Harold Bond Fields Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Fields, Harold Bond, 1900-
Harold Bond Fields papers
Date [inclusive]
1894-1988, undated
0.5 Cubic feet , 19 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

Harold Bond Fields was born on August 9, 1900 in Dowagiac, Michigan. He earned his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1928. He then studied at the University of Chicago where he got his A.M. in 1929 and his Ph.D. in 1942. In 1929, Fields began teaching at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) and was a professor of history until his retirement in 1967. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, the American Historical Association, the American Association of University Professors, and the Historical Society of Michigan. He died on January 14, 1995.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains research compiled by Harold Bond Fields. One set of research notes pertains to Captain Ransford D. Bucknam. This research is composed of newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, correspondence, and some rough drafts of a biography on Bucknam. The last will and testament of Bucknam’s adoptive mother, Julia A. Elliott, is also included.

Another set of research notes relates to Edward H. Ryder, dean and history professor at Michigan State University. This research is mostly composed of letters and newspaper clippings donated to the estate of Harold Fields by Ruth Ryder St. John, Edward Ryder’s daughter.

The collection also contains information about Fields’ appointment at Michigan State University and his social life while on campus.

There is also a folder about the naval cruiser, The Maine.

The collection also contains many photographs of Edward Ryder and his family. There are also portraits of Captain Lewis Elliott and his wife, Julia.

Postcards in the collection include several of ships, the Roger Williams Hotel in New York City, and Beaumont Tower on the Michigan State University campus.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections October 2006

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.

Custodial History

Papers were donated by Brian Melzer.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Association of American Railroads.
  • Maine (Battleship).


  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Postcards

Personal Name(s)

  • Bucknam, Ransford Dodsworth, 1869-1915
  • Elliott, Julia A.
  • Fields, Harold Bond, 1900-
  • Ryder, Edward H., 1871-1939


  • Ships

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Association of American Railroads 1958-1959 

FD 1

Captain Ransford D. Bucknam 

Drawer Folder


FD 2

Last will and testament of Julia A. Elliott 1919, 1988 

FD 3

Newspaper clippings 1911-1915 

FD 4

Research 1915, Undated 

FD 5

Research – Bowling Green 1902, 1988 

FD 6

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Drawer Folder

The Maine, newspaper clippings 1894 

FD 7

M.A.C. appointment and life at 1916, 1919, 1929, Undated 

FD 8

Ruth Ryder St. John 

Drawer Folder

Clippings and Programs 1936-1956, Undated 

FD 9

Letters 1923-1986 

FD 10

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Collection photographs

Michigan. East Lansing 

People. Elliott, Captain Lewis 

People. Elliott, Mrs. Julia 

People. Fields, Harold Bond 

People. Ryder, Dean Edward H. and Family 

People. Unidentified 

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MSU. Buildings. Beaumont Tower 

New York. New York City.