James D. Towar Manuscript

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Towar, James D.
James D. Towar manuscript
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Biographical Note

James DeLoss Towar, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Towar, was born September 26, 1863. He was an early graduate of M.A.C. and a member of the first football team in 1884. James Towar taught agriculture courses at Rhode Island State College, was the Agriculturalist of the Experiment Station for his alma mater, served as principal of Roseworthy Agricultural School in Australia, and was the President of the University of Wyoming for two months in 1908. In 1933, he wrote the book History of the City of East Lansing for the East Lansing Public Library. According to the introduction to his book, he was responsible for the creation of a bike path on Michigan Avenue, stretching from Lansing to the college; he began the movement to establish a district school for the community; and he helped organize the City and suggested the name "East Lansing." James Towar died in 1947.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains the 167-page unpublished manuscript written for the East Lansing Public Library in 1933 which details a history of East Lansing, Michigan. Reference is made to pre-Revolutionary times, however, the bulk of the manuscript deals with the period 1850-1930.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections April 1978

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  July 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Madison Kuhn, 1978-04-21.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • East Lansing (Mich.)

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Collection Inventory


Manuscript The History of East Lansing 




People. Towar, J.D. 

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