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United Foundation Office of the President Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002536
The United Foundation Office of the President Records consists of materials from the tenures of both President Walter C. Laidlaw and President H. Clay Howell. Records within the collection are mainly derived from the various committees and subcommittees within the United Foundation that were overseen by the Office of the President. The collection includes materials from the United Foundation Special Study Committee, the Priorities Subcommittee, the Capital Fund Division Campaign, the Long Range Planning Committee, New Detroit Inc. committees, and others. Additional materials consist of annual meeting information, Board of Directors materials, United Way branch information, and other various general files pertaining to the Office of the President.

Important Subjects: Capital Fund Division (CFD) Electronic Data Processing (EDP) Fund Raising Policies Subcommittee (FRPS) Fund Raising Subcommittee (FRS) Geographical Expansion Subcommittee Goal and Allocations Committee National Alliance of Businessmen (NAB) New Detroit, Inc. Priorities Subcommittee (PSC) Special Study Committee (SSC) Subcommittee on Priority Rating Factors (SPRF) Torch Drive United Community Services (UCS) of Metropolitan Detroit United Foundation United Foundation Long Range Planning Committee United Foundation Study Committee United Way

Important Names: Cousin, Jacques Couzens, Frank, Jr. Hall, John E. Howell, H. Clay Hudson, Joseph L., Jr. Huegli, Richard F. Krause, Arthur H. Laidlaw, Walter C. Marrow, Thomas F. Moeller, Jane E. Moroni, Rita Schwartz, Alan E. Sheffield, Horace
Series Description: Series 1: United Foundation Special Study Committee and Priorities Subcommittee, 1953-1978 Series 2: Capital Fund Division Campaign and Long Range Planning Committee, 1955-1984 Series 3: United Foundation President’s Office General Files, 1955-1986 Series 4: Campaign Meetings and Drives, 1964-1983 Series 5: New Detroit, Inc. – Committees and Agendas, 1968-1976 Series 6: Joint United Community Services/United Foundation Committees, 1978-1981 Series 7: United Way Branch Information, 1970-1989

Dates

  • 1953 - 1989
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1980

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

31 Linear Feet (31 SB)

Abstract

Walter C. Laidlaw established the United Foundation in 1948 through the merger of the Detroit Community Chest and other Detroit charitable organizations. The goal of the United Foundation was to centralize fund raising efforts and generate mass fund raising campaigns, such as the Torch Drive, which was first held in 1949. The United Foundation was closely affiliated with the United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit, and became affiliated with the national United Way organization beginning with the United Way’s conception in 1970. The organization retained the name United Foundation until 1989, at which time it changed its name to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to better reflect its association with the national United Way. It was known as such until its merger with the United Community Services in 1995, at which point it became known as the United Way Community Services. The United Foundation’s Office of the President was responsible for overseeing and directing the various departments within the United Foundation. As the founder of the United Foundation, Walter C. Laidlaw served in this office from its inception in 1948 until his retirement in 1968. Upon his exit, H. Clay Howell succeeded Laidlaw as President of the United Foundation.

The United Foundation Office of the President Records consists of materials from the tenures of both President Walter C. Laidlaw and President H. Clay Howell. Records within the collection are mainly derived from the various committees and subcommittees within the United Foundation that were overseen by the Office of the President. The collection includes materials from the United Foundation Special Study Committee, the Priorities Subcommittee, the Capital Fund Division Campaign, the Long Range Planning Committee, New Detroit Inc. committees, and others. Additional materials consist of annual meeting information, Board of Directors materials, United Way branch information, and other various general files pertaining to the Office of the President.

History

Walter C. Laidlaw established the United Foundation in 1948 through the merger of the Detroit Community Chest and other Detroit charitable organizations. The goal of the United Foundation was to centralize fund raising efforts and generate mass fund raising campaigns, such as the Torch Drive, which was first held in 1949. The United Foundation was closely affiliated with the United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit, and became affiliated with the national United Way organization beginning with the United Way’s conception in 1970. The organization retained the name United Foundation until 1989, at which time it changed its name to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to better reflect its association with the national United Way. It was known as such until its merger with the United Community Services in 1995, at which point it became known as the United Way Community Services. The United Foundation’s Office of the President was responsible for overseeing and directing the various departments within the United Foundation. As the founder of the United Foundation, Walter C. Laidlaw served in this office from its inception in 1948 until his retirement in 1968. Upon his exit, H. Clay Howell succeeded Laidlaw as President of the United Foundation.

Arrangement

Arranged into 7 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), Series 2 (Boxes 4-6), Series 3 (Boxes 6-24), Series 4 (Boxes 24-28), Series 5 (Boxes 28-30), Series 6 (Boxes 30-31), Series 7 (Box 31). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given sugject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Acquisition

The United Foundation Office of the President Records were deposited in the Reuther Library in two accessions in July 1985 and November 1986.

Related Materials

United Community Services, United Foundation, and United Way collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Julia Teran on March 16, 2015.
Title
Guide to the United Foundation Office of the President Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Julia Teran.
Date
2015-03-16
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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