Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dr. George G. Mallinson

Second Advisor

Dr. Rolland Maybee

Third Advisor

Charles Starring

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Chapter I

The Problem and Its Background

State and Local History Defined

State and local history may be considered relatively as geographical terms. In Europe, German history is state history. In the United Sates, Michigan history is local history. In Michigan, St. Joseph County history is local history. In St. Joseph County, the history of a village, township, or school district is local history. For the purposes of this study state history will refer to the history of Michigan. Also, in this study, local history will refer to the history of a county, township, village, or school district in this state.


From 1939 to the early 1950's, Western offered graduate courses in Kalamazoo in conjunction with the University of Michigan. All degrees were awarded by the University of Michigan.

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