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Vada Wolfe Derry collection

Identifier: 00185

Scope and Contents

The collection of Vada Wolfe Derry consists of a photograph of "The Children of Isaac Clinton Wolfe" (circa 1908), a photo album, and a scrapbook. The photo album contains photographs, presumably of the family of Vada Wolfe Derry, dated 1927 to 1940. The album contains many pictures of Mervin, who was her son, from a baby through childhood. The album also contains photographs of Horsehead Lake, Michigan; Houghton Lake, Michigan; Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan; Traverse City, Michigan; Sault Sainte Marie locks; Niagara Falls; Pine River near Alma, Michigan; Mackinaw City and Island ferry called the Algomah II; and Castle Rock in St. Ignace, Michigan.

The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings pasted into a book. The clippings are from the Lansing State Journal, called the State Journal at the time, dated 1931 to 1936. Many of the clippings are of weddings and deaths of residents of Lansing, Ithaca (especially Ithaca High School students), and Gratiot County, Michigan. A few clippings concern items unique to the time period of the scrapbook, including an article about an Ithaca woman annoyed that she shares the same name as a character on the popular "Amos 'n' Andy" radio show; a satirical poem about the NRA, a New Deal program intended to help end the Depression; and an essay honoring Thomas Edison at his death.


  • Creation: 1908 - 1940

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.


Vada Wolfe Derry was born around 1911 to Fred B. Wolfe and Jessie M. Koss Wolfe. She was married in Ithaca, Michigan to Lewis Derry in 1931. They had one son, Mervin, who was born circa 1932. They lived in Lansing, Michigan where Lewis worked for Fisher Body. Vada and Lewis divorced in 1944. Vada remarried in 1952 to William Grant who was the general manager of the Kirby Company. The lived in East Lansing, Michigan.

Isaac Clinton Wolfe was Vada's paternal grandfather.


0.2 Cubic Feet

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Custodial History

Donor unknown.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Vada Wolfe Derry Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Schlaak and S. Roberts
August 2004
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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