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Wayne University College of Liberal Arts Office of the Dean Albertus Darnell Records

 Collection
Identifier: WSR000336
The College of Liberal Arts Office of the Dean Albertus Darnell Records reflect Darnell's work with the College of the City of Detroit and Wayne University. They also reflect the growth of an institution from its inception to a municipal university.

Series Description: Series 1: Correspondence, reports, records and other materials relating to the office of assistant dean and dean, 1923-1933. Series 2: Correspondence, reports, records and other materials relating to the office of dean for the College of Liberal Arts, 1933-1939.

Dates

  • 1923 - 1939

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

Albertus Darnell came to Detroit to teach mathematics at Central High School. In 1902 he became head of the Math Department. In 1917 when the Detroit Junior College was organized, Darnell was named head of the mathematics department, continuing until 1924. When the College of the City of Detroit was established in 1923, Darnell became Assistant Dean. After Dean David D. Mackenzie passed away on July 16, 1926, Darnell was appointed Acting Dean. He continued until Wilford L. Coffey was appointed Dean in 1928. Darnell again worked as Assistant Dean until 1933, when he became Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He held this post until his retirement in 1939. These papers reflect the work of Darnell with the College of the City of Detroit and Wayne University.

History

Albertus Darnell was born on a farm near Aurora in northern Illinois on October 21, 1868. He entered the University of Michigan in 1894 and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1898. Darnell began his career as a teacher of mathematics and physics at Bay City High School, 1898-1900. In 1900 Darnell came to Detroit to teach mathematics at Central High School and in 1902 became head of the mathematics department. When the Detroit Junior College was organized in 1917, Darnell was named to head the mathematics department. He continued in this capacity for the College of the City of Detroit until 1924. Darnell became Assistant Dean of the College of the City of Detroit when it was established in 1923. As a result of Dean David D. Mackenzie's death on July 16, 1926, Darnell became Acting Dean. He continued in this position until Wilford L. Coffey was appointed Dean in 1928. Darnell then resumed his work as Assistant Dean until 1933. He became Dean of the College of Liberal Arts of Wayne University in 1933 and maintained this position until his retirement in 1939. Darnell remained in Detroit until his death on June 19, 1955. In addition to his work with the College of the City of Detroit, later Wayne University, Darnell was a member of numerous state and national professional organizations. He was at one time president of the Michigan Schoolmaster's Club and a life member of the Central Kiwanis Club. The Detroit Junior College was authorized by the legislature in 1917. Replacing that school was the College of the City of Detroit, established in 1923. The College of the City of Detroit (CCD) occupied a structure which previously was the site of Central High School and subsequently renamed Old Main. Detroit Teachers College (DTC) moved into Old Main and merged with the College of the City of Detroit in 1930. Known as the Colleges of the City of Detroit it was later organized into a university in 1933. The new university was named Wayne University in 1934.

Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), Series 2 (Boxes 4-7). Folders in Series 1 are arranged alphabetically by subject. Correspondence relating to members of high schools, colleges and universities is filed with the institution. Folders in Series 2 are arranged alphabetically by subject. Correspondence relating to members of high schools, colleges and universities is filed with the institution. Materials concerning appointments, promotions, and transfers were sent to the office of the Executive Vice-President, Charles L. Spain, but are found under "Appointments, Promotions, Transfers."

Related Materials

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 Wayne University College of Liberal Arts Office of the Dean Albertus Darnell 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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