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Bicentennial of the University of Michigan

 


200 Years of The Leaders and Best:

University of Michigan Bicentennial


 

 

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The year was 1817. The United States itself had not existed for very long, and Michigan was not yet a state but still a frontier territory.   Detroit was a long way from being the world class city it would become.

Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor would not be established until somewhat later. Yet, even then, people in Michigan Territory had big ideas about public education.

Governor Lewis Cass, Michigan

On August 26 of 1817, territorial governor Lewis Cass and local judges drew up the initial charter for what was originally called The Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania. “Catholepistemiad” being a word coined by Judge Augustus Woodward, after whom the main north-south road in Metro Detroit is named.

He intended the word to mean “a school of universal science.” The original proposed name was soon simplified to The University of Michigan.

In the early years in Detroit, the U of M was not really what we would now think of as a college or university.   It was something more like an advanced high school or preparatory school.

Fast forward 20 years to 1837.   By then, Michigan had become a state and the population was growing.   Therefore, there was more of a need for public education at all levels.

Among the many towns and cities being established in the state at that time was Ann Arbor, in the county just west of Wayne County where Detroit is.

A forty acre, square shaped plot of land in Ann Arbor was acquired and the first few buildings of what would eventually become a world class university were built.   The Reverend Henry Colclazer was appointed in 1837 as the first University of Michigan Librarian.

In 1841, the first college level students began their studies at the Ann Arbor campus. Four years later, twelve men formed the first graduating class of the University of Michigan.

The School of Literature, Sciences and Arts (LSA) was the first specific U of M college or school to be established.   As the rest of the 1800s progressed, other schools and colleges were added, such as Engineering, Medicine, Law, and of course Library Science.

Samuel Codes Watson

As has unfortunately been the case in American society generally, the University was slow to integrate on the basis of race and gender. Samuel Codes Watson was the first known African-American student at the University in 1853.

First Woman to Graduate From Medical School First woman to graduate from University of Michigan Medical School — Madelon Louisa Stockwell

 

 

 

In 1870, Madelon Stockwell became the first woman student at Michigan.

Image: Available online in Bentley Image Bank and in Ann Arbor, Michigan photograph collection, Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor in the 1870s.

 

 

 

 

By the 1860s, many of the extracurricular activities that are now such a big part of University life had been or were being established. Greek letter societies had existed almost from the beginning of the Ann Arbor campus.

The first of today’s intercollegiate sports teams, the Wolverines baseball team, began play in 1866.

The following year, the familiar University colors of maize and blue were first used.

Michigan Wolverines football team, 1883
Michigan Wolverines Football Team, 1894.

In 1879, the Michigan football team played and won its first game.

 

 

At that point, the American version of the game had not yet fully evolved and what was played then was more like today’s game of rugby.

Michigan Wolverines Football Team, 1897.

As history moved forward from the 1800s into the 1900s, the Ann Arbor campus continued to grow and expand far beyond the original 40 acre “Diag” area, taking over larger and larger parts of Ann Arbor.

Michigan Wolverines Football Team, 1902.

Eventually there would be four distinct “campuses” in Ann Arbor, first  being the original campus, another being the Medical Center.

The North Campus first began to be built in the 1950s and has grown over the years.

University of Michigan Stadium, May 2011 Photo by Corey Seeman
Sign at University of Michigan Stadium. Photo by Corey Seeman, 2009.

Finally, there is the South,  or Athletic campus, where the University sports venues including Michigan Stadium (The Big House) are located.

 

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University of Michigan Football Stadium. — Photo by Corey Seeman, 2011.

University of Michigan Alumni Field, Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Michigan Women’s Softball Coach Carol Huchins.

Another favorite sports venue on the Ann Arbor campus is Alumni Field, where Coach Carol Hutchins leads the top ranked Wolverine women’s softball team.

 

Wondering  about our campus here in Flint?

 

As Michigan’s population grew along with the demand for higher education, it was proposed that the University open additional campuses outside of Ann Arbor.

Charles Stewart Mott

Flint businessman, Charles Stewart Mott, offered a large sum of his fortune to the University for the purpose of starting a campus here.

