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Harold Bond Fields papers

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Identifier: UA-17.211

Scope and Contents

This collection contains research compiled by Harold Bond Fields. One set of research notes pertains to Captain Ransford D. Bucknam. This research is composed of newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, correspondence, and some rough drafts of a biography on Bucknam. The last will and testament of Bucknam’s adoptive mother, Julia A. Elliott, is also included.

Another set of research notes relates to Edward H. Ryder, dean and history professor at Michigan State University. This research is mostly composed of letters and newspaper clippings donated to the estate of Harold Fields by Ruth Ryder St. John, Edward Ryder’s daughter.

The collection also contains information about Fields’ appointment at Michigan State University and his social life while on campus.

There is also a folder about the naval cruiser, The Maine.

The collection also contains many photographs of Edward Ryder and his family. There are also portraits of Captain Lewis Elliott and his wife, Julia.

Postcards in the collection include several of ships, the Roger Williams Hotel in New York City, and Beaumont Tower on the Michigan State University campus.


  • Creation: 1894-1988, undated

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

Harold Bond Fields was born on August 9, 1900 in Dowagiac, Michigan. He earned his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1928. He then studied at the University of Chicago where he got his A.M. in 1929 and his Ph.D. in 1942. In 1929, Fields began teaching at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) and was a professor of history until his retirement in 1967. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, the American Historical Association, the American Association of University Professors, and the Historical Society of Michigan. He died on January 14, 1995.


0.5 Cubic Feet (, 19 folders)

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Custodial History

Papers were donated by Brian Melzer.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Harold Bond Fields Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
M. Louzon
October 2006
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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