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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 no.], 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 Note

    Norman Drachler was a teacher, educational integration advocate, superintendent for the Detroit school system, and the founder of an urban educational institution.
    Born May 20, 1912 in Kaminetz-Podolsk, in what is now Ukraine, Drachler and his family immigrated to Detroit in 1929. He received a bachelor's degree (1937) and master's degree (1939) in education from Wayne State University, and he eventually went on to receive a doctorate in education from the University of Michigan (1951).
    Drachler began his teaching career in the Detroit school system in 1937 and became superintendent in 1966. During his tenure as superintendent, Drachler worked on integrating both the administration and student body. He increased the percentage of African-American teachers by 40% and advocated to prohibit schools from purchasing textbooks that published negative images of minorities.
    After resigning from the Detroit school system in 1971, Drachler founded the Institute for Educational Leadership, first at George Washington University and then in Palo Alto. The foundation provided a unique training program for administration and staff working in urban school districts. Drachler retired in Arizona and passed away in Phoenix in May 2000.

    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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