Perry G. Holden Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Holden, P. G., (Perry Greeley), 1865-1959
Perry Greeley Holden collection
Date [inclusive]
1.0 Cubic feet , 9 folders, 2 volumes

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

Perry Greeley Holden (1865-1959) was an educator, farmer and scholar in the field of agriculture. He grew up in Almira, Benzie County, Michigan. Holden graduated from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1889 and received his M.S. in 1895. He received his Bachelor of Pedagogy degree in 1894 from Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) and a Master of Pedagogy from the same institution in 1904. From August 1889 to May 1893, Holden was the Assistant Agriculturist to the Experiment Station at M.A.C. He was also a Commissioner of Schools for Benzie County from 1894-1895; Professor of Science at Benzonia College from 1894-1895; Assistant Professor of Agricultural Physics at the University of Illinois from September of 1896-1900; and Superintendent in the Agricultural Department of Illinois Sugar Refining Co. As of 1911 he was the Superintendent of the Extension Department of Iowa State College (now Iowa State University) in Ames, Iowa. By 1930 he was Field Director of the Agricultural Extension Department for International Harvester Company.

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Scope and Contents note

The Holden Memoirs, which were printed in a scrapbook format, includes photographs, genealogies, and reproductions of correspondence, certificates and news clippings. The collection also includes a glass portrait of a woman in a wooden box.

There are also materials donated by a niece of Perry G. Holden including a photo album of car trips that Perry Holden and his wife, Carrie, took with Perry's brother, Ellsworth. They drove from Chicago to Wisconsin, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and Oregon. Included are photographs of Wisconsin, South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park, Shoshone Dam, animals at Columbia Gardens in Butte, Montana, redwood trees, Mount Rainer, Canyon Beach, Oregon, a dinosaur quarry in Utah, Garden of the Gods, as well as images of them car camping. There are also images from another trip in 1935 which include the Badlands and Wisconsin Dells. Also donated by Holden's niece is a larger image of Ellsworth Holden with grizzly bears that was taken on the car trip.

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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

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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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See also Kohn family collection (c.00578) for a photo of Perry G. Holden.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan Agricultural College.
  • Michigan State University. Libraries. Special Collections Division.


  • Autobiographies
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Family histories
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Baker, Roger D.
  • Kuhn, Madison


  • Agronomy -- Study and teaching

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Correspondence 1891-1950 

872 1

Farm Department, MAC Circa 1890 

872 2

Corn Breeding at the University of Illinois (preliminary report) 1895-1900 

872 3

Corn Breeding at the University of Illinois (2 final copies) 1895-1900 

872 4

News clippings, biography 1947 

872 5

In Memoriam 1959 

872 6

My Grandfather, Perry G. Holden by Carroll Besemer 1947 

872 7

The "Johnsonian Committee" Undated 

872 8

Draft Manuscript for Holden memoirs 

872 9


Box Volume

vol. 1: Memoirs 

872 1


Collection Photographs

People. Evans, Elaine. (?) 

People. Groups. 

Charles Merrylees and Cleves Moore (husband of Mary Abbot Moore, son-in-law of T.C. Abbot) aboard the S.S. St. Ninian (Aberdeen, Scotland) June 1899 

People riding donkeys on Mt. Wilson trail, including Alice Hager, Mrs. Stevens, Mrs. Fortune and brother, and [?] R. Abbot (rest of the names are cut off) undated 

People. Holden, Ellsworth A. with bears 

People. Merrylees Family. 

People. Unidentified. 

Oscar Clute's daughter (labeled as his sister) 

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Glass Portrait in Wooden Box 


Perry G. Holden Materials Donated by Family Member 


Photograph- Ellsworth A. Holden (Perry's brother) with grizzly bears circa 1920 

Collection Photographs

Car Trip photo album 1920, 1935 


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