William H. Combs Papers
UA.17.116

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Combs, William H.
Title
William H. Combs Papers
ID
UA.17.116
Date [inclusive]
1936-1979
Extent
2.0 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

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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Biography of William H. Combs

William H. Combs, an educator and administrator, began his career as a teacher in the Indian Public Schools where he taught from 1914 to 1925. From 1928 to 1930 he was an Associate Professor at Berea College in Kentucky and then an instructor (1931-1938) at the University of Tennessee. In 1938 he was also in the Consultant to the Tennessee State Department of Public Welfare. In 1938 he came to Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in history and political science and then Professor and Head of the Department of Public Administration (1938-1949). In 1949 Combs became Administrative Assistant to the President in charge of Academic Affairs and Dean of the All-College Division, positions he held until 1956. From 1956 to 1967 Combs was Dean of University Services, and from 1959 to 1967 he was Secretary of the Faculties. In 1967 Combs became professor and Dean Emeritus. He was Assistant Dean for Continuing Education, College of Arts and Letters, and Director of the University Archives and Historical Collections. Combs was named the first University Archivist in July 1968. On February 28, 1979, Combs stepped down from the Directorship of the Archives to become a consultant to the Archives and continuing education service. Combs died April 6, 1979.

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Scope and Contents note

Included in the papers are his book Tennessee: A Political Study, published in 1940 in collaboration with William E. Cole, preliminary drafts of chapters for it and correspondence relating to subjects in the book. Other materials include a Biennial Report of the University of Tennessee (1936-1938); correspondence and reports of the Tennessee Taxpayers Association (1938-1939): annual meeting programs of the American Political Science Association (1935, 1940); and articles on county organization and the jury, judicial and criminal prosecution systems in Tennessee (1938-1939).

The papers relating to Michigan consist mainly of correspondence and staff or committee reports from: The Commission on Reform and Modernization in Government (1938-1939); The Michigan Constitutional Revision Study Commission (1942); and The Michigan Joint Legislative Committee on Reorganization of State Government (1950) of which he was the project director.

Also included are two articles entitled "Shaping the Political State for Tomorrow's Children" (ca.1940) and "Emerging Trends in American Politics: The Domestic Field-State Centralization."

Materials from the Michigan Constitutional Convention (1961-1962), of which Combs was Codirector of Research and Drafting, can be found in collection 00068, Michigan Constitutional Convention papers.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections February 1977

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  July 2010

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

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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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See also Michigan Constitutional Convention papers (collection 00068).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Political Science Association.
  • Michigan -- Commission of Reform and Modernization of Government -- 1938
  • Michigan -- Constitutional Revision Study Committee -- 1942
  • Michigan -- Joint Legislative Committee on Reorganization of State Government -- 1950-1951 -- Staff reports
  • Michigan. State Dept. of Social Welfare.
  • Tennessee Taxpayers Association.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Michigan -- Politics and government
  • Tennessee -- Politics and government
  • United States -- Politics and government

Subject(s)

  • Taxation -- Tennessee

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Collection Inventory

Tennessee Papers 

Box Folder

Tennessee, A Political Study - Correspondence on Publication -- July 1939 

2584 1

"An Unamended State Constitution: The Tennessee Constitution of 1870" -- June 1938 

2584 2

Articles 

Box Folder

"Tennessee Experiments with the Merit System" (from Chapter 6 of Book) -- April, 1939 

2584 2a

"The Judicial System of Tennessee" (Chapter 7: The Court System and the Administration of Justice) 

Box Folder

 1938 

2584 3

Rough Draft -- 1938 

2584 4

Notes and Correspondence -- 1938 

2584 5
Box Folder

"The Educational System of Tennessee" (Chapter 9) -- ca. 1938 

2584 6

The Jury System in Tennessee"; "Specific Recommendations on the Jury System in Tennessee -- 1938 

2584 7

"Specific Recommendations on the Jury System in Tennessee"; "A Model State Constitution" -- 1938 

2584 8

"State Supervision of Criminal Prosecution in Tennessee" -- 1938 

2584 9

"City-County Separation and Consolidation in Tennessee" -- February, 1940 

2584 9a

Clipping - "Waste in Tennessee" -- December 29, 1937 

2584 9b
Box Folder

University of Tennessee - Biennial Report -- 1936-1938 

2584 10

Tennessee Taxpayers Association 

Box Folder

Correspondence -- 1939 

2584 11

"Report on Taxes Payable by Electric Utilities to State and Local Governments in the State of Tennessee" -- February, 1939 

2584 12

Seventh Annual Report -- 1938 

2584 13

American Political Science Association 

Box Folder

31st Annual Meeting -- 1935 

2584 14

36th Annual Meeting -- 1940 

2584 15

Michigan Papers 

Box Folder

Commission of Reform and Modernization of Government - Correspondence -- 1938 

2584 16

Commission on Reform and Modernization of Government - Draft of Preliminary Report -- December 20, 1938 

