Arthur Sorenson Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
MacDonald, Kittie Mae
Sorenson, Arthur Alexander
Arthur Sorenson collection
Date [inclusive]
1.5 Cubic feet , scrapbook

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

Arthur A. Sorenson was born on November 8, 1881 in Elkton, Michigan. He attended Michigan State Normal School (now Eastern Michigan University) and taught in Petoskey before enrolling at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1909. Sorenson played on the M.A.C. football team and was involved in the Dramatic Club, the Cadet Corps, and other athletic teams. He graduated from M.A.C. three months early in March 1912 with a degree in Agriculture and worked as the Head of the Agricultural Department in Fresno High School in Fresno, California, from graduation until his retirement in 1947. Arthur Sorenson married Kitty Mae McDonald in July of 1912 and had one daughter, Katherine. After his college years he became involved in the Fresno Players Little Theater Group and the Masons. Sorenson remained Park Superintendent for two years after he retired and was appointed City Forester. He died in Fresno on February 2, 1957.

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Scope and Contents note

The Arthur Sorenson collection consists of a scrapbook documenting his college years and a folder of photocopies of materials that were originally in the scrapbook. The scrapbook contains photographs, event programs and ribbons, dance cards, correspondence, announcements, tickets, and newspaper clippings. The photographs depict athletic events, university organizations, school events, candid pictures of students, images of campus, and other miscellaneous events. The scrapbook includes an image of a military “sham” battle, a memo to students regarding a small pox epidemic in 1910, and a poster suggesting the name change from Michigan Agricultural College to Michigan State College. There are also materials relating to Sorenson’s marriage and engagement, his career after M.A.C., and to Sorenson and his wife before and after his time at M.A.C.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections March 2011

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

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Class of 1912.
  • Michigan State University. Class Rivalry.
  • Michigan State University. Department of Military Science.
  • Michigan State University. -- General subdivision--Student life.;


  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Scrapbooks


  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • College buildings
  • College campuses
  • Football
  • Railroad accidents
  • Student activities
  • Track and field

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Collection Inventory


Scrapbook 1903-1913 

Box Folder

MAC Class of 1914 Ribbon 

2768 1

Superintendent Ribbon 

2768 2

Loose photographs from scrapbook 

2768 3

Loose postcards from scrapbook 

2768 4

Loose cards from scrapbook 

2768 5

Photocopies of material removed from the scrapbook by the donors 

2768 6

Biography of Arthur Alexander Sorenson 

2768 6

Loose newspaper clippings from scrapbook 

2768 7

Loose documents from scrapbook 

2768 8