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Harriette and Helen Bishop Papers

Identifier: WSP000367

Scope and Content

The papers of Harriette and Helen Bishop primarily reflect their teaching careers at Detroit and Central High Schools, and, to a lesser degree, Helen's days at the College of the City of Detroit and Wayne University. There is a limited number of personal items, mostly from Harriette Bishop.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Detroit High School, 1858-1893 Central High School, 1895-1945: Dedication of Central High School, 1897 One Hundredth Commencement, January, 1921 Detroit and Central High School Alumni Associations Wayne University- Women's Building, 1933-1943 Wayne University- Student Activities Committee, 1940-1942

Series Description: Series I, Boxes 1-4 Included are clippings, class registers, and other printed materials of Harriette Bishop, primarily from 1890- 1910. There are limited materials relating to David Mackenzie, 1926; Laverne B. Mann, 1932; and J.M.B. Sill, 1886. The majority of the files of this series relate to Detroit and Central High Schools, ca.1880 - ca.1930.

Series II, Box 5, Folders 1-16 Included are correspondence, publications, and printed materials of Helen Bishop as a student and as a teacher of Latin at the College of the City of Detroit and at Wayne University, ca.1920 - ca.1945. Series III, Box 5, Folders 17-24 This series is the combined papers of Harriette and Helen Bishop. These items are mostly printed materials for which ownership could not be clearly determined.


  • 1866 - 1945
  • Majority of material found within 1888 - 1940


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.


Mrs. Harriette Anna Warner Bishop was a member of the 1863 graduating class of Detroit High School. In 1878 she returned to the high school as a mathematics teacher. She taught and served as 12th grade principal until her retirement in 1914. Her teaching years were served at Detroit High School, the Biddle House after the 1893 fire, and Central High School. She was an active member of the Detroit High School Alumni Association and the Central High School Alumni Association. After her retirement she continued as alumni historian. She married William M. Bishop. He died in 1878. She had one son and two daughters: William Warner, Helen, and Elizabeth. Mrs. Bishop died in 1944 at age 98.

Helen Louise Bishop, daughter of Mrs. Harriette A. Bishop, graduated from Detroit High School in January, 1892, and from Vassar College in 1897. While attending the University of Michigan Graduate School, she studied abroad at the American School in Rome. By 1910 she was teaching at Central High School. She also taught for the College of the City of Detroit and Wayne University. She died in 1947 at age 73.


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Harrriette Bishop attended Detroit High School as a student and later taught mathematics there and at Central High School. Likewise, her daughter Helen Bishop, attended the same high school and taught at Central High. Their papers reflect their high school teaching careers, and, to a lesser degree, Helen's tenures at the College of the City of Detroit and Wayne University.


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Box 5), and Series 3 (Box 5). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.


The papers of Harriette Bishop and daughter, Helen Bishop, were given by William Warner Bishop, Jr., grandson of Mrs. Bishop.

Other Copies

A Central High School 1900 Yearbook from the collection was digitized and is available on the Walter P. Reuther website.


A pin from the Detroit Central High School Athletic Association, 1913-14, was placed in the Archives' Audiocisual Collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Guide to the Harriette and Helen Bishop Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA