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E. Lynnette Gatten papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.131

Scope and Contents

The Lynnette Gatten collection contains seven folders of materials primarily dealing with Gatten’s involvement with food services at Michigan State University. There are two folders of newspaper clippings related to food service, staff, and buildings on campus and in the surrounding area; a folder containing programs related to food service and the campus; a folder containing clippings and pages from journals and newsletters regarding food service programs including clippings from issues of "Serving State"; a folder with MSU Union information and history; a folder with souvenirs from her train trip to the Rose Bowl in 1966; a folder with family-related clippings and correspondence; and a folder with some menus from on campus and other restaurants, circa 1960s.


  • Creation: 1943 - 1978

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

E. Lynnette Gatten was born in Iowa City, Iowa on June 10, 1911. She received her B.S. from the University of Nebraska in 1935 and her M.S. from Kansas State College in 1936. Following her education, she was employed as assistant food supervisor at Kansas State College; assistant food service director at the University of Kansas; Food Service Director at Omaha University; Food Service Director at Martin-Nebraska Aircraft Company; and Food Consultant at Blackhawk Hotels Company. In 1951, she was appointed Food Director of the Union Building at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) where she served until her retirement in 1973.

She was a registered Dietician and a member of many professional and social organizations including American Dietetic Association, Michigan Dietetic Association, Lansing Dietetic Association, American Home Economic Association, Home Economists in Business (HEIB), Central Michigan HEIB, Faculty Women’s Association, MSU Employees Credit Union Board, Upsilon Omicron, Omicron Nu, and MSU Retirees Club.

She published three articles in the American Dietetic Association Journal in 1944 and 1945. She also assisted in the preparation of the bulletin “A Guide to the Selection and Training of Food Service Employees” in 1947.


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E. Lynnette Gatten Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Busch
January 2007
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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