Lewis B. Larkin Papers

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Best known as a pioneer in the fight against juvenile delinquency in the 1940s, Larkin later became an associate professor of education at Wayne University. Born in Schenectady New York in 1901, he earned his B.S. degree from Springfield College Massachusetts, his masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan and his Ed.D. from Wayne. Larkin first taught educational psychology at Wayne in 1939. He worked with Detroit youth and community groups for over 20 years. His work with the Council of Social Agencies from 1940 to 1951 gained him recognition for his work with juvenile delinquents. In addition to his work as director of the Western Area Project from 1940 to 1942, Larkin served as community coordinator for the Davison Area Project and the Northern Area from 1943-1951. It was Lewis Larkin who caused the formation of the Commission on Children and Youth, the Detroit Police Department Youth Bureau and the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Council.

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