Edward E. Kinney Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Kinney, Edward E.
Creator - Correspondent
Wendt, Wylie B.
Creator - Correspondent
Wycoff, R. O.
Edward E. Kinney papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

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

Edward E. Kinney (1893-1982) was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University from 1920 to 1944, and served as Superintendent of Buildings and Utilities from 1944 until his retirement in 1958. Kinney received his B.S. degree at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1915, and his M.S. at the California Institute of Technology in 1930.

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Scope and Contents note

The Edward E. Kinney papers consist of five items, including letter of recommendation for E. E. Kinney to the Michigan State Board of Registration, a letter from the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company, one letter to Kinney from a Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) graduate and one from a former colleague at M.A.C., and a 1948 magazine article about the school of Electrical Engineering at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in which Kinney is mentioned.

The letter addressed to Kinney from the Denver and Rio Grand Western Railroad Co. provides historical information on construction of railroads west of the Continental Divide, including the Denver and Salt Lake Railway; the Burlington and Colorado R.R.; the Colorado R.R.; and the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific R.R. The letter contains details on the history of the Moffatt Tunnel, a railroad tunnel built across the Continental Divide; and Kinney Creek which was named for Edward C. Kinney, a great-uncle of Edward E. Kinney.

The letters discuss the careers of the correspondents after leaving Michigan Agricultural College. R. D. Wyckoff (class of 1920) was a "ham" radio operator while attending M.A.C.'s School of Engineering. His letter includes a description of the radio equipment that was available on campus prior to the establishment of WKAR, the university's public radio station.

Wylie B. Wendt was an assistant professor of Civil Engineering at M.A.C.from 1906 to 1915. After leaving M.A.C., he taught at Kansas State University and South Dakota School of Mines before becoming head of the Civil Engineering Department of the Speed Scientific School in Louisville, Kentucky in 1925. Besides chronicling his teaching career, Wendt recalls his active role in Freemasonry and the Knights Templar in East Lansing. This letter mentions H. K. Vetter, M.A.C. faculty member and Past Commander of the Lansing Commandary of Knights Templar, and E. P. Kinney, the father of Edward E. Kinney.

The collection also contains two photographs, both of the Minerallac Electric Company store front and inside of the shop.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections November 1986

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

Revision Description

  February 2006

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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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Company.
  • Knights Templar (Masonic order).


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Detroit (Mich.)
  • Moffat Tunnel (Colo.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Kinney, Harry Edison
  • Vedder, Herman K.


  • Freemasonry -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Radio broadcasting -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Papers 1938-1975 

F.D. 1


Box Folder

Photograph of Store front 

Collection Photographs 1

Photograph of Cans and Machine 

Collection Photographs 1
Drawer Folder

Residence of Mark Hance Farmington, Michigan (copy of drawing on photopaper 

F.D. 2

Jovian Picnic Pine Lake July 26, 2014 

F.D. 2

Greeting card of sledding scene in Scotland 

F.D. 2