Irma Thompson Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Thompson, Irma G.
Irma Thompson papers
Date [inclusive]
1.0 Cubic feet

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Irma Thompson was born in 1880 in Van Buren County, Michigan. While she was still in high school, the Thompson family moved to Lansing so that Irma would have the opportunity to attend college. She entered Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1896 at the age of sixteen, to major in the Women’s Course. Although an off-campus student, she was very active in campus extra-curricular activities. She was class secretary, vice-president of the Art Club and a member of the Themian Literary Society. She was instrumental in establishing a comfortable and adequate lounge for other off-campus women. She graduated in 1900.

In 1905, she married Mark L. Ireland, Class of 1901, whose name appears occasionally on her dance programs.

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Scope and Contents note

The Irma Thompson papers consist of correspondence and memorabilia from her time as a college student including dance cards, programs for dances, and programs for events on campus. The events were held by various organizations including Feronian Society, Hesperian Society, Eclectic Society, Olympic Society, MAC Oratorical Association, Union Literary Society, as well as the alumni association. There are also a number of plays, poems and short stories written by Irma and other classmates and newspaper and magazine clippings. Also included are handwritten and typed “Memories,” telling of her acceptance to and years at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University).

The collection also includes a scrapbook with photographs of campus, students, and student organizations. Of note is a photograph of the class of 1900 with identification of the people. The scrapbook also includes drawings Thompson did reflecting her time as a student. There is also an athletic event tickets, score cards for College Field Day events, and handbills for the College field day ball game, and a baseball game. In addition there are programs for events and dances, biographies, addresses, and correspondence with class members.

There are also materials called “Pioneer Histories.” These consist of stories, memories, price lists and inventories of early Michigan pioneers (1820s-1950s). Also included is a hand-written collection of “Famous First Facts,” a Farmer’s almanac (1855) with handwritten notes and a “Family Almanac” (1900).

The collection also contains photographs of campus buildings, classes including human ecology, military science, a band, as well as athletics. There are also photographs of students including identified individual portraits, and student activities, dormitory life and the Eclectic Society. The collection also contains a few images of ships.

The postcards contains campus buildings, and campus scenes.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 1976

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

Revision Description

 Revised November 2009 November 2009

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Dedicated to the public. 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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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See also Madison Kuhn papers (UA 17.107)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Kappa Kappa Gamma. Delta Gamma Chapter (Michigan State University). -- Chronological subdivision--1896-1900.;
  • Michigan Agricultural College.
  • Michigan State University. Art Club. -- Chronological subdivision--1896-1900.;
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1900.
  • Michigan State University. Women's Lounge.


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Poetry
  • Postcards
  • Programs (Publications)
  • Scrapbooks

Geographic Name(s)

  • Michigan -- History

Personal Name(s)

  • Ireland, Mark L.
  • Rogers, Mary Ireland
  • Thompson, Irma G.


  • Dance cards
  • High schools -- Michigan -- Lansing
  • Home economics

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

"Memories" by Irma Thompson 1964, Undated 

761 1

Correspondence 1955-1969, Undated 

761 2

M.A.C. Association of Washington D.C. Programs, Address Lists 1903-1904, 1907, 1920 

