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Justin Kestenbaum collection

Identifier: UA-17.323

Scope and Content

The Justin Kestenbaum collection contains photographic materials such as photographs, negatives, and transparencies that Kestenbaum used for his books, "Out of the Wilderness: An Illustrated History of Greater Lansing" and "At the Campus Gate: A History of East Lansing." Some of the photographs came from the University Archives and Historical Collections; others were taken by Kestenbaum himself. The photographs show people and places from the Lansing area.


  • Creation: undated


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.


Justin L. Kestenbaum was born in 1925 in New York City, New York. Kestenbaum graduated high school in 1943. He joined the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific. After the war, he studied history at the University of Illinois and received his B.A. in 1952.

With the help of the G.I. Bill and a William Randolph Hearst Fellowship, Kestenbaum pursued graduate work (M.A. 1954; Ph.D. 1963) in American history at Northwestern University. He taught high school in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois and college courses at Northwestern, Roosevelt University and Wright Junior College in Illinois.

In 1963, Kestenbaum accepted a faculty position at Michigan State University where he worked for the rest of his life. Kestenbaum has published a number of books including "Out of the Wilderness: An Illustrated History of Greater Lansing" and "At the Campus Gate: A History of East Lansing." Kestenbaum died in 1995.


0.25 Cubic Feet

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Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Justin Kestenbaum Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
J. Makowski
February 2013
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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