Roosevelt School records
07.RS

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Creator
Eastern Michigan College
Creator
Eastern Michigan University
Creator
Roosevelt School.
Title
Roosevelt School records
ID
07.RS
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1925-1969
Date [inclusive]
1910-2010
Extent
30.6 Linear feet 4 records center cartons, 2 archive boxes, 15 flat boxes, 4 flat files, 3 objects
Language
English
Abstract
The Roosevelt School records are primarily comprised of administrative files, grade reports, news clippings, publications, scrapbooks, and yearbooks. Also included are library records, and student projects. Founded as a laboratory school in 1900 on the campus of the Michigan State Normal College (known today as Eastern Michigan University), materials in the collection were generated by the Roosevelt School faculty, staff and students. The school originally housed only 9th grade students and was called Roosevelt High School. It expanding in 1925 to include instruction for grades 7-12, and when expanded to include elementary grades the name was changed to Roosevelt School. Laboratory schools, and thus Roosevelt School, were phased out by June of 1969 in accordance with 1966 legislation passed by the Michigan State Congress. The building was renovated in 1973, and is now utilized as classroom space for the University.

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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Administrative History

Michigan State Normal College (MSNC) built its first laboratory school in 1895, named for Adonijah S. Welch, Welch Hall would house the laboratory school for 25 years. Teacher training courses had previously been held in the basement of the main instructional building, referred to as Main or Old Main, Pierce Hall now sits in its place. The laboratory school was meant to house 8 grades with the initial high school program only offering class for students in the 9th grade. By the 1920s, the school was over-crowded and began to search for alternative locations. Property was allocated on campus for the site of the new laboratory school which open in 1925 as Roosevelt High School. Named for President Theodore Roosevelt, the new structure featured space for all students and expanded to include grades 7-12. Enrollment in the laboratory school rose dramatically and by 1930, there were over 400 students enrolled. Elementary grades were added to the school and the name changed to Roosevelt School.

In the 1950s, education trends began to shift away from college and university maintained laboratory schools and closure of the Roosevelt school was discussed in 1955 and again in 1961. The Education Appropriation Act was passed in the Michigan State Congress in 1966, requiring the Roosevelt School to be phased out by June 1969, ending the tradition of the laboratory school. In 1973, the Roosevelt School structure was renovated and remodeled to be utilized as classroom space for the campus of Eastern Michigan University and today, houses the departments of Military Science and Human, Environmental, and Consumer Resources.

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Scope and Contents note

The Roosevelt School records are comprised of administrative documents, audio/visual materials, and publications relating to the development, and educational activities of the laboratory school on the campus of Eastern Michigan University from its inception in 1925 to the school’s closure in 1969. The collection is arranged into five series which include Administrative Files, Audio/Visual Materials, Ephemera, Publications, and Scrapbooks.

ADMINISTRATIVE FILES include records of the activities of the school administration and faculty; development and construction of the school, student activities, organizations and projects; student grade reports and library reports; and alumni activities. AUDIO/VISUAL MATERIALS include photographs, and yearbooks of the senior high and kindergarten through fifth grade. There is an incomplete run of yearbooks, but there is almost a complete run of Senior Class Composite photographs with the exception of 1938, 1949, 1951, 1961-1963, and 1965-1969.

EPHEMERA includes National Honor Society banners, letterman sweaters, and a commemorative plaque; PUBLICATIONS include portions of Adventures in Creative Expression, Excelsior, clippings, and press releases; SCRAPBOOKS document the activities of the graduating senior high class in 15 volumes from 1910-1964.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 March 07

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

Revision Description

 Addition of ephemera materials 2014 October 15

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 about the Roosevelt School, please see the collections of Elise Andrews, Charles McKenny, Eugene Elliot, and Harold Sponberg; and the biographical files of Marvin S. Pittman, Margaret Robinson, and Paul J. Misner; for departmental relations see the College of Education records and the Library Science Division records. All of these materials are housed at the University Archives. The collection 00.MSNCSE also contains materials related to this collection in the Practice Teaching Evaluations series within the volume titled 1928-1929. It contains the evaluations of the Roosevelt School principal regarding the abilities of the student teachers placed there and also lesson plans written by these student teachers and their evaluations of the Roosevelt students.

