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Department of Effective Living records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-22.25

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 11 volumes of Effective Living course syllabi and readings; original minutes of the Basic Education Planning Committee and the Curriculum Committee (March-May, 1944); a “confidential” report of an undated faculty survey relating to the establishment of the Basic College and the Effective Living courses. The collection is arranged chronologically.

The collection also includes unpublished annual reports for 1945-1953.


  • Creation: 1946 - 1951

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.

Historical Note

The Basic College, established in 1944, encouraged liberal education and integrated thinking. It required students during their first two years to take classes in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities before deciding on a field of specialization. In 1960 the Basic College became the University College. The Effective Living Department was part of the now defunct Basic College. “Effective Living” pertains to the social, moral, and civil responsibilities of living, primarily as they relate to the family.


0.5 Cubic Feet (, 11 folders)

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Custodial History

Donated by Elizabeth Bloom, daughter of Leo Haak.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University

Property Rights: Michigan State University

Department of Effective Living Records
3 Ready For Cataloging
M. Badgley
May 2010
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US