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Merrill-Palmer Institute: Dr.William McKee Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002121
The collection covers his years at Merrill-Palmer and highlights his flexibility to work for four different presidents, each with their own visions for the institute. It documents his teaching and advising duties of both graduate and undergraduate students, his work on various institute committees and boards, his responsibilities as Chairman of the Teaching Area of the institute as well as his administrative duties as Vice-President.

Important Subjects: Child Therapy Community education—United States Community service Day care Education—United States Emotions in children—Study and teaching Family services—United States Higher Education and state—United States Home Economics—Study and teaching Homemakers—United States Human potential movement—Study and teaching Preschool education Teacher training Urban youth—Education—United States

Important Individuals: Bland, Robert O. Rioux, J. William Grams, Armin Rodman, Hy Haupt, Dorothy Rutledge, Aaron Knapp, Pauline Park Wilson Southard, Anita Moustakas, Clark Usdan, Michael Palugi, Jean Perry, Cereta

Series Description: Series I. Administrative Files Series II. Research and Projects Series III. Organizations and Affiliates Series IV. AV Materials

Dates

  • 1952 - 1978
  • Majority of material found within 1955 - 1976

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

24.75 Linear Feet (24 SB, 1 MB, 6 reels)

Abstract

Dr. William Wakefield McKee was with the Merrill-Palmer Institute for 30 years in a variety of roles. He began as a faculty member in 1953, became Vice-President in 1957 and served as Acting-President during the 1973-73 school year, eventually retiring in 1983. McKee received his B. A. from the University of North Carolina, his B. D. from Yale Divinity School, a S. T. M. from Union Theological Seminary, NY, and his Ph. D. from Yale. Prior to coming to Merrill-Palmer he worked for the YMCA, the American Friends Service Commission, and the Edward W. Hagen Foundation. In addition to his work at the institute McKee was also active on many Detroit area boards of directors and trustees including the Highland Park School District, Girl Scouts of Metropolitan Detroit, Homemaker Service of Detroit, and Michigan Adult Education.

The collection covers his years at Merrill-Palmer and highlights his flexibility to work for four different presidents, each with their own visions for the institute. It documents his teaching and advising duties of both graduate and undergraduate students, his work on various institute committees and boards, his responsibilities as Chairman of the Teaching Area of the institute as well as his administrative duties as Vice-President.

History

Dr. William Wakefield McKee was with the Merrill-Palmer Institute for 30 years in a variety of roles. He began as a faculty member in 1953, became Vice-President in 1957 and served as Acting-President during the 1973-73 school year, eventually retiring in 1983. McKee received his B. A. from the University of North Carolina, his B. D. from Yale Divinity School, a S. T. M. from Union Theological Seminary, NY, and his Ph. D. from Yale. Prior to coming to Merrill-Palmer he worked for the YMCA, the American Friends Service Commission, and the Edward W. Hagen Foundation. In addition to his work at the institute McKee was also active on many Detroit area boards of directors and trustees including the Highland Park School District, Girl Scouts of Metropolitan Detroit, Homemaker Service of Detroit, and Michigan Adult Education.

Arrangement

Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-17), Series 2 (Boxes 18-20), Series 3 (Boxes 20-24), and Series 4 (Box 25, Reels 1-6). 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. Unboxed AV material (i.e. reels) are sequentially numbered by item.

Acquisition

The William Wakefield McKee 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 collections

Transfers

Photographs (Box 25) and magnetic audio reel-to-reel tapes have been transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kathy Makas on October 12, 2010.
Title
Guide to the Merrill-Palmer Institute: Dr.William McKee Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Kathy Makas.
Date
2010-10-12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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