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R. H. Pettit papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.213

Scope and Contents

Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) memorabilia includes a class rivalry poster (1915), seven photographs of campus depicting an elk in the campus deer park, a group of people at Lake Lansing, M.A.C. faculty/staff circa 1899-1900, R. H. Pettit in an REO automobile, and A. J. Cook at the campus apiary. There is also one letter (1954), and one newsclipping of Professor R. H. Pettit's obituary.


  • Creation: 1915, 1946, 1954, 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

Rufus Hiram (R. H.) Pettit was born January 11, 1869, son of Captain R. D. Pettit (a veteran of the Mexican and Civil Wars.) He graduated from Baldwinsville Academy (New York) in 1887. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Cornell University in 1895 his doctorate from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in 1929.

He began his academic career at M.A.C. in 1897 and was the dean of the Entomology department from 1906 until his retirement in 1932.

He married Jessie A. Treat and they had 2 daughters. He died at his home in East Lansing on June 1, 1946.


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R. H. Pettit Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Busch
October 2011
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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