Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
John Harvey Kellogg Collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: John Harvey Kellogg Collection,
Creator: Kellogg, John Harvey, 1852-1943.
Inclusive dates: 1889-1938, and undated
Extent: .25 cubic ft. (in 1 box)
This artificial collection includes reprints, newspaper clippings (copies), published materials, a typed letter, and brochures.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 1179, 23091, 32628

Access Restrictions:

John Harvey Kellogg Collection is open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

John Harvey Kellogg Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical.



John Harvey Kellogg was born on February 26, 1852 in Tyrone, Michigan, to John Preston and Anne Jeanette (Stanley) Kellogg. At the age of four, he moved with his family to Battle Creek, Michigan. Upon his graduation from Bellevue Medical College in New York City in 1875, Kellogg returned to Battle Creek and became medical superintendent of the Seventh-Day Adventists’ Health Reform Institute (later the Battle Creek Sanitarium). He would remain there until his death, some 67 years later.

As a respected abdominal surgeon, Dr. Kellogg believed that illness was caused by poor eating habits. In 1895, his search for perfect food led to the development of breakfast food flakes made of wheat, called Granose. Dr. Kellogg’s brother, Will Keith, improved upon the idea by making the flakes out of corn and adding sugar, resulting in the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co., a manufacturer of breakfast cereals; later the W. K. Kellogg Company; now known as the Kellogg Company. Dr. Kellogg also created and/or improved such foods as peanut butter and granola. Dr. Kellogg died on December 14, 1943 at the age of 91. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

This artificial miscellaneous collection is a compilation of published items, copied materials, and a typed letter from 1932. Most of Dr. Kellogg’s papers are housed at the Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections.

Subject Terms

    • Kellogg, John Harvey, 1852-1943.
    • Cereals, Prepared.
    • Advertising--Cereals, Prepared.
    • Nutrition.
    • Detroit (Mich.)--History.
    • Battle Creek (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    John Harvey Kellogg Collection is open for research. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Brochures, 1916-1931
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence, 1932
    Box   1 F   4
    Materials by Other Authors, 1889-1919
    Box   1 F   5
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Reprints of Medical Articles by Dr. Kellogg, 1889-1890, circa 1933
    Box   1 F   7
    Reprints of Speeches by Dr. Kellogg, 1911-1933