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Brian Steimel collection

Identifier: 010.BS

Scope and Contents

The Brian Steimel collection is organized into two series: OFFICE FILES and VISUAL MATERIALS. The OFFICE FILES series contains publications from different groups of the campus community, publicity related to campus events, and correspondence, as well as library-specific materials. The VISUAL MATERIALS series contains digital media, library cards, and photographs. Also included in this series are EMU ephemera and a puppet created and used by Steimel.


  • Creation: 1968 - 2019

Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical / Historical

Brian Steimel attended Eastern Michigan University from 1975-1979, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He worked as a student employee in dining from 1976-1977, and then became a student worker in the library from 1977 through the early 1980s. He graduated from EMU wth a Master's Degree in Drama & Theater for the Young with a specialization in puppetry in 1986. Steimel taught as an adjunct lecturer for the theater department's puppetry class. Over the years, Steimel held many positions in the library, including circulation Supervisor from the mid-1980s until his retirement in 2019.

Outside of EMU, Steimel has had artwork published in New York Arts Magazine, Art Fairs International, and Between the Lines. He has participated in multiple exhibits in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Cambridge, New York, London, and Madison, Wiconsin. Steimel has published poetry in Cellar Roots, Centaur, Bardic Echos Poetry Quarterly, (off the mic), and Scarab Club Annual. He was the 1975 winner of the Detroit News Scholastic Writing Awards- Gold Key Poetry and a 2004 Honorable Mention of the (off the mic) 2004 Ann Arbor Poetry Slam Anthology.

Steimel toured with the Meredith Bixby Marionettes as a Professional Puppeteer from 1971-1981. Most recently, he has served four terms on the Ypsilanti District Library Board of Trustees 2008-2024 and on the Ypsilanti Co-op Board of Directors from 1998-2000.


1.4 Linear Feet (1 record center carton, 1 archive box, 3 objects)

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Relates Materials

For related materials see the Brian Steimel T-Shirt collection [04.BS]:

Brian Steimel collection
Matt Jones, Brooke Boyst
2022 November 8
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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