Rajee Tobia Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Tobia, Rajee R.
Rajee Tobia collection
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1865-1953
Date [inclusive]
0.25 Cubic feet , 3 volumes on shelf

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

Rajee Tobia was born on August 18, 1901. Rajee died on July 1977 at 75 years old in Lansing, Michigan.

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Scope and Contents note

Folder 1 contains miscellaneous papers from Jackson, Michigan that were collected by Rajee Tobia. They include various receipts and bills, pages from account books belonging to a grocery store and a carriage shop, a marriage announcement, and, a poem. Folders 2-5 contain papers relating to the 41st biennial convention of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic and educational organization, held at Vancouver, B.C. in 1953. These papers belonged to Elizabeth H. Loree, a delegate to the convention from Lansing, Michigan.

Folders 6-8 contain six miscellaneous volumes of Michigan materials. They include:

1) A set of class notes from the State Normal College at Ypsilanti (1869)

2) A Methodist Episcopal preacher's log (1891-1895)

3) A grocery store sales ledger from Wacousta (1911-1930)

4) A telephone subscriber's ledger from Wacousta (1912)

5) A ledger-scrapbook dealing with the school life of Beryl Brockway and activities of the Michigan Education Company (1912-1926)

Folders 9-10 contain two miscellaneous volumes. The first holds the copybook of Miss Lily May Williams of Cordova Mines, Ontario that seems to be from grade school, c.1903. The other volume is a business education textbook, 1910. Folder 11 contains a parts price list and instruction booklet for a Stewart Vacuum Gasoline System. It was designed to be mounted on Dodge Brothers Motor Cars.

Folder 12 contains the speech "R. E. Olds: Benefactor to the Holy Lands" by Rajee Tobia and presented to the Historical Society of Greater Lansing on May 19, 1965.

Volume 1 on the shelf is an expenses and sales report ledger, 1911-1930 - skipping years, and including non-sales information.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections April 1970

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

Revision Description

  February 2009

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University except where noted. 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.

Custodial History

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rajee R. Tobia.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Eastern Michigan University.
  • P.E.O. Sisterhood.


  • Notebooks
  • Scrapbooks

Geographic Name(s)

  • Wacousta (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Cottrell, Frank Marion
  • Jenison, Danie
  • Williams, Lily May


  • Business education
  • Grocery trade -- Michigan
  • Teachers -- Training of
  • Women -- Societies and clubs

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Collection Inventory


Box Folder

Miscellaneous Papers -- 1865-1867, 1875, 1898, 1903, n.d. 

1 1

P.E.O. Sisterhood Papers - Convention 1953 

Box Folder

Minutes & Information Bulletins 

1 2

Annual Reports 

1 3


1 4


1 5
Box Folder

Classnotes of Miss Danie Jension, State Normal School, Ypsilanti -- 1869 

1 6

Preaching Log - Frank M. Cottrell -- 1891-1895 

1 7


1 8

Copybook - Lily May Williams -- 1903 

1 9

Business Education Textbook -- 1900 

1 10

Instructions & Parts Price List - Stewart Vacuum Gasoline System -- ca. 1930s 

1 11

"R. E. Olds.. Benefactor to the Holy Lands," by Rajee Tobia, 1965 (speech) 

1 12

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vol. 1: Sales Recors -- 1911-1930 


vol. 2: Subscribers Ledger - Wascousta Exchange -- 1912 


vol. 3: Scrapbook; Ledger for Michigan Education Company -- 1912-1926 


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