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Paul Lutzeier Papers

Identifier: WSP000010

Scope and Content

The papers of Paul Lutzeier reflect his work with the Otherlanders Program, the College of Education and his work with James M. Hare and the Michigan Constitutional Convention. Series I: Otherlanders Program 1954-1957 Correspondence faculty questionnaires, press releases and biographical information on the participants of the Otherlanders Program and the government agencies which offered assistance with the program - Foreign Operations Administration, Health, Education and Welfare, and United States Information Agency. The program served to acquaint educators from other lands, hence the name Otherlanders, with courses and seminars offered at Wayne University which would provide them with knowledge that could be used to improve educational conditions in their own country.

Series II: College of Education 1922-1957 Box 4 contains correspondence of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Educations (AACTE), evaluation materials and faculty evaluation surveys. Correspondence, clippings and tributes concerning the death of Dean Waldo E. Lessenger and correspondence naming his replacement - Franis C. Rosencrance- are also included in this box. Box 5 contains material on six separate topics concerning the College of Education. Subjects include building planning, organization, a 1926-1927 curriculum committee report, a 1926-1927 accounting and instructional cost survey, the Multiple Room Project (student teaching) and information on Wayne State University's history and search for a President during 1963.

Series III: Michigan Constitutional Convention and Miscellaneous Files 1934-1967 Michigan's Constitution was revised for the third time in 1962. The newspaper clippings in the series reflect the events and issues which were important during the Constitutional Convention. Box 6 covers the period from October 1959 to September 1961. Box 7 continues with clippings from October 1961 until April 1962. This box also contains material relating to James M. Hare, the International Freedom Festival, July 1-4, which was originally called the International July Festival, and the sale of the Green and Gold Coffee Bar.


  • 1922 - 1967


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.


Paul Lutzeier was born in 1909. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of the City of Detroit, a predecessor of Wayne State University, and his master's degree from Wayne State University. From 1946-1953 he worked in Germany as chief employee relations director for the military government and as press and cultural affairs advisor for the United States Information Agency. In 1953 Lutzeier accepted the position as Administrative Assistant to Dean Waldo E. Lessenger of Wayne's College of Education. This position involved him with the Otherlanders Program, which was for foreign educators who either attended Wayne for class work or special seminars. In 1958 he was working for the State of Michigan under James M. Hare. During this time, he originated the idea for the International Freedom Festival, July 1-4, which has become a yearly event sponsored by Detroit and Winsor. After 1964 Lutzeier was employed by the Livonia Public Schools (1964-1968), the Wayne Intermediate School (1968-1969), and the University of Michigan as Coordinator of Advisory Services for the Sea Grant Program (1970-1972). He retired in 1973 and died March 15, 1975, while on vacation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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The papers of Paul Lutzeier reflect his work with the Otherlanders Program, the College of Education, and his work with James M. Hare and the Michigan Constitutional Convention. Lutzeier originated the idea for the International Freedom Festival in 1958. Other subjects found in the collection include the Detroit Teachers College and the Michigan Constitutional Convention.


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), Series 2 (Boxes 4-5) and Series 3 (Boxes 6-7). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject. Clippings in Box 7 are arranged first in that box.


The papers of Paul Lutzeier, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the College of Education (1953-1958), were placed in the University Archives by Mr. Lutzeier in several installments beginning in 1958.


Three photographs were placed in the Archives' Audio-Visual Collections. Two Photographs (duplicates) showed Professor Reitz while on his study tour in England. The other is a photograph of the participants of the 1957 Spanish Educators Summer Seminar. Six pamphlets have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in January 1981.
Guide to the Paul Lutzeier Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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