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John C. Doneth papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.71

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the Michigan Farm Business Report for 1954, written by John C. Doneth.


  • Creation: 1955


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 Clare Doneth was born December 28, 1910 in Copemish, Michigan to Peter and Sarah Doneth. Doneth attended Michigan State College, earning a bachelor's degree in agriculture in June 1933. He received his master's degree in agriculture economics from Cornell University in 1939. His early career was spent teaching vocational agriculture and coaching at Woodland High School, from 1934 to 1936. On July 15, 1936 he joined the Department of Agricultural Economics at MSC. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1939, associate professor in 1948, and full professor in 1957. Doneth was also an Extension Specialist in Farm Management, and in that role won the Superior Service Award from the U. S. Department of Agriculture in 1964. He founded the Telefarm Program, an electronic recordkeeping system for farmers. In January, 1973 Doneth retired from MSU with the title Professor Emeritus.

Doneth married Virginia Hoy-Prendergast of Owosso, Michigan, on December 28, 1948. They had four sons and three daughters. In his personal life, he was active in community and church affairs, including holding many council and committee positions. After his retirement from MSU, Doneth was coordinator and director of Friendship Travelers. Along with his wife, Virginia, he led over 23 groups to 60 countries.

Doneth died on March 15, 1986 at the age of 75.


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Related Archival Materials

See also: Media Communications records (UA 8.1.1), box 1518, folder 156 (Doneth's faculty biographical file).

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Genre / Form


John C. Doneth Papers
3 Ready For Cataloging
M. Badgley Malone
June 2015
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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