Carolyn E. DiBiaggio Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
DiBiaggio, Carolyn E.
Carolyn E. DiBiaggio papers
Date [inclusive]
0.25 Cubic feet , 5 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

Carolyn Enright DiBiaggio was the wife of John DiBiaggio, Michigan State University’s 17th president, until their divorce in October 1987. John DiBiaggio became president of the university in 1985 after six years at the University of Connecticut. Carolyn was involved in the Cowles House Society whose goal was to preserve historic buildings on campus. One of its first major projects was raising around $275,000 for the renovation of Cowles House. The renovation took place between 1985 and 1987 and returned the 130-year-old house back to its 19th century décor. Cowles House was named by Frederick Cowles Jenison whose estate funded renovations in 1949. He named the house for his mother Alice B. Cowles whose father, Albert E. Cowles, was a student in 1857.

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Scope and Contents note

The Carolyn E. DiBiaggio papers consist of reports about her activities to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees as well as photocopies of speeches and news clippings. The news clippings are arranged by subject with the majority of the materials about the Cowles House Society and its efforts to renovate the Cowles House, the President’s residence. The original documents can be found in Cowles House.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections November 2005

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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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Cowles House Society.


  • Annual reports
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.

Personal Name(s)

  • Zimmerman, Susan


  • College buildings -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Annual Reports to the Board of Trustees 1986-1987 

FD 1

Cowles House Society 1985-1987 

FD 2

Newsclippings 1985-1987 

FD 3

Social Activities 1985-1987 

FD 4

Women’s Issues 1986-1987 

FD 5