Office of the President. Frank Stewart Kedzie Papers
UA.2.1.8

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Kedzie, Frank Stewart
Title
Frank Stewart Kedzie papers
ID
UA.2.1.8
Date [inclusive]
1877-1995
Extent
3.9 Cubic feet
Language
English

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

Frank Stewart Kedzie (1857-1935) was born May 12, 1857, in Vermontville, Michigan. Over the course of his long career at the Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State Univeristy), Professor Kedzie acquired an intimate knowledge of the institution's history. As the son of Dr. Robert Clark Kedzie, a professor of Chemistry at M.A.C, Frank was raised on Faculty Row. He attended M.A.C. and graduated in 1877 with a B.S. in Agriculture. Subsequently, he studied medicine with a Lansing physician. In 1880, when Frank's brother, Robert, resigned as assistant in Chemistry, Frank returned to M.A.C. and assumed the position under his father. Soon he began lecturing, and to his students became affectionately known as "Uncle Frank.” Furthering his education, Frank gained a Masters degree and studied at the Friedreich Wilhelm University in Berlin, Germany, circa 1889-1890. In 1902, following his father's retirement, Frank Kedzie was appointed head of the Chemistry department. In 1912, the College conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Science upon him.

In 1916, Professor Kedzie was appointed president of M.A.C. During his term, Kedzie continued to teach albeit on an abbreviated schedule. He also began to promote numerous alumni activities. Significant among these was the development of private financial support for the construction of new campus buildings. His initiation of these activities was to culminate in the construction of three buildings: the Ransom E. Olds Hall of Engineering (1916), the Union Building (1924), and Beaumont Tower (1929).

In 1921, Kedzie resigned as president. The College had not witnessed the anticipated post-war growth in enrollment. It was believed that a new curriculum developed to suit changing educational needs and demands (and new leadership to implement it) was needed. In that same year, 1921, the Division of Applied Science was created, to which Dr. Kedzie was appointed dean. From 1925-1927, Kedzie concurrently served as dean and chairman of the Committee on Historical Materials. Upon Kedzie's resignation as dean in 1927, he was offered the newly funded position of College Historian. Correspondence with President Kenyon L. Butterfield documents Kedzie's changing relationship with M.S.U.

Professor Kedzie was dissatisfied with Dr. Beal's "History of the Michigan Agricultural College" (1915) and had plans to rewrite it. President Butterfield was also anxious for a history of the College to be written for the upcoming 75th anniversary of M.A.C. Accordingly, Kedzie put forth a great deal of effort collecting historical information from alumni about their college experiences, and had written, over the years, various short essays to friends on matters related to College history and traditions.

Frank Kedzie's history was not to be completed. Due to a conflict of opinion with President Robert Shaw, he was dismissed from the position of College Historian and the post was dissolved by the State Board of Agriculture in 1932. He died three years later, on January 5, 1935, leaving a $50,000 bequest to the college for the purchase of chemistry books.

Aside from his college affairs, Frank Kedzie played an active role in the development of the Michigan sugar-beet industry, as did his father. He published in many magazines on both historical and agricultural related topics; including the Michigan Historical Magazine, the Michigan Farmer and the M.A.C. Record. Frank Kedzie married Kate Marvin of Lansing, an accomplished music teacher, in 1885. Though the couple had no children, they raised many animals being especially fond of thoroughbred horses and pedigreed dogs.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection has been maintained in its original order; alphabetically within a chronological framework. The overall arrangement has been divided into three main series: Correspondence, Subject Files, and Alumni Catalogue (1927). There are also miscellaneous materials, oversize, scrapbooks, and photographs.

The Correspondence series consists of personal and professional correspondence between Frank S. Kedzie and colleagues, circa 1901-1933. Significant among the early papers are documents concerning the settlement of his father's estate. Professionally related correspondence includes exchange with: John Beaumont on the establishment and dedication of Beaumont Tower in 1929; with Charles W. Garfield, member of the State Board of Agriculture (1887-1899), on the establishment of a bronze memorial tablet commemorating Dr. Manly Miles, first Professor of Practical Agriculture; with Henry A. Haigh, class of 1878, on Kedzie's involvement in the establishment of the sugar-beet industry in Michigan; and with President Robert Shaw regarding Kedzie's dismissal in 1932.

