Frank Knox Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Knox, Frank, 1874-1944
Frank Knox collection
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation note

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

William Franklin "Frank" Knox was born in Boston in 1874. As a young man he worked for several years and then entered Alma College in Alma, Michigan. He graduated in 1898 and quickly joined Teddy Roosevelt's "Rough Riders" to fight in the Spanish-American War. When the war ended, Knox became a journalist, eventually becoming editor and publisher of the Chicago Daily News. He later served in World War I. Through his newspaper work Knox became active in politics. He was the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 1936, and Franklin Roosevelt appointed him Secretary of the Navy in 1940. Knox died in 1944.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of various materials relating to Frank Knox's career. These include a clipping from the Alma Record (1898) describing Knox's recruiting activities on the Alma campus; an address by Knox to the War Congress of American Industry (1942), stressing the challenges brought by World War II; an editorial written by Knox of the death of John Muehling (1944); press releases and programs relating to Knox's military funeral in Washington, D.C. (1944); and biographical materials on Knox.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections April 1964

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

Revision Description

  November 2011

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. William Martin, 1964-04-15. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Navy.


  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Photographs
  • Press releases
  • Programs (Publications)
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- Politics and government

Personal Name(s)

  • Gamble, Willam S.
  • Martin, William, Mrs.


  • Journalism -- United States
  • Spanish-American War, 1898
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects -- United States
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- United States

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Collection Inventory





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Oversized Materials 


Alma Record May 13, 1898 


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People. Knox, Frank 

People Photographs

Oversize Photographs 

OS 13

National Conference of Works Progress Administration State Safety Consultants 1936 

People. Knox, Frank 

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