Edward Ross Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Ross, Edward
Edward Ross collection
Date [inclusive]
0.1 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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Historical Note

The postcards were collected by Edward Ross who grew up on a dairy farm in Washtenaw County, Michigan. His parents were both raised on farms outside of Ypsilanti, Michigan. His father, Max, took short courses in Agriculture at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). Edward mentions that his grandfather, Charles K. Ross, would have benefited from the "Home Farm Readings" that were distributed by the Agricultural Experiment Station.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of 131 postcards received at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) from 1895-1904. The postcards are addressed to professors/people such as H. W. Mumford, L. R. Taft, Clinton D. Smith, R. H. Petit, J. D. Towar, Arthur Bird, D. W. Trine, as well as to the Agricultural Experiment Station. The postcards contain requests for information about crops or fruit, subscriptions for the Farm Home Reading Circle, inspections for certification and other topics.

Also included in the folder is a summary of the collection written by the donor which includes the locations from where the postcards were sent and some arranged by topic and year. The donor also made transcripts of some of the interesting postcards.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections May 2013

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan Agricultural College.


  • Postcards

Personal Name(s)

  • Mumford, F. B., (Frederick Blackmar), 1868-1947
  • Ross, Edward
  • Smith, Clinton D., (Clinton DeWitt), 1854-1916
  • Taft, L. R., (Levi Rawson), 1859-


  • Agriculture
  • Crops
  • Fruit-culture
  • Sugar beet industry

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Collection Inventory


Michigan Agricultural College Postcards 1895-1903