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Vincent Petitpren Papers

Identifier: UP000289

Scope and Content

Important subjects are: Budget allocation for Colleges and Universities, 1964-70. Ferris State Hearings, 1969. Student Government and Campus Unrest. Michigan Community Colleges, 1964-70. State Scholarships and Loans. State Aid to Education, 1965-70. Local Government: Cities of Inkster, Wayne and Westland. Homestead Tax Exemption, 1965-70 Michigan Osteopathic College. Regulation, of Professional Practices. Peoples Community Health Authority Among the correspondence are: Robben Fleming Philip Hart Harlan Hatcher Frank Kelly T. John Lesinski Patrick McNamara George Romney G. Mennen Williams

Series Description Series I: Correspondence and memoranda, 1964-70.

Series II: Subject Files. Follow in chronological sequence with only two exceptions. Both Colleges and Universities and State Affairs have been organized into district subgroups which follow chronologically.

Series III: Misc. correspondence, speaking engagements and invitations and biographical data, 1964-70.

Series IV: Constituent request and case files, 1965-70.


  • 1964 - 1967


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


From 1964 thru 1970, Vincent Petitpren served as a member of the Michigan Legislature representing the 37th District and was defeated in his bid for the House in November of 1970. While in office, Mr. Petitpren became chair-man of both the College and Universities and State Affairs committees; The former representative was born September 24, 1927 and has resided in Michigan for the majority of his life. Prior to taking office, he taught for seven years at Wayne Memorial High School and later became a Professor in the School of Education at Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Petitpren holds the B.S. and M.A. degrees. He is the recipient of: The Michigan Outstanding Teacher Award of 1961, National Science Foundation scholarship, 1961; two Michigan State scholar-ship, 1950 and 1951 and U.S. Navy Honorman, 1951. Vincent Petitpren also taught in the Peace Corps training program to prepare young people for teaching in Somolia, Africa; publisher and editor of the "Michigan Teacher;" president, Wayne Federation of Teachers, 1958-60; vice-president, Michigan Federation of Teachers, 1962-64. Mr. Petitpren cultivated a background in politics while serving on the Educational Legislative Committee for Michigan, 1963, later elected trustee of Nankin Township (Westland), 1964 and as a member of the Nankin Township Recreational Council, 1963-65. Additionally, among the clubs and organizations of which he was a member are: American Association of University Professors: Veterans of Foreign Wars; Westland Crisis Club; Pi Kappa Delta, Honorary Society; American Red Cross Disaster Committee; Commanders Club of Michigan.


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Mr. Petitpren served in the Michigan House of Representatives from I964 to 1970 for the Thirty-seventh District, representing Westland, Wayne, and the surrounding areas. He was chairman of the Colleges and Universities Committee, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Committee, and member of the House Policy and Youth committees. Correspondence, clippings, and reports cover the Michigan Osteopathic College, the Community Health Authority, out-of-state fees at universities, and state financial support for colleges and universities. Correspondents include Jerome Cavanagh, Philip Hart, Patrick McNamara, George Romney, Neil Staebler, and Willard Wirtz.


Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Boxes 2-10), Series 3 (Boxes 10-12), and Series 4 (Boxes 13-15). Folders are arranged predominately arranged chronologically and follow alphabetically.

Series 2 is further arranged into two subgroups.


The papers of Vincent J. Petitpren were deposited with the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in 1960 and 1970 by Vincent Petitpren.


All magnectic tapes and photographs have been removed and are available in the Audiovisual Collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in August, 1971.
Guide to the Vincent Petitpren Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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