Richard O'Dell papers

Summary Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives
O’Dell, Richard F., (Richard Frederick), 1914-
Richard O'Dell papers
Date [inclusive]
1939 - 1992
1.25 Linear feet

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], in the Richard O'Dell papers, MSS-054, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, Northern Michigan University.

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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.

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Scope and Contents note

The processed portion of this collection contains six files related to O'Dell's tenure at Northern Michigan University. Of particular note is a file on the Black Student Sit-in and Protests in 1969-1970 and of the National Education Association's effort to unionize the faculty in 1971.

The unprocessed portion of the collection contains committee papers (Faculty Senate, Professional Load, Sabbatical Leave); class records (1958-1960); Northern Michigan College of Education bulletins (1949-50; 1954-55); Commencement (1959) and inauguration speech for President John X. Jamrich (1969); course papers: Problems of World Peace; Correspondence (University of Michigan; miscellaneous; Dorothy Maywood Bird; David Town; World War II); Vital Issues Conference; "Man in Appraisal" series; Straits Bridge Festival; Lavina Spindler clippings and letters; Rotary Club history materials; unlabeled photos; newspaper clippings. The collection's materials date from 1939 to 1992.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives 5/19/2010

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, Michigan, 49855

Revision Description


Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

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

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Related Materials

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Northern Michigan University--Faculty.
  • Northern Michigan University. Academic Senate.
  • Northern Michigan University. Department of History.
  • Northern Michigan University. Faculty Council.

Personal Name(s)

  • Jamrich, John X., 1920-
  • O’Dell, Richard F., (Richard Frederick), 1914-


  • African Americans--Education (Higher)--Michigan--Marquette.
  • Baccalaureate addresses.
  • Labor unions--Michigan--Marquette.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 of 2 


Biographical materials, 1988 

Black student sit-in, 1969-1970 

Marquette School Board, 1987; 1989 

Professional Load Committee of the Interfaculty Council, 1960, 1972 

Publications and speeches, 1959-1990 


Audio visual materials separation record 


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Box 2 of 2 


Audio Visual Materials Separation Record 

A Lingering Frontier manuscript, 1967 

The "Grailing" Americans manuscript, undated 

Faculty Senate, undated; 1955 

Professional Load Committee, Chair, 1958-1960 

Correspondence; Sabbatical Leave Committee, 1960-1961 

Class records, 1958-1960 

Northern Michigan College of Education Bulletin, 1949-1950; 1954-1955 

Addresses given: 1959 commencement bulletin; 1969 Inauguration Speech for Pres. Jamrich 

Articles given to O'Dell 

U.S. Constitutional law; cases and notes 

University of Michigan correspondence, 1939-1950 

Correspondence on health care reform; Sen. Carl Levin; Everett Koop 

David Town correspondence, 1972-1973 

Correspondence: from Dorothy Maywood Bird 

Miscellaneous correspondence, circa 1956-1992 

Vital Issues conference, May 1952 

"Man in Appraisal" series, 1957; Straits Bridge Festival, 1950 

Rotary Club history, undated 

Correspondence with colleagues 

Course: Problems of world peace, Fall 1958 

World War II correspondence 

Course: Problems of world peace, Winter 1960 

Clippings, IDs, certificate 

Lavinia Spindler clippings and letters 

Peninsulan Yearbooks: 1950, 1951 

Photographs-black and white, unlabeled 

The Northern News, Oct. 26, 1967 

Miscellaneous correspondence and certificates of recognition 

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