Elisabeth Whiting Conrad Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Conrad, Elisabeth W.
Elisabeth Whiting Conrad papers
circa 1925-1928
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

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

Elisabeth Whiting Conrad was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on November 15, 1886. She attended a number of schools, studying French seriously and eventually earning a B.A. (1909) and M.A. (1910) at the University of Wisconsin. After teaching and being named Dean of Women at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, she went back to the University of Wisconsin for her Ph.D. in 1917. In 1919 Conrad helped establish a Department of Physical Education for Women and a Women’s Building on The Ohio State University campus, and represented that institution at the World Christian Student Federation Conference in Peking, China. There she discussed women’s issues, such as coeducation, higher education, and industrial education, with Chinese leaders. Conrad became the Dean of Women at Michigan State University in 1928. She also taught classes in literature or phonetics and discussed how to maintain high academic standards and “surround the students with beauty.” Conrad Hall, built in 1964, is named in her honor.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains two copies of “The Aesthetic: A Talk to Freshman Girls” written by Conrad between 1925 and 1928. In “The Aesthetic”, Conrad discusses “what place art, beauty, and the aesthetic have in life at the coeducational university of today,” and argues that while a young woman may have chosen to attend college in order to gain the knowledge and skills that will help her in the world, she cannot attain those things without “some vision of an ideal, and an appreciation of the noble and fine.”

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

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

Revision Description

  February 2004

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

Personal Name(s)

  • Conrad, Elisabeth W.
  • Unknown


  • Women -- Education -- United States
  • Women college students -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

“The Aesthetic: A Talk to Freshman Girls” Circa 1925-1928 

FD 1