The Subject Files series covers a broad array of topics. There are documents concerning matters of college administration such as: handwritten minutes of faculty meetings; party request slips by various organizations for permission to use campus buildings; student medical excuses from class attendance; and papers relating to college expenditures. There are also materials pertaining to Kedzie's career as college historian, that include: essays written by Kedzie on the history of M.A.C.; rosters of students and faculty involved in the military service; and information on the first Patriarch’s Dinner (1929), which Kedzie initiated. Also found in this series are papers regarding Kedzie's personal life, including: information on Kedzie's dogs and horses; two photograph albums of the Kedzie-Marvin family, and; two volumes of the Marvin family bible, one of which includes a family record.

The Alumni Catalogue series (1927) consists of letters from Kedzie to alumni of M.A.C.(now Michigan State University) requesting personal information for inclusion in an updated Alumni Catalogue.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections April 1991

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  December 2012

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.

Custodial History

Gifts of Madison Kuhn, Ralph W. Lewis, Frederic B. Dutton, and Margaret Plant Thorp.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan Agricultural College.

Genre(s)

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Hibbard, Rufus Percival, 1875-
  • Kedzie, Kate Marvin
  • Kedzie, R. C., (Robert Clark), 1823-1902

Subject(s)

  • Botany
  • College presidents
  • College teachers
  • Plant physiology
  • Sugar beet industry -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence 

