Cheerleaders Reunion Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Dear, R. Ernest
McDonald, R. Dee
Plumstead, Pete
Staser, Joe
Cheerleaders Reunion papers
0.1 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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Historical Note

The members of the 1953-1954 Michigan State University cheerleading squad were Ernest Dear, Gene German, Howard Girvin, Jack Landman, R. Dee MacDonald, Bob Marsh, Pete Plumstead, Joe Staser, Coach George Szypula, Robert Urbanek, and Roger Walker. The squad accompanied the MSU football team to Pasedena, California for the 1954 Rose Bowl game. They also claim to have constructed out of paper-mache the first "Sparty" mascot.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers consist of a memory book compiled by R. Ernest Dear for the 50th anniversary of the 1953-1954 Michigan State University cheerleading squad. The book includes photographs of the squad, an account of how the first "Sparty" mascot was made, newspaper clippings with photographs from the Rose Bowl trip (including a few of "Sparty"), biographies of members of the squad, a list of cheers, and photographs of the 1954-1955 cheerleading squad. The cover and back art contain images of memorabilia from the Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections August 2004

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. -- General subdivision--Athletics;
  • Rose Bowl (Football game). 1954.

Personal Name(s)

  • German, Gene A.
  • Girvin, Howard
  • Landman, Jack
  • Sparty
  • Szypula, George
  • Urbanek, Robert
  • Walker, Roger


  • Athletics
  • Cheerleading

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Memory book 2003 

F.D. 1