Alan P. Grimes Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Grimes, Alan Pendleton, 1919-2008
Alan P. Grimes papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1950-1952
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Alan P. Grimes was born February 3, 1919 in Staten Island, New York to Willard and Mildred Grimes. He married Margaret Whitehurst and they had four children.

Grimes earned his B.A. (1941), M.A. (1946) and Ph.D. (1948) all from University of North Carolina. He held teaching positions at the University of North Carolina from 1946-1948.

He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a lieutenant from 1942-1945.

Grimes was hired as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Michigan State College in 1949 and became a Professor of Political Science in 1957.

He authored a number of publications including American Political Thought (1955),  The Political Liberalism of the New York Nation (1953),  Equality in America: Religion, Race, and the Urban Majority (1964), and  The Puritan Ethic and Woman Suffrage (1967).

In 1969, he was presented the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award. He retired from the university in 1986.

Alan P. Grimes died June 22, 2008 in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of the papers of Michigan State University Professor Alan P. Grimes. “Remembering Lantern Hill, 1950-1952,” is about the early history and development of the Lantern Hill Housing subdivision. The essay describes how the MSU faculty involved developed the idea of a cooperative, the steps taken to purchase the land and design the houses, and some of the setbacks encountered along the way. The Lantern Hill subdivision, originally a part of Meridian Township (Sec 7, T4N, R1W) was annexed to the City of East Lansing in 1958. Appendices include a list of the founders, plat of the subdivision, bibliography, and a few scanned images from the early 1950s.

Also included are photocopies of personal papers relating to the creation of the Lantern Hill subdivision and the building of Grimes’ house. The papers include the organizational materials of Homes Sites Inc. such as bylaws, articles of incorporation, certificate of membership, and protective covenants. Home Sites Inc. was the unit created by the faculty to buy the land for the development. Also included are documents related to the construction of the Grimes’ home such as correspondence, contracts and list of work; mortgage documents; receipts for minor work done on the house; plat of the subdivision; and newspaper articles.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections May 2003

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Home-Sites Inc..
  • Michigan State University. Faculty Housing.
  • Michigan State University. -- General subdivision--Faculty.;

Geographic Name(s)

  • East Lansing (Mich.)
  • Meridian (Mich. : Township)

Personal Name(s)

  • Boylan, Miles
  • Grimes, Alan Pendleton, 1919-2008


  • Housing, Cooperative -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Student housing

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Collection Inventory


“Remembering Lantern Hill, 1950-1952” November 11, 1999 


Papers 1950-1952