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John A. Holden collection

Identifier: UA-10.3.307

Scope and Contents

The John A. Holden collection contains photographs relating to Holden's time at Michigan Agricultural College. The collection includes photos of teams of football, baseball, and basketball as well as individuals and action shots. There are also photographs of the 1911 vs 1912 class rivalry. Other images include a group photo of the class of 1911, faculty row, a room "stacked" as prank, and hall decorated for the JHop. There are also photographs of an Aurorean Society party which the 1912 yearbook describes as a "Pow Wow." The photos show the decorated hall, and people dressed up as cowboys and "Indians" next to teepees. There is also a photograph of the Aurorean society banquet. (The Aurorean Society's name was eventually changed to Delta Sigma Phi) The collection also contains images of military training including cadets drilling, a group portraits, the parade ground and spectators. The collection also includes photos of people including three unidentified students with shaved heads; R.E. Brightup and Burt Kieth in a dorm room in Williams Hall, and students Lossing, Dorian, Applin, and Ray Edwards posing in the grass.


  • Creation: 1908 - 1912


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

John Arthur Holden, of Elberta, Michigan graduated from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1912 with a B.S. degree in Engineering. He was a member of the Glee Club, Aurorean Society and MSC Association (a student group organized by the engineers of the class of 1912 which sought to have the college's name changed). He also played class baseball. As of 1931 he was a fruit grower in Indiana.


0.25 Cubic Feet

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Related Archival Materials

See also: John A. Holden photograph in People Photograph Collection

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

John A. Holden Collection
3 Ready For Cataloging
J. Makowski
July 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