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Gaylord Nelson letters

Identifier: 00081

Scope and Contents

This collection consists wholly of personal correspondence from Nelson to his wife, Hal Fraley Nelson. Much of it is of a highly personal nature but there is a substantial amount of more general interest. The bulk of the correspondence falls in the period July 1917 to December 1918. During this time the newlywed couple were separated while Nelson finished his term as Treasurer of Gratiot County, Michigan and his wife ran her insurance agency in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

The correspondence contains comment on local affairs both in Ithaca, Michigan, and in Ardmore. Nelson writes about his service as Secretary-Treasurer of the Chautauqua at Ithaca in August 1917, and as Vice-President of the county Liberty Bond drives of 1917 and 1918. In addition, national affairs (particularly World War I) are heavily covered.

In the later years, the correspondence contains discussion of the investigation into the cement industry of Michigan in 1923 and the civil unrest involving the Ku Klux Klan in Oklahoma that same year. Further letters have a limited amount of material on the depression and World War II eras.


  • Creation: 1917 - 1946


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.


0.75 Cubic Feet

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Custodial History

Gift of Hal Fraley Nelson (aka Mrs. Gaylord Nelson), 1969-10-22.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University


Gaylord Nelson Letters
4 Published And Cataloged
R. Hoyer
January 1970
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US