Arthur F. Brandstatter Papers

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Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Brandstatter, Arthur F.
Arthur F. Brandstatter papers
Date [inclusive]
2.33 Cubic feet

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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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Biographical Note

Arthur F. Brandstatter was born on December 27, 1914 in McKees Rock, Pennsylvania. He attended Michigan State College (now Michigan State University), receiving a B.S. in 1938 and a M.A. in 1951. While an undergraduate, Brandstatter was a standout performer on the Michigan State football team between the years 1934-1936. In 1961, he was one of 25 men to receive the Sports Illustrated All-American Silver Anniversary Award, which honored prominent football performers who achieved noteworthy success in their chosen fields in the 25 years following competition.

Between degrees, Brandstatter served on the Detroit Police Department from 1938-1941 and served in the army with a rank of major from 1941 until 1946 when he was honorably discharged. He later became a member of the army reserves and eventually retired at the rank of brigadier general in 1969. He served as chief of the East Lansing [Michigan] police force in 1946.

In 1946, Brandstatter joined the MSC faculty as an associate professor and head of the Department of Police Administration. In 1947, Brandstatter was named director of Public Safety, a position he held until 1960. He visited Germany in 1950 as a consultant to the public safety division of the High Commissioner’s Office for Germany. He also served as a consultant for both the Governmental Affairs Institute in Washington, D.C., in 1952, and for the Treasury Department in 1954. Brandstatter was one of the MSU faculty members to go to Indochina in the fall of 1954 to help the South Vietnam government solve non-military administrative problems. Brandstatter left MSU in 1976 to head the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Florida.

Brandstatter was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Society for the Advancement of Criminology, Alpha Phi Sigma, and the Police and Sheriff’s Association of North America.

Brandstatter married Mary Elizabeth Walsh of Bay City, Michigan, and had five children: John; Michael; Robert; Arthur, Jr.; and James.

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Scope and Contents note

The Arthur F. Brandstatter papers contain materials relating to Brandstatter’s career in Criminal Justice.

The first series, Surveys and Reports, spans the years 1967-1982, and contains numerous reports and studies he conducted on police programs, procedures, and departments. This series is arranged alphabetically by title.

The second series, Notebooks, 1948-1977, consists of writings of Brandstatter. These have been removed from their hardbound volumes and arranged in the same order in which they were originally. Book 8 is missing from the collection, but the majority of the materials that should have been there are located in Book 21.

The third series, Education, 1966-1984, undated, contains histories of the criminal justice program at Michigan State University, evaluations of police administration programs in other universities, speeches, and teaching materials. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

The final series, Police-Related, 1969, 1975, undated, contains reports and publications related to police programs and standards, but not directly related to Brandstatter’s work. This series is arranged alphabetically by title.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections March 2004

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

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. Class of 1938.


  • Course materials
  • Notebooks
  • Publications
  • Reports
  • Speeches


  • Criminal justice, Administration of -- Study and teaching
  • Public safety

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

An Administrative Survey of the Aurora, Illinois Police Department 

1849 1-3

A Comprehensive In-Service Program to Establish Uniform Levels of Training for the Highland Park Police Department 1971 

1849 4

Consolidation of Police Services in Erie County, NY July 12, 1968 

1849 5

Crime-Related Programs in Higher Educational Institutions in California 1969-1970 

1849 6

Evaluation of Aid Public Safety Program in Colombia June 1969 

1849 7

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Summary of Operations and Accomplishments 1975-1982 

1849 8

A General Assessment of the Administrative, Operational, and Community Service Characteristics of the Jackson Police Department, Jackson, MI 

1849 9

Jail Evaluation: A Standards Report 

1849 10

A Management Study of the Montcalm County Sheriff's Department September 1973 

1849 11-13

A Management Study of the Ontonagon County Sheriff's Department August 1974  

1849 14

Police Compensation October 1967 

1849 15

A Police Management Study of the Kane County, IL, Sheriff's Office 

1849 16-17

Police Services in Norton Township 

1849 18

A Report to the Architectural Planning Team of the Kane County,IL, Jail Facility June 1971  

1849 19

Report of Observations and Recommendations Relating to the Police and Watchman Department, Ohio State University, Columbus June 1970 

1849 20

Staff Report June 1974 

1849 21

A Study of Act 78 / A Study of Selection, Recruitment, and Promotional Procedures / A Proposed Police Cadet Program for Highland Park, MI April 1971 

1849 22-23

Study of Facilities Requirements, Kalamazoo County, MI 

1849 24

Survey and Analysis, Saginaw Township Police Department April-May 1971 

1849 25

"Improved Police Effectiveness by Education, Improved Promotional Methods and Performance Evaluation" by Arthur Brandstatter September 15, 1953 

1850 21

Notebooks 1948-1977 

Box Folder

Table of Contents, Book 1: Speeches 1953-1970 

1850 1

Book 2: Speeches 1953-1977 

1850 2

Book 3: Professionalization 1946-1972 

1850 3

Book 4: Administration and Organization 1953-1974 

1850 4

Book 5: Administration and Organization / Education and Training 1948-1967 

1850 5

Book 6: Education and Training 1948-1967 

1850 6

Book 7: Education and Training 1949-1976 

1850 7

Book 9: Speeches and Notes 1971-1976 

1850 8

Book 10: Speeches - Miscellaneous 1951-1971 

1850 9

Book 11: Speeches - Miscellaneous 1949-1974 

1850 10

Book 12: Speeches - Miscellaneous 1946-1972 

1850 11

Book 13: Publications 1958-1975 

1850 12

Book 14: Publications 1952-1967 

1850 13

Book 15: Speeches 1961, 1977 

1850 14

Book 16: Miscellaneous 1956-1975 

1850 15

Book 17: Speeches and Notes - Extra Copies 

1850 16

Book 18: Speeches and Notes - Extra Copies 

1850 17

Book 19: Speeches and Notes - Extra Copies 

1850 18

Book 21: Speeches and Notes - Extra Copies 

1850 19

Unnumbered Notebook 

1850 20

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Education 1966-1984, Undated 

Box Folder

Accreditation Criteria for Criminal Justice Programs 1964, 1974 

1851h 1

City University of New York – John Jay College of Criminal Justice Evaluation 1974-1975 

1851h 2

Lewis University 1972-1975 

1851h 3-4

Lewis University Evaluation 1975 

1851h 5

Michigan State University 1984, Undated 

1851h 6

Miscellaneous Writings 1953-1974 

1851h 7

Speeches 1975, 1982, Undated 

1851h 8

Speeches – List 1966, 1976 

1851h 9

Teaching Materials 1976, Undated 

1851h 10

University of Louisville Evaluation 1975-1976 

1851h 11

Youngstown State University Evaluation 1968 

1851h 12

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Police-Related 1969, 1975, Undated 

Box Folder

City of Detroit vs. Detroit Police Officers Association 1975, Undated 

1851h 13-14

Department of Justice, Summary of Police Task Force Standards and Goals Report Undated 

1851h 15

The Lancashire Police Amalgamation Circa 1969 

1851h 16

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