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Mary Ann Collinge Starring papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.201

Scope and Contents

This collection contains rural school music festival programs from various counties in Michigan as well as programs from music presentations and banquets at MSC, a MSC Bulletin from the summer of 1935, and a picture of students dancing. The Rural Music Programs [Instructions] folder contains music and dance instructions notes for the county music festivals. The folder title retains the title Starring gave the notes. The Rural Music Program Instructions contains materials putting on a music program which have been adhered to file folders.


  • Creation: 1929 - 1955
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1929 - 1941

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

Mary Ann Collinge was an extension specialist in music at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in the 1930s and 1940s. During this time, she directed many music festivals featuring elementary school students from rural school systems in Michigan. She taught music education courses at MSC during the summer of 1935. Collinge was a native of Minnesota and an alumni member of the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and a faculty member of Mu Phi Epsilon, two music sororities at MSC. he held a B.M. degree in music and prior to MSC served as the Director of Grade Music in Virginia, Minnesota from 1930-1931. She married Robert W. Starring, a professor at MSC who died in 1989. Sigma Alpha Iota now has several scholarships honoring her called the Mary Ann Starring Memorial Awards for students attending graduate school to study music.


0.5 Cubic Feet (, 11 legal folders)

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Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Mary Ann Collinge Starring Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
D. Palazzola
April 2004
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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