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Richard O'Dell papers

 Collection — Box: 04-05-04
Identifier: MSS-054

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains documents related to both O'Dell's personal life and his professional life, including correspondence, event and committee files, photographs, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and publications.

There is also a file of correspondence and other material related to Lavinia Spindler, who worked at Western Michigan University. While there is nothing to indicate exactly why O'Dell had Spindler's materials, he does refer to an Aunt Lavinia in some of his personal correspondence. Presumably his Aunt Lavinia was Lavinia Spindler.

Dates

  • 1896 - 1997

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Richard O'Dell papers, MSS-054, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, archives@nmu.edu. The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical note

Dr. Richard Frederick O'Dell received his B.A. degree from Michigan State University in 1935, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1939 and 1948, respectively. O'Dell was a professor of history and former head of the Department of History and Social Sciences. He began his career at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan in 1949 and retired in 1975. O'Dell was president of the Faculty Council in the 1960s and helped draft the constitution for the new Academic Senate in 1969. He was a staunch opponent of faculty unionization and led the opposition to the National Education Association's effort to organize the faculty in 1971. Richard O'Dell died on January 11, 2008.

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift received from Richard O'Dell in 1988 and 2008.

Separated Materials note

Three audio (reel-to-reel) recordings of the 1968 Academic Senate meeting concerning the Robert McClellan affair have been separated and are located in the Audio Visual Collection. Please see the archivist for more information.
Title
Richard O'Dell papers
Status
Completed
Author
Annika Peterson
Date
27 September 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1225
906-227-1333 (Fax)

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