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Ted J. Ligibel papers

 Collection
Identifier: 010.TJL

Scope and Contents

Dr. Ted Ligibel, a professor in the Historic Preservation department at Eastern Michigan University, served in the department from 1991-2017 and was the program director from 1999-2017. He phased into retirement starting in the 2017-18 academic year with the intent to retire in 2020. The Ted J. Ligibel papers include his Academic Tenure/Promotion files; files pertaining to the development of the Historic Preservation Program; Scholarship, Service, and Teaching files and lastly Correspondence files.

The Academic Tenure/Promotion Files contain annual activity reports from 1991-2015, applications for promotion including 1995-96, and applications for initial tenure in 1992-93. The annual activity reports detail the classes, research, and outside scholarship that Dr. Ligibel participated in for a given year. The promotion and tenure applications detail Dr. Ligibel’s longevity within EMU’s Historic Preservation program. These files also detail the applications for tenure and obtaining higher positions within the department. The majority of files in this series are the annual activity reports.

The Historic Preservation Program Development series details the growth of the HP program and highlight Dr. Ligibel’s role as Program Director from 1999-2017. Materials include student outreach, overview of HP courses, and highlights of the HP program under Dr. Ligibel’s tutelage.

The Scholarship Files detail research and published works from Dr. Ligibel. Materials in this series include finished published materials from Dr. Ligibel and research documents that he used. Examples from this series include Lights Along the River: The Story of the Maumee River Valley in Landmark Architecture by Ted Ligibel. Materials from this series are dated from 1985-2012.

The Service Files series is divided into two subseries; ‘presentations, talks, and workshops,’ and the ‘Fayette worksite field school.’ The presentations, talks, and workshops primarily highlight works that Dr. Ligibel did outside of his primary employment with EMU from 1985-2017. The Fayette field school subseries details documents and research highlighting the project attempting to get Fayette, Michigan onto the National Register of Historic Places. This series is dated from 1985-2017.

The Teaching Files series is divided into numerous subseries, evident of the number of courses that Dr. Ligibel taught over his tenure. These files are organized by course number, then by year. Materials in this series include teaching materials, photographic slides, and student works. The series covers Dr. Ligibel’s teaching career at EMU from 1991-2017.

The Correspondence Files series details files between Dr. Ligibel and others that did not easily fit within other series listed in the collection. These materials are divided into correspondence files, memos, and miscellaneous documents. The correspondence files are dated from 1996-2011.

This collection is a comprehensive collection of a long-standing faculty member at Eastern Michigan University whose invovlement and impact on the Historic Preservation Program can not be underestimated.

Dates

  • 1985 - 2017

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the University Archives.

Biography

Dr. Ted Ligibel received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1972 from the University of Toledo and began his career in Historic Preservation shortly afterward on the Landmarks Committee of the Maumee Valley Historical Society. In 1976 he became Regional Preservation Officer for the Northwest Ohio Historic Preservation Office under the Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society and the Department of the Interior. This program became affiliated with Bowling Green State University in 1978. In 1981, Ligibel continued his education at Bowling Green State University and received his Master of Science degree in American Culture Studeis. He joined the faculty at Eastern Michigan University in 1991 as part of the Historic Preservation Program. Ligibel became the program's director in 1999 and held the position until 2017, as he readied for retirement. He formally finished his education in 1995, receiving his PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University.

In addition to overseeing the largest graduate Historic Preservation program in the United States, Dr. Ligibel was also involved in numerous local, state, and national preservation projects. His many works of scholarship include Lights Along the River: Landmark Architecture of the Maumee River Valley (1983); Island Heritage: A Guided Tour to Lake Erie's Bass Islands (1987); Clark Lake: Images of a Michigan Tradition (1991); The Toledo Zoo's First 100 Years: A Century of Adventure (1999), and Historic Preservation: An Introduction to its History, Principles, and Practice (2009, co-authored by Normal and Ilene Tyler).

Extent

15.8 Linear Feet (7 record center cartons, 1 slide box, 2 disk boxes, 2 oversize folders, 2 objects)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Dr. Ted Ligibel was a professor in the Historic Preservation Program at Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Ligibel began his career at EMU in 1991, rising to director of the Historic Preservation program in 1999. He held this position until 2017 as he transitioned to retirement. In addition to overseeing the largest graduate HP program in the United States, Dr. Ligibel was also involved in numerous local, state, and national preservation projects. His papers are dated from 1985 to 2017 and include Academic Tenure/Promotion, Historic Preservation Program Development, Scholarship, Service, Teaching, and Correspondence Files.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Dr. Ted Ligibel in February 2018 (2018.04). Additonal materials were separated from the Historic Preservation Program records transfer (2017.23, 2017.24, 2017.25).

Accruals note

University Archives continues to add materials to the collection. Additional accruals will be born digital files and photographic materials from Dr. Ligibel with an anticipated accession in 2020.

Related Materials

Researchers interested in other Historic Preservation Program records should note the following holdings at the Eastern Michigan University Archives:

Historic Preservation Program Records [05.HP]:

https://aspace.emich.edu/repositories/2/resources/811

Marshall McLennan papers [018.MM]:

https://aspace.emich.edu/repositories/2/resources/517

Norman Tyler papers [010.NT]:

https://aspace.emich.edu/repositories/2/resources/256


Researchers interested in the field of Historic Preservation both Nationally and in Michigan should note the following holdings at the Eastern Michigan University Archives:

Detroit Club Records [018.DC]:

https://aspace.emich.edu/repositories/2/resources/503

National Council for Preservation Education records [018.NCPE]:

https://aspace.emich.edu/repositories/2/resources/522

Preservation Eastern collection [04.PE]:

https://aspace.emich.edu/repositories/2/resources/724



There are also a number of monograph holdings at the Library of Eastern Michigan University related to the field of Planning, Rehabilitation, and Preservation Planning.

Processing Information

The collection was arranged and described by Nicholas D. Eisengruber, Wayne State University Graduate Student on April 12, 2018

Creator

Title
Ted Ligibel Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Nicholas D. Eisengruber
Date
2018 April 12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Contact:
Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197
734-487-2673