Skip to main content

Tekla Sparks papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-10.3.292

Scope and Content

This collection consists of photographs, pamphlets, various handbooks, music programs, a commencement program, and other printed materials.


  • Creation: 1923 - 1926


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

Tekla Sparks was member of the freshmen class of 1924 at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). During her freshmen year she was an active member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. This sorority had been established two years prior in the year of 1922. Her photograph is pictured in the 1924 Wolverine yearbook in the freshmen class section and in the photograph of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Tekla Sparks was enrolled in the 1925-1926 academic year and is pictured once again as active sophomore member of the sorority in the 1926 yearbook. In the next several yearbooks, Tekla Sparks is not mentioned. It is not clear if she ever graduated from the college.

Tekla Spark's husband, Arthur M. Messer, was part of the freshmen class of 1923 at Michigan Agricultural College. Arthur M. Messer became part of the Olympic Local Collegiate Society during his sophomore year of 1924 and continued for both his 1925 junior year and his 1926 senior year. This fraternity was first established at the college in the year of 1885. Arthur M. Messer is not pictured in any of the class photographs from the Wolverine yearbooks from 1923 to 1926, but he is included in the pictures of the Olympic Local Collegiate Society in all of those yearbooks.


0.1 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


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.

Tekla Sparks Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
K. Toorenaar
November 2012
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