E. Lynnette Gatten Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Gatten, E. Lynnette
E. Lynnette Gatten papers
Date [inclusive]
0.4 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

E. Lynnette Gatten was born in Iowa City, Iowa on June 10, 1911. She received her B.S. from the University of Nebraska in 1935 and her M.S. from Kansas State College in 1936. Following her education, she was employed as assistant food supervisor at Kansas State College; assistant food service director at the University of Kansas; Food Service Director at Omaha University; Food Service Director at Martin-Nebraska Aircraft Company; and Food Consultant at Blackhawk Hotels Company. In 1951, she was appointed Food Director of the Union Building at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) where she served until her retirement in 1973.

She was a registered Dietician and a member of many professional and social organizations including American Dietetic Association, Michigan Dietetic Association, Lansing Dietetic Association, American Home Economic Association, Home Economists in Business (HEIB), Central Michigan HEIB, Faculty Women’s Association, MSU Employees Credit Union Board, Upsilon Omicron, Omicron Nu, and MSU Retirees Club.

She published three articles in the American Dietetic Association Journal in 1944 and 1945. She also assisted in the preparation of the bulletin “A Guide to the Selection and Training of Food Service Employees” in 1947.

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Scope and Contents note

The Lynnette Gatten collection contains seven folders of materials primarily dealing with Gatten’s involvement with food services at Michigan State University. There are two folders of newspaper clippings related to food service, staff, and buildings on campus and in the surrounding area; a folder containing programs related to food service and the campus; a folder containing clippings and pages from journals and newsletters regarding food service programs including clippings from issues of "Serving State"; a folder with MSU Union information and history; a folder with souvenirs from her train trip to the Rose Bowl in 1966; a folder with family-related clippings and correspondence; and a folder with some menus from on campus and other restaurants, circa 1960s.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections January 2007

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)

  • Kellogg Center of Michigan State University.
  • Michigan Dietetic Association.
  • Michigan State University. Division of Dormitories and Food Services.
  • Michigan State University. Employees.
  • Rose Bowl (Football game). (1966 : Pasadena, Calif.)


  • Brochures
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Ephemera
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Newsletters
  • Photographs
  • Programs (Publications)

Personal Name(s)

  • Gatten, E. Lynnette
  • Unknown


  • Food service
  • Food service -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Food service employees -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Newspaper clippings related to MSU, food service, and staff 1958-1978 

2109H 1

Programs related to food service and MSU 1952-1969 

2109H 2

Publications related to food service 1949-1969 

2109H 3

Student Union building information, staff history, notes, correspondence, building negatives log 1949-1971 

2109H 4

Souvenirs of train trip to the Rose Bowl 1966 

2109H 5

Family-related clippings, correspondence 1943-1969 

2109H 6

Menus (including The State Room, Kellogg Center) circa 1960s 

2109H 7

Leadership Seminar for Executive Women certificate and photograph September 22-27, 1963 

2109H 8