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Hazel E. Graham Papers

Identifier: WSP000201

Scope and Content

The papers reflect her career at Wayne State University and in particular her interest and involvement in the Introductory Clinical Psychology Course that began in 1935 and terminated in 1970.

Subjects covered in the collection are: Clinical Psychology Courses 259, 635 and 6830, 1936-1970 Psychological and Psychiatric Clinics of Metropolitan Detroit, 1936-1970 Wayne University during World War II Rating of Applicants for Masters Degree Candidacy in the College of Education, June 1950 University Social Committee, 1967-1968 YWCA at Wayne, 1939-1943

Among the correspondents: Gertha Williams

Series Description: Series I: Introductory clinical psychology course evaluation questionnaire, bibliographies, itineraries, directories and correspondence scheduling the weekly class visits to the psychological and psychiatric clinics and agencies of Metropolitan Detroit. Files are arranged according to general course data, them specific detail concerning visits and finally correspondence setting up the itineraries. Correspondence is filed by agencies in alphabetical order. When agency folders contain brochures or other printed data, these are located at the beginning of the folders. Correspondence with the agencies for 1962, '64 and '66 series contain general correspondence regarding the course and cover the span of 1936-1970.

Series II: Correspondence, reports, clippings handbook and several profes-sional articles other than Miss Graham's. Most of this material involves departmental and committee work, including University Social Committee 1967-68, YWCA 1939-43, master's program 1950 and the Eleanor Roosevelt-Education Day Award 1962, involving the university seal. The material is arranged as follows: general office correspondence, committee work, and professional articles including those of Emmett Schott.

Series III: Alphabetically arranged bulletins, correspondence, and reports pertaining to Wayne University activities during World War II.


  • 1935 - 1970
  • Majority of material found within 1935 - 1961


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


Miss Hazel E. Graham, long active as teacher in the Clinical Psychology section of the Department of Education, was born in 1906, in Crescent Gardens, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Immigrating to the United States in 1926, she enrolled in the Detroit Teachers' College from where she received her baccalaureate in 1931. Subsequently, she taught in the Detroit public schools from 1931-34. In 1934, after earning her M.A. degree at Wayne, she joined the faculty of the College of Education as a substitute instructor of two departments, Psychology and English Education. In 1956 she became a special associate professor and in 1958 was promoted to associate professor, a rank she held until her retirement in June of 1970. Post graduate work was done at Columbia University, Rorschoch Institute, University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago.

In the course of her thirty-four years of teaching at Wayne State University she helped Dr. Gertha Williams set up and inaugurate the present Master's Program in Clinical Psychology. An important phase of the program was the introductory course during which the students visited various institutions or agencies to learn of the type of service offered, the scope of the work, the problems encountered and the relationship of the agency to other agencies engaged in public services in Metropolitan Detroit.

Since her work in the graduate school was largely in the testing courses, she was designated by the Psychological Corporation to administer the giving of the M.A.T. in the University. As Director of the Psychological Corporation Test Center at Wayne State University she extended psychometric services to applicants to the Syracuse Home Study Experimental Program, to the Medical College and Engineering College of the University of Minnesota, and to managerial applicants at various national corporations.

Committee work have all been continuing commitments through her many years here, and included among the many have been the YWCA 1939-43, Alumni Faculty Conference 1966-67, College of Education Centennial Committee 1967-68, University Social Committee 1966-69, School Diagnostician Certification 1958-70, and Board of Governors College of Education Alumni Association 1967-69. In addition to committee work she was one of the sponsors for Sigma Rho Chi which ultimately became affiliated with the national Alpha Sigma Alpha. To the end of her career she was the honorary advisor to the EPX Alumni group. She herself was affiliated with Alpha Delta Kappa.

Miss Graham was requested by Dr. Rosecrance, then Dean of the College of Education, to write a chapter on "The School Psychologist" for his School Guidance and Personnel Services, Allyn and Bacon, Boston, 1960. She also collaborated with Perceval Symmonds on "Development of Case Histories of Rejected Children."

Her professional memberships included the American Psychological Association, American Association of University Professors, Detroit Women Administrators Association, and the Association of Faculty Women. She attended the International Congress of Psychology in Moscow, U.S.S.R., in August, 1966. While on sabbatical leave she did research on the duties of school diagnosticians. Conducted in the Tri-County area in the fall and winter quarters of 1968, her study was completed March 19, 1969.


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Hazel Graham taught Clinical Psychology in the College of Education at Wayne, and was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology. Ms. Graham attended the Detroit Teachers’ College, and received her baccalaureate in 1931. She began teaching in Detroit Public Schools from 1931-34. After earning her MA degree at Wayne in 1934, Ms. Graham joined the College of Education as a substitute instructor in two departments, Psychology and English Education.

She became a special associate professor in 1956, and was promoted to associate professor in 1958, a rank she held until she retired in June, 1970. The collection includes information about World War II, and the YWCA at Wayne (1939-1943).


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Box 2) and Series 3 (Box 2). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Hazel E. Graham were placed in the University Archives in June of 1970 by Miss Graham when she retired and received emeritus appointment from Wayne State University.

Processing History

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Repository Details

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