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Cleo M. Colburn papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-10.3.384

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a Michigan Agricultural College Federal Preparatory School diploma (1923), and a 1922 certificate for completion of a M.A.C. two year short course. Both were awarded to Cleo M. Colburn. The short course certificate is undated but the tube it was mailed to Colburn in was dated February 18, 1922. The return address was Short Course Department, Michigan Agriculture College (now Michigan State University).


  • Creation: 1922 - 1923


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 / Historical

Cleo Merritt Colburn was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on July 6, 1895 to Merritt Lorenzo and Sarah Josephine Colburn. During World War I, he served in the U.S. Army (drafted June 23, 1918, discharged August 30, 1919). As part of the Polar Bear Expedition, Colburn’s unit, the Third Battalion, was sent to Archangel, Russia to fight the Bolsheviks. After he was discharged, Colburn attended Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University), where he completed the two-year agricultural course and the Federal Preparatory School. From 1926 to 1962, Colburn worked as a carrier supervisor for the Muskegon Chronicle. On April 3, 1920, Colburn married Jessie Maria Poulson (April 3, 1900-August 17, 2000) of Fruitland Township, Michigan. They had twin sons and a daughter. Colburn died June 10, 1994.

(Source: Hope College Polar Bear Oral History Project


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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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.

Cleo M. Colburn Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
M. Badgley Malone
December 2018
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US