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Marjorie Rae Babcock Ingersoll scrapbook

Identifier: RHC-166

Scope and Contents

Double-post scrapbook/photograph album, 265 x 340 mm. 45 leaves. Black cloth over boards with "My Memory Book" and the round Oberlin College seal stamped in gold on cover. Contains photographs, correspondence, postcards, theatre and concert programs, collegiate and general ephemera all documenting the family, social, and collegiate life of Marjorie Rae Babcock at her home in Harbor Springs, Michigan, and her attendance at Oberlin College, Ohio and subsequently Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) in Ypsilanti. Also included are items relating to her future husband, George W. Ingersoll. There are a number of loose pieces laid in, including items belonging to Marjorie's daughter, Marjorie Faythe Ingersoll (1920-2004). Some of the leaves seem to have been rearranged, as not all of them are in chronological order.


  • 1913 - 1939
  • Majority of material found within 1913 - 1917


Access to the Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

The collection is the physical property of Grand Valley State University, but all literary rights are retained by the original creators of materials, their estates, heirs, or third parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.

Biographical Notes

Marjorie ("Peggy") Rae Babcock was born in Norwood, Charlevoix County, Michigan on 21 August 1892. Her parents were Henry S. Babcock (1867-1946) and Una Mae Hathaway Babcock (1868-1910) who married in September 1891. Henry was employed as a teacher before becoming the proprietor and editor of the weekly newspaper in Harbor Springs, the Harbor Springs Graphic by 1897. In 1911 he also became the owner of a flower shop, and in 1913 was the Commissioner of Schools for Emmet County. By 1915 he was no longer involved in the newspaper business. After the death of his wife Una he married Elinor C. Gage Babcock (1881-1967) in June 1915. In June 1919 Henry bought the weekly newspaper, Alma Record resulting in the relocation of him and his family to Alma, Michigan.

Marjorie had four siblings: 1) Rex A. Babcock (1896-1957). Graduated from Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) in Ypsilanti in 1916; he ultimately became editor of Alma Record. 2) Esther Catherine Babcock Gage (1898-1940) was a teacher before marrying her stepmother's brother, Jarvis Lee Gage (1899-1991) in 1923. 3) Ruth Mae Babcock Fowler Douglass (1900-1968) graduated from Michigan State College in 1925 and taught home economics in the public schools. 4) Harry Donavan Babcock was born prematurely on 13 June 1910 and died the same day. It is likely this was the proximate cause of his mother Una's death three days later.

Marjorie attended and graduated from Harbor Springs High School. She attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio for the 1913-1914 term as a student of voice before apparently returning to Harbor Springs to teach in the local schools. In 1916 she attended the Michigan State Normal College as a Conservatory student and graduated in June 1917. She married George Wilbur Ingersoll (1887-1969) on 15 June 1918 in Detroit. He had graduated from Michigan State Normal College in June 1916 and may have been introduced to Marjorie through her brother Rex who was in the same class year at MSNC. In 1917 George was teaching school in Leslie, Michigan and shortly thereafter became its superintendent. In 1920 he was superintendent of the Constantine, Michigan schools, but by 1928 he had left teaching to work in the credit department of the Michigan Alkali Company in Wyandotte where he remained for the rest of his life.

Marjorie and George had one child, Marjorie Faythe Ingersoll Hensel who was born on 28 February 1920 in Constantine and died in Wayne, Michigan on 29 February 2004.

Marjorie died in Wyandotte on 12 February 1928 of a cerebral hemorrhage apparently brought on by high blood pressure. She is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Harbor Springs, Michigan with her parents and brother, Harry Donovan Babcock.


1.25 Linear feet (1 flat box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The scrapbook was purchased from Garrett Scott, Bookseller (Ann Arbor, Michigan) on 19 June 2018.
Marjorie Rae Babcock Ingersoll scrapbook
Robert Beasecker
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States