Robert L. Wright Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Wright, Robert L., 1920-
Robert L. Wright papers
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Cubic feet

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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

Robert L. Wright was born on May 23, 1920 in Connersville, Indiana. He graduated from Defiance College in 1943 with a Bachelor's degree in English. His first position at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) came in 1948 as an assistant professor in Written and Spoken English. Later, he became the director of the Writing Clinic at MSC and an assistant professor in Communication Skills. In 1957 he became an associate professor of American Thought and Language in 1957, and later a full-time professor in the department. In 1962, he became a professor in Comparative Literature as well. He stayed at the university as a professor until 1986.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains papers relating to courses taught by Robert L. Wright at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University from 1948 to 1963. In particular, there are several annual reports relating to writing and other communication skills. There is also an analysis of a questionnaire given to undergraduate students regarding their reactions to Basic College courses.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections May 2016

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 American Thought and Language.


  • Annual reports
  • Brochures
  • Course materials
  • Reports


  • Communication -- Study and teaching

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

ATL Course Outlines, With the Original Curriculum Committee Comments February 7, 1963 

F.D. 1

Annual Report Departmental Committees and Improvement Services 1953-1954 

F.D. 2

Annual Report Departmental Committees and Improvement Services 1954-1955 

F.D. 3

Department of Communication Skills, Listening Training Brochure: Basic 112, 113 Winter, Spring, 1955 

F.D. 4

Reactions to Basic College Courses 

F.D. 5

Report of Survey of Attitudes Toward Communication Skills September 9, 1955 

F.D. 6

Writing Clinic Reports 1948-1951 

F.D. 7