Tekla Sparks Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Messer, Tekla Sparks
Tekla Sparks papers
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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Biographical Note

Tekla Sparks was part of the freshmen class of 1924 at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). During her freshmen year she was an active member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. This sorority had been established two years prior in the year of 1922. Her photograph is pictured in the 1924 Wolverine yearbook in the freshmen class section and in the photograph of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Tekla Sparks has no record of attending the college in 1925, but she is pictured once again as active sophomore member of the sorority in the 1926 yearbook. In the next several yearbooks Tekla Sparks is not mentioned. It is not clear if she ever graduated from the college.

Tekla Spark's husband, Arthur M. Messer, was part of the freshmen class of 1923 at Michigan Agricultural College. Arthur M. Messer became part of the Olympic Local Collegiate Society during his sophomore year of 1924 and continued for both his 1925 junior year and his 1926 senior year. This fraternity was first established at the college in the year of 1885. Arthur M. Messer is not pictured in any of the class photographs from the Wolverine yearbooks from 1923 to 1926, but he is included in the pictures of the Olympic Local Collegiate Society in all of those yearbooks.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of photographs, pamphlets, various handbooks, music programs, a commencement program, and other printed materials.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections November 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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Alpha Gamma Delta.
  • Michigan Agricultural College.


  • Handbooks
  • Pamphlets
  • Photographs
  • Programs (Publications)

Personal Name(s)

  • Adams, Elizabeth Sparks, 1911-2007
  • Messer, Arthur M.
  • Shaw, R. S., (Robert Sidey), 1871-1953


  • Balls (Parties)
  • College students -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Commencement ceremonies -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Greek letter societies

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Collection Inventory



MSU Photos

Students. Activities. J-Hop 

Students. Organizations. Alpha Gamma Delta 

Drawer Folder

Concert Programs 1923-1926 

F.D 1

Pamphlets. Printed Materials 

F.D 2

Sport Schedules 1923-1926 

F.D 3

Student Handbooks and Guides 1923-1924 

F.D 4