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Wayne State University Office of Educational Resources for Students with Disabilities Records

Identifier: WSR000584

Scope and Content

The contents of this collection consist of correspondence, reports, blueprints, articles, meeting minutes, and other records generated by the operation of the Office of Educational Resources for Students with Disabilites. Also included are audio reels, photographs and negatives, slides, and other ephemera documenting disabled students participating in WSU sports, campus life, and handicapped accessible facilities.


  • 1956 - 1985


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.


7 Linear Feet (3 MB, 5 SB, 1 OS)


In October 1961, the University Office of Counseling for the Handicapped was established in the Division of Student Personnel, under the direction of Dr. William Knapp. Prior to the creation of this office, the work had been done by Miss Eleanor Bodewig, an academic advisor in the College of Liberal Arts.

The purpose of this office was to guide Wayne State in the development and implementation of barrier free and handicap accessible accommodations, adaptive technologies, as well as a wide variety of student services including athletics, with the goal of increasing the social and academic possibilities for the integration of students with disabilities.

The records of this office span from 1956 to 1985 and include subjects such as: barrier free design, accessibility, campus life, academics, athletics, and Paralympics. They exhibit the evolution of services and resources offered by Wayne State during this time.


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.


These materials were donated to the Reuther Library by Betsy F. Schrauder, the Director of Educational Resources for Students with Disabilities, in 1984.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Elizabeth Nicholson on April 18, 2017.
Guide to the Wayne State University Office of Educational Resources for Students with Disabilities Records
Processed by Elizabeth Nicholson.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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