Donaldson & Meier Architects Records

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Donaldson & Meier Architects records
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 3 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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Historical Note

The architectural firm Donaldson & Meier was founded in 1880 by John Donaldson and Henry Meier in Detroit, Michigan. John Donaldson was born on January 17, 1854, in Stirling, Scotland. His family came to the United States when he was two. He studied in Europe and returned to Detroit in 1874. Meier died in 1917 and Donaldson died on December 20, 1941 in Detroit.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of records from the architectural firm of Donaldson and Meier relating to the building of Beaumont Tower. The materials include original plans, structural calculations, drawings of plaques, a blueprint map of the circle area of campus, and photographs. The photographs include an image of laying the cornerstone, images of the tower in various stages of completion, Donaldson in front of the tower, dedication day, and dedication day with student body.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections May 2007

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.

Custodial History

A Gift of Edwin E. Meier.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Architecture -- Designs and plans
  • Buildings -- Repair and reconstruction

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Collection Inventory


Scope and Contents note


Structural Calculations May 1928 




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