Clinton D. Smith Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Smith, Clinton D., (Clinton DeWitt), 1854-1916
Clinton D. Smith papers
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 Item.

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

Clinton D. Smith was a graduate of Cornell University. He was a professor of Agriculture at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) and in 1893 took over as head of the Department of Agriculture. He introduced the college’s first Short Course in the winter of 1894. In the fall of 1895, Smith was one of three faculty appointed to a committee by the State Board of Agriculture to investigate reasons behind the lack of popularity of M.A.C. Smith later accepted the presidency of Brazil’s first agricultural college.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of an annotated photocopy of one letter written by Clinton D. Smith to the Wheelers on November 29, 1902. Smith describes many of recent happenings on the Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) campus including the death of Robert Kedzie. He also mentions William J. Beal, Robert Shaw, Ulysses P. Henrick, and Levi R. Taft. Topics in the letter include changes in personnel, the cutting down of trees on campus and the personal lives of some of the faculty members.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections January 2003

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 Agricultural College.


  • Letters (correspondence)

Personal Name(s)

  • Beal, W. J., (William James), 1833-1924
  • Beckwith, Hubert E.
  • Henrick, Ulysses P.
  • Kedzie, R. C., (Robert Clark), 1823-1902
  • Shaw, R. S., (Robert Sidey), 1871-1953
  • Taft, L. R., (Levi Rawson), 1859-


  • College campuses -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Letter November 29, 1902 

F.D. 1