Wayne State University Monteith College Records

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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. 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.

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