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Edward H. Ryder papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.40

Scope and Contents

The Edward H. Ryder collection contains correspondence, travel information from his trip around the world in 1923 and personal remembrances, including memorials and programs. Also found in the collection are materials pertaining to his wife, Georgia Smyth Ryder. The collection also contains correspondence to and from both Edward and Georgia Ryder. It includes copies of their original birth certificates as well as their obituaries. The bulk of the material relates to Edward Ryder and his various occupations, focusing primarily on his work at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University).


  • Creation: 1854 - 1955


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

Edward Hildreth Ryder came to Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1905. His contributions to the university and the city of East Lansing were varied: he was a professor and the head of the History and Political Science Department, the Dean of the first Summer School, the first Dean of the Liberal Arts division (1925-1934), mayor of the city (1918-1925), and a member of the People’s Church. Ryder retired in 1934 due to ill health. He was born August 9, 1871 and died June 22, 1939. Georgia Smyth Ryder was born May 12, 1871 in Marshall, Michigan. Among her many activities, Georgia Ryder was a president of the Faculty Folk Club and the East Lansing Women’s Society. She was a charter member of People’s Church, as well as the East Lansing Missionary Society. Georgia Ryder died in 1955.

Their daughter, Ruth Ryder St. John, graduated from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in 1936.


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Related Archival Materials

See also Ruth Ryder St. John papers (UA 10.3.123)

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Edward H. Ryder Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
J. Mazak
February 1998
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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