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Wayne State University Office of the President Warren E. Bow Records

Identifier: WSR00001B
The papers in this collection only pertain to Warren E. Bow's position as President of Wayne University. Unfortunately the files do not cover the entire spectrum of University activities and units. In addition, many of the files appear to be incomplete. The collection does reflect the tremendous involvement of David D. Henry, the chief administrative officer for the University.

Correspondence, clippings, minutes, and reports received and/or generated by Warren E. Bow as President of Wayne University.

Because the University was concerned with a student housing shortage various facilities were investigated. Material on the Barium Hotel and the Cadillac Square Building Cafeteria will be found in Box 2, Folder 19. The David D. Henry file for 1943 has information on the Graystone Ballroom.


  • 1942 - 1945


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.


2 Linear Feet (4 MB)


Warren E. Bow (1891-1945) served as superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools and president of Wayne University from July, 1942 until his death on May 12, 1945. After service on the Mexican border in 1916 and in France during World War I, Bow returned to Detroit in 1919 to become a grade principal at Nordstrum High School. Bow became assistant dean of the Detroit Teachers College, the predecessor of Wayne's College of Education, in 1922. He served as its Dean from 1926 to 1930. Bow was appointed assistant superintendent of schools in 1930 to lead the technical and vocational schools. He be came first assistant superintendent in charge of all secondary schools in 1939 and deputy superintendent in 1941. In July of 1942 Warren E. Bow was named superintendent of schools and president of Wayne University. After Bow's death, the roles of Superintendent and University President were redefined as separate offices. This collection pertains only to his tenure as president of Wayne University.


With one exception, files are arranged alphabetically by subject. The exception is the College of Medicine files which precede those of the Medical Science Center. There is frequent overlapping of information in the medical files. For example, information about the Medical Science Center will be found under that subject as well as the College of Medicine; the School of Occupational Health is also found under Medical Science Center and the College of Medicine.


Donated to the University Archives on May 31, 1958.

Related Materials

Wayne University Office of the President David D. Henry Records, Wayne University Medical Science Center Records, Wayne State University Academic Administration Vice President Winfred A. Harbison Records, Wayne State University Information Center Records


Four oversize plans have been removed from the collection and placed with the Archives oversize material. The plans are: Wayne University Medical Center Develment (11-18-43) and Preliminary Study of Campus Layout for Wayne University (5-31-44).

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Guide to the Wayne State University Office of the President Warren E. Bow Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA