John A. Holden Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Holden, John A.
John A. Holden collection
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

John Arthur Holden, of Elberta, Michigan graduated from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1912 with a B.S. degree in Engineering. He was a member of the Glee Club, Aurorean Society and MSC Association (a student group organized by the engineers of the class of 1912 which sought to have the college's name changed). He also played class baseball. As of 1931 he was a fruit grower in Indiana.

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Scope and Contents note

The John A. Holden collection contains photographs relating to Holden's time at MSU. The collection includes photos of teams of football, baseball, and basketball as well as individuals and action shots. There are also photographs of the 1911 vs 1912 class rivalry. Other images include a group photo of the class of 1911, faculty row, a room "stacked" as prank, and hall decorated for the JHop. There are also photographs of an Aurorean Society party which the 1912 yearbook describes as a "Pow Wow." The photos show the decorated hall, and people dressed up as cowboys and "Indians" next to teepees. There is also a photograph of the Aurorean society banquet. (The Aurorean Society's name was eventually changed to Delta Sigma Phi) The collection also contains images of military training including cadets drilling, a group portraits, the parade ground and spectators. The collection also includes photos of people including three unidentified students with shaved heads; R.E. Brightup and Burt Kieth in a dorm room in Williams Hall, and students Lossing, Dorian, Applin, and Ray Edwards posing in the grass.

See also: John A. Holden photograph in People Photograph Collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 2013

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

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

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)

  • Delta Sigma Phi. Alpha Pi Chapter (Michigan State University).
  • Michigan State University. Athletics. Baseball.
  • Michigan State University. Athletics. Basketball.
  • Michigan State University. Athletics. Football.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1912.
  • Michigan State University. Class Rivalry.
  • Michigan State University. Students. Societies, etc.
  • Michigan State University. Students.
  • United States. Army. Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

Personal Name(s)

  • Whitley, Edith Holden


  • Athletics
  • Military education -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Students -- Societies, etc.

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Collection Inventory





M.A.C. vs. MAR Football November 13, 1900 

Baseball Player 

Campbell, Left Guard, Football 

Football Player 

Packer, Football Player 

Allen, Left Half Back, Football 

Vaughn, Left Half Back, Football 

Shedd, Left Tackle and Captain, Football 

MSU Basketball Team 

Frazier, Right End, Football 

1907 Football Team 1907 

Football Team 

1911 Class Football Team 1911 

Aurorean Party and Banquet (Delta Sigma Phi) 


Decorated Hall for Party circa 1910 

People Dressed as Cowboys and Indians for Party circa 1910 

People at Banquet 1911 

Class Rivalry 1911 vs. 1912 


Class Rivalry Brawl 1911 vs 1912 

Class Rivalry Gathering 

Cortigh Up Tree, Class 1911 Rush 

Class Rush Gathering 

Tug of War (2 images) 

Class Rivalry Brawl (2 images) 

Class Gathering 

Class Gathering Around Tree 

Small Group Wrestling Match 

Military Training 


Waiting for Regimental Review 

U.S. Inspection 1908 

Drill Ground 

Regiment standing at attention 1910-1911 

Regiment Group Photograph 

Regiment Group Photograph at Attention 



"Stacked" room 

Faculty Row 

Hall for J-Hop Dance 1911 

1911 Class Photograph 



Three Men with Shaved Heads 

Two Students Posing in Room in Williams Hall circa 1911 

Four Men Lying in the Grass 1910 

See also: John A. Holden photograph in People Photograph Collection