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Alfred Day Hershey papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-10.3.118

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of newspapers, magazines, MSU serials with articles about the work of Hershey, programs from the MSU commemoration of Hershey, announcement of seminars given by Hershey and manuscripts he wrote including his Ph.D. thesis and his Nobel Lecture of December 12, 1969.


  • Creation: 1934 - 1970


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

Alfred Day Hershey was the first alumnus of Michigan State University to receive a Nobel Prize. He was born on December 4, 1908 and entered MSU in 1926. He received his B.S. in microbiology in 1930 and Ph.D. in chemistry in 1934. He was a member of the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri until 1950. In 1950, Hershey joined the Carnegie Institute at Cold Spring Harbor, New York, where he later became director of the Genetics Research Unit.

Hershey shares the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Dr. Max Delbruck and Dr. Salvador Lucia for their work centering on bacteriophage, a type of virus that infects bacteria rather than ordinary cells. Their research directly affects the treatment of various virus diseases. On May 8, 1970, MSU conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Medical Science upon Hershey.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 5 folders, audio reel)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

The Dr. Alfred Day Hershey Speech at Fairchild Auditorium, May 7, 1970 has been digitized and is available at

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Margaret Plant Thorpe.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University

Property Rights: Michigan State University

Alfred Day Hershey Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
L. Piers
April 1991
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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