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Ethel Rathke papers

Identifier: UA-17.441

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of scrapbooks. The twenty scrapbooks are filled with newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and pictures covering such diverse topics as World War II, the Middle East, Lansing and East Lansing, Japanese culture and flower gardening. Also included are Ethel Rathke's prose and poetry and her correspondence with publishing companies, friends, and acquaintances.


  • Creation: 1900 - 1970


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

Ethel Wheeler Rathke was born on April 18, 1877 to John H. and Georgina J. (Fox) Wheeler in Sherman, Wexford County, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan and earned a Bachelor's degree in 1913 and an A.M. in 1914. She was married to Walter Robert Rathke, an instructor at the University of Michigan, from 1913 to 1920. During her lifetime, she was employed as a school teacher in Sioux City, Iowa and Luray, Virginia. Rathke was an instructor of Languages at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) from 1929 to 1936. She was also a member of the Cosmopolitan Club and La CoFradia (honorary Spanish fraternity) at MSC. Rathke died February 2, 1972.


3.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


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 00143 to UA 17.441 to reflect Rathke's connection to Michigan State University. M. Badgley Malone, November 2019.

Ethel Rathke Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
S. Lektzian
May 1979
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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