Eben Mumford Papers
UA.17.91

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Mumford, Eben
Title
Eben Mumford papers
ID
UA.17.91
Date [inclusive]
1915-1940
Extent
4.4 Cubic feet
Language
English

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

Eben Mumford was born in Ohio. He received his B.S. from Buchtel College (later Akron College) and, in 1906, a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. From 1912 to 1921, he was the state leader of the County Agricultural Agents in Michigan for Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) Cooperative Extension. From 1922 to 1923, he taught agricultural economics. He helped to form the Michigan State Farm Bureau as well as the American Farm Bureau Federation. In 1924, Mumford helped organize the department of sociology at M.A.C. and was appointed professor and head of the department in 1924. He retired on September 1, 1938 and died on October 17, 1942.

(Source: History of Agriculture Economics department web page by Elton B. Hill)

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Scope and Contents note

The papers of Eben Mumford contain case notes, data, and manuscripts of rural communities and land utilization studies of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Professional correspondence, research data, manuscripts, research notes from the agriculture experiment station, standard of living in Michigan projects, the rural church project, and Michigan school districts are also found in Mumford’s papers. Also included are class notes, possibly from classes Mumford taught.

The collection also contains images (both photograph prints and glass negatives) of rural scenes including fields, crops, plowing with horses, and people, mostly identified in Michigan. There are a few postcards of West Branch, Michigan.

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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
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

 December 2014 February 2010

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Unknown. 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 State College. Agricultural Experiment Station.

Genre(s)

  • Glass plate negatives
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Speeches

Geographic Name(s)

  • Allegan (Mich.)
  • Michigan
  • Saugatuck (Mich.)
  • Upper Peninsula (Mich.)
  • West Branch (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Mumford, Luella Horn, Mrs.
  • Neller, Alvin A.
  • Stoddard, Alice

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture -- Michigan
  • Crops
  • Farms -- Michigan
  • High schools -- Michigan
  • Leadership
  • School districts -- Michigan -- Lower Peninsula
  • Sociology, Rural
  • Universities and colleges -- Faculty
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- United States

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Collection Inventory

Papers 

Case Notes of Rural Communities – Manuscripts and Notes 

Box Folder

Outline. 1934 

597 1-2

Iron River Manuscript 1934 

Box Folder

Crystal Falls Manuscript 1933 

597 4

Stephenson Manuscript 1933 

597 5

Manistique Manuscript 1933 

597 6

Munising Manuscript 1933 

597 7

Grand Marias, Amasa Community, and Menominee County Manuscripts 1933 

597 8

Howell Manuscript 1934 

597 9-14

Lakeview Manuscript 1934 

597 15-16

Ogemaw Country and West Branch Manuscripts 1931-1932 

597 17

West Branch Manuscript 1931-1932 

597 18

West Branch Notes 1931-1932 

597 19

Kent County Notes. Incomplete 1933 

597 20

Ogemaw County and West Branch Maps. 1931-1932 

597 21-23

Maps. 1934 

599 34

School Census Enrollment Worksheets 1934-1935 

600 1-4

School Attendance Data. 1934 

601 1

Rural Communities Study. 

Box Folder

Data and Notes 1933 

597 24

Livingston County Notes 1925 

597 25

Shiawassee County Notes 1930 

597 26

Laingsburg Community Notes undated 

597 27

Livingston County Notes 1930-1931 

597 28-29

Ingham County Notes 1930 

597 30

Land Utilization Program and Upper Peninsula 

Box Folder

Information-General 1932 

597 31

Upper Peninsula Notes 1931-1932 

597 32

Upper Peninsula Notes circa 1933 

597 33

Social Conditions and Local Trends in the Upper Peninsula 1932 

597 34

Data-Alger to Houghton Counties circa 1933 

597 35

Data-Iron to Schoolcraft Counties 1935 

597 36

Notes-General 1937 

Box Folder

Land Economic Survey Map circa 1933 

597 38

Miscellaneous Reports, Papers, and Notes 1933-1934, undated 

597 39

Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station 

Box Folder

Sociology 1937-1938 

597 40

Research Data 1937-1938 

597 41

Correspondence 1937-1938 

597 42
Box Folder

Draft of Extension Report-Eaton County 1936 

597 43

Agricultural Extension Project-Ingham County and Onondaga 1935 

597 44

Mumford Business and Financial-Correspondence and Papers 1922-1923 

597 45

Relief Administration Correspondence 1930-1932 

Box Folder

Committees on Public Schools and Education and Related Correspondence 1927-1935 

597 47

Miscellaneous and Correspondence 1930s 

597 48

“The Future Governmental Organization and Method of Financing Public Functions in Forest Land Region of the Lake States”-Michigan Academy of Science-Speech by P.A. Herbert 1932 

