Fred Avery Thompson Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Thompson, Fred Avery
Fred Avery Thompson papers
Date [inclusive]
0.25 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

Fred Avery Thompson, of Newaygo, Michigan, received a B.S. in Forestry from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1916. While at M.A.C., he was a member of the Forestry Club and Xi Sigma Pi. According to the Wolverine, his nickname was "Hypo." His younger brother, Robert I. Thompson, also attended M.A.C. (class of 1918).

During the 1930s, Thompson worked on various forestry projects in Michigan, including planting trees in state forests, investigating soil erosion in Ottawa County, and nursery and orchard inspections.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs from Thompson's years as a Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) student (1913-1916) and his career as a forester in the 1930s. The M.A.C. photographs include group shots of the Forestry Club, Thompson studying, Class Rush events, and Forestry Club Summer Camp. There are also images of campus buildings including the Engineering Building fire, baseball, football and track and field images, and images of the band. The photographs from the 1930s are of tree planting projects that Thompson worked on, forestry crews, Civilian Conservation Corps crews, and nursery and other project inspections. There are also three images labeled as Michigan National Guard and are possibly battle reenactments.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections March 2012

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 Robert I. Thompson.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Civilian Conservation Corps. (U.S.)
  • Michigan Agricultural College.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1916.
  • Michigan State University. Xi Sigma Pi.


  • Handbooks
  • Photographs
  • Postcards


  • College students -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • College students -- United States -- Conduct of life
  • Forests and forestry -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

M.A.C. Handbook 1914-1915 

FD 1

M.A.C. Agricultural and Forestry courses receipt September 23, 1913 

FD 1

Ribbons and ticket stubs 1912-1919 

FD 2

Xi Sigma Pi - National Forestry Honor Fraternity 1908-1937 Handbook February 1937 

FD 3


Drawer Folder

People. Groups 1912, Undated 

FD 4

Campus Undated 

FD 5

Baseball game 1916 

FD 5

Band 1912 

FD 5


FD 5

Track and Field 

FD 5

People. Fred Avery Thompson 1914 

FD 6

M.A.C. Buildings and Engineering Building Fire Circa 1914-1916 

FD 7

Forestry Club Summer Camp 1914 

FD 8

Forestry Club 1914-1916 

FD 9

Class Rivalry 1913-1915 

FD 10

Students. Dormitory Life (folder 4) [party at Abbot Hall] 1916 

MSU Photos

Students. Organizations. Xi Sigma Pi 1918 

MSU Photos
Drawer Folder

B.R.C. crew 1930s 

FD 11

Civilian Conservation Corps. teams 1930s 

FD 12

Crew members and co-workers 1930s 

FD 13

Hartwick Pines meeting 1930s 

FD 14

Planting trees on State land 1930s 

FD 15

Soil Erosion project, Ottawa County 1930s 

FD 16

Nursery Inspections 1930s 

FD 16

Trees and plants 1930s 

FD 17

Michigan National Guard - Battle Reenactment? 

FD 18

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