Frank G. Dennis Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Dennis, F. G., (Frank George), 1932-
Wittwer, S.H., (Sylvan Harold), 1917-
Frank G. Dennis papers
Date [inclusive]
1.0 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

Frank G. Dennis spent 28 years in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University as a pomology teacher and researcher (1968-1996). He was also considered the unofficial historian of the department gathering historical records and audio recordings of prominent fruit growers and researchers.

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Scope and Contents note

The Frank G. Dennis papers consist of articles and biographical information about, and awards given to Frank G. Dennis, Stanley Johnston, and Sylvan Wittwer who were members of the Horticulture Department at Michigan State University. There is also information regarding the history of horticulture at MSU. Records include materials about Sylvan Wittwer used by Dennis to write his book and a copy of the poem “Ode to Cyclone” written by Dennis. The collection also includes a number of interviews conducted by Frank Dennis. Those interviewed include Harold Tukey, Robert Herner, Carter Harrison, Lowell Ewart, and Walter Toenjes.

The collection also includes audio recordings of interviews of Liberty Hyde Bailey. The recordings were made 1951–1952 and the interviewer was George Lawrence. The original recordings are at Cornell University and they collaborated with the MSU Museum to make copies. There are also notes about the history of the tapes and a transcript of the interviews. These interviews are also at the Vincent Voice Library on the MSU campus. Interested researchers should contact the Vincent Voice Library first for access.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections April 2010

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


Collection is open for research. Materials should be reviewed by an archivist for possible restrictions.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University. Note: It is not known if the donor had permission to donate these Liberty Hyde Bailey interviews to the archives.

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 Farm Bureau.

Family Name(s)

  • Hubbard family


  • Family histories
  • Interviews (Sound recordings)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Periodicals
  • Sound recordings
  • Speeches

Personal Name(s)

  • Bailey, L. H., (Liberty Hyde), 1858-1954
  • Dennis, F. G., (Frank George), 1932-
  • Ewart, Lowell
  • Harrison, Carter Monroe
  • Herner, Robert C.
  • Johnston, Stanley, 1898-1969
  • Lawrence, George H. M., (George Hill Mathewson), 1910-19781910-1978
  • Toenjes, Walter
  • Tukey, H. B., (Harold Bradford), 1896-1971
  • Wittwer, S.H., (Sylvan Harold), 1917-


  • Horticulture

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Articles on Dr. Frank G. Dennis, Jr. 1981-1997 

2562 1

ASHS Career Awards for 1996 

2562 2

Biographical Information on Dr. Frank G. Dennis, Jr. 

2562 3

History of Michigan State Farm Bureau 1919-2002 

2562 4

Hubbard Family Genealogy 

2562 5

Correspondence of Stanley Johnston’s nomination to the American Society for Horticultural Sciences “Hall of Fame” 1996-2005  

2562 6

Stanley Johnson’s nomination to the American Society for Horticultural Sciences “Hall of Fame” 1997-2000 

2562 7

Articles of Sylvan Wittwer 1957-2004 

2562 8

Autobiography of Sylvan H. Wittwer and short biographical history of Maurice Cotter Wittwer 2001 

2562 9

Biographical Information on Sylvan H. Wittwer 1981-1998 

2562 10

Sylvan H. Wittwer Correspondence 1995-2004 

2562 11

Sylvan H. Wittwer’s Honors and Awards 1977-2003 

2562 12

Sylvan H. Wittwer’s nomination to the American Society for Horticultural Sciences “Hall of Fame” 2003 

2562 13

MSU Futures Magazine Vol. 1 No.3 Winter 1982 p. 14“Ode to a Cyclone” 

2562 14

Wax Fruit & Vegetables at MSU 

2562 15

Liberty Hyde Bailey Interview Transcript 2004 

2562 16

Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture ceremony and speech by Frank Dennis 2013 

2562 17

American Fruit Grower magazine article [article about the history of fruit growing includes MSU contributions] 2005 



Liberty Hyde Bailey interview- cassette tapes 1 - 14 


Bailey Interview Disc 1 


L.H. Bailey Interview Disc 1,2 


L.H. Bailey Copy 1 


L.H. Bailey Copy 2 


Liberty Hyde Bailey interview- CDs 1, 4 – 9, 12 - 14 


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