597 49

Speech Notes-“Home Relation and Leadership” undated 

597 50

Speeches – “The Inherent Strength of County Life,” Is Progress Dependent Upon Leadership?”, “The Agricultural Problem from the Point of View of Sociology,” The Next Step in Rural Sociological Research,” “Rural Education from the Point of View of the Community” circa 1927-1932 

597 51

Principles of Leadership Manuscript 1937 

597 52

Principles of Leadership Manuscript 1934 

597 53

Rural Trades in Michigan 1934 

597 54-57

“Changes in the Retail and Service Facilities of Rural Trade Centers in Michigan, 1900-1930.” C.R. Hoffer 1934 

597 58-60

“Rural Leaders” and Related Correspondence 1935-1936 

597 61-64

Luella Mumford-War Preparedness Board correspondence and expenses 1918, 1928 

597 65

Mumford Correspondence 1917-1920  

Box Folder

 1917-1920 

598 1

 1919-1934 

598 2

 1915-1930 

598 3
Box Folder

Miscellaneous Notes undated 

598 4

Mumford-Financial Information 1909-1922, 1930 

598 5-6

Meetings and Miscellaneous Maps and Notes 1936 

598 7

Standard of Living Project 

Box Folder

Manuscript and Notes. Incomplete 1932 

598 8-10

Manuscript Draft 1932 

Box Folder

Manuscript Notes and Maps 1932 

597 12

Manuscript Draft 1932 

598 13

Data, Drafts, and Worksheets 1932 

598 14

Final Draft 1932 

598 15

Notes and Worksheet 1932 

598 16

Tables and Charts 1932 

598 17

Maps and Notes 1932 

598 18

Research Data, Case Histories 1932 

598 19

Notes, Outline, and Data 1932 

598 16

Tables, Notes, and Data 1932 

598 21

Rural Church Project 

Box Folder

Data-Stockbridge Community 1932-1933 

598 22

Ingham and Eaton Counties 1932-1933 

598 23-26

Webberville Community 1932-1933 

598 27

Dansville Community 1932-1933 

598 28

Eaton and Ingham Counties 1932-1944 

598 29

Standard of Living Project 

Box Folder

Standard of Living Notes and Manuscript 1932 

598 30-31

Worksheets 

Box Folder

Paw Paw 1930-1932 

598 32-33

Bangor 1930-1932 

598 34-36

Charlotte and Potterville 1930-1932 

598 34-47

Greenville 1930-1932 

599 1-10

Howell 1930-1932 

599 11-24

Scotts 1930-1932 

599 25-33
Box Folder

Maps 1934 

598 34

Statistical Charts 1934 

599 35

Attendance Charts 1935-1936 

599 36

Maps, Notes, and Charts 1937 

599 37

Eaton and Ingham Counties Data 1936 

599 39

Miscellaneous 1930-1936 

599 40

Tuition-Paid Pupils in Clinton, Eaton, and Livingston Counties 1927-1929 

599 41

Miscellaneous 1930-1931 

599 42

High School Grades – Howell and Livingston County 1927-1929 

599 43

No-Tuition-Paid Pupils – 5-County Area 1930-1931 

599 44
Box Folder

“High School Communities in Michigan” by Mumford and J.F. Thaden 1937 

599 45

“Community Organization and the School” 1937 

599 46

5-County Outline of School Districts 1936 

599 47

High School Data – Howell, Michigan 1936 

599 48

High School Migration Study 1925-1935 

599 49

School Census Enrollment Worksheets 1934-1935 

600 1-4

Non-Resident Pupils 1933-1934 

600 5

High School Community Areas undated 

600 6

Data on School-Mr. Ford’s Thesis (1915-1925) 1935 

600 7

Eaton County School Districts undated 

600 8

Miscellaneous 1929-1932 

600 9

Correspondence on High School Districts Maps 1934-1935 

600 10

Miscellaneous – Re Michigan School 1927 

600 11

School Consolidation Materials 1927-1932 

600 12-13

Frequency Distribution Study – High School Attendance 1935-1936 

599 14-16

Upper Peninsula School Study circa 1935 

600 17

Miscellaneous Forms undated 

600 18

Miscellaneous School Data 1915-1928 

600 19

School Data by Countries 1920-1930 

600 20-23

School District Data 

Box Folder

Clinton County undated 

600 24

Ionia County undated 

600 25