Others joined him in the effort, and in the fall of 1956 the first students arrived to attend classes at what was originally called The University of Michigan-Flint College.

Later, the word “College” was dropped from the name; we were officially the University of Michigan-Flint

 

The Dearborn campus opened in 1959.

The University still maintains a presence in the city where it originated 200 years ago, in the form of the Detroit Center, located on the street named after one of the University’s founders, Woodward Avenue.

From a dream in the minds of ambitious frontier residents, the University of Michigan has grown over two centuries into one of the leading institutions of higher education in the United States and the world.

The bicentennial motto is a very fitting description of this great University, and it echoes the refrain of the school’s famous fight song:  The University of Michigan…Always Leading, Forever Valiant.

GO BLUE!!

By:   Vanessa Prygoski

Thompson Library to Host Summer 2015 — Holocaust and Genocide Workshop — at UM-Flint


 Workshop on Holocaust and Rwanda Genocide Testimonies Returns to UM-Flint this Summer


July 13th through July 17th this summer, UM-Flint will once again offer a unique Holocaust Workshop on our campus.

MSU Professor Kenneth Waltzer.
Dr. Kenneth Waltzer, past Winegarden Visiting Professor at UM-Flint and Professor Emeritus and former Director of Jewish Studies at MSU

Presenting again this year will be Dr Kenneth Waltzer, a past Winegarden Visiting Professor at UM-Flint and Professor Emeritus and former Director of Jewish Studies at MSU and our own  Dr Theodosia Robertson, Associate Professor Emerita of History.     Joining them this you will be Dr Dauda Abubakar, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Political Science, also of UM-Flint.

 

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Dr. Theodosia (Teddy) Robertson, UM-Flint History Dept Associate Professor, Emeritus.

Attendees will include local and visiting educators, graduate students, and community members interested in studying or teaching genocide materials. Participants may choose the three-day secondary educator track or the five-day intensive research track. SCECH credits are available for teachers.  Attendance at the workshop conveys 20 continuing education credits (20 CE) to all participants.

 

 

 

Dr. Dauda Abubakar Africana Studies Assistant Professor
Dr. Dauda Abubakar
Africana Studies
Assistant Professor

Thompson Library is proud to support the annual workshop presentations through our library resources, and in particular through our access to the  Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive.

 

 

 

 

Per a recent post in the College of Arts & Sciences blog:

Much of the workshop will focus on UM-Flint’s access to the USC Shoah Foundation‘s database of audio and visual testimonies from survivors and witnesses of genocides. Over 52,000 video testimonies of the Holocaust alone are housed within the database.

According to Emily Newberry, Web Services Coordinator and Reference Librarian at the Thompson Library, “We are one of the few institutions in the world who subscribe to the Shoah Visual History Archive through our subscription with Ann Arbor.

Participants will have full access while they are here, to use the archive and learn how to use testimonies with the full database.   After they leave, they may either come back and use it as a guest, or they can access a subset of freely available videos called VHA Online.  Secondary educators have access to an educational module tool called  iWitness, which also uses this free subset of videos in a format where they are included within modules for classroom use.”

Emily Newberry, Associate Librarian, Thompson Library, University of Michigan-Flint.
Emily Newberry, Associate Librarian, Thompson Library, University of Michigan-Flint.

As always, Emily is available to help anyone who would like to use these resources from our library.

We would like to thank the CAS bloggers for their support of this program, and for including mention of the Thompson Library participation.

To read the complete blog post, see the  University of Michigan-Flint, College of Arts & Sciences blog, or click here:  CAS article

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For more information, or to register for the workshop, visit the Summer Workshop website. If you have questions, email ENewberr@umflint.edu or call (810) 424-5302.

