Ralph M. Lickley Papers
c.00388

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Lickley, Ralph M.
Title
Ralph M. Lickley papers
ID
c.00388
Date
1899-1939, undated
Extent
0.5 Cubic feet , 15 folders, photographs, and oversized material
Language
English

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

Ralph Meeks Lickley (son of William Lickly and Malvinia Barber) was born August 17, 1876 in Hillsdale, Michigan. Lickley graduated from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1901 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While at college, he was the class president (sophomore year), football manager (1899), athletic Editor (Wolverine), and a member of the Hesperian Society and Tau Beta Pi Fraternity.

Circa 1911, he was a draftsman for the N.Y.N.H.& H railroad and living in West Haven, Connecticut. In 1930, he is noted as residing in Pittsford, Michigan.

Lickley was a mechanical engineer and inventor working for the Talmage Manufacturing Company, Cleveland, Ohio. His work and inventions were directed toward the improvement of railroad locomotives.

Lickley married Kate Nichols October 11, 1905. They had three children. He died May 18, 1958 in Wright, Hillsdale County, Michigan.

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Scope and Contents note

Lickley's work and inventions were directed toward the improvement of railroad locomotives. Included in the papers are blueprints, U.S. Patent Office papers and related correspondence, and interoffice correspondence and machine specifications from the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company.

The collection also includes a mimeographed history of Wright Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan, written by Lickley in 1935; a mimeographed letter (May 12, 1938) describing the Potawatomi Indians in Hillsdale County; and pamphlets concerning the St. Louis Exposition, 1904.

Also, the collection contains images from the civil war in Georgia and Tennessee and of the 9th Michigan Infantry Regiment. These have been scanned and placed online at http://civilwar.archives.msu.edu/collection/7-1C-A/ralph-m-lickley/.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 1967

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  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 Mrs. Ralph M. Lickley, 1960-08-25. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See also collection c.00434, Lickly family papers.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Louisiana Purchase Exposition. (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1901.
  • Tau Beta Pi. Alpha Chapter (Michigan State University).
  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 9th (1861-1865).

Genre(s)

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Hillsdale County (Mich.) -- History
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Wright (Hillsdale County, Mich. : Township)

Personal Name(s)

  • Lickley, Kate W. Nichols

Subject(s)

  • Potawatomi Indians
  • Railroads--Equipment and supplies--United States

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Collection Inventory

Papers 

Folder

Correspondence 

1

Patent Descriptions 

2-7

The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Co. Papers 

8-13

Miscellaneous 

14

Wright Township, Hillsdale County History 

15

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Oversized Materials 

Drawer

Patent Descriptions/New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company 

42

Railroads. Locomotives 

42

MSU. Students. Organizations. Tau Beta Phi 

42

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Photographs undated 

Box

MSU. Students Organizations. Themian Literary Society 1900 

OS 14
Drawer

People. Lickley, Ralph M. 

People Photographs

Railroads. Locomotives 

Collection Photographs
Box

Railroads. Tunnels. Tunnel Hill, Georgia 

OS 14
Drawer

United States Civil War. Scenes. Georgia 

Collection Photographs

Chickamauga Creek, Georgia 

United States Civil War. Scenes. Georgia. 

Box

Gulch at Crawfish Springs 

OS 14

Crawfish Springs in Chickamauga, Georgia 

Drawer

United States Civil War. Scenes. Tennessee 

Collection Photographs

General J. G. Parkhurst and Colonel Sirwell on Lookout Point 

Lookout Mountain 

Elk River Bridge, Tennessee 

Ruins at Ellesville, Duck River, Tennessee 

Railroad Bridge at Bridgeport, Alabama 

Box

United States Civil War. Scenes. Tennessee 

OS 14

View of Chattanooga - Cameron Hill & Grand Mountain in the distance 

Artillery captain at Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga 

Drawer

United States Civil War. Union Army. Camps 

Collection Photographs

Winter Camp 9th Michigan Infantry 

Wauhatchie Bridge 

Head Quarters - Pigeon Mountain, Georgia 

Camp near Bolton, Georgia 

Camp below Marietta, Georgia July 4, 1864 

Box

United States Civil War. Union Army. Camps 

OS 14

Head Quarters Camp before Atlanta, Georgia 

Muldraugh's Hill at West Point, KY. Encampment of the Ninth Reg. Mich. Vol. U.S.A. (Lithograph) 

Drawer

United States Civil War. Army. Officers 

Collection Photographs

Captain Crane and Colonel Harts 

Unidentified Officers (copy print) 

Box

United States Civil War. Army. Officers (3) 

OS 14

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