Inventory of the Norman Drachler papers

Finding aid prepared by Norman Drachler and Hoover Institution Archives Staff.
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Title: Norman Drachler papers
Date (inclusive): 1945-1985
Collection Number: 85020
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 194 manuscript boxes (77.6 linear feet)
Abstract: Minutes, reports, studies, pamphlets, clippings, and other printed matter, relating to public education, primarily in Detroit.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Drachler, Norman.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Norman Drachler papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1985.

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Biographical/Historical Note

Norman Drachler was born in May 20, 1912, in Kaminetz-Podolsk, in what is now Ukraine. He immigrated to Detroit with his family in 1929. Drachler received a bachelor's degree in 1937 and a master's degree in education in 1939 from Wayne State and a doctorate in education from the University of Michigan in 1951. He embarked upon a 35-year career in the Detroit school system in 1937, rising from teacher to become superintendent in 1966.
As superintendent, Drachler served of the Detroit school system during its most volatile period in the late 1960s. He was a champion of integrating both the administration and student body. One of the first battles over integration began in 1968, when a very modest desegregation proposal involving just 3,000 of the system's 300,000 students caused considerable political reaction.
In April 1970, the Detroit school board, following state law, decentralized the Detroit system. Drachler also pushed for more black district administrators and favored a moratorium on buying textbooks that failed to offer positive images of minorities.
After resigning in 1971, Drachler founded the Institute for Educational Leadership, which specializes in training administrators of urban school districts. The first institute was at George Washington University in Washington. He founded another institute with the same name three years later, when he moved to Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
Sources: "Norman Drachler Dies at 88; Headed Detroit School System" New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2000/05/25/us/norman-drachler-dies-at-88-headed-detroit-school-system.html and "Norman Drachler; Detroit Schools Chief in '60s" Los Angeles Times, http://articles.latimes.com/2000/may/26/local/me-34299

Scope and Content of Collection

Minutes, reports, studies, pamphlets, clippings, and other printed matter, relating to public education, primarily in Detroit.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Education--Michigan--Detroit.

Box 1-6

Proceedings of the Detroit Board of Education, 1945-1974

Box 6-9

Citizens committees on schools (committee members and chairperson selected by the board of education), 1957-1968

Box 10-15

Decentralization (Detroit), other cities and national views, undated

Box 15-18

Detroit and Michigan materials: Education, Demographic data, and Michigan Consititutional Convention, 1962 - 1963

Box 18-28

Education finance: Detroit and other cities; national literature; federal and state reports, and other various pamphlets (primarily national), undated

Box 28-37

Federal programs and compensatory education (Detroit), undated

Box 28-37

Compensatory education: national, undated

Box 28-37

Federal government in education: hearings, acts, data on American education, undated

Box 37-40

Public school publications (Detroit) to staff and community, undated

Box 37-40

Curriculum and plant evaluations, undated

Box 40-55

Newspaper clippings from Detroit and other cities: school in the news 1961-1969; 1969-1971; 1972-1973; 1974-1976; 1977-1980,

Box 40-55

News clippings on one or several topics from newspapers in Detroit and other cities, undated

Box 55-57

Detroit and other cities: curriculum, 1958-1967; textbook, 1967; juvenile Delinquency and youth, 1965-1968 (includes: dropouts from school); large cities, employment, 1962-1963,

Box 57-59

Detroit and other cities: school finance and federal aid, 1958-1969

Box 60-63

Detroit and other cities: integration and civil rights, 1956-1969

Box 63-65

Detroit and other cities: large cities, 1961-1964; segregation, 1964; delinquency, 1963-1964; poverty program and welfare, 1965,

Box 66-67

Materials - National: culturally deprived, large cities, and leadership, undated

Box 68-71

Materials - Education: reports from other cities: Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, St. Louis, San Francisco, and others, undated

Box 71-73

Urban American: education reports, articles, and books, undated

Box 74-75

Selected data for decentralization study, federal and state programs, information on each school by region, indicating expenditure per child in each school and other relevant materals as achievement on national tests, etc. (Detroit has eight regions), undated

Box 76-78

Detroit educational evaluation, undated

Box 77-81

Detroit high schools, undated

Box 81-84

Detroit school reports and riot of 1967, undated

Box 85-86

Detroit: the courts and education, undated

Box 87-88

Collective bargaining - Detroit and national, undated

Box 89-91

Detroit student unrest: Detriot and national, undated

Box 91-98

Detroit educational reports and related national materials, undated

Box 99-101

Administration: general, undated

Box 102-104

American education: policies, politics and critics, undated

Box 105-107

Assessment of education, undated

Box 107-109

The courts and education, undated

Box 109-111

Disadvantaged in education: national, undated

Box 112-115

Education: other cities, undated

Box 115-117

Ethics and education: national, undated

Box 118-119

Hispanic and Indian education: national, undated

Box 119-123

School integration, undated

Box 123-125

Education segregation: national, undated

Box 126-128

Teacher education: national, undated

Box 128-132

U.S. civil rights commission reports, undated

Box 132-134

Urban American education: reports, articles and books related national materials Urban task force - integration nation, undated

Box 132-134

Urban task force: integration national, undated

Box 135-140

International education (Detroit Archives), undated

Box 140

Publications: National Education Association and American Association of School Administrations; Reports from other cities: Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, St. Louis, San Francisco, and others, undated

Box 140

Reports from other cities: Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, St. Louis, San Francisco, and others, undated

Box 141-143

Educational issues during the 1960s and 1970s, undated

Box 143-145

Equal educational opportunities: Senator Walter Mondale, chairman. Reports and related articles, undated

Box 143-145

Ethnics and education: national, undated

Box 145-148

Federal government and education Hispanic and Indian education - nation National education data, undated

Box 145-148

Hispanic and Indian education: national, undated

Box 145-148

National education data, undated

Box 149-151

Student unrest: women in education, undated

Box 152-154

I.Q. re-organization, undated

Box 155-158

Ability grouping: instruction, undated

Box 159-161

Research: youth, undated

Box 162-163

National - Coleman report and related materials, undated

Box 163-166

National - Higher education and Misc., undated

Box 163-166

Publications: National Education Association and American Association of School Administration, undated

Box 163-166

Reports from other cities: Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, St. Louis, San Francisco, and others, undated

Box 163-166

School integration: general, undated

Box 163-166

Education segregation: national, undated

Box 163-166

Teacher education: national, undated

Box 163-166

U.S civil rights commission reports, undated

Box 163-166

Urban America education: reports, articles and books, undated