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Merrill-Palmer Institute: Dr. J. William Rioux Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002119
The J. William Rioux Records contain mainly administrative files, which emphasize Rioux’s commitment to urban and low-income youth and his push to bring in more students and get them involved with the local Detroit community.

Important Subjects: Community education—United States Community service Day care Education—United States Higher Education and state—United States Human potential movement—Study and teaching Preschool education Skillman Center Teacher training Urban youth—Education—United States

Important Individuals: Artman, Jean, Executive Secretary and Administrative Assistant Boyce, James Brofenbrenner, Urie Kirst, Michael Knapp, Pauline, former Merrill-Palmer President McKee, William, Vice President Mead, Margaret Moustakas, Clark Westerlund, Luella, Office Manager

Series Description: Series I: President’s Office Files Series II: Correspondence and Personal Files Series III: Organizations and Affiliations

Dates

  • 1960 - 1973
  • Majority of material found within 1967 - 1973

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

34 Linear Feet ((34 SB),) : 1 audiocassette, 24 photographs

Abstract

J. William Rioux was the president of the Merrill-Palmer Institute from 1967-1973, prior to which he worked for the U.S. Department of Education. He was a native of Detroit and received his Ed. D. at Wayne State University. During his time at Merrill-Palmer he worked to diversify the student body, establish a graduate degree program, work with urban youth, and bring more students into the program. He also emphasized dissemination and publication of research by Merrill-Palmer faculty and staff.

The J. William Rioux Records contain mainly administrative files, which emphasize Rioux’s commitment to urban and low-income youth and his push to bring in more students and get them involved with the local Detroit community.

History

J. William Rioux was the president of the Merrill- Palmer Institute from 1967-1973, prior to which he worked for the U.S. Department of Education. He was a native of Detroit and received his Ed. D. at Wayne State University. During his time at Merrill-Palmer he worked to diversify the student body, establish a graduate degree program, work with urban youth, and bring more students into the program. He also emphasized dissemination and publication of research by Merrill- Palmer faculty and staff.

Arrangement

Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-15), Series 2 (Boxes 15-27), and Series 3 (Boxes 27-34). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Acquisition

The J. William Rioux Records are part of the Merrill- Palmer records placed at the Walter Reuther Library in the 1980s and early 1990s, beginning in 1982.

Related Materials

Merrill-Palmer Institute Records collections

Transfers

Photographs from the Skillman Center and an audiocassette have been transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department (see Series I inventory).

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kathy Makas on August 5, 2010.
Title
Guide to the Merrill-Palmer Institute: Dr. J. William Rioux Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Kathy Makas.
Date
2010-08-05
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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Detroit MI 48202 USA