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Alpha Kappa Alpha, Beta Eta Chapter (University of Michigan) records, 1916-2018 (majority within 1933-1997, 2016-2018)

2 linear feet — 3.2 GB (online)

University of Michigan chapter of the historically Black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha. The collection includes photographs, event flyers, news articles, yearbook clippings, and documents tracing chapter history.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha, Beta Eta Chapter (University of Michigan) records contain administrative documents, yearbook pages, photographs, and historical information.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Iota Omega Chapter (Inkster, Mich.) records, 2000-2014

0.4 linear feet

The Eta Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was chartered in Inkster, Michigan on February 6, 1960. The records consist of awards, certificates, histories, and newsletters created by the Eta Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

The Eta Iota Omega Chapter records are comprised of materials accumulated during conferences, chapter meetings, and special interest groups at the local, state, regional, and national level, as well as chapter publications.


Alpha Nu Literary Society (University of Michigan) records, 1843-1931

3 linear feet

University of Michigan student organization established in 1843 for the "intellectual improvement of its members." Members presented literary papers, held debates, and issued a manuscript periodical entitled "The Sybil." The record group consists of organizational records and "The Sybil."

The record group consists of such organizational records as minutes of meetings, constitution and by-laws, treasurer's books, inventories of the Alpha Nu Library, membership book, and scattered correspondents and business papers. Correspondents in the papers include Lewis Cass, April 1846, Robert McClelland, January 1846, Henry R. Schoolcraft, December 1845,and Ezra C. Seaman. Also included are volumes of the manuscript periodical, "The Sybil," which date (with several gaps), from 1843 to 1931. Most of "The Sybil" are from the early period of Alpha Nu, 1843 to 1854.


Alpha Omega Alpha, Alpha Chapter of Michigan, Records, 1907-1967

1 linear foot

Honor society at the University of Michigan Medical School. Meeting minutes, receipts, correspondence and published books of the Alpha Omega Alpha order, Alpha Chapter of Michigan.

Correspondence and material regarding the Student Research Forum make up the bulk of the collection. Correspondence to new initiates and acceptance letters make up the bulk of the correspondence files. The Student Research Forum files consist primarily of copies of the students' presentation. Banquet programs and notebooks of minutes also document the society's activity. The primary material is supplemented by published works, including a national directory and history of Alpha Omega Alpha.


Alpha Phi Alpha, Epsilon Chapter (University of Michigan) photographs collection, circa 1910-1912

0.1 linear feet — 5.5 MB (online)

Fifth chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity for African American college students. Epsilon Chapter was established at the University of Michigan in April 1909. Various photographs, including a photo of a group of Black men and women posed on the front porch steps of the Alpha Phi Alpha House (1017 Catherine St., Ann Arbor, Michigan).

The physical photographs are arranged in two folders. Photographs taken at the University of Michigan depict African American men and women posing in front of the East Catherine Street house as well as an informal group photo in the university's chemical laboratory. The collection's other various photographs primarily depict unidentified African American men and children.


Alpha Phi Alpha, Epsilon Chapter (University of Michigan) records, 1909-1997, 2009, undated (majority within 1978-1996)

1.7 linear feet — 1 oversize folder — 2 oversize boxes — 3 digital audio files

University of Michigan chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity for Black college students. The Epsilon chapter was founded in April 1909. History, administrative records, topical files, reports, and photographs largely relating to the chapter and activities of African American students at the University of Michigan. Also included is some material related to the chapter's 2009 centennial celebration.

The records of the Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha include correspondence, minutes, photographic material, publications, reports, and topical files.

The records—which document the activities and experiences of African Americans at the University of Michigan—also provides a rich source of information about the history, activities, and administration of the Epsilon Chapter, particularly during the 1920's, 1980's, and 1990's. Also documented is the chapter's centennial celebration in 2009.


Alpha Phi Alpha, Theta Zeta Lambda Chapter records, 1953-2019 (majority within 1970-2010)

3 linear feet — 1 oversize folder — 1 archived website

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (est. 1906) is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity that was established by and for African American men. The Theta Zeta Lambda chapter, incorporated on January 23, 1962, is an alumni chapter based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and serves the Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and larger Metro Detroit area. Watson A. Young (1915-2010) was a member of Theta Zeta Lambda and a prominent African American physician in the area. This collection primarily documents the activities of the Theta Zeta Lambda chapter in the larger Ann Arbor-Detroit area, as well as Dr. Watson A. Young's activities as a member.

