Asher B. Abelow Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Abelow, Asher B.
Michigan Agricultural College.
Asher B. Abelow collection
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

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

Asher B. Abelow was trained at Michigan State College from July 1943 to April 1944 as part of the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP). This program was designed to create soldiers with advanced training in areas such as veterinary medicine, foreign languages and engineering. The soldiers receiving this training were supposed to serve in the restoration of Europe after the war. Due to an acute shortage of ground troops, ASTP was disbanded in 1944 and most of the participants went on to serve in the infantry in Europe and the Pacific. At MSC, ASTP members were taught by instructors separate from the regular university professors. Although MSC students and ASTP trainees were not enrolled in classes together, ASTP soldiers participated in campus social activities and were housed in dormitories and fraternity houses. Mr. Asher lived in North Hall, a women’s dormitory and was a member of Company B, Section 8 or 9.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of nine photographs taken during Abelow's stay at Michigan State College. The photographs have been glued on pages and have captions written beside them. The collection includes a picture of Company B on parade, winter scenes of the Red Cedar River, views of campus, Abelow and other Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) members in the Union Lounge, and a winter scene of North Hall with ASTP members in front.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections April 2004

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

Donated by Asher B. Abelow.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Army Specialized Training Program. (U.S.)
  • Michigan State University. Army Specialized Training Program.

Personal Name(s)

  • Abelow, Asher B.


  • World War, 1939-1945 -- United States

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Photographs 1943-1944 

F.D. 1