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Cal Patterson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP002128

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials from Patterson's career and personal life. These include transcripts of public speeches, correspondence, photographs, and manuscripts.

Series description: Series 1: Education and Travels, 1923-1926. This series contains correspondence, photographs, and records from a cruise he took in 1923 and his college career at the University of Michigan. Series 2: Military Records, 1943-1946. This series contains correspondence, notes, and records from his work during World War II as a consultant in the United State Military's Information and Education Division. Series 3: Detroit Area records, 1927-1985. This series contains records and correspondence from his career in Detroit. This includes both his career at Bell Telephone and his many board memberships in organizations such as Grace Hospital. Series 4: Personal records and correspondence, 1944-1985. This series contains correspondence, photographs, and records that primarily deal with his personal or family life.

Dates

  • 1922 - 1985

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.

History

William Calvin Patterson was born on August 22, 1905, in College Park, Maryland. He attended the University of Michigan, and began work at Michigan Bell Telephone after graduating, eventually becoming their Vice President of Public Relations in 1944. During World War II he spent ten months on loan to the US Military's Information and Education division to help keep troop morale high. After the war, he continued in his career at Michigan Bell and worked on the boards of several organizations, including Grace Hospital (now merged into the Detroit Medical Center), the United Community Services, the Detroit Convention Bureau, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Michigan Foundation for the Arts. He retired from Michigan Bell in 1970 and passed away on November 26, 1985

Extent

5 Linear Feet (5 SB)

Abstract

William Calvin Patterson II (born 1905) was a prominent Detroit businessman. His papers reflect his career with Bell Telephone and his work on the boards of several organizations, including Interlochen Center for the Arts, Grace Hospital, United Community Services, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 4 series.

Folders in each box are arranged physically by original order. Each series is arranged in rough chronological order. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Series 1: Education and Travels, 1923-1926 (Boxes 3-4) Series 2: Military Records, 1943-1946 (Box 1, Boxes 3-5) Series 3: Detroit Area records, 1927-1985 (Boxes 1-5) Series 4: Personal records and correspondence, 1944-1985 (Box 1, Boxes 3-5)

Acquisition

Collection donated to the Walter P. Reuther library on 2010 September 13.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Lee Allen on November 20, 2020.
Title
Guide to the Cal Patterson Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Lee Allen.
Date
2020-11-20
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA