Francis Kelsey in a classroom

Francis Kelsey in a classroom at the University of Michigan, ca. 1900. Bentley Historical Library digital image. Newspaper article, Patricia Diel Arthur/Ruth Kelsey Diel Collection

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A consummate teacher himself, Kelsey believed in incorporating material culture into the teaching of classical languages. He also wished to coordinate high school and university curricula, organizing conferences of the Michigan Schoolmasters' Club that included both professors and high school teachers. His arguments in favor of the classics and of integrating graduate work with undergraduate teaching influenced the institutional development of American universities.