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Katharine E. Cook Briggs papers

Identifier: UA-10.3.68

Scope and Contents

The papers of Katharine Cook Briggs contain two scrapbooks, three folders of genealogical information, and several of her published and private works. The first scrapbook by Cook contains images of Michigan Agricultural College campus, dance cards, concert programs, letters, and other memorabilia. The album begins in 1889 and contains materials through 1894. The second scrapbook consists of a joint photo album in which Cook and Mary Lilian Wheeler demonstrate various photographic printing errors. The folders contain genealogical information on the Chapin and Briggs families. The other folders are primarily manuscripts and drafts of manuscripts which deal with religion and psychology. The main work is titled "Personal Evolution" and is in different sections. There are also smaller works in the collection. In addition to the published works, there are personal and financial papers. Finally there are dream cards in which Katharine and her husband, Lyman Briggs, recorded their dreams.


  • Creation: 1889 - 1956


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

Katharine E. Cook was the daughter of professor A. J. Cook. She graduated from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1893 with a degree in agriculture. She married Lyman James Briggs (M.A.C. class of 1893) and eventually lived in Washington, D.C. They had two children, one of whom died in infancy. Katharine and her daughter, Isabel, developed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. Katharine Cook Briggs died on July 10, 1968 in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Mary Lilian Wheeler earned her M.S. degree from M.A.C. in 1899 and was employed by the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. Wheeler married Dick Jay Crosby (M.A.C. class of 1893, M.S. 1901). She died in Rochester, New York in 1913; he died in Ithaca, New York, in 1926.


7.5 Cubic Feet

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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.

Katharine E. Cook Briggs Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
D. Sadler, J. Makowski
July 1980, June 2013
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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