Wayne State University University Services and Development Vice President William E. Stirton Records

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10.25 linear feet

These papers include Mr. Stirton’s files as Vice President, his files as Assistant to the President and Director of the Division of Community Relations. Some of the files of John Richards, Stirton’s predecessor as Assistant to the President are included in the collection.
Mr. Stirton began as a member of Cass Technical High School faculty in 1925. He accepted the position of principal at Cass Tech in 1946. William Stirton held a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in physics and mathematics. Initially, when William Stirton began at Wayne, he served President David Henry as his assistant. He then was promoted to one of the University’s four vice presidential positions in 1953. He left Wayne in 1956.
This collection reflects the efforts of both Stirton and Richards to develop a good relationship with the community, business and industry. The university’s inadequate funding and search for funds are documented, as is information regarding scholarships, research, building proposals and programs. The involvement of Wayne with two Detroit Mileage campaigns: 1949 and 1953 is included in the collection. The best documentation of the University’s ROTC program is contained in this collection, tracing Wayne’s interest in beginning a program in the 1930’s and 1940’s, and ROTC unit activities from 1947-1956.

1935-1956, bulk 1952-1955
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