Warren Family Visit Archives

20 11 2009

Many historical collections in the University Archives & Historical Collections come from the Chamberlain Memorial Museum, which sent its holdings to Michigan State University in 1952.  Descendants of Edward K. Warren, the museum’s founder visited the Michigan State University campus on November 19.  The family toured the Special Collections Library and MSU Museum and went to a program at Cowles House, but ended their day in the University Archives reading the correspondence of their great-grandfather, Edward K. Warren, and great-great grandfather, Reverend Waters Warren.  They also viewed family photo albums from trips to the Middle East.

Archives Director Cynthia Ghering shows descendents of the E.K. Warren his correspondence

While sitting quietly in University Archives looking over family papers, Gus Whalen listened as his cousin, Bob, read from their great-grandfather’s journal.   E. K. wrote about newly married couples in the community, messages for upcoming speeches, and his dreams.  To share this kind of personal information about someone generations past was remarkable experience for all family members.  Gus said he was overwhelmed and exceedingly grateful for everything.

The Warren Family come from Three Oaks, Berrien County, Michigan.  The collection of family papers consists primarily of correspondence, diaries, religious materials, and legal documents.  Other materials in the collection consist of information  about the World’s Sunday School Conventions which were attended by Edward K. Warren.

Edward K. Warren founded the Chamberlain Memorial Museum in 1916 in Three Oaks, Michigan.  The museum is named for his father-in-law, Henry Chamberlain.  The museum was originally housed in Chamberlain’s home, but continued to grow due to the efforts of the E.K. Warren Foundation following Warren’s untimely death in 1919.  The contents of the museum were transferred to Michigan State University in 1952 by Fred P. Warren, President of the Board of Trustees for the E.K. Warren Foundation.  The trustees felt moving the collections to Michigan State would allow greater access to them by a greater number of people.

An online exhibit about the Warren Featherbone Company was prepared by intern Leslie Beckman.

For more information about the Warren Family papers, please contact the University Archives at archives@msu.edu.

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