Clark L. Brody Papers
00054

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Brody, Clark L., 1879-1961
Creator
Brody, James Polk
Creator - Author
Brody, James Seeley
Creator - Author
Brody, Lewis Kinney
Creator
Seeley, Emma Louisa
Creator - Author
York, Margaret
Title
Clark L. Brody papers
ID
00054
Date [inclusive]
1847-2007
Extent
4.5 Cubic feet , 1 volume on shelf
Language
English

Preferred Citation note

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

Clark Louis Brody (born February 1, 1879 in Three Rivers, Michigan; died October 20, 1961), a member of the Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) class of 1904, was a prominent Republican and resident of Lansing, Michigan. From 1921 to 1952 he served as executive secretary of the Michigan Farm Bureau, and he remained affiliated with the Bureau until his retirement on February 1, 1959. In 1921 he became a member of the State Board of Agriculture, the governing body of Michigan Agricultural College (changed to the Board of Trustees in 1959), and he held office until December 31, 1959. He was the Chairman of the Board from 1932 to 1938 and from 1948 to 1957. The Brody dormitories on the MSU campus were named after him.

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Scope and Content

Copies of the first and second drafts of Brody's history of the Michigan Farm Bureau comprise the major part of the papers. Much of the information contained in these manuscripts did not appear in his book In the Service of the Farmer: My life in the Michigan Farm Bureau (Michigan State University Press, 1959), which is a much shorter history than he had originally intended. The book is autobiographical and describes the changes in farming and in the life of the farmer that were witnessed by Brody. The typescript of the final version of this book is also contained in the papers. (The second draft appears to be incomplete since there are no chapters beyond 1947.)

Also included in the papers are the Farm Bureau annual reports (1921-1922, 1931-1940, 1942-1958); papers and correspondence of the Michigan Crime and Delinquency Council of the National Probation and Parole Association (1957-1959), of which Brody was a member; copies of his speeches and editorials; personal correspondence; his farm accounts, and newspapers clippings about Brody.

Subsequent processing added volumes including lab books used by Margaret York and Clark L. Brody, and ledgers used by Lewis K. Brody and James S. Brody. A leather-bound commencement announcement from 1929, which listed Marjorie and Viola Brody, is also included, as well as a newspaper clipping of Clark L. Brody's 1961 obituary.

Family papers include Emma Louisa Seeley's copy book containing recipes, death and marriage information transcribed from newspapers. Emma Seeley was Clark L. Brody's mother. There are also two diaries kept by James Polk Brody, who was Clark L. Brody's father.

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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
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

 Added Accession numbers UA 5739 and UA 6126 May 2014

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. W. Victor Bielinski (nee Carol M. Brody), 1977-11-22.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

Photograph Collection: 4 oversized gelatin silver prints, 10 postcards (some printed using gelatin silver process), approx. 70 gelatin silver prints (8x10 and smaller)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan Agricultural College.
  • Michigan Farm Bureau.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1904.

Family Name(s)

  • Brody family, (Clark Louis Brody, 1879-1961)

Genre(s)

  • Diaries
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Postcards

Personal Name(s)

  • Brody, Clark L., 1879-1961

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture -- Accounting
  • Agriculture -- Michigan
  • Agriculture, Cooperative

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Collection Inventory

Papers 

Correspondence 

Box Folder

Between Clark & Margaret Brody 1903-1918 

8 4

 1892-1906 

8 1

 1908-1910 

8 2

 1917-1961 

8 3

 1900-1939 

1 1

 1940-1952 

1 2

 1953-1958 

1 3

 1959 

1 4

 January - May 1960 

1 5

 June - December 1960 

1 6

 January - April 1961 

1 7

 May - December 1961 

1 8

 1962 

1 9

Farm Accounts 

Box Folder

 1914-1954 

1 10

 1954, n.d. 