The Alpha Phi Alpha, Theta Zeta Lambda Chapter records primarily documents the activities of the Theta Zeta Lambda alumni chapter in the larger Ann Arbor-Detroit, Michigan area.

Materials in this collection include meeting minutes and agendas, reports, correspondence, event tickets and planning materials, issues of The Sphinx magazine, and the personal papers of Watson A. Young, who was a longtime member of Theta Zeta Alpha. Also included in this collection are some photographs, mostly of Young's family and various unidentified events he attended, and recordings of speeches given at various Alpha Phi Alpha events.


Alpha Phi Omega, Gamma Pi Chapter. (University of Michigan) publications, 1964-2007 (majority within 1986-2003)

0.75 linear feet

Alpha Phi Omega is a national service fraternity. This collection of publications from the Gamma Pi chapter at the University of Michigan includes a guide to the university created by the fraternity, chapter newsletters, many issues of the chapter's biannual publication Pi Filling, and several programs from the fraternity's banquets.

The Alpha Phi Omega publications collection has been divided into four series: Handbook, Newsletters, Pi Filling, and Programs.


Alpha Phi Omega, Gamma Pi Chapter (University of Michigan) records, 1939-2010

8 linear feet

National service fraternity founded on the principles of the Boy Scouts of America and opened to women in 1976. Minute books, officer's reports, correspondence, records of service projects, publications, scrapbooks and photographs.

The records of the national service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega (APO), Gamma Pi chapter, document the student organization from its structural roots in 1939 to the present day, and exemplify organizational commitment to the founding principles of leadership, fellowship and service. Since operational policies and procedures are directed by a national Board of Directors, many of the record series contain materials originating from national headquarters. The records are arranged in seven series: Correspondence, Minutes, Service Projects, Scrapbooks and Clippings, Topical, Printed Materials, and Photographs.


Alpha Rho Chi (Fraternity) Iktinos Chapter records, 1909-1993

2.5 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

University of Michigan chapter of an architecture student fraternity. Minutes, 1909-1931, of Architectural Society, a University of Michigan group; minutes, newsletters, and other materials of Iktinos Chapter of Alpha Rho Chi; and collected material relating to activities of national office.

The records of the Iktinos Chapter of the Alpha Rho Chi Professional Architectural Fraternity comprise four series: Architectural Society (1909-1931) and Alpha Rho Chi (1914-1993), Photographs, and Sound Recordings. Within each subgroup, files are arranged alphabetically.


Alpheus Felch Papers, 1817-1896

6 linear feet — 6 oversize volumes — 1 oversize folder

Lawyer, Member of Michigan Supreme Court, 1842-1846, Democratic Governor of Michigan, 1846-1847, and holder of numerous other public offices; papers include correspondence and other papers documenting his career in public service.

The Alpheus Felch papers details the active life of this nineteenth century Michigan public servant. Not only are public issues discussed in the correspondence files but the researcher will also gain an understanding of some of the personal problems associated with public service. The collection also includes several files of other family members.


Alternative Perspectives on Vietnam records and sound recordings, 1965-1966

0.5 linear feet — 15 audiotapes (reel-to-reel tapes) — 38.8 GB

An international conference on Alternative Perspectives on Vietnam held at the University of Michigan, Sept. 14-18, 1965. Correspondence, minutes, clippings, printed materials, and sound recordings.

The record group consists of two series, Conference Papers and Sound recordings of the speeches and study group sessions at the conference. The papers series includes correspondence, minutes, papers read at the conference, and other administrative files. Correspondents (to and from) include:

  1. Hannah Arendt, Sept. 17, 1965
  2. Germaine Brée, Aug. 3, 1965, Aug. 9, 1965, Sept. 25, 1965, Oct. 11, 1965
  3. J. Daniel Burke
  4. J. Edgar Edwards
  5. Jerome D. Frank, Sept. 9, 1965
  6. Erich Fromm, Sept. 4, 1965
  7. Herbert Kelman
  8. Martin Luther King, Jr., Aug. 26, 1965, Aug. 31, 1965, Sept. 8, 1965, Sept. 17, 1965
  9. Archibald MacLeish, Aug. 5, 1965, Aug. 13, 1965
  10. Emil Mazey, Aug. 30, 1965, Sept. 7, 1965
  11. Arthur Miller, Aug. 27, 1965, Sept. 30, 1965
  12. Mary C. Wright, June 7, 1965, July 28, 1965, Sept. 5, 1965.

