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Citizens for Michigan Records

Identifier: UR000303

Scope and Contents

This collection is the file of the Executive Director of Citizens For Michigan, an office first held by Ralph W. Conant, and after April, 1960, by Donald M. Oakes. The papers cover the period from 1959 to 1962.

Important subjects are: Correspondence; Minutes; Reports; Newsclippings; Background studies and other material on Michigan's Constitutional Convention, and the efforts involved in promulgating a new Constitution for Michigan; Membership information; Committee work.

Among the correspondents are: The officers mentioned; Eugene Black; Philip A. Hart; Clare E. Hoffman; John T. Lesinski; Robert S. McNamara; Charles E. Potter; George Romney; Edward Cushman; Carl Bond

Series Description: Series I, The Executive Director's Reference File - reflects the growth and functioning of the organization.

Series II, General Correspondence

Series III, Committees - is comprised of material of the CFM Study Committees, on services, finance and taxation, and government structure. This series also has material on the Coordinating Committee for a Constitutional Convention.

Series IV, Newsclippings - contains mostly information on Con-Con (the Constitutional Convention), as well as some on the CFM.


  • 1959 - 1962


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical / Historical

Citizens For Michigan was organized in Lansing on June 19, 1959, by a group of about 200 persons. A non-profit organization, it was financed by membership dues and personal contributions. The purpose of Citizens For Michigan was to study Michigan's current and anticipated needs, and to seek desirable changes by working for a new Constitution.

George Romney was the Chairman of Citizens For Michigan, and other important officers were Edward L. Cushman, Vice Chairman, Harold C. McKinney, Jr., Secretary, and J.V. Brady, Treasurer.


14.5 Linear Feet (3 SB, 23 MB)


Articles of incorporation, constitution, and by-laws; correspondence; minutes; press releases and newsletters; mailing lists; speeches; and newspaper clippings of this independent, non-profit organization, established in 1959 to study the current and anticipated needs of the state of Michigan and to seek ways to implement programs. George Romney was chairman of this organization from its inception until it ceased operations in 1962. Subjects include Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Michigan Constitutional Convention (1960-62), and study reports of members of Citizens for Michigan. Correspondents include Eugene Black, Philip Hart, Clare Hoffman, John Lesinski, Robert McNamara, and Charles Potter.


Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-5,24-26), Series 2 (Boxes 6-12, 26), Series 3 (Boxes 13-21, 26), and Series 4 (Boxes 22-23, 26). Folders are arranged chronologically or by subject depending on the series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers of Citizens For Michigan were deposited with the Labor History Archives in July 1968 by Edward L. Cushman.

Related Materials

Edward Cushman Papers, Wade H. McCree Jr. Papers

Processing Information

Processed and finding aid written by JC in July 1969 and Rachel Crouch in March 2020.


Guide to the Citizens for Michigan Records
Processed by JC (1969) and Rachel Crouch (2020).
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA