Wilbur Olin Hedrick Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Hedrick, W. O., (Wilbur Olin), 1868-1954
Wilbur Olin Hedrick papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder, 1 scrapbook

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

Wilbur Olin Hedrick enrolled at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) as a freshman in 1887. He completed his Bachelor of Science at M.A.C. in 1891 and became a faculty member in English in September of the same year. He received his Master of Science in 1896 and his Doctor of Philosophy in 1909 from the University of Michigan. He was an assistant professor of History and Agricultural Economics at M.A.C. from 1893 to 1906 and later served as professor of Economics and History from 1908-1916. In 1916 he was appointed the head of the Department of Economics, newly separated from the Department of History and Economics, and served as a professor of Economics from 1916 until retirement in 1938. He was also a chairman of the Social Committee from 1908 to 1921. Hedrick passed away on June 10, 1954.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of the dictated manuscipt "Notes on M.A.C. History" by W. O. Hedrick which was completed around 1942. It is a candid and personal history of the campus, faculty, and students beginning around 1887, Hedrick's freshman year at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). A few of the topics covered in his "Notes" include Student Life, Social Committee Chairmanship, Commencements, Military Drill, and Faculty Strains and Tensions. The scrapbook contains letters from the Class of 1895 to Hedrick. Imprinted on the cover is the statement "In recognition and deep appreciation, from the Class of 1895, to Dr. Wilbur Olin Hedrick, Michigan State College, June 4, 1949."

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections March 2012

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.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1891.
  • Michigan State University. History.


  • Manuscripts
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Hedrick, W. O., (Wilbur Olin), 1868-1954


  • State universities and colleges -- United States
  • Universities and colleges -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

"Notes on M.A.C. History" 1942 

FD 1

Scrapbook No. 234 1949 

SB 234