Residence Hall Scrapbooks

Summary Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives
Residence Hall Scrapbooks
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1940-1971
Date [inclusive]
11.4 Linear feet 10 oversize boxes, 1 archives box
General Physical Description note
XXX require refoldering, rehousing, and/or major preservation, conservation concerns.
The Residence Hall Scrapbooks document the lives and activities of residents living in Brown, Buell, Downing, Goodison, and King Halls. Each of these residence halls were named after some of Michigan State Normal College's influential faculty members. The scrapbooks date 1940-1995, with the bulk of information from 1940-1971.

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

Brown Residence Hall was constructed in 1949 and was named for  James M. "Bingo" Brown. Brown was born in 1892. He served as Michigan State Normal College's as an assistant professor of physical education from 1923- 1927. From 1927 until his retirement in in 1962 Brown was the school's Dean of Men. Brown died in 1965.

Buell Residence Hall was dedicated on 1958 March 15. The building was named for  Bertha G. Buell, born in 1874 in Decatur Michigan. Buell graduated from Michigan State Normal School in 1893, and went on to further her education at the University of Michigan and Radcliffe College. Buell was a member of the History Department at Michigan State Normal College from 1899-1937, and was the Dean of Women during the summer of 1917. During her time at MSNC, Buell organized the first League of Women Voters on campus in 1920. Her organization served as the model for college campuses across the country. Buell retired with professor status in 1937. She died in 1951.

Downing Residence Hall was constructed in 1957. The building was named for former professor of English,  E. Estelle Downing. Downing was born in Romulus, Michigan and was educated by several institutions of higher learning including Olivet College, Michigan State Normal School, University of California, and the University of Michigan. Downing was appointed to the English Department soon after she completed her schooling at MSNS where she taught from 1898-1938. She was an active and energetic professor and member of the Ypsilanti community. Downing died in 1950.

Goodison Residence Hall was built at the same time as King Hall in 1939. The building's main function was a women's dormitory. Goodison Hall was named for  Bertha Goodison. Goodison was born in Ypsilanti in 1868. She attended the Detroit School of Arts from 1890-1892, Michigan State Normal School from 1892-1894 and also spent time studying at Harvard University, Columbia University. Goodison also spent time completing studio work in Paris and Florence. She held several positions in Michigan Public Schools including Perceptress and Supervisor of Drawing. In 1900, she became an instructor in the Art Department at Michigan State Normal School. Goodison taught in the Art Department until until 1937, and served as head of the department from 1918-1937. Goodison died in 1937.

King Residence Hall was the first dormitory for women on Michigan State Normal College campus. It was constructed in 1939 and was named for  Julia Anne King. King was born in 1838 in Milan, Michigan. She attended Michigan State Normal School and graduated in 1858. King taught in several school districts and college around the state of Michigan before returning to Michigan State Normal School in 1881 as the school's Dean of Women. She also served as the first head of the History and Social Science Department until her retirement in 1914. After retiring King was named professor emeritus and would often give lectures on campus about her favorite subjects. King died 1919 May 5.

Sellers Residence Hall was constructed in 1966. The building is named after  John A. Sellers. Sellers was born 1896 August 23 in Fostoria, Ohio. Sellers was educated in the field of chemistry from Manchester College and the University of Illinois. Prior to earning his Ph.D. in Chemistry, Sellers was a teacher in rural schools in Ohio and school principal in Indiana. He became an associate professor of chemistry at Michigan State Normal College in 1929, and in 1948 he became professor of chemistry, position held until he became head of the department. He remained head of the department until his untimely death in 1961.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2014 January 20

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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Controlled Access Headings


  • College campuses
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Residential Life
  • University women

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Collection Inventory


Box Object


1 1


1 2

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Buell 1958-1961 


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Downing 1966-1971 

3 1
Box Folder

Downing, Goodison & King 1940-1950 

10 1-2

Goodison 1952-1954 


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Box Object


4 1


9 1


5 1


6 1


7 1

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Box Object

Sellers 1994-1995 

11 1