Fannie Beal Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Beal, Fannie E.
Fannie Beal papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 2 folders

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

Fannie Beal was born on July 31, 1883 in Lenawee County, Michigan. She graduated from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1908 with a B.S. from the Home Economics. She later earned a master's degree from Columbia University in 1923. Beal then became the assistant Dean of Women at Michigan State Normal College, now called Eastern Michigan University. She died in October 1976.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers of Fannie Beal contain two notebooks from her classes at Michigan Agricultural College: a cooking notebook and a sewing notebook. The first volume contains notes from her senior cooking class about assorted recipes for fruit dishes, juice, rolls, and desserts. Also within this notebook are lecture notes pertaining to canning, the chemical make-up of humans, and the basics of proteins, sugars, and starches. Students in the class were also taught basic biology, shopping for food, serving meals, and preparing a table.

The second volume contains different cloth samples which show sewing styles and techniques. Most of these samples have notes about the sample material, its dimensions, and the needle gauge used. Some examples shown in the notebook include patches, pockets, button holes, eyelets, and darning. This volume was disbound for preservation.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections October 2006

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

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

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 State University. Class of 1908.

Personal Name(s)

  • Kuhn, Madison


  • Cooking -- Study and teaching
  • Sewing -- Study and teaching

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Cooking Notebook 1907-1908 

F.D. 1

Sewing Notebook Undated 

F.D. 2