Box Folder

A-Z 1901-1903 

894 7

 1915 

Box Folder

892 1

892 2

892 3

892 4

892 5

892 6

892 7

892 8

I, J 

892 9

892 10

L, M 

892 11

N, O, P 

892 12

Q, R 

892 13

892 14

T, U, V 

892 15

W, X, Y, Z 

892 16

 1916 

Box Folder

892 17

B -- January-March 

892 18

B -- April-June 

892 19

B -- July-September 

892 20

B -- October-December 

892 21

C, D 

892 22

E, F 

892 23

892 24

892 25-26

I, J 

892 27

892 28

L -- January – March 

892 29

L --April – June 

892 30

L -- July – September 

892 31

L -- October – December 

892 32

M -- January – March 

892 33

M -- April – June 

892 34

M -- July – September 

892 35

M – October - December 

892 36

892 37

O, P 

892 38

Q, R 

892 39

S -- January-March 

892 40

S -- April-June 

892 41

S -- July-September 

892 42

S -- October-December 

892 43

T, U, V 

892 44

892 45

X, Y, Z 

892 46

 1917 

Box Folder

892 47

B -- January-March 

892 48

B -- April-June 

892 49

B -- July-September 

892 50

B -- October-December 

892 51

892 52

892 53

892 54

892 55

892 56

892 57

I, J, K 

892 58

L -- January-March 

892 59

L -- April-June 

892 60

L -- July-September 

892 61

L -- October-December 

892 62

892 63

N, O, P 

892 64

892 65

S -- January-March 

892 66

S -- April-June 

892 67

S -- July-September 

892 68

S -- October-December 

892 69

T, U, V 

892 70

W -- January-March 

892 71

W -- April-June 

892 72

W -- July-September 

892 73

W -- October-December 

892 74

892 75

 1918 

Box Folder

892 76

B -- January-March 

892 77

B -- April-June 

892 78

B -- July-September 

892 79

B -- October-December 

892 80

893 1

893 2

893 3

893 4

893 5

893 6

I, J, K 

893 7

893 8

893 9

893 10

893 11

O, P 

893 12

893 13

S -- January-March 

893 14

S -- April-June 

893 15

S -- July-September 

893 16

S -- October-December 

893 17

T, U, V 

893 18

W -- January-March 

893 19

W -- April-June 

893 20

W -- July-September 

893 21

W -- October-December 

893 22

893 23

1919 

Box Folder

893 24

B -- January – March 

893 25

B -- April – June 

893 26

B -- July – September 

893 27

B -- October – December 

893 28

893 29

893 30

893 31

893 32

G, H 

893 33

I, J, K 

893 34

893 35

893 36

N, O, P 

893 37

Q, R 

893 38

S -- January-March 

893 39

S -- April-June 

893 40

S -- July-September 

893 41

S -- October-December 

893 42

893 43

U, V 

893 44

W -- January-March 

893 45

W -- April-June 

893 46

W -- July-September 

893 47

W -- July 

893 48

W -- November 

893 49

W -- December 

893 50

1920 

Box Folder

B -- January-March 

893 51

B -- April-July 

893 52

B -- August-December 

893 53

C -- March, April, June, August, December 

893 54

D -- March-May, July 

893 55

F -- February, April, June-September, December 20 

893 56

G -- March, April, June, October 

893 57

H -- January-June, undated, August-December 

893 58

J -- January-April, June-September, November-December 

893 59

L -- April, November 

893 60

M -- January-December 

893 61

N -- May-July, undated 

893 62

P -- January-May, July, October-December 

893 63

R -- January-July, October-December 

893 64

S -- January-December 

894 1

T -- January-April, July, September-December 

894 2

894 3

W -- January-June, July-December 

894 4

894 5
Box Folder

Miscellaneous 1921-1946 

894 6

 1921-1929 

Box Folder

894 8

BA 

894 9

BE-BU 

894 10

C-E 

894 11

F-G 

894 12

H-L 

894 13

M, N 

894 14

O-R 

894 15

S, T 

894 16

V-WAR 

894 17

WAT-WR 

894 18

894 19

 1930 

Box Folder

A, B 

894 20

C, D 

894 21

E, F 

894 22

894 23

H, I 

894 24

J, K 

894 25

894 26

894 27

N-R 

894 28

894 29

T-Z 

894 30

 1931 

Box Folder

A, B 

894 31

894 32

D-F 

894 33

894 34

894 35

I, K 

894 36

L, M 

894 37

N-P 

894 38

R, S 

894 39

T-V 

894 40

W-Z 

894 41

 1932 

Box Folder

894 42

894 43

894 44

D, E 

894 45

894 46

894 47

894 48

I-K 

894 49

894 50

894 51

N-P 

894 52

894 53

894 54

T-V 

894 55

W-Z 

894 56

 1933 

Box Folder

A, B -- January-June 

894 57

C -- January-June 

894 58

D -- January-June 

894 59

E, F -- January-June 

894 60

G -- January-June 

894 61

H -- January-June 

1166 1

J-L -- January-June 

1166 2

M, N -- January-June 

1166 3

O-R -- January-June 

1166 4

S -- January-June 

1166 5

T-Z -- January-June 

1166 6

1933 

Box Folder

A-G -- July 

1166 7

H-P -- July 

1166 8

R-W -- July 

1166 9
Box Folder

Envelopes 1920-1933 

894 70

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Subject Files 

Box Folder

The Michigan Agricultural College Union Memorial Building (booklet) 1923 

1166 10

Instructional and Service Facilities of Michigan State College March 1944 

1166 11

Kedzie Appreciation Banquet 1916 

1166 12

Kedzie Appreciation Dinner 1927 

1166 13

""Kedzie's Kings"", Correspondence re" Stud Services 1932-1933 

1166 14

Dogs and Horses, Misc. 

1166 15

Contracts 1916-1923 

1166 16

Faculty Minutes 

Box Folder

 1886-1887 

1166 17

 1889 

1166 18

 1890 

1166 19
Box Folder

List of M.A.C. Women of 1918 1918 

1166 20

List of Alumni and Their Professional Positions 

1166 21

List of Permanent Class Secretaries and Representatives 1861-1927 

1166 22

Medical Records 

Box Folder

 January-March 1920 

1166 23

 April-June 1920 

1166 24
Box Folder

Absence Slips 1917-1918 

1166 25

Certification of Recommendation of M.A.C. 1916-1917 

1166 26

Financial Papers 1915-1925, undated 

1166 27

Financial Report for M.A.C. October 31, 1939 

1166 28

Outlines of History of M.A.C. 1933 

1166 29

Correspondence and Notes on History of M.A.C. 

