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Frank Knox collection

Identifier: c-00189

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various materials relating to Frank Knox's career. These include a clipping from the Alma Record (1898) describing Knox's recruiting activities on the Alma campus; an address by Knox to the War Congress of American Industry (1942), stressing the challenges brought by World War II; an editorial written by Knox of the death of John Muehling (1944); press releases and programs relating to Knox's military funeral in Washington, D.C. (1944); and biographical materials on Knox.


  • Creation: 1898 - 1944


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

William Franklin "Frank" Knox was born in Boston in 1874. As a young man he worked for several years and then entered Alma College in Alma, Michigan. He graduated in 1898 and quickly joined Teddy Roosevelt's "Rough Riders" to fight in the Spanish-American War. When the war ended, Knox became a journalist, eventually becoming editor and publisher of the Chicago Daily News. He later served in World War I. Through his newspaper work Knox became active in politics. He was the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 1936, and Franklin Roosevelt appointed him Secretary of the Navy in 1940. Knox died in 1944.


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Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. William Martin, 1964-04-15. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

Legal Status

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


Frank Knox Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
April 1964
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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