Dora Hall Stockman Papers
00109

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Stockman, Dora Hall, 1872-1948
Title
Dora Hall Stockman papers
ID
00109
Date [inclusive]
1910-1948
Extent
1.66 Cubic feet
Language
English

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

Dora Hall Stockman was born on a farm in 1872 in Manistee County, Michigan. Dora Hall became a teacher at age 16. She went on to attend Benzonia College and to earn a master’s degree in education from Hillsdale College. Dora and her husband, Francis Stockman, owned a mercantile business and later bought a farm on Lansing’s west side.

Stockman was elected in 1919 to the Board of Agriculture, now the Board of Trustees of Michigan State University. With this election, she became the first woman elected to a statewide office in Michigan, and the first woman in the United States to serve on the board of a Land Grant College. In this position until 1932, Dora championed the expansion of curriculum to include the liberal arts, while urging more emphasis on higher education of women at Michigan State and elsewhere. In 1934, Michigan State recognized Dora’s contributions to the Board, education and agriculture by awarding her an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. She was the first woman to receive this honor from Michigan State.

She was was elected to the State Legislature from the Second District of Ingham County, a seat she held until she retired from politics in 1946. She died in 1948.

[Source: http://hall.michiganwomen.org/]

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Scope and Contents note

Dora Hall Stockman was an East Lansing, Michigan resident and was actively involved in local affairs. The collection contains a typed transcript of her autobiography, correspondence, publications, and newspaper clippings of the various activities in which she participated.

Mrs. Stockman's primary interest was in the State Grange. As an active member she helped establish county Granges throughout the state and held several state offices including that of State Grange Lecturer (1914-1930). Included in the papers are State Grange rosters, publications, handbooks, publications of the Ingham County Grange, issues of the Michigan Patron, the major publication of the State Grange with articles written by Mrs. Stockman, and some National Grange information.

In the 1930s, Mrs. Stockman began to work on her doctoral degree in Sociology at Michigan State College. While unfinished, portions of the thesis, entitled "The Grand and Rural Life in America" are included in addition to portions which appeared in the Michigan Patron. Although her thesis remained incomplete, Mrs. Stockman was the first woman to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Michigan State College on June 11, 1934. Other materials from M.S.C. include commencement programs,  Farmers' Week publications and several issues of the  Michigan State News.

Mrs. Stockman was also involved in many other writing activities. Included are articles, pageants, speeches, songs, poems, a manuscript entitled "Happy Valley" and two books, Dialogues and  Farmerkins Farm Rhymes. Also radio broadcast transcripts which Mrs. Stockman gave over WKAR at M.S.C.

In 1938, Mrs. Stockman was elected to the State Legislature from the Second District of Ingham County, a seat she held until she retired from politics in 1946. Correspondence, materials of legislative action and newspaper clippings are included pertaining to her terms in office.

There are also materials pertaining to her farm west of Lansing, a memorial scrapbook presented to her by the Ingham County Grange and numerous photographs.

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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

  January 2002

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

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.

Custodial History

Gift of Verne Stockman, 1975-09-10.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

Other Grange materials at the MSU Archives include Michigan State Grange records (collection 00187); Missaukee Grange #918 records (collection 00106); Ravenna Grange #373 records, Muskegon County (collection c.00153); The Grange Visitor publication (collection c.00520).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Country Life Week.
  • Michigan State University. Student Grange.
  • Michigan State University. Students. Societies, etc.
  • Michigan Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
  • Michigan. Department of Public Instruction.
  • National Grange.

Genre(s)

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Pamphlets
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Carleton, Will
  • Stockman, Verne
  • Willits, Mr., (Edwin), 1830-1896

Subject(s)

  • Agricultural exhibitions
  • Agriculture -- Drama
  • Agriculture -- Michigan
  • Agriculture -- Michigan -- Societies, etc.
  • Agriculture -- Poetry -- Michigan
  • Alcohol -- Law and legislation -- Michigan
  • Commencement ceremonies
  • Home economics -- Research
  • Legislation -- Michigan
  • Local taxation -- Michigan
  • Political conventions
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.
  • Taxation -- Michigan
  • Temperance -- Societies, etc.
  • Women in agriculture

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Collection Inventory

Papers 

Box Folder

Typed transcript of Autobiography -- 1872-1948 

1 1
Box

Correspondence 

1
Box Folder

 1910-1920 

1 2

 1921-1935 

1 3

 1936-1940 

1 4

 1941-1942 

1 5

 1943-1948 

1 6

 n.d. 

1 7

Grange Activities 

1
Box Folder

Map of State Granges -- [c. 1926] 

1 8
Box

Grange Roster 

1
Box Folder

 1918 

1 9

 1943 

1 10

 1945 

1 11

 1946 

1 12

Booklet 

1
Box Folder

Grange Handbook 1928 

1 13

Grange Blue Book [c. 1926] 

1 14
Box Folder

Grange Textbook -- 1946-1947 

1 15

Handbook - Grange Home Economics -- 1936 

1 16

Report - Home Economics Committee -- n.d. 

1 17

Clippings - Home Economics Committee -- 1934-1940 

1 18

Grange Bulletin -- n.d. 

1 19
Box

Booklet 

1
Box Folder

Ingham County Grange -- 1930-1931 

1 20

Grange 1934 

1 21

Grange Lecturer's Handbook 1940 

1 22

Ingham County Grange 1932-1933 

1 23

Ingham County Grange 1934-1935 

1 24

Meetings of Clinton, Ingham & Eaton Granges 1932 

1 25
Box Folder

Fruit Ridge Grange -- 1931 

1 26

Booklet - Juvenile Grange -- n.d. 

1 27
Box

Convention Proceedings 

1
Box Folder

 1955 

1 28

 1958 

1 29

Michigan Patron 

1
Box Folder

 1925 

1 30

 1926 

1 31

 1928 

1 32

 1929 

1 33

 1930 

1 34

 1934 

2 1

 1935-1936 

2 2

 1938-1939 

2 3

 1941 

2 4

 1943-1944 

2 5

 1945 

2 6

 1947 

2 7
Box Folder

Newspaper Clippings - Grange 70th Anniversary -- October 1936 

2 8

Newspaper Clippings - R.E. Olds Gift -- 1940 

2 9

Articles - Grange Leader and Activities -- 1940-1943 

2 10

Newspaper Clippings - Grange Activities -- 1928-1936 

2 11

Newsletter - Wisconsin Grange -- 1937 

2 12
Box

National Grange Monthly 

2
Box Folder

 1936 

2 13

 1940, 1944 

2 14

 1946 

2 15

 1947 

2 16
Box Folder

Article - National Grange -- [c. 1930s] 

2 17

National Grange Award -- 1935 

2 18

Grange Award - Testimonial Dinner Program -- 1946 

2 19

Michigan State College Activities 

2
Box Folder

Inaugural Address - Edwin Willits -- August 19, 1885 

2 20

Pamphlet - M.S.C. Student Grange -- 1941-1942 

2 21
Box

Newsletter 

2
Box Folder

M.A.C. Record November 1922 

2 22

M.S.C. The Green Rose and Gold July 1946 

2 23
Box Folder

Senior Breakfast & Commencement Program -- June 1915 

2 24
Box

Commencement Programs 

2
Box Folder

 1931-1934 

2 25

 June 1945 

2 26

Pamphlets 

2
Box Folder

M.S.C. Farmers Week 1931-1942 

2 27

Country Life Week 1927 

2 28

Farmers Week 1928 

2 29

Farmers Week 1930 

2 30

Newspaper - Michigan State News 

2
Box Folder

 October 30, 1931 

2 31

 November 5, 1938 

2 32

Doctorate Thesis 

2
Box Folder

Ch. 1 -- [1930s] 

2 33

Appendix -- [1930s] 

2 34

Ch. 8 -- [1930s] 

2 35

Ch. 9 -- [1930s] 

2 36

Ch. 10 -- [1930s] 

2 37

Ch. 13 -- [1930s] 

3 1

History of Grange in Michigan -- [1930s] 

3 2

Scientific Study of What Granges Actually Do -- [1930s] 

3 3

Women in the Grange -- [1930s] 

3 4

Untitled portion -- [1930s] 

3 5
Box

Thesis Series in Michigan Patron 

3
Box Folder

 1937-1938 

3 6

 June 1938-1939 

3 7

 March - August 1939 

3 8

 1941-1942 

3 9

 n.d. 

3 10
Box Folder

Manuscript - Happy Valley n.d. 

3 11-13

Radio Transcripts - Radio Talks -- [1930s] 

3 14-15
Box

Speeches 

3
Box Folder

Booklet -- [1928?] 

3 16

Notes -- [1930s] 

3 17

 [1940s] 

3 18

 n.d. 

3 19-21

Sermons -- 1932 

3 22

Book 

4
Box Folder

Farmerkins Farm Rhymes 1911 

4 1

Dialogs 1913 

4 2
Box Folder

Short Story - Story of the Hesperia Movement -- n.d. 

4 3
Box

Pageant 

4
Box Folder

 1922 

4 4

 1934 

4 5

Grange Diamond Jubilee -- 1941 

4 6-7
Box Folder

Pageants -- n.d. 

4 8

Booklet - Pageant -- n.d. 

4 9
Box

Play 

4
Box Folder

Series in Michigan Patron 1941-1942 

4 10

The Hope of Israel n.d. 

4 11

(portion missing) -- n.d. 

4 12

Pamphlet 

4
Box Folder

Play -- n.d. 

4 13

Song Book -- 1929 

4 14
Box Folder

Songs and musical score -- 1935 

4 15

Grange Song Book -- 1940 

4 16

Songs -- n.d. 

4 17

Handwritten Songs -- n.d. 

4 18

Pamphlet - Grange Songs -- n.d. 

4 19

Newspaper Clippings - Song Writer -- 1933-1936 

4 20

Poems -- 1928-1936 

4 21

Newspaper Clippings - Poems -- 1936 

4 22
Box

Magazines to which Mrs. Stockman contributed articles 

4
Box Folder

Centralight 1940, 1943 

4 23

Farm and Fireside 1925 

4 24

Michigan Education Journal 1933 

4 25

Michigan Education Journal 1937 

4 26

The Michigan Union 1935 

4 27

Michigan Vocational Outlook 1944 

4 28

Moderator Topics 1915-1919 

4 29
Box Folder

Articles -- 1938, 1944 

4 30

Newspapers Articles -- n.d. 

4 31
Box

Activities in Legislature 

4
Box Folder

Campaign Materials -- 1938 

4 32

Committee Report - Tax Study Commission -- 1938 

4 33

Mrs. Stockman's Legislative Resolution -- 1939 

4 34

Newspaper Clipping (see folder 34) -- [1939] 

4 35

Speeches - in Legislature -- [1938, 1940s] 

4 36

Legislature publications -- 1938-1939 

4 37

Campaign Materials -- 1940 

5 1

Legislature Publications -- 1941 

5 2
Box

Newspaper Clippings 

5
Box Folder

 1938-1939 

5 3

 1940s 

5 4

 1942 

5 5
Box Folder

WCTU Materials -- 1933, 1940s 

5 6

Newspaper Clippings - Liquor Legislation -- [1940s] 

5 7

Other Activities of Mrs. Stockman 

5
Box Folder

Award - from Governor -- 1913 

5 8

Biography of Will Carleton received from author -- 1917 

5 9

Childrens Charter & Childrens Bill of Rights -- 1931 

5 10

Minutes - Dept. Public Instruction -- June 22, 1934 

5 11

Church Programs -- 1921-1931 

5 12

Conference Programs -- 1921-1938 

5 13

Republican Convention Program -- 1939 

5 14

Poems - received from W. Kire & Family -- 1940 

5 15

Program - Governor Portrait Presentation -- 1946 

5 16

Stockman Farm 

5
Box Folder

Letterhead - Stockman Farm -- [1910?] 

5 17

Farm Output Statistics -- 1923 

5 18
Box

Pamphlet 

5
Box Folder

Farmers Look at Post-War Prospects 1945 

5 19

What Peace can Mean to American Farmers 1945 

5 20
Box Folder

East Lansing Tax Receipts -- 1933-1944 

5 21

Eaton County Tax Receipts -- 1923-1932 

5 22

Ingham County Tax Receipts -- 1925-1928 

5 23

Lansing Tax Histories -- 1922-1936 

5 24

Lansing Tax Receipts -- 1927-1933 

5 25

Receipts -- 1903-1928 

5 26

Husband's Death Notice -- October 23, 1932 

5 27

Misc. Personal Notes -- n.d. 

5 28

Notebook - Personal Notes -- n.d. 

5 29-30

Articles about Mrs. Stockman -- n.d. 

5 31
Box

Newspaper Clippings 

5
Box Folder

 1930 

5 32

 1933-1943 

5 33
Box Folder

Christmas Poem by Dora Stockman -- n.d. 

5 34

Land Department postcard -- n.d. 

5 35

Notice for Recruitment for WWI -- n.d. 

5 36

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Scrapbooks 

Volume

No. 221: Clippings, photos, letters of Michigan Grange. 1936, 1940. 

SB 221

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Postcards 

Drawer
Postcards

Boating 

Fishing 

Michigan. Harbor Springs 

Michigan State Medical Society. Meeting 

Scenes 

Washington, D.C. Capitol Building 

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Photographs 

Drawer

Photographs - Collection 

Collection Photographs

Agriculture. Spraying of Fruit Trees 

Animals. Deer 

Animals. Horses 

Cabins 

Lumbering. Log Rollaway 

Michigan State Grange. Youth Leader Committee 

Michigan State University. Human Ecology. Classes 

Mining. Strip Mining 

People. Arthur, Harold 

People. Figy, Charles 

People. Groups 

People. Unidentified 

Scenes 

Photographs - People 

Photographs - People

People. Stockman, Dora 

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