Leroy S. Foltz Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Foltz, Leroy Stewart
Creator - Correspondent
Hannah, John A., 1902-1991
Leroy S. Foltz papers
Date [inclusive]
1922-1970, undated
0.5 Cubic feet , 13 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

Leroy S. Foltz obtained his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1911, followed by his Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of California in 1917. He came to the Michigan State campus in 1920 and became the head of the Michigan State College Electrical Engineering Department. He was granted the title of Distinguished Professor in September 1947. He assisted in the formation of the Phi Kappa Phi honor fraternity chapter on the MSC campus, as well as the formation of the Faculty Club of MSC, which he served as the first secretary, and the Engineers Club of Lansing. He has published many articles within his field and invented a primitive fire alarm some 17 years before commercial fire alarms were patented.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists mainly of publications credited to Leroy S. Foltz over his distinguished career. Also included is personal correspondence between Foltz and organizations in which he was a member, and correspondence with John Hannah, president of Michigan State College (now Michigan State University), as well as newspaper clippings, talks given on education by Foltz and letters to the editor of various newspapers.

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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

Revision Description

  April 2004

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. Department of Electrical Engineering.


  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Publications
  • Radio speeches


  • Automobiles -- Design and construction
  • Education
  • Electrical engineering

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Correspondence 1943-1960 

FD 1

"Letters to the Editor" 1959, Undated 

FD 2

Newspaper clippings 1934-1970 

FD 3

Radio Talk (essays) 1943-1949, Undated 

FD 4


Drawer Folder

“Radio Broadcasting News” No. 15, features KYW at Chicago 1922 

FD 5

"Design Methods for Large Electromagnets and for Transformers" Undated 

FD 6

The American Rifleman: "A Method for Evaluating Shot Patterns" January 1936 

FD 7

IEEE Spectrum: "Steinmetz Formula for Saving" (p. 146-147) June 1969 

FD 8

Electrical Engineering: "Evaluation of Circuit Constants from Oscillograms" October 1946 

FD 9

The American Rifleman: “Inherent Pattern” (p. 45) June 1957 

FD 10

The Electric Journal: "Electrical Equipment for a College Laboratory" November 1952 

FD 11
Drawer Folder

"Talks on Education" by L. S. Foltz 1935, Undated 

FD 12

"Safer Auto Designs and Plan for Reducing Reckless Driving" 1950-1955 

FD 13