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Albert H. Case papers

Identifier: UA-10.3.417

Scope and Contents

The papers of Albert Case consist primarily of materials gathered during the early part of his professional career. The bulk of these papers are correspondence and materials that Case gathered under various headings in what appears to have been a subject file. The materials in the subject file deal with personal purchases and non-professional organizations to which Case belonged in addition to papers concerning his profession and the papers have been arranged consecutively according to these numbers. Other subject headings, in addition to the ones numbered, seem to have been formed by Case; these headings have also been preserved.

In addition to the correspondence and subject file the papers also include several notebooks written by Case. Most of these notebooks deal with mining and mine surveying. Others are apparently notebooks written while Case was in school. One notebook is a journal Case kept when he went to Europe in 1935.

Some personal papers are present which include newspaper clippings on Case, histories of his and his wife's families, and notes taken by Case. Also enclosed in the papers are financial records including insurance policies, records of landholdings, tax information and various receipts belonging to Case. Publications dealing with Case's profession and outside interests are also present.


  • Creation: 1892 - 1935


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

Albert Herman Case (born June 1, 1875, Cambridge, Michigan; died March 18, 1962, Charlottesville, Virginia) graduated from the State Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1902 where he was captain of the football team. Following his graduation Case continued his education at Columbia University where he received a degree of Engineer of Mines in 1905. On August 14, 1906, Albert Case married Sarah B.S. Avery (born November 3, 1869; died May 3, 1971). Sarah had been a physical education instructor at the State Agricultural College.

After Case left Columbia University he spent five years as a superintendent of gold and copper mines in Utah and New Mexico. Case then worked three years as the manager of the Tennessee Copper Company. The next seventeen years of his life were spent in mine exploration and development in various parts of the Western Hemisphere.

In 1927 Case became the vice president and general manager of the United States Phosphoric Products Division of the Tennessee Corporation at Tampa, Florida. He held this position until his retirement in 1952. Case moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1950 and it was there that he spent the last twelve years of his life.

Other business affiliations of Case included directorships of the New Haven Copper Company, the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Southern States Industrial Council and the Lyons Fertilizer Company. In addition he was a trustee of Tampa University Club in New York and a member of the National Association of Manufacturers tax committee.

During his life Case was also a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, a life member of the Sons of the American Revolution and a member of the Rotary Club of Tampa. Before his death in 1962 Case was awarded honors by three universities. Michigan State gave him an honorary degree of doctor of engineering (June 9, 1945), Columbia University presented him with the Medal of Achievement and Tampa University bestowed upon him the honorary degree of doctor of letters.

Sarah and Albert Case had one son, Albert Vaughn Case, who died while a graduate student in Europe. The Cases established a scholarship fund at MSU in his name. In 1961, Michigan State University named a dormitory in honor of the Cases.


6.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged into the nine series: Correspondence, Subject File, Notebooks, Personal Papers, Financial Records, Publications, Oversized Materials, Photographs, and Postcards.

Custodial History

Gift of Sarah Avery Case, 1970-10-19.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Changed record group from 00123 to UA 10.3.417 to reflect Case's connection to MSU. M. Badgley Malone, November 2019

Albert H. Case Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
A.N. Monroe
June 1977
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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