Joseph Druse Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Druse, Joseph L.
Jones, Sarah Van Hoosen
Joseph Druse papers
1800, 1860, 1865, 1917-1964
1.0 Cubic feet , Oversized
Language of Materials
Some of the materials are in German.

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

Joseph L. Druse was born on December 23, 1915 in Racine, Wisconsin. He first came to Michigan in 1954 as an instructor in the Humanities at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University). He received his Ph.D. in the History of Culture from the University of Chicago in 1955. Druse spent the next 26 years as a professor of History and Humanities. While at Michigan State University, Druse participated in the Nigeria Project. Beginning in 1957, MSU became involved in this project which helped establish a university in Nigeria. MSU would provide assistance through faculty and staff in developing a university rooted in African life. MSU advisors each served two-year assignments in Nigeria. Druse spent the years 1962-1964 in Nigeria working on this project.

Druse was very active in genealogy research and published widely in this field. He was the co-founder and first president of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society. He was also a founding member of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society and the Greater Lansing Historical Society. He died October 22, 2004.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of papers, photographs, slides, and oversized materials. The bulk of the materials in the collection relate to Druse’s experience in Nigeria. Included are lecture notes for different courses; 80 slides featuring pots, baskets, houses, dolls, and masks; photographs featuring buildings, students, and individuals working with Druse; and a two issues of a Nsukka newspaper.

The collection also contains several historical newspapers, an 1860 voter guide, maps, publications, materials relating to the Michigan State University Centennial, war ration books, East Lansing air raid defense instructions, as well as a genealogical paper written by Sarah Van Hoosen Jones.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections December 2002

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

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

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 College.
  • Michigan State University--University of Nigeria Program.
  • Michigan State University. Centennial celebrations, etc.
  • Michigan State University. Department of Humanities.


  • Ephemera
  • Family histories
  • Lectures
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Publications


  • Education, Higher -- Nigeria
  • Elections -- United States -- 19th century
  • Fascism -- Great Britain
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1939-1945

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Air Raid Defense Instructions, East Lansing, Michigan 

1750 1

Aus Nah Und Fern booklets 1917-1918 

1750 2

Biographical July 6, 1918 

1750 3


1750 4

Michigan State College 1929, 1945-1946 

1750 5

Michigan State College Centennial 1955 

1750 6

Railroad Publications 

1750 7

“Some Descendants of Joshua Van Hoose, 1794-1857” compiled by Sarah Van Hoosen Jones 

1750 8

Sons of Veterans, U.S.A. 

1750 9

University of Nigeria Nsukka 

Box Folder

Lecture Notes, Bibliographies 

1750 10

Lecture Notes, General Studies 207, Student Handbook 1963-1964 

1750 11

Lecture Notes, General Studies 301, Guide for Seminar Leaders 1962-1963 

1750 12

Lecture Notes, General Studies 301, Student Handbook 1962-1963 

1750 13

Lecture Notes, Historical Time Periods 

1750 14

Lecture Notes, Islam 

1750 15

Lecture Notes, Miscellaneous 

1750 16

Lecture Notes, Music and Art 

1750 17

Lecture Notes, Nigeria History Course 

1750 18

Lecture Notes, Selections from Major Works 

1750 19-23


1750 24

Speech to Students 

1750 25
Box Folder

War Ration Books 

1750 26


Photographs of University of Nigeria Nsukka 

Box Folder


1750 27

Classrooms and Teaching, Graduation 

1750 28

Groups and Individuals 

1750 29-30
Box Folder


1750 30

Oversized Materials 


Ulster County Gazette [photocopy] January 4, 1880 


Peoples National Chart Supplement to the Dollar Weekly Times- A Guide for the Campaign of 1860 1860 


The New York Herald [with article about Lincoln's assassination] April 15, 1865 


The Chicago Sunday Tribune June 11, 1931 


Fascist Week [part photocopy part original] April 20-26, 1934 


The Record [Nsukka] February 29, 1964 


The Record [Nsukka] March 7, 1964