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Wayne University Department of English Records

 Collection
Identifier: WSR000027
This collection includes personal papers of Frank G. Tompkins, gradebooks of Clarence Hilberry, and general material from the English Department office.

Dates

  • 1920 - 1955

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.

Extent

3.5 Linear Feet (7 MB)

Abstract

This collection includes personal papers of Frank G. Tompkins, gradebooks of Clarence Hilberry, and general material from the English Department office. Frank G. Tompkins was an English professor at Detroit Junior College and Central High School; he was on the earliest faculty roster (1918-1919), and was a department head. Much of his personal papers come from his early years of teaching, and the student papers found within are from both the Junior College and Central High School. Frank Tompkins was known for teaching his students to write one-act plays, which they would then perform under his direction. A memorial fund, administered by Alexander Brede, was established in his name in 1940 to award monetary prizes in a literary competition.

History

Frank G. Tompkins was an English professor at Detroit Junior College and Central High School; he was on the earliest faculty roster (1918-1919), and was a department head. Much of his personal papers come from his early years of teaching, and the student papers found within are from both the Junior College and Central High School. Frank Tompkins was known for teaching his students to write one-act plays, which they would then perform under his direction. A memorial fund, administered by Alexander Brede, was established in his name in 1940 to award monetary prizes in a literary competition.

Arrangement

Box 1 is grouped by subject and arranged chronologically within folders. Boxes 2-6 are unarranged. Box 7 is grouped by subject.

Acquisition

Donated to the Reuther Library in 1958, 1961, and 1978.

Related Materials

Wayne State University Department of English Records, WSR000451; other Wayne State University collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Devin Erlandson on June 12, 2014.
Title
Guide to the Wayne University Department of English Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Devin Erlandson.
Date
2014-06-12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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