The sound recordings include speeches by Arthur Miller, Edwin T. Dahlberg, Lord Fenner Brockway, Makoto Oda, and Emil Mazey, among others.


Alumnae Club of Ann Arbor. Lucille B. Conger Alumnae Group (University of Michigan) records, 1947-2004 (majority within 1967-1996)

2.5 linear feet (in 3 boxes)

The Lucile B. Conger Alumnae Chapter was established in 1947 as an offshoot of the Junior Michigan Alumnae Group. The Conger Chapter provides financial support and mentorship to women attending the University of Michigan through annual fundraising and social events. Materials include officer records, newsletters, membership directories, and scrapbooks.

The collection is divided into four series, Officer Records, Newsletters, Directories, and Visual Materials.


Alumnae Council (University of Michigan) records, 1890-1999 (majority within 1917-1980)

4.5 linear feet

The University of Michigan Alumnae Council was founded in 1917 as a group to support women at the University of Michigan. They are active fund-raisers, and use the money to sponsor women's housing, scholarships, and organizations at the University. The records consist of photographs and meeting minutes.

The records of the University of Michigan Alumnae Council are divided into two series: Photographs and Meeting Minutes.


Alumni Association (University of Michigan) Individual Photographs, circa 1880-1960s

8 linear feet

Photos of University of Michigan alumni, faculty and staff collected by the University Alumni Association.

Alumni Association (University of Michigan),Individual Photographs forms part of the larger University of Michigan Alumni Association record group. As a convenience, it is described here in greater detail than in the finding aid for the full record group. The Individual Photographs includes portraits and activity photos of celebrities and other figures associated in some way with the University, including students (especially athletes), alumni, faculty, staff, and prominent visitors (especially honorary degree recipients).


Alumni Association (University of Michigan) records, 1845-2001

169.8 linear feet (in 171 boxes) — 1 oversize volume — 84.4 GB (online)

The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan was established in 1897 following a consolidation of the Society of Alumni with the alumni societies of the professional schools. The Michigan Alumnus became the association's official organ. As the organization grew, local chapters were established and provided greater structure. The records include files pertaining to the Alumni Association's administrative office and various chapters and interests groups. This includes national and international U-M alumni and alumnae clubs, the Alumnae Council, the Society of Alumni, the University of Michigan Black Alumni (UMBA-formerly the African American Alumni Council (AAC)), and the Reunion of Black Graduates (RBG). The records include but are not limited to correspondence, minutes, reports, and survey responses, audiovisual materials, digital files, photographs, and publications.

The collection spans 1845-2001. The textual records of the Alumni Association (boxes 1-133) are largely unprocessed, and are described in only general terms in this finding aid. Exceptions include files maintained by Marjorie Williams who served as the vice chair and chair of the Alumnae Council from 1960 to 1962, Class Reunion files, and Topical Files.

Additions to the collection (boxes 168-171) incorporate records, audiovisual materials, photographs, and publications pertaining to the University of Michigan Black Alumni (UMBA). To note are materials specifically related to the African American Alumni Council (AAAC)-formerly the UMBA, and the Reunion of Black Graduates (RBG). This includes information about the Dr. Leonard F. Sain Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship and symposium, the Camp Michigania retreat, and annual reunion for black graduates photographs, planning materials, and souvenir books.


Alvah S. Hopkins papers, 1894-1951 (majority within 1894-1895)

0.25 linear feet

Graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Class of 1896. Diary and photographs.

The collection contains Hopkins' diary, dating November 1894 through June 1895, and a reproduction of the original volume. Also included photographs featuring Alvah Hopkins and identified Class 1896 alumni from the 1946 50th reunion (1946) and the 1951 Homecoming Weekend


Alvin M. Bentley papers, 1935-1969 (majority within 1950-1968)

104 linear feet — 5 oversize volumes — 1.36 GB (online)

Republican congressman form Michigan's Eighth District, 1952-1960, candidate for U.S. Senate, 1960; member U.S. Foreign Service, 1942-1950, delegate to 1962 state constitutional convention; University of Michigan regent and philanthropist. Papers include diaries, correspondence photographs and other material his political career and other varied interests.

