Alfred Day Hershey Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Hershey, A. D., (Alfred Day), 1908-
Alfred Day Hershey papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 5 folders, audio reel

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

Alfred Day Hershey was the first alumnus of Michigan State University to receive a Nobel Prize. He was born on December 4, 1908 and entered MSU in 1926. He received his B.S. in microbiology in 1930 and Ph.D. in chemistry in 1934. He was a member of the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri until 1950. In 1950, Hershey joined the Carnegie Institute at Cold Spring Harbor, New York, where he later became director of the Genetics Research Unit.

Hershey shares the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Dr. Max Delbruck and Dr. Salvador Lucia for their work centering on bacteriophage, a type of virus that infects bacteria rather than ordinary cells. Their research directly affects the treatment of various virus diseases. On May 8, 1970, MSU conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Medical Science upon Hershey.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of newspapers, magazines, MSU serials with articles about the work of Hershey, programs from the MSU commemoration of Hershey, announcement of seminars given by Hershey and manuscripts he wrote including his Ph.D. thesis and his Nobel Lecture of December 12, 1969.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections April 1991

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

Revision Description

  February 2006

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

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.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Margaret Plant Thorpe.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Class of 1930.
  • Michigan State University. -- Chronological subdivision--1926-1970.;

Personal Name(s)

  • Hershey, A. D., (Alfred Day), 1908-
  • Keesler, Starr H.
  • Thorp, Margaret Plant


  • Bacteriology
  • Medicine
  • Nobel Prize winners
  • Physiology
  • Universities and colleges -- Alumni and alumnae

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Other Finding Aids

The Dr. Alfred Day Hershey Speech at Fairchild Auditorium, May 7, 1970 has been digitized and is available at

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Collection Inventory


Drawer Folder

Newspaper and Magazine Articles 1969-1970 

F.D. 1

MSU Serials 1969 

F.D. 2

MSU Commemorations and Seminar Announcements 1970 

F.D. 3

Manuscripts 1969-1970 

F.D. 4

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Audio Materials 


Dr. Alfred Day Hershey Speech at Fairfield Auditorium (Available May 7, 1970 

Tape #15

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