A Guide to the Michael Louis Altstetter Records, 1929-1934 Altstetter, Michael Louis, records 2017-002

A Guide to the Michael Louis Altstetter Records, 1929-1934

A Collection in
Special Collections and University Archives
Accession number 2017-002


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Repository
Special Collections, Simpson Library, University of Mary Washington
Accession number
2017-002
Title
Michael Louis Altstetter Records, 1929-1934
Physical Characteristics
9 folders.
Creator
Altstetter, Michael Louis
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Michael Louis Altstetter Records, 1929-1934, Special Collections and University Archives, Simpson Library, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA.

Acquisition Information

The materials were transferred from administrative offices to the University Archives.


Biographical Information

Michael Louis Altstetter
Dean of Instruction and Registrar, 1929-1934
Fredericksburg State Teachers College

Michael Louis Altstetter was born in Ohio. He earned his Ph.D. from Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University) and served in several educational and administrative roles in Ohio and Florida before coming to Fredericksburg State Teachers College in September, 1929.

Dr. Altstetter first came to the college as acting Dean of Instruction, Registrar, and head of the Department of Education. At the time, he was serving in place of Dean Bunyan Y. Tyner who was observing a leave of absence. Dean Tyner ultimately resigned and Dr. Altstetter was appointed to this position officially. He served in this capacity until a serious rift between Dr. Altstetter and President Combs occurred in 1934, resulting in his position being eliminated. The president cited an administrative reorganization as the reason for the removal and declined to provide any further details.

Dr. Altstetter left Fredericksburg and continued his educational career as a professor at Peabody College, then later worked in Washington D.C. developing regional accreditation standards.

Scope and Content

The Michael Louis Altstetter Records consist of what are presumed to be his office files, due to the time frame and nature of information. The collection spans the years 1929-1934, when Dr. Altstetter served in an administrative capacity at Fredericksburg State Teachers College, and contains correspondence related to his duties as Dean and Registrar. The correspondence in Series 1 pertains specifically to students' academic deficiencies and discipline and features exchanges between Dean Altstetter and the parents of struggling students, occasionally including exchanges wih the students themselves. Series 2 is entirely exchanges with Thomas Eason of the Virginia State Board of Education and largely concerns student records and queries regarding State Board requirements and teaching certifications. Altstetter’s assistant registrars, Muriel Jenner in the earlier years or Wesa Dale later, are also included as occasional correspondents in this series. Series 3 contains correspondence relating to Altstetter’s general professional duties. Letters regard various topics such as publications, donations, travel plans, and dealings with professional organizations. Altstetter served as the president of the Virginia chapter of the Peabody Alumni Association, and correspondence related to those duties is included in this series. Some exchanges with the office of Mrs. Alfred I. DuPont (also known as Jessie Ball DuPont) are also included in this series. Altstetter also appears to have filed a few letters to or from President Combs throughout the records where relevant to a particular topic.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into three series: (1) Academic Deficiencies and Discipline, (2) Virginia State Board of Education, and (3) General Correspondence. All contain correspondence exclusively. Series 1 is arranged alphabetically by student; Series 2 contains correspondence with a single recipient, Thomas Eason, and is arranged chronologically; Series 3 is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Adjunct Descriptive Data

Bibliography

Alvey, Edward, Jr. History of Mary Washington College, 1908-1972. University of Virginia Press, 1974.

Bibliography

Alvey, Edward, Jr. History of Mary Washington College, 1908-1972. University of Virginia Press, 1974.

Contents List

Series 1: Academic Deficiencies and Discipline, 1930-1932
Box: 1
  • Folder 1
    Correspondence – Academic Deficiencies and Discipline (A-E), 1930-1932
  • Folder 2
    Correspondence – Academic Deficiencies and Discipline (G-Z), 1930-1932
Series 2: Virginia State Board of Education, 1930-1933
Box: 1
  • Folder 3
    Correspondence – Virginia State Board of Education, 1930
  • Folder 4
    Correspondence – Virginia State Board of Education, 1931
  • Folder 5
    Correspondence – Virginia State Board of Education, 1932-1933
Series 3: General Correspondence, 1930-1933
Box: 1
  • Folder 6
    General Correspondence (A-E), 1930-1933
  • Folder 7
    General Correspondence (F-I), 1930-1933
  • Folder 8
    General Correspondence (J-M), 1930-1933
  • Folder 9
    General Correspondence (N-Z), 1930-1933