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Barbara Quackenbush collection

Identifier: UA-10.3.367

Scope and Contents

The Barbara Quackenbush Collection contains a biographical information of Barbara Quackenbush and reminiscensce written by Barbara about her experiences as a female college student at Michigan State College during a period of war.

The collection also includes a scrapbook which contains a graduation photograph of Barbara; a 1947 photo of MSC nursery school children; the 1946 Commencement Issue of the Michigan State Newspaper; football tickets from the 1945 season; an edition of the Home Ec Herald; the 1945-46 AWS Handbook for Women; a MSC Student Activity ticket book from fall 1945; student receipts; a Lecture-Concert series schedule for 1945-1946; a MSC student ID card; photos of students, photos of the Home Economics house interiors; programs for Lecture Concertand MSC Theater Department performances including Paul Robeson; Rigoletto, Hour of Charm All-Girl Orchestra, Blithe Spirit, Ballet Theatre, and The Little Foxes; tickets to events;; a 1946 Bowery Ball program; 1946 Spring Sports Schedule; Shakespeare a la Mode by Alpha Epsilon Rho radio fraternity event program;; a Home Economics Day 1946 program; a Home Economics Club material; Newman Club material, dance cards; and a 1946 commencement programs and cards.


  • Creation: 1946



Barbara (Weiss) Quackenbush was born in Jackson, Michigan on March 29, 1924. She worked an office job at her father's place of employment as a teenager, but she dreamed of attending college. Against her parents' wishes, she decided to go to college, registering as a student at Jackson Junior College at first and then transferring to Michigan State College in 1943.

While attending MSC, Barbara studied Home Economics. She was a member of the Home Economics Club and the Newman Club, and she enjoyed attending shows in the MSC auditorium in her free time. Barbara graduated in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics.

After graduation, Barbara ran a nursery school at MSC and supervised student teachers. She also volunteered as a family counselor and had a weekly show discussing issues of child development on the radio. In 1947, Barbara married Nelson Quackenbush, who was a student at the University of Michigan while Barbara was at MSC. Barbara and Nelson moved to Detroit after marraige, and they later relocated to California. Barbara passed away on December 24, 2016.


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Copyright: Michigan State University unless where noted on material Property Rights: Michigan State University

Barbara Quackenbush Collection
3 Ready For Cataloging
October 2018
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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