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Cranbrook Educational Community President’s Office: Dr. Dan M. Martin Records

Identifier: 1991-16

Collection Scope

These files consist primarily of correspondence that documents Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC) governmental activities, including the activities of various CEC boards. The President’s files also document the internal activities of the President’s office, including executive employee searches, presidential speeches, and internal memoranda. Presidential correspondence includes alumni contacts and fund-raising activities. Included here, too, are the files associated with Dr. Martin’s inaugural celebration.

SERIES I: Office Files (1980-1984) includes: Cranbrook Educational Community Files Subseries (1980-1984) Cranbrook Academy of Art Subseries (1980-1983) Cranbrook Institute of Science Files Subseries(1981-1983) Cranbrook Schools Subseries (1980-1983). SERIES II: Subject Files (1980-1984)

SERIES III: CEC Governance (1980-1984)

Important correspondents named in this collection include: Michael Ilitch, Joseph L. Hudson, Jr., and U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson.

Important subjects covered in this collection include: Cranbrook/Kingswood World Affairs Seminar, The Great Renovation, Cranbrook Writers’ Conference, and the Vaughan School Lease Agreement.


  • 1980 - 1984



Access to the collection is unrestricted.


Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing. Copyright is jointly owned by CEC and Mr. Martin.


Dan M. Martin assumed the office as the second president of Cranbrook Educational Community July 1, 1980 and was formally inaugurated on November 11, 1980. Before that date, Dr. Martin served as president of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a consortium of 13 private liberal arts colleges, based in Chicago. For eight years, Dr. Martin directed the ACM, which operates academic programs and provides administrative services designed to enrich the curricula and improve the efficiency of its member colleges. Born and raised in Iowa, Dr. Martin is a graduate of Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. He earned masters of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees in political science at Princeton University. His first teaching experiences were at Douglass College, the women’s college of Rutgers University, where he was an instructor of political science. From 1966 until 1969, Dr. Martin served as executive assistant at the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation, which focused on providing grants for medical education. Dr. Martin then became assistant to the chancellor and assistant professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, until he assumed the presidency of ACM in 1972. During his tenure at ACM, Dr. Martin became a leading authority in the broad field of higher education and was a member of the Illinois Board of Regents, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the National Commission on the Financing of Postsecondary Education and a variety of other state, regional and national committees and organizations. While President of the Cranbrook Educational Community, Dr. Martin oversaw the final stages of the administrative consolidation begun with the creation of the CEC in 1973. He also supervised Cranbrook’s first major capital improvement drive, nicknamed “The Great Renovation.” Dr. Martin resigned the Presidency of the CEC in June, 1984. Among his many post-Cranbrook activities, he has served as the Area Director of the Program on Global Security and Sustainability of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, has had various directorships at Conservation International, been president of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, and as of 2015, is manager of the Phelps Stokes fund.


2.5 Linear Feet (2 SB)

Language of Materials



This collection contains materials surrounding the career of Dr. Dan M. Martin, second president of the Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC) from 1980 to 1984. The materials primarily comprise correspondence documenting CEC governance and activities, memoranda, speeches, and executive searches. Also included are files pertaining to Dr. Martin’s inaugural celebration.


The collection is divided into three series: Office Files, Subject Files, and CEC Governance. The files are arranged alphabetically by file title and then chronologically per item. The original order was preserved where possible. Most file folder headings used in processing this collection originated in Dr. Martin’s office.

SERIES I: Office Files(Box 1) is divided into four subseries: Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC), Cranbrook Academy of Art (CAA), Cranbrook Institute of Science (CIS), and Cranbrook Schools (CS).

SERIES II: Subject Files (Boxes 1-2) has a topical arrangement.

SERIES III: CEC Governance (Box 2) are unannotated file copies of reports, minutes, and agendas created for CEC committee meetings (all divisions).

Additional Access

An index to the collection is available.


Gift of Martha M. Lauritzen in May 1999.


A small number of photographs originally filed here have been moved to the Archive’s photo collection.

Processing History

The files were processed and findig aid was written by Mary Kauper, 1991.

Guide to the Cranbrook Educational Community President’s Office: Dr. Dan M. Martin Records
Finding aid created by Mary Kauper
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
Resource record created by Nichole L. Manlove.

Repository Details

Part of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Repository