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"The Best There Is To Know" MSU College of Human Ecology

 Item — item: VHS

Scope and Content

From the Record Group:

This collection includes the records of Omicron Nu from their installation on campus in 1912 until around the mid 1980s. The contents contain lists of society members, blueprints for the Michigan Agricultural College Alpha chapter home, papers about the history of the society, historical information and rules for new members to memorize, the officers' instructions for running the organization, and the procedures for aspects of Omicron Nu management and induction ceremonies.

The records include handwritten meeting minutes for the Alpha Chapter of Omicron Nu. The minutes are contained in two volumes that document the meetings from the beginning of the chapter's existence. The records include chapter rolls which track society members from one meeting to the next, the plans and descriptions for Omicron Nu events, details of new members and installation of officers, and general club business.

The publication volumes discuss local and national matters, and they also contain the semiannual newsletters published by the Home Economics Honor Society. Some of the publications additionally include papers published by Omicron Nu members.

The Home Economics Association scrapbook (4020) contains a file with a paper by Marie Dye entitled, "Home Economics at Michigan State College," a list of the organization's annual meetings from 1911-1936, a list of the organization's charter members, a history of the association by Marie Dye, two Home Economics newsletters from 1960, and a newsletter packet for Michigan Student Clubs from 1934. The cover is wrapped separately and contains a leather front and an inner fabric handwritten cover page reading, "Michigan Home Economics Association."

Scrapbooks 4021, 4022, and 4023 contain photographs of members, banquet and dance cards, newspaper clippings about the association, and other publications. Scrapbook number 4023 has a particularly interesting and large collection of photographs taken by the women in and around the Omicron Nu Practice House.

Additionally, the collection includes multiple drafts for the College of Human Ecology logo done by Marion Soria. The same box has a folder with photographs of houses on campus, a view of Michigan Avenue in 1923, and a picture of a women's class from the early 1900s.


  • 1912 - 1985

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 VHS)

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English


Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US