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Minnie Glas Graduation Certificate

Identifier: RH-A-4222

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of one certificate from 1907 addressed to Minnie Glas from the Kalamazoo Public Schools in Kalamazoo, MI.

The certificate was dated Feb. 1, 1907 and was given by her teacher, Florence B. Britton and the Superintendent, S. O. Hartwell. The reason for the award is “to Certify That Minnie Glas has completed the prescribed Course of Study in the Grammar Department” and subsequently “is entitled to admission to the High School.”


  • Creation: February 1, 1907

Biographical / Historical

Minnie Glas (1892-1977) was born on August 13, 1892 in Kalamazoo, MI to parents John and Frederika Glas. She attended Kalamazoo Public Schools through to high school in 1911, with a possibility that she graduated. This was documented through a census search for 1940 stated that her highest education was year four of high school and a genealogical search that produced a listing of her name as a senior at Kalamazoo High School.

With the certificate was a partial piece of paper with written information saying “6. Peter Dykster Lause-The diploma for Minnie Glas-Minnie lived on John Street off Crosstown Pkwy. and worked as the bookkeeper at J.R. Jones Dept. Store.” This address was confirmed through an Ancestry search, which also documented that she lived with her family through each census available through the 1940s. The Ancestry searches also documented her continuous work in a dry goods retail. Both address and work were also confirmed in Kalamazoo City directories.


0.5 Cubic Feet ; The certificate is 13 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.

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Physical Location

MC16 D4

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This item came to the Archives from the Kalamazoo Public Schools.

Physical Description

There is handwritten names and a date alongside the printed information. There is a small printed illustration of the Michigan Coat of Arms surrounded by small human figures in what appears to be a mine on the left and on the right a boat in water. There is a decorative border around all of the information.

The certificate is in good condition. There is one medium sized stain on the bottom left corner. There is also some discoloration due to aging, particularly around the edges. There is some partially legible handwriting on the back.

Minnie Glas Graduation Certificate finding aid
Stephanie Chapman
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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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