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Preservation Wayne Records

 Collection
Identifier: WSR000604
The Preservation Wayne records document the origins, activities, and preservation efforts of Preservation Wayne, with particular emphasis on the campaign to save and restore Mackenzie House.

Important Subjects: Architecture – Conservation and restoration Architecture – Michigan – Detroit Detroit (Mich.) – Buildings, structures, etc. Historic buildings – Conservation and restoration Historic preservation – Michigan – Detroit Nonprofit organizations Student movements – Michigan Students – Societies, etc. Wayne State University

Important Names: Bonner, Thomas Colburn, William Florek, Marilyn Gullen, George E., Jr. Grunow, Francis Hague, Marguerite Mackenzie, David

Dates

  • 1975 - 2010
  • Majority of material found within 1977 - 2008

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

5 Linear Feet (5 SB)

Overview

Preservation Wayne (PW), originally known as the Wayne State University Historical Preservation Association, emerged in 1975 as a student movement to protest the destruction of historic structures on the Wayne State University (WSU) campus and in the Cultural Center district. They were successful in saving a number of structures from demolition and securing historical designations for buildings and areas around campus. In 1988, with its membership diversifying outside the university community, PW became an independent non-profit organization, continuing its preservation efforts in Detroit, conducting workshops on historic rehabilitation and offering guided walking tours of historic neighborhoods. PW Records documents the origins, activities, preservation efforts, and operations of PW.

History

Preservation Wayne, originally known as the Wayne State University Historical Preservation Association, emerged in 1975 as a student movement to protest the destruction of historic structures on the Wayne State University campus and in the Cultural Center district. Its founders were Allen Wallace and Marilyn Florek. Preservation Wayne was instrumental in saving the David Mackenzie House, the 1895 home of the first Dean of WSU, which was slated for demolition in order to put in a new sewer line. The group was successful in their efforts, having the building historically designated by both the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Preservation Wayne then spearheaded the fundraising efforts to cover the cost of the building's restoration, which was completed in 1982. Mackenzie House subsequently became the headquarters for Preservation Wayne.



In 1980-1981, the members of Preservation Wayne once again lobbied, this time unsuccessfully, against the demolition of a number of historic properties on and around the WSU campus. They were also instrumental in securing city, state, and national historic designation for three blocks of East Ferry Avenue, and in conducting a detailed survey of that neighborhood. In 1986, the group received the Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 1988, with its membership diversifying outside the university community, Preservation Wayne became an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, headed by a volunteer board of directors. Preservation Wayne continues to be active in preservation efforts in Detroit, as well as conducting workshops on historic home rehabilitation and offering guided walking tours of historic neighborhoods.

Arrangement of the Records

The collection is arranged into 4 series. Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Acquisition

Material was placed at the Walter Reuther Library in three deposits from 1986-1993 by then Preservation Wayne Director, William Colburn. Further material was deposited by Preservation Wayne in 2002 and 2010.

Transfers

Photographs, oversize artwork, blueprints, wallpaper samples, and audio tapes were transferred to the Reuther's Audiovisual Department. This includes the 1976-1977 survey of the neighborhood around Wayne State University, a building-by-building study incorporating photographs and notes on each structure.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written using DACS by Julia Pope, 2010.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Preservation Wayne Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Julia Pope; encoded by Julia Pope.
Date
2010-10-12
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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Detroit MI 48202 USA