Charles S. Langdon Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Langdon, Charles S., 1890-1977
Charles S. Langdon papers
0.1 Cubic feet , 2 folders

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

Charles S. Langdon was born in Hubbardston, Michigan in 1890. He grew up on the family farm and entered Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) as a freshman in 1907. After his graduation in 1911, he worked as Alumni Secretary for the college before he and his wife, Mabel Goolthrite, took over the Goolthrite family farm in Hubbardston.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains Langdon's reminiscences, entitled "It Happened Along the Way," collected on his 84th birthday in 1974. Langdon describes his early life, his years as Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University), his church activities, and the various jobs he held. He also discusses farm work over the years, and his travels abroad, especially in Mexico. The reminiscences were collected and edited by Langdon's daughter, Dorothy Langdon Yates.

Also included in the collection is a newspaper clipping regarding the historic Bowen farmhouse in Kentwood, Michigan.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections June 1977

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

Revision Description

  March 2000

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 Charles S. Langdon, date unknown.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan Agricultural College. Students.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1911.

Family Name(s)

  • Goolthrite family, (Mabel Goolthrite Langdon, 1887-1961)
  • Langdon family, (Charles S. Langdon, 1890-1977)


  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Family histories

Geographic Name(s)

  • East Lansing (Mich.)
  • Hubbardston (Mich.)
  • Kentwood (Mich.)
  • Mexico -- Description and travel
  • Michigan -- Description and travel
  • Michigan -- Religion

Personal Name(s)

  • Langdon, Charles S., 1890-1977
  • Langdon, Charles S., 1890-1977
  • Langdon, Mabel Goolthrite, 1887-1961


  • College students -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Family farms
  • Farm life -- Michigan
  • International travel

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Collection Inventory


Reminiscences 1974 


Newspaper Clipping 1974