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Ralph Gilden Photograph collection

Identifier: 00.RGP


The Ralph Gilden Photograph collection consists of photographs given to Gilden from students of Eastern Michigan University in which he had worked with in various capacities. Ralph Gilden was faculty member and administrator at Eastern Michigan University from 1942-1982 and was known as “Dean Gilden” across campus. Many of the photographs in the collection are addressed to Dean Gilden and contain personal notes of thanks and well wishes. Materials in the collection are arranged alphabetically by last name.


  • Creation: circa

Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical History

Ralph Gilden known as “Dean Gilden,” was born November 6, 1917 in Detroit, Michigan. He served Eastern Michigan University from 1942-1982 as a faculty member and administrator. In 1942 he was hired as faculty in the department of industrial education. Later, at various times, Gilden went on to work in a myriad of capacities which included Director of Admissions, Student Activities, Student Affairs, the Campus Interact Center, Parent Relations, School-College Relations, the EMU Parents’ Association, Alumni Relations, Adviser, coach for the EMU Cheer Team, EMU Pom Pon Team, Weightlifting Club and Martial Arts club. In 1974, after President Harold Sponberg resigned, Gilden served six months as EMU’s interim president. Dean Gilden was 93 when he passed on May 8, 2011.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 halfsize archive box)

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Ralph Gilden Photograph collection
Amber Davis
2016 January 26
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197