John A. Waite Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Waite, John A.
John A. Waite papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 10 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

John A. Waite was born in Denver, Colorado on April 15, 1915. He received a Bachelor's degree in 1936 and a Master's degree in 1937, both from the University of Colorado and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1950.

Waite was hired at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in 1946 to teach English. Waite served on the Educational Development Program and also served as the Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Letters. He retired as professor emeritus in 1973.

John A. Waite was married to Esther Buchanan with whom he had one son, John Nicholas Waite. On July 13, 1983 John A. Waite died at the age of 68.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains materials relating to the drafting of Chapters VI-XII of the "Statues, Rules, and Regulations of the University," 1971-1972. Also included is correspondence relating to this project which Waite headed.

In addition, the collection includes reports, outlines, memorandums and correspondence regarding a study of the Art department done in 1968-1969 while Waite was assistant dean in the College of Arts and Letters. Studies of academic departments were an objective of Michigan State University's Educational Development Program which was initiated in 1963 to "reshape the university."

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections January 8, 2013

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Department of Art.
  • Michigan State University.


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Reports


  • Art -- Study and teaching
  • Universities and colleges -- Administration
  • Universities and colleges -- Faculty

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Collection Inventory

Art Department Study 1968-1970 

Drawer Folder

Art Department Study 1969-1970 

F.D. 1

Correspondence regarding study 1968-1970 

F.D. 2

Correspondence regarding consultants 1968-1969 

F.D. 3

Consultant reports 1969 

F.D. 3

Drafts of Rules and Regulations 1970-1972 

Drawer Folder

Revisions submitted to President Wharton; table of contents; preface 1970-1972 

F.D. 4

Chapter II: General Administration 1972 

F.D. 5

Chapter III: Academic Administration Undated 

F.D. 6

Chapter IV: Specialized All-University Academic Administrative Units Undated 

F.D. 7

Chapter VI: Faculty Affairs 1970 

F.D. 8

Chapter VII: Admissions, Fees and Catalogues Undated 

F.D. 9

Chapter VIII: Curricula, Courses, and Degrees Undated 

F.D. 9

Chapter IX: Advising, Attendance, Examination, and Grades Undated 

F.D. 9

Chapter XII: Student Services Undated 

F.D. 10

Chapter XVI: University Property 1971 

F.D. 10