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William Atwell Jenkins Papers


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William Atwell Jenkins Papers, 1980-1988 | University of Michigan-Dearborn Archives

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Predominant Dates:1980-1988

Primary Creator: Jenkins, William Atwell

Extent: 1.3 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 07/01/2000

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection was given to the University by Mrs. Alice Jenkins in 2000 and added to in 2001.  It includes speeches and articles written by Dr. Jenkins.  It includes clippings and correspondence related to Jenkins, his appointment, his reappointment, his retirement, and a few issues of university publications that include articles about him.  It also includes some books about the University of Michigan and about Dearborn, which were added to the library’s collection.  The addendum includes the transcript of an interview with Dr. Jenkins conducted by UM-D history professor Elton Higgs.  The bulk of the material from the Jenkins administration is in the records of the Chancellor’s Office.  See Office of University Relations, boxes 85-91 for approximately 1000 black & white photographs, 5x7, unnumbered, unmarked, from the Jenkins era, 1980-1988.

Biographical Note

William Atwell Jenkins was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, November 18,1922.  He received his B.S. in education from New York University in 1948, his M.S. in 1949 from University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. also from UI in 1954.  He taught in high school in Moline, IL, during 1951-53, and moved on to Wisconsin State College, where he was an assistant professor of English from 1953-55, and associate professor of English and Education in 1956. He was associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1958-1963.  He was associate dean of the School of Education, and director of teacher education and graduate studies there from 1963-1970, and was acting dean during 1968-1969.  He was dean and professor in the School of Education at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, from 1970-1974.  He was vice-president for academic affairs at Florida International University in Miami from 1974-1977.  From 1978-1980, Jenkins was professor and dean of the School of Education and Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Colorado-Denver.  He was Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 1980 to1988.  He co-authored some eighty-five texts on reading and language for the elementary grades.  He also wrote numerous articles and edited Elementary English magazine from 1963-1970.  He was president of the National Council of Teachers of English during 1968-69, and received the Distinguished Service Award from that body. 

Jenkins made many contributions to the University of Michigan-Dearborn during his tenure as the second chancellor and first African-American to hold the position.  Michigan experienced an economic downturn during 1981-1982 that resulted in a substantial reduction in state funding to higher education.  It was Jenkins’ unenviable duty to balance the budget in part by reducing expenses and raising tuition significantly.  He also oversaw the long awaited opening of the new library in 1981, the celebration of the University’s Twenty-fifth Anniversary in 1984, the opening of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Laboratory Building in 1988, and an increase in student population from 6400 to 7300.

Jenkins served on the boards of a number of civic organizations, including the City of Portland Development Commission.  He was a train buff, and an enthusiastic traveler.  Jenkins, the father of two, married the former Alice Wyne in 1974.  He retired from the University in 1988 and returned to Wisconsin where he died January 22, 1998.

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Michigan-Dearborn Archives

Access Restrictions: The records are open to research.

Use Restrictions: May be held by the Regents of the University of Michigan.

Acquisition Method: The collection was donated to the archives in July 2000; addendum August 2001. It was processed by K. Morgan, archives, 2001, 2008.

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Appointment, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Certificates and ResolutionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Civic ActivitiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Christmas cardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Death (obituaries and memorials), 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Interview (transcript) (Elton Higgs), March 5th, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 8: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Miscellaneous – Higher EducationAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Miscellaneous – Higher Education - MarketingAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: PhilosophyAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Publications, 1961-1987Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Reappointment, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Remarks to the Legislature, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Reports, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Retirement, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Speeches, 1978-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Speeches, 1982-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Speeches, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 8: University of Michigan-Ann ArborAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: University of Michigan-Dearborn—BudgetAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: University of Michigan-Dearborn—Campus Planning Statements, 1986- 1991Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: University of Michigan-Dearborn—Chancellor’s ResidenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: University of Michigan-Dearborn—Commencement, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 3: University of Michigan-Dearborn—EventsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: University of Michigan-Dearborn—Fair LaneAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: University of Michigan-Dearborn—Incentive ScholarshipsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: University of Michigan-Dearborn--Library and Armenian Research  Center DedicationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: University of Michigan-Dearborn--Mechanical and Systems  Engineering LaboratoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: University of Michigan-Dearborn--MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: University of Michigan-Dearborn--Publications--Honor rollsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: University of Michigan-Dearborn—Publications—Michigan JournalAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: University of Michigan-Dearborn—Publications—UrbisAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: University of Michigan-Dearborn—Shutdown threat, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 13: University of Michigan-Dearborn--Twenty-fifth Anniversary, 1984Add to your cart.

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