan State College - Data from Registrar's Office 

6 30

Michigan State College Reports 

6 31

Michigan State Historical Society 

6 32

Michigan State Industries 

6 33

Michigan State Institutional Engineer's Organization 

6 34

Michigan State Normal College Reports 

6 35

Michigan Tradesman 

6 36

Mineral Well 

6 37

Moore, Senator Andrew L. - Committee Correspondence 

6 38

Moore, Senator Andrew L. - Committee Reports 

6 39

Music 

6 40

National Education Association 

6 41

National Educational Projects 

6 42

National Emergency Council 

6 43

National Japanese American Student Relocation Council 

6 44

National Youth Administration 

6 45

New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools 

6 46

News Articles 

6 47

Normal News 

6 48

Normal School - 1st on Western Continent, Concord, Vermont 1923 

6 49

North Central Association 1935 

Box Folder

Executive Committee Minutes 

7 1

Report 1935 

7 2

See also New England Assoc. of Colleges and Schools 

7 3-4

vs. North Dakota 

7 5
Box Folder

Northern Normal and Industrial School - Aberdeen, North Dakota 

7 6

Northern State Teachers College 

7 7

Northern State Teachers College Reports 

7 8

Nurseries Willow Run 

7 9

Occupational Therapy 

7 10

Office 

7 11

Ophthalmologists 

7 12

Oratory and Debating 

7 13

P- Correspondence 

7 14-15

Paint and Oil 

7 16

Painting 

7 17

Pearce, Webster - Superintendent of Michigan Dept. of Public Instruction 

7 18-19

Personnel 

7 20

Physical Education - Receipts and Expenditures 1936-1937 

7 21

Physics 

7 22

Phi Kappa Delta 

7 23

Pianos and Organs 

7 24

Pierce Hall 

7 25

Pierce, John D. 

7 26

Pittman, Marvin S. 

7 27

Placement Bureau 

7 28

Placement Report 

7 29-30

Planning Commission- Michigan State Board of Education 

7 31

Postmaster 

7 32

Powers, Duties, Regulations - Michigan State Board of Education 

7 33

Practice Teaching Regulations 

7 34

Pre-Classification 

7 35

President's Reception 1933 

7 36

Presidents: Sangren, Pearce, Warriner, Anspach 

7 37

President's Traveling Expenses 

7 38

Printing and Booklets 

7 39

Progressive Education Association 

7 40

Psychological Examinations 

7 41

Psychology 

7 42

Public Education in Michigan 

7 43

Questionnaires 

7 44-45

Rackham School Dedication 

8 1

Raymond, Samuel W. - Michigan Senator 

8 2

Red Cross, American 

8 3

Refrigeration Contracts 

8 4

Regional Conference - Great Lakes 

8 5

Repairs and Work Completed 

8 6

Reports to National Re-Employment Service 

8 7

Research Bulletins 

8 8

Retirement Fund 

8 9

Rice, Arthur H. 

8 10

Rice, John A. 

8 11

Riverside-Brookfield High School 1934 

8 12

Roads 

8 13

Roosevelt High School 

8 15

Roosevelt School Notices 

8 16

Roberts, Dimond H. - Plaque Material 

8 14

Rotary 

8 17

Rural Education 

8 18

Rural Education Conference 

8 19

Smith, Walter O. - Michigan State Board of Education 

8 20

Social Sciences and History 1939-1940 

8 21-22

Speech 

8 23

Speech Corresction Position 

8 24

Staff Resignations 

8 25

Starkweather Hall 

8 26

Student Graduation Records 

8 27

Student Withdrawals 

8 28

Students, Transfer 

8 29

Summer School 

8 30

Tables 

8 31

Tape, H.A. - Principal, Lincoln School 

8 32

Teacher's Certification 

8 33

Teacher's College Presidents, Executive Council 

8 34

University of Michigan Reports 

8 35

Western State Teachers College Reports 

8 36

Women 

8 37

YWCA - Young Women's Christian Association 

8 38

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Publishing and Writing 1928-1936 

Box Folder

Some Adverse Factors in the Status of Critic Teacher and Some Means Suggested for Improving the Situation 1928 

8 39

The Improvement of Instruction in Teachers Colleges and Normal Schools 1928 

8 40

Some Aspects of One Hundred Years of Public Higher Education in Michigan 1936 

8 55

Salary Budget, Northern State Teachers College 1929-1931 

8 41

Travel Journal 

8 51

Physics Notebook 

8 52

Physical Science Laboratory Notebook 

8 53

Science Course Notebook 

8 54

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Personal Materials 1935-1941 

Box Folder

Biographical papers 

9 1

Checkbooks 

8 44

Clippings 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009261661)   8 45
    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307024757214)   9 2

Box Folder

College Coursework 

8 46

Election Campaign Bulletins 

8 47

Honors and Honorary Degrees 

8 48

Organization Memberships 

8 49

Travel to South America 1941 

8 50

State Historical Society Centennial Souvenir program 1935 

8 56

Portrait, Mounted Plate 

9 5

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