761 3

Addresses of Class (1900) Members 1935, 1945, 1950, 1951, Undated 

761 4

Biographies of Classmates Undated 

761 5

Patriarchs- Programs, Address Lists 1962, 1963, Undated 

761 6

Magazine Clippings- M.A.C. 1898, 1900, 1935, 1946, 1947, 1963, Undated 

761 7

Newspaper Clippings- Class Members and Families 1955, 1956, 1960, 1961, Undated 

761 8

Lab Experiments (Physics or Chemistry) 1898 

761 9

"The High School Observer", 1896 Lansing High School 1896 

761 10

Dance Programs 

Box Folder


761 11


761 12


761 13


761 14


761 15


761 16


761 17


761 18

 1904, 1906, 1913, Undated 

761 19
Box Folder

Dance and Banquet Programs 1902-1904, 1909 

761 20

Social Programs 

Box Folder

 1896, 1897, 1899 

761 21


761 22


761 23

 1903, 1906, 1913 

761 24
Box Folder

Commencement Announcements 1897, 1899, 1902, 1913 

761 25

Invitations 1899, 1901, 1902, 1907 

761 26

Memorabilia- Miscellaneous 1899, 1900, 1904, 1959, Undated 

761 27

"The Themians", 1922 Themian Society/ Kappa Kappa Gamma 1922 

Box Folder

"The Calethumpains" (a play) Undated 

761 29

"The Faculty Meeting" (a play) Undated 

761 30

"The Faculty Trial Scene" (a play) Undated 

761 31

"Halloween Revels" (a play) Undated 

761 32

"Midnight Spread Scene" (a play) Undated 

761 33

"Nubbins" (poems and stories) Undated 

761 34

Notes- Miscellaneous Undated 

761 35

"Famous First Facts" Undated 

761 36

Pioneer History 

Box Folder

"Backwoods and Pioneer Life", A. M. Beadsley (Typescript copy) October 1835 

761 37

"To Michigan By Water-1844", May Per Lee (Photostat copy) July 15, 1844 

761 38

"My Visit to the West", Nancy Elizabeth Smith (Transcript copy) December 8, 1945 

761 39

"A New Home-Who'll Follow", Mary Clavers Undated 

761 40

"Osceola Mine and Locations-Upper Peninsula", Rhoda J. Donald Undated 

761 41

"Pioneer Women"-"Summer Rawbles", Elizabeth F. Ellet Undated 

761 42

"My Memories of Old Detroit", Hugo Erichson, M.D. Undated 

761 43

"History of Livingston County", Everts and Abbot Undated 

761 44

"Our Pioneer History", Mrs. Seymour Foster Undated 

Box Folder

"Trials of Pioneer Businessmen", Enos Goodrich (Typescript copy) August 3, 1952 

761 46

"Personal Recollections of Pioneer Days", Ruth Hoppin Undated 

761 47

"Story of Early Day Life in Michigan-Eaton County", Margaret Lefever Undated 

761 48

"Detroit in 1812", Canada Lewis Undated 

761 49

"History of Oakland County", Thaddeus Seeley Undated 

761 50

"The Log Schoolhouse Era in Michigan", A.D.D. Van Buren Undated 

761 51

"History of Genesee County", Edwin O. Wood Undated 

761 52

"County Histories" Undated 

761 53

"History of Livingston County" Undated 

761 54

"History of Saginaw", Michigan History Magazine Undated 

761 55

"Land Lookers" Undated 

761 56

"Detroit in 1835", Journal of Cyrus P. Bradley Undated 

761 57

Miscellaneous Notes Undated 

761 58

The Pioneer Mother Memorial Undated 

761 59

Pioneer Settlement In & Adjacent to the Saginaw Valley Undated 

761 60

"Michigan in 1827" Undated 

761 61

Michigan Towns and Counties in 1838 Undated 

761 62

Price Lists and Inventories Undated 

761 63

Prices, Wages, Labor Undated 

761 64

Commodity Prices Undated 

761 65
Box Folder

Theatre Programs 1902-1904, Undated 

761 66

"Farmers Almanack" 1855 

761 67

"Wright's Pictorial Family Almanac" 1900 

761 68

Scrapbook Re: Classmate Information Undated 

761 69-70

Scrapbook - Miscellaneous Undated 

761 71-72

Scrapbook remnants 1896-1899 

761 73


Collection Photographs

Buildings. Unidentified 


Michigan State University. Animals 

Michigan State University. Art 

Michigan State University. Athletics. Athletes 

Michigan State University. Athletics. Baseball 

Michigan State University. Athletics. Football 

Michigan State University. Athletics. Track 

Michigan State University. Buildings 

Michigan State University. Buildings. Abbot Hall (1) 

Michigan State University. Buildings. Armory 

Michigan State University. Buildings. College Hall 

Michigan State University. Buildings. Greenhouse. Interior 

Michigan State University. Buildings. Linton Hall (Library (1)). Interior 

Michigan State University. Buildings. Mechanical Laboratory 

Michigan State University. Buildings. Morrill Hall (Women's Building) 

Michigan State University. Buildings. Physics and Electrical Engineering Building (Chemical Laboratory) 

Michigan State University. Alumni. Class reunions 

Michigan State University. Human Ecology. Cooking 

Michigan State University. Human Ecology. Sewing 

Michigan State University. Mechanical drawing 

Michigan State University. Military Science 

Michigan State University. Music. Bands 

Michigan State University. Scenes 

Michigan State University. Scenes. Red Cedar River 

Michigan State University. Students (2 folders) 

Michigan State University. Students. Activities 

Michigan State University. Students. Dormitory life 

Michigan State University. Students. Organizations. Eclectic Society 

People. Aldrich, J. G. 

People. Appleyard, Louis L. 

People. Bach, Franklin A. 

People. Bach, Hannah W. 

People. Bailey, William James 

People. Baker, Hugh P. 

People. Bale, Charles W. 

People. Bishop, Bessie 

People. Bohn, Mabel 

People. Bradford, George M. 

People. Bristol, Mablel E. 

People. Bulkeley, Joseph A. 

People. Christensen, S. L. 

People. Coats, John F. 

People. Dales, Oliver D. 

People. Decker, Arthur J. 

People. Driskel, Harry G. 

People. Finch, D. B. 

People. Gagnier, Edward D. 

People. Garfield, Deborah 

People. Good, E. S 

People. Green, James C. 

People. Green W. H. 

People. Groups 

People. Hayes, Arthur H. 

People. Henderson, Harry 

People. Hoyes, Inez 

People. Ireland, Mark L 

People. Kaylor, Charles W. 

People. Kneeland, Harold S. 

People. Lickly, Ralph W. 

People. Littell, L. Bayard 

People. Lundy, C. B. 

People. Lundy, Grace M. 

People. Lyons, Arthur E. 

People. McClure, S. W. 

People. McCue, Charles A. 

People. McCune, Newell A. 

People. Mills, Harry L. 

People. Naglevoort, Bernard 

People. Northrup, Robert S. 

People. Norton, R. M. 

People. O'Connor, Harriet 

People. Paddock, Fleta 

People. Palmer, Wilbur S. 

People. Parks, William T. 

People. Price, Eugene 

People. Radford, F. L. 

People. Reynolds, C. R. 

People. Ross, Mary 

People. Russell, W. E. 

People. Sly, Frances 

People. Smith, L. C. 

People. Smith, Mary and Mabel 

People. Stewart, John B. 

People. Taylor, Lawrence H. 

People. Thompson, Irma 

People. Tower, Gordon E. 

People. Watkins, Catharine 

People. Wells, H. L. 

People. White, George D. 

People. Woodbury, Vesta and Mary 


Ships. Battleships 

Ships. Frigates 

Ships. Schooners 



Michigan State University. Buildings. Greenhouse 

Michigan State University. Buildings. Williams Hall (1) 

Michigan State University. Scenes 

Michigan State University. Scenes. Deer Park 

Michigan State University. Scenes. Fountains 

Michigan State University. Scenes. Red Cedar River 

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