Shiawassee County undated 

600 26

Livingston County undated 

600 27-28

Oakland County undated 

600 29

Ingham County undated 

600 29
Box Folder

School District Maps undated 

600 31-32

School Attendance Data 1915-1931 

600 33-53

School Attendance – Statistics, Maps, Percent and Arrays 1934 

600 54-60

School District Survey Data 1915-1934 

600 61

School Attendance Data 1934 

601 1

School Survey Maps 1934 

601 2

Lower Peninsula Survey Maps 1934 

601 3

Maps, News Clippings, Miscellaneous 1934 

601 4

Printed Materials 1930s 

601 5

Cooperative Extension Circular 101 1929 

601 6

List of References on Juvenile Delinquency 1939-1940 

601 7

Miscellaneous undated 

601 8

Newspaper Clippings 1929-1932 

601 9

Student Papers – Sociology 411 1937 

601 10

Problems, Tests, Exams – Sociology 411 1928-1937 

601 11

Class Notes 

Box Folder

Ethics 1917 

601 12

Political Science 1916-1917 

601 13

Marriage Course 1917 

601 14

Psychology 1917 

601 15
Box Folder

Undergraduate Paper: “An Analysis of Brighton Township” undated 

601 16

Proceedings of the Second International Country Life Commission, edited by Eben Mumford 1927 

601 17

Origins of Leadership- Thesis 1905 

601 18

Biographical Information 1903, 1906, 1922, 1923, undated 

601 19

Homesteading in Dickinson County by Eben Mumford? circa 1934 

601 20

Correspondence circa 1890-1939  

601 21

Envelopes 

597 66

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Photographs 

Drawer
Collection Photographs

People. Unidentified 

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Glass Negatives 

Box Folder

Farm buildings 

5150 1

Group posing in back of wooden bleachers 

5150 2-3
Box

Group posing in back of wooden bleachers (damaged negatives, see scan numbers A005353 and A005354) undated 

5150A
Box Folder

Man and woman buildings in the back ground 

5150 4

Man sitting at desk (2 slides) 

5150 5-6

People in front of a house (2 slides) 

5150 7-8

Three women on the street 

5150 9

Field with rows of crops 

5150 10
Box

Man standing in a field (Wheat?) (damaged negative see scan A005355) undated 

5150A
Box Folder

Men holding down an animal 

5150 11

Men in cornfield 

5150 12

Men in cornfield near rows of small corn plants 

5150 13

Six horse team plowing field 

5150 14

#1 Boys Corn Club Cheshire Township, Allegan County 

5150 15

#2 Cement Block Silo, C. B. Welch and Son, Fennville, Michigan 

5150 16

#3 Alfalfa, A. J. Stark, Allegan, Michigan 

5150 17

#4 Alfalfa, Howard Phillips 

5150 18

#5 Marl Pile and Grinder, Joel N. Switch Allegan, Michigan 

5150 19

#6 Marl Bed, Herbert Farm, Saugatuck, Michigan 

5150 20

#7 Alfalfa Seeding, 22 years old, Allegan, Michigan 

5150 21

#8 Alfalfa Field, A. B. Lane and son, Bloomingdale, Michigan 

5150 22

#9 Corn after alfalfa, John Vos, Hamilton, Michigan, 

5150 23

#10 Oat field, Vern Kenter 

5150 24

#11 Demonstration cornfield, Roger Reed, Saugatuck, MI 

5150 25

#12 Wheat field, John Odell, Allegan, Michigan 

5150 26

#13 Soudan Grass Farm of Susan Mills – Hopkins, Michigan 

5150 27

#14 Alfalfa H.Y. Finch, Chesire Township 

5150 28

#15 Alfalfa A.P. Holmes Allegan, Michigan 

5150 29

#16 Sweet clover Howard Phillips, Valley township, Allegan County 

5150 30

#17 Hairy Vetek, Edwin House, Saugatuck, Michigan 

5150 31

Descriptions of numbered negatives and copies of original negative boxes 

5150 32

Prints of glass negatives 

5150 33

Postcards 

Drawer
postcards

Michigan. West Branch. Churches. (3) 

Michigan. West Branch. High School 

Michigan. West Branch. Main Street. 

Michigan. West Branch. Tolfree Memorial Hospital. 

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