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Edward Ross collection

Identifier: UA-28.32

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 131 postcards received at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) from 1895 to 1904. The postcards are addressed to professors and other people such as H. W. Mumford, L. R. Taft, Clinton D. Smith, R. H. Petit, J. D. Towar, Arthur Bird, D. W. Trine, as well as to the Agricultural Experiment Station. The postcards contain requests for information about crops or fruit, subscriptions for the Farm Home Reading Circle, inspections for certification and other topics.

Also included in the folder is a summary of the collection written by the donor, Edward Ross, which includes the locations from where the postcards were sent and some arranged by topic and year. Ross also made transcripts of some of the postcards. In the letter, Edward mentions that his grandfather, Charles K. Ross, would have benefited from the "Home Farm Readings" that were distributed by the Agricultural Experiment Station.


  • 1895 - 2013
  • Majority of material found within 1895 - 1904


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

The postcards were collected by Edward Ross who grew up on a dairy farm in Washtenaw County, Michigan. His parents were both raised on farms outside of Ypsilanti, Michigan. According to Ross, his father, Max, took short courses in agriculture at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University).


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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.

Processing Information

Record group changed from c.00659 to UA 28.32 to reflect the collection's connection to Michigan State University.

-M. Badgley-Malone, June 2022.


Edward Ross Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
Emily Field
May 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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