Norman Penlington Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Michigan State University. Lecture-Concert Series.
Creator - Donor
Penlington, Norman
Norman Penlington 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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Biographical Note

Norman Penlington was born in England in 1908. He earned his B.A. (1933) and M.A. (1937) from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. (1946) from the University of California. Penlington joined the faculty at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in 1949 to teach humanities in the Basic College. He retired as professor emeritus in 1979. He died August 12, 1999 at the age of 90.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of fifteen manuscript maps drawn by Penlington relating to his research on the Alaska, British Columbia and Yukon Territory Boundary Dispute, 1884-1903. Also included are 10 printed (negative) maps of Alaskan boundaries at the end of the nineteenth century.

There are programs from Lecture-Concert events as well as events held by the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre at Michigan State University. An October 31, 1952 program for "The First Drama Quartette" starred Charles Boyer, Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead and Cedric Hardwicke in "Don Juan in Hell" and was presented by Michigan State College in association with Paul Gregory.

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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: Unknown. 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)

  • Michigan State University. Department of Humanities.


  • Concert programs
  • Theater programs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Alaska -- Boundaries -- Canada
  • Alaska -- Maps
  • British Columbia -- Maps
  • Canada -- Boundaries -- United States
  • Yukon -- Maps


  • Ballet programs -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Opera programs -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Theater programs -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory


Manuscript Maps of Alaska, British Colombia, and the Yukon Territory, 1884-1903. Circa 1962 

Oversize Drawer

10 printed (negative) maps of Alaskan boundaries at the end of the nineteenth century 

Oversize Drawer

Michigan State College/University Lecture-Concert Series, Music Department Concert Series, MSU Players, and "The First Drama Quartette" Programs 

Drawer Folder


F.D. 1

 1958-1960, 1964 

F.D. 2