Vada Wolfe Derry Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Derry, Vada Wolfe
Vada Wolfe Derry collection
Date [inclusive]
0.2 Cubic feet

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Vada Wolfe Derry was born around 1911 to Fred B. Wolfe and Jessie M. Koss Wolfe. She was married in Ithaca, Michigan to Lewis Derry in 1931. They had one son, Mervin, who was born circa 1932. They lived in Lansing, Michigan where Lewis worked for Fisher Body. Vada and Lewis divorced in 1944. Vada remarried in 1952 to William Grant who was the general manager of the Kirby Company. The lived in East Lansing, Michigan.

Isaac Clinton Wolfe was Vada's paternal grandfather.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection of Vada Wolfe Derry consists of a photograph of "The Children of Isaac Clinton Wolfe" (circa 1908), a photo album, and a scrapbook. The photo album contains photographs, presumably of the family of Vada Wolfe Derry, dated 1927 to 1940. The album contains many pictures of Mervin, who was her son, from a baby through childhood. The album also contains photographs of Horsehead Lake, Michigan; Houghton Lake, Michigan; Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan; Traverse City, Michigan; Sault Sainte Marie locks; Niagara Falls; Pine River near Alma, Michigan; Mackinaw City and Island ferry called the Algomah II; and Castle Rock in St. Ignace, Michigan.

The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings pasted into a book. The clippings are from the Lansing State Journal, called the  State Journal at the time, dated 1931 to 1936. Many of the clippings are of weddings and deaths of residents of Lansing, Ithaca (especially Ithaca High School students), and Gratiot County, Michigan. A few clippings concern items unique to the time period of the scrapbook, including an article about an Ithaca woman annoyed that she shares the same name as a character on the popular "Amos 'n' Andy" radio show; a satirical poem about the NRA, a New Deal program intended to help end the Depression; and an essay honoring Thomas Edison at his death.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections  August 2004

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

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Algomah II. Great Lakes Passenger Auto and Rail Ferry.
  • Potter Park Zoo (Lansing, Mich.).


  • Photograph albums
  • Scrapbooks

Geographic Name(s)

  • Gratiot County (Mich.)
  • Houghton Lake (Mich.)
  • Ithaca (Mich.)
  • Lansing (Mich.)
  • Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
  • Saint Ignace (Mich.)
  • Sault Sainte Marie Canal (Mich.)
  • Traverse City (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Derry, Vada Wolfe
  • Unknown

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Collection Inventory


Scope and Contents note

Box Folder

Photograph: "The Children of Isaac Clinton Wolfe." ca. 1908 

1 1

Scrapbook, 1931-1936 

1 2

Photo Album, 1927-1940 

1 3

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