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Richard Gause Boone papers

Identifier: 02.RGB

Scope and Contents

The Richard Gause Boone papers document the ninth president of the Michigan State Normal College, who served from 1893 to 1899.

The Richard Gause Boone papers include the following files that are arranged alphabetically: a program of the MSNC Anniversary Day Exercises, a copy of Boone's Baccalaureate Address, researcher biographies, press clippings, correspondence, CVs, several publications, including articles, papers, and books, and finally, a scrapbook of press clippings.


  • Creation: 1880 - 1986


Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Biographical Note

Richard Gause Boone was born in the village of Spiceland, Indiana on September 9, 1849. His father, Driver Boone, was an Indiana pioneer, relocating to Spiceland from North Carolina only a few years after its organization out of the Indiana Territory, as a protest to slavery. Spiceland became a station of the Underground Railroad, and Boone was raised in an abolitionist family of strong religious sentiments.

Boone completed his education at the village school, and taught at small schools throughout Indiana. In 1886, the Board of Trustees of Indiana University opened a Department of Pedagogy, naming Boone as the head of the organization. After taking a leave of absence for study at Johns Hopkins University, Boone returned until 1893, when he was appointed president of the Michigan State Normal College, a position he held until 1899. Boone passed away on April 8, 1923, in Berkeley, California.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 half-size archive box)

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The Richard Gause Boone papers document the ninth president of the Michigan State Normal College, who served from 1893 to 1899. His papers include such materials as publications, MSNC curriculum and policies, clippings, correspondence, and scholar biographies.

Related Materials

For more on Richard Gause Boone, please see the Biographical and Photograph files in the University Archives; see also the Presidential Correspondence records in the University Archives.


Richard Gause Boone papers
Natalie Morath
2013 February 14
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Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197