The Alvin M. Bentley collection includes correspondence, speeches, subject files, and other materials relating to his political career and public service activities. Included are his files while serving as a member of Congress and as a delegate to Michigan's Constitutional Convention in 1961-1962, his campaign files from his race for the U.S. Senate in 1960 and his bid to be elected Congressman-at-large in 1962. Other series in the collection relate to his interest in issues of education, particularly higher education, as reflected in his service on the Citizen's Committee on Higher Education, his campaign for the State Board of Education and his tenure as a member of the University of Michigan Board of Regents. Of value in documenting the various phases of Bentley's career are series of diaries and journals, scrapbooks and clipping files, and photographs.


Amaranth Club (Jackson, Mich.) records, 1898-1992 (majority within 1920-1980)

2 linear feet

Catholic women's literary club of Jackson, Michigan. Historical materials, minutes of meetings, meeting programs, and scrapbooks detailing club activities.

The records of the Amaranth Club date from 1898 to 1990, with the bulk dating from 1920 to 1980, and measure 2 linear feet. The collection has been broken down into four series: Historical Materials, Meeting Minutes (1921-1979), Meeting Programs (1898-1980), and Scrapbooks.


Amateur Radio Club (University of Michigan) records, 1915-1976

1 linear foot

Amateur radio club comprised of students faculty and staff at the University of Michigan founded in 1909. Constitution, minutes and correspondence, 1930-1956; and radio log books, 1915-1976 (scattered dates).

The Amateur Radio Club records consist of largely of station log books recording contacts from around the world and various club records, 1930-1956, including the club constitution and minutes.


Ameinu Detroit records, 1928-2009

8.5 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Southeastern Michigan branch of the Labor Zionist Organization of American, now renamed Ameinu Detroit; organizational files include minutes of the Detroit Council, topical files, administrative correspondence, financial records, some local branch materials, publications, and visual and audio materials.

The record group includes documentation of both the Labor Zionist Organization and the Labor Zionist Institute. Some of the records date back to the early 1930s with the bulk of files dating from 1970. Included are minutes, topical files, correspondence, financial records, individual branch records, publications, and miscellaneous photographs, videotapes, and sound recordings. The record group documents the social and cultural programs and activities of one segment of Southeastern Michigan's Jewish community. Documented is the organization's fund raising activities, its interaction with other area groups, and its position on national and international issues.


American Anti-Imperialist League papers, 1898-1903

14 items

Organization formed to fight American annexation of the Philippines.

Materials concern political opposition to the annexation of the Philippines and anti-imperialism in the elections of 1900 and 1902. Correspondents include: Alfred T. Mahan, William J. Palmer, Herbert Welsh, and H. Parker Willis.


American Association for the Comparative Study of Law records, 1950-1972

27 linear feet

Records of the editor of the journal of the American Association for the Comparative Study of Law.

These are the records primarily of editors of the American Journal of Comparative Law. From 1951 to 1966, University of Law School professor Hessel Yntema was editor. He was also vice president of the association. Yntema was followed as editor by professor Alfred Conard. The records include manuscripts of writings submitted to the journal, board of directors' minutes, correspondence, treasurer's reports, and topical files. Much of these files remain unprocessed.


American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Washtenaw County Chapter records, 1982-1992

3 linear feet (in 4 boxes)

Professional nursing association chapter established in 1982. Subject files relating to chapter activities; include chapter board and committee files.

The records of the Washtenaw County Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses consist of four series: History and Background, Administration, Committees, and Activities.


American Association of University Professors, University of Michigan Chapter, records, 1926-1995

3 linear feet

The records of the American Association of University Professors, University of Michigan Chapter include administrative files, agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence, membership lists, and newsletters.

The records of the American Association of University Professors - University of Michigan Chapter consist of three linear feet of agendas and minutes, correspondence and memoranda, reports, financial records, newsletters, and membership lists. These material are arranged in three series: Minutes (1926-1995); Papers, (1932-1995), and Topical Files (1934-1995). The first two series are arranged chronologically; the third series is arranged alphabetically by topic. As these records came to the library in a series of accessions, there is some inconsistency, overlap, and interpenetration between the series. The researcher should consult all three series.

Of special note are the Nickerson and Davis case files in the Topical Files which document the chapter's efforts to prevent the dismissal of these men during the McCarthy era.


American Association of University Women, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Branch records, 1902-2018

12.4 linear feet (in 13 boxes)

Records of the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Brunch of the American Association of University Women. Collection includes directories, minutes, reports, scrapbooks, programs, and newspaper clippings.

Minutes of meetings, correspondence, membership lists, financial papers, and other materials relating to the activities of the organization.


