R. H. Pettit Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Rowe, DeAnn
R. H. Pettit papers
1915, 1946, 1954, undated
0.25 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation note

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

Rufus Hiram (R. H.) Pettit was born January 11, 1869, son of Captain R. D. Pettit (a veteran of the Mexican and Civil Wars.) He graduated from Baldwinsville Academy (New York) in 1887. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Cornell University in 1895 his doctorate from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in 1929.

He began his academic career at M.A.C. in 1897 and was the dean of the Entomology department from 1906 until his retirement in 1932.

He married Jessie A. Treat and they had 2 daughters. He died at his home in East Lansing on June 1, 1946.

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Scope and Contents note

Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) memorabilia includes a class rivalry poster (1915), seven photographs of campus depicting an elk in the campus deer park, a group of people at Lake Lansing, M.A.C. faculty/staff circa 1899-1900, R. H. Pettit in an REO automobile, and A. J. Cook at the campus apiary. There is also one letter (1954), and one newsclipping of Professor R. H. Pettit's obituary.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections October 2011

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

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use note

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. Students.
  • Michigan State College.


  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Posters

Personal Name(s)

  • Pettit, R. H., (Rufus Hiram), 1869-1946
  • Rowe, DeAnn


  • College campuses -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Obituary 1946 

F.D. 1


Drawer Folder

M.A.C. campus Undated 

F.D. 2

Elk at Deer Park at MSC Undated 

F.D. 3

People - Groups - Lake Lansing Undated 

F.D. 4

People - Groups - M.A.C. Faculty/Staff Circa 1899-1900 

F.D. 5

People - Groups - Unidentified Circa 1906 

F.D. 6

People, Pettit, R. H. in Reo Undated 

F.D. 7

Photograph with letter - Cook, A. J. at apiary at MSC Undated, 1954 

F.D. 8

Poster - Class Rivalry 1915