Howard C. Rather papers
Scope and Contents
The Howard C. Rather papers consists of Rather's correspondence and diaries documenting his experiences as an Army officer during World War I. Covering the time period of January 1918 to May 1919, the collection includes descriptions of the people Rather dealt with every day, and the conditions he lived in, both in America and in France. His letters home describe his training at Camp Custer, Michigan; Camp Jackson, South Carolina; Camp Merritt, New Jersey; and Saumur Artillery School, France. The daily routine and activities around him are duly described. He spent the last six months of the war seeing combat duty as part of a field artillery unit in France.
Rather's diaries offer brief entries on his views of his training and activities. The collection includes seven letters written by relatives and fellow soldiers. The entire collection was transcribed by the donor's wife, Lavon H. Rather, and printed in a paperback volume which is included with the collection.
- 1918 - 1919
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.
Howard Christian Rather was born to Henry Robert and Mary Ann Rather on September 17, 1895, in Bay Port, Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1917. From 1917 to 1919 he served as 2nd. Lt. Field Artillery, United States Army, with the American Expeditionary Force France, 26th and 80th Divisions. He received an honorable discharge and in June 1922 he was married to Emilie McKnight (died August 1923). He was married again on October 23, 1926 to Hazel Cobb. This second marriage saw the birth of a son, Henry Lee Rather.
Following the war, Howard Rather joined the faculty of Michigan Agricultural College, first as an Agricultural Extension Specialist (1920) and later advancing to Professor of Farm Crops, and Head of Farm Crops Department (1928-1944). In 1944 he was appointed chairman of the Basic College Committee, later becoming Dean of the Basic College. He died on December 28, 1950, after a brief illness.
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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.
Changed record group from 00169 to UA 17.442 to reflect Rather's connection to MSU. M. Badgley Malone, January 2020.
- Howard C. Rather Papers
- 3 Ready For Cataloging
- D. Gilmore
- December 1992
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- Finding aid written in English.
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