2584 17

Articles 

Box Folder

"Shaping the Political State for Tomorrow's Children" -- ca. 1940 

2584 18

"Emerging Trends in American Politics: The Domestic Field-State Centralization" -- ca. 1940 

2584 19
Box Folder

Article on State Centralization - Correspondence 1940 

2584 20

"Preliminary Report of the Michigan Constitutional Revision Study Commission" -- 1942 

2584 21

Lists of Members and Committee Assignments of Michigan Constitutional Revision Study Commission -- 1942 

2584 22

Michigan Joint Legislative Committee on Reorganization of State Government 

Digest of Staff Reports 

Box Folder

#1-3 -- July, 1950 

2584 23

#4-6 -- September - December, 1950 

2584 24

#7-9 -- January - February, 1951 

2584 25

#10-12 -- January - March, 1951 

2584 26

#13, 14, 16 -- February - March 1951 

2584 27

#17-19 -- April, 1951 

2584 28

#22-23 -- August - September, 1951 

2584 29

#24-25 -- October, 1951, March, 1952 

2584 30
Box Folder

Staff Report to the Michigan Joint Legislature Committee on Reorganization of State Government - Michigan Department of Social Welfare -- October 1951 

2584 31

Draft of Report of Michigan Joint Legislature Committee on Reorganization of State Government on Department of Social Welfare -- 1951 

2584 32

Michigan State University Papers 

Course and Curriculum Changes January 1959 - October 26, 1959 

Box Folder

Part I 

2584 33

Part II 

2584 34

Part III 

2584 35

Part IV 

2584 36

Course and Curriculum Changes December 17, 1969 - May 31, 1969 

Box Folder

Part I 

2584 37

Part II 

2584 38

Part III 

2584 39

Part IV 

2584 40

SAA Meeting September 29 and October 1, 1979 

Box Folder

Miscellaneous 

2584 41

"The Archives within the University: Mandate and Structure" 

2584 42

Correspondence Relating to Questionnaire and Paper 

2584 43-44

SAA Meeting September 1970 

Structure and Functions of College and University Archives 

Box Folder

Private Institutions 1970 

2606 1

Canadian Institutions 1970 

2606 2

Land Grant Institutions (Separate) 1970 

2606 3

State Universities and State Universities and Land Grant Combined 1970 

2606 4

Public Institutions (Other than LG and Universities) 1970 

2606 5
Box Folder

Committee on College and University Archives 1970-1971 

2606 6

Miscellaneous 1970 

2606 7

Miscellaneous Projects 

Box Folder

Quarter Session at MSU: Study by W. H. Combs 1962 – January 21, 1971 

2606 8

North Central Association (N.C.A.) - M.S.C Rating--Reports September 8, 1947 – 1970 

2606 9

Wharton Project (Part I) 1972-1973 

2606 10-13
Box Folder

Wharton Project (Part II) 1968-1973 

2606 14

Wharton Project (Part III) 1965-1973 

2606 15-21

Inaugurations 

Box Folder

Albion College 1971 

2606 22

Calvin College 1976 

2606 23

Central Michigan University 1960 

2606 24

Concordia Lutheran Junior College October 20, 1970 

2606 25

University of Detroit 1966 

2606 26

Henry Ford Community College May 20, 1973 

2606 27

Hillsdale College 1971 

2606 28

Hope College 1972 

2606 29

Kalamazoo College 1972 

2606 30

Marygrove College 1972 

2606 31

Mercy College 1972 

2606 32

Montcalm Community College 1972 

2606 33

Saginaw Valley College 1975 

2606 34

Schoolcraft College 1971 

2606 35

University of Michigan-Dearborn 1972 

2606 36

Transylvania University 1977 

2606 37

Western Michigan University 1975 

2606 38
Box Folder

Civil Service Commission 1956-1958 

2606 39

Michigan Constitutional Convention (CON-CON) Project 1969-1973 

2606 40

CON-CON Reunion 1967-1977 

2606 41

North Central Association Data Supplied by Reeves 1930-1946 

2606 42

Dean Combs Misc. 1956-1979 

2606 43

Miscellaneous News 1949-1960 

2606 44

Staff 1931 - 32; 1941 - 42; 1951 - 52 etc 

2606 45

Rules for University 1966 

2606 46

Study Committee - Course & Curriculum Changes 1957 

2606 47

Successor of Mr. Towne 1958 

2606 48

Annual Report of Director of Libraries 1969-1970 

2606 49

Teaching Research and Extension Comments by William Combs 1971 

2606 50

Volumes 

Box
2584

vol. 1: Tennessee: A Political Study -- 1940 

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Photographs 

Drawer

People. Combs, William H. 

People Photos

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