1 11

Farm Bureau History. First Draft 

Box Folder

pp. 1-18a 

1 12

pp. 19-46 

1 13

pp. 47-65 

1 14

pp. 66-85 

1 15

pp. 86-112 

1 16

pp. 113-132 

1 17

pp. 133-166 

1 18

pp. 167-190 

1 19

pp. 191-212 

1 20

pp. 213-232 

1 21

pp. 232-257 

1 22

pp. 258-284 

1 23

pp. 285-313 

1 24

pp. 314-337 

1 25

pp. 338-369 

1 26

pp. 370-391 

1 27

pp. 392-423 

1 28

pp. 424-451 

1 29

pp. 452-482 

1 30

pp. 483-507 

1 31

pp. 508-528 

1 32

pp. 529-549 

2 1

pp. 550-581 

2 2

pp. 582-604 

2 3

pp. 605-632 

2 4

pp. 633-660 

2 5

pp. 661-688 

2 6

pp. 689-713 

2 7

pp. 714-733 

2 8

pp. 734-760 

2 9

pp. 761-789 

2 10

pp. 790-814 

2 11

pp. 815-838 

2 12

pp. 839-861 

2 13

pp. 862-884 

2 14

pp. 885-902 

2 15

pp. 903-915 

2 16

Farm Bureau History. Second Draft 

Box Folder

pp. 1-20 

2 17

pp. 21-45 

2 18

pp. 26-71 

2 19

pp. 72-96 

2 20

pp. 97-120 

2 21

pp. 121-141 

2 22

pp. 142-164 

2 23

pp. 165-185 

2 24

pp. 186-205 

2 25

pp. 206-226 

2 26

pp. 227-246 

2 27

pp. 247-268 

2 28

pp. 269-288 

2 29

pp. 289-309 

2 30

pp. 310-335 

2 31

pp. 336-355 

2 32

pp. 356-375 

2 33

pp. 376-396 

2 34

pp. 397-419 

2 35

pp. 420-440 

2 36

pp. 441-461 

2 37

pp. 462-481 

2 38

pp. 482-502 

3 1

pp. 503-523 

3 2

pp. 524-544 

3 3

pp. 545-564 

3 4

pp. 565-585 

3 5

pp. 586-604 

3 6

pp. 605-626 

3 7

pp. 627-648 

3 8

pp. 649-668 

3 9

pp. 669-688 

3 10

pp. 689-708 

3 11

pp. 709-726 

3 12

pp. 727-745 

3 13

pp. 746-766 

3 14

pp. 767-778 

3 15

pp. 779-791 

3 16

Typescript. In the service of the Farmer 

Box Folder

Preface and Chapter 1 

3 17

Chapter 2 

3 18

Chapter 3 

3 19

Chapter 4 

3 20

Chapters 5 and 6 

3 21

Chapters 7 and 8 

3 22

Chapters 9 and 10 

3 23
Box Folder

Notes for the Farm Bureau History -- n.d. 

3 24

Book Reviews Etc. of the Farm History -- 1958-1960 

3 25

Annual Reports. Farm Bureau Publications 

Box Folder

 1921 

3 26

 1922 

3 27

 1931-1932 

3 28

 1933 

3 29

 1934 

3 30

 1935 

3 31

 1936 

3 32

 1937 

3 33

 1938 

3 34

 1939 

3 35

 1940 

3 36

 1942 

3 37

 1943 

3 38

 1944 

3 39

 1945 

4 1

 1946 

4 2

 1947 

4 3

 1948 

4 4

 1949 

4 5

 1950 

4 6

 1951 

4 7

 1952 

4 8

 1953 

4 9

 1954 

4 10

 1955 

4 11

 1956 

4 12

 1957 

4 13

 1958 

4 14
Box Folder

Programs of Meetings and Other Publications -- 1942-1953, n.d. 

4 15

Autograph Album from the Members of the St. Clair Farm Bureau -- 1952, n.d. 

4 16

Statements and Speeches, etc. 

Box Folder

 1921-1940 

4 17

 January 1941 - August 1941 

4 18

 September 1941 - January 1948 

4 19

 February - December 1948 

4 20

 1949-1950 

4 21

 January - June 1951 

4 22

 July - October 1951 

4 23

 November 1-9, 1951 

4 24

 November 10 - December 1951 

4 25

 January 1952 

4 26

 February - July 27, 1952 

4 27

 July 28 - December 1952 

4 28

 1953 

4 29

 January - February 1954 

4 30

 March - April 1954 

4 31

 June - August 1954 

4 32

 August 19 - December 1954 

5 1

 January - September 1955 

5 2

 October - December 1955 

5 3

 January - July 1956 

5 4

 August 1956-1957 

5 5

 1958-1959 

5 6

 1960-1961, n.d. 

