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Mary Crocker Boutell papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-10.3.104

Scope and Contents

Mary Crocker’s scrapbook contains numerous mementos from her college days at the Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). The collection spans the years 1914 to 1918, although a few items date from 1923 to 1925. Letters and loose items have been removed from the scrapbook placed into folders.

Her scrapbook contains various artifacts and letters which shed light into the life of a co-ed at Michigan Agricultural College during the early twentieth century. It is a record of social activities, academic achievements, and events significant in the life.

Objects of interest relating to the many social activities attended by Mary Crocker include: party programs and invitations from various college societies, notifications of membership election from the Sphinx and Omicron Nu (Home Economics) societies, a constitution of the Omicron Nu society, class rivalry posters, and class rush pictures, news clippings from the Detroit News Tribune regarding football games against the University of Michigan, and letters from several young men requesting the accompaniment of Mary Crocker, the majority penned by R.J. Johnson and George Henshaw. Materials relating to academics include: class schedules, tuition receipts, reports of standings, commencement programs, and letters from various public schools regarding teaching positions after graduation.

Events of interest in the scrapbook include: pictures and news clippings regarding the 1916 fires of the MAC Engineering Buildings and East Lansing High School, news clippings and pictures of the MAC 1915 Forestry Summer Camp attended by her brother, Emory, and Emory’s Honorable Discharge from the National Guard (July 12, 1917).

Letters from her two brothers, Emory and Martin, who fought in World War I, were also saved by Mary. A member of Battery A, 119th Field Artillery, Emory’s letters to his sister document camp conditions at his base in Waco, Texas, and of conditions in France, where he was stationed during the war. Note that Emory repeatedly dated his letters “1917,” while the postmark indicates the year as being “1918.”

Martin’s letters document conditions at his base camp at Camp Meade, Maryland, and of the war from his station in France. He was a member of the Division of Engineers.

Dates

  • 1914 - 1923

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Mary Crocker Boutell was the daughter of Samuel Crocker, surveyor and civil engineer of Algonac, Michigan. She had two brothers, Martin Richard and Emory Stewart Crocker.

Mary Crocker entered the Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1914. In her senior year, she was elected to membership in the Sphinx and Omicron Nu (Home Economics) societies. She graduated in 1918 with a B.S. in Home Economics. She kept a scrapbook during her college years, a record of student social events and academic achievements.

According to news clippings and a letter meant for her parents, she planned on teaching in Hillsdale following graduation. In the following year, 1919, she was teaching mathematics at East Lansing High School. By 1931, she was residing in Ypsilanti, MI, and had married Nelson Boutell. She had at least one daughter, Mrs. Richard L. Boatwright.

Her brother, Emory Crocker, was a member of Battery A, 119th Field Artillery, and both her brothers fought during World War I. Emory was stationed in Waco, Texas, and in France during the war. Her brother Martin was stationed at Camp Meade, Maryland, and in France during the war, as a member of the Division of Engineers. They both also attended M.A.C. Emory graduated in 1917 with a B.S. in Forestry. Martin was originally a member of the class of 1918, but dropped out to fight in World War I. He re-entered M.A.C. in 1919, and graduated with a B.S. in Engineering with the class of 1920.

Extent

0.5 Cubic Feet (, 1 volume)

Language of Materials

English

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.
Title
Mary Crocker Boutell Papers
Status
4 Published And Cataloged
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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East Lansing MI 48824 US
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