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John D. Pierce School memorabilia

 Collection — Box: 02-07-04
Identifier: MSS-375


  • Creation: 1920 - 1971

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from MSS-375, John D. Pierce School memorabilia, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical / Historical

Northern operated a teaching laboratory school between 1900 and 1971 and student teachers were assigned to the lab school which opened in September 1900 for their training. Plans for a new laboratory school, which was to be named after the first State Superintendent of Public Instruction, John D. Pierce, were developed in 1922. The John D. Pierce School was first occupied on April 6, 1925 and was dedicated on May 25, 1927. The Pierce School was a laboratory school where Northern students working toward teacher certification were trained. The school included grades K-12 and many of the instructors taught both in the school and at Northern. The state legislature closed the high school in 1961. The elementary grades ended in 1971. For a number of years, the remodeled building was used by the Psychology Department and other offices. Abandoned for several years, it was demolished in 1991-1992. *The information presented in this historical note was obtained from the book “A Sense of Time: The Encyclopedia of Northern Michigan University” compiled by Russell M. Magnaghi. **Additional information regarding John D. Pierce and the John D. Pierce School can be found in “Northern Michigan University: The First 75 Years” by Miriam Hilton.


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The material in this collection, MSS-375, John D. Pierce School memorabilia, is arranged by subject.

John D. Pierce School memorabilia
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


This collection guide includes collections from member organizations of UPLINK (the Upper Peninsula Digital Network) as well as the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. UPLINK collections document the history of the Upper Peninsula broadly, while the Central UP & NMU Archives focuses on such topics as Northern Michigan University history, the local iron mining industry, and the politics, economics, religion, environment, and culture of the Central Upper Peninsula region.

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