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A History of Wayne State University in Photographs, Second Edition

Evelyn Aschenbrenner
With a Foreword by M. Roy Wilson

Architecture, Detroit, Education, By WSU Faculty

Published: October 2018
ISBN: 9780814345849
Pages: 296 Size: 8.5 x 11
Illustrations: 277 b&w illus.
Published: October 2018
ISBN: 9780814345955

Wayne State University traces its earliest roots to the Civil War era and Detroit's Harper Hospital, where its Medical College was founded in 1868. In 1917, a junior college was formed in the building now called Old Main and along with four other schools—education, engineering, pharmacy, and a graduate school—these units would come to be called Wayne State University (WSU). The second edition of A History of Wayne State University in Photographs traces the evolution of those early schools into a modern research university with an extensive urban campus.

Following the first edition, author Evelyn Aschenbrenner uses historical photos and archival material to give readers a complete visual guide to Wayne State University’s development, including an update of the last ten years—just in time for WSU’s 150th anniversary. She charts official milestones of the university, including the organization of colleges into a university in the 1930s, the drive for state support in the 1950s, and the new buildings constructed as academic programs expanded. Aschenbrenner also surveys campus life, including disciplinary and curricular development, student life, and the university’s relations with its surrounding neighborhood, which were strained by various urban renewal programs. The second edition retains the thoughtful introduction by Charles K. Hyde and original foreword by Bill McGraw, who was a student at WSU in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In a new foreword, President M. Roy Wilson argues that anniversaries like our sesquicentennial are special because "they give us something that is hard to get during the normal work week: perspective."

The second edition of A History of Wayne State University in Photographs compiles rare and intriguing images that will be make a perfect keepsake for current and former students, faculty and staff, and anyone interested in Detroit history.

Evelyn Aschenbrenner is a freelance writer and English teacher. She is the author of the first edition of A History of Wayne State University in Photographs and her articles have appeared on historicdetroit.org and wroclawuncut.com

More than a mere photo book with scanty cutlines, this volume is chock-full of interesting anecdotes and information. And the engaging images, covering more than 150 years, complement the text well.

– Hour Detroit

A History of Wayne State University in Photographs illustrates the mammoth task of creating and sustaining a competitive university under the restraints of space and money. . . . Ultimately Aschenbrenner has created an attractive coffee-table book.

– Michigan Historical Review

Wayne State University has changed a great deal since its beginnings 150 years ago, and the life and look of our campus has changed along with it. The archival photographs in this striking collection make it an essential reference for anyone interested in Wayne State's remarkable evolution into a model urban research university. Both an art book and a historical record, Aschenbrenner’s fascinating compilation is the perfect gift or keepsake for alumni and friends of Wayne State.

– Jay Noren, former president, Wayne State University

Filled with countless beautiful black-and-white photos, there is much to embrace historically in A History of Wayne State University in Photographs. A must for those with an appreciation of all things Detroit.

– Midwest Book Review