5 7

 n.d. 

5 8-9

Editorials by Brody 

Box Folder

 1949-1956 

5 10

 1957 

5 11

 1958 

5 12

 January - June 1959 

5 13

 July - December 1959 

5 14

 1960 

5 15

Summaries of Works by Others 

Box Folder

 March 1952 

5 16

 April 1952-1954 

5 17
Box Folder

Readings on Sex Control of Animals -- 1957-1958, n.d. 

5 18

Papers Presented to the Foundation for American Agriculture -- 1959 

5 19

National Institute of Animal Agriculture Annual Conference -- April 6-7, 1959 

5 20-23

Honors, etc. Presented to Brody 

Box Folder

 1901-1957 

5 24

 1958-1961, n.d. 

5 25
Box Folder

Biographical -- 1951-1961, n.d. 

5 26

Newspaper Clippings 

Box Folder

 1923-1955 

5 27

 1956-1958 

5 28

 January - May 1959 

5 29

 June - December 1959, undated 

5 30

Obituary 1961 

8 6

 undated 

5 31
Box Folder

General Notes -- n.d. 

5 32

Speeches by Others 

Box Folder

 February - April 1959 

5 33

 May - June 1959 

5 34

 July - November 1959 

5 35

 December 1959 

5 36

Collected Publications 

Box Folder

 1906-1949 

6 1

 1950-1953 

6 2

 1953-1958 

6 3

 1959-1961 

6 4

 n.d. 

6 5
Box Folder

Agricultural Research - Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station -- n.d. 

6 6

Miscellaneous - Agriculture -- n.d. 

6 7

Crime and Delinquency Council of the National Probation and Parole Association 

Box Folder

Correspondence -- 1957-1958 

6 8

Correspondence -- 1959, n.d. 

6 9
Box

Papers 

6
Box Folder

 1957 

6 10

 January 1958 

6 11

 February - April 1958 

6 12

 May - September 1958 

6 13

 October - November 1958 

6 14

 December 1958 

6 15

 1959-1960, n.d. 

6 16

 n.d. 

6 17-18

Correspondence. From 

Box Folder

Frederick H. Mueller -- October 31, 1956 

7 1

Charles B. Shuman -- December 20, 1961 

7 2

Charles Dana Bennett -- December 21, 1961 

7 3

Homer L. Brinkley -- January 2, 1962 

7 4

Alfred C. Ball -- November 5, 1962 

7 5

Milton G. Rector -- November 7, 1962 

7 6
Box Folder

The MAC Record November 20, 1906 

7 7

The Holcad November 16, 1923 

7 8

Publications Banquet. Menu -- May 13, 1934 

7 9

"East Lansing Depositors Corporation" -- January 23, 1939 

7 10

Brody Roll Call Dinner - Program -- April 9, 1941 

7 11

State Journal. News Item, p.9 -- January 11, 1958 

7 12

State Journal. News Items. pp. 1 & 2. May 25, 1959  Watchtower, News Item . p. 2 -- n.d. 

7 13

News Item: The State ? . p. 1 -- November 21, 1958 

7 14

Farm Bureau Commemorative Papers -- December 1, 1961 

7 15

News Item on Madison Kuhn -- September 25, 1975 

7 16

Michigan State News, News Item, p. 5 -- February 11, 1876 

7 17

MSU Scene. Summer 1976 

7 18

Article on Olympic Fraternity House -- n.d. 

