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Kathleen Koets Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3872

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of one song book dated approximately 1915. The song book contains Philadora songs and chants.


  • Creation: 1915


Biographical / Historical

Kathleen Koets (1898-1995) was born in Kalamazoo to parents John and Adriana Koets. She was a lifelong member of the First Reformed Church in Kalamazoo. As a young adult she was active at the YWCA. In 1915 she was pictured in the Kalamazoo Gazette as one of the members of the Frank Street Social Center Glee Club. She was also a member of the Philadora Club. The Philadora was one of five YWCA breakaway clubs. The club was a combination of office and industrial working young women. Philadora meetings began at 6pm at the YWCA and included supper, singing, a guest speaker and a bible class. Ms. Koets worked as a stenographer at the First National Bank for 29 years. She retired in 1963. She shares a headstone with her younger sister Kay Koets (1903-1988) at the Riverside Cemetery.


1 Volumes

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Physical Description

The song book is 7.5" x 6" in size. The cover of the book is worn. The spine has begun to peel back. There are some spots on the cover. The pages are in good condition. There is some pencil writing that is dark and legible. The ink is dark and legible. The interior side of the front cover has “Kathleen Koets/1318 Jefferson Place,/ Kalamazoo, Mich.” stamped on it.


The collection is composed of one song book for the Philadora Club. The item dates c. 1915.

Kathleen Koets Collection Finding Aid
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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