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Norman McRae Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UP000337
Part I: The Norman McRae collection consists primarily of a wide range of secondary source material — clippings, articles, pamphlets, studies, government publications — on African-American history and the African-American experience.

Important Subjects in the Collection: Africa African Americans and the Economy African-American Biography Black Power African-American Church Race Relations in the U.S. African-American Culture and the Arts Race Riots in the U.S. African-American Education Racism in the U.S. African-American Military History Slavery in the U.S. African Americans and Sports U.S. Civil Rights Movement
Part II: Part 2 of the Norman McRae Papers consists mainly of educational curriculums and resources, the centennial celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation, and secondary sources on Detroit and Michigan African-Americans.

Dates

  • 1960 - 1989

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

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.

Extent

30 Linear Feet (30 SB)

Abstract

Norman McRae was a longtime teacher and administrator in the Detroit Public School System, playing a major role in the development of multicultural and human rights curricula. His papers mainly reflect his avid research on African-American history and the African-American experience.

Part II of the Norman McRae Papers consists mainly of educational curriculums and resources, the centennial celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation, and secondary sources on Detroit and Michigan African-Americans.

History

Dr. Norman McRae was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1925 and received his B.A. in history and journalism, his teaching certificate, and his M.A. in education from Wayne State University. He taught social studies and developed and managed the federal personnel department in the Detroit Public Schools until 1967, leaving to join the Michigan-Ohio Regional Educational Laboratory and to accept an Urban Education Fellowship at The University of Michigan, where he subsequently obtained his Ph.D. He returned to the Detroit Public Schools in 1970, first as assistant director of teacher education and then as director of the social studies and fine arts departments, until his retirement in 1991.

Since the mid-sixties, Dr. McRae has been an avid researcher and writer on African-American history, especially the history of Detroit’s African-American community; he played a major role in the development of multicultural and human rights curricula in the Detroit school system. In 1969 he taught the first black history course offered at Wayne State University.

Arrangement

Part I: Folders are listed in the order in which they appear.
Part II: Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

The Norman McRae Papers were placed at the Walter Reuther Library June 25, 1985.

Transfers

Part I: A few photographs of African-American military leaders have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Part I: Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Part II: Finding aid written by Kathy Makas on February 10, 2011.
Title
Guide to the Norman McRae Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2011-02-10: Part 2 processed and finding aid updated by Kathy Makas.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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Detroit MI 48202 USA