7 19

The Agricultural College of the State of Michigan 1857 

7 20

The State Agricultural College, Michigan 1868 

7 21

Michigan State Agricultural College 1890-1891 

7 22

"Budget Rules" -- January 25, 1928 

7 23

"State Relative to Situation at Michigan State College" -- 1928 

7 24

Freshman Hand Book 1929-1930 

7 25

Michigan State College Bulletin: Reports on the Recent Investigations December 1932 

7 26

"The Campus Beautiful" -- 1940 

7 27

Michigan Highway Map -- 1952 

7 28

Convocation Program -- 1955 

7 29

Michigan State College: The First Hundred Years 1955 

7 30

New York Central R.R. Time Table -- 1956 

7 31

The Michigan State University Magazine February 1962 

7 32

"Phil Frank Strikes Again" -- 1965 

7 33

Commencement Program -- 1966 

7 34

"John A. Hannah Recognition Dinner" -- November 18, 1966 

7 35

Commencement Announcement (Margaret & Viola Brody) 1929 

8 7

Miscellaneous 1897-2007 

8 5

Family materials 

Box Folder

Emma Louis Seeley copy book 1874-1876, undated 

7 37

James Polk Brody diary 1866, 1894 

7 36

James Polk Brody diary 1884 

6 19

Volumes 

Volume

Financial Ledger 

1
Box Folder

Lab Book (Margaret York) 1898-1899 

8 8

Lab Book (Clark L. Brody) 1901 

8 9

Lab Book (Clark L. Brody) 1903 

8 10

Ledger (Lewis K. Brody) 1847-1850 

8 11

Ledger (Lewis K. Brody) 1852-1888 

8 12

Ledger (James P. Brody) 1875-1908 

8 13

Ledger (James S. Brody) 1908-1910 

8 14

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Postcards and Photographs 

Drawer

Postcards 

Postcards

Florida 

People. Brody, Clark L. C.L. Brody with Prize Bull, 1910 

People. Groups 

Michigan. Fabius 

Photographs - General 

Photographs
Box

Agriculture. Brody farm undated 

LC Photo 20

Agriculture. Organizations. Cold-Water Grange 

LC Photo 20

Agriculture. Organizations. Constantine Cooperative Creamery 

LC Photo 20

Agriculture. Organizations. Federal Farm Credit Board 

LC Photo 20

Agriculture. Organizations. Foundation for American Agriculture 

LC Photo 20

Agriculture. Organizations. Michigan Farm Bureau. Folder 1 

LC Photo 20

Agriculture. Organizations. Michigan Farm Bureau. Folder 2 

LC Photo 20

Agriculture. Organizations. United Cooperatives, Inc. 

LC Photo 20

Agriculture. St. Clair County digging undated 

LC Photo 21

Delaware 1918, undated 

LC Photo 21

Grange meetings undated 

LC Photo 21

Michigan State University. Alumni. Class Reunions 

LC Photo 21

Michigan State University. Award of Honorary Degree to President Diem of South Vietnam 

LC Photo 21

Michigan State University. Board of Trustees 

LC Photo 21

Michigan State University. Commencement 1952 

LC Photo 21

Michigan State University. Commencement, 1956 

LC Photo 21

Michigan State University. Students 

LC Photo 21

Michigan State University. Students. Activities 

Box

Miscellaneous undated 

LC Photo 21

People. Brody, Clark L. 

LC Photo 21

People. Brody Family 

Box

People. Wagner, Edith M. 

LC Photo 21

People. Groups (3 folders) 

LC Photo 21

People. Groups. Unidentified (2 folders) 

LC Photo 21

United States Air Force. Joint Orientation Conference, 1949 

LC Photo 21

Western Michigan University. Classrooms 

LC Photo 21

Photographs - People 

People Photographs

People. Brody, Clark L. 

Photographs - People CDVs 

CDVs
Drawer

People. Brody, Clarence A. 

1
Box

Oversized Photographs 

OS 11

Columbian Society 1903-1904 

People. Group. Unidentified (2) 

People. Group. State Board of Agriculture 

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Oversized Materials 

Drawer
48
Drawer

Testimonial certificate presented to Clark L. Brody by United Co-Operatives, Inc. -- 1950 

48

Resolution adopted by the M.S.U. Board of Trustees on the death of Clark L. Brody -- 1961 

48

Obituaries 1942 

48

Certificate from Pres. Eisenhower appointing Brody to the Federal Farm Credit Board 

48

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