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Homecoming collection

Identifier: 04.H

Scope and Contents note

The Homecoming collection contains programs, fliers, t-shirts, and newspaper clippings of the homecoming activities at Eastern Michigan University. Records span from 1930, when Eastern Michigan University was known as Michigan State Normal College, until 2016. Files in the collection are arranged chronologically, with one series for Memorabilia. This series includes t-shirts and cups from Homecoming. The Memorabilia series contains a “Flashback” homecoming cup, and a “Motown” cup, magnet, and t-shirt.


  • Creation: 1930 - 2016

Conditions Governing Access

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

Historical Note

Homecoming, a major campus event in the fall at Eastern Michigan University dates back to around 1920. During the early years, Homecoming was called Gala Day, and was staged as the climax of a series of Men’s Union activities in connection with football. It featured a parade with floats, a bonfire, and a dance. By 1922, Gala Day had become an annual affair and was growing in importance. The title of homecoming was coined for these festivities starting in 1923. In 1927, a Campus Night was added to the festivities, where the football team and coaches held a dinner. Over the years alumni began to have class reunions during homecoming. In 1948 the first Homecoming King and Queen were elected.


13.61 Linear Feet (2 record center cartons, 1 archive box, 3 oversize folders, 26 objects)

Language of Materials



The Homecoming collection documents the homecoming activities held at Eastern Michigan University. Materials are arranged chronologically beginning in 1930-2016, the collection includes programs, newspaper clippings, and realia from homecoming. There are no materials from the earliest homecomings, 1920-1929. The Memorabilia series in comprised of t-shirts, buttons, cups, and stickers.

Related Materials

Additional materials related to Homecoming can be found in the following collections:

the Eastern Echo photographic negative collection [016.EEPN]:

the records of the Alumni Relations office [01.AR]:

Homecoming collection
Courtney Dornburg
2011 December 9
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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