Effie M. Downer Papers

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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.

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