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Ruth Tukey Bates collection

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-10.3.452

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs of professors and students from Michigan Agricultural College (M.A.C., now Michigan State University).

Edgar Burnett graduated in 1887 and later taught livestock courses.

Lyster Dewey graduated 1888 and went with W. J. Beal on the 1888 expedition to survey Michigan's cutover forest. Perry Holden graduated in 1889 and worked with and taught field crops. William Holdsworth graduated in 1878 and was professor of drawing and design and worked at M.A.C. from 1887 to 1907. Agnes Hunt was a professor of domestic science from 1910 to 1915.

Jane Sinclair served as librarian from 1889 to 1891. Vadim Sobennikoff graduated in 1897 and returned to Russia as engineer. Levi Taft was at M.A.C. from 1888 to 1919 and was a professor of horticulture and Superintendent of Farmers Institutes.


  • Creation: 1894, 1899, 1928-1939, 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.

Biographical Note

Ruth Schweigert Tukey Bates was born on July 9, 1910 in Detroit, Michigan. She earned her B.A. from Ithaca College, her M.A. in Music (1948) and her Ph.D in Educational Psychology (1961) from Michigan State University. She was married to Harold B. Tukey (horticulture professor and department chair from 1945 to 1963) who died in 1971. They had five children. In 1973, she was married to Emmert Warren Bates, senior vice president of Litton Educational Publishing Company. On July 7, 1999 she died and is buried in the Woodland Memorial Park, Woodland, Barry County, Michigan.


0.25 Cubic Feet (, 16 folders)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Transferred by Ruth Tukey Bates.

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.00597 to UA 10.3.452 to reflect Bates's connection to Michigan State University. -M. Badgley-Malone, September 2021.

Genre / Form

Ruth Tukey Bates Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
S. Roberts
August 2007
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