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George F. Pierrot Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3566

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a copy of the World Letters, a geography education textbook consisting of correspondence from George F. Pierrot, a well-known Detroit-based TV personality and frequent speaker at the Detroit Institute of Art. Beginning in Northern Ireland and ending in Punjab, India, the correspondence in question served to provide some geographical information about various localities in Europe, Africa, and Asia, in 1937, in the form of a travel narrative written by George Pierrot to the students of Watervliet Middle School. The collection also contains a small portion of letters written by Orin Kaye Jr. in 1939, under the heading of, “Your Youth Reporter,” which depict his travels in North Africa, in particular French Algeria and Tunisia, and southern Italy. Also contained within the World Letters textbook, were small miscellaneous artifacts, such as fliers and postcards, in particular a flier to the 1937 International Exhibition in Paris, France. This collection also contains a large fold-out map illustrating Pierrot’s journey from North America to Europe, before abruptly ending in Berlin, Germany.


  • Creation: 1937-1939



0.50 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

This collection is approximately .50 cubic feet, and consists of one box containing the textbook and a map folder containing the travel map.


This collection was originally donated to the Western Michigan University Rare Books and Special Collections in Waldo Library by Dr. David Kingsley, they were later transferred to the Archives and Regional History Collections.

George F. Pierrot Collection
Andrew Archey
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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