Separated Materials note

Roosevelt School publications, Adventures in Creative Expression,  Quest, and  Rough Rider have been separated to the circulating collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Eastern Michigan University. College of Education
  • Laboratory schools
  • Michigan State Normal School
  • Roosevelt Hall

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Collection Inventory

Administrative Files 

Box Folder

Administration Policies 

1 1

Administration Reports 

1 2

Blue Print Specifications for the Normal College High School 1920 

1 13

Book Week 1940 

2 11

Books We Have Enjoyed, 5th Grade 1952 

2 6

Building Specifications 1923 

1 14

Chloe M. Todd Memorial Fund 

1 37

Christmas Book, 4th Grade 1961 

2 7

Commencement and Class Day Exercises 1922-1961 

1 41

Committee Considering Requirements for Graduation 

2 14

Correspondence 

2 24

Commencement Exercises 1890-1895 

2 68

Cumulative List of Roosevelt High School Alumni 

2 16-17

Curriculum Component 3: Roosevelt Middle School 1969 

2 10

Diploma Copy 

2 15

Directions to Critique Teachers 

2 62

Elementary School Projects 

1 45

Enrollment Forms 

1 16

Excerpts from 7th Grade Revolutionary War Unit 1964 

2 8

Faculty 

1 19

Faculty Meetings 1928-1959 

1 20-25

The Gift House: Christmas Donations 

1 35

Grade Reports 

Box Object

 1914-1918 

7 1

 1922-1925 

7 2

 1925-1927 

7 3

 1929-1930 

7 4

 1930-1931 

7 5
Box

 1932-1933 

17

 1933-1934 

17

 1934-1935 

17

 1935-1936 

17

 1936-1937 

17

 1937-1938 

17

 1938-1939 

17

 1939-1940 

17

 1940-1941 

17

 1941-1942 

16

 1942-1943 

16

 1943-1944 

16

 1944-1945 

16

 1945-1946 

16

 1946-1947 

16

 1947-1948 

16

 1948-1949 

16

 1949-1950 

16

 1950-1951 

15

 1951-1952 

15

 1952-1953 

15

 1953-1954 

15

 1954-1955 

15

 1955-1956 

15

 1956-1957 

15

 1957-1958 

15

 1958-1959 

15

 1959-1960 

15

 1960-1961 

15

 1961-1962 

14

 1962-1963 

14

 1963-1964 

14

 1964-1965 

14

 1965-1966 

14

 1966-1967 

14

 1967-1968 

14

 1968-1969 

14
Box Folder

High School Personal Records 1969 

2 60

Home Contact Reports 

1 26

Library Attendance and Circulation Records 1931-1956 

Box Folder

 1931-1936 

8 1

 1936-1944 

8 2

 1937-1942 

8 3

 1942-1948 

8 4

 1944-1957 

8 5

 1954-1957 

8 6
Box Folder

Long Lake Camp, 8th Grade 1965 

2 9

Mathematics Club 1928-1932 

2 13

Meeting of Representatives of Michigan Laboratory Schools 1940 

2 65

Middle School Personal Records 1969 

2 59

National Honor Society 1969 

1 34

National Honor Society Record Book 1927-1969 

2 61

North Central Association 

1 29

Parent-Teacher Association Minutes 

1 30

Peace Corps School Partnership Program, Tanzania 

1 36

Personnel 

2 21

Presque Isle State Forest Tract in Honor of Roosevelt High School 1930 

2 2

Professional Laboratory Experiences 1962-1963 

2 64

Programs of Roosevelt Elementary School 1920-1958 

2 1

Proposed Role and Function of Roosevelt School 1961 

1 5

Regulations Governing Observation Methods Courses 

2 5

Reunions and Alumni 

Box Folder

Alumni Association 1968 

2 47

Alumni and Faculty Reunion 1995 

2 48

Class of 1950 50th Reunion 2000 

2 50

Class of 1958 Reunion 

2 51

Class of 1960 Reunion 

2 52-53

Class of 1961 Reunion 

2 54

Class of 1969 Reunion 2009 

2 55

Reunion Programs 

2 49
Box Folder

The Roles for Roosevelt School 1962 

2 22

Roosevelt Application for Principalship 

2 19

Roosevelt Principalship 

2 20

Roosevelt School Songs 

2 18

Roosevelt Service Men: World War II 

1 32

Scholarships 

1 31

School Closing Correspondence 1961-1970 

2 25-26

Senior Student Scholastic Averages 1930-1961 

1 44

Student Activities and Programs 1926-1958 

1 42-43

Student Council Meeting Minutes 1968-1969 

