John and Helen Knecht Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Knecht, Helen Norton
Knecht, John
John and Helen Knecht scrapbooks
1907-1913, 1921, undated
1.0 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 Knecht graduated in 1911 with a B.S. in Engineering. At the time he entered Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) he was from the Grand Rapids, Michigan. Helen Louise Norton graduated in 1912 with a B.S. Home Economics. At the time she entered M.A.C. she was from the Howell, Michigan area. They were married on October 9, 1912.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of the student scrapbooks of John Wesley Knecht and Helen Louise Norton who later married. Helen's scrapbooks contains dance cards, event programs, photos of campus and people, information about her classes, flyers for pep rallies, college circus program, notice about small pox from 1910 and a note from Maud Gilchrist say that Helen is not working hard enough at her studies.

John Knechts scrapbook contains photos of athletics including football, baseball, track and basketball. Also included is a photo of a stacked room in Wells Hall, a train stuck in the snow, photos of campus and buildings, photos of students and also a 1911 calendar.

A 1911 yearbook came with this collection and was put in storage. A copy of the 1911 yearbook can be found in the reading room.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

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)

  • Michigan Agricultural College.
  • Michigan State University. Athletics. Baseball.
  • Michigan State University. Athletics. Basketball.
  • Michigan State University. Athletics. Football.
  • Michigan State University. Athletics. Track and field.
  • Michigan State University. Sports.
  • Michigan State University. Students.


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Benjamin, Jim


  • College campuses -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • College students -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Dance cards
  • Students -- Societies, etc.

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Collection Inventory


John Knecht Scrapbook 1907-1913 


Helen Knecht Scrapbook 1908-1913 


Papers and photographs 

John Knecht 

Box Folder

Photographs- Football 1921, undated 

5078 1

Photograph - Football team 1910 

5072 1

Football players image from newspaper undated 

5078 2

Dance Card - Union Literary Society 1911 

5078 3

MAC Baseball and Track Schedule 1910 

5078 3

Athletic and Event Ribbons 1908, 1910-1911, undated 

5078 4

1911 MAC Calendar 

5078 5

Photographs - Locks, view of Grand Hotel Mackinac from lake undated 

5078 6

Photographs - Stacked room; Class rivalry event February 28, 1908, undated 

5078 7

Commencement Program June 24, 1913 

5078 8

Helen Knecht 

Box Folder

Event programs 1910, 1912, undated 

5078 9

Photograph- Dance undated 

5078 10

Correspondence and invitations 1908, 1911, undated 

5078 11

Campus small pox notice November 12, 1910 

5078 12

Dance Cards 1907-1913 

5078 13

Photographs -Helen Knecht and unidentifed women undated 

5078 14

Postcard - Lake Leland, State Sanitorium, Howell, Michigan (with message on postcard 1908 

5078 15

Photograph - unidentifed man 

5078 16

Miscellaneous Material 

5078 17

Decorations undated 

5073 1