Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Claude S. Larzelere Papers,

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Claude S. Larzelere Papers,
Creator: Larzelere, Claude S., 1866-1946.
Inclusive dates: 1941-1946, and undated
Extent: 1 cubic feet (in 1 box)
The papers mostly document his research interests.

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:

no Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Claude S. Larzelere Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Claude S. Larzelere Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.



Claude S. Larzelere was born on January 20, 1866, in Delaware County, Iowa. His family later lived in Quincy, Michigan, where he graduated from high school. Larzelere graduated from the State Normal School in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1889. He was superintendent of schools in Lowell, Michigan, for four years following his graduation. In 1895, Larzelere earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He then became superintendent of schools in Jefferson, Ohio, a position in which he served for four years.

In 1900, Larzelere earned a M.A. from Harvard. He came to the Central State Normal College, later Central Michigan University (CMU), in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, to teach history the same year. Professor Larzelere taught at CMU until he retired in June 1939. During his academic career, Professor Larzelere wrote and was noted for his books on Michigan history and Michigan government. Two of his textbooks were used by the Michigan public school system, “The Government of Michigan and “The Story of Michigan.” Copies of both of these books are available in the Clarke Historical Library.

He was also active in Mount Pleasant civic affairs, serving on the board of education, city council, city charter commission, and the chamber of commerce. He was a member of the local rotary club and director of the local Exchange Savings Bank.

In 1891, Professor Larzelere married Lorena Barber (January 18, 1864-August 28, 1941). She was from Algansee Township in Branch County, Michigan. Together, they had two sons, Ronald D. and Keith. Professor Larzelere died on January 20, 1946, his 80th birthday. Larzelere (Residence) Hall at CMU is named in his honor. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The papers mostly document a wide variety of Michigan topics in which Professor Larzelere was interested or taught, and they document the life of a CMU professor.

Subject Terms

    • Larzelere, Claude S., 1866-1946.
    • Ford, Henry, 1863-1947.
    • Central Michigan University--Faculty.
    • Michigan--History.
    • Michigan--Politics and government.
    • Michigan--Emigration and immigration.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Claude S. Larzelere Papers [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biography, 1941-1946
    Box   1 F   2
    Larzelere, Claude S., and Family, Photograph, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Papers, Agriculture, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Papers, Art, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Papers, Aviation, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Papers, Banking, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Papers, Boundaries of Michigan, by Professor Claude S. Larzelere, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Papers, Courts, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Papers, Crime and Criminals, undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Papers, Dutch in Western Michigan, undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Papers, Electric Lighting, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Papers, Famous Organizations, undated
    Box   1 F   13
    Papers, Finns in Michigan, undated
    Box   1 F   14
    Papers, Ford, Henry, undated
    Box   1 F   15
    Papers, Foreign Born in Detroit, undated
    Box   1 F   16
    Papers, Foreigners in the Michigan Population, undated
    Box   1 F   17
    Papers, Forest and Lumber, undated
    Box   1 F   18
    Papers, Geological Survey and Boundaries, undated
    Box   1 F   19
    Papers, Health and Hospital, undated
    Box   1 F   20
    Papers, Highways, Turnpikes, and Bridges, undated
    Box   1 F   21
    Papers, Immigration, undated
    Box   1 F   22
    Papers, Indians and Cessions, undated
    Box   1 F   23
    Papers, Journalism, undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Papers, Labor Issues, undated
    Box   1 F   25
    Papers, Libraries, undated
    Box   1 F   26
    Papers, Liquor, undated
    Box   1 F   27
    Papers, Michigan Constitutional Convention of 1850, undated
    Box   1 F   28
    Papers, Michigan Progress, undated
    Box   1 F   29
    Papers, Michigan State Symbols, undated
    Box   1 F   30
    Papers, Michigan 100 Years Ago, undated
    Box   1 F   31
    Papers, Military Affairs, undated
    Box   1 F   32
    Papers, Miscellaneous, undated
    Box   1 F   33
    Papers, Music, undated
    Box   1 F   34
    Papers, Names of Counties, undated
    Box   1 F   35
    Papers, Old Age, undated
    Box   1 F   36
    Papers, Passenger Pigeons, undated
    Box   1 F   37
    Papers, Politics and Government, undated
    Box   1 F   38
    Papers, Politics Since 1900, undated
    Box   1 F   39
    Papers, Production and Manufacturing, undated
    Box   1 F   40
    Papers, Public Institutions and Land, undated
    Box   1 F   41
    Papers, Radio in Michigan, undated
    Box   1 F   42
    Papers, Railroads, undated
    Box   1 F   43
    Papers, Red Cross, undated
    Box   1 F   44
    Papers, Religion, undated
    Box   1 F   45
    Papers, Rural Free Mail Delivery, undated
    Box   1 F   46
    Papers, Salt, undated
    Box   1 F   47
    Papers, Schools, undated
    Box   1 F   48
    Papers, Taking Care of the Unfortunate, undated
    Box   1 F   49
    Papers, Telephones, undated
    Box   1 F   50
    Papers, Trade and Markets, undated
    Box   1 F   51
    Papers, Underground Railroad, undated
    Box   1 F   52
    Papers, Upper Peninsula, undated
    Box   1 F   53
    Papers, Wars, undated
    Box   1 F   54
    Papers, Water Transportation, undated
    Box   1 F   55
    Papers, Wild Game, undated
    Box   1 F   56
    Papers, Workmen's Compensation Law, undated