Francis Hodgman Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Hodgman, F., 1839-1907
Francis Hodgman papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 5 folders

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

Francis (Frank) Hodgman graduated from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1862. He remained active with the College and later became the first president of the Alumni Association. In addition to his works of poetry, Hodgman also wrote Manual of Land Surveying, which outlines the techniques and principles behind land surveying. He was an avid poet, often writing poems for new occasions, many of which he put to music. He died on November 22, 1907.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains five books by Francis Hodgman: Early Days in Climax, The Hodgman Family, Home’s Sweet Harmonies, Songs by the Wandering Singer and The Wandering Singer and His Songs and Other Poems. Early Days in Climax was written in 1905 and outlines the history of the school houses in the area. There are also several illustrations in the book of different school houses. The Hodgman Family, 1903, is a partial genealogy of the family from 1663-1903. Home’s Sweet Harmonies is a book of music for either mixed voices or male voices published in 1899. Songs by the Wandering Singer is poems written by Hodgman and published about 1898. Lastly, The Wandering Singer and His Songs and Other Poems includes twenty-five of his poems with illustrations.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections February 2007

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

Revision Description

  January 2009

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 1862.

Family Name(s)

  • Hodgman family, (Francis Hodgman, 1839-1907)

Personal Name(s)

  • Davis, Deland H.
  • Hodgman, F., 1839-1907


  • Universities and colleges -- Alumni and alumnae

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Early Days in Climax 1905 

F.D. 1

The Hodgman Family 1903 

F.D. 2

Home’s Sweet Harmonies 

F.D. 3

Songs by the Wandering Singer 1898 

F.D. 4

The Wandering Singer and His Songs and Other Poems 1898 

F.D. 5