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Alan P. Grimes papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.451

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of Michigan State University Professor Alan P. Grimes. “Remembering Lantern Hill, 1950-1952,” is about the early history and development of the Lantern Hill Housing subdivision. The essay describes how MSU faculty developed the idea of a cooperative, the steps taken to purchase the land and design the houses, and some of the setbacks encountered along the way. The Lantern Hill subdivision, originally a part of Meridian Township (Sec 7, T4N, R1W) was annexed to the City of East Lansing in 1958. Appendices include a list of the founders, plat of the subdivision, bibliography, and a few scanned images from the early 1950s.

Also included are photocopies of personal papers relating to the creation of the Lantern Hill subdivision and the building of Grimes’ house. The papers include the organizational materials of Homes Sites Inc. such as bylaws, articles of incorporation, certificate of membership, and protective covenants. Home Sites Inc. was the unit created by the faculty to buy the land for the development. Also included are documents related to the construction of the Grimes’ home such as correspondence, contracts and list of work; mortgage documents; receipts for minor work done on the house; plat of the subdivision; and newspaper articles.


  • Creation: 1950 - 1999
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1950 - 1952


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

Alan P. Grimes was born February 3, 1919 in Staten Island, New York to Willard and Mildred Grimes. He married Margaret Whitehurst and they had four children.

Grimes earned his B.A. (1941), M.A. (1946) and Ph.D. (1948) all from University of North Carolina. He held teaching positions at the University of North Carolina from 1946-1948.

He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a lieutenant from 1942-1945.

Grimes was hired as an assistant professor of political science at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University, MSU)in 1949 and became a professor of political science in 1957.

He authored a number of publications including American Political Thought (1955), The Political Liberalism of the New York Nation (1953), Equality in America: Religion, Race, and the Urban Majority (1964), and The Puritan Ethic and Woman Suffrage (1967).

In 1969, he was presented the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award. He retired from the university in 1986.

Alan P. Grimes died June 22, 2008 in East Lansing, Michigan.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 2 folders)

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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.

Processing Information

Record group changed from c.00558 to UA 17.451 to reflect Grimes' connection to Michigan State University. -M. Badgley-Malone, October 2021

Alan P. Grimes Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
P. Vescio and S. Roberts
May 2003
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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