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Wayne State University Monteith College Records

Identifier: WSR000453

Scope and Content

The Monteith College Archives Collection documents the College's history, library experimental project, and in particular, its educational philosophy as reflected in the curriculum. It consists of College reports, proposals, booklets, newsletters, catalogs, and lectures as well as extensive course handouts and texts. There are also several sample student papers and projects, a small amount of material on student activities, and minutes and newsletters documenting the student government. Of particular note is the almost complete run of all student generated newsletters. These give a vivid description of Monteith College, student activities and student concerns from a student perspective. Some of the concerns include the University, Vietnam War, and civil rights.

Series 1: General Files, 1958-1972 Series 2: Publications, 1958-1972


  • 1958 - 1972


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.


Established at Wayne State University in 1959 with the assistance of a Ford Foundation Grant, Monteith College was a small innovative general education college. In December of 1975, the University's Board of Governors, upon the recommendation of the University administration, voted to phase out Monteith by June, 1978. 1975 was a time of financial crisis for Wayne and the administration estimated the phase out would save about $572,000 annually. In March of 1978 the Board voted to continue granting degrees from the College through the summer term of 1981 and to offer limited classes to accommodate those who had not yet completed degree requirements.


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Monteith College was endowed by a Ford Foundation Grant. Its purpose was to provide general education in an innovative way. Monteith was an experimental college developed by the College of Liberal Arts to study whether a small college on a large university for commuters could provide a first-rate education for average undergraduates. The Monteith College Archives was created by Professor Paul Bluemle in c. 1967 to record the College's history and activities. The material was gathered from a variety of sources, is highly selective and does not contain any College office files or faculty/committee minutes. It appears that the majority of material was gathered in 1967.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4) and Series 2 (Boxes 5-14).

Material within folders is arranged in chronological order. Many of the folders have a transmittal form identifying the date on which the item was received as well as title, author, date and general description. Loose transmittal forms with no accompanying material will be found in the last folder of the collection.

Other Access Aids

Finding aid also available as a pdf file.


The Monteith College Archives Collection was placed with the University Archives in 1978 By Martin Herman, Dean of Monteith College.

Related Materials

Refer to Wayne State University collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1991.
Guide to the Wayne State University Monteith College Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA