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Philena Esther Smith papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-10.3.66

Scope and Contents

The papers of Philena Smith consist of personal artwork and a scrapbook containing programs, invitations, tickets, greeting cards, letters, report cards, menus, postcards, and news clippings related to student life at Michigan Agricultural College. Photographs are of friends and campus events. Some items pertain to her student athletic participation in Lansing High School. The photographs include the Lansing High School Girls Basketball team of 1906, Wolverine staff circa 1911 and portraits of people mostly unidentified.


  • Creation: 1906 - 1913


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.

Biographical Note

Philena Esther Smith, of Lansing, Michigan, earned her B.S. degree in Home Economics from Michigan Agricultural College in 1912. While at M.A.C., she was a member of the Sororian Literary Society (Kappa Phi Zeta Sorority), the Dramatic Club, and J-Hop Banquet Committee. She was also Assistant Art Editor of the 1911 Wolverine and participated in the first year of Women's Class Basketball (1911). She later taught Domestic Science in the Lansing Public Schools. She married Alvin C. Pratt, M.A.C. class of 1907, also of Lansing.


0.5 Cubic Feet (, 1 volume)

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Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University

Property Rights: Michigan State University

Philena Esther Smith Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
D. Sadler
July 1980
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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