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Jerry H. Robbins papers

Identifier: 07.JHR

Scope and Contents

The Jerry H. Robbins papers are organized in alphabetical order and contain materials related to Robbins' tenure as Eastern Michigan University's College of Education. As well as his office files, the collection includes two series: DIGITAL MEDIA and PUBLICATIONS. The DIGITAL MEDIA series contains digital versions of Robbins' administrative files and photographs, some from his tenure as the College of Education Dean at Georgia State University. The PUBLICATIONS series includes texts authored by Robbins.


  • 1973 - 2005
  • Majority of material found within 1991 - 2004


Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical note

Jerry H. Robbins was born February 28th, 1939 in De Queen Arkansas. The family of five (Robbins was the oldest of three boys) relocated to Conway, Arkansas in 1949 where Jerry attended high school. He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics, as well as state certifications to teach Mathematics, Choral and Instrumental Music, from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas in 1960 while working and living at home. He taught mathematics at the 7th grade level in Clinton, Arkansas and served as Principal of Adrian High School in Adrian Missouri all while obtaining his doctorate (1965) and master's degree (1962) in educational administration from the University of Arkansas.

Robbins first worked at the University of Mississippi, serving as professor (1965-1970) and chairman of the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations of Education from 1970-1974. From there he went on to serve as dean of the College of Education and professor of educational administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 1974 to 1979. Robbins served Georgia State University as a professor of educational administration from 1979-1991 and as interim dean of the College of Education from 1983-1984 and dean from 1983-1990. He was appointed as Dean to the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University in 1991 a post for the University for 13 years before retiring in 2004 and returning to the faculty in the college's Department of Leadership and Counseling.

Among his other honors, Robbins was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow in 1977-78, served as international president of Kappa Delta Pi from 1982-84, was named president of the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities and was president of the Michigan Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Robbins received an Outstanding Alumni Award in Education from the University of Arkansas in May of 2014.

In addition to his work with the College of Education, Robbins was an active member of the Ypsilanti community, serving as Director of the Ypsilanti Community Band (also known as the Barnhill Band). As of 2014, Robbins was still residing in the area of Ann Arbor, Michigan.


2.6 Linear Feet (1 archive box, 5 flip fop photograph boxes, 1 diskette box)

Language of Materials



The Jerry H. Robbins papers date from 1973-2004 with the bulk of materials dating from his time at Dean of the College of Education from 1991-2004. The collection consists primarily of materials collected about Robbins, rather than created by Robbins. The exception to that are the Publications by Jerry H. Robbins series most of which were written between 1973-75, time he spent serving Georgia State University. There are no administrative files in the collection pertaining to Robbins' role as Dean of the College of Education, and the file of Monday Reports (something Robbins created almost weekly, generating over 600 editions) only contains two issues, one being the very last Monday Report Robbins would write as Dean. Given his tenure on campus and the accomplishments of the College during his tenure, one would expect to see more in the collection.

Physical Description

Medium: May require refoldering, rehousing, and/or major preservation, conservation concerns.

Jerry H. Robbins papers
Alexis Braun Marks, CA, Brooke Boyst
2022 December 5
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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