Benjamin Lafene Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Lafene, Benjamin William
Benjamin Lafene collection
Date [inclusive]
0.8 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

Benjamin William Lafene, M.D., was a native of Coldwater, Michigan who attended Michigan State University from 1919 to 1923. Lafene was a member of the Forensic Literary Society when it became a chapter of the national Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity in 1922. He graduated with a B.S. in agriculture in 1923 and taught for a year at Louisiana State University. Lafene went to medical school at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Lafene was then director of student health services at Kansas State Agricultural College (which later became Kansas State University) from 1948 to 1961. After stepping down from that position, Lafene taught in the science department and retired in 1971 as a full professor. The Lafene Health Center on that campus is named for him. He married Lillie Marie Johnson (1904-2002) in 1931. Mrs. Lafene graduated from Kansas State Agricultural College in 1926.

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Scope and Contents note

The Benjamin Lafene collection consists of a scrapbook kept during his time at Michigan State University, as well as personal items from his time at Louisiana State University and Kansas State University. Items in the scrapbook include dance cards, photographs, objects pertaining to the Forensic Literary Society and Lambda Chi Alpha, event ticket stubs, and autographs from fellow students, and other mementos. Loose materials and items Lafene never adhered to the scrapbook pages were removed and placed into folders.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections October 2006

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Kansas State University.
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.).
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1923.
  • Michigan State University. -- General subdivision--Students;


  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Hannah, John A., 1902-1991
  • Weiss, Laura

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Collection Inventory


Scrapbook 1919 - 1923, Undated 

Box Folder

Alumni event materials 1925 - 1926, Undated 

2082H 1

Cartoon Clippings 1975, Undated 

2082H 2

Clippings about John A. Hannah 1969 - 1988, Undated 

2082H 3

Forensic Literary Society / Lambda Chi Alpha 1919, 1922 - 1923, Undated 

2082H 4

Greeting cards Undated 

2082H 5

The Holcad January 4, 1921 

2082H 6

Kansas State Agricultural College materials 1925-1928 

2082H 7

Louisiana State University Commencement Announcement 1925 

2082H 8

M.A.C. Commencement 1923 

2082H 9

M.A.C. Dance Cards 1920-1921 

2082H 10

M.A.C. Dance Cards 1921-1922 

2082H 11

M.A.C. Dance Cards 1922-1923 

2082H 12

M.A.C. Department of Animal Husbandry Student Scorecards for Judging Livestock 1919, Undated 

2082H 13

M.A.C. Events Programs 1920, 1922 - 1923 

2082H 14

The M.A.C. Record clippings Undated 

2082H 15

"Michigan Aggies Field Song" Undated 

2082H 16

Miscellaneous 1919, 1923 - 1924, 1926, 1978, Undated 

2082H 17

M.S.U. Campus Scenes 1965, 1986, Undated 

2082H 18

MSU Scene Clippings 1974, 1978 - 1979 

2082H 19

Personal Correspondence 1920-1973 

2082H 20

Receipts 1920 - 1923, Undated 

2082H 21

The Y.M.C.A. Handbook for M.A.C. 1919-1920 

2082H 23

M.A.C. Bulletin - Souvenir Number June 1919 

2082H 23

Photographs. M.A.C. Campus Scenes 1920, 1923, undated 

2082H 24

Photographs. People 1920-1979 

2082H 25