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Inventory of the Norman Drachler papers
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  • Title: Norman Drachler papers
    Date (inclusive): 1945-1985
    Collection Number: 85020
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 194 manuscript boxes (77.6 linear feet)
    Abstract: Minutes, reports, studies, pamphlets, clippings, and other printed matter, relating to public education, primarily in Detroit.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Drachler, Norman.


    Collection is stored off-site. It may be possible to have a limited number of boxes brought to the archives reading room for examination. A minimum of two days notice is required. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Norman Drachler papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1985.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Norman Drachler was born in May 20, 1912, in Kaminetz-Podolsk, in what is now Ukraine. He immigrated to Detroit with his family in 1929. Drachler received a bachelor's degree in 1937 and a master's degree in education in 1939 from Wayne State and a doctorate in education from the University of Michigan in 1951. He embarked upon a 35-year career in the Detroit school system in 1937, rising from teacher to become superintendent in 1966.
    As superintendent, Drachler served of the Detroit school system during its most volatile period in the late 1960s. He was a champion of integrating both the administration and student body. One of the first battles over integration began in 1968, when a very modest desegregation proposal involving just 3,000 of the system's 300,000 students caused considerable political reaction.
    In April 1970, the Detroit school board, following state law, decentralized the Detroit system. Drachler also pushed for more black district administrators and favored a moratorium on buying textbooks that failed to offer positive images of minorities.
    After resigning in 1971, Drachler founded the Institute for Educational Leadership, which specializes in training administrators of urban school districts. The first institute was at George Washington University in Washington. He founded another institute with the same name three years later, when he moved to Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
    Sources: "Norman Drachler Dies at 88; Headed Detroit School System" New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2000/05/25/us/norman-drachler-dies-at-88-headed-detroit-school-system.html and "Norman Drachler; Detroit Schools Chief in '60s" Los Angeles Times, http://articles.latimes.com/2000/may/26/local/me-34299

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Minutes, reports, studies, pamphlets, clippings, and other printed matter, relating to public education, primarily in Detroit.

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