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Ray C. Edwards papers

Identifier: UA-10.3.456

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 11 postcards of scenes and buildings of Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). Notable images include sheep grazing along Farm Lane; "the Shops" consisting of the Wood Shop, Machine Shop, Foundry, and Forge Shop; Wells Hall; interior of M.A.C. Power Plant; interior of the Chapel; Old College Hall surrounded by stumps; scenes of the Red Cedar River; and a scene of a student standing on top of the Class of 1900 fountain/horse trough as an initiation right into Tau Beta Phi. The postcards were sent to Helen Callahan of Midland, Michigan by Ray Charles Edwards.


  • Creation: 1908 - 1909


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

Ray C. Edwards was born November 14, 1887, to George W. and Anna Rebecca Edwards. The Edwards lived in Gilmore, Benzie County, Michigan. Ray C. Edwards attended Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) from 1906 to 1911, and was a member of the Aurorian Literary Society. Edwards graduated with a B.S. in engineering on June 20, 1911. On July 30, 1913, he married Anna Christine Thompson (October 11, 1884-May 9, 1954). Together they had at least three children: George Thompson Edwards (November 30, 1915-November 1973), Ray Carroll Edwards (October 25, 1919-April 28, 1999), and Wayne Watson Edwards (June 12, 1923-January 14, 1992).

According to the 1920 U.S. census, the Edwards lived in Arcadia, Manistee County, Michigan, where Ray worked as a hardware clerk. By 1930, the family was living in Elberta, Benzie County with his mother, Anna. In the 1940 U.S. census, Edwards was still living in Elberta, working as an accountant. Following his wife’s death, he married Rhoda J. Case (February 1, 1908-August 11, 2002). Edwards died September 9, 1969 and is buried in the Gilmore Township Cemetery in Benzie County, Michigan.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

Gift of Don Beckwith, 1999-09-01.

Related Materials

A postcard of Ray C. Edwards drinking from the Class of 1900 Fountain is in the postcard collection (Postcard Collection MSU. Scenes. Fountains), which has been scanned (A001724).

Two photographs of Ray C. Edwards in a dormitory room are in the people photograph collection (People. Edwards, Ray C.), and have been scanned (People 898 and People 899).

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

Record group changed from c.00559 to UA 10.3.456 to reflect Edwards' connection to Michigan State University. -M. Badgley-Malone, March 2022.

Ray C. Edwards Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
December 2002
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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