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Bruce Nelson served Eastern Michigan University in a number of roles from 1954 until 1981, serving as Vice President of Instruction for 21 of those years. In this interview, Nelson describes the administrative hierarchy and operations at Eastern Michigan University during his tenure with the school. Nelson profiles several faculty and administration officials while describing their impact on the power and academic structure of EMU. This interview was conducted for the purpose of gathering primary research for Laurence Smith’s book, Eastern Michigan University: A Sesquicentennial Portrait (1999).

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Eugene Elliott, Don Drummond, History Department, faculty life, General Education Program, Bingo Brown, Jim Green, Psychology Department, Michigan State Normal College

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Bruce Nelson, Oral History Interview, 1999