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Hubert J. Boekeloo Collection

Identifier: RH-A-4220

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of two certificates from 1927 and 1932 addressed to Hubert J. Boekeloo from the Milwood Public Schools in Kalamazoo, MI.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1927, 1932

Biographical / Historical

Hubert J. Boekeloo was born on May 28, 1918 in Kalamazoo, MI to John Boekeloo and Grace Wagonmaker. He attended Milwood Public Schools and subsequently went to Kalamazoo Central High School within the Kalamazoo Public Schools, where he graduated in 1936.

The certificate titled “Certificate of Award” was dated to the end of the school year being May 20, 1927 and was given by his teacher, Mrs. Elga Obrien and the commissioner of schools, Mary Ensfield. The reason for the award is an “Honorable Testimonial for being Neither Tardy Nor Absent” during this school year.

The certificate titled “Milwood Public Schools” was given on June 10, 1932 and was given by the Superintendent, Clarence E. Leonard as well as the President and the Secretary, whose names are not entirely decipherable. The reason for the award is to certify that he completed the “Course of Study prescribed by the Board of Education” for the Eighth Grade and will have admission to the Ninth Grade.


2 Sheets

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Physical Location

MC16 Drawer 4

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These items were given to the Archives by John Marsh.

Physical Description

The certificates are in good condition. Both items have small tears, creases, and age related discoloration present in multiple areas. There are also a large number of minor stains all over each certificate, none of which prohibits reading any of the information. The certificate titled “Milwood Public Schools” has Hubert Boekeloo handwritten on the back bottom left corner in what looks like pencil.

Hubert J. Boekeloo 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
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490