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Merrill-Palmer Institute: Dr. Michael D. Usdan Records

Identifier: UR002122

Scope and Content

Important Subjects: Child Therapy Community education—United States Community service Day care Education—United States Emotions in children—Study and teaching Family services—United States Higher education and state—United States Human potential movement—Study and teaching Parent-child relations Preschool education Teacher training Unemployment—Psychological aspects Urban youth—Education—United States

Important Names: Mead, Margaret Milliken, William Knapp, Pauline Park Wilson


  • 1973 - 1978
  • Majority of material found within 1974 - 1978


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. 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.


4.5 Linear Feet (4 SB, 1 reel)


Dr. Michael D. Usdan was president of the Merrill-Palmer Institute from 1974-1977. Educated at Brown University and Teachers College at Columbia University, Usdan worked as a professor at City University of New York before joining Merrill-Palmer. He published widely, writing mainly on educational politics. His records document his work on urban and lower income youth in the Detroit area, as well as research and conferences focusing on urban poor, parent-child relationships and the impact of unemployment on families.


Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection. Unboxed AV Material (i.e. reel) is numbered sequentially by item.


The Michael Usdan Records are part of the Merrill-Palmer records placed at the Walter Reuther Library in the 1980s and early 1990s, beginning in 1982.

Related Materials

Merrill-Palmer Institute Records Collections at the Walter Reuther Library.


One reel-to-reel audiotape reel was transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department (see end of inventory).

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kathy Makas on September 14, 2010.
Guide to the Merrill-Palmer Institute: Dr. Michael D. Usdan Records
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA