Lisetta Neukom Higgins Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Higgins, Lisetta Neukom
Lisetta Neukom Higgins collection
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1966-1967
Date [inclusive]
1907-1985, undated
0.33 Cubic feet , 3 oversize folders, 1 volume (in box)

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

Lisetta Neukom Higgins was born August 25, 1888 to Edward F. Neukom, a mechanical engineer, and Nellie (Garsed) Neukom. She was educated at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. On June 23, 1917 Lisetta married Max Brown Higgins of Joliet, Illinois. They had three children: Marnell, Maxine Tacy, and Marshall Neukom.

Lisetta Neukom Higgins was one of the early female reporters in Michigan, working for newspapers in Alpena, Detroit and Battle Creek, as well as for papers in Toledo, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Houston, Texas. Socially, she served as secretary-treasurer of the Fort Neches, Texas Red Cross and was a member of the board of directors of the Jefferson County, Texas Red Cross during World War I. She was a member of the A.A.U.W., the Hastings D.A.R., Girl Scout Council (Hastings), Needlework Guild of America Clubs, Women Writers (Philadelphia), Ye Merrie Players (charter member while at Miami U.), Miami University Alumni Association.

Higgins and her husband traveled extensively, eventually settling in Stamford, Connecticut. She died September 1974.

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Scope and Contents note

The Lisetta Neukom Higgins collection consists primarily of newsclippings, a scrapbook of newsclippings, and a few complete editions of newspapers - all of which contain the published work of Higgins and span the dates 1907-1917. The newspapers are in frail condition. The scrapbook is in stable, leaning towards frail, condition. In all cases, Higgins faithfully either encircled or marked in some way the articles that she wrote. They have been marked, and often dated, with a black grease pencil.

It is not certain for how many papers Higgins wrote during her career as a reporter. Those most heavily represented here are the Battle Creek Daily Journal,  Philadelphia Evening Ledger,  Detroit Free Press and  Detroit News. In all papers she wrote mainly feature style articles, with heavy emphasis on church (she worked as church editor) and society events. While reporting for  Battle Creek, Lisetta covered extensively the activities of J. H. Kellogg and the Battle Creek Sanitarium. This included everything from weekly lecturers to interviews with those seeking treatment, such as Jacob Riis, to the First International Conference for the Betterment of the Race held in 1914.

There are notable gaps in the collection, with only vague reference to her personal life: a December 30, 1912 letter home to her parents while Higgins worked for the Detroit News and  Detroit Free Press and a holiday newsletter written by Lisetta to family and friends during the 1966-1967 holiday season.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections September 2002

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

Revision Description

 Death date updated. September 2012

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 Joan Combs Rudman, 1997-08-21

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Battle Creek Sanitarium (Battle Creek, Mich.).
  • Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign campus).


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Higgins, Lisetta Neukom
  • Kellogg, John Harvey, 1852-1943
  • Riis, Jacob A., (Jacob August), 1849-1914
  • Rudman, Joan Combs


  • Journalists
  • Women

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Collection Inventory


Box Folder

Who's Who Entry -- Undated 

1 1

Max and Lisetta Higgins Christmas Newsletter, 1966 - 1967 

1 2

Letter Home to Parents -- December 30, 1912 

1 3

Max Higgins - University of Illinois (Urbana Champaign) materials -- 1907 - 1914 

1 4

Battle Creek Sanitarium Day Program and Dinner Menu -- November 30, 1913 

1 5

First Methodist Episcopal Church of Battle Creek, MI - List of Contributing Members and Friends -- 1913 - 1914 

1 6

Notes -- Undated 

1 7

Michigan Abstractors' Association - Programs -- 1915 

1 8

Church of Scientology - Freedom News Journal - IRS Advertisement in New York Times -- 1985 

1 9

Newspapers List 

1 10


Box Folder

Lisetta Neukom as subject -- Undated 

1 11

Battle Creek Daily Journal 

Box Folder

Articles covering the Battle Creek Sanitarium Speakers and Activities -- 1913 - 1914 

1 12

Miscellaneous -- 1914 

1 13
Box Folder

Joliet News articles -- 1915, Undated 

1 14

Philadelphia - Articles on the winners of the Friends Temperance Association and W.C.T.U. Scientific Essay Contest -- 1916 

1 15

Miscellaneous and Partial Articles 

1 16

The Radio Free Press/York Herald Tribune World's Fair Supplement -- Undated 

1 17

Society Engagements and Weddings -- Undated 

1 18

Toledo - "The Red-Robed King" -- October 19, 1913 

1 19

Stray Scrapbook pages - various subjects -- 1907, Undated 

1 20
Box Volume

vol. 1: Scrapbook 

1 1

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Oversized Materials 

Drawer Folder

Detroit News 

OS 4 1

 Monday, November 18, 1912 

Folder 2: Battle Creek Daily Journal 

OS 4 2

 Sunday, August 10, 1913 

 Thursday, January 8, 1914 (Race Betterment Conference coverage) 

 Sunday, January 11, 1914 

 Wednesday, January 14, 1914 

 Saturday, November 21, 1914 

Folder 3: Philadelphia Evening Ledger 

OS 4 3

 Monday, June 26, 1916 

 Wednesday, June 28, 1916 

 Thursday, June 29, 1916 

 Friday, June 30, 1916 

 Saturday, July 1, 1916 

 Monday, July 3, 1916 

 Wednesday, July 5, 1916 

 Thursday, July 6, 1916 

 Monday, March 5, 1917 

 Wednesday, March 14, 1917 

 Friday, March 16, 1917 (contains Lisetta photo) 

 Saturday, March 17, 1917 

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