George A. Culp Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Culp, George A., 1910-1981
George A. Culp collection
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1929-1935
Date [inclusive]
0.4 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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Biographical Note

George Arnold Culp was born March 19, 1910 in Alanson, Michigan to Noah and Addlain Culp. He attended Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) from 1929-1933 and was a member of Scabbard and Blade, and ROTC. He graduated with a B.A. in Agriculture and Applied Science. After graduation, he was the assistant alumni secretary for two years. Culp then worked for Universal Credit Investment Trust in Detroit. In 1958, he became operating head of CIT Service Leasing Corporation, a subsidiary company. In 1965, he became president of that company. He was also Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of the parent company until his retirement in 1970. In 1941, Culp went on active duty with the army and became a colonel in the Artillery. He was in the service until 1946 when he resumed his civilian job. He remained on reserve duty until his 1970 retirement. In 1950, Culp married Aune Korhonen Batson. She had three children from a previous marriage: Judith, Trenton, and Bethanie. The Culps moved from Detroit to Long Island in 1951. There in 1952 their daughter Aune Beth was born. Mrs. Aune Culp passed away in 1969. In 1970, Culp married Jean Fay who passed away in 1973. In 1973, he moved to Clearwater, Florida where he owned and operated a Fanning Personnel Agency. In 1979, he had a stroke and moved in with his daughter in Tampa, Florida. He passed away on May 6, 1981.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains two scrapbooks that George Culp made during his college years. They contain newspaper clippings, programs for athletic and other events, tickets for events, humorous drawings by James Trott, postcards of New York City, a ROTC certificate, a commencement program, and his diploma. The photographs include the band practicing, group shots, photos of West Point, his ROTC unit and shots of field training, interior views of a building, possibly the Hesperian Society house, and shots of graduation. Most of the photographs are unidentified.

The scrapbook pages were removed from their deteriorating leather binders. The scrapbooks contain paper that is in bad condition and dark patches on items where the glue permeated the paper. Also the glue has dried causing pieces to fall from the pages. As a result the scrapbooks were photocopied to show arrangement and order of the pages and ensure articles can be read in the future. In cases where there were booklets, the archivist photocopied the covers to their show location in the scrapbook. The researcher should consult the originals to read the whole booklet. There are also loose scrapbook photographs within the collection of the Michigan State University campus, mainly of its buildings.

The miscellaneous folder contains negatives of unidentified people and places, a short biography of Culp written by Judith Sponheim, a newspaper article, funeral notice and note card with image of a grave on it.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

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

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

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

Papers were donated by Judith B. Sponheim.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Class of 1933.
  • Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Epsilon Nu Chapter (Michigan State University).
  • United States Military Academy.
  • United States. Army. Reserve Officers' Training Corps.


  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Culp, George A., 1910-1981
  • Trott, James F.


  • College students -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Campus Photographs from Scrapbook 

1865H 3

J-Hop Invitation 1912 

1865H 4

M.A.C. Ribbons 

1865H 5

Miscellaneous 1965, 1981, Undated 

1864H 3

Photocopy of scrapbook 1929-1935 

1864H 2

Photocopy of scrapbook 1932-1933 

1865H 2

Scrapbook- Freshman - Junior 1929-1935 

1864H 1

Scrapbook - Senior 1932-1933 

1865H 1