Robert and Elanor Lumianski Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Lumianski, Elanor, 1909-2006
Lumianski, Robert Mayer, 1906-
Robert and Elanor Lumianski papers
Date [inclusive]
1.0 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

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Biographical Note

Robert M. Lumianski was born on January 26, 1905 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education and his Master of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina in 1928. Prior to coming to East Lansing, Lumianski was the principal at Lake George (N.Y.) High School, Dean of Students and Professor of English at the National Farm Junior College, and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1942-1946 in Cryptographic Intelligence, Air Transport Command.

Lumianski joined the faculty at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in 1946. He served as instructor (1946-1950), assistant professor (1951-1959), associate professor (1960-1964), and professor (1965-1973) in the Department of Written and Spoken English (1946-1950), the Department of Communication Skills (1951-1961) and the Department of American Thought and Language (1962-1973). He retired from MSU in 1973.

Lumianski obtained a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University in 1955.

From August 1962 to July 1964, Lumianski participated in the MSU Nigeria Program. In 1967, Lumianski was assigned to the Nigeria Peace Corps project for the entire calendar year.

Elanor Arden Parrott Lumianski was born on November 1, 1909 in Lake George, New York. She attended a five year nursing course at Skidmore College graduating in 1932. In 1934, she earned a Public Health Nursing Certificate from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and went on to became a Family Health Counselor with the Kellogg Foundation in Michigan. She met Robert Lumianski at Lake George, New York and they married on July 6, 1935. Elanor worked as a public health nurse for Ingham County, Michigan from 1949-1962. She also went to Nigeria with Robert as part of the USAID and Peace Corps projects. After retirement the Lumianskis lived in Lake George, New York and Leawood, Kansas. Elanor Lumianski passed away on December 26, 2006.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of Robert and Elanor Lumianski. Included in the collection are reports by Robert Lumianski his time with the MSU University of Nigeria Project (1962-1964). Also include are reports and correspondence his time with the Peace Corps Masters of Arts in Education program held in Nigeria (1965 and 1968). The participants participated in the Peace Corp in Nigeria as teachers and at the same time earn credits toward their master's degree. The collection includes materials from courses taught by Lumianski in American Thought and Language.

Also included in the collection are materials from Elanor Lumianski including her notebook for learning Igbo and photographs she took while in Nigeria. Subjects of the photographs include people, friends, scenes, and the University of Nigeria Campus. Of note are the pictures of Nigerian people, villages, dancing, including juju dancing.

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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--University of Nigeria Program.
  • Michigan State University. Department of American Thought and Language.
  • Peace Corps (U.S.). (Nigeria)


  • Course materials
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Notebooks
  • Photographs
  • Reports

Geographic Name(s)

  • Nigeria

Personal Name(s)

  • Cherney, Sheldon, 1928-2005
  • Lumianski, Elanor, 1909-2006
  • Lumianski, Robert Mayer, 1906-
  • Taggart, Glen L.


  • Education -- Study and teaching (Graduate)
  • German language
  • Igbo language

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

University of Nigeria Project - End of Tour Report August 15, 1962-July 7, 1964 by Robert Lumianski 1964 

5630 3

MSU Peace Corps and Masters of Arts in Education Program - Nigeria 1965-1968 

Box Folder

Peace Corps MSU Masters of Arts in Education Program: September 19 - December 18 1965 

5629 1

MSU Peace Corps Master in Education Program Six Month Report January-July 1966 

5630 4

MSU/Peace Corps Masters in Education Program 12 Month Report: January 1966 - January 1967 1966-1967 

5629 2

Peace Corps MSU Nigeria XVII Master of Arts in Education Program Field Report: January 1966 - January 1968 

5629 3

Progress Report on MSU/University of Nigeria Program: July - December 1966 

5629 4

Report on First MSU/Peace Corps Masters in Education Seminar November 10, 1966 

5629 5

Correspondence 1966-1967 

Box Folder

Cherney, Sheldon 1966-1967 

5629 6

Courtney, Cynthia 1966 

5629 7

Gross, Carl 1966-1967 

5629 8

Taggart, Glen 1966 

5629 9

Wells, Clayton 1966-1967 

5629 10

American Thought and Language Course Materials 1971-1973 

Box Folder

ATL 121 circa Fall 1972 

5629 11

ATL 122 Winter 1973 

5629 12

ATL 123 Spring 1972 

5629 13

American Thought: Consistency of Change Volume I 1971 

5630 1

American Thought: Consistency of Change Volume II 1973 

5630 2

Elanor Lumianski materials 

Box Folder

Igbo and German language notebook 1962-1964 

5630 5

Photographs by Elanor Lumianski 

Box Folder

Nigrian Crafts undated 

5630 6


Box Folder

Dance Festival. Nsukka Stadium undated 

5630 7

Lumianski's Nigerian House 1964, 1966 

5630 7

Nigerian Friends 1964, 1967, 1971 

5630 7

MSU Faculty 1963, undated 

5630 7

Nigeria. People 1963, 1964, 1966 

5630 7

Nigeria. Scenes 1963, 1964, 1966 

5630 7

Robert and Elanor Lumianski and family 1963, 1966, 1967 

5630 7

University of Nigeria Campus. Nsukka undated 

5630 7