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Dorsey Read Rodney papers

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Identifier: UA-17.138

Scope and Contents

The papers of Dorsey Read Rodney contain one published copy of the “Reminiscences of Colonel Dorsey Read Rodney.” It was originally written in 1955 and recounts Rodney’s life up until that point. His family published the volume in 1988. Included in the memoirs are his early childhood, his time at West Point, his military appointments, his tenure at Michigan State, and his family life. The short foreword and epilogue give brief outlines of his life and fill in some of the gaps in the recollection as well as include some photographs. His insights into the changes in the military and the country in general, are noted as well as the general sentiments toward these changes.


  • Creation: 1988

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

Dorsey Read Rodney was born June 11, 1880. He graduated from West Point in 1903 and served in a variety of positions in the military, achieving the rank of Colonel. From 1930 to 1935, and again from 1943 to 1944, he served at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) as the head of the Military Science Program, and in 1944, he was appointed as the first Dean of MSC’s School of Business and Public Service. After retiring, he worked with several volunteer committees, such as Boy Scouts of America and the Red Cross. Rodney died on January 7, 1970.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 1 folder)

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Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Dorsey Read Rodney 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