Wayne University Department of English Records

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3.5 linear feet (7 MB)

This collection includes personal papers of Frank G. Tompkins, gradebooks of Clarence Hilberry, and general material from the English Department office.

Frank G. Tompkins was an English professor at Detroit Junior College and Central High School; he was on the earliest faculty roster (1918-1919), and was a department head. Much of his personal papers come from his early years of teaching, and the student papers found within are from both the Junior College and Central High School. Frank Tompkins was known for teaching his students to write one-act plays, which they would then perform under his direction. A memorial fund, administered by Alexander Brede, was established in his name in 1940 to award monetary prizes in a literary competition.

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