1 33

Student Health Forms 

1 18

Student Teacher Personnel 1956 

2 66

Teacher Training 

1 38

Teachers to be Released and Retained 1929 

1 4

Training School Savings System 

2 67

University of Michigan Accrediting 

1 3

The Vital Role of the Campus School in Teacher Education circa 

2 23

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Box Folder

Athletics Personnel 1963-1964 

1 6

Audio/Visual Materials 1913-1960 

Athletics 

Box Folder

Basketball Photographs 1913-1954 

1 7

Baseball Photographs 1927-1934 

1 8

Football Photographs 1913-1931 

1 9

Senior Picture Supplement 1948 

2 3

Swimming Photographs 1931 

1 10

Tennis Photographs 1931-1941 

1 11

Track and Field/Cross Country 1930-1932 

1 12
Box Folder

Class of 1950 Photograph 

2 4

Roosevelt High School Fight Song 

2 56

Scrapbooks 

Box Folder

Scrapbook Clippings 1950-1953 

2 42-45
Box

Volume 1 1940-1945 

12

Volume 2 1946-1948 

18

Volume 3 1948-1949 

18

Volume 4 1950 

10

Volume 5 1911-1920 

19

Volume 6 1943-1948 

13

Volume 7 1950-1956 

18

Volume 8 1927 

10

Volume 9 1926 

13

Volume 10 1908-1910 

11

Volume 11 1971 

12

Volume 12 1932-1933 

11

Volume 13 1936 

9

Volume 14 1960-1964 

9

Volume 15 1951-1959 

19

Senior Class Composites 1926-1964 

FlatFile

 1926 

D-13

 1926-1927 

C-2

 1928 

D-13

 1929 

D-13

 1930 

D-13

 1931 

D-13

 1932 

D-13

 1933 

D-13

 1934 

D-13

 1935 

D-13

 1936 

D-13

 1937 

D-13

 1939 

D-13

 1940 

D-13

 1941 

D-13

 1942 

D-13

 1943 

D-13

 1944 

D-14

 1945 

D-14

 1946 

D-14

 1947 

D-14

 1948 

D-14

 1950 

D-14

 1952 

D-14

 1953 

D-14

 1954 

D-14

 1955 

D-14

 1956 

D-14

 1957 

D-14

 1958 

D-14

 1959 

D-14

 1960 

D-14

 1964 

D-14

Yearbooks 

Senior High School 

Box Object

 1923 

3 1-2

 1926 

3 3-4

 1928 

3 5

 1929 

3 6-7

 1930 

3 8-9

 1931 

3 10-11

 1932 

3 12-13

 1947 

3 14

 1951 

3 15-16

 1952 

3 17-18

 1953 

3 19-20

 1954 

3 21-22

 1956 

3 23-24

 1957 

3 25

 1958 

3 26-27

 1959 

3 28-29

 1960 

3 30-31

 1961 

3 32-33

 1962 

3 34-35

 1963 

3 36-37

 1964 

3 38-39

 1965 


    Box Object
Text (32307022441175)   4 1
    Box Object
Text (32307023994818)   3 40

Box Object

 1966 

3 42-43

 1967 

4 2-3

 1968 

4 4-5

 1969 

4 6-7

Kindergarten-5th Grade 1958-1968 

Box Folder

 1958-1962 

4 8-12

 1967-1968 

4 13

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Ephemera 1939-1947 

Object

Chamberlain Cup for Public Speaking 1921-1963 

2
Box Object

Letterman sweater 1947 

5 1

Letterman jacket 1947 

5 2

National Honor Society Banners 1939 

5 3-4

Plaques 

Box Object

Michigan High School Forensic Association 1942-1943 

6 1

Outstanding Accomplish Award from Curtis Circulation Company 1952-1953 

20 1

Outstanding Achievement Award "Freedom of Speech" from Curtis Circulation Company 1953-1954 

21 1
Object

Outstanding Achievement Award "Freedom from Want" from Curtis Circulation Company 1955-1956 

1
Box Object

Outstanding Achievement Award "Freedom of Worship" from Curtis Circulation Company 1954-1955 

22 1

PTA Scholarship 

23 1
Object

Venora Beal Memorial Cup 

3

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Box Folder

History 

1 15

Publications 

Box Folder

Adventures in Creative Expression 1935 

2 12

Alumni Newsletter, Vol. 15 1963 

2 63

Clippings 1940-1996 

2 32-41

The Echo 1957-1969 

2 30-31

Excelsior 1952 

2 29

The Huron League, 1929-1955 1955 

1 28

The Integrator 1930-1931 

1 27

Press Releases 1973 

2 46

Quest Student Accomplishments 1966-1968 

2 27-28

Student Handbook 1929-1959 

1 17

Student Publications 1920-1949 

1 39-40

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Box Folder

Regional Track Meet Certificate 1932 

2 57