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Vergil Phelps Papers

 Collection
Identifier: WSP000403
Correspondence, clippings, publications, programs and other material collected by Phelps relating to business and religious education, effective communication, biographical materials, and materials on famous persons such as James Couzens, Henry Ford and Arthur Vandenberg. A major portion of the materials are copies of Phelps' publications.

Dates

  • 1864 - 1972
  • Majority of material found within 1924 - 1967

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. 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.

Extent

.75 Linear Feet (2 MB)

Abstract

Vergil Phelps was an instructor of rhetoric and English, College of the City of Detroit from 1924-1928, amid a long career as a lecturer and teacher. The papers of Phelps reflect his interests in the areas of effective communication in business, government, personal relationships and daily living.

History

Vergil Phelps was an instructor of Rhetoric and English, College of the City of Detroit from 1924-1928, in the middle of a long career as a lecturer and teacher.

Phelps was born in 1879 in Chicago and received a Ph.B. from the University of Chicago in 1901. From 1902 to 1905, Phelps taught at Muskegon (Michigan) High School under Superintendent David Mackenzie and from 1906 to 1912 was the executive secretary to the president of the University of Illinois, Edmund J. James. During this period, Phelps was a Williams Fellow at Harvard and received a Ph.D. from Yale in 1910. During World War I, he served as the Y.M.C.A. secretary at Camp Travis, Texas, and in 1921 was considered for the presidency of the University of Maine and of Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont.

While an instructor at the College of the City of Detroit, Phelps taught courses in effective writing and speech, and during this time was the National Intercollegiate Oratorical Contest Division Director. Throughout his career, Phelps wrote extensively on topics concerning business and religious education, and personal relationships. The papers of Vergil Phelps reflect his interests in the areas of effective communication in business, government, personal relationships and daily living.

Arrangement

The files are arranged alphabetically by subject, and chronologically within each folder, and cover the period from 1864 to 1972. Phelps' publications are listed chronologically.

Acquisition

The papers of Vergil Phelps were placed in the University Archives in May, 1968. Material was added in 1974.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Casey Westerman on November 28, 2012.
Title
Guide to the Vergil Phelps Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Casey Westerman.
Date
2012-11-28
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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