Clarence H. Judson Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Judson, Clarence Herbert
Clarence H. Judson papers
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Cubic feet

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

Clarence H. Judson (1866-1956) enrolled at Michigan Agricultural College in 1883 at the age of sixteen, and received his B.S. in 1886. After graduating from college, Judson taught school in Ohio for a short time, and worked as a surveyor and an engineer, before taking a job with the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad. In 1888 he went to work for the New York Central Railroad, remaining with the company until 1937. He married Zella Rydman in 1889. They had one child, Everett. Zella died in 1911. Judson was remarried to Irene Avery in 1913. They had two children, Mary and Clarence Jr. Clarence Sr. died in 1956.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists primarily of Clarence Judson's letters to his family, written during his years at Michigan Agricultural College. The letters describe his classes, activities, and financial situation, his experiences as a teacher during school breaks, the class strike of 1886, and a visit to the Capitol in Lansing. The collection also includes an autobiography, family history materials, genealogical charts, school records, diaries from 1888 to 1902, and a notebook Judson kept while working on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections November 1989

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

Revision Description

  October 2013

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

Gifts of Jeanne Judson Prentice and Mary Lou Judson Clarey.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. -- Chronological subdivision--1886-1888.;
  • Michigan Agricultural College.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1886.
  • New York Central Railroad Company. -- Chronological subdivision--1888-1937.;


  • Diaries
  • Genealogies (histories)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Notebooks
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Clarey, Mary Lou Judson
  • Prentice, Jeanne Judson


  • Education -- Michigan
  • Education -- Ohio
  • Railroads -- Michigan
  • Railroads -- New York (State)
  • Student activities -- Michigan
  • Students -- Recreation
  • Universities and colleges -- Alumni and alumnae

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Autobiography, family history 1958, 1988, Undated 

2000H 1

Autograph book pages 1884, 1886 

2000H 2

Correspondence 1883 

2000H 3

Correspondence 1884 

2000H 4

Correspondence 1885 

2000H 5

Correspondence 1886 

2000H 6

Transcripts of Correspondence 1883-1886 

2000H 7

Correspondence 1937 

2000H 8


2000H 20

Diary 1888 

2000H 9

Diary 1889 

2000H 10

Diary 1891 

2000H 11

Diary 1895 

2000H 12

Diary 1898 

2000H 13

Diary 1900 

2000H 14

Diary 1902 

2000H 15

Miscellaneous 1881, 1888, Undated 

2000H 16

Notebooks 1893 - 1900, Undated 

2000H 17

School Records, memorabilia 

2000H 18

Photographs of Clarence H. Judson and photo of train at Huron circa 1936, circa 1945, undated 

2000H 19