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College of the City of Detroit Office of the Dean Wilford L. Coffey Records

 Collection
Identifier: WSR000329
The Collection reflects Dean Wilford L. Coffey's work as Dean of the College of the City of Detroit.

Series Description: Series 1: Correspondence, reports and general records relating to the Office of the Dean, 1928-1933. Series 2: Correspondence of Dean Coffey, 1928-1933.

Dates

  • 1928 - 1933

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.

Extent

3.5 Linear Feet (7 MB)

Abstract

Frank Cody invited Wilford Coffey to become the Dean of the College of the City of Detroit in February 1928. During these years, CCD consolidated with Detroit Teachers College, cooperated more closely with the College of Medicine, and the Detroit Law School. He oversaw the launch of both the new Nursing School and Graduate School.

History

Wilford L. Coffey was born on a farm near Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, on August 24, 1879. He began his career by first teaching in the Michigan rural school systems of Alpena, Calhoun and Missaukee counties and then by serving as superintendent of schools in Lake City, Wolverine and Forest Union School District. After joining the State Department of Public Instruction in 1915 as chief clerk and special assistant superintendent, he rose to Superintendent of Public Instruction for Michigan in 1926. Since his forte was school legislation he wrote the Michigan School Code which in 1927 was enacted into law. In gratitude for the way he shaped the Code, Coffey had a new school named in his honor. Resigning from the post of superintendent, Coffey at the invitation of Frank Cody became the Dean of the College of the City of Detroit in February, 1928. During his tenure the College expanded through consolidation with Detroit Teachers College and closer cooperation with the College of Medicine and Detroit City Law School as well as through launching a new Nursing School and Graduate School. While Coffey was the Dean of the College and its chief administrator, the College was under the control of the Detroit Board of Education. Coffey resigned from his post in May, 1933, following a dispute with the Board over future organizational plans for the College.

Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 5-7). Folders in Series 1 are arranged arranged alphabetically by subject. Folders in Series 2 are arranged alphabetically by name.

Related Materials

Wayne State University Presidents' Collections, Wayne University Citizens' Committee Records, Wayne University College of Liberal Arts Office of the Dean Albertus Darnell Records, Wayne University Scholarship Honor Society Records, Wayne University College of Liberal Arts Office of the Dean William W. Whitehouse Records,

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the College of the City of Detroit Office of the Dean Wilford L. Coffey Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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