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Irma Thompson papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-10.3.35

Scope and Contents

The Irma Thompson papers consist of correspondence and memorabilia from her time as a college student including dance cards, programs for dances, and programs for events on campus. The events were held by various organizations including Feronian Society, Hesperian Society, Eclectic Society, Olympic Society, MAC Oratorical Association, Union Literary Society, as well as the alumni association. There are also a number of plays, poems and short stories written by Irma and other classmates and newspaper and magazine clippings. Also included are handwritten and typed “Memories,” telling of her acceptance to and years at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University).

The collection also includes a scrapbook with photographs of campus, students, and student organizations. Of note is a photograph of the class of 1900 with identification of the people. The scrapbook also includes drawings Thompson did reflecting her time as a student. There is also an athletic event tickets, score cards for College Field Day events, and handbills for the College field day ball game, and a baseball game. In addition there are programs for events and dances, biographies, addresses, and correspondence with class members.

There are also materials called “Pioneer Histories.” These consist of stories, memories, price lists and inventories of early Michigan pioneers (1820s-1950s). Also included is a hand-written collection of “Famous First Facts,” a Farmer’s almanac (1855) with handwritten notes and a “Family Almanac” (1900).

The collection also contains photographs of campus buildings, classes including human ecology, military science, a band, as well as athletics. There are also photographs of students including identified individual portraits, and student activities, dormitory life and the Eclectic Society. The collection also contains a few images of ships.

The postcards contains campus buildings, and campus scenes.


  • Creation: 1835 - 1964


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.


Irma Thompson was born in 1880 in Van Buren County, Michigan. While she was still in high school, the Thompson family moved to Lansing so that Irma would have the opportunity to attend college. She entered Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1896 at the age of sixteen, to major in the Women’s Course. Although an off-campus student, she was very active in campus extra-curricular activities. She was class secretary, vice-president of the Art Club and a member of the Themian Literary Society. She was instrumental in establishing a comfortable and adequate lounge for other off-campus women. She graduated in 1900.

In 1905, she married Mark L. Ireland, Class of 1901, whose name appears occasionally on her dance programs.


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Related Archival Materials

See also Madison Kuhn papers (UA 17.107)

Legal Status

Copyright: Dedicated to the public but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not able to be transferred.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Irma Thompson Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
Linda Morton
July 1976
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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