Edward McFarland Papers

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Born in Millwood Pennsylvania in 1885, McFarland graduated from the Pennsylvania State Teachers College at Indiana in 1908. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1913 and master’s degree in 1915 from the University of Michigan. His areas of interest included public finance, taxation, purchasing and distribution. McFarland taught in Detroit’s Northern and Central high schools from 1915 until 1920, when he was appointed as an instructor to the Detroit Teachers College. Elected by his peers as President of the Detroit Teachers Association, he served from 1932 to 1936. McFarland served continuously on committees for the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. McFarland is credited with creating the Labor Education program at Wayne, having been placed in charge of the program in 1944. The papers of Edward McFarland show his interest in the labor program, his concern with consumer issues and his political interests.

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