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Auschwitz Museum, Glasses of victims.  Photo taken at the museum 28 July 2010 by DIMSFIKAS and used under Creative Commons license.
Auschwitz Museum, Glasses of victims. Photo taken at the museum 28 July 2010 by DIMSFIKAS and used under Creative Commons license.
Eyeglasses taken from prisoners at Auschwitz concentration camp.  From the collection of Yad Vashem photo archive.
Heaps of eyeglasses taken from gassed inmates at Auschwitz concentration camp. From the collection of Yad Vashem photo archive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Georg Wippern statement to the Court, after the Second World War, confirmed his role in the economic plunder of Jewish valuables:

“In this context I want to mention that in the beginning I had nothing to do with jewellery and valuables. But then I was asked to come to Pohl in Berlin, who from then on put me in charge for the registration and delivery of valuables and jewellery. On this occasion I learned they that they were Jewish property. Because of that I wanted to refuse handling this task, but finally in a fierce battle of words was referred by Pohl to the Bruning Emergency decree from the year 1932.

According to the Heinrich Bruning Emergency Decree where there was given an order that non-registered foreign currency and precious metal were due for confiscation. Enforcement of this law was an obligation of the Reich’s finance authorities.

 At this meeting I heard for the first time the name Wirth. Because Wirth initially delivered the confiscated jewellery and valuables in a disorderly condition at the Reichsbank in Berlin, now this work should be done by me, nothing but as a purely administration specialist

 In this context I refer to the statements which I made at the Public Prosecutors Office in Hamburg. According to this, Wirth was obliged to deliver the valuables to me. This way I came to know Wirth. I want to emphasise that those jewels and valuables delivered to me not only came from the extermination camps but also from SS and Police Leaders in Warsaw and other places.”

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Original caption states: "Deep gashes delivered by the killers are visible in the skulls that fill one room at the Murambi School." Aftermath of Rwandan Genocide.
Original caption states: “Deep gashes delivered by the killers are visible in the skulls that fill one room at the Murambi School.” Aftermath of Rwandan Genocide.

Photo taken during the official visit of US Rep. Frank Wolf.

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Knives, machetes and spears used against the Tutsi people during the Rwanda war of genocide in 1994.  The Rwanda Genocide intensified in 1994 with the Hutu tribes hunting down the members of the Tutsi tribe who had ruled the rival Hutus for centuries as feudal overlords.  Photo used through Creative Commons license.
Knives, machetes and spears used against the Tutsi people during the Rwanda war of genocide in 1994. The Rwanda Genocide intensified in 1994 with the Hutu tribes hunting down the members of the Tutsi tribe who had ruled the rival Hutus for centuries as feudal overlords. Photo used through Creative Commons license.
Skulls of victims from the Rwandan Genocide found at the Nyamata Memorial.   By The Dilly Lama and used under Creative Commons license.
Skulls of victims from the Rwandan Genocide found at the Nyamata Memorial.
By The Dilly Lama and used under Creative Commons license.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The UM-Flint Library Looks Back through Time

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After the Classroom/Office Building was constructed, the UM-Flint library moved from its temporary location in the Mott Memorial Building (which was shared for several years with Flint JC, now Mott College) to the 5th floor of the new CROB structure.

This was intended to be an interim location for the library as well.  Plans were on the drawing board to eventually create a new buildingCROB066 to   house  just  the   library.  The concept was a round building located near what is now MSB.  A model of the planned building was created and  installed  on  the large table-top  3-D model of  the  UM-Flint  campus, which was on display at UCEN for many years.

When and how the library would be built was unknown, though.  No finalized architectural plans had been drawn up.  No donors had come forward to help the University provide research and study space and opportunities for its students.

Then several fortuitous things happened nearly simultaneously.

The property which had been used by the State (of Michigan) Building as a parking lot became available to re-purpose.

Through the efforts of Joanne Sullenger, UM-Flint Development officer, donors were made aware of our need and stepped forward to assist, chief among them the Thompson family.   (Our facility is named in honor of Mrs. Frances Willson Thompson.)

An architectural firm was selected.  Plans were drawn.  Ground was broken.  A new library building was created!

Thompson Library looks back on the nadir of our beautiful facility on the 20th anniversary of opening the Thompson Library to the students, faculty and staff of the University of Michigan-Flint campus!

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Dorothy G Davis, Librarian, checking her facts.

 

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FRANCES  WILLSON  THOMPSON  LIBRARY

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