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Effie M. Downer Papers

 Collection
Identifier: WSP000247
The papers of Effie Downer reflect her work and interest in the Detroit Teachers College and the Detroit Public Schools, and offer information about the Harriet M. Scott memorial window, circa 1917.

Subjects dealt with in the Collection are: Detroit Normal School Detroit Teachers College Harriet M. Scott Memorial Window Detroit Public Schools

Dates

  • 1917 - 1965

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet (1 MB)

Abstract

Born in Lenawee County Michigan, Miss Downer first taught in rural schools. Downer attended Michigan State Normal College in Ypsilanti, earning her Teacher’s Certificate in 1913. She then taught in Ypsilanti until 1917, when she began teaching at the Harris School in Detroit. From the Harris School she transferred to the Marr Elementary School, a teacher training school affiliated with the Detroit Teachers College, where she taught elementary students and supervised student teachers. Named Professor of Elementary Education in 1944, Downer retired in August 1957 as chairman of the Elementary Education Department. In addition to providing information about the Detroit Normal School and the Detroit Teacher’s College, the papers of Effie M. Downer provide insights into the Detroit Public Schools, and offer information about the Harriet M. Scott memorial window, circa 1917.

History

Effie M. Downer, Professor Emeritus of Elementary Education, retired August 1, 1957 as chairman of the Elementary Education Department, Wayne State University, after a career of more than forty years in education.

Downer was born in Lenawee County, Michigan and taught in rural schools until she attended Michigan State Normal College in Ypsilanti. After receiving her Teacher's Certificate in 1913, she taught in Ypsilanti until 1917 at which time she moved to the Harris School in Detroit. Her association with Wayne State University began in the early 1920's when she transferred to the Marr Elementary School, a teacher training school affiliated with the Detroit Teachers College. At the Marr School, Downer taught elementary students, supervised student teachers, and demonstrated for teachers new to the Detroit system. Prior to the merger of the Teachers College and the College of the City of Detroit in 1930, she received her baccalaureate from the Detroit Teachers College and her master's from Columbia specializing in educational curriculum and supervision. Downer continued teaching in the College of Education of Wayne University, later Wayne State University. She was named Professor of Elementary Education in 1944.

Arrangement

The papers, publications and correspondence of this collection are divided into three subject groups:the Detroit Normal School, the Detroit Teachers College, and the Detroit Public Schools.The material is arranged chronologically within each group.

Location

2W-A-8(4)

Acquisition

The papers of Effie Muriel Downer were placed in the Wayne State University Archives in December, 1972, and February and March, 1973, by Ms. Downer.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the Effie M. Downer Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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