American Baptist Missionary Union records, 1837-1838, 1850

5 items (in oversize folder)

American Baptist missionary organization. Consists of records likely collected by George N. Mills and includes a land grant as well as letters that relate to the dispersal of government lands in the Grand River area in Michigan.

The collection consists of records likely collected by George N. Mills and includes a land grant dated January 1850 that details how the proceeds from the sale of lands along the Grand River (probably near Grand Rapids, Mich.) under the provisions of a treaty between the United States and the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians should be divided between Baptist and Catholic missionary interests, both of whom had developed missions in the area. Also included are letters dated 1837-1838, bound with the land grant, that relate to the dispersal of government lands in the Grand River area, including letters concerning lands to be set aside for the University of Michigan, for the erection of public buildings, and for a salt spring.


American Chemical Society, University of Michigan Section records, 1900-1962 (majority within 1912-1962)

1 linear foot

Organizational records of the University of Michigan Section of the American Chemical Society, including secretary's minutes, treasurer's records, correspondence with visiting chemists and the national organization, lists of officers and files relating to the support of a French orphan during World War I.

The records of the American Chemical Society, University of Michigan Section (1 linear foot) document major activities of the organization. The records have been divided into three series: Historical File, University of Michigan Section Files, And ACS Council Meeting Files.


American Citizens for Justice records, 1983-2013, 2017, undated

22.8 linear feet (in 24 boxes) — 7 digital audiovisual files — 3 oversize folders

The American Citizens for Justice, (or the Asian American Center for Justice), is a Detroit-based Asian American civil rights group founded in reaction to the fatal beating of Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American man. The ACJ later evolved into an organization advocating for the rights of Asian-Americans in general. Records consist of meeting minutes, financial reports, correspondence, publications and grants, Vincent Chin related information, legal case files, health project files, as well as topical files and audiovisual material.

The American Citizens for Justice record group details the administrative functions as well as the activities and goals of the organization. Records consist of meeting minutes, financial reports, correspondence, publications and grants, Vincent Chin related information, legal case files, health project files, as well as topical files.

Researchers should be aware that there is significant overlap between the Roland Hwang Files and the other series in this collection, and so should consult all appropriate groupings as needed.


American Civil Liberties Union of Washtenaw County Records, 1961-2000

3.3 linear feet

Washtenaw County, Michigan branch of the American Civil Liberties Union; correspondence, minutes of meetings, and subject files.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washtenaw County records include minutes, correspondence, newsletters, reports, mailings, and clippings, among other miscellaneous materials. In addition to the Washtenaw branch records, there are also materials from the Michigan state affiliate, the ACLU of Michigan, as well as limited materials from some other local branches and a small amount of material from the national level of the ACLU. The records of this collection are divided into four series: Washtenaw County Branch; ACLU of Michigan; Other Local Branches; and National.


American Council on Alcohol Problems Records, 1883-2015 (majority within 1920s-1960s)

7 linear feet (in 9 boxes) — 1 oversize folder

Formerly the Anti-Saloon League of America. Correspondence, reports, minutes, legal files, speeches by temperance leaders, bills relating to the prohibition question; papers (1934-1956) concerning National Temperance and Prohibition Council; pamphlets relating to temperance; and photographs.

The records are primarily of the Office of General Counsel and Legislative Superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League of America (1883-1933). Additionally, there are later materials (1934-1969) of the organization following the repeal of the prohibition amendment. The record group consists of seven feet of correspondence, reports, speeches and legal files.


American Culture Folklore and Oral History Archives, 2005-2009

13.5 linear feet (in 31 boxes) — 1 videotape (8mm videocassettes) — 1 videotape (mini-DVs) — 4 videotapes (VHS (TM)) — 132 audiocassettes (microcassettes) — 97 audiocassettes — 9 USB thumb drives (3 4GB, 3 2GB, 2 512MB, and 2 128MB) — 10 floppy disks (3.5") — 1 optical discs (mini DVDs) — 10 optical discs (DVD-Rs) — 1 optical discs (Hi-MD (MiniDisc)) — 2 optical discs (MiniDiscs) — 1 optical discs (mini CDs) — 27 optical discs (CD-RWs) — 220 optical discs (CD-Rs)

Archives of folklore collected by students in the course "Survey of American Folklore" offered by the University of Michigan Program in American Culture and first taught by Bruce Conforth in 2005. Collected folklore reports compiled by students in American Folklore course based on oral interviews with informants. (Interviews are included on a variety of physical formats--cassettes, microcassettes, CDs, VHS tapes). Reports include essays, transcripts on topics ranging from popular folklore to campus legends and traditions.

