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Benjamin Lafene collection

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-10.3.221

Scope and Contents

The Benjamin Lafene collection consists of a scrapbook kept during his time at Michigan State University, as well as personal items from his time at Louisiana State University and Kansas State University. Items in the scrapbook include dance cards, photographs, objects pertaining to the Forensic Literary Society and Lambda Chi Alpha, event ticket stubs, and autographs from fellow students, and other mementos. Loose materials and items Lafene never adhered to the scrapbook pages were removed and placed into folders.


  • Creation: 1919 - 1988


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

Benjamin William Lafene, M.D., was a native of Coldwater, Michigan who attended Michigan State University from 1919 to 1923. Lafene was a member of the Forensic Literary Society when it became a chapter of the national Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity in 1922. He graduated with a B.S. in agriculture in 1923 and taught for a year at Louisiana State University. Lafene went to medical school at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Lafene was then director of student health services at Kansas State Agricultural College (which later became Kansas State University) from 1948 to 1961. After stepping down from that position, Lafene taught in the science department and retired in 1971 as a full professor. The Lafene Health Center on that campus is named for him. He married Lillie Marie Johnson (1904-2002) in 1931. Mrs. Lafene graduated from Kansas State Agricultural College in 1926.


0.8 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Genre / Form

Benjamin Lafene Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
D. Palazzola
October 2006
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

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US