Margaret P. Thorp Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Thorp, Margaret Plant
Margaret P. Thorp 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

Margaret Plant Thorp, daughter of Louis Plant and Pearl Kedzie Plant, graduated from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in 1925 with a B.S. degree in Home Economics. She received her M.S. degree from the University of Chicago in 1929. She taught Nutrition at the University of Illinois from 1927-1932. She worked in the Okemos, Michigan school district from 1957-1961 as a teacher and as a librarian. She earned her M.A. from Western Michigan University in 1961 and moved back to East Lansing, Michigan where she was employed as a librarian at the MSU library from 1961 to 1977. She also completed graduate work at the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois. She passed away March 20, 1996.

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Scope and Contents note

The collections contain papers and photographs. The papers include a 1931 Detroit alumni club directory, two different issues of the May 13, 1931 issue of The Eczema, newspaper articles about The Eczema from 1931, “On the Campus” booklet about campus, and a wedding announcement for Jessamine Van Buren Kennedy and Frederic B. Mumford for 1895. There is also a draft of a August 1875 letter from Governor Bagley about Frank Wells leaving a board because of problems with the Finance Committee and a facsimile of the final letter. The photographs in the collection include a 1907 image of President Theodore Roosevelt speaking at graduation. There are also images from alumni and patriarch reunions from 1907, 1929-1933, and undated. The reunions include classes of 1876, 1883, 1895, 1904, and 1922. Most notable is the class of 1883 in 1933 next to their class gift which was a fountain. There are also photographs of buildings including Agriculture Hall, Linton Hall, Morrill Hall, Physics and Electrical Engineering (Chem Fort), the first Wells Hall, including it on fire and after the fire. Of note is an image of the president’s house as seen from the Red Cedar River. There also images of Beaumont Tower including the exterior, close ups of the “Sower” relief art, as well as interior images of the bells and mechanisms. Other images include the class of 1876 with members identified, student doing military drill beside the Physics and Engineering Building, faculty and staff, circa 1893, circa 1896, and undated, some with identification of people in the image, the fountain, botanical garden, exhibits of students' research. There is also an image of the staff of the Michigan Farmer with petitions to the Secretary of State to reduce property tax. There is also a printing plate of a portrait of Manly Miles and a printing plate of a group shot of the surveying class of 1876 taken in 1874.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections February 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 except where noted. 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 1876.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1925.
  • Michigan State University. Department of Military Science.


  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Bagley, John Judson, 1832-1881
  • Miles, Manly, 1826-1898
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

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Collection Inventory


Box Folder

Directory and Yearbook of the MSC Club of Detroit 1931 

2759 48

Linn Camera Shop Lansing, Michigan photo envelope, Undated 

2759 49

Newspaper Clippings about the Eczema 1931 

2759 50

“On the Campus: Michigan State College” May 1929 

2759 51

Wedding Announcement for Jessamine Van Buren Kennedy and Frederic B. Mumford 1895  

2759 52

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Oversized Papers 

Drawer Folder

Governor Bagley letters 

25 1

Eczema (two different issues with same date) May 13, 1931  

25 2

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Collection Photographs 

Collection Photos
Box Folder

Animals. Buffalo 

2759 1

Glacier National Park. Lake St. Mary 

2759 2

Michigan Farmer Staff with property tax petitions 

2759 3

Michigan State University 

Box Folder

Aerial Views 

2759 4

Alumni. Patriarch Reunion 1930 

2759 5

Alumni. Patriarch Reunion 1931 

2759 6

Alumni Reunions 

2759 7-9

Alumni Reunions. Class of 1876 in 1907 

2759 10

Alumni Reunions. Class of 1883 in 1933 

2759 11

Alumni Reunions. Class of 1895 

2759 12

Alumni Reunions. Class of 1904 in 1929 

2759 13

Alumni Reunions. Class of 1922 in 1932 

2759 14

Botanical Garden 

2759 15


2759 16

Buildings. Agriculture Hall 

2759 17

Buildings. Beaumont Tower 

2759 18

Buildings. Beaumont Tower. Interior. Bells and Mechanisms 

2759 19

Buildings. Beaumont Tower, plaque, Frank S. Kedzie? and letter from McCarthy 1926 

2759 20

Buildings. Interior 

2759 21

Buildings. Linton Hall 

2759 22

Buildings. Morrill Hall 

2759 23

Buildings. Physics and Electrical Engineering (Chem Fort) 

2759 24

Buildings. President’s House as seen from Red Cedar River 

2759 25

Buildings. Wells Hall (first Wells Hall) 

2759 26

Buildings. Wells Hall Fire (first Wells Hall) 

2759 27

Charts. Deans of the Divisions of MSC 

2759 28

Charts. Directors of Athletics 

2759 29

Charts. Directors of the Experiment Station 

2759 30

Charts. Directors of the Military Department 

2759 31

Charts. Directors of Short Courses 

2759 32

Class of 1874 [individuals are identified] [included negative] 

2759 33


2759 34-37

Faculty and staff Circa 1893, Circa 1896. Undated 

2759 38


2759 39


2759 40

People. Caldwell, Ralph W. and Stannard, Gates L. 1929 

2759 41

People. Caldwell, William and Stannard, Jay D. 1929 

2759 42

People. Kedzie, Frank S. 

2759 43

People. Strange, Daniel 

2759 44
Box Folder

People. Groups. Unidentified 

2759 45

People. Unidentified 

2759 46


2759 47

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Carte de Visite Collection - People. Miles, Manly 

CDV Collection

Oversized Photographs 

Drawer Folder

President Theodore Roosevelt speaking at MSU graduation 1907 

25 3

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Printing Plates 


Michigan State University. Surveying. Class of 1876 taken in 1874 


People. Miles, Manly 


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