Rule Family Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Alward, Lela M
Rule, Clifford
Rule family papers
1911, 1917-1919
1.0 Cubic feet

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

Clifford Rule (June 9, 1892-March 1966) was a World War I veteran, who served in France from 1918 to 1919. He went through officer's training and was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Infantry. Before the war, he worked as a cashier and as assistant secretary at Prudden Wheel Company in Lansing, Michigan.

Lela Alward Rule (April 29, 1889-March 9, 1980) graduated from Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) in 1911. She was a member of the Social Committee at her college.

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Scope and Content

The Rule and Alward papers consists of photographs, postcards, Officer Training notes, a commencement program from Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University), and class notes. About half of the postcards were sent from Clifford Rule to Lela Alward during World War I while he was deployed in France. Many of the postcards are scenes from France, or of soldiers training. Some notable photographs include Notre Dame Cathedral with supports for protection during air raids, Woodrow Wilson in France, the Eiffel Tower, a chateau from the 6th century, the Palace at Versailles, a monastery, the Garden of Marie Antoinette, and the American Red Cross in France. A training notebook for use of grenades and rifles is included. The postcard album contains pictures of his family and friends. There are negatives to the photographs of Woodrow Wilson.

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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

Revision Description

  January 2013

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)

  • Eastern Michigan University.
  • Michigan Agricultural College.


  • Diaries
  • Notebooks
  • Photographs
  • Postcards

Geographic Name(s)

  • France

Personal Name(s)

  • Budd, Robert R.


  • World War, 1914-1918

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Bulletin 4th Grade Arithmetic 1912 

1 1

World War I Map undated 

1 4

Program for Commencement 1911 

1 13

Receipt 1918 

1 14

Diary 1918-1919 

Box Folder

Officer's Notebook 1918-1919 

1 2

Training: Grenades, Rifle, etc. undated 

1 3

Notes N.D. 

Box Folder

Michigan State Normal College Notebook (binder only) undated 

1 5

Class Notes undated 

1 6

Photographs 1917-1919 

Box Folder

Buildings in France 1918-1919 

1 7

Landscapes in France 1918-1919 

1 8

People in France 1918-1919 

1 9

President Woodrow Wilson in France 1919 

1 10
Box Folder

Postcards 1917-1919 

1 11

Postcard Album 

Box Folder

Postcards unsent 1918-1919 


Postcards sent 1918-1919 

1 12