George Parsons Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Parsons, George E.
Creator - Author
Stillman, Ruth, 1900-1985
George Parsons 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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Historical Note

George Parsons was an Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) student and graduated in 1931. Parsons was a high school teacher and then moved on to be a part of the Michigan State University Agricultural Extension Service from which he retired as the Director of Dairy Extension in 1974.

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Scope and Contents note

The George E. Parsons collection consists of a wide range of documents related to the dairy industry and Michigan State College (now Michigan State University). The collection has newspaper clippings discussing Parsons' accomplishments as well as other events in the world of dairy, a binder with in-depth information about the "Better Milking Clinic" that Parsons led, as well as a small group of agricultural photos. There is an Alpha Zeta fraternity pamphlet, and "A Short History of Okemos" by Mrs. Ralph Stillman written in 1956. Of note is Parsons' own "Recollections", an autobiography, as well as a family history, written by George Parsons in 1992.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections June 2012

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

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

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)

  • Alpha Zeta Fraternity. Kedzie Chapter (Michigan State University).


  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Family histories
  • Newspapers
  • Pamphlets
  • Photographs
  • Programs (Publications)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Meridian Charter Township (Mich.)
  • Okemos (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Parsons, George E.
  • Parsons, George E.


  • Dairy cattle
  • Dairy cattle -- Michigan
  • Dairying -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

A Short History of Okemos by Mrs. Ralph Stillman October 1956 

F.D. 1

Alpha Zeta Kedzie Chapter Membership Statement June 30, 1930 

F.D. 2

American Dairy Science Association 41st Annual Meeting Booklet, Menu, and Program June 1946 

F.D. 3

"Better Milking Clinic" Binder 1949-1953 

Drawer Folder

County Agricultural Agents Correspondence 1953 

F.D. 4

County Paperwork and Requests 

F.D. 5

Iowa Log 1949 

F.D. 6

Memorandum of Understanding January 1953 

F.D. 7

Michigan County Aid with Correspondence December 8, 1952 

F.D. 8

Michigan County Logs February 2-26, 1953 

F.D. 9

Newspaper Clippings and Nostalgia 1953 

F.D. 10


F.D. 11

Program and Schedule 

F.D. 12

Summary with Correspondence March 13, 1953 

F.D. 13

Ten Tips for Better Making 

F.D. 14
Drawer Folder

Newsclippings from Scrapbook 1946-1950 

F.D. 26-27

Photographs 1946-1949 

Drawer Folder

Cows and Cattle 

F.D. 15

European Trip With Captions 1948-1949 

Drawer Folder

Agricultural Fair in Munich October 1949 

F.D. 16

Harvest Festival in Starberg 1948 

F.D. 17

Leonhardi Ritt at Bad Toelz 

F.D. 18

Opening of Extension Method School in Landkreis, Ebersberg 

F.D. 19

Rural Life in Bavaria 

F.D. 20
Drawer Folder

Laboratory and Experiment Pictures 1946 

F.D. 21


F.D. 22

Photo Album 1925-1927 

Drawer Folder


F.D. 23


F.D. 24
Drawer Folder

Recollections by George Parsons 1992 

F.D. 25

MAC Staff Spring 1909 image from MSC Record 1929 




State Journal - Centennial of the newspaper edition April 28, 1955 


State Journal - Lansing Centennial edition May 24, 1959 


Detroit Free Press August 16, 1962 


The Meridian News - Okemos Centennial edition May 14, 1959