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Rule family papers

Identifier: 00216

Scope and Content

The Rule and Alward papers consists of photographs, postcards, Officer Training notes, a commencement program from Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University), and class notes. About half of the postcards were sent from Clifford Rule to Lela Alward during World War I while he was deployed in France. Many of the postcards are scenes from France, or of soldiers training. Some notable photographs include Notre Dame Cathedral with supports for protection during air raids, Woodrow Wilson in France, the Eiffel Tower, a chateau from the 6th century, the Palace at Versailles, a monastery, the Garden of Marie Antoinette, and the American Red Cross in France. A training notebook for use of grenades and rifles is included. The postcard album contains pictures of his family and friends. There are negatives to the photographs of Woodrow Wilson.


  • Creation: 1911, 1917-1919


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

Clifford Rule (June 9, 1892-March 1966) was a World War I veteran, who served in France from 1918 to 1919. He went through officer's training and was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Infantry. Before the war, he worked as a cashier and as assistant secretary at Prudden Wheel Company in Lansing, Michigan.

Lela Alward Rule (April 29, 1889-March 9, 1980) graduated from Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) in 1911. She was a member of the Social Committee at her college.


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



Rule Family Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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