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Wayne State University Centennial Symposia Records

 Collection
Identifier: WSR000186

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of the records of Edward Lurie, WSU professor of history, who served as director of the Centennial Symposia, and his assistant, Philip Borden. Discussion of listed participants can be found throughout the collection. An index to subjects and correspondents is included. In addition to topics addressed by the Symposia, other significant subjects found in the collection included the creation of the Center for Urban Studies, a concern among African American leaders about the low number of African American conference participants, and a boycott of the Symposia.

Series Description: Series 1: Centennial Symposia General Files, 1966-1968 Series 2: Spring Planning Conference, 1967 Series 3: Symposia, 1967-1968

Dates

  • 1966 - 1968

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.

History

The Centennial Symposia theme dealt with the urban university and its impact on, and responsibilities to, its urban community. Seven primary symposia, each dealing with a particular aspect of the central theme, and each of two-to five-days’ duration, were held between October of 1967 and June of 1968. Topics included housing, health and welfare, technology, the physical environment, governing and planning, and culture and education -- emphasizing the physical and mental adaptation of citizens to the problems posed by urbanization. In response to the 1967 Detroit civil unrest, one symposium was devoted to an examination of problems of racism and violence, and the events leading to the unrest. Community leaders and nationally recognized experts and scholars were invited to present papers, and partake in discussion of the Symposia topics.

Extent

4.5 Linear Feet (9 MB)

Abstract

During the academic year 1967-1968 Wayne State University celebrated the hundredth anniversary of its founding. As part of the commemoration, the University sponsored a series of symposia of national significance under the theme, "The University and Urban Society."

Broadly, the Symposia theme dealt with the urban university and its impact on, and responsibilities to, its urban community. More specifically, the focus of the Symposia was an examination of the problems and issues associated with an increasingly urban society.

The Collection consists primarily of the records of Edward Lurie, Wayne State University professor of history, who served as director of the Centennial Symposia, and his assistant, Philip Borden.

Arrangement

Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-6), Series 2 (Boxes 7) and Series 3 (Boxes 8-9). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.

Acquisition

The papers of the Centennial Symposia Collection were placed in the Wayne State University Archives by Edward Lurie on September 25, 1973.

Related Materials

Wayne State University Centennial Commission Minutes, Wayne State University University Relations Division Records.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in April 1989.
Title
Guide to the Wayne State University Centennial Symposia Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1989-04
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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