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Bates Real Estate (Ann Arbor, Mich.) records, circa 1955-1980

10 linear feet

Ann Arbor, Michigan, real estate business. Information card file of homes for sale, including price, details about the house and the property, and photograph of the house.

This collection consists of information file cards used by the Bates Real Estate company in its business of selling homes in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Each card contains information about the physical characteristics of homes for sale in period of approximately 1955 to 1980. The cards also include a photograph of the house. The collection is arranged alphabetically by the name of the street where the house is located.


New World State Wide V’s Realty Michigan real estate publications, 1973-2011

21.3 linear feet (in 22 boxes)

New World State Wide V’s Realty’s collection of Michigan real estate data and sales books for Albion County (1997-2003), Hillsdale County (1995-1999), Jackson County (1994-2009), Lenawee County (1993-2007, and 2010), Monroe (1988, 1993-1994, and 1996-2009), Washtenaw County (1973-2011), and Wayne County (1976-1982, 1985, and 1988-2004).

The New World State Wide V's Realty property listings and sales book collection contains materials for Albion, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe, parts of Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties of the state of Michigan. Materials are arranged in alphabetical order by county and in chronological order within each county.

Materials for the Washtenaw County contain a number of types of publications --comparable sales books, data books, and Real Estate Pace summary reports. Depending on the time period, materials were published separately or jointly by Ypsilanti Board of Realtors and Ann Arbor Board of Realtors, or by the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors. Due to this complexity, Washtenaw County materials are arranged in strict chronological order, with each box containing all available materials produced by different boards for the same areas and years.

Publications for Wayne County arranged by area or Realty Board and in chronological order within each area.

Collection also includes Women's Council of Realtors Roster (1978) and 1 folder containing materials of the KWS Realty (Ann Arbor and Southfield) with descriptions of several commercial properties in Ann Arbor (1991).


Tuomy Family papers, 1840-1966 (majority within 1905-1945)

3 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Pioneer Ann Arbor, Michigan family, involved in farming, then real estate, developed the Tuomy Hills area of the city. Papers include personal and business correspondence of Cornelius and Kathryn Tuomy and of other family members; ledger books, 1868-1890, 1911-1938, and diaries, 1920-1921, 1925, 1926, 1936 concerning business and personal affairs; also papers of Kathryn G. Tuomy as president of the Michigan Federation of Business and Professional Women; and photographs.

The Tuomy Family papers document the daily life of three generations of a pioneer Ann Arbor area family. The three linear feet of papers span the years 1840-1966 with the bulk of the material falling within the decades bound by 1905-1945. The papers have been divided into four series, a small set of documents with biographical information, a larger set of personal and business correspondence, and family material arranged as a set of topical files. There is also a box of unidentified family portraits

A strength of the Tuomy Family papers is the documentation of daily life for a prominent Ann Arbor family from 1900 until the 1960's. Kathryn G. Tuomy's materials provide good exposure to the life of an Ann Arbor woman who has a university education and a family business to maintain. The papers are weaker in their coverage of the Tuomy and Tuomy real estate business. There is only marginal documentation regarding Cornelius W. (Bill) Tuomy's time in political office as drain commissioner. The photographs are not strongly backed up by the written documentation regarding the Tuomy and Tuomy real estate office and properties.


William E. Brown papers, 1923-1972

11 linear feet — 3 oversize volumes

Republican mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1945-1957. The collection consists of topical files on Ann Arbor municipal issues, business records from his real estate and automobile sales ventures, scrapbooks, and photographs

The Brown papers have been arranged into the following series: Topical files; Other mayoralty papers (relating primarily to off-street parking); Scrapbooks; Business records; and Photographs. The Topical files are the largest portion of the collection and include correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, and miscellanea concerning such issues as housing, the new city charter, off-street parking, the new Veterans Administration Hospital, planning for a new city hall, Brown's election campaigns, and the support given by Brown to Albert E. Cobo in his campaign for governor of Michigan in 1956. The scrapbooks, 1945-1962, contain newspaper clippings and other materials relating to his mayoralty.