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Getman family papers

Identifier: UA-17.236

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of an article about the Kellogg Demonstration Farm, a letter accepting George Sr.'s resignation from the Agriculture Experiment Station, an inventory possibly from the Kellogg Demonstration Farm, and a photograph. The photograph possibly is of a banquet for the opening of the Demonstration Farm; Getman is probably the person seated at the first table. The Kellogg School folder contains a program from the dedication of the Kellogg Consolidated Agricultural School and a broadside for a play. The Programs folder contains a short course banquet program and programs for the lecture-concert series, one of which has Allan Getman's name written on it.


  • Creation: 1923 - 1969


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

George Arnold Getman was born September 17, 1899 in Owosso, Michigan. Getman attended Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) from 1918 to 1920 and studied agriculture. In the 1918 college catalog, he was listed as both a freshman and a Student Army Training Corps (SATC) student. From 1920 to 1921, he was a short course instructor for Gas Engines, and from 1921 to 1924 he was field foreman for Farm Crops and instructor in Farm Mechanics. Getman was an instructor in Agricultural Engineering from 1924 to 1927, and a superintendent in Farm Crops during the 1925-1926 academic year. He resigned from the college in October 1927.

After leaving the college, Getman worked for the W. K. Kellogg Consolidated Agricultural School in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Documents in the collection list him as a farm manager, and the President of the Board of Education. As part of his duties at the model school, he oversaw the construction of buildings and the sowing of the first crops. He resigned in 1929. According to the 1930 U.S. census, Getman lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and worked as a salesperson in mill feeds. By the mid-1930s, he moved to Owosso. He worked for several employers, including the American Box Board Company (purchaser), Michigan Sugar, Shiawassee County (social welfare director), Saginaw Tuberculosis Sanitarium (administrative assistant), and Shiawassee Mutual Fire Insurance (agent)

He married Hilda Mae Bonsor (May 28, 1900 – December 3, 1979) on September 20, 1919 in Owosso. They had two children: George Arnold, Jr. (September 18, 1921 – February 6, 2008), and Allan Pierce (March 20, 1929 – January 16, 2003). Getman died on July 18, 1978.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 5 folders)

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Custodial History

Gift of Rev. Ray Strawser II. The collection is from the estate of Allan Getman.

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.00577 to UA 17.236 to reflect Getman's connection to Michigan State University. -M. Badgley-Malone, September 2021.

Getman Family Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
S. Roberts
May 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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