Floyd W. Reeves papers
Scope and Contents
This collection is divided into six series. Four of these series are boxed materials. The first series consists of biographical information pertaining to Reeves. It also contains his general correspondence while at the University of Kentucky, the University of Chicago, and Michigan State University. The second series contains material related to the various committees with which Reeves was associated. It consists primarily of correspondence and pamphlets. The committees are in alphabetical order. The third series is composed of lectures and articles. The first half deals with material written by Reeves. The second half is material, of a similar nature, written by other people. The fourth series contains miscellaneous materials, and the fifth series consists of books that Reeves wrote or had some part in producing. The sixth series is found in the scrapbook collection and consists of four scrapbooks that contain newspaper clippings highlighting Reeves’ career.
- 1903 - 1970
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.
Floyd Reeves was a professor of education and administration. From 1953 until his retirement in 1962 he was a consultant to President John A. Hannah. Reeves was also associated with the University of Kentucky (1925-1929) and the University of Chicago (1929-1953). He was a consultant for numerous agencies associated with educational development. Probably the most significant materials in this collection are those related to the Federal Government. Reeves held a number of governmental positions during the Depression and World War II.
These significant historical materials cover the activities of Reeves over a period of more than forty years. They record his activities in the field of education and administration at the Universities of Kentucky and Chicago, in the federal government dating from the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and at Michigan State University where he served as consultant to President Hannah and as Distinguished Professor of Educational Administration, 1943 to 1962.
His official connection with Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, now Michigan State University, began in December 1943 when the President, with the approval of the State Board of Agriculture (now Board of Trustees), invited him to spend six weeks during the ensuing months of February and March on the campus for study and consultation. In this initial period Reeves participated in the development of curricula for comprehensive cultural courses in the freshman and sophomore years (Basic College program now University College), the reorganization of the divisions of the college which became schools, the establishment of a new school of Business and Public Service and the centralization of the student counseling services.
Later Reeves joined the staff of the university on a full time basis in which capacity he rendered distinguished service as a consultant, teacher and director of graduate research programs in education during the period when the university was experiencing its most rapid growth in student enrollments and research development.
On March 14, 1971, Michigan State University conferred upon Reeves the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, citing his long and distinguished career as an innovative and dedicated teacher, researcher, and public administrator.
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Language of Materials
Arranged into six series: 1. Biographical Information. 2. Committees and Organizations. 3. Lectures and Articles. 4. Miscellaneous Materials. 5. Books. 6. Scrapbooks and Photographs.
Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.
Michigan State University was signally honored when Dr. Floyd Wesley Reeves gave to the Archives Division of the University his manuscripts, papers, and the books and printed reports which he had authored or had a vital part in their production.
Michigan State University is grateful for this generous gift which has already served students in their research leading to the doctorate and which will serve in a significant way those engaged in research in the future.
- American Federation of Teachers
- Education -- Research -- United States
- Education, Higher
- Education, Rural
- Educators -- United States
- Hannah, John A., 1902-1991
- Howard University -- History
- Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 -- Correspondence
- Letters (correspondence)
- May, Elizabeth Eckhardt, 1899- -- Correspondence
- Michigan State University
- National Institute of Public Affairs (U.S.)
- Non-formal education
- Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 -- Correspondence
- Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 -- Correspondence
- Rural youth -- United States
- Tennessee Valley Authority
- United States. Children's Bureau
- United States. National Resources Planning Board
- United States. Works Progress Administration
- University of Chicago
- University of Kentucky
- Youth -- Social conditions
- Floyd W. Reeves Papers
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- W. H. Combs
- September 13, 1972
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.