1166 30-33

M.A.C. Alumni - War Rosters 

1166 34

Report on Alumni and Undergraduates in Federal Military Service 1913-1920 

1166 35

List of M.A.C. Alumni and Students Called to the Service 

1166 36

Service Records of M.A.C. Students Killed In World War I 

1166 37

Form for M.A.C. War Records 1919 

1166 38

Reports, Pamphlets, and Announcements 

Box Folder

1916 - Synopsis of Dr. Kedzie's Report (1877) 

1166 39

 1917, 1919, 1920 

1166 40

 undated 

1166 41

Party Requests 

Box Folder

 1916 

1166 42

 1917 

1166 43

 1918 

1166 44
Box Folder

Friedrich Wilhelm University, Berlin 1889 

1166 45

Certificate of Study at Friedrich Wilhelm University 

1166 46

Newspaper clippings 1899, 1917-1947, undated 

1166 47

Mock Prosecutors Brief 1916 

1166 48

Report on “The Seed Train” 1929 

1166 49

Patriarch's Dinner - State Board of Agriculture Campaigns 1933 

1166 50

Missing 

1166 51

Science Notebook undated 

1166 52

M.A.C. Album undated 

1166 53

M.A.C. Yearbook 1899-1900 

1166 54

No Folders/Missing Folders 

1166 55-56

Letters from Friends re" Dismissal 1932 

1166 57

Banquet Program April 29, 1929 

1166 73

Marvin Family Bible Vols. I & II 1851 

1167 1-2

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Alumni Catalogue 1927 

Box Folder

1166 59

1166 60

1166 61

D-E 

1166 62

F-G 

1166 63

HAB-HAM 

1166 64

HAN-HU 

1166 65

I-K 

1166 66

1166 67

1166 68

N-PA 

1166 69

PE 

1166 70

1166 71

SA-SM 

1166 72

SN 

894 62

894 63

V-Z 

894 64

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Miscellaneous 

Box Folder

Agricultural College Bulletins 1918 

894 65

Lansing Matinee Musicale Centennial Celebration 1994-1995 

894 66

Obituaries 1934-1935 

894 67

U.S. Census Data 1900-1920 

894 68

Water Piping System Blueprints 1916 

894 69

Mrs. Kate Marvin Kedzie's Pupils' Concert June 27, 1890 

1166 58

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Oversized Materials 

Box Folder

The State Journal, Style Book April 1929 

5701 5
Drawer

Blueprints to Train Depot at M.A.C. 1916 

4

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Scrapbooks 

Volume

Marvin-Kedzie Family Photo Albums undated 

SB 348

Marvin-Kedzie Family Photo Albums undated 

SB 349

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Photographic Materials 

Drawer

Photographs/Prints 

Photographs

Animals. Dogs 

Animals. Horses 

Animals. Horses 

“Better Seed Train” 1929 

Michigan. East Lansing 

MSU Alumni 

MSU. Buildings. Armory 

MSU. Buildings. R.E. Olds Hall 

MSU Convocation 1931 

MSU. Groups. Students & Faculty 

MSU. Horticulture. Class Pictures 

MSU. Military Science. 1920-1939. ROTC Corps. 

MSU. Scenes. Campus Entrance 1894 

MSU. Zoology. Laboratory Scenes 

People. 

People. Bowd, Ed 

People. Craig, Albert A. 

People. Franklin, E. C. 

People. Holgman, Howard Peter 

People. Howard, Hon. Sanford 

People. Jewell, C. A. 

People. Kedzie, Kate Marvin 

People. McNaughton, Katherine 

People. Michael, Janet 

People. Michael, Louis G. 

People. Phillips, T. G. 

People. Stephenson, Frank 

Scenes. Unidentified 

Postcards 

Postcards

Arizona 

California. Catalina Island 

Cuba. Havana 

Michigan. Pontiac. Wilson Foundry & Machine Co. 

Missouri 

Montana. Lewiston 

Warrensburg Clinic 

Photographs/CDV's 

CDV

People. Beamer, Eliza Hinman 

People. Clark, Clifford 

People. Unidentified 

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