The American Culture Folklore and Oral History Archives consists of folklore collection reports prepared by undergraduate students in the American Folklore course offered by the University of Michigan Program in American Culture. Prior to the transfer to the Bentley Historical Library, the folklore reports were organized according to general topics by students in the course and placed in archival folders and boxes under the direction of the professor. That order has been retained. Very often the media and objects included in the report have remained. The collection is meant to directly serve students who may take the Survey of American Folklore class in the future, and indirectly to those who, years from now, may re-discover and research aspects of American folklore that were pertinent during present day.

There is considerable overlap in subject matter between the categories of collecting topics. In the collection, folders for the first set of reports in a series are ordered according to their pre-assigned number (which can be found in the Administrative Files series) and not according to the last name of the student or title. For the second set, however, where no such number exists, the reports are ordered by surname of the student. In this finding aid, only the student's name and title of the report is listed. Further in the series names will appear to be in alphabetical order when the pre-assigned numbers were not continued.


American Friends Service Committee. Michigan Area Office records, 1956-2002 (majority within 1970-2000)

23 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Michigan office of national organization concerned with peace, poverty, and other matters of social justice. Administrative files, topical files, and regional and national office materials; contain files relating to their interest in pacifism, draft counseling, community service, prison reform and other issues relating to the criminal justice system, and peace education (especially relating to the Middle East and the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians), and lesbian/gay issues.

The records of the Michigan Area Office of the American Friends Service Committee have been arranged into the followings series: Executive Committee / Coordinating Committee; Peace Education Committee; Community Relations Committee; National and Regional Offices; Administrative files; Topical files; and Audio-Visual Materials.


American Gold Star Mothers, inc. Washtenaw County Chapter records, 1950-1975

1 linear foot

Organization of mothers of servicemen who died in action. Minute books, scrapbooks, photographs, citations and certificate of service, and miscellanea.

The record group consists of minute books, 1950-1975; scrapbooks, 1950-1968; and miscellaneous other materials, including scattered photographs.


American Guild of Organists, Ann Arbor Chapter records, 1969-2016

4 linear feet — 2 oversize volumes

Organizational archives arranged chronologically, and including yearbooks, newsletters, board meeting notes, programs, clippings, and memorabilia; also photograph album commemorating the 25th anniversary of the chapter; and scrapbook, 1969-1971, containing programs and clippings about chapter activities.


American Indian Services records, 1972-2016 (majority within 1994-2013)

1 linear foot

The American Indian Services (AIS) is a non-profit organization which administers Federal programs for Native American families in Southeast Michigan, predominantly in metropolitan Detroit. The collection primarily consists of photographs and newspaper clippings documenting events and projects put on by the organization. Records also include executive meeting minutes and records of legal actions taken by the AIS.

The American Indian Services (AIS) records primarily consist of board meeting minutes, legal documents, newspaper clippings, and photographs. While the collection contains material covering 1972 to 2016, the bulk of it documents the organization from 1994 to 2013. An Administrative folder contains new Board Member orientation packet as well as management reports. Four folders within the collection contain minutes from the AIS Board of Directors quarterly meeting from 1994 to 2016. The minutes discuss the various projects taken on by the organization as well as discussion of political events.

There are multiple folders covering legal action taken by the AIS protecting rights of Native Americans. Each folder covers a different lawsuit or legal action the AIS took part in. Folders include background, correspondence, drafts of legal records, and other documentation. The dates of these events range from the 1990s to the 2000s and cover disputes of how local, state, and national governments handle American Indian affairs. These include issues ranging from health care coverage to protection of local historical locations.

The collection contains numerous newspaper clippings collected by the organization. The articles span the years 2000 to 2008 and come from newspapers such as The Detroit News, The News-Herald, The Detroit Free Press, as well as local and more topical news sources in the area. Articles cover Native American related stories in Southeast Michigan and document the work of American Indian Services Executive Director Fay Givens. Folders with photographs from the 1990s and 2000s are grouped by event. One folder contains brochures and flyers from the organization advertising American Indian Services events.


American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Michigan records, 1917-2008 (majority within 1933-2005)

25 linear feet (in 26 boxes) — 7 oversize volumes — 1 oversize folder

Sister organization to the American Legion organization for Michigan veterans. The record group documents the Department’s administrative functions, its publications, and involvement with the Girls State government simulation program.

The record group of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Michigan documents the organization's annual meetings, history, fundraising, and affiliation with the Girls State program. The series are: Administrative Files, Publications, Historical Materials, Girls State, Topical, and Visual Materials.


American Legion. Auxiliary. Erwin Prieskorn Unit #46 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) records, 1921-1992 (majority within 1970-1985)

3 linear feet — 3 oversize volumes

Minutes of meetings, 1921-1992; Administrative files include annual reports, membership materials, committee records, correspondence, and subject files relating to fundraising events and charitable activities; and scrapbooks, 1932-1983, containing clippings about activities with a scattering of photographs and letters.

The records of the American Legion Auxiliary, Erwin Prieskorn Post #46, Ann Arbor, Michigan, date from 1921 to 1992. The record group is divided into three series: Minutes, Administrative, and Scrapbooks.


American Legion, Department of Michigan records, 1919-1999

18 linear feet — 8 oversize volumes — 1 oversize folder — 8 microfilms

State component of larger national organization serving interests of war-time veterans. Series include meeting minutes, annual reports, convention proceedings, constitution and by-laws, records of American Legion Hospital, and records of various youth programs and other community service projects.

The records of the Michigan department of the American Legion date from the early days of the department in 1919 up to the late 1990s, and document the internal functions of the organization as well as various projects and community service programs undertaken by the department. The record group contains the following series: Executive Committee Files, Proceedings and Annual Reports, Publications, Assorted Meeting Minutes, Michigan Department Annual Reports, Cancelled Post Files, Other Records, Otter Lake Children's Billet, Scrapbooks and Photograph Albums, and Sound Recording. Portions of the records are available on microfilm only.


American Lung Association of Michigan Records, 1944-2000 (majority within 1964-2000)

13 linear feet

Organization concerned with the prevention and control of all lung diseases; includes minutes of board of directors and executive committee; correspondence; topical files; and other administrative materials.

The record group documents the administration and activities of the American Lung Association of Southeast Michigan up to the merger in 1991 and the statewide association after 1991. The series in the record group are: Background; Early Records; Board of Directors; Executive Committee; Annual Meetings; Publications; Topical Files; Biographical name files; Various reports and other records; Committee files; Chief Executive Officer (Larry McAllister) files; and Correspondence.


American National Red Cross, Washtenaw County Chapter records, 1916-1976

4 linear feet — 1 oversize volume

History; board minutes and other records of the chapter, and of the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti branches; activities files detailing work of chapter in matters of public health and wartime home services; newsletters; scrapbooks and newspaper clippings; and photographs.

The records of the Washtenaw County Chapter of the American Red Cross span the years from 1916 to 1975 and document the history of the first fifty years of the Red Cross in Washtenaw County. One may trace the growth of this organization from the early meetings at the home of Dr. Louis P. Hall on Hill Street in Ann Arbor in 1917 through the war efforts to the successful building campaign and the fiftieth anniversary celebration in 1967. Best documented are the administrative activities and the Home Service efforts of the county chapter. This record group is divided into five series: History, Administration, Activities, Informational, and Scrapbooks.


American Review records, 1967-1977

14 linear feet

Literary magazine [originally named the New American Review] founded and edited by Theodore Solotaroff. Correspondence, working files for each issue, and administrative topical files.

In 1981, Bantam, in association with Solotaroff, donated the records of American Review to the Michigan Historical Collections. The collection consists of fourteen linear feet of correspondence, issue files, and administrative topical files. The correspondence covers the years 1967 to 1970 only, and concerns the establishment of the magazine, requests for manuscripts, and communications with agents. The issues files document the work that went into each issue. This series has been arranged by issue, and then alphabetically by author. These files, unfortunately, contain but a scattering of correspondence, consisting instead largely of drafts of articles, and galleys with corrections made by the authors and editors. The administrative topical files consist of reviews of each issue, subscription and promotional material, and financial miscellanea. Included are notebooks listing articles submitted and accepted, payments, and agents.


American Right of Way Association. Michigan Chapter, No. 7. records, 1954-1983

8 linear feet

Organization of people engaged in right of way work. Correspondence, constitution and bylaws, minutes of meetings, treasurer's reports, membership applications, and other material

The records of the American Right of Way Association. Michigan Chapter, No. 7 include correspondence, constitution and bylaws, minutes of meetings, treasurer's reports, membership applications, and other material.


Amos A. Moore papers, 1862-1865 (with gaps)

0.2 linear feet

Served in Company K of the 21st Michigan Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War. Diaries, military papers, and biographical information.

This collections consists mainly of two diaries kept by Amos A. Moore during the Civil War. The diaries are dated December 24, 1862 to April 15, 1863 and February 6, 1865 to June 6, 1865. Diaries include receiving news of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. The collection also includes military documents, biographical information, and a transcription of the majority of the diaries. Due to age and wear, diaries are fragile and should be handled with care.


Amos R. Green Papers, 1932-1967

2.2 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Amateur archeologist and historian from Niles (Berrien County), Michigan. Biographical and personal material; correspondence; publications; talks, radio interviews and other public presentations; archeological site notes and reports; research sources and notes; maps; photographs; and files relating to his activities with the southwest chapter, Michigan Archeological Society; contain materials relating to his interest in the archaeology, Indian anthropology, and history of the area around Berrien and Cass Counties; also papers documenting his relationship with professionals in various disciplines at the University of Michigan Museums and elsewhere.

The collection touches on most aspects of Green's life from 1940 to 1967. Material on his business activities is, however, minimal. It is his archeological and historical work that the collection documents most thoroughly. Green's correspondence is full of reports, inquiries, and discussions about the theoretical and practical facets of archaeology, focusing largely upon fossil and artifact finds in southwestern Michigan; the letters also illuminate the occasionally trying relationship between professionals and amateurs in the field. The practical aspect of archaeology is documented, too, in an incomplete assortment of Green's site notes. Green's historical research interests are well represented in his correspondence, as well as in some interesting source material and notes on Ft. St. Joseph and on Jesuit missions in Berrien County. Most of Green's writings on both archaeology and history--in the guise of formal papers and informal presentations--are included. A large number of newspaper clippings provide an overview of the activities and achievements of both Green and the Southwest Chapter of MAS. Chapter activities are also documented in its newsletter, its annual reports, and its miscellaneous mailings.

The collection contains virtually nothing on Green's life to 1932, thus omitting his work on the Franz Green Mound. From 1932 through 1939 only scattered portions of correspondence exist. Documentation is substantial, though still not complete, for the years 1940 through 1967; in places letters are obviously missing from the correspondence file, no draft exists of Green's 1961 paper, "An Adena-type Gorget in Michigan," and neither his filmstrip nor a final draft of the narrative for it is extant. Neither Green's large artifact collection nor his library is represented. The collection contains virtually nothing about his farming activities or his family.

The Amos Green Papers have been arranged into nine series: Biographical and Personal, Correspondence, Publications and Presentations, Archeological Fieldwork: Site Notes and Reports, Research, Maps, MAS Southwest Chapter, and Photographs.


Amos W. Abbott letters, 1857-1862

9 items


Letters to relatives discussing his studies at the University from 1857 to 1859, and his subsequent service in the Ninth Michigan Infantry during the Civil War. In the latter six letters, he describes the train trip from Fort Wayne, Detroit, to Kentucky, with special mention of the good treatment accorded the soldiers by Jackson, Mich., residents. He tells a bit about camp life, especially how Christmas, 1861 was spent.


Ana Luisa Cardona papers, 1973-2011

3 linear feet — 1 oversize folder — 510 MB (online)

Member of Casa de Unidad and the Alliance for Cultural Democracy. Collection contains grant materials for Casa de Unidad, material related to other Michigan Latino arts organizations as well as Michigan Latino artists. Also photographs, interviews, and other material related to photographers Jack Delano and Julio Perazza.

The papers of Ana Luisa Cardona document her activities in Casa de Unidad and the Alliance for Cultural Democracy, as well as her association with Jack Delano. This collection contains the following series: Casa de Unidad, Jack Delano, Julio Perazza, and Topical Files.


Anatomical Donations Program (University of Michigan) Records, 1881-1980

3.5 linear feet (in 5 boxes)

Unit of the University of Michigan concerned with the procurement of cadavers for anatomical instruction, includes registers and permits detailing the acquisition and tracking of cadavers for medical instruction at the University of Michigan

These records document the acquisition and tracking of cadavers for medical instruction at the University of Michigan for nearly a century, beginning in 1881. Although these records were created to fulfill an administrative need, researchers will find that the records contain an abundance of information. In addition to the obvious genealogical information, quantitative and qualitative statistics on causes of death and ages of death can be extracted from these records. This documentation also provides commentary on changing social values, as the sources of cadavers moved from unclaimed paupers, to the development of program sustained by voluntary donations.