Philena Esther Smith Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Michigan Agricultural College. Sororian Literary Society.
Creator -
Smith, Philena Esther
Philena Esther Smith papers
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Cubic feet , 1 volume

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

Philena Esther Smith, of Lansing, Michigan, earned her B.S. degree in Home Economics from Michigan Agricultural College in 1912. While at M.A.C., she was a member of the Sororian Literary Society (Kappa Phi Zeta Sorority), the Dramatic Club, and J-Hop Banquet Committee. She was also Assistant Art Editor of the 1911 Wolverine and participated in the first year of Women's Class Basketball (1911). She later taught Domestic Science in the Lansing Public Schools. She married Alvin C. Pratt, M.A.C. class of 1907, also of Lansing.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers of Philena Smith consist of personal artwork and a scrapbook containing programs, invitations, tickets, greeting cards, letters, report cards, menus, postcards, and news clippings related to student life at Michigan Agricultural College. Photographs are of friends and campus events. Some items pertain to her student athletic participation in Lansing High School. The photographs include the Lansing High School Girls Basketball team of 1906, Wolverine staff circa 1911 and portraits of people mostly unidentified.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 1980

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

Revision Description

 March 2014 June 2005

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)

  • Kappa Phi Zeta. Michigan State University Chapter.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1912.
  • Michigan State University. Department of Art. -- General subdivision--Course Work; Chronological subdivision--1906-1913;
  • Michigan State University. Dramatic Club. -- Chronological subdivision--1906-1913;

Personal Name(s)

  • Kuhn, Madison

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Collection Inventory


Scrapbook #66 1906-1913 

Scrapbook #66

Artwork Undated 



box with Scrapbook 66

Lansing High School Girls Basketball Team 